St. Mary Secondary School Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program wrapped up its second semester Speaker Series in the technology-based sector of Construction and in Health and Wellness.
“What’s Up in Construction?” and MAC Talks are SHSM initiatives that highlight guest speakers from the professional community offering reach-ahead student experiences in the areas of career pathways, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
“What’s Up in Construction?” hosted entrepreneur Crystal-Sue Brousseau who outlined real life scenarios of kitchen and bathroom renovations and potential electrical safety mishaps in her interactive slide show presentation to the Construction classes.
There were three reach activities through MAC Talks. The grade 12 Kinesiology class toured the Kinesiology Lab at McMaster University. Conducted by Physiology graduate students, class members participated in standard fitness tests like the cycle ergometer Wingate test, the aerobic endurance Max VO2 test and determined body composition in the Bod Pod.
The grade 12 Health Care class course toured, studied and reflected on the Exhibition “Unapologetic: Acts of Survivance” of eleven selected works of contemporary Indigenous artists featured at the McMaster Art Gallery. A number of studies have shown that careful and intensive observation of art improves doctors’ diagnostic and observational skills. The outcome is a new course called “The Art of Seeing,” a visual literacy course for family medicine residents at the McMaster DeGroote School of Medicine.
McMaster Medical student Wajahat Syed with Altitude Mentoring, a McMaster University community outreach program designed to connect first year university students with a mentor who is enrolled in medical school, presented to grade 12 Biology students. They were provided with opportunities for career guidance to help them consider careers in a health care profession and to access supports through the steep transition from secondary school to university.
The grade 12 Health Care class hosted the Native Youth Advancement With Education Hamilton (NYA:WEH) Indigenous Youth group from Cathedral High School who conducted a smudging ceremony. Smudging is an Indigenous ceremonial tradition that involves the burning of sacred traditional medicines and plants (i.e. sage, sweet grass, cedar, and/or traditional tobacco). A ceremonial smudge is burned mainly as a purification and cleansing ceremony to help create harmony and balance.
The NYAWEH group presented cultural traditions using the Medicine Wheel and introduced teachings about sacred medicines and plants. Thank you - “NYAWEH” in Mohawk - to Melissa Button, Youth Advisor, and the NYAWEH Youth group for sharing their stories and experiences.
Grade 10 students who have shown an interest in the Specialist High Skills Major ( SHSM) Program in Health and Wellness in their upcoming grade 11 year, attended the Institute of Applied Sciences ( IAHS) Mohawk-McMaster Open House. The students had presentations with faculty members and toured study areas such as Cardiovascular Sonography, Physiotherapy and Medical Radiation with program students.
The second semester SHSM Health and Wellness sector students developed a mindset related to Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) skills through the ongoing pilot certification training program that will be officially rolled out in September. The goal of ICE Training is to help develop sector specific knowledge and skills to solve real world problems and find applicable solutions for the future.
The participating students engaged in team building and ice breaking activities, followed by a “Dragon's Den” challenge where they created a new product with a viable sales plan based on the use of specific resources. Their real-world problem, introduced by the school Public Health Nurse Jessie Hoffman, was to create, plan and deliver an action plan to effectively promote the Health Action Team (HAT) initiatives during the school