Jane Thompson, Armbrae Academy 1995, Inducted 2005

Jane Thompson, courageous adventurer, competitive swimmer and entrepreneur died in 2003 after struggling with cystic fibrosis throughout her life. Jane was a gifted athlete and one of Canada's fastest backstroke swimmers. She represented Nova Scotia at the Canada Summer Games in 1993, and two years later she was awarded a scholarship to Providence College in Rhode Island where she was a member of the Academic All-Star Team. At Providence College she won the National Award of Achievement and the Paul Connelly Award for sportsmanship, courage and honour. Following her university studies, Jane travelled the world and took tennis, dance and circus lessons. She was a partner in Sweet Jane's, a candy store in Halifax. In spite of constant health crises, Jane remained optimistic and enthusiastic throughout her life.

Many students from Grade 2 and 4 have been busy organizing a finger knitting sale in the hope of raising money to put towards the new playground. This has been a two month process, as all items on sale had to be personally made by Armbrae students. On Wednesday, the sale went ahead and was fantastically supported by students, teachers and parents. In total, $193.88 was raised. Thank you to all who supported the sale, but a special thank you to the students who took the time and initiative to organize the event. A special thanks must go to Graham in Grade 4 who oversaw the planning and preparation for this initiative.

Author Jessica Scott Kerrin came and talked to the Grade Threes and Fours. Today's presentation was the best one yet. It was interesting how many times she had to redo a story before it was published! Jessica taught us writing tips to help us think of story ideas. (Ayla and Aisha, Grade 3)

On Saturday, two teams of Armbrae students participated in the regional qualifiers for the First Lego League Robotics Competition. The RoboBits, made up of eight Grade 5 students, and the Dragonites, made up of seven Grade 6 - 9 students, both did fantastically well. The RoboBits won the Robot Game and the Dragonites won the Best Design category. Both teams have been invited to compete at the Provincial Championships at Acadia University on February 17. Good Luck!

Congratulations to Caleb, Andrew and Oliver, all in Grade 3, who all qualified to represent Nova Scotia at the upcoming Maritime Chess Championships. All three, in addition to six other Armbrae Junior School students, participated in a qualifying tournament against the best youth chess players in the province last Sunday at Mount Saint Vincent University. All participants represented the school with great sportsmanship and skill. We are proud of their efforts!

Last weekend our Armbrae Debaters won at the 2017 Nova Scotia Impromptu Debating Championships at the Halifax Grammar School.

All of our debaters were amazing, including Grade 9 students Sacha Berliner, Tessa Davis, Noah Szymanis, and Morgan MacEachern (pictured with plaque). Congratulations to winners Noah and Tessa.

An annual Sr. School tradition, the two-day trip to Gitten's Lodge is an opportunity to forge new friendships, rekindle old ones, and learn about working together. Students spend time preparing meals, participating in team building activities, and enjoying social time around the campfire. Both students and teacher chaperones had a great experience this year. The weather was great, the students were enthusiastic and helpful, and it was an awesome opportunity for everyone to get to know each other better.

On Monday, athletes from across the province competed in the NSSAF cross country championships in Point Pleasant Park.

Five student athletes from Armbrae qualified for the event, earning their place through fantastic performances at the regional competition last week. Grade 6 students Maren MacDonald and Elliot Chambers competed over 4km in a group of 134 female runners from Grades 6-8, finishing 21st and 17th respectively.

On the boys' side, Armbrae had two athletes in the Grade 6-8 division. Aidan Cox finished 29th out of the 107 runners and Yale O'Connor ended his race a provincial champion, bringing home Armbrae's first ever cross country title. He won the 4km race in 14:31, twelve seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. In the Grade 9-10 age group, Jack Langille came second in his 5km race with a time of 17:47.

Grade 11 students Andrea Z., Blythe O., and Caylee M. take part in STEMaware: Career Exploration & General STEM Workshop at Mount Saint Vincent University this week.

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