We recently celebrated a very special day for our faculty and staff and their continued dedication to making SHSH exceptional. Through a series of long service awards, we recognized those who have contributed 5, 10, 15, 25, and 30 years to SHSH, along with two of our employees who are retiring this year after 31 and 42 years respectfully. This gave us a total of 19 faculty and staff members who collectively have given 318 years to SHSH! That's a massive amount of love, devotion, and molding of young minds! Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do. On behalf of all of the students, families, and community members who have been touched by each and every one of you – heart-felt thanks.
The annual Foire de la Francophonie was held recently in the Study Hall. Mme Gesner's Grade 7 boys all put forth tremendous effort preparing for this well-attended event. Parents and students visited our Fair and not only got to taste many traditional delicacies but also learned about the rich traditions and cultures that exist in the Francophone world. Many thanks to all of our visitors and to the boys for their efforts preparing for the event.
The students of Sacred Heart Elementary School worked diligently all year to create wonderful works of art to show and share with family and friends as part of the 6th Annual Art Show held on April 26th.
What a weekend! The 13th Annual Donahoe Cup took place at SHSH April 28th and 29th amid a flurry of activity. Over 100 debaters from schools throughout Canada took part, including St Bonaventure's College, Lower Canada College, Selwyn House School, St John's Ravenscourt, Balmoral College, Ecole River Heights, Gray Academy of Jewish Studies, St Paul's Immaculate Heart of Mary, Holy Ghost, and of course schools from across Nova Scotia - Middleton, Ridgecliff, Halifax Grammar, Kings Edgehill, Sacred Heart and Fountain. In the final round between St. John's Ravenscourt and Middleton Regional High School, SJR defeated Middleton on the topic "This house prefers life in a state of nature" and thus were awarded this year's Cup. In the novice final, Fountain Academy debated SJR on the topic "This House would say no to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline." Our boys pulled out the win! Big congratulations to Malcolm and Xander.
The Donahoe Cup is only possible because of our many volunteers. Our thanks to the families who billeted debaters, the 68 individuals who judged rounds of debate for us, Eleanor Jamieson who helped recruit judges, and Bonnie LeFrank, Basia Sowinski, Heidi and Felicity Sapp and Lori McCay Peet and Mike Flynn who did the food service, and of course our debate coaches Robyn Andrecyk, Christina McKay, Kathryn Bjornson, Patricia Donnelly, and Brian Casey. Thanks also to the Elementary students who supported us as moderators - they did an outstanding job and showed a very excited interest in debating. Until next year!
Sacred Heart had 18 chess players competing at the Provincial Scholastic Chess Championships at MSVU on Sunday, April 29th. Kudos to all players who put forth such a great effort and showed excellent sportsmanship. Big congratulations to our Grade 5-6 A-Team (Devin, Nathaniel, Taim and Tommy) who are provincial champions! Bravo!
In case you missed it - check out CBC's Information Morning recent interview with SHSH debaters Eamon and Julia as they got ready to head to Oxford to represent Canada at the International Competition for Young Debaters - http://bit.ly/2jiObVB This was certainly valuable media training and experience for our students!
On Monday, April 23, The Sacred Heart Physical Education Department temporarily expanded with the addition of one young and dynamic new teacher, Ms Emma Corcoran-Hart of Grade 5F! As the winner of the Parents' Guild Christmas Fair "P.E. Teacher for a Day" experience, Ms Corcoran-Hart had the opportunity to work alongside Mr. Britton for the day, planning and delivering Phys Ed lessons for Grades 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6! Mr. Britton was impressed with Ms Corcoran-Hart's planning, and the students had lots of fun participating in all her games and activities! Although Ms Corcoran-Hart enjoyed her day, an inside source disclosed she was quite surprised about how exhausted she was after teaching a full day of elementary P.E.!
Congratulations to our own Maggie Smith who was featured in this month's national magazine Canadian Running. Check out the profile here - find out what music she likes to run to, and what her earliest running memories are. As Maggie continues to run at an elite level, we'll track her progress; we know she's a runner to keep our eye on - if we can keep up!
Olympic sprinter Adrienne Power was our special guest and motivational speaker in elementary assembly this week. Originally from Eastern Shore, NS, Adrienne shared the story of how she became an elite athlete, fulfilling her dear grandfather's dream of her representing Canada at the Olympic Games. Ms. Power shared her Personal Success Framework, speaking to the importance of hard work and focus built on a solid foundation of daily sleep, nutrition, and practice on the athletic field and in the classroom. Responding to failure was a key point in her presentation, and this is a message we hope our students will carry forward. Successful people don't win every time, and when they fail they learn from the experience and improve through focus and hard work. As always, our students were hyper attentive and asked great questions, and we even had a chance to pass around a Team Canada baton that has made its way around the world. In this way, each of us touched greatness and were inspired by Adrienne's encouraging words.
Sacred Heart Elementary School student, Devin Huang, Grade 6, will be interviewed on French CBC Radio April 19th. CBC discovered him after his amazing performances at the Nova Scotia Kiwanis Music Festival recently. He is scheduled to have a dress rehearsal with the Chebucto Orchestra on April 19th and the plan is that they will record his performance or part of it and then interview him with his teacher, Ms. Lynn Stodola. It will air on Friday, April 20th.
Our SHSH community came together on Thursday, April 12th in support of Jersey Day and the Humboldt Broncos community. Together we raised almost $1,000 for their Go Fund Me campaign, all while showing our support and spirit with a vast array of sports jerseys. Thanks to everyone for being part of this day and showing our support. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and the entire community.
Although the 2018 Olympics are now over, the Junior Primary children used them to create their own JP Olympics and learned all about sportsmanship, inclusion, the global village, and competition. The children started with the Olympic pledge: “I promise to participate in the games. And give it my all. Winning or losing is not important. Remembering to have fun is. Let’s go Olympians. Let’s Go!” Once fully committed to their Olympics, they embraced the various sports and participated in their own curling, biathlon and bobsledding games. To make it eve more fun, they added in such non-Olympic favourites as the pipe cleaner race and the feather race! During each sport, the children cheered for one another as they gave it their all. It was wonderful to see the whole class support each other and applaud those who received a medal. All in all, the JP Olympics was a huge success because our children learned it was just as important to participate and have fun as it was to win a medal. Way to go JP's! Way to go Team Canada!
Talent galore was on display at the recent Elementary School Talent Show. Students from Grades 3-6 showcased their talents on stage, including singing, dancing, piano playing, and stand-up comedy! This annual event offers children an opportunity to demonstrate courage and confidence in front of an audience. While there was a great deal of talent showcased on Thursday night, the true joy of this event is in its inclusive nature: all performers, whether beginners or near-experts, are applauded for their efforts. Well done!