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April 19, 2017

Frozen in wax

Grade 5 students at RPS created a “wax museum” on Wed., April 12, in the school library, where they each dressed up as, and provided information about, a famous Canadian. Vetter photo

RPS hosts “wax museum”

Candice Vetter

Villager Staff

RUSSELL—The Grade 5 students at Russell Public School recently created a “wax museum” which provided a unique learning opportunity for themselves and other students at the school.

The assignment was to research a famous Canadian, then present the information in a museum plaque form and dress like the person represented. The students had to freeze for five minutes while other classes walked through, then they came to life to answer questions. The students did a great job of standing motionless, which is surprisingly difficult, in poses typical of their subjects.

There were no restrictions on choosing whom to research, so a wide variety of Canadians were represented. They included Olympians Clara Hughes, Ian Miller and Penny Oleksiak; Hollywood stars such as Eugene Levy and Mike Myers, both of whom are writers, actors, producers and comedians; hockey players Wayne Gretzky and Martin Brodeur; mathematician Andre Joyal, Morse code train dispatcher Vince Coleman, who stayed at his post to warn an oncoming train just before the Halifax explosion which killed him; media personality Don Cherry; politicians Justin Trudeau and Charles Tupper; prima ballerina Karen Kain; astronaut and musician Chris Hadfield; soldier and holder of a Distinguished Conduct Medal in the Second World War Leo Major; child star of Netflix sensation Stranger Things Finn Wolfhart; and of course Terry Fox; among others.

Teacher Aleksandra Greenwood was very pleased with her students’ efforts. “They all worked really hard,” she said, between visiting classes. “I thought we might end up with a bunch of Wayne Gretzkys, but the diversity here is amazing.”

The students were well informed about their subjects and happy to discuss why they had become famous. The wax museum phenomenon is catching on in schools where it is proving to be a very popular learning method.