Fr. David Boettner and Principal Mr. Breen gathered the students after Mass for the official kickoff to the school “construction project”. There was a cross to mark the altar location in the new cathedral; balloons at the height of the dome – 135 feet; and a small piece of foundation rock for all the children. Each grade level will tackle a question as it applies to the building of the new Cathedral (see below).
SHCS Cathedral Project 2015-16
Overall question: How do we build a Cathedral together?
Kindergarten: What is a Cathedral? Who builds it?
1st grade: What kinds of trucks do we need to do the work, and how do they work?
2nd grade: What mathematical knowledge do we need in order to build a Cathedral?
3rd grade: What do we need to know about the geology of Tennessee to do this project? How will the Cathedral represent Tennessee in the building itself?
4th grade: What plans must be made to build a Cathedral? How do architects do their work?
5th grade: Who are the people involved in the project? What types of skills do they need and how do they acquire those skills?
6th grade: What kind of engineering will need to be applied?
7th grade: How much concrete will be needed to build the Cathedral?
8th grade: What’s the role of a cathedral – both in the past and today? How will we be different as a faith community after the new Cathedral is built?
Part of everyone’s work also includes the following:
- The financial cost involved in each question; safety concerns where appropriate; and process.
- Kickoff with “Foundation Assembly” November 6, 2015
- Students from each grade level make a site visit to the Cathedral project.
- Students from each grade level interview people involved directly in the project.
- Each child must play some role in the grade level work.
- Each grade makes a 60-90 second, high-quality video on their question and the work they did.
- Conclude with “Cathedral Day” assembly (ca. May 1, 2016) led by 8th grade where we present our findings and celebrate all together!
Our Sacred Heart students are blessed to be witnesses and partners in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!