Benefits of Heritage Fairs
The Heritage Fairs give young people across the province the opportunity to engage in their communities, speak with tradition bearers, and learn something new about who they are and where they’ve come from. Directly linked to school curricula, the Heritage Fair Program encourages students to explore heritage in a dynamic, hands-on manner.
Including Heritage Fairs in Your Curriculum
In some cases, a Heritage Fair is a means for teachers to achieve outcomes in a specific subject area or even across the curriculum. Heritage Fairs naturally link to Social Studies, but they can be used by teachers in subjects as diverse as art, language arts, theatre arts, music, physical education, mathematics, science, and technology.
Students can choose to present their Heritage Fair topic through a variety of mediums, including: tabletop presentation board, three-dimensional model, audio visual presentation, original artwork, performance, poetry or creative writing, and more. These presentations must be accompanied by a written report of their research.
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Heritage Fair Structure
Heritage Fairs are held annually in every province and territory in Canada. Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Fairs are administered by the Historic Sites Association. Our Executive Director acts as the Provincial Coordinator for the fairs and works to secure funding and sponsors for the program, manages the Regional Coordinators, and develops and distributes information relevant to the fairs.
The Regional Coordinators are Social Studies Program Specialists assigned by the English School District to facilitate Heritage Fairs in their area of the province. These individuals report to the Provincial Coordinator and are responsible for organizing their annual Regional Heritage Fair with the help of a volunteer committee. This coordinator also provides support and guidance to school fairs and teachers in their region.
School Heritage Fairs are run voluntarily by a teacher or committee, who organizes a school fair with projects from one or more classrooms. Students are selected from these school fairs to attend their Regional Heritage Fair.
Planning a School Heritage Fair
Your School Fair should be a celebration that includes the entire school and acknowledges the achievements of students presenting a Heritage Fair Project. The School Fair Coordinator will ensure that all information is communicated efficiently and effectively to teachers involved in the program, particularly information about provincial and national Heritage Fair opportunities that begin at the school level. This person is the point of contact for the Regional Coordinator and must register early to receive valuable information about Heritage Fairs for their students.
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Your Regional Coordinator
Your Regional Coordinator will be your main point of contact for support in preparing for your school fair and for information on your annual Regional Heritage Fair.
Registering Students for the Regional Heritage Fair
Your Regional Coordinator will allocate a number of slots at the Regional Heritage Fair for projects from your school. When selecting what projects advance, consider not only the quality of the projects, but also what opportunities and awards are available at the regional level. Students attending a Regional Heritage Fair are required to complete the following forms: Regional Heritage Fair Registration Form and Media Release Form.
Opportunities For Students
2019 Heritage Fair Theme:
Heroes and Villains of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Past