Grade 7s Create Ceremonial Drum for Primitive Project

As part of the Grade 7 Primitive Project, where students use hands-on experiences to gain a deeper understanding of what life was like pre-civilization, the Grade 7s had the opportunity to create a ceremonial/communal drum from scratch. Earlier in the year, the girls scraped a whitetail deer hide that had been donated by a father at the school who hunts. The hide was soaked for a few weeks and then, on Wednesday, November 15, the girls took it out of the solution and began to transform it into a drum. Not one of them (nor me) had ever done something like this before so we went onto YouTube and found a video that walked us through the process. A section of the hide was cut out from the centre (the thickest part of the skin). Sixteen sets of two holes were punched through the hide. From there, the chord was created by spiraling out one continuous 7m long by 1cm wide section of hide. Watching the video, the girls then threaded the holes, tightened the drum, and set the handle in place. By the next day, the drum was dry and it has a very good sound (in my humble opinion).

From here, the Grade 7s will look to personalize the drum by writing messages to their future selves on buckskin (yet to be created) and affixing those messages to the drum. As a community, we are now also thinking in to creating an image to set onto the hide of the drum itself. If you are interested, please drop by the Grade 7 classroom to take a look!

Jason Camp
Grade 7 Teacher

 

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Congrats to the Grade 7 Graduates

Congratulations to our Grade 7 graduates. These girls were honoured in a ceremony on Thursday, June 22, followed by a dinner dance that same evening.

These incredible girls are now ready for the Senior School!

Parent and Filmmaker Raul Inglis has been filming these girls over the years. The end result is a wonderful feature-length documentary, which every family received a copy of at the Grade 7 Banquet. Below are two clips from the documentary. Thank you to Mr. Inglis for filming, and for editing the footage over the last few months. The end result is something that the girls will forever cherish.

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