This past weekend, our spirited Senior Girls Soccer team competed in the NSSAF Provincials in Margaree, NS. The weather was less than favourable for outdoor play, but that didn’t stop our girls from playing their hearts out!
Our grade 10 and 11 Spanish classes are celebrating the lives of deceased loved ones during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). They worked together with Señora Riley to create a traditional celebratory altar; not for worshipping, but for welcoming and honouring the spirits of the deceased.
Our Senior Girls Soccer Team is headed to Cape Breton for the Provincial Championships, and we couldn’t be more proud! The girls went toe-to-toe against Musquodoboit in the Regionals this past Saturday, and played with phenomenal athleticism and teamwork.
Thankfully the rain ended and the sky brightened for our Elementary School’s “Take Me Outside Day”, an annual event that encourages young people to put their screens down, and get outside and enjoy this great, big, beautiful country of ours.
Today our Grade 5F class had a very special visitor. Mrs. Isabel Moore visited us to celebrate her upcoming 101st birthday, and Grade 5F presented her with a book they had written about the things they hope to do before they turn 101.
After a successful showing at this past weekend’s Impromptu Tournament, three members of the Sacred Heart community were honoured with awards for their outstanding contributions to Nova Scotia student debating.
The Grade 1 classes joined with Vancouver Aquarium and World Wildlife Federation yesterday to participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. They took the city bus to Point Pleasant Park and cleaned the first two sections of Black Rock Beach. Together, they collected 194 pieces of trash, including bottle caps, food wrappers, plastic bags, plywood, lobster claw rings, foam packaging, and one very wet t-shirt. Motivated by their study of orcas, they learned about the importance of healthy oceans and how people can help and harm animals that live in them. This is an excellent example of Goal 3 - social awareness that impels to action. Well done, Grade 1!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
At lunch this week, we held an Upcycling Workshop to learn how to make something ‘new’ by rescuing an old item. We made bags out of old T-shirts - no sewing required. In the photos are Hannah (Gr 7), Six (Gr 12), Zein (Gr 8), and Ms. Meredith Wilson showing off their ‘new’ bags!
To also celebrate Earth Week, the Fountain Academy students from Grades 7-12 participated in an Environmental Trivia Contest for House Points during their homeroom/advisory meeting. Photo #1
A joyous group of senior highs brought Earth Day cards to the elementary students today and asked them to make a promise to the Earth. Photos #2 and #3
At lunch this week, we held an Upcycling Workshop to learn how to make something ‘new’ by rescuing an old item. We made bags out of old T-shirts - no sewing required. In the photos are Hannah (Gr 7), Six (Gr 12), Zein (Gr 8), and Ms. Meredith Wilson showing off their ‘new’ bags! Photos #4, 5 & 6
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.
Our students received math contest results from The Center of Mathematics and Computing contests run by the University of Waterloo.
Grade 9 - 5 boys' scores were in the top 25% of all students who wrote the contest. They wrote the Pascal. 31863 wrote in Canada. Alphabetically: Sam Carver, Rocco Leblanc, Ilya Patrzykat, Eamon Roach, Ryan Smith.
Grade 10 - 2 boys' scores were in the top 25% of all students who wrote the contest. They wrote the Cayley. 24709 wrote in Canada. Alphabetically: Yichen Liu, Yicong Sun
The top three scores of the Grade 10 boys were the zone champions for the Cayley contest. These are calculated by taking the top 3 scores. Alphabetically: Yichen Liu, Will Nickerson, Yicong Sun
On April 10th, Father Francesco Pirisi, F.O.H. and Brother Nathanael F.O.H. celebrated an Easter Liturgy and Blessing of the Babies ceremony with our Elementary School community. Four new babies within our Sacred Heart family were blessed, and our Elementary students took joy in having them with us for the morning. Our Grade 5 students took the lead in preparing for the Mass, as well as coordinating a baby supply drive for Phoenix House.
Earth Week started today for the Senior High School. At lunch today, we held an Upcycling Workshop to learn how to make something ‘new’ by rescuing an old item. We made bags out of old T-shirts - no sewing required. Here are Hannah (Gr 7), Six (Gr 12), Zein (Gr 8), and Ms. Meredith Wilson showing off their ‘new’ bags!
Last week, grade 12 classmates Ailie Sullivan and Juliana Murphy received individual awards as HRM Volunteers of the Year (Youth). Both girls contribute of their time generously to their school, their churches and communities. Their efforts to enhance their communities merited recognition in a formal ceremony with the Mayor and Regional Councillors.
She Loves Me is a delightful musical written by Joe Masteroff, based on the 1937 play Parfumerie by Miklós László. The lyrics and music, by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, respectively, are both lively and thought-provoking. Each musical number is accompanied by exciting choreography, courtesy of the Sacred Heart students. The sets, music, and the chemistry among the actors take the audience back to a time of old European glam. This production is one not to miss!
Like every year, the students of Sacred Heart dazzle in this classic romantic comedy that still captures audiences’ hearts today. Set in a European parfumerie in the 1930s, She Loves Me features clerks Georg Nowack (Mitchell Reardon) and Amalia Balash (Abigail Sinclair) who find themselves constantly at odds with each other. Georg eagerly writes to a “Dear Friend” via a Lonely Hearts newspaper column, desperately wanting to discover the identity of the recipient. Meanwhile, two other clerks, Steven Kodaly (David Sapp) and Ilona Ritter (Meg Currie) are deeply in love, taking the other clerks along for the ride of their turbulent relationship. The hard-working yet charismatic boss, Mr. Maraczek (Isaac Burke), sets the stage for a humble parfumerie where both romance and perfume are in the air!
Showtimes are 7:30pm Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th, and there is a 2:00pm matinee on Saturday, April 14th, at the Sacred Heart School of Halifax, 5820 Spring Garden Road. Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Call 902-422-4459 to reserve tickets. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door before each showing.
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!
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