Newton’s Grove School news: November 2013

SSAF Senior Boys Volleyball Tournament

The Senior Boys Volleyball team had an amazing season! They competed in the SSAF Tournament but, after putting up a powerful fight, they lost in the semi-finals. We are proud of you, boys! 

PSAA Championship!

Congratulations to our Intermediate Boys – the 2013 PSAA U-14 volleyball champions! We are so proud of the team. They brought home our third Newton’s Grove School Championship.

Grade 11 Projectile Shooters

As part of the Physics grade 11 course, students had to built and test a projectile shooter at the end of November. They built and designed the shooter from scratch. Great work!

Jack and the Giant performance

On Wednesday, November 27th, the students in JK through Grade 7 enjoyed a performance of “Jack and the Giant” by actors from “Big Kid Entertainment” in the gym. Ms Taylor acted as the narrator for the show, while the actors entertained the students and taught them lessons about trust, resiliency, self esteem and kindness. After the show, the actors visited each class to discuss the show and its messages with the students.

Grade 10 Trip to Queen's Park

Earlier this month, the grade 10 civics students took a trip to Queens Park to see politics in action. After a lively question period, where the students got to see the decision makers up close and personal, our students got a chance to put what they learned to use in the classroom elections. Both classes had a spirited and lively debate with some interesting policy ideas but, in the end,  the Day 1 class elected Simran Kaur as their Prime Minister while the Day 2 students chose Sam Alexiou to lead them. Many of the students remarked on their desire to go back and see more of the political arguing first hand. Who knows, maybe one day they will play an even bigger role in politics by following in the footsteps of Newton’s Grove alumnus Arpan Khana and choose a career of service in government. 

Trip to the past: Medieval Times

On November 14th, the grade 4 class took a trip to Medieval Times to enhance their social studies curriculum.  Our own Alanna Braithwaite was named Queen of Love and Beauty, complete with sash and crown!

Junior Production: After the Wedding

The Junior Production of “After the Wedding”, which was a sequel to last year’s production of, “The Setup”, was an amazing success, and highlighted the incredible talent at Newton’s Grove School. The students’ comedic timing and incredible singing was impeccable. More amazing was the fact that they pulled the entire show together in 5 weeks. I am so proud of each and everyone, and feel honoured to work with such incredible students!

Lest We Forget

We observed Remembrance Day at Newton's Grove School by closing the school for day to allow the students to really think about the sacrifice so many Canadians have made for us. We also remembered through various activities at school the following day. The Intermediates did a wonderful job planning a Remembrance Assembly for the Primary and Junior students. Their poetry,  tableau, and Peace Book were all well received by an attentive audience.    

Trip to the Humber Arboretum

The grade 7 students visited the Humber Arboretum Ecology Centre to explore different ecosystems and see how all living things are all connected.  The highlight of the day for the students was playing the survivor game in the open woods.  Congratulations to our survivors, Emily, Cameron, Teah, Jack, and Ye Won.

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