The Dutch Are Coming

Posted: September 22, 2009

School District 16 will be hosting 21 students and three teachers from St. Canisius School in Almelo, Netherlands from October 12 – 19. This will be the first visit to Canada for the 21 Dutch students who will be guests of Miramichi Valley and James M. Hill High School students. The exchange, which will have District 16 students visiting the Netherlands during their March Break, is part of an ongoing collaboration between District 16 and St. Canisius that was begun six years ago. Last year 13 Dutch teachers came to Miramichi to study ways that technology can be used to promote global collaborations. Projects between St. Canisius and their District 16 partners have revolved around World War 2, Water Systems, Globalization, and Cultural Awareness. One project included interaction with a Dutch astronaut at the International Space Station. Projects between St. Canisius and School District 16 have expanded to include schools from Spain, Finland, and other European countries.   During their visit to District 16 the Dutch students and teachers will be visiting the Metepenagiag Heritage Park, the New Brunswick Woodmen’s Museum,  Miramichi Salmon Conservation Centre and Beaubear’s Island Interpretive Centre.  They will be participating in geo-caching at French Fort Cove, watching a Miramichi Timberwolves game, and trying out the new High Elements Challenge Course at MVHS.