We had some great results from this past weekend's Dalhousie Sodales Parliamentary Debate Championship, where we had four teams in the Junior Finals. Congratulations to Cydney Carruthers and Holly Jamieson who placed 2nd, Devin Huang and Nathaniel Duguay who placed 3rd, and Elspeth Simms and Laura Wright who placed 4th. As a result of their fine efforts, a number of our debaters also placed individually; kudos to Cydney in 3rd place, Devin in 4th, and Holly in 5th. And special thanks to our Debate Coach Kathryn Bjornson. Well done everyone!
SHSH recently hosted the Nova Scotia Debating Society Impromptu Debating Championships which drew 64 debaters from 11 schools across the province. Many of our students did exceptionally well, with several debaters placing in the top tier of their category.
Last Friday we welcomed back Sacred Heart alumnus Alex Gillis (‘16) as he and his colleague Aaron Friedland helped kickstart our journey with Simbi, an educational platform helping over 23,000 learners improve their literacy across 250 schools in 35 countries.
We are serious about our international roots and connections, which is why Allison Englehart, our International Admissions Manager is travelling throughout Eastern Europe this week meeting with future international students as well as promoting exchange opportunities with network schools.
It was a fantastic two-for-one bonus this week as we welcomed local Green Party candidate Jo-Ann Roberts to the Senior School to discuss the party’s political platform with our students. In an unexpected but very welcome surprise, she brought along Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, who was in Halifax on a campaign stop to announce the party’s platform cost.
Recently our Elementary School students prepared and presented speeches in front of classmates, vying for their spot in this year’s Student Council. The votes have been tallied and we are excited to announce this year’s Student Council and Class Reps:
It has officially been a decade since the class of 2009 wandered the halls of Sacred Heart, and to mark this special occasion classmates Christina Redmond and Deirdre Casey organized their ten-year reunion.
Congratulations to Devin Huang who won the gold medal (again) in his age group during last month's Canadian Music Competition. To be blown away by his talent, check out his full performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24, 2nd and 3rd movements accompanied by his teacher, Ms. Lynn Stodola, here. Devin plans to perform an even bigger concerto next year - we'll be watching,,,and listening!
Big congratulations to recent grad Maggie Smith '19 on her gold-medal finish at the Pan American U20 Women's 1500m championship. With a time of 4:25:47, she is now the fastest girl under 20 years of age in the Americas! Such impressive speed and endurance. We continue to be so proud of Maggie and will keep watching her on the national and international stage!
Congratulations grade 11 student Sam Barabara and his teammate Maddie Chaisson from the Lunenburg Yacht Club on sailing into 2nd place during the Club 420 Triple Crown National Championships in July. Sam and Maddie just narrowly missed winning the event, finishing just behind the winning team from Quebec. The event was held over three days at Sam"s home club, and there were a number of other Sacred Heart students competing during the Sailfest event. We SHORE are proud of you!
This year, 10 of our graduating students successfully completed the Diplôme d'études en Langue Française (DELF) exam, an internationally recognized certification of French competency for those outside of France.
What an aweSTEM display! Many of our students wrote the first-ever Atlantic Science Links Association (ASLA) Science Contest exam, and Sacred Heart came out as the big winner, taking six of the top nine awards in the province!
The sports accolades keep rolling in! Congratulations to Grade 9 student Lareina Shen who was awarded the Junior Female Athlete of the Year Award for Badminton, and Grade 8 student Jacob Côté who was awarded Senior Male Athlete of the Year Award for Figure Skating at the Support4Sport Awards Gala this past Saturday.
This past weekend, Sacred Heart students Charlie Simms, Evan Laurence, Cydney Carruthers, Holly Jamieson, Max Mitchell, Aidan Eisan, and Xander Biddulph made up half of Team Nova Scotia competing at the 2019 Junior National Debate Championships in Montréal.
A combined 65 years of service by eight SHSH employees was celebrated recently through recognition of employees Colleen Clattenburg, Dr. Noel Da Silva, Miriam Regan, and Meredith Wilson - 5 years of service; Jared Griffiths, Dr. Rebecca Hammond and Barbara-Ann McGarry - 10 years of service; and Heather Leal - an incredible 15 years of service.
It’s not quite the end of the year, but Grade 10 Girls Fine Arts class just completed their “final exam”. Over the term, the girls have been learning all about the art of performance, and what goes into the making of a full stage production.
There’s a Canadian Chess Challenger among us! Congratulations are in order for Grade 7 student, Tommy Deng, after he placed 5th in his division during the 31st Annual Canadian Chess Challenge held this month in British Columbia.
During yesterday’s Employee Assembly, we celebrated the upcoming retirement of one of our beloved SHSH family members. Accountant Lesley Mason has been a member of the SHSH Business Office team for 26 years, and during her time with us, she has seen approximately 7,000 students, answered roughly 25,000 emails, processed tens of thousands of transactions, and demonstrated an unwavering loyalty to our School. Even though we will miss her dearly, we’re excited for the next chapter of her life which includes an adorable new puppy. Congratulations on your retirement Lesley!
After months of rehearsing lines, perfecting harmonies, creating choreography, crafting costumes, and building an underwater world, the Elementary School’s production of The Little Mermaid Jr. hit the stage with a splash!
It’s hard to believe that another school year has flown by! In celebration, we recently recognized the achievements of our students in the non-academic areas of arts, debate, and athletics. Proud parents of over 50 students watched from the audience as their children were recognized for their efforts outside of the classroom - on fields and courts, at podiums, and on stages.
After being selected as one of only two Nova Scotian students to receive the the 2019 Vimy Pilgrimage Award, senior student Katie Clyburne recently travelled with the Vimy Foundation to visit the grounds where Canadian soldiers fought some of the most monumental battles of WWI.
The Grade 5s showed their amazing science fair projects to the School community at our annual Grade 5 Science Expo. Projects included investigations in chemistry, biology, physics, and even computer science, and showcased all kinds of subject matter including plant life, fruit energy, DNA, solar power, tennis balls, compost, and of course the classic cola and candy reaction experiment (for the record, rockets beat out life savers and mentos for explosion size!). There was an impressive disply of scientific knowledge on hand, and lots of technology as well this year as many presenters included video demonstrations of their experiments and findings. Based on the quality of the projects, we're expecting some future scientists will be coming our way. Well done everyone.
A year’s worth of creativity was on display at the 7th Annual Elementary School Art Show. The halls, classrooms, and Atrium were filled with beautiful and uplifting examples of students’ art that featured all kinds of genres, and included every possible material such as string, paint, crayon, tinfoil, and egg cartons.
It was a whirlwind day of science for our Grade 10 girls who visited the Biology Department at Dalhousie University, thanks to a in-depth tour arranged by Arunika Gunawardena, Rajesh Rajaselvam and Clare Snow from the Department of Biology and Atlantic Science Links Association.
The Sacred Heart tradition Last Will is an entertaining and heartwarming tribute to our girls' graduating class as they prepare to leave the comfort of the Heart for the next chapter in their life’s journey.
The annual Concours d'art oratoire (Provincial Public Speaking Competition), hosted by Canadian Parents for French, took place at MSVU this past weekend, and three SHSH students presented their speeches.
Our Grade 12 girls participated in their Day of Reflection last week at the Barat Spirituality Centre. They had the opportunity to reflect on their personal journey, and create their 'Sacred Path', highlighting what they’ve learned along the way and expressing their gratitude to those who supported them.
Before Easter weekend, Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McKloskey, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear, by Don and Audrey Wood and Jamberry, written and illustrated by Bruce Degen, inspired us to have a week filled with berry eating, silly rhymes and jam making.
Our students certainly know how to serve up some fierce competition. We’d like to congratulate Intermediate Girls Champion, Lareina Shen, for winning gold during this past weekend’s NSSAF Badminton Provincial Championship in Truro.
The sounds of Spring are in the air, which also means the sounds of the Kiwanis Musical Festival. Our Grade 6 students sang at this year’s Kiwanis Musical Festival and performed to their usual high standard, in fact it was the gold standard!
For the 14th year in a row, Sacred Heart hosted the Donahoe Cup, named in honour of the Donahoe family and their many generations of patronage and support here at SHSH. This year, and once before, the Donahoe Cup was held in conjunction with the Senior National Debating Championships, which each province takes a turn hosting. That meant double the hardware for the winning team this year.
Our future geographers put their oceanography, cartography, and memorization skills to the test, as they took part in the annual Canadian Geography Challenge, a contest for grade 4,5, and 6 students across Canada.
After successfully making their way through the preliminary rounds, our Battle of the Books team: Riley Boyd, Christopher Turgeon-Caseley, Lea Retter, Aine Heavey, Nelanga Mtshali and Lucy d'Anjou, accompanied by their fearless leader Ms. Ferguson, competed in the final battle yesterday at the Halifax Central Library.
30 SHSH students began badminton season this past weekend, during the annual ACIS Badminton Tournament at Halifax Grammar School. SHSH athletes competed in the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior divisions, with multiple students receiving medals; and our school was named top overall in the tournament!
In celebration of National Engineering Month, volunteers from Engineers Nova Scotia came to SHSH on March 28 to organize an Egg Drop Competition for our grade nine girls and boys. Each team of three to four students was challenged to design a container for an egg which, when dropped from a height of 10 feet, would keep the egg intact. Each team was given a certain amount of “money” to use to purchase materials, and the project had to be completed within a certain period of time without going over budget.
It was one heck of a way to start our first year! Yesterday, the Sacred Heart Skiing team took to the slopes for the NSSAF Alpine Downhill Skiing Provincials, and out of 148 skiers from 25 different schools, all of our team members placed on the podium!
How do magnetic levitation trains work? Why are some materials magnetic as opposed to others? What is it like to be a Jedi, and move things with a simple hand motion? Our Grade 3 students discovered the answers to all these burning questions during a recent visit from local magnet expert, and Dalhousie University Associate Professor, Dr. Mae Seto.
Last week, we held our annual Grade 9 Science Fair, and our Study Hall became a hive of scientific discovery and exploration. From human-generated electricity, to light bulb efficiency, and even the effect of sleep supplements on neurons, our students tackled a plethora of scientific frontiers.
For the first time in SHSH history, we have a Skiing and Snowboarding team! Our inaugural season commenced with our first three competitors ever: Grade 9 students Anneke Stroink and Sally Bourne, and Grade 8 student Kate Childs, taking to the slopes at Ski Wentworth for the Capital Racing Series. Our team has since become co-ed, with the addition of 5 male students: Sam Barbara (Gr. 10), Charlie Simms (Gr. 9), Isaac Barbara (Gr. 9), Charlie Barbara (Gr. 6), and Henry Simms (Gr. 6).
Out of 18 teams attending the Junior High Provincial Debating Championship last weekend here at SHSH, one of our Fountain teams emerged victorious! Congratulations to Charlie Simms and Evan Laurence who won the competition.
Our Annual Elementary School Spelling Bee turned out to be another nail biter last week as 21 students in Grades 4 to 6 took to the stage. After Principal Tugwell reviewed the rules, our Pronouncer (Mrs. Chipman) and Judge (Sr. King, RSCJ) started the competition.
At SHSH, we’re all about sharing love in a safe and accepting environment. Our Gender and Sexuality Alliance recently held a colour day by donation, bake sale, and screening of “Love, Simon” all to raise funds for Rainbow Refugees; an organization that helps LGBTQ asylum seekers.
It took a high schooler to let the university girls know who’s boss! Congratulations yet again to running phenom Maggie Smith who not only broke two more provincial records, but did it against a field of experienced university runners.
This past weekend, our Senior Girls Basketball Sharks were at Sacred Heart School of Montreal to take part in the Montreal Independent Schools Basketball Tournament; a long-standing and highly respected tournament that’s been hosted for over 40 years.