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Student exhibit at Museum of Health Care

Classroom Exhibit

After spending a week at the Museum of Health Care in the fall, St Marguerite Bourgeoys CS students in Alison Bogle’s Grade 5 class worked on creating body system models. The models will be on display from January 15 until Feburary 4th, 2020. Visit the Museum of Health Care at 32 George Street Kingston to see the exhibit!

Students learn how traditions impact how we build community 

Circle Book

Students from St Francis Assisi in Grades 7-8 visited the Schools Museum with Jane Goudreau to learn about traditions of the past.  Following their week, students hosted a ‘Make and Take’ lunch session where they taught their peers the skills they had learned such as quill-writing, sewing, and origami.  Special thanks to Helen Cutts for coming to see us at the Museum and writing this blog post about your visit.

Beyond Classrooms Kingston is recipient of City of 2020 Kingston Heritage Grant

2020 Heritage Grant Recipient

On January 13th, 2020, Linda Lamoureux, BCK Board Chair, accepted an award of $51, 544.36 as part of the Kingston Heritage Fund. Thank you to the City of Kingston and the Kingston Association of Museums and Galleries for helping us to continue to promote cultural awareness and active citizenship amongst youth in our community spaces! Read more about the Kingston Heritage Fund and 2020 recipients in this press release.

Local Students turn City Hall into Classroom

Classroom in City Hall

Gail Ows and her Grade 5 class from St Martha CS spent Local Government Week (Oct 21-25/19) at Kingston City Hall. Check out Julia McKay’s Whig article to hear what they learned about responsible government and active citizenship.


Beyond Classrooms Expands to Napanee

Teacher Mary Beth Duchene and her Grade 3 Southview PS students participated in Beyond Classrooms’ first program week at the Lennox & Addington Museum & Archives in Napanee in May.  Read all about their great week at this amazing community museum site: Southview Grade 3 class immerses itself in local history for a week

and in the Whig: Students spend week ‘beyond the classroom’ _ The Kingston Whig-Standard

and on CBC Radio Morning: Grade 3 in Napanee uses the Museum as a classroom

‘Big’ Cheque Presentation from The Works

The Works Donation

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro – Team Kingston recently showed off some fine community spirit, with a donation to Beyond Classrooms Kingston.  The local charity was selected to be the recipient of the downtown eatery’s ‘Charity Burger’ program:  one dollar from the price of each charity burger sold will go towards the cost of delivering the Beyond Classrooms program to over 250 students for this school year.

The cheque presented to Beyond Classroom’s Board Chair, Linda Lamoureux by The Work’s Makenzie, brings the total donated by Team Kingston to $1005.  The Work’s generosity in supporting the Beyond Classrooms initiative, speaks well of the restaurant’s corporate citizenship culture.

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro, the popular chain renowned for its creative burgers, got its start in Ottawa in 2001 and brought its unique dining experience to Kingston in 2011. Beyond Classrooms Kingston moves classes of elementary students and their teacher into a museum, gallery or cultural space for a full week at a time.

Canadian Geological Foundation Funds Learning at the Miller Museum

Geological Foundation

For nearly 50 years, the Canadian Geological Foundation has played a key role in sustaining geoscience education, outreach and awareness across Canada.  Thanks to a $6,000 bursary from their outreach funding grant program, the cost of student participation in Beyond Classrooms Kingston’s program weeks at Queen’s University’s Miller Museum of Geology will be offset for the next four years. The bursary was awarded from the Jérôme H. Remick III Endowment Trust Fund, managed by the Canadian Geological Foundation.

In announcing the funding, Ann Blake, Beyond Classrooms Kingston’s President, commented:   “We are delighted to be the recipient of this prestigious national foundation’s award, particularly given their focus on raising awareness.  Thanks to the generous support of Queen’s Department of Geology and particularly the role of Miller Museum Curator Mark Badham, we have introduced over 175 elementary students to the study of geology at the university level over the past four years. It’s gratifying to see young people so excited to learn about the world beneath their feet, and inspiring to think that  Kingston students may lead the way in geoscience research in the future.”

Founded by the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites, Beyond Classrooms Kingston is a charitable organization which moves a classroom of elementary students and their teacher into community cultural spaces for a full week. The program is funded in part by the City of Kingston’s Heritage Fund, local business sponsors, and private donors.  

Beyond Classrooms Kingston returns to the Miller Museum with classes from St. Francis of Assissi and St. Martha’s Catholic Schools in March and April. Follow student exploits in geoscience with us on Facebook and Twitter.  Learn more about the role of the Canadian Geological Foundation at

Canadian Geological Foundatino

Thanks in no small part to the City of Kingston’s Heritage Fund Operating Grant of $42,605.94, Beyond Classrooms will be moving students out of their classrooms in 2018-19.  We’re taking applications from interested sites now!  Teacher applications in April.

Students learn what it takes to be healthy

Ms Choquette’s media stars from Rideau Heights Public School show off their learning, in this great Learning in Limestone video.  Thanks to Queen’s School of Medicine’s Simulation Lab and the Museum of Health Care for helping our students learn about technological advances in medicine.


We enjoyed reading Julia McKay’s fantastic Whig article ‘Schoolhouse rocks’ after she visited us  at the Miller Museum of Geology

Thank you Mandy Marciniak for your great Kingston Heritage article about Harley Gallagher and his students from Molly Brant who spent the week exploring rocks and minerals and more at the Miller Museum of Geology

Thanks to Curtis at K Town Source for the GREAT video shot at City Hall with Simon Pottery and his students. Nice to see all of our students so engaged in Rob Crother’s ‘design your own building activity’! Lots of very creative ideas.

Ecole Catholique Cathedrale Visits Bellevue House National Historic Site

Tori Stafford visits students spending week ‘beyond classrooms’ in the Military Communications and Electronics Museum

Thanks for the great Whig article about your observations on Lana Macdonald’s classes’ week, Gord Sly!

Michael Lea at Kingston’s Whig Standard explores what it means for teacher Skot Caldwell and his students to spend Local Government Week at City Hall.

Kingston Herald put its own spin on elementary students taking over City Hall!

We also want to send a special thanks to CKWS-TV reporters who came out to cover Beyond Classroom Kingston sessions at City Hall (Oct. 21/16), the Military Communications & Electronics Museum (Nov. 16/16), and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Mar. 8/17). Thank you for helping spread the word about how teachers and students are learning in our region’s museums, galleries, and community sites.


Mike Lacey’s intrepid art sleuths from Rideau Heights PS move their classroom to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre for a week.

Karla Tynski Appointed as Program Coordinator

Communiqué de Presse – La classe de 5/6 de Christine Norris de l’École Polson Park Public School, participera dans le programme de « Beyond Classrooms Kingston ».à l`Hôtel de Ville de Kingston. Libéré le 21 janvier 2016

Media Release: Polson Park Public School Grade 5/6 with teacher Christine Norris are the next class to move into Kingston City Hall from January 25 to 29, 2016. Released: January 21, 2016

Media Release: $113,200 OTF Grant Will Help the Beyond Classrooms Kingston Program January 19, 2016

Media Release: Loughborough Public School at Kingston City Hall January 11-15

Media Release: St Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School at Miller Museum of Geology at Queen’s University November 23-27, 2015

Media Release: St. John XXIII Catholic School moves into Kingston City Hall for Civic Week October 19-23, 2015


Taking Learning out of the Classroom and into City Hall by Ann Blake – Municipal World May 2015

A Ferry Educational Experience Station 14 Kingston

Beyond Classrooms TVCogeco April 21, 2015

Education Program takes class and moves it out into the community for a week – The Whig Standard April 16, 2015

Kingston City Hall becomes class for a week – The Whig Standard February 6, 2015
Learning in Limestone: Beyond the Classroom – CKWS News February 5, 2015

Local students learn about how our city works – Station 14 February 3, 2015

Local students hold a mock debate– CKWS News January 22, 2015

Beyond Classrooms on JC Kenney’s Kingston Report – CBC Radio Ontario Morning January 22, 2015

Students master the art of learning – The Whig Standard October 9, 2014
Students from Holy Name School in Kingston are spending the week learning at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre – CKWS News October 7, 2014


Learning Outside the Classroom – The Whig Standard March 26, 2014

Students Learn “Beyond the Classroom” – CKWS News March 26, 2014

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