I am so proud of the many accomplishments students in our Music Program have made. Without a doubt we have made a mark on this city and we are definitely recognized as a school with an exceptional music program and exceptional musicians.
What is the recipe for this success? Walk through our halls before school, recess, lunch time and definitely after school, and you will hear the distinct sound of flutes, clarinets, saxes, trumpets and tubas coming from all directions. The sound you hear is actually kids, your kids, tutoring younger students. Over the years, I have periodically asked students to lend a helping hand to younger musicians whenever they could. This now has grown to an incredible 14 students who are peer tutoring individuals or small groups. Even more incredible is that the majority of these tutors have never been asked by me to do so. They are tutoring out of a desire to help out and pass on their knowledge and love of music. The result has been unprecedented, as more and younger students are suddenly becoming better players and better musicians. I have always said that my music kids see the "big picture", and this only verifies that fact. Apart from the help and wisdom that these tutors are passing on, they are also passing on community, team spirit, the value of mentorship, and passion.
I could not be prouder. The following students are leading our music program in incredible directions, and I would like to take the time to acknowledge and thank them!
Grade 5: Arvin Kandhay, Aman Sharma
Grade 6: Katie Advani, Manvir Banghu, Aavish Toor, Justin Yeung
Grade 7: Aidan Soth
Grade 8: Teah Florio
Grade 9: Periklis Alikiotis, Ciaran Sullivan Warr
Grade 10: Mackenzie Knowlton, Rayhan Srivastav
Grade 11: Karl Bleta, Emily Wuschnakowski
Grade 12: Rebecca Shirer
On June 9, we broke ground on our new facility, which will move our private school back to Mississauga for the first time in 30 years. We are partnering with international sports and tennis club SMASH Athletics to build the new school building along with an athletic facility, which will include a large double gymnasium, fitness and weight rooms, squash and tennis courts, a soccer field and an indoor pool. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Mississauga Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish were present to help us welcome our new space.
Our annual Newton’s Grove Reads Week was a great success. The students in the Primary and Junior Division celebrated reading all week long while participating in a lot of fun activities. There were author visits, special presentations, tributes to the students’ favourite books, poems and authors and much much more. Primary students came to school dressed up as a character from their favourite book one day, and Juniors enjoyed an afternoon of “Beach Blanket Reading”. A wonderful time was had by all! Newton’s Grove students love to read!!!
On Wednesday, May 20th, the Kindergarten classes traveled to the Humber Arboretum to learn about “Pond Life”. In a hands–on workshop the children had the opportunity to use nets to scoop up some pond creatures and see what life forms they could find in sediment from the pond floor. They even got to pet the pond turtle! Lots of fun and lots of learning!
The 23rd Annual Athletic Banquet was held on Thursday, May 21. The ceremony was a great success as more than 120 students were recognized for their athletic achievements. One of the many highlights of the evening was the appearance of Olympian Phylicia George. Ms George gave an inspirational speech about goal setting and the pursuit of dreams. Congratulations to all the award winners for yet another amazing athletic year and life-lasting memories.