Report From The Principal’s Office: Busy Students at Bruce Peninsula District School & St Edmunds Public School
Submitted by Brenda Brewer, Principal, and Breanna Heels, Vice-Principal
We really are in the Sunday of the school year now, with only a few short weeks to go. However, there is so much going on in the next few weeks. As I write this, the Grade 7/8’s are at Camp Celtic, Secondary Prom will have just happened and coming up, we have Elementary Track and Field, Jump Rope for Heart, and lots of class trips: SK/1 and Grade 1/2 are heading to the Wiarton Park, the 6/7’s are heading to Sauble Beach, Primary students from BPDS and St. Edmunds are heading to Storybook Park and lots more!
Envirothon Places 6th in Provincial Competition
BPDS entered a team into this year’s Envirothon competition which was done remotely. Coached by Mr. Kuipers, the team consisted of Thalassa Parent, Bryaire Forbes, Sam Hess, Elise Stewart and Rowan McKellar.
The first stage of the competition was regional by school board. Throughout the months of March to May, students were required to document specific sightings of native trees, birds and mammals. The BPDS team worked hard to ensure their records met the necessary conditions and on two occasions the students actually earned the “sighting of the week” award. The team earned top honours in Bluewater and progressed to the provincial competition against the other top 16 teams in Ontario.
The provincial competition consisted of a 10-minute presentation which students had 48 hours to prepare and present via video conference to judges. This year’s presentation topic was habitat restoration. Students were given a challenging hypothetical situation involving a 100-acre family farm and the challenge of balancing habitat degradation, restoration, species at risk, crop yield and an operating budget. The team rose to the challenge and gave an incredible effort, finishing in 6th place provincially. This is especially impressive considering the BPDS team consisted of grade 10 students who have never participated in an Envirothon before, and the competition who placed ahead of them included all experienced senior teams including two teams from the University of Toronto Prep School.
We are very proud of the team and their accomplishments and look forward to building on this experience in grades 11 and 12. The results were undoubtedly confidence-boosting. Amazing work and congratulations to Thalassa, Bryaire, Sam, Elise and Rowan.
Another Successful Footprints Conference!
Written by Rowan McKellar
As the school year comes to a close, Bruce Peninsula District School’s secondary students attended the annual Footprints Conference, which was held at Bruce Peninsula National Park from May 31st to June 2nd. These three days were spent exploring the environment and getting introduced to various skill sets that not only taught a greater appreciation for the planet, but also deepened the overall sense of community. This conference is directly linked to and fulfills student interest in the environment as Specialist High Skills Majors, as well as our status as a UNESCO school and an Eco-school.
Among those activities were the following: Environmental Arts, Flatwater Canoeing, Traps and Snares, Hiking (with a focus on native plant and animal species), Outdoor Cooking and Stand-up Paddleboarding.
The students arrived and set up camp at Cyprus Lake on Tuesday afternoon. Following lunch, they hiked to the Grotto and spent some time in what little shade the landscape offered, escaping the rays of a very hot sun. Wednesday was spent somewhat divided. Group activities were held from 10am-4pm, with a break in between for lunch. An intense and brutal game of Capture the Flag left many people exhausted and starving, so it was the perfect leadup to a delicious dinner of tacos. It was an early morning for some of the students on the last day of Footprints, as many were visited by some very curious raccoons. After loading up the bus and driving to Tobermory, the students were given a massive scavenger hunt, with free reign over the town. A delicious lunch was provided by the Crowsnest Restaurant and ice cream was provided by Peninsula Supply Ice Cream and Treats.
Special thanks to Scott Parent, Michelle Minke, and the Outdoor Education Centre staff – Deb, Peter and Arthur. This conference would not be possible if it were not for the excellent partnerships that exist between Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park, the Outdoor Education Centre, and Bruce Peninsula District School, who are organizers of the Footprints Conference. We appreciate their dedication and commitment to this venture and thank them for their continued support on this project.
And There’s More!
On May 26, the Elementary Badminton team traveled to PSDS for the local tournament. BPDS placed 1st overall. Mady won 3rd in Girl’s Singles. Bronwyn and Jordan got 2nd in Girls’ Doubles and Payton and Erica got 1st. For Mixed Doubles, Reece and Alexis placed 1st and Shiloh and Lena placed 2nd. In Boys’ Doubles, Hunter and Myles placed 1st. Ms. Rosenburg and Ms. McLay are so proud of the effort and sportsmanship that was exhibited on the courts from all players!
From May 19-26, Outers portaged and canoed their way through Algonquin Park! Thanks to Ms. Myles, Dr. Laing and Jamie Crowley for leading the pack. Stay tuned for the full article which will be in the next issue of the paper!
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