Newton’s Grove School news: November 2014

Exploring diverse ecosystems

On Thursday, November 13th, the Grade 7’s visited the Humber Arboretum to explore some diverse ecosystems. This provided the students with a hands on opportunity to observe how the different species in an ecosystem interact with each other. A highlight of the trip was when the students got to play a survival game in the wild!

Bringing history curriculum to life

On Wednesday, November 12th, the Grade 8’s visited Mackenzie House, the last home on William Lyon Mackenzie.  They learned a lot about this important Canadian, bringing their History curriculum to life! A highlight of the trip was when the students got to print their very own copy of an 1860’s newspaper!

Knights come in second in volleyball!

The Newton’s Grove Knights placed 2nd in the SSAF under 20 boys volleyball tournament.  Mr Cox (the coach) is extremely proud of the hard work, exceptional play, and sportsmanship displayed.  Special recognition goes to our graduating players: Simardeep Grewal, Navlean Sahota, Harsimran Sandhu, and (the captain) Parminder Benipal.  An excellent season – well done, boys!


Six Grade 12 students went to see Hamlet performed by The Classical Theatre Project at the Winter Garden Theatre. It was a wonderful show, a true tribute to a classic! 

Civics 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 see the decision makers up close and personal, they 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 a 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 NGS alumni Arpan Khana and chose a career of service in government. 

Remembrance Day Service

Newton’s Grove School, held a Remembrance Day Service today. The service was very moving and heartfelt, especially, as remembering our heroes, has been brought even more to our attention in recent weeks. I would like to congratulate my Senior Band on 2 beautiful and powerful performances of the music of Samuel Hazo. Thank you Samuel,  for writing such moving and fitting music: “Perthshire Majesty”, and “Each Time You Tell Their Story”.​
Mr. Alonso

Spreading Music Outside of School

We would like to wish Nikita Thakkar all the best as she attends The Ontario Provincial Honour Band. Nikita was chosen after hundreds of music students from all over Ontario auditioned to be part of a 60 member Honour Band. Nikita will be participating from November 5 - 8  in an intensive four days of music making. The experience includes a rehearsal camp, concerts and the annual performance at the Ontario Music Educators' Association conference. Based at the Salvation Army Shoreline Camp in Jackson's Point Ontario, on Lake Simcoe, Dr. Carolyn Barber, renowned conductor and educator, will conduct the 2014 Honour Band. Congratulations, Nikita; you have made us so proud!

We also want to congratulate Grace Hwang and Emily Yeung on an outstanding concert with the Toronto Youth Wind Symphony. I was privileged to watch an amazing performance by this very gifted young band. The evening featured the music of John Mackey, award-winning composer. Grace and Emily, you have made us very proud of your accomplishements!

Spooktastic Halloween

The Intermediates did a spooktacular job planning Hallowe’en activities for the Primaries and Juniors.  From Mummy Making and Pin the Eye on the Zombie to Pumpkin Obstacles and Mysterious Disappearances, the students all had a hauntingly good time.

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