Nearly 10,000 students will participate in the annual Dance Fest, Music Monday, and Spirit Awards celebrations in front of family and friends to be held across the region over the next week. Here are the highlights:
More than 8,200 children will participate over the course of the nine-day event at various locations in London, Woodstock, St. Thomas and Strathroy:
April 28-29: St. Mary’s Secondary School, Woodstock
May 2-6: Carling Heights Community Centre, London
May 10: Memorial Arena, St. Thomas
May 11: Gemini SportsPlex, Strathroy
Originally started in 1975, Dance Fest is an opportunity for elementary school students to share dance ideas with their friends and family. This non-competitive event allows as many children as possible to engage in a physical activity, regardless of ability.
More than 1,500 students from 20 schools will sing and perform for each other, their parents and the wider community. Pieces range from the Inspector Gadget theme song to Home (Philip Philips) to Brain Stew (Green Day) to Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen):
May 2, 10:30 am-Noon
Agriplex at the Western Fair Grounds, London
Free parking and admission
Launched in 2005 by The Coalition for Music Education, Music Monday is the world’s largest single event dedicated to raising awareness for music education. Each year, hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and music makers participate in a simultaneous nationwide concert performance of an original song written by a Canadian artist (this year: We Are One by Connor Ross).
Spirit Awards and Stewards of Catholic Education Award
One student from each elementary and secondary school who demonstrates the qualities of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations will be presented with a Spirit Award:
May 2, 7-9 pm
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, London
Since the Spirit Awards began in 2003, approximately 700 students have been recognized for living and demonstrating their faith journey.
In addition, Sue McMahon will be recognized with the Stewards in Catholic Education Award, presented each year to a graduate of one of our schools who has made an impact on the community and the world.
Sue has made promoting the health and wellbeing of children her priority, first as Health and Physical Education teacher at Catholic Central High School for 20 years and then as the LDCSB curriculum resource teacher for Health and Physical Education for the past 12 years. She has been involved in numerous provincial initiatives and is the past president of the provincial Health and Physical Education Subject Association.