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.
We have started construction on Phase 2 of our Campus Renewal plans as part of the Dare to Be Capital Campaign. We are now into our second month of work, and lots has been happening, including back-filling the foundation walls and footings, underground drainage, and preparing to lay the insulation and add the vapour barrier and in-floor heating pipes for the concrete floor which will be poured soon. Interested to know more? Better yet, want to see it as it's happening?! Check out our live camera view here. And follow along on social media - Twitter and Facebook - with twice-weekly posts and pictures on our progress. If you're nearby and happen to snap a picture, share it with us using the hashtags #LookAtUsNow and #SHSH. Thanks to our Dare to Be Campaign donors who have helped make this happen! It's an exciting time!
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!