Churchill School of Rock

Ray Kalynuk

in Ottawa, and played the main stage at Westfest in front of 1000 fans.

The memories that students take away from their time at Churchill are forever imprinted with the experiences of the School of Rock. The staff and community that come together to make the magic happen will be keeping up this tradition with their “greatest hits” concert in May. We are exploring ideas of how to make it special and mark the tenth anniversary milestone. Right now students are voting on favourite songs from each of the years, even though most of our choir members were not even alive when we played our first concert. There are some exciting options, like bringing back some former students to create a graduate band. Time will tell how it all plays out this year, but what we do know is that Churchill rocks!

Ray Kalynuk is a member of the Ottawa-Carleton Teacher Local.


Elementary students learning music with acoustic guitars

Research shows that students’ critical thinking and creativity increase through exposure to music. Research also suggests that the mathematical abilities of children who participate in music lessons may be increased through the study of music. Yet funds are often lacking for strong music programs in Ontario schools.

man staring intently at something out of frame

Dave Wing is the president of the Kawartha Pine Ridge ETFO Local. He started teaching in 1989.