The grade 8 girls and grade 7 boys are back from their camping trips to Brigadoon; and what whirlwind trips they were! These annual expeditions are all about outdoor adventure, teamwork, and leadership and are set in the beautiful terrain of the Annapolis Valley. This year the students learned survival skills like how to light a campfire with a magnifying glass, played Quidditch and ultimate Frisbee, channeled their inner “Katniss Everdeen” at the archery range, and rowed in teams around Aylesford Lake. Thanks to faculty members Ms. Fear, Ms. Hammond, Ms. MacDonald, Mrs. MacKenzie, Mrs. McQuaid, and Ms. Misener, the fearless trip leaders. It was also great to see new Senior School Principal Mr. MacAskill and Vice Principal Mr. Pinches were there for visits. What a spectacular way to start the new school year.
Sacred Heart schools around the world came together on September 15th to commemorate Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, a pioneer missionary of the Society of the Sacred Heart who opened the first Sacred Heart school in North America on that day 200 years ago. In Philippine's name, the over 150 schools each participated by performing acts of service in their community. Here in Halifax we loved the idea so much we created two days to celebrate! First up on September 14th, our entire School was involved in making blankets and cards for the 3 Wishes Project, an initiative of the Nova Scotia Health Authority which aims to improve the end-of-life experience for patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Together, we made 75 blankets and 200 cards that will bring much comfort to those supported by the Project. We were also honoured to have elders, Billy Lewis, Muriel Rosevear, and Joan Smith, share some of their sacred traditions with us including singing, drumming, and two special smudging ceremonies to bless our new playground and entrance. This was a fitting tribute to Philippine, who was well known for her enduring relationship with the Potawatomi people whom she lived with in Kansas. On September 15th, the Sacred Heart Alumnae and Alumni Association hosted a Blood Drive at which 25 alum and members of the SHSH community donated blood and provided the gift of life. These two days were a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together and honour Philippine by serving others. Thanks to Mrs. Schrader and her team, Mr. Mackinnon, Mr. McCallum, Mrs. Harper Given, and Mr. Britton for their tireless efforts in making the Global Day of Service so special.