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First class voyage for Surrey students

Frost Road Elementary students with a model they built of the RMS Titanic. From left: Jimmy Senesouma, Luke Sun, Jack Zhang and Nathan Phu. Below is tha cast of a play about the sinking of the Titanic. From left are Matthew Adormeo, Justin King, Michael O’Toole (captain), Joshua Herd, Cameron Morris and Sumeet Singh - Evan Seal / The Leader
Frost Road Elementary students with a model they built of the RMS Titanic. From left: Jimmy Senesouma, Luke Sun, Jack Zhang and Nathan Phu. Below is tha cast of a play about the sinking of the Titanic. From left are Matthew Adormeo, Justin King, Michael O’Toole (captain), Joshua Herd, Cameron Morris and Sumeet Singh
— image credit: Evan Seal / The Leader

For the past three weeks, a Grade 7 class in Surrey has been soaking up knowledge, using the history of the Titanic to keep their interest afloat.

There are pencil drawings of the famous ship on their classroom wall at Frost Road Elementary, as well as written biographies and pictures of key members of the passenger and crew.

Teacher Kerry Schwab’s students are also performing a short play illustrating the Titanic’s illustrious Frost Road Elementary Grade 7 Titanic playbeginning and fateful end.

“We decided as a class to do this... because of all the excitement of the 100th anniversary,” she said of the cross-curricular theme, which has included language arts, drama, visual arts and math lessons.

The class has also used an iPad app called Titanic Her Journey, which has an interactive history, and they’ve been following a real time Twitter page that has people writing messages as if they were on the ocean liner today.

“Away she goes! What a sight!” someone tweeted after the ship’s faux maiden launch early Tuesday morning.

“The captain has retired to his quarters. He has left the ship in the capable hands of the night watch,” read another tweet that evening.

For 13-year-old Sumeet Singh, who didn’t know much about the ship and its history, the various school projects have been a lot of fun.

“We actually did a lot of research,” he smiles. “We were learning, but it wasn’t work.”

Selina Ye agrees. She helped put together a digital slideshow of 25 images with accompanying scripted information.

“They showed things like the different cabins, how the sinking happened and some of the famous passengers,” she explains.

As well as narrating the class’s play, Ye also wrote and is directing two short dramas, including a comedic piece loosely based on the Hollywood movie version, with love struck characters Rose and Jack (both played by guys) and dramatic, lip synched songs.

Tomorrow, the class will hold a Grand Buffet – complete with white tablecloths, silver plates and goblets –  to celebrate their Titanic efforts.

sreynolds@surreyleader.com

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