Friday, December 22, 2017

The Stockings were Stuffed at Blackville School

Allie Hallihan and Louis Fogan at Santa's Workshop Event
Christmas was celebrated at Blackville School this week.  There were Christmas theme days and activities throughout the entire week.

The theme days this week were Jersey day, Christmas Character Day, Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, Red and Green day, and of course everyone's favourite, Pyjama Day.

The Elementary Christmas Concert was held on Tuesday with two shows in the morning. Click here for photos. 

On Wednesday, the elementary students got to make a trip to Santa's Workshop and get their shopping done.  For photos from the event, click here

Santa with some of the students
Each student and staff member at the school was given an Eagles Pride T-shirt for Christmas. on Thursday  Principal Rodney Buggie kept this a secret for a month, and he was excited to see the joy on the students faces when they received their gifts. For photos, click here

Friday was a half day for students. The high school students had a pancake breakfast and a day full of games and activities. The elementary and middle school students had activities Friday morning as well. Santa Claus also paid a visit. For more photos, click here.

Article by Olivia Buggie
Photos by Jules Keenan

Happy Holidays!
From the staff of the Blackville Talon

Christmas Viewpoint - Kids Korner

What are you most excited for on Christmas Break? What do you want for Christmas?

Aden Munn
"I am excited for going to a camp with my family and 
cousins and opening our presents! 
I asked for a hover board from Santa!"
Amelia Chiasson
"I am most excited to sing with my family! 
I asked for a Stikbot from Santa."

Sophie Hannah
I am excited for having sleepovers with my friends over the break!
 I also asked for a LOL Doll from Santa." 

Ben Hamilton
 I am excited for Santa to come to my house and bring presents! 
I asked for StarWars Legos from Santa!"
Bronson Sutherland  
"I am excited for Santa to come. 
I also asked for a Playstation with some games for it!"

By Laura Kelly, Tiffany Tucker and Delanie Coughlan

Eagle to Tommie: Jordan Underhill

Jordan Underhill via STU
Jordan Underhill is another prime example of a student who came from our small community and has sealed a spot on a university roster.

Jordan spent most of his childhood in Ontario, until he and his family moved to Fredericton when he was in grade 8.

He always had an overwhelming love for the game of basketball, but did not try out for very many teams during his school years. His first year of Varsity Basketball in high school was during his senior year when he played for our Eagles.

After graduating Jordan still wanted to be part of his former team and transfer his love of the game to his former teammates. Underhill decided to join the team as the assistant coach along with Loretta Gorbett who had coached him. Jordan became a big part of the team and its coaching staff as he coached the boys alongside Loretta for the next four years. He also coached elementary basketball when he was in grade 12 and middle school basketball for one season.
Jordan Underhill with Blackville High School Team

The high school team had some great success during these four seasons, and they have continued this success into their current season.

Last year the boys had one of their best seasons in years, and they're hoping to continue to build on that. Underhill left the coaching staff to pursue his own basketball dreams.

Underhill is now a member of the St. Thomas University Tommies Basketball team. He worked hard over the past few years to develop his skills enough so that he could compete at the university level. Underhill's hard work has been paying off as he made the team in his rookie season.

We caught up with Underhill to ask him a couple of questions about the team and university life, as well as his thoughts on the current Eagles season so far.

"When did you first start playing basketball?"

" I got my first basketball net when I was 7, but I didn't join a team until grade 8."

"What other sports were you interested in during high school?"

" I liked golf, hockey, softball, soccer, and volleyball."

"What are your hopes for the team moving forward?"

"I hope we are able to make the playoffs and finish the season above .500."

"What motivated you to work towards the goal of making the team?"

"I wanted to be a role model to other kids in the community, and to show that people from our area can play at the university level."

"Do you have any comments about the Eagles team that you helped coach last year?"

" I think that they are still taking steps in the right direction. I think that the boys should be able to win the North-Eastern conference. Jesse Frenette and I worked together all summer on our basketball skills and it is showing on the court. Dan Richard has continued to play at an All-star level. With the addition of Devon Edwards it gives the boys another threat from three. Other players like Macaully Gillespie, Calvin Keenan, and Jacob Mercer have really stepped up defensively. All and all I think they are in a good spot with a great coaching staff."

"What are you taking in University?"

"I am currently working towards becoming a teacher."

"Do you find it hard getting your work done along with playing basketball?"

"Time management is the most difficult part of university, with practice, homework, and individual workouts it can be hard to find free time."

"Do you plan on returning to coaching with the Blackville program if you get the chance in the future?"

"I'd love to come back and continue to grow this program to be Provincial contenders every season."

"What goals do you have set for yourself moving forward with this season?"

"In Basketball I would like to become more athletic and a better defender. In education I would like to develop better study habits. Also, I would like to be an Academic All Canadian (CCAA), which is an award given to athletes who can maintain an average of 80% or higher."

Jordan Underhill (first one on the right from centre-back) with the Saint Thomas Basketball Team
Jordan is a fantastic example of never giving up on your goals and how hard work can pay off. Underhill is continuing to practice hard and improve his skills every single time he steps on the court. He makes Blackville proud.

The entire Eagles team would like to wish him the best of luck in the remainder of his season.

Anyone who wants to have a chance to see Jordan play can catch a glimpse of him at the Alumni game in the Blackville gym Saturday night (December 23, 2017).

by Daniel Richard and Marlee Schofield

Santa's Workshop Held for Elementary Students (Video)

Elementary students had an opportunity to purchase affordable Christmas gifts (only $2.00) for their families. The event was hosted by the High School Student Council on Wednesday, December 20. For photos from the event, click here.

Video by Darian Donovan and Emily Peterson
Photos by Jules Keenan

Sports Update: December 15-21

Senior Girls Basketball Abby Donovan
Senior Boys Hockey team returns to action Friday as they take on NSER in front of a home crowd at 7 pm.

The Senior Girls Hockey team faced a well rounded Caraquet (PLM) team. The girls suffered a loss after three tough periods of hockey. Erin Moody scored the first goal 30 seconds into the first period assisted by Jaime Vickers and Hayley Underhill.

Jayna Brennan scored the Blue and Gold's second goal of the game, assisted by Jaime Vickers and Erin Moody. Vickers capitalized on a pass from Jayna Brennan with a back-hander that found netting for the third goal. Laura Colford got a shot away from the high slot that went top shelf for the Eagles fourth goal. Kensen Brennan was awarded the "Hardest Worker of the Game" title for the night. The girls are hoping to return to action over the Christmas break to make up their games against Neguac (CSCLF).

Olivia Buggie and Jayna Brennan
The Senior Boys Basketball  team picked up a huge win Wendesday night when they headed to Minto for an exhibition game against the second place team in the East.

The boys battled hard all game against this strong Minto squad. This game went to overtime when a Minto player made 2 out of 3 foul shots with no time remaining in the fourth quarter. At the end of the fourth it was all tied up 88-88. The Eagles were determined to pull this one out in overtime only allowing Minto to score 4 points in 5 minutes. They accomplished this with a score of 97-92.

Leading the way for the Eagles was Daniel Richard with 44 points, Jesse Frenette with his career high 36 points, Jacob Mercer with 11 point, Noah Donovan, Calvin Keenan and Devon Edwards with 2 points each.

The Senior Girls Basketball team headed to Stanley Friday night and faced off against a very strong and high ranked Stanley Blue Devils squad. They lost this one by a score of 77-51. The coaches believe the girls can compete with this Blue Devils squad, but they have to become better shooters and make their open looks.

Wednesday night the girls headed to Minto with the boys for an exhibition tilt. The girls won this one by a score of 49-36. The girls didn't have much trouble in this one, which is a good sign as they showed they can defeat another Eastern team. Leading the way for the Eagles in this one was Abby Donovan with 20 points, Olivia Buggie with 13 points, Tori Sullivan with 8 points, Shelby Furlong with 6 points, and Reese Urquhart with 2 points.

by Marlee Schofield and Daniel Richard

Friday, December 15, 2017

Viewpoint: Christmas

Sports Update: December 8-15

Senior Girls Basketball Team
The Senior Boys Hockey team hit the ice again next week for some action. They have been practicing and improving their skills for the past two weeks.

The Senior Girls Hockey team got snowed out. The girls were supposed to travel to Neguac on Sunday, but a snow storm that caused unsafe travelling conditions caused the game to be postponed. The girls will play this game at a later date.

The Senior Boys Basketball team participated in the Annual Christmas Tournament. The boys brought their "A" game and kept the trophy at home. Our boys defeated CNBA in a nail-biter 76-74 to clinch the tournament title for the Male Division and have a perfect 4-0-0 tournament record.

The Senior Girls Basketball team also came up big in our home tournament. The girls clinched their Division title also. They defeated NSER 81-70 and finished the tournament with a perfect 3-0-0 record. The girls travel to Stanley to take on the Blue Devils Friday. Good luck, girls!
Premier Bryan Gallant speaks to
Spencer Mullin and Devon Edwards

For more information on the Annual Christmas Tournament click here.

The Middle School Boys Basketball have been on the court practicing.

The Middle School Girls Basketball fell to Nelson by a score of 27-19. The girls put up a hard fight but just fell short. Emma Hallihan lead the way with 10 points. Abigail McEvoy had 4 points, Jorja Donovan had 3 points while Ayesha Colford had one point.

by Marlee Schofield and Daniel Richard

Elf on the Shelf Update for December 15

Today, Oodles Sugarkins was staying warm in his stocking at Blackville School. 

He has been getting into lots of trouble lately, so we are sure it is nice to relax and just hang in a stocking for a day. 

There are only five and a half school days left until Christmas break, so we are looking forward to seeing what Oodles gets up too here while we are still at school.

School's In for Dec 15, 2017

School's In Podcast: Weekly update of what is happening at Blackville School with Amber Walls and Jayden Bell. Heard on Life Radio every Friday evening at 6 pm.

Christmas Basketball Tournament Sweep

Premier Bryan Gallant provides
the jump-ball
Last Friday the Eagles kicked off their Annual Christmas Tournament on the basketball courts at Blackville School. A crowd pleasing jump-ball was dropped by the New Brunswick Premier, Bryan Gallant.

The Eagles had an amazing weekend of basketball going undefeated all weekend. The boys ended the weekend 4-0-0 and the girls ended with a 3-0-0 record. Both teams picked up the tournament trophies in close finals. This was another historic weekend for Eagles sports, as this is the first ever time both teams have won the tournament.

The tournament started at 1:00 Friday in front of the entire high school crowd. The girls played a thrilling game in front of the school picking up a very convincing victory in front of the hometown crowd.

The girls defeated Cambridge Narrows (CNCS) by a well rounded score of 48-35. Leading the way for the Eagles was Abby Donovan with 22 points, Jayna Brennan with 16 points, Shelby Furlong with 4 points, Amber Walls, Hayley Underhill, and Tori Sullivan with 2 each. The player of the game for the Eagles was Amber Walls.

Team members of Cambridge Narrows and Blackville School
with Premier Brian Gallant and Minister of Transportation and 
Infrastructure Bill Fraser
The boys played at 2:45 following the girls game. They picked up a big win to start the tournament with confidence. The boys had a very well rounded attack in this one.

Leading the way for the Eagles was Jesse Frenette with 25 points, Daniel Richard with 15 points, Devon Edwards with 13 points, Calvin Keenan with 12 points, Jacob Mercer with 6 points, Keaton Walls with 3 points, and Macaully Gillespie with 2 points. Player of the game for the Eagles was Rookie Devon Edwards.

The boys followed this game up with a later 8 pm game against a very strong CNBA squad, who defeated our boys by 25 in a previous game last week. The boys came in angry and with a point to prove in this one, playing hard defence and knocking down all their open looks.

The boys powered through and came out on the winning end by a score of 74-53. Leading the way for the Eagles was Daniel Richard with 26 points, Jesse Frenette with 24 points, Devon Edwards with 18 points, and Jacob Mercer with 6 points. Player of the game for the Eagles was Senior Jesse Frenette.

Senior Boys Team

The Eagles next game in the tournament was the following Saturday morning with the girls against a strong NSER squad. The girls battled hard defeating the NSER full-court press all game, picking up another big win to solidify their spot in the finals with an undefeated 2-0 round robin record. The girls won this one by a score of 72-64. Leading the way for the Eagles was Abby Donovan with 30 points, Jayna Brennan with 21 points, Andrea Lynch with 7 points, Olivia Buggie and Tori Sullivan with 6 points each, and Shelby Furlong and Amber Walls with 2 points each. Player of the game was Jayna Brennan.

The boys followed up the girls win by picking up their own in another close one against a strong Cambridge Narrows squad. This 60-55 win clinched the boys spot in the finals with an undefeated 3-0 record. Leading the way for the Eagles was Daniel Richard with 34 points, Jesse Frenette with 20 points, Devon Edwards, Calvin Keenan and Jacob Mercer with 2 points each. Player of the game for the Eagles was Daniel Richard.
Senior Girls Team

The next Eagles game of the tournament was the girls finals against NSER. This game was an absolute nail biter until the final quarter when the girls pulled ahead and held on for the 81-75 victory. Scoring for the girls was Abby Donovan with 44 points, Tori Sullivan with 16 points, Olivia Buggie with 9 points, Jayna Brennan with 8 points, Amber Walls and Andrea Lynch with 2 points each. Player of the game for the girls in this one was Abby Donovan. The grade 12 girls of this team were overjoyed winning this for the first time in their 4 high school seasons.

The boys followed up the girls finals with an even closer final of their own. The boys kept it close all game trailing by 1 after the third quarter. Your boys never gave up though and managed to pull this one out by one basket; 76-74.  Leading the way for the Eagles in this one was Daniel Richard with 34 points, Jesse Frenette with 30 points, Jacob Mercer with 8 points, and Calvin Keenan with 4 points. Player of the game for the boys in this one was Jacob Mercer. This is the second year in a row that our boys defeated CNBA in the finals of our home tournament to capture the trophy.

We wish the best of luck to our teams going forward as they are having a great seasons so far. Go Eagles!

by Daniel Richard and Marlee Schofield

Thursday, December 14, 2017

People's Picks: High School

Mrs. T. Underhill is the teacher of the week. Isabella selected her because she is a good math teacher. Her favourite food is wings, and her favourite season is summer. Her favourite subject to teach is Biology 122.
Mrs. Underhill receives her prize from Jaime Vickers

Tori-Lee Sullivan is the student of the week. Mrs. Brophy selected her because she works really hard. She does not have a favourite song, but her favourite movie is Dirty Dancing. Her favourite class is math.

Premier of New Brunswick Pays Visit to Blackville School

Devon Edwards and Spencer Mullin meet NB
Premier Brian Gallant.
Students and staff received some great news last Friday.

Premier, Brian Gallant, payed Blackville School a visit, along with the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Bill Fraser, to deliver news to the students and staff. 

Blackville School has been doing fundraisers over the past two years to raise money to pay for a new fence for the elementary soccer field. 

On Friday, December 8, BHS was granted $15, 000.00 through government funding.  This gives Blackville School enough money to pay for the fencing. 

Bill Fraser tweeted, "Proud of @Bvilletalon @BlackvilleEagle for raising over half of (the) funds towards upgrades/improvements.  As minister, or Regional Development Cooperation,  I was pleased to announce a contribution of $15, 000 towards this $34,000 project."

Principal Rodney Buggie said, "The school is very grateful for the support from our government.  Elementary soccer will finally be allowed to play on their home field again."

Click here to see more photos.

By Olivia Buggie 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Elf On The Shelf - Viewpoint

The elf at Blackville School has been getting into lots of trouble the past couple weeks, so we asked some of the students what they thought of Oodles Sugarkins!

Erin Hallihan:

Erin's favourite thing that Oodles has done so far is hang off of the Christmas count down over the elementary stairs on the first day. Erin has two of her own elves, Rosie and Ollie! Her prediction on what Oodles is going to do next is make a mess in all the classrooms!

Danica Mullin:

We asked Danica what her favourite thing was that Oodles has done so far and she said that her favourite was when Oodles hung from the Christmas count down calendar on the first day! She also has two of her own elves, Charlie and Rose! We asked her what she thinks the elf will do next, and she thinks that Oodles will hang on a teacher's light in one of the classrooms.

Hannah Hallihan and Brooke Newman:

Hannah's favourite thing the elf has done is when he was hiding in Mrs. Sturgeon's classroom window, and Brooke said that her favourite thing is when he was hanging off the ceiling! They each have elves of their own; Hannah's elves are named Sarah and Randle, but Brooke only has one elf and her name is Elsa! We asked Brooke and Hannah what they thought Oodles was going to do next and Brooke said that she thinks he will hang off a clock in the hallway, and Hannah thinks that he will make a huge mess somewhere!

Athletes of the Month - November

Senior Boys Athlete's of the month for November are Daniel Richard and Peyton Gillespie. Daniel is an important aspect to our Senior Boys Basketball team as a senior player in his 4th year. Peyton Gillespie wracks up the points for our Senior Boys Hockey team during the 2nd season of our Eagles being back in the hockey league.

High School Boys Basketball - Daniel Richard

Daniel Richard is one of the most dedicated athletes that Blackville School has ever seen. He spends most of his free time with a basketball in his hands. His dedication to the sport helps him shine on the court. Richard is an extremely hard worker and never gives up on a play. He goes hard until the final whistle has blown. Richard also is a great aspect to keeping the team going. He has team building skills and always rallies our boys before and after the games; no matter the outcome. Daniel Richards fantastic energy transfer onto the court and into his game. Richard is most definitely the most pumped to get on the court each and every single day.

" I believe we have a very hard working team and players who will do what they are told by coaches. The team shows a lot of hustle and effort every game, and that is the first step to being a very good team. Our team is a defensive minded squad and the key to winning Basketball games is always defence. I believe we have a chance to repeat our success from last year and possibly even improve on it. Last season we hosted regionals and then went to sectionals where we lost to Harvey, the three time defending champs. Last season proved that our teams hard work has been paying off and that we can compete with the South side of the province which has always been considered the much stronger side in Basketball. I am excited to see what the remainder of this season has in store for us." said Daniel Richard.

High School Boys Hockey - Peyton Gillespie

Peyton Gillespie is an important part of the Senior Boys Hockey team. He is a play maker and his efforts help create many offensive chances for our Eagles. Gillespie has a fantastic work ethic, he never gives up on the play. He always finds a lane to thread the pass through to his line-mates. At this point of the season, Gillespie is sitting at about 3rd place on the team for points production. Peyton always comes to practice and games prepared to give 110% on the ice. He is a committed player and never misses a chance to get out on the ice. Gillespie's attitude is a key factor in his play, his positivity translates onto the ice and helps keep the boys rolling. He's a hard working player and shows a true love for the game. Gillespie is a skilled player and has a great knowledge of the game. So far, the coaching staff has been extremely pleased with Gillespie's play and his ability to give great efforts everyday. "Play to win; Expect to win." Gillespie has high hopes for the season, the boys are rolling and hoping for many more wins and success.

Senior Girls athlete's of the month for the month of November are Abby Donovan and Cassidy Coughlan. Abby is a basket draining machine on our Senior Girls Basketball team and also participates on our Senior Girls Hockey team. Cassidy Coughlan is an important aspect to the defensive front that our Senior Girls Hockey team puts up.

High School Girls Basketball - Abby Donovan
A hard decision was faced for the Basketball Athlete of the month and Abby Donovan was chosen.
Donovan has been Captain of the team for the last 2 years. She always pushes herself until the last second of every game, giving her all. Donovan shows true leadership on and off the court, she is a real leader for her teammates. When the team is down, Abby seems to be able to pull the team together with heads up plays. She never argues or questions anyone on the team, Abby is always game for whatever the coaches ask of her. She is always happy and extremely fun to coach. Donovan is a big factor for our basketball team as she records lots of points for our girls. Donovan also participates on our Senior Girls Hockey team, she is an all around great athlete and fantastic to coach.

Cassidy Coughlan is a big factor to the development and future success of our Senior Girl Hockey team. Coughlan is an extremely defensive player coming up big in the blue and gold end. She also creates many offensive opportunities for our girls. Coughlan's mistakes are few and far between. She is a very disciplined player. Coughlan transfers her play in practice to her game play and listens well to the coaching staff. Cassidy has been a silent leader on and off the ice.

Middle School Boys Basketball - Camden Curtis
Middle School Boys Athlete of the month for November is Camden Curtis. He is a player on the Middle School Basketball team. Curtis is a very strong athlete and it shows in his play. He has a disciplined work ethic and works extremely hard at practice. Camden has been performing very well in his first basketball season and the coaching staff is extremely pleased with his play on the court. Curtis is on pace for a great first season.

Middle School Girls Basketball - Abigail McEvoy

Middle School Girls Athlete of the month for November is Abigail McEvoy. She is a great force on our Middle School Basketball team. McEvoy is an all around team player and is always working towards the teams success. She works hard in practice and games, always giving her best efforts. McEvoy has been improving her skills every single time she sets foot on the court. Her dedication to the sport translates to her play on the court. Abigail has shown great improvement and commitment to the team this season. The coaching staff has high hopes for her this season.

by Marlee Schofield

Friday, December 8, 2017

Variety Show 2017 (Video)

Bucket Filler for December 8

Kendra O'Keefe is this week's choice for Bucket 
Filler for Mrs. Curtis's class.

Hunter Linkletter is the Bucket Filler for 
Mrs. Lions's grade K/1 class. 

Hannah Hallihan from Ms. Hachey's grade one 
class was chosen for Bucket Filler because of how 
kind and helpful she is in class.

Michael Fogan was picked for Bucket Filler 
this week from Mrs. Sobey's grade two class!

Jayda Jardine is this week's Bucket Filler from
Mrs. Manderville's grade 2/3 class for being 
kind and caring. 

Sports Update: December 2-7

Avery Brennan
In Senior Boys Hockey action, the boys thumped Ecole Marie-Gaetane (Saint Quentin) 18-7 in an early evening game on Friday before heading to formal.

Preston Gillespie opened up the scoring for our Eagles. Aaron Walls recorded another hat-trick on the season during his 4 goal night. Walls also had 3 assists. Garett Donahue recorded his first hat-trick of the season and had 1 assist. Peyton Gillespie also recorded a hat-trick. Maguire Gillespie had 2 goals and 2 assists; Carson Grattan had 1 goal and 2 assists; Affiliate Preston Gillespie scored a goal and 5 assists while affiliate Hudson Underhill also recorded a goal. Devon Underhill had 1 goal and 4 assists on the night while Avery Brennan recorded 1 goal and 2 assists. Desmond Curtis had 3 assists while Ty Croft had 1 assist.

Emotions were running high during the tilt and some suspensions were given out. Avery Brennan and Captain Denver Donovan will be missed greatly as they ride out their suspensions.

The Eagles returned to action Saturday afternoon to take on Sir James Dunn Academy. Our boys came out firing as usual and defeated the Academy 7-1. Aaron Walls opened up the scoring within the first 2 minutes of the first period. Garett Donahue recorded another hat-trick. Aaron Walls had 1 goal and an assist. Preston Gillespie recored 1 goal and 2 assists. Ethan Whalen and Peyton Gillespie had one goal each. Maguire Gillespie recorded 2 assists on the afternoon while Drake Donovan had 1 goal.

The Senior Girls Hockey team had the week off as their game was rescheduled. They have been practicing up as they head to Neguac on Sunday to take on CSCLF. Good Luck to our girls!

Laura Colford
In Senior Boys Basketball action your boys downed JMH JV by a score of  90-31 Monday night, in an exhibition tilt. This JMH squad is not the biggest team and the boys came out with high energy getting lots of shots around the basket. The boys played hard all game and used this as a good tune up for their home tournament this weekend.

Points leaders in this one were Jesse Frenette with 29, Daniel Richard with 23, Devon Edwards with 13, Jacob Mercer with 12, Spencer Mullin and Keaton Walls with 4 each, Samuel Keenan with 3, Dan MacVicar with 2.

The real story of this game was Devon Edwards playing his first high school game of the season. He scored 13 easily, and showed he will be a great asset to the boys moving forward.

The Senior Girls Basketball team spent their week in the gym practicing. They have been preparing for their big home tournament beginning on Friday. Don't forget to come out and support your Eagles this weekend!
Jayna Brennan

In Middle School Boys Basketball action, the boys picked up another big win by a score of 47-27 in another league game against Gretna Green. The boys are now 2-1 and are expected to be a powerhouse in their league this season. They have been living up to the hype having some huge games in the tier one league.

In Middle School Girls Basketball action the girls lost a close one to Natoaganeg by a score of 46-40. The girls fought hard in the final minutes of the fourth quarter almost completing a huge comeback, but they came up just short. The girls showed great effort and hustle throughout the entire game. Leading the way for the Eagles in this one was Abigail Mcevoy with 19 points, Michaela Theriault with 6 points, Jayda MacDonald with 5 points, Emma Hallihan and Ayesha Colford with 4 each, and Jorja Donovan with 2.

by Marlee Schofield and Daniel Richard

School's In For Dec 8 (Podcast)

School's In Podcast: Weekly update of what is happening at Blackville School with Amber Walls and Jayden Bell. Heard on Life Radio every Friday evening at 6 pm.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Canada 150 Skating Party on Dec. 10

Canada's 150th birthday has been a huge celebration for many people this year, but the celebrations aren't over yet.

On Sunday, December 10, the Blackville Wellness group is hosting a skating party at the Renous Arena to celebrate our country's birthday.  It will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 and the admission is free. 

There will be free hot chocolate and door prizes to be won. 

Come out and celebrate the last of Canada 150 events.  

BHS Showcases its Many Talents

Kindergarten student Zoe Kelly
displays her martial arts skills.
Blackville School's 2018 Grad Class hosted a variety show for students from kindergarten to grade 12, with BHS alumnae Nancy Sturgeon and Amelia Underhill on Tuesday, December 5.

There were nearly 30 acts, showcasing many students' talents from different grade levels. Students danced, sang and also displayed some martial arts skills. Even some of the teachers hit the stage to bust a move.

The variety show raised $966. The proceeds will go towards the 2017 Safe Grad activities. There are plans to do a similar event in the future.

The planning committee wished to thank all those who supported the event, and all the 2017 graduates and parents who helped out.  They expressed thanks to all the performers and Mr. Buggie and Mr. Grattan.

To see more photos from the event, click here.

By Olivia Buggie
Photos by Jules Keenan

Viewpoint: Excited for the First Snowfall? (Video)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Elf on The Shelf - Kids Korner

Oodles Sugarkins was found in Mlle. Mindi's grade one class on Monday, December 4. He was just lounging around after hanging around all weekend. We know that this little guy is up to no good and is definitely planning something big.  

 Oodles also moved his Christmas Break Countdown; he thought it was a better idea to move it, because now everyone can see it! This little elf is ever so active and we are so surprised that he hasn't gotten into a lot of trouble yet! Stay tuned to see what Oodles does next!

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Return of the Elf on the Shelf

December 1 marks the day that the elf on shelf is officially back at Blackville School. It's been a long wait, but he has arrived.

This year the elf is Oodles Sugarkins. He loves getting into trouble, making crafts and playing in the snow.

Today he left notes in all the classrooms for all the children to know he was here, and to come and find him.

It was a huge hit with the elementary classes; all the kids were ecstatic at the fact that the elf was finally here. He was "hanging" around the school today, with a count down until Christmas break.

Mrs. Turner's class wanted to see if he was real, so they left him notes, along with a chocolate bar (his favourite).

When they went back to see if it was there, the chocolate bar was gone. Something even more exciting was that he was holding the wrapper. Proving he really ate it! We can't wait to see what he has in store for Monday.

Sports Update: November 24-31

Maguire Gillespie
In Senior Boys Hockey action, our boys headed to Tobique Valley for a tournament last weekend.

The boys faced off against TVHS in a very close match up. This game ended up being back in fourth until the final buzzer ending in a 6-6 tie. Leading the way for the Eagles was Aaron Walls with 2 goals and 1 assist, Maguire Gillespie and Avery Brennan with 1 goal and 2 assists each, and Alex Jardine and Ty Croft with 1 goal each.

In the boys next game they had a tough match, falling behind to Hartland. The boys fought hard all game trying to come back but just came up short in this one losing to the Huskies 6-2. Peyton Gillespie had the 2 goals for Blue and Gold. Aaron Walls had 2 primary assists while Denver Donovan had the secondary assist.

The boys followed up their loss by picking up a big win in their game against Sir James Dunn Academy (SJDA). The boys had a powerhouse game, controlling most of the play and coming out with a 8-2 win. Aaron Walls recorded another hat trick on the season, having 3 goals and 2 assists on the night. Maguire Gillespie had 2 goals, Devon Underhill with 3 assists, Peyton Gillespie with 1 goal and 2 assists, Carson Grattan with 1 goal and 1 assist, and Avery Brennan with 1 goal.

In the boys semi final game it was all about goaltending. Morgan Peterson had a great game in net for the Eagles, but they ended up falling in a very close one 3-2 to their rival NSER. Leading the way for the Eagles in this one was Ethan Whalen and Alex Jardine with 1 goal each.

Helena Arbeau
In Senior Girls Hockey action, the girls headed to the Acadian Peninsula to face off against the Vikings in Shippagan (EME). In an action packed game, our girls fell 6-4 to the Vikings. The Eagles got on the board first, scoring 2 quick goals within the opening minute of the first period. Laura Colford scored the first goal, assisted by Marlee Schofield.

Just seconds later, off of the draw, Olivia Buggie scored, capitalizing on a big rebound from a Laura Colford shot. The Vikings got on the board during the dying minutes of the first. At the end of 2 periods, the viking had a 3-2 lead. Blue and Gold never gives up, and the girls came out goal hungry in the third period and scored 2 quick goals. Jaime Vickers and Erin Moody with the goals while Vickers also had the assist on Moody's goal. They came up just short with a 6-4 loss. Helena Arbeau played a great game in net. Hardest worker of the game was awarded to Laura Colford for her great efforts throughout the game.

A short staffed girls team faced the MVHS Pulamoo in a hard battle on the road Wednesday night. They fell behind in this one and were unable to make a come back. The lone goal was sniped by Abby Donovan, assisted by Emily Peterson and Hayley Underhill. Helena Arbeau came up with some big saves, facing 39 shots on the night. Jayna Brennan was awarded the Hardest Worker of the game as she was able to create some offensive chances for our Eagles.

Calvin Keenan
In Senior Boys Basketball action the boys headed to Dalhousie last Sunday to face off against DRHS in their first league game of the season. The boys came out strong and were in control most of the game picking up a big win to begin the season. Leading the way for the Eagles was Daniel Richard with 30 points, Jesse Frenette with 27, Jacob Mercer with 16, and Calvin Keenan with 3. Jacob Mercer had a big second half catching fire and scoring 14; Mercer could not miss in this one. The boys won this one by a score of 76-58.

On Tuesday night the boys played an exhibition game at home against Carrefour Beausoleil. The boys battled in a close game throughout the first half. Boys starters Dan Macvicar and Jesse Frenette both had to leave the game in the first quarter because of blood, but returned soon after. The boys outscored ECB 37-18 in the fourth quarter to pull way ahead and pick up a big win in a statement game against a team in their league. Leading the way for the Eagles in this one was Daniel Richard with 50 points. Other points were scored by Jesse Frenette with 24, Jacob Mercer with 10, Macaully Gillespie with 6, and Keaton Walls with 2. This was Dan Richards first 50 point game of the season.

On Wednesday night the boys traveled to Stanley for their second league game of the season. The boys battled hard pulling out their second league win of the season. The boys had a big fourth quarter outscoring Stanley 24-12. The boys won this one by a score of 90-74. Leading the way for the Eagles was Daniel Richard scoring 45 points, Jesse Frenette with 31, Keaton Walls with 8, and Jacob Mercer with 6 points.

On Thursday night the boys headed to CNBA for a very important league game against a very strong CNBA squad. The boys went short staffed missing some key pieces. The boys lost this one by a score of 84-59, - a score that did not reflect how hard the boys played. Leading the way for the Eagles was Daniel Richard with 38 points, Jesse Frenette with 15 points, Jacob Mercer with 4 points, and Keaton Walls with 2.

Andrea Lynch
In Senior Girls Basketball action the girls headed to Dalhousie on Sunday for their first league game of the season as well. The girls fell behind at the end of the third quarter by a score of 33-22, but the girls never gave up battling hard until the final buzzer. The girls managed to succeed in their comeback efforts pulling this one out by a score of 42-35. The points once again were lost in the archives.

On Thursday night the girls headed to CNBA for their second league game of the season. The girls pulled out a very easy victory against the CNBA squad. The girls won the game by a score of 54-35. Leading the way for the Eagles was Abby Donovan with 28 points, Jayna Brennan with 6 points, Tori Sullivan with 5 points, Amber Walls with 5 points, Andrea Lynch with 4 points, Olivia Buggie with 3 points, Hayley Underhill with 2 points, Reese Urquhart with 1 point.

In Middle School Boys Basketball action the boys headed to Dr. Losier for their first league game of the season Wednesday night. The boys showed off an abundance of talent dominating them by a score of 66-22. Everyone played good for the boys in this one picking up the win in their first game

In the boys second league game of the season they lost a tough one to a very strong Max Atkin squad to a score of 52-38. The boys were in this one until the very end, being only behind by 2 at one point.

The boys have already  proven they can compete with the top teams in their league, and we are excited to see what they can do.

In Middle School Girls Basketball action the girls headed to Gretna Green for their first game of the season. They picked up a tough loss in this one 35-29 but battled hard all game long.

Best of luck in your next game, girls.

By Daniel Richard and Marlee Schofield