Blackville School held their 4th Annual Math Olympics on Tuesday, February 16. Inspired by the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, it was decided by the Elementary teachers to hold this year's event in February during the first week of the Winter Olympics rather than in the fall as in previous years.
Madame Michelle Tobin Forgrave and grade eight student Noella Doiron were official torch bearers for the Olympic flame as it made its way through Canada. They lead the kindergarten to grade eight into the gym for a "victory lap." This was followed by a brief description of their experience of being part of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. The two then lit the Olympic Math flame.
In the spirit of the Canadian experience at the Olympic games and to celebrate flag day, flags depicting the provinces and territories were carried by the Grade 7 class. The classes from kindergarten to grade 2 started the Math Olympic ceremony. They were assisted by Home and School members and as several Middle School students. The classes from K-5 also selected a team name and a colour for the day.
The classes from grades 3-5 began their Olympics in the afternoon where all participants had events that called on them to use strategy, team cooperation, encouragement, and school spirit.
The medals for the games will be presented at another assemby where students from each class will receive a gold, bronze, or silver for each of the events.