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!

Sam M. (Gr. 8) participated in the Cadet Provincial Biathlon Championships in Brookvale, PEI the weekend of January 26-28.

After only a few months in the sport, he won Gold for the 1.8km and Bronze for the 2.11km in the Junior Boys division.

Great work Sam - we look forward to hearing about your success as you continue to pursue this challenging event!

Last weekend the school hosted another successful Armbrae Academy Invitational Debate Tournament.

There was so much support for this event within the student body - with volunteers from many grades helping with timing, scoring, and other tasks.

Congratulations to all involved, especially second place winners, Noah and Tessa. Also a very sincere thank you to Mr. Nick Szymanis, for all his amazing work with our Debate Club.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a 1967 musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, based on the characters created by cartoonist, Charles M. Schulz in his comic strips, Peanuts. With classic characters like Snoopy, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder you will be transported back to your childhood as you watch our talented Armbrae Drama students bring larger than life characters to the stage.

The show opens February 1 at Armbrae Academy. It will run Thursday to Saturday starting at 7:00pm each night. Admission is $10 per person. We hope to see you there!

Congratulations to the Junior Girls' Basketball team, who are the ACIS B Division Champions!

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!

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