The final weeks of term 2 have certainly had a number of exciting occurrences take place! Here are some brief highlights.
Library Club – Fish Division Field Trip
This afternoon a group of thirteen boys made the journey to Noah’s Pet Ark where they selected a variety of new fish for the Library fish tank. The boys who came on the field trip have diligently cared for the fish throughout the school year – cleaning the tank, feeding them, and generally being upstanding fish enthusiasts. As the population of the fish tank grew exponentially today, concerns of unrest amongst the fish are rife. Which fish will become the ringleader of the tank? Will the Gold Gourami be able to continue his dominance? Only time will tell…
Grade 6 Destination Imagination
At the end of February, a group of five grade 6 boys made the journey to Burnaby North Secondary School to participate in the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament. Since their return from Christmas, the boys had been working on creating a vehicle that would be able to make trips back and forth across the presentation area, all while performing a skit. The boys performed admirably well and are currently working on their new and improved solution for Provincials in early April.
Grade 4 Skype Visit with Evan Howard
Last Friday, Evan Howard (an adventurer, most recently seen on History Channel’s Curse of the Frozen Gold) joined the grade 4’s online to discuss what it is like to live and survive in the Arctic. This tied in nicely with the Arctic themed book that the boys are reading in Language Arts – Frozen Fire. Evan chatted and shared photos of his attempted winter traverse of the Brooks Range in Alaska before fielding questions from the boys.
This year a popular topic with our students is the Bermuda Triangle. Aidan offered to be our guest blogger this month so some of the younger students can read more about the topic. Grade 2s, I’m looking at you!
5 Outrageous Facts That You Didn’t Know About the Bermuda Triangle!
- In Cambodia and Bolivia, there are people (pirates) that sail to look for gold. When they see incoming ships, they take over and try to look for gold inside. That is how some ships are found missing, because the pirates have taken them over.
- There is an article that says that there is a magnetic field in the air. When an airplane flies near by, the magnetic field compresses and the ship disappears into another dimension.
- Some people have purposely gone missing so the rumors and mysteries of the Bermuda triangle continue, or is it a rumor?
- There are suspicions that have to do with rogue tidal waves that crash into ships, which turn into pieces of metal. Or the tidal waves are so high that it can even reach low flying planes.
- There have been ghosts spotted on ship DC-467. We don’t know whether this is a hoax or is this really true.
How is it late April already? So many things have been happening both at Saints as a whole and in the Library, that, sadly, this blog has taken a backseat! It just means that we’re busy and happy as we play, learn and read. And not update the blog…
So what’ve we been up to for the past two weeks, you ask?
Well, to start with, last Monday was Choice Day! As its name suggests, this is a day during Arts Week when the students can choose how they spend their day. Teachers offer a wide variety of creative activities, from drama to kite-making to making clarinets out of carrots (for realz). In the Library, we hosted The Cardboard Challenge, inspired by Caine’s Arcade. Nine boys from Grades 1 to 7 signed up, and spent the day happily playing and building with cardboard.
This was a popular game.
Whack-a-Brian! Way more fun than the Mole version.
Rhys and Alex created table soccer and hockey games.
Daniel made a working guitar!
Later that week, the two Walkers (Librarian and Grade 5 teacher) began the much-anticipated Arrival unit, a cross-curricular Social Studies project that uses Shaun Tan’s remarkable wordless graphic novel The Arrival as a unifying story about immigration.
And finally, we concluded the week with a special panel of guests who discussed their own immigration stories. Mrs. Walker invited her father, Dr. Day, and Mr. Sose and Mr. Thomas from the P.E. department shared their own stories of how they arrived in Canada.
All in all it was a busy but exciting week here in the Library!
Melanie Knight, Marine Biologist, Sea star nerd, aquarium founder & TED presenter visited our school to participate in the Human Library.
You can check out Melanie’s TedxTalk here: https://youtu.be/iNnAViq_6nk
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This month our Human Book was Jen from Orphaned Wildlife Society (OWL). She introduced St. George’s to an owl and a falcon that she is rehabilitating at her facility in Delta. Her facility specializes in raptors (i.e. eagles, falcons, hawks and owls). Birds of prey patients at O.W.L. number over four hundred each year and as O.W.L.’s facilities have expanded, so has the intake. Primary care for injured birds (i.e. fluid injections, tube feeding, and initial treatment of broken bones to stabilize) is administered by staff.
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Cars, engines, jet planes, cars and more cars. Boys love cars! Especially Dries in grade 3. He brought it a remote control car that had to be made from scratch and asked if he could work on constructing it with some support. Over the past few weeks he has spent some of his free time coming to the library to start building. He needs to follow direction, use the finest of fine motor skills and problem solve. Today we came to a road block so we went to our local mechanical expert, Jack. Jack spent his lunch hour with Dries today as they worked together to build the car. Now that’s good team work!
Last week we welcomed our second “human book” of the year. Johnny Rodgers is a computer programmer and software designer. He makes apps and websites and can write code in 6 languages! He is a User Interface Developer at Slack, a company that was recently valued at over $1 billion dollars.
Some good/funny questions we overheard:
What is your favourite part of programming? (grade 5)
How many coding languages do you know? (grade 3)
What is your business model?- no joke! (grade 7)
Who are your best friends at work? (grade 2)
Have you ever been electrocuted? (grade 3)
Can you show us some good coding websites? (grade 3)
Great guest, great conversation, great morning. Thank you Johnny!!