Student Voices

Views from elementary to university students at Montreal-area schools.

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Why is it important to be bilingual? Now that is a good question. I think it’s important to know at least two languages. The more you know, the better. It can make you a more interesting candidate for a job. A doctor, lawyer or even social worker can be so much more helpful if they can commu…

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Social media has made a massive impact on our lives. There are countless discussions on whether it has improved or worsened our society. People often comment on how social media changed the way we socialize, introduced new occupations, or affected youth’s self-esteem. But what about education?

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“A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” wrote George Eliot. Let me explain, a friend is a person who would…

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Barbara Corcoran once said, “All the best things happened to me after I got rejected. I knew the power of getting past no.” If you get rejected, don’t take it personally, just use it to make yourself stronger and try harder. Sometimes you don’t get what you want but you get what you need. At…

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As the first day of school gets closer and closer, many parents are wondering how to make that transition from the lazy, hazy days of summer to back to school. Here are a couple of important pointers from Akiva School Counsellors Robyn Schreter and Jaimee Kravitz to help facilitate this tran…

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It’s five thirty on a Saturday morning, it’s barely light outside and I’m already on my second cup of coffee. The average student won’t be getting up for another four hours at least, but I’m not just awake, I’m getting ready for the last debate tournament in my high school career.

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Volunteer work is a huge part of Lester B. Pearson High School and its student council. I have spent my last year of high school more involved with my school than I’ve ever been because of student council and the opportunities it has given me. This year, I helped coordinate and build a haunt…

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At 14 years old, I was watching my mother cough blood almost every single day. She was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism. (Blood clots in the lungs). My summer of 2014 was mostly spent coming and going to the hospital. I started my third year of high school on the wrong path, I went into h…

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Albert Camus once said, "Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."

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Throughout my high school years, there has always been one event keeping me going through the homework, tests and stressful student life: Leadership Camp. It all started in secondary one, when I was a shy, self-conscious kid with big ideas and a passion for leadership. I was asked to attend …

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There’s a problem in schools that’s being ignored. It involves bullying, the behavioural epidemic of our times. I’m not referring to student intimidation, which has become the focus of schoolwide behavioural interventions over the past ten years. Student bullying continues to be a problem, b…

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Throughout my journey at Akiva I learned the true meaning of a being a “mensch” (a good person). I learned how to be respectful and not judge people by their looks or their religion. I appreciate the importance of always trying to help people. I will never forget our visit to Maison Shalom i…

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The controversial changes made to the history curriculum made nation-wide headlines and for good reason. Since 1984, our ministry of education has been adjusting Quebec’s history program, but only in 2012 did it go live when the Parti Québécois Education Minister, Marie Malavoy wanted to alt…

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Within every school there need to be a sense of community to create a connection amongst all the students and the teachers. So that we can showcase all our different talents, ideas and opinions. Without a community students wouldn’t interact as much and school wouldn’t be a comfortable place…

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My favourite musical can be best described as Mean Girls set in the eighties; a high school outcast befriends the three most popular girls in the grade and things go very, very badly. Sadly, Heathers never made it to Broadway, which doesn’t make any sense to me, since it’s the most relatable…

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On February 10th, Carolynn Boulanger a secondary 4 student organized an amazing evening event to raise money for families in Ecuador with the help of many volunteers. She raised over 1800$, triple her goal with the help of generous donation in our community! By raising money for this importa…

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It’s almost impossible to walk down the street in Montreal and not see a hipster. By definition, hipsters are people who are constantly following the latest trends, especially those that nobody has heard of yet. So why has Montreal become a place so full of fashionable, trendy people? I beli…

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A walk that was started 36 years ago by a well-known heroic Canadian, Terry Fox, has been continued annually by students across Canada in more than 9000 Canadian communities. All to pursue an honorable cause, the search for a cure for cancer. Sadly, last year that tradition was broken for ma…

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Creepy clowns have been spotted in several countries, including the US, Canada, France, and more. It’s not even Halloween yet! We can’t even imagine what is to  come from these red-nosed freaks. More pranks to scare little kids? More chases down the street with machetes and chainsaws? Not to…

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Canada has put the world to the test by challenging them to pledge money to fight against AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau voiced this on Friday the 16th of September.

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As we begin this new school year, we come to realize that our time at Bialik is coming to an end.

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As many of you may already know, the past is making a major come back in today’s society. From the vinyl players to the hippie fashion, many aspects of past generations are creeping their way back into the modern world. Is it because things were much simpler back then? Is it because we feel …

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FULL DISCLOSURE:  I am currently a vegetarian in the middle of a vegan transition so I’m definitely biased when it comes to the subject of schools having vegetarian/vegan meal options.