Teachers' toolkit

Our goal is to make these sessions as simple and straightforward as possible.

When the session starts, the teacher will take 30 seconds to introduce themselves, the class and the question period. Students will then take turns asking their pre-prepared question.

Ensure the questions are prepared and approved ahead of time so that you can maximize your time with the Governor General.

To keep things simple, ensure that the students asking questions know what order they are in and are near the front of the class so that they can reach the microphone easily.

The 20 minute session allows for 8 to 12 questions. Students take turns asking the Governor General their pre-prepared question.

While only eight to twelve students in a class have the opportunity to ask their question, we encourage the entire class to attend! Get creative! If students prepare similar questions, perhaps you can pair them together!

Ensuring the best session

In our effort to make these sessions as simple and accessible to as many Canadian schools as possible, we need your collaboration:

  • The session should take place in a classroom (not an auditorium) with the specified class. If other classes or teachers from your school are interested, please encourage them to sign up.

  • Ensure the room in which the session will take place is quiet. The larger the room, the harder it will be to hear and have a conversation with the Governor General.

  • Ensure the room is well-lit. Avoid backlighting.

  • Have fun! The Governor General loves to meet Canadians of all ages and is looking forward to your thoughtful questions.

Preparing your questions

How to address the Governor General

The first time we address the Governor General, we can say "Excellency" or "Your Excellency". Thereafter, a simple "Madam" or “Ms.” is quite appropriate.

Preparing your questions

Plan between 8 to 12 questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Governor General or on the career path of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.

As a starting point and source of inspiration, we invite you to visit www.gg.ca, including the section on the current governor general and the section on the role of the governor general.

We also have educational resources.

We would appreciate it if you could share your prepared questions with us. This will allow the Governor General to better understand what the students are interested in and thus better prepare herself.

When the questions are sent, please indicate the first name and age of the student who will be asking the question.

Tips and tricks for a smooth session

A student should only ask one question to allow several students to interact directly with the Governor General.

A question should not be in several parts. If one question leads to another, it should be considered as two separate questions that should be asked by two different students. There is, moreover, no problem if several consecutive questions relate to the same subject.

Students should know in advance the order of presentation and be ready to come to the microphone as soon as the answer to the previous question ends. We would like to reduce to a maximum the time between each question (to allow more interaction time with the Governor General!).

Hashtags and Handles

We want to connect with you!

If you captured photos from your session that you would like to post to social media, tag us! We would love to know what this experience meant to you from your perspective!

If you plan on posting something related to your GGinteractive session, here are some hashtags and handles that you could use:

#GGinteractive
#RideauHall

@GGJuliePayette
@RideauHall

We encourage you to post your photos and tag us. Who knows, your photos may appear on the Governor General’s social media feed!

Parental Permissions

DISCLAIMER

The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (OSGG) may take photos and/or videos during the GGinteractive session and reserves the right to use them in publications such as the Governor General’s official website, brochures, marketing materials and social media platforms.

To ensure the privacy of individuals—particularly children—images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject(s), parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

A person taking part in a GGinteractive session who does not wish to have their image recorded for distribution should notify the OSGG in writing, prior to the session.

By participating in a GGinteractive session, or by failing to notify the OSGG, in writing, of a person’s desire to not have their photograph used, participants are agreeing to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify the OSGG from any and all claims involving the use of their picture or likeness.

We thank you for your understanding and co-operation, and look forward to your session with us!

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