SHSH News

SHSH News

2020

  • September

    Introducing this year’s ES Student Council Executive

    Serving on the School’s Student Council allows our students to have a say in student activities and a voice with the school administration. It’s also a great way to dip a toe into the world of leadership. This year, the ES Student Council Executive election was held on Wednesday, September 23rd. After an array of impressive speeches filled with great ideas, the results are in: Co-Presidents: Isobel Schrader and Henrik Gerard; Treasurer: Penny Brown; Secretary: Brie Sims. Over the next week, there will be elections for Class Representatives in our Grade 4-6 homerooms.

    Congratulations to all of the students who stepped up with courage and confidence to share their ideas, and congratulations to our brand new ES Student Council! We look forward to your leadership. Thank you to all those who made this election possible!
  • And we’re off!

    This morning we welcomed our new Junior Primary and Primary students to campus, and what an exciting start to the 2020-21 Academic Year it was! 
     
    Once our youngest students said goodbye to their parents they were personally escorted by Mr. Griffiths to their new classrooms. Once everyone was settled in, our teachers began the day by introducing themselves and talking about all the new things our students will be doing this year. They also went over the classroom rules, so they know what is allowed and what’s not - especially important this year.
     
    We can’t wait to see all the amazing things these little ones will accomplish this year. Thanks to our students, families, and faculty for embracing our new rules to keep us all safe. Happy new school year!
  • A little technology and a lot of passion combined for our first-ever virtual choir!

    Back in March when we, along with the world, went into lockdown mode to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we had to cancel many of our beloved traditions and events, including our Elementary School Musical. But, thanks to the passion, creativity, and dedication of Music Teacher and Choir Director, Adele Merritt, the show went on! 
  • We're back!

    The 2020-21 Academic Year is around the corner for our students, but for our faculty and staff, we’ve hit the ground running this week. Things got off to an enthusiastic start at our all-employee assembly in the Fountain Gym where everyone was physically distanced and masked. It was the first time since early March we gathered as a group, and it was energizing! 

    Headmistress Sr. Wachter spoke about the work that has gone into preparing for the safe reopening of School. And while recognizing that there is uncertainty for some and questions still to be answered, we are excited to be back and ready for this year. Sr. Wachter also spoke to the importance of this year’s theme: Building an Anti-Racist Culture Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and quoted from the reflection Awe, Wonder, and Love by educator Fr. Richard Rohr:

    “The call to love beyond our own flesh and blood is ancient. It echoes down to us on the lips of indigenous leaders, spiritual teachers, and social reformers through the centuries. [The founder of Sikhism] Guru Nanak called us to see no stranger, Buddha to practice unending compassion, Abraham to open our tent to all, Jesus to love our neighbors, Muhammad to take in the orphan, [Hindu mystic saint] Mirabai to love without limit.” 

    This week’s preparations also include a Q&A session with our consulting physicians Dr. Jeff Scott, Nova Scotia's former Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Robert Bortolussi, pediatric infectious disease specialist at the IWK, who have been tremendous in helping us prepare for a safe return to school. Doctor and Senator Stan Kutcher, an internationally-renowned expert in adolescent mental health and a leader in mental health research, will speak to staff and faculty about the importance of mental health for ourselves and our students this year. And we are pleased to welcome our new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to talk about the initial work they have undertaken in support of this year’s theme. 

    Faculty and staff continue to prepare for next week while familiarizing themselves with new protocols, plans, spaces, and expectations. The momentum and excitement is building!
  • March

    A SWEET adventure to the sugar woods!

    Last week our International students visited Sugar Moon Farm which boasts a 2500-tap maple syrup operation located in the sugar woods of Nova Scotia. There they learned how maple syrup is made and tried the chewy, shiny “sugar-on-snow” - hot maple syrup drizzled on crushed ice - a very Canadian experience! Everyone also had the chance to enjoy a tasty local brunch featuring all things maple of course. And they enjoyed perfect weather for snowshoeing up into the sugar bush. What a way to kick off the March Break! Thanks to our International Admissions Manager, Mrs. Allison Englehart for coordinating this SWEET day.
  • Great weekend for our debaters

    Last weekend our Junior debaters Max Mitchell and Xander Biddulph won the Jr title at the Dalhousie Sodales Canadian Parliamentary Debate Tournament. Laura Wright was awarded 6th place speaker overall, with Max taking 3rd, and Xander 2nd.
  • February

    Great results from our student athletes

    We’re bursting with Sharks pride this week thanks to an amazing week of results from our student athletes.
  • The Amazing Math Race

    This week our Senior School girls participated in a very special SHSH tradition - “The Amazing Math Race.” A total of 31 teams in Grades 7 and 8 competed in the Race while Grade 9 students hosted in 16 different country stations spread throughout the School.

    At the beginning of the Race, each team received a “passport” and they had to travel from country to country by solving math problems that included logic puzzles and physical and mental puzzles. Every time they solved a puzzle, they received a signature on their passport and moved to the next country.

    Argentina, France, China, and Mexico, were some of the 16 countries that were part of the Race, and our Grade 9 students did a great job making our contestants feel like they were actually traveling to the country they represented.

    Congratulations to the winners:
    1st Place - Hannah Sarty and Madison Yould
    2nd Place - Mica White and Elianne Cao 
    3rd Place - Aine Heavey and Mabel Gerard

    And well done to Béa Cameron and Olivia Joli who hosted the top country - France!

    Special thanks to Ms. Bekkers, Ms. Hipson and Ms. McMullen for taking on this event with such great enthusiasm and dedication. It was a fantastic team-building opportunity and the most perfect way for our students to have fun with math.
     
  • Celebrating all things Hispanic!

    Students from Grades 10, 11, and 12 gathered this week for the annual Spanish Fiesta which celebrates all things Spanish.

    The highlight of the Fiesta was the special variety show that demonstrated the students’ Spanish skills through singing, dancing, and even performing on a telenovela they wrote themselves. They also watched the movie, “Bajo la misma luna,” a drama about a 9-year-old boy who tries to reunite with his mother who works illegally in the United States. Of course, there is no fiesta if there is no food, and our students enjoyed tortilla espanola, tostadas, and tacos for lunch; it was just what they needed to give them energy for the salsa lesson that followed. 

    The Fiesta ended with the traditional cake-cutting ceremony and with some special pinatas made by our students. Thank you to our parent volunteers for their help with lunch and a big thank you to Señora Riley and all those who made this Fiesta possible!
     
  • Senior School Science Fair

    Last week, our Senior Students took over the Study Hall for this year’s Science Fair. The students had to choose a scientific question to answer, conduct research to formulate their hypothesis, and then design an experiment to report on. After weeks of hard work, they presented their results.

    From evaluating ultrasound gels, to the reliability of eyewitness testimonies, our students presented over 55 projects to their classmates, parents, and more than 30 judges from professional and amateur scientists who shared their time and expertise.
     
    Based on the judges' scores, seven winners for each of the boys and girls have been selected to move on to the Halifax Sci-Tech Expo (regional science fair) at Saint Mary's University in April. At the conclusion of this event, six presenters will be selected to join the National team. 
     
    Congratulations to the top seven presenters and the runner-ups:
     
    Girls:
    Abby Titus:  Physical Coordination and Reaction Times
    Bea Cameron Surrett:  Nature: Where Phones Go to Recharge
    Cydney Carruthers:  Reduce, Reuse, Replant
    Holly Jamieson:  The Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony
    Julia Ballesteros:  The Effect of the Density of Liquid in a Glass on the Sound Produced
    Olivia Jolin:  Evaluating Ultrasound Gels
    Yinchen Qian:  Does the Water Temperature Affect the Acidity of Lemon Water?
    Runner-up -  Anna Toulany: Does the Vapour from Vapes Affect Plant Growth?
     
    Boys:
     
    Alek Lypowy : Tensile Strength of Fishing Line
    Eric McFetridge:  Waking Up Right - Alarm Clock Effectiveness
    Ian Dicker:  Reaction Time
    Jacob Cote:  Do House Plants Help Air Quality?
    Mac Duncan:  Is it better to Walk or Run in the Rain?
    Romen Lawen:  Chemical or Natural Cleaners
    Zachary Laberge:  The Future of Oil Cleanup Technology
    Runner Up -  Max Mitchell: Invisible Ink  
     
    Well done to our winners and all of our students for their hard work, and thanks to our judges and those who came out see STEM in action!
     
  • Provincial Debating Action at Sacred Heart

    This past Saturday, Sacred Heart School of Halifax hosted the Nova Scotia Junior High Provincial Debating Tournament that saw 16 teams from six different schools participate. 
    Sacred Heart had a fantastic presence, with seven teams vying for the title.

    In individual standings, Hannah Sarty placed 10th, Xander Biddulph 9th, Aidan Eisan 8th, Holly Jamieson 7th, Elspeth Simms 5th, Max Mitchell 3rd, and Cydney Carruthers 2nd. In team standings, Aidan Eisan and George Chedrawy placed 7th, Hannah Sarty and Elisabeth Cormier 6th, Elspeth Simms and Laura Wright 4th, and Max Mitchell and Xander Biddulph 3rd. 

    And about that title - Cydney Carruthers and Holly Jamieson made it to the finals, but came up just short as they took home a 2nd place finish.  

    Congratulations to all of our Sacred Heart debaters on a great tournament! A big thank you to all those who volunteered to judge, moderate, and feed the debaters - we couldn’t host debate tournaments without our amazing volunteers.
  • Senior School GSA Day

    The Senior School was brimming with a delicious assortment of baked goods as part of fundraising efforts by the GSA to support the Rainbow Refugees Association of Nova Scotia, a non-profit organization that provides support to LGBTQI+ refugees from around the world seeking to resettle in our province. In addition to the bake sale, Senior students could wear rainbow-coloured clothes as part of a Colour Day. Thanks to everyone who helped plan today’s fundraising activities.
  • Can you spell C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N?

    The tension and excitement was palpable during this year’s Elementary School Spelling Bee, where 18 students from Grades 4-6 took part in a fierce spelling competition.

    The students faced the challenge with courage and confidence, and the appreciative audience enjoyed watching the competition play out. Sixth-grader Richard Lu came out on top as the Champion after winning 31 rounds that saw him spell 31 words of increasing difficulty from the official Scripps list. Fifth-graders Kaden Shen and Gracelyn Lu were this years’ First and Second Runner-Ups respectively.

    Congratulations to our top 3 spellers and all our students who braved the stage. A big thank you to all the faculty who helped make this year’s Spelling Bee a great success.
     
  • Exploring the World Beyond the Classroom

    Our Grade 9 boys had an epic trip last week when they visited the most European city in North America - Quebec City.

    Over five days, our 33 students enjoyed the impressive architecture, beautiful landscapes, delicious food, and vibrant culture of Quebec. 
    They had the chance to visit important historical places and beautiful architectural landmarks such as the Notre-Dame Basilica, where local artists set up each morning to sell their crafts, and the Plains of Abraham, the site that marks the battle between the 1759 French and British. It was also a choice location for our boys to go snowshoeing. 

    One of the highlights of the trip was the visit to the Erablière chemin du roi, which is a sugar shack where our group of students learned about maple syrup production and listened to traditional Quebecois folk music played by the fiddle. They even played the spoons and danced to the fiddle music.

    There was also time to play some hockey at the Carnaval venue and to enjoy a delicious raclette super at a quaint family-run restaurant.
     
    This trip was a tremendous opportunity for our boys to grow and learn beyond the classroom. Special thanks to our chaperones Gabrielle Gesner, Wallace MacAskill, Heather Leal, Gordon MacKinnon, and Janelle Misener, and all the people involved in making this trip such a memorable experience for our boys!
  • Dropping words and rhymes during the Poetry Festival

    Our Grade 2 students enchanted the ears and warmed up the hearts of our audience during this year’s Annual Poetry Festival.

    Each of the students presented their own original poem in front of their family, friends, and teachers. They also recited poems as a group, which was an absolute pleasure to watch.

    Poetry is a great way for our students to find their own voice. Special thanks to Ms. Carter and Ms. Mosher for all the love they put into this special event and kudos to our students for putting their hearts into it.
     
  • Elementary School Variety Show

    Last week, our Elementary School held one of the most enjoyable events of the year - the Annual Variety Show. There were 17 acts including comedy routines, piano and guitar solos, dances, and even a rock performance that made the audience feel the beat of "Seven Nation Army" by the White Stripes.

    Audience members were clearly impressed and delighted with the talent on display from these students, who spent weeks preparing for their moment in the spotlight. Thanks to our students who braved the stage and for those who came out. 
     
  • Winter Carnival at Sacred Heart

    Winter can be a wonderful time to enjoy the great outdoors, but our Senior School students brought the fun inside during the Winter Carnival.

    The halls of our Senior School lit up with all kinds of fun activities, including PJ Day, Twins Day, and Jersey Day, which saw Kobe Bryant well represented. The girls’ annual Lip Synch was, as always, a huge hit, while the boys took to the breakout spaces for GaGa Ball and board games. Hats off to our Senior School Student Council and student leaders who organized this year’s Winter Carnival. It was a great opportunity for the kids to recharge their batteries during the February blahs!
     
  • World Interfaith Harmony Week

    “Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbour” -  words to live by and ones we certainly took to heart in our Elementary School last week as we celebrated World Interfaith Harmony Week, a UN initiative that encourages all people of goodwill to recognize that their common values far outweigh their differences. 

    During two special assemblies, our students sang about “peace, salaam, shalom, namaste,” and they learned the meaning of each of these special words. We also welcomed Dr. Henry Bishop, an artist, musician, educator, and expert in African culture, who took our kids on a musical journey, experiencing the fun of creating rhythms on the djembes, a type of African drum.

    Thanks to all who helped mark this special week.
     
  • January

    Opening their hearts and wallets for Australia

    After spending some time in Australia visiting relatives over the Christmas break, Hudson and Nash Willis, two of our Elementary School students, felt deeply motivated to start a fundraiser to support Australia’s bushfire crisis. 

    Every class in the Elementary School joined the cause and competed against each other in a friendly “coin war” to see which class could raise the most money. The reward is a colour day and pizza party and the winning class was 4HG.

    The total amount collected over the whole week was $2,633 which was donated directly to the Australian Country Fire Service in support of the volunteer firefighters.

    A big shout out to every student who joined this noble cause and special thanks to Nash and Hudson for leading this meaningful social action initiative, and to all those involved in making this fundraiser possible.
     
  • Senior School’s Musical Rocked the Little Theatre

    After months of planning and rehearsals, the cast and crew of this year’s musical - High School Musical - took to the stage for four SOLD OUT shows! The Senior School students brought the story of Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High to life in the most entertaining of ways, and the crowds loved it! The students’ love of performing arts was a joy to behold, as was their talent. Hats off to the students for their incredible performance. 

    Special thanks to Gwen Dawson for her passion and hard work as director and music director, and to our cast of incredible musicians - Chuck Homewood, Rebecca Fear, Moira McDonald, Stephen Tugwell, Laurie Tarulli and Linda George-Wegner. Thanks also to all the behind-the-scenes folks who were involved in making this musical a tremendous success!
     
  • Literacy in Junior Primary is an interactive experience

    Our kids in Junior Primary had an “amoozing” week as they completed their in-depth exploration of the book “If You Give A Moose A Muffin”, by making their very own muffins for their snack.

    They used their hands and eyes to grate the carrots and mix ingredients carefully. They tasted some of the carrots and blueberries before adding the rest to the mix, and they enjoyed smelling the aroma of the muffins as they baked.

    The baking project was the culmination of a week of reading and re-reading the story and then using their imaginations to illustrate and write their own version of the story. They made some observational drawings of a moose, practiced writing the word “moose” and compared this special creature with other Canadian animals that don’t hibernate through the winter.
     
  • Sacred Heart celebrates the year of the Rat

    Students and faculty came together this morning to celebrate the Lunar New Year with a special assembly where some of our students explained the meaning of this special holiday.

    A savoury aroma filled the Lunch Room as some of our students transformed meat, veggies, and dough into hundreds of precisely wrapped dumplings which were shared among students and faculty. Many wore red, a color that symbolizes good luck in Chinese culture.

    As well, some of our Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese students were on hand at different stations throughout the Lunch Room where students had the chance to learn the right techniques for using chopsticks, writing calligraphy, and intricately folding paper.

    It was a great day loaded with hands-on fun and the opportunity for all of our students to get insight into the East Asian cultural sphere.

    Thanks to our Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese students and all those involved in making this day so memorable. Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái!
     
  • Warming up the hearts of the Veterans

    Classrooms in the Girls’ High School were transformed into a blanket manufacturing workshop over the past few days as our Grade 9 girls joined forces to make wheelchair lap-blankets for the veterans at Camp Hill.

    In teams, the girls worked diligently to measure, cut, sew, and iron a very special blanket design that features two velcro strips that snap on to the wheelchair handles to stay put, and has a pocket so the veterans can put their hands in and stay warm. The blankets are made with corduroy and fleece to be both durable and cozy, and much of the fabric was donated to us. 

    We hope this project, part of our Social Action Program, will bring great comfort to the veterans and the girls are looking forward to delivering them when they’re all finished. Thanks to the girls for all of their hard work, and to Christina McKay for her guidance.
  • A taste of Canadian winter

    A taste of Canadian winter

    Our international students recently took part in a very Canadian tradition - ice-skating. Students from Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Germany, and Austria laced up their skates and experienced some winter fun at the Halifax Emera Oval. For many, it was their first time ice skating, and after a wobbly start, they did a great job! The day also included steaming cups of hot chocolate and another taste of pure Canadiana - the BeaverTail. Thanks to our International Admissions Manager Mrs. Allison Englehart for coordinating this fun day out.
     
  • SHSH Cheers on the Hurricanes!

    Despite some nasty weather, the SHSH community was out in force at the Halifax Hurricanes game on Sunday as they lost a close game to the Moncton Magic. 
  • Weekend ACIS Hoops Action

    It was a busy weekend for our Jr Boys’ and Girls’ basketball teams as they took part in the annual ACIS basketball tournament hosted by Sacred Heart and Halifax Grammar. Four Sharks teams competed across two divisions with some excellent results and great experiences. 
  • Craft Club Sews for Australia Wildlife

    Using stand-in stuffie koala bears and other assorted animals as their models and their inspiration, our Elementary School Craft Club spent hours this week and last sewing joey pouches, bat burritos, blankets, and other animal wraps for the injured and orphaned wildlife devastated by the fires burning in Australia.
  • A visitor from the other coast!

    A great big SHSH welcome to Grade 12 student Elena Burnett who arrived in Halifax last Saturday as part of our Exchange Program. A student at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue, Washington, Elena will be with us for two weeks. 
  • Millwood High School Tournament

    Our Senior Boys’ basketball team won second place at the Millwood High School Tournament last weekend in Sackville.
  • MIS Basketball Tournament

    This year’s MIS Basketball Tournament in Montreal, co-hosted by our sister school, Sacred Heart Montreal, was a phenomenal experience for our Senior Girls’ basketball team. 
     
  • Feast of Epiphany

    Our Elementary School and members of our SH family gathered this morning in the Study Hall to celebrate the Feast of Epiphany.
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