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Owen Sound Students 'Skype' With Governor General

Owen Sound | by Bayshore News Staff  

Grade 5 class at Notre Dame Catholic School relishes chat with Julie Payette.

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Students at an Owen Sound elementary school had a rare opportunity to speak with Canada's chief representative to the Queen this week.

Governor General Julie Payette connected with Grade 5 students at Notre Dame Catholic School over a Skype call on Tuesday morning to answer questions and share her experiences, the Bruce Grey Catholic School Board says.

"The call was months in the making," a statement from the board explains. "The Grade 5 students began learning about Payette earlier in the school year, having studied politics and learned about (her) achievements prior to being appointed to the Office of the Governor General."

The school board says the idea of sending a letter to Payette originated with a reading group in the class comprised of five students. Back in March, the group mailed a correspondence to Payette and were later contacted by a representative from the governor general's office about the "GGinteractive" initiative -- a program allowing students to speak with Payette via Skype.

The governor general took questions from 12 students for nearly 25 minutes and covered various topics, including her past career as an astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency.

The Grade 5 classroom's teacher, Marlene Deschenes, says the Skype call with Payette was an honour.

"And a memory these students will have for many years to come," she says.

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