Social Action Through Art

On the evening of December 12th, Ramsay School enjoyed an evening of "Hearts, Hands & Hope" for our Winter Celebration. Students showcased their learning of West African Dance. Students then stuffed Kindness Envelopes for the Drop-In Center inside their classrooms with parents and family members. The Kindness Envelopes included 3-5 personal hygiene items donated by our generous community (well over 1 300 were collected!). Lastly, families bid on art work created by students to raise money in support of the Drop-In Center. This year, all the art work created was done so collectively. Students worked together in small groups to contribute to the artistic process. We would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to our parents and community members for their support. We raised $800 for the DI!














February 11, 2019

Blind and Changing How People See - Dan Mancina

Academy Skateboard Collective Presents:

An Introduction to Dan Mancina and his Spectacular Story of Resiliency Through Skateboarding

About Dan: “Blind & Changing How People See.” Dan was not born visually impaired but by the age of 23, Retinitis Pigmentosa (a degenerative eye disease) had taken his sight. An avid skateboarder, Dan’s loss of sight severely cut short his dreams of a career in skateboarding and led to periods of depression as he faced with his new reality. Dan’s resilience however, was stronger than his diagnosis and slowly he began to take the steps to skate again. Painstakingly learning and relearning trick by trick he was able to once again enjoy the activity he loved. Dan is now using his love for skating and combining it with his studies in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) to provide other visually impaired athletes the opportunity to explore the environments around them through skateboarding. With 30 million plus views on youtube, Dan has become an inspiration for able and disabled youth and adults around the world.

About Academy Skateboard Collective: Academy Skateboard Collective is a Non Profit Organization that works to connect marginalized populations to their communities by providing mentorship, training, and support, through school-based skateboard programming and outreach.

On Friday, February 8, Ramsay School welcomed Dan Mancina and visually impaired students from across Alberta to hear his inspiring story in our gymnasium. Dan shared his personal journey of losing his sight and how he learned to continue to pursue his passion for skateboarding. His dedication eventually led him to gaining a list of sponsors including Real Skateboards, Addidas, Fort Worth, Spitfire Wheels and Thunder Trucks, allowing him to continue to skate and tour semiprofessionally. Dan’s presentation included a video, a question and answer time and even a quick demo. Dan’s story inspired discussion within our grade 3-6 classrooms about motivation, mind sets and mental health. Students had lots to say, and were challenged to think what next!


January 2019

Calgary Opera

Ramsay students have undertaken a full year’s opportunity to work with the Calgary Opera. The Opera has generously selected our school and we have been working together from start to finish to create our original opera, “The Inside Story.” From September to November, students worked with Aaron Coates to write the libretto.  After a big reveal by teachers in a Reader’s Theatre performance, they then worked with John Abram to write the music that will accompany the libretto.  We look forward to the big reveal next week!  Students also have excitedly auditioned for lead roles and will move forward learning and practicing.  Other students will work to learn the chorus’ and contribute to sets, costumes, lighting and sound tech.  Big work begins in February with director and mezzo soprano, Sara Staples. Our production is not until May so we have lots of time to learn and immerse ourselves in the Inside Story!

Our front hallway documentation panel shows the progression of our work together.  


December 2018

Winter Celebration / Art Auction

Our Winter Celebration and Student Art Action was held on December 13, 2018 and  was a huge success! Thank you to all families who attended. We hope you enjoyed the program and classroom activities.

Thank you for contributing to our Alberta Children’s Hospital Charity, through your purchases of student artwork in our Learning Commons, we are able to donate approx. $ 740.00. Way to go Ramsay!


April, 2017

Students Write and Perform a Canada Tribute Song

Grade 3/4 Effort Truly Inspired

Ramsay students worked with their student teacher Rebecca Coram and teacher, Jill MacLeod to create lyrics and music for a tribute song to Canada in honour of the our nation's 150th birthday. Students worked in small groups to discuss and document ideas from these two guiding questions: 

“Who are we as Canadians?” and “What should Canada look like in the future?”  

Coming together, students discussed their ideas, and democratically created a title that they all agreed upon.  The song became, “We Stand Together”.  This inspired more ideas to add to the increasingly long list of lyric suggestions.  Students played with rhyme and created couplets using the “most important” ideas. The work then began on the music itself.  Students learned that songs have musical parts and that there are many different structures from which musicians can choose. Miss Coram played her guitar to illustrate the options and students agreed on a structure for their song. With much excitement, the song came together into its final form. 

Students performed their original song and recorded it to share with other proud Canadians!  As an avid contributor to the lyrics, eight year old Izzy clearly articulated her thoughts, “I liked the message of the song. It talks about being brave and deciding things together.  That’s how we wrote it; we worked together, shared ideas and agreed on the best version.  That’s being Canadian.”


Student Showcase

Social Action Through Art

On the evening of December 12th, Ramsay School enjoyed an evening of "Hearts, Hands & Hope" for our Winter Celebration. Students showcased their learning of West African Dance. Students then stuffed Kindness Envelopes for the Drop-In Center inside their classrooms with parents and family members. The Kindness Envelopes included 3-5 personal hygiene items donated by our generous community (well over 1 300 were collected!). Lastly, families bid on art work created by students to raise money in support of the Drop-In Center. This year, all the art work created was done so collectively. Students worked together in small groups to contribute to the artistic process. We would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to our parents and community members for their support. We raised $800 for the DI!














February 11, 2019

Blind and Changing How People See - Dan Mancina

Academy Skateboard Collective Presents:

An Introduction to Dan Mancina and his Spectacular Story of Resiliency Through Skateboarding

About Dan: “Blind & Changing How People See.” Dan was not born visually impaired but by the age of 23, Retinitis Pigmentosa (a degenerative eye disease) had taken his sight. An avid skateboarder, Dan’s loss of sight severely cut short his dreams of a career in skateboarding and led to periods of depression as he faced with his new reality. Dan’s resilience however, was stronger than his diagnosis and slowly he began to take the steps to skate again. Painstakingly learning and relearning trick by trick he was able to once again enjoy the activity he loved. Dan is now using his love for skating and combining it with his studies in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) to provide other visually impaired athletes the opportunity to explore the environments around them through skateboarding. With 30 million plus views on youtube, Dan has become an inspiration for able and disabled youth and adults around the world.

About Academy Skateboard Collective: Academy Skateboard Collective is a Non Profit Organization that works to connect marginalized populations to their communities by providing mentorship, training, and support, through school-based skateboard programming and outreach.

On Friday, February 8, Ramsay School welcomed Dan Mancina and visually impaired students from across Alberta to hear his inspiring story in our gymnasium. Dan shared his personal journey of losing his sight and how he learned to continue to pursue his passion for skateboarding. His dedication eventually led him to gaining a list of sponsors including Real Skateboards, Addidas, Fort Worth, Spitfire Wheels and Thunder Trucks, allowing him to continue to skate and tour semiprofessionally. Dan’s presentation included a video, a question and answer time and even a quick demo. Dan’s story inspired discussion within our grade 3-6 classrooms about motivation, mind sets and mental health. Students had lots to say, and were challenged to think what next!


January 2019

Calgary Opera

Ramsay students have undertaken a full year’s opportunity to work with the Calgary Opera. The Opera has generously selected our school and we have been working together from start to finish to create our original opera, “The Inside Story.” From September to November, students worked with Aaron Coates to write the libretto.  After a big reveal by teachers in a Reader’s Theatre performance, they then worked with John Abram to write the music that will accompany the libretto.  We look forward to the big reveal next week!  Students also have excitedly auditioned for lead roles and will move forward learning and practicing.  Other students will work to learn the chorus’ and contribute to sets, costumes, lighting and sound tech.  Big work begins in February with director and mezzo soprano, Sara Staples. Our production is not until May so we have lots of time to learn and immerse ourselves in the Inside Story!

Our front hallway documentation panel shows the progression of our work together.  


December 2018

Winter Celebration / Art Auction

Our Winter Celebration and Student Art Action was held on December 13, 2018 and  was a huge success! Thank you to all families who attended. We hope you enjoyed the program and classroom activities.

Thank you for contributing to our Alberta Children’s Hospital Charity, through your purchases of student artwork in our Learning Commons, we are able to donate approx. $ 740.00. Way to go Ramsay!


April, 2017

Students Write and Perform a Canada Tribute Song

Grade 3/4 Effort Truly Inspired

Ramsay students worked with their student teacher Rebecca Coram and teacher, Jill MacLeod to create lyrics and music for a tribute song to Canada in honour of the our nation's 150th birthday. Students worked in small groups to discuss and document ideas from these two guiding questions: 

“Who are we as Canadians?” and “What should Canada look like in the future?”  

Coming together, students discussed their ideas, and democratically created a title that they all agreed upon.  The song became, “We Stand Together”.  This inspired more ideas to add to the increasingly long list of lyric suggestions.  Students played with rhyme and created couplets using the “most important” ideas. The work then began on the music itself.  Students learned that songs have musical parts and that there are many different structures from which musicians can choose. Miss Coram played her guitar to illustrate the options and students agreed on a structure for their song. With much excitement, the song came together into its final form. 

Students performed their original song and recorded it to share with other proud Canadians!  As an avid contributor to the lyrics, eight year old Izzy clearly articulated her thoughts, “I liked the message of the song. It talks about being brave and deciding things together.  That’s how we wrote it; we worked together, shared ideas and agreed on the best version.  That’s being Canadian.”


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