Every Friday, Mr. LeBlanc and a large number of JS students have an informal jam session in the Junior School foyer. Songs from classic groups like Fleetwood Mac or a more modern performer such as Adele can be heard. After assembly, a few of these students will perform for the entire school. It is always a nice way to finish the week and without doubt puts a smile on the face of everyone in the audience. Last Friday, we had a special guest in Ms. Fougere. She played her guitar and sang a Willie Nelson song that had special meaning to her and her family. The audience erupted with applause at the end of her lovely rendition. Smiles abounded!
On a beautiful Friday morning, the Junior School walked down to Conrose Park for our annual Sports Morning. Students were grouped into their House teams and mixed up across the different Grades. They then participated in a number of fun relays. At the end of the event, students were treated to a popsicle courtesy of the APA. Thanks to Mr. Chambers for organizing a great event.
On Friday, Graham VanVeldhuisen had the pleasure of meeting and listening to Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard speak at a conference. What makes this extra special is that Graham chose to do a class project on Senator Bernard earlier in the year. A fantastic opportunity for one of our young students.
On Monday, the entire school celebrated World Book Day. We started our day in the gym for a special assembly. All students and teachers brought a book and we were visited by a guest author. That guest author was our very own Mr. Shaw, who teaches in the Senior School and is father of two girls in the Junior School. Mr. Shaw has recently completed a book about his bike journey along the Eastern Shore, meeting interesting characters along the way. His book will be published and released in the Fall. Mr. Shaw read to the entire school a passage from his book about being joined by Mr. Chambers on his travels. After our author visit, the entire school sat and read quietly for 20 minutes. Other activities included word searches, drop everything and read times and being read to by their teacher. Thank you to Mr. Shaw for making our day so special and setting a great example to our young readers and future authors.
Before March break, a number of Armbrae students from Grades 3 to 9 participated in the annual Independent School Swim Meet at the Canada Games Pool. Armbrae was a small team in terms of numbers, but was exceptionally strong in terms of performances. The team placed second overall and in the picture to your right you can see a number of the team members and their ribbons. Well done to all our swimmers for representing Armbrae so fantastically well.
On Sunday, March 18th, nineteen Armbrae Junior School students participated in the Kangaroo Math Competition at Dalhousie University. This is a national math competition that is meant to challenge the strongest mathematicians across the country. Results will not be released for a few weeks, but those nineteen students must be congratulated for their participation in the event. Armbrae had more students participating than any other school in Nova Scotia. It is great to see so many boys and girls enjoying their math!
The Primary and Grade 9 classes have been collaborating on a story writing project. A Primary and Grade 9 student pair up and work together on creating the story, with the Primary student responsible for significant portions of the plot and story line and the Grade 9 student responsible for the written portion. Maybe we have a future Robert Munch in the making!
Armbrae Academy had some amazing success last weekend at Provincial Robotics Competition.The RoboBits team, consisting of eight Grade 5 students, won a trophy for finishing second in the Robot Game, the day's marquee event. The Dragonites, a team of Grade 6-8 students, finished third in the Robot Game, close on the RoboBits' heels. The Dragonites also won the Innovation Solution category for their project, gaining an invitation to compete in the FLL Global Innovation Award competition, and won the trophy for placing second overall, gaining an invitation to compete at the LEGOLAND International Open in Carlsberg, California. Well done to both teams!
Armbrae alum Ben Walls ('17) has been named Individual Male Rower of the Year at the annual Row Nova Scotia Awards Banquet.
Ben is in his first year of studies at the University of Victoria, where he is a member of the men's varsity rowing team. Great work Wallsy - we're proud of you!