The Debating Season is officially on as the first tournament of the season is now in the books. Several Sacred Heart students attended the Nova Scotia Impromptu Tournament this past weekend at Halifax West High School.
From France to Canada - the internationality of our SHSH program was on display this past Thanksgiving weekend as two exchange students arrived from one of our Sacred Heart network schools - La Perverie Sacre-Coeur in Nantes, France. Grade 10 students Eva and Romain will be joining us for four weeks to continue their studies before returning to France with their host students, Jaden and Lauren.
Last week Maggie Smith ran yet another personal best and took yet another Senior Girls’ running title at the Regional Cross Country Championship at Point Pleasant Park. It’s now on to the Provincial Championship later this month. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for our star runner.
The great outdoors is an excellent classroom, and Brigadoon Village continues to be a stellar learning experience for our Senior School students. This week, the Grade 8 boys spent two-and-a-half days bonding, learning leadership and survival skills, and experiencing new adventures.
Mark your calendars: next week, you could find yourself enchanted by a new book or two at the Enchanted Forest Book Fair. From October 15-17, the Scholastic Book Fair will be in the Large Parlour from 8am-4pm daily.
On Friday, Ms. Mosher’s grade 2 class tackled a turkey mystery! Over the course of the week, their friend Terry the turkey had sent them special messages to decode, which helped them develop their writing and editing skills.
This morning our senior students spoke with representatives from over 40 Universities and Colleges during the Atlantic Association of Registrars & Admissions Officers tour visit. The students learned about all kinds of different programs, and what it will take to be accepted into the program of their choice.
Rain never stopped Terry Fox during his Marathon of Hope, and it certainly didn’t stop us last Friday. In fact, this year’s Terry Fox Run saw the highest level of active participation at SHSH than ever before!
During Monday morning's chapel period we presented Drs. Jennifer Hancock and Marko Balan from the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s 3 Wishes Project with 75 blankets and almost 200 cards that were crafted during Sacred Heart’s Global Day of Service.
Last Friday, our new and returning international students kicked off their weekend with an epic scavenger hunt! Returning students served as their guides, and new students got to know the ins and outs of Spring Garden Road, key destinations in downtown Halifax and found some great places to eat and visit like Pete's and the Public Gardens.
Last weekend, high school teacher, Christina McKay and senior girls Galina Boubnova, Veronica Cheng, Piper Yang, Corrine Sun and Arika Miyashita truly embodied our goal to build community while volunteering at Halifax Connects.
Yesterday, 144 of our elementary students participated with four other schools in the Atlantic Conference of Independent Schools Cross Country Meet. Despite the grey weather, the rain held off and it was a fantastic day.
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.
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.
It was a spectacular day for the first back-to-school event of the year. Thanks to the Parents' Guild for hosting the annual, and much-loved, Ice Cream Social which drew huge crowds and big line-ups! The Social was a great opportunity for both students and parents to reunite or meet each other for the first time. 600 ice cream cones and 120 popsicles were served, making for a whole lot of sticky fingers!
A huge congratulations to Maggie Smith for her record-breaking achievements at the National Legion Track and Field Championships in Manitoba last week. She continues to crush records in the 1,500-metre race, with a time of 4:25.11, beating the previous record time set by Olympian, Robyn Meagher in 1984. Maggie also won the Women’s Under-18 3,000-metre race and bronze in the 4x400-metre relay. That’s 3 medals to add to her growing collection – incredible!
Our week of Prize Day celebrations continued this morning for our Grade 1-3 students who received certificates of merit for this year’s achievements. It has been a fabulous year together and we’re already excited to see you again in the fall! Congratulations everyone!
The prestigious NSSAF Ron O'Flaherty Scholar-Athlete Awards recognize student athletes who demonstrate outstanding leadership, athletic ability, and sportsmanship while maintaining at least an 85% average in five subjects.
This past weekend Abigail Sincalir won both the Junior Voice Competition and Musical Theatre Competition at the Federation of the Music Festival Nova Scotia. Abigail will be representing Nova Scotia on the 2018 National Team this August and we can't wait to hear all about it. She is then off to University of Torontoin the fall and we must say, they are truly lucky to have her.
Our very own Senior School art teacher, Lynda Shalagan, and PAL Chef Dale Nichols of Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa have published a cookbook! The two were recently featured for Foodie Tuesday on Global News where they spoke about the unique concept behind the book which included demonstration of one of Chef Dale’s signature dishes. The cookbook includes over 150 recipes accompanied by over 50 paintings. You can find From Palette to Palate in store at Chapters or online on Amazon. Congratulations to Linda and Dale and be sure to pick up your copy!
Both Grade 6 classes recently shared a day of reflection as they came together to celebrate the past year and share what they are looking forward to as they take the big step from elementary to senior school.
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.
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!