BC EXcalibur Party Leader – Michael Halliday

Leader of the BC Excalibur Party, Michael Halliday, stopped by the school today to present his platform to our students. Below is a video of the presentation along with 10 facts on why students should vote for the Excalibur Party on Student Vote day, May 13th.

1. Create Rail Transit between Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Hope
2. Remove the PST from used items, to encourage Re-use and Re-cycle
3. Use the Carbon Tax for what it was meant – providing revenue for Alternative Energy and clean air projects
4. No Incinerator – use landfills to develop alternate fuel source projects
5. Defend our Water from Environmentally harmful exploitation
6. Respect for the concerns of local communities
7. Elementary, Middle and High School classes alike should be supplied with regular teacher’s aides to help teachers monitor classroom activity
8. With prizes of money and environmentally friendly products the BC Green Lottery will work towards encouraging, developing and funding environmental education, protection and preservation projects from its profits
9. Cover medical bills for approved alternate medical care, such as naturopathy, homeopathy, chiropractors, Chinese medicine, holistic herbalism etc., as well as treatments
10. BC residents participating in self-employment training through a government programme should receive $500.00 to $1,000.00 set-up money after graduation from their course and should be eligible for a 6 month extension of government payments.

Central’s Mock Provincial Election 2013


On Monday May 13th you will be joining tens of thousands of students by voting in Student Vote’s 2013 Student Provincial Election and by doing so choose a new leader of British Columbia.  The student election run by Student Vote simulates what it would be like to participate in a real election.


Remember it’s your Right and your Responsibility to vote!  Let your voice be heard and have your say!

The school is located in the Chilliwack electoral riding.  Below is a map of British Columbia broken up into small, more managable, areas called ridings


Here are your five political parties attempting to win the most votes in the Chilliwack riding, and help their party run the province of British Columbia:














1. BC Conservative Party

Chilliwack candidate: Chad Eros

Party Leader: John Cummins

Party Platform: This is what we plan to do if elected…













2. . BC Excalibur Party

Chilliwack candidate: Michael Halliday

Party Leader: Michael Halliday

Party Platform: This is what we plan to do if elected…





3. BC Green Party

Chilliwack candidate: Kimberlee Reimer

Party Leader: Jane Sterk

Party Platform: This is what we plan to do if elected…


4. BC Liberal Party

Chilliwack candidate: John Martin

Party Leader and current leader of BC: Christy Clark

Party Platform: This is what we plan to do if elected…


5. BC NDP Party

Chilliwack candidate: Patti MacAhonic

Party Leader: Adrian Dix

Party Platform: This is what we plan to do if elected…


Social Studies Through The Eyes Of Elementary Journalist’s

It’s important that as journalist’s we absorb, or soak up, as much media/news as possible.  The following links will hopefully inspire you to tell your own stories and engage in the world around you.  Perhaps, through exploring the world around you via all forms of media, you will connect with like-minded students around the world, telling their own stories.

Here is a brief list of places where journalist’s might search for stories:

  • Newspapers
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Internet
  • Libraries
  • Community members
  • Magazines
  • Teachers
  • Interviews
  • Making observations

The following links are examples of students creating and telling their stories in a variety of forms:

CNN student news

Free The Children Global Voices

Please tell me, by leaving a thoughtful comment, what you hope to achieve by exploring social studies through the eyes of a journalist.

The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDRH) is one of the most important documents ever written.  It was created by the United Nations and it contains laws that protect every human being on Earth.

Now that we have had the opportunity to look at all 30 laws in the UDHR, I would like you to demonstrate your knowledge by completing the following assignment:

1. You may work individually or in small groups of no more than 3

2. Your presentation must formally introduce the topic:  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

3. You will need to tell me who created the UDHR and its main purpose

4.  Please present your top 5 laws/rights and explain why they made it on your top 5 list

5. You may present your knowledge in any one of the following ways

a. Act them out in a play/skit

b. Create a slide-show

c. Write an essay or a story

d. Use digital storytelling to present your work using  Voki,  VoiceThread, Prezi, or Glogster

e. Draw a series of 5 pictures or posters (text as well as images)

f. Produce a graphic novel

g. Create a short 4 minute movie

Here are some links you may need to help with the assignment:

  1. United Nations
  2. Universal Declaration of Human Rights Document
  3. History of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Social Studies Assignment: The United Nations

In keeping with our themes of children’s rights and social justice in social studies this year, we are moving on to discuss the United Nations.  After reviewing the material below you are going to combine your knowledge and expertise in technology with your newly acquired knowledge of the United Nations, by creating a speaking avatar or Voki.  Your Voki will inform me, your classmates, and the rest of the world about your understanding of the United Nations.

Assignment Steps:

  1. Visit www.voki.com
  2. Click on the create button in the top left hand corner
  3. Next, customize your character by gender, hairstyle, and clothing
  4. Once you are happy with your character click done
  5. Now it’s time to add the voice of your character.  I would like you to make your character talk about important points you have recently learned about the United Nations
  6. You can either record your own voice or use the text to speech box.
  7. Once you’ve selected an appropriate voice for your character click done
  8. You can now publish your work – click publish
  9. You will be prompted to name your work: Use firstname and UN in capitals
  10. If you have not already created an account you will need to do so now – use your @mrlister.co.cc email address and DO NOT use your last name
  11. Once registered choose medium sized voki
  12. Copy all the text in the box labelled “For Most Sites Use This Code”
  13. Once you have the code for your Voki visit the following Google Document and paste your code under your name – http://bit.ly/hsohIT

Here is an example:

Get a Voki now!