Woodroffe High School

Woodroffe High School encourages global citizenship



 Woodroffe High School students, local community members, and WHS teacher Ian Eskritt on the Habitat for Humanity project in Nicaragua

 Several members of the WHS Band participated in a Latin percussion workshop in Cuba, where they also visited a community centre and volunteered at an orphanage

Woodroffe High School is a leader in providing students with opportunities to participate in internationally focussed experiences.

There is a culture within the school which recognizes the benefits of being internationally engaged. For example, a group of students in the International Affairs Club meets weekly and invites guest speakers from DFATD, views and discusses documentary films on world issues, and hosts a model United Nations. Earlier this year, a 24 hour Stay Awake event raised over $9,000 to support the building of two schools in Kenya.

During the 2013-2014 school year, there were five international excursions, many involving the students making significant contributions to the local communities they visited, whether on a house building project in Nicaragua, or in Costa Rica investigating eco-tourism, or the school band volunteering at an orphanage in Cuba.

According to Jaden Lairson, Department Head of Canadian and World Studies: "A key goal is to encourage critical thinking young people to experience the world beyond Ottawa and Canada’s borders."

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