Thursday, October 17, 2019

Strong Showing at Cross Country; Tied Game in Girls Soccer

Blackville school had a strong showing in the cross country race yesterday. Samuel Brennan placed 4th,  JP McCormack placed 2nd and Cheyanne Donahue placed 7th. Other participants were Ellie Jardine and Tyson Burns.

In Senior girls soccer action last night, the girls tied Baie Ste. Anne by a score of 0-0. The girls next see each action Saturday morning at 9;00 when they take one Baie Ste. Anne for a spot in regionals.

Senior Boys see action today after school at 4:30.

Boys hockey tryouts are Monday at 8:00 at the Civic Centre. Cost of tryout is $5.00 per person.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Senior Boys Last Home Game this Thursday

The girls middle school team played a hard fought game last night against NSER. The Senior boys soccer have the last home game this Thursday, October 17 at 4:30.

Senior Boys Soccer Team Roster

Name: Ty Croft
Age: 16
Number: 5
Height: 5'8
Nickname: Croft
Quote: "I miss 100% of the shots I take."
Name: River Steward
Age: 14
Number: 3
Nickname: Riv
Height: 5'6
Quote: "If you're not first, you're last."
Name: Drake Donovan
Age: 17
Number: 13
Nickname: Dra-Don
Height: 5'10
Quote: "Losers focus on winners, and winner focus on winning."

People's Picks - October 15th

This week, our category for People's Picks was "Hardest Working High School Student." The recipient, Jaden Vickers, was chosen by Mrs. J. Underhill because of his focus skills, his detailed assignments and his great work ethic both in and out of the classroom. Jaden is currently a Grade 9 student and when asked how he felt about the title, he said, "Well thanks I guess. It's nice to know that teachers like my work but it doesn't really matter to me either way." Outside of school, Jaden enjoys driving his dirt bike and talking with his friends.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Viewpoint: Climate Change

Thanksgiving Colouring Contest Winners

The winners of the Elementary Thanksgiving Colouring Contest were Kindergarten Dante Gilks, Grade 1 Caleb Sturgeon, Grade 2 Riley Kern, Grade 3/4 Jayda Jardine, Grade 4/5 Chloe Furlong, and Grade 5 Wilson Jardine

Congratulations to all the students! Keep up the great work!

2019 Election Special: The Local Candidates

Another federal election is fast approaching. We reached out to the 7 local candidates of the Miramichi-Grand Lake Riding and invited them all to respond to some questions.  Below are answers we received from candidates: Patty Deitch of the Green Party, Mathew Lawson an Independent, Pat Finnigan of the Liberal Party.

Patty Deitch, Green Party
Why do you think voters should consider voting for you? What do you think makes them worthy of their vote? 

Patty Deitch (Green): First and foremost, I believe the Green platform is one that is very responsive to all Canadians and most effectively addresses the challenges we face environmentally and recognize and responds to the difficulties that many Canadians face in terms of health, shelter, food security and financial security. That is why I have chosen to run for the Green Party and this is one reason that I would hope that voters would consider voting Green. For many years, I have been involved in activities that address environmental concerns, and as well, have worked on issues of poverty, homelessness, food security, and have advocated for individuals who have faced mental health and addiction challenges. In the past twenty years, I have been employed in community mental health work and for ten of the twenty years, I taught for the University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Nursing, and supervised student placements with vulnerable and marginalized populations. I am recognized for both my work ethic and commitment to advocacy.

Mathew Lawson (Independent)Voters should consider voting for me because I am the only candidate that will address and deal with the addictions, violence, and overdoses that we see in the world today.
Pat Finnigan, Liberal Party

Pat Finnigan (Liberal): My name is Pat Finnigan, I have served as the Member of Parliament for Miramichi Grand Lake for the past 4 years and am seeking re-election as your Liberal candidate.  I am asking voters for their support again so we can continue to move forward together and build on our successes of the past four years to support families, seniors, cut taxes for the middle class and to invest in strategic infrastructure projects that both creates jobs and supports the local economy and benefits the many rural communities in our riding.

In New Brunswick today, we see more young people leaving for other opportunities they cannot find here. If you were elected, what would you do in this riding to address this issue?

One Loss and One Tie at Elementary Soccer Jamboree

Elementary soccer players had fun at the ASDN jamboree. Blackville team 1 defeated NSEE with goal scorers Allison Manderville, Samuel Brennan, and Garland Manderville. They tied Miramichi Rural and then lost to Rexton.

Middle school girls soccer team play tonight at King Street 5:30. Girls are asked to be at the field by no later than 5:10.

Reminder to high school boys soccer team that they have a home game on Thursday against Sunny Corner.

Bucket Filler of the Week

This week's Bucket Filler is Lily Mackeigan. Lily was given this award for her great listening skills, her positive attitude, and being a kind friend to all. Great job Lily, keep up the great work!

Friday, October 11, 2019

High School Girl Soccer Sports Roster

Name: Jayna Brennan
Age: 16
Number: 19
Nickname: J. Brizzle
Height: 5'11
Quote: "I like Ty Croft." 

Name: Eden Lynch
Age: 14
Number: 8
Height: 5'4
Name: Hailey Singer
Age: 13
Number: 6
Nickname: Singer
Height: 5'2
Quote: "I'm not in the mood for this right now."

Sports Update: October 11th

Girls middle school soccer team lost a hard fought battle last night. Girls will practice today after school until 4:15.

Reminder to middle and high school soccer players that your soccer fee is due today.

Basketball sign up sheet are now posted for middle school and high school. Please sign up if you are interested in playing.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

This Week's Bucket Filler is Becca Hallihan

This Week's Bucket Filler this week is  Becca Hallihan in grade 1L. Becca was chosen because she is both kind -hearted and polite.

Great job Becca, and keep up the good work!

Blackville Student Council Members Attend National Leadership Conference in British Columbia

Emma Hallihan and Jorja Donovan
This year, Jorja Donovan (Gr. 10), Emma Hallihan (Gr. 10), and Emma Sturgeon (Gr. 11) of the High School Student Council attended the Canadian Student Leadership Conference in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Recently we reached out to Jorja D. and Emma H. to reflect on their trip.

Conference Location,  Theme and Purpose

Our trip was called the Canadian Student Leadership conference, or CSLC for short. It was in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The basic theme was empowering your inner resources.

The purpose of our trip was to improve our leadership skills and bring back skills and information to our fellow student council members to help better our school, and the events we hold.

Learning Experience

I learned that in order to be a good leader you need to inspire others. You need to be including of everyone when planning events for your school so you will get more participation.

 I learned that getting your school involved isn't as hard as it seems, and if you do it right getting everyone involved with school is simple.

Additional Activities

We went to a pre-conference in Vancouver. During our time in Vancouver we went to Whistler and went up the mountain on a gondola. We went from peak to peak as well. We also went to Capilano suspension bridge. It was a lot of fun.

Trip Highlights

I think the best part of my trip was meeting all these new people and opening my mind to making new friends. Also, reconnecting with old friends I have previously met was another highlight. But most of all I enjoyed staying with my billet family.

The best part of my trip was getting to meet all different people around the country, going to live with a billet family, and the pre-conference 

Re-living the Experience 

I would do it again in a heartbeat because it really was such a great experience. I met tons of new people and learned lots of new things.

I think I would do it again because it was something you don’t get to experience very often, especially with your friends, and I learned a lot. 

Important Take Home Points

Some things I took away from the conference is that in order to lead, people need to want to follow. You need to be accepting of everyone, and include everyone in anything the Student Council is going to plan for the school.

As well, something I learned is that you can't jump right into all different activities because not everyone wants to participate in things so you have to start with small and easy things for your school to do. Then work your way up to big activities so in the end you can have more people participating.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A Tie and a Loss for Elementary Soccer; Senior Boys and Girls Play Tonight

Elementary soccer action last night saw Blackville host NSEE. In the end, Blackville regained some momentum and came back to tie the game. Goal scorers were Garland and Allison Manderville, Tyson Burns, Dallas Curtis, Samuel Brennan and Avery Hallihan with his first career goal.

Blackville team 2 travelled to  Gretna Green and lost a close match. Goal scorers were Nick and Nate Hallihan.

Senior boys have a home game tonight at 4:30. Senior girls soccer team will be traveling to CNBA for a game at 4:30.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Student of the Month

Middle School Student of the Month was awarded to Chloe Curtis in grade eight. Chloe was given this award for her citizenship, Chloe shared her product, Chloe's Legit Lip-balm, with ASDN ICE Center. Chloe is still growing and expanding her business. Keep up the great work!

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Sports Update: Two Wins for Elementary Soccer

Both elementary soccer teams were victorious on Thursday night. Blackville team 1 defeated Carrefour Beausoleil with goal scorers Garland Manderville, Sam Brennan and Allison Manderville.

Blackville team 2 defeated Eel Ground with goal scorers Nate Halihan, Nick Hallihan, Kohen McCormack, Allie Hallihan, Lincoln Colford and Chloe Furlong.

The Senior girls soccer team suffered a tough loss on Thursday to Stanley by a score of 3-0.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

People's Picks - High School Teacher Edition

Mr Norton, high school math and science teacher.
The High School Teacher of the Week for September 30 - October 4 is Mr. Norton. Mr. Norton teaches two classes in high school including physics and math, and three physical education classes in elementary. When asked how he felt about winning, he replied, "It is awesome. It means a lot to me that the students would vote for me and that they respect me. Also I'd like to thank my awesome physics class along with my other students for giving me the opportunity to be Teacher of the Week."

A Hockeyville Reflection: When Small Communities Do Big Things

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Sports Update

Elementary soccer action tonight:

Blackville (team 1) will host Carrefour at 4:15 pm, and Blackville (team 2) will travel to Gretna Green for 3:30.

Middle school girls soccer team lost a close match against NSER last night. Girls are back in action Thursday at 4:00 pm.

The Sr. girls soccer team continued league play last night with a 3-1 win over CNBA. Scoring for the girls were Kensen Brennan, Jayna Brennan, and Dakota Curtis. The girls will practice tomorrow after school, and will have their next game on Thursday in Stanley.

Note: High School Hockey players can get their waiver forms from Mr. Norton. These need to be returned as soon as possible!

This Week's Bucket Filler is Lucas Sturgeon

This week's Bucket Filler is Lucas Sturgeon from Kindergarten. Lucas earned his award by being well-mannered, kind to his peers, and always helping during clean up time! His positive attitude towards learning played a huge role in choosing him for the Bucket Filler award. Great job Lucas, and keep up the great work!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters

Blackville School kindergarten students 
Many students and staff wore orange shirts today, September 30, to support and promote awareness of residential school survivors. 

The colour orange is significant to residential school survivors because of Phyllis Webstad. In 1973, six year old Phyllis Webstad wanted to wear her new shirt to Mission School.

But when Phyllis arrived to the school, she was forced to remove her new orange shirt, and she never saw it again.  

According to, Phyllis said, "Since then the colour orange has always reminded me of that and how my feelings didn't matter, how no one cared and how I felt like I was worth nothing." 

To see more photos, click here

Friday, September 27, 2019

Blackville Sports Update

Elementary soccer action last night saw Blackville team 1 defeat Millerton. Scoring for Blackville was Garland Manderville, Samuel Brennen, Allison Manderville, Malia Halihan and Dallas Curtis.

Team 2 from Blackville faced off against King Street, but fell short.

Middle School girls soccer team faced off against Rexton. The team fought hard, but came up short in the end. Girls practice after school today at 4:30.

Senior Girls soccer team is reminded of the games tomorrow in Dalhousie at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. They will be meeting at Douglastown Tim Horton's at 10 am.

Senior boys soccer action last night saw the boys travel to CNBA for a road game. The boys won with a score of 3-1. Boys are also are reminded of their game in Campbellton tomorrow at 12 pm. Good luck guys.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Students Win Signed Jake Allen Jerseys

Danica Mullin, Tyson Burns, Kohen Coughlan, Janna Hallihan
Four students were the lucky winners of St. Louis Blues jerseys that are signed by Canadian NHL goaltender Jake Allen.

Principal Mr. Buggie got in touch with Jake Allen's father in Fredericton - where Allen is from - to find out when his son would be home. Mr. Buggie then purchased several jerseys and had Allen sign them.

Today students' names were drawn for the jerseys. The winners were Janna Hallihan, Kohen Coughlan, Danica Mullin and Tyson Burns.

Allen is not a stranger at the school. He made a big visit in 2015 when students got to meet him and get signed autographs. To view that story, click here.

Article by Calvin Keenan
Photo by Mr. A. Hallihan

Soccer Update: Sr. Girls Pull Off Win Against Sunny Corner

Last night, the girls traveled to Sunny Corner for an away game against the Cobras, and came away with a win. Scoring for Blackville was Dakota Curtis, Reese Urquhart, and Jayna Brennan with a goal each for a 3-0 victory.

Tonight, the Senior Boys soccer team travels to CNBA to face off against the Nighthawks for a 4:30 pm kickoff.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Soccer Update: Seniors Boys Pull Off First Win

Last night the Senior boys pulled off their first win of the season with a 8-0 score against ERSA in Baie-Sainte-Anne. Rookie Kyle Maillet led the way with three goals. Drake Donovan had two along with Preston Gillespie and Hudson Underhill with one goal, and Ty Croft with the shut out.

Friday, June 21, 2019

44 Students Celebrate High School Graduation

Forty-four grade 12 students crossed the stage at Blackville School on Thursday evening to receive their high school diplomas.

The valedictorian was Maggie Jardine and the salutatorian was Micah Lynch. Father Gerry Laskey gave the invocation and John Stewart did the benediction.

Superintendent Mark Donovan and Blackville School Principal Rodney Buggie addressed the staff, graduates and their guests.

Later that evening after the graduation ceremony, the graduates had their all night Safe Grad event at the school. For more photos, click here.     

Photos by Jordan Pinder
Video by Maggie Jardine

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Last Week Activities Include Recognitions and Literacy on the Lawn

Students in Elementary and Middle School received various awards and recognitions during last week activities on Tuesday.

Elementary students also had "80s Dress Up Day" and spent some time enjoying the nice weather while reading as they participated in "Literacy on the Lawn."

To see photos from the different events, click here.
Photos by Angela Moody

Monday, June 17, 2019

Blackville School Prom 2019

The prom for the Blackville School 2019 graduates and their guests was on Saturday, June 15.

The graduation ceremony is this Thursday evening, June 20.

For more photos from prom day, click here.

Photos by Laura Jardine

Grade 8 Spring Banquet and Dance

Jaden Vickers receives a recognition certificate
from Principal Rodney Buggie.
The grade 8 spring banquet was held at Blackville School last Thursday evening, June 13. 

It was a fun filled evening with presentations of “The Grade 8 Fun Awards," and a meal of pizza and garlic fingers.

Each grade 8 student invited two guests and Middle School and administrative staff were also in attendance.
After the meal, the students celebrated the rest of the evening with their final Middle School dance.
To see more photos from the banquet, click here

Friday, June 14, 2019

A Variety of Talent at Second Annual Coffeehouse

It was an evening of music, dance and even martial arts at the Blackville School's Second Annual Coffeehouse Variety Show on Wednesday evening.

Jayda MacDonald and Chloe Hambrook were the Masters of Ceremonies and the audience was entertained with a wide variety of musical talent including the Elementary Choir directed by Mrs. Lori-Anne Curtis. Danica Mullin performed "Riptide" by Vance Joy which was followed by Jayda MacDonald's rendition of "Rise Up" by Andrea Day.

Drea Hallihan entertained the crowd with Sam Smith's "Dancing with a Stranger" followed by Amber Walls and Amy Walls performing Kenny Chesney's "Get Along."

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Grade 5 Students Celebrate with Graduation Banquet

Grade 5 students celebrated the end of their elementary years with a spring banquet on Monday evening, June 10.

Students Randi Jo Sturgeon, Kyler Sturgeon and Bree Hallihan introduced each of the grade 5 graduates. The introductions included each student's interest and favourite school subjects.

Principal Mr Buggie addressed the crowd and Educational Assistant Colleen McLaughlin led everyone in prayer before the meal.

After the meal and a slideshow feature, Mr Buggie and Vice-Principal Angela Moody presented the awards with help from teachers Mrs. Curtis and Ms. Trevors.

Included in the awards were some special awards and Bronze B recognitions. Bree Hallihan and Ashton Jardine received "Polite and Respectful" certificates, Ayden Munn received "Most Improved," "Music Student" went to Danica Mullin and Sophie Munn received the "Ron Pauley Award."

Bronze "B" Awards went to Sophie Munn, Bree Hallihan, Danica Mullin and Jace Jardine.

Near the end of the banquet, the students presented a musical performance with a song called "Dungarvon Road" to the tune of "Copperhead Road" by Steve Earl.

For more photos, click here.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Students Recognized for Participation in Exchange

Jurina Stannius and Lena Weiler receive certificates for
participation in exchange
German exchange students Lena Weiler and Jurina Stannius were recognized for their participation in the New Brunswick International Student program.

The grade 11 students have participated in a year long exchange to Blackville School, where they were introduced to the life of a rural Canadian.

They were able to experience all sorts of cultural differences while refining their English language skills.

The girls were excited to talk about their exchange and included the things they loved and some of the challenges they had along the way.

"For me it was really difficult at first because I was from a really big town and I ended up in Blackville, so I had trouble fitting in. In the end this became the best part, because I got to know a whole different life. It helped me improve as a person and meet lots of people. Everyone here has awesome school spirit; we in Germany could learn from it." Lena said.

"I hated the winter here; it was way too long," Jurina mentioned. "But I loved going fishing in the fall and being able to go to school dance,s because we don't have those in Germany."

The staff and students at Blackville School were glad to have these students and wish them a safe trip home.

To view more pictures of the award reception click here.

Article and photos by Maggie Jardine

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Students Participate in Gardening Project

Grade 9 student Derek Gilchrist unloads mulch for new plants
Students in grade 9 were given the chance to get their hands dirty as they learned how to garden with Mrs. A. Moody.

Each week, since the snow cleared out, they have been bringing new life to the shrubbery surrounding the school by hauling up roots, putting down new soil and even new plants.

Revitalizing the shrubbery was a perfect way for Mrs. Moody to teach her Visual Arts class that art can come in many forms.

Not only have these students learned a valuable new skill, they will be able to watch their project flourish for many years to come.

To see more photos of the Visual Arts class at work click here.

Article and photos by Maggie Jardine

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Healthy Eating on a Budget for Grade 12 Students

Grade 12 student Shelby Furlong learns how to make a healthy
meal on a budget using a Crockpot
Grade 12 students were given the chance to learn how to make a full meal only using a Crockpot on May 17.

Students were excited to be able to cook meals such as beef and barley soup, ribs, sweet and sour chicken, rice and even a pot roast. Two students were even able to cook an apple crumble in the crock pot for dessert.

This will be incredibly useful for the graduates as they move away from home next year and learn how to live on their own.

In their busy schedules, it will be hard to find the time or money to cook supper on the stove every night. Instead, a crockpot will be a useful tool to cook budget friendly meals for them.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Blackville School Recognition Day 2019

Laura Colford (left) and Denver Donovan (right) were awarded
Athletes of the Year
Teachers, coaches, parents and members of the community gathered in the gym to celebrate the middle and high school students on May 23.

Blackville School's Annual Recognition Day serves to recognize students who go the extra mile in extracurriculars and academics through a presentation of many awards.

Denver Donovan (grade 12) and Laura Colford (grade 12) were awarded the Male and Female Athlete of the Year. Their names are now commemorated on the wall of Eagles in the gym.

Keaton Walls (left) and Maggie Jardine (right) were awarded
Outstanding Academic and Extra Curricular Activities
The middle school Male and Female Athlete of the Year were awarded to Brayden Duffy (grade 8) and Hailey Singer (grade 8).

Maggie Jardine (grade 12) and Keaton Walls (grade 10) were awarded the Outstanding Female and Male Academic and Extra Curricular Activities, respectively.

The middle school Student of the Year was awarded to Abigail McEvoy (grade 8) for her strong extra curricular and academic efforts.

Piper Duffy (grade 12) was awarded the Fenton Sturgeon Memorial Award. This is presented to a grade 12 student who has participated in sports through all four years of high school, with special consideration given to those who have volunteered their time to coach young athletes outside of school.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Students Pitch Products to Local Entrepreneurs at Maker Faire

The Grand Opening of the Makerspace was a huge success for the ICE Centre's young entrepreneurs and teachers on May 22.

Students from all grade levels were able to take a tour of ICE Centre, testing out new technology and viewing many of the products made and sold by Makerspace students.

During this time, students participating in ICE Centre courses were given the chance to pitch their products to local entrepreneurs. Devon Underhill was recognized for his outstanding pitch for his company "D&M Designs" at Recognition Day. 

The public was invited to tour a student-run market filled with booths of clothing, buttons, 3D printed objects and even a self sufficient fish tank. 

The sales from the market totalled over $1700. Garett Donohue and Denver Donovan were recognized for making Top Sales for their clothing company "Devoh."

Calvin Keenan and Patrick Donovan were also awarded for their Top Display for their company "108 Wear."

Students from Mr. Hallihan's Entrepreneurship class were excited to talk about the event and many of the guests present.

"It was a lot of fun and we got to meet people from 99.3 the River, CBC News and entrepreneurs from NBCC," said Sarah Vanderbeck.

Kiefer Crawford also mentioned a particular guest that struck his interest.

"One of the guests told us we could be able to get our Drone License at NBCC in the future, or take the course online," Kiefer said.

To see more photos from the Maker Faire click here.

Photos and article by Maggie Jardine

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

High School Drama Club and Theatre Arts Class to Present Plays Tonight

Tori Sullivan, Hannah Jardine and Julie Jardine perform in
"Ducktails and Bobby Sox" at the New Brunswick Drama Festival
Students from the high school Drama Club and grade 12 Theatre Arts class will be presenting their plays May 21 at 6 pm.

The public is invited to come and enjoy a night of theatre for an admission of $5 at the door. Desserts will be provided.

The plays "Bedtime Stories" and "Ducktails and Bobby Sox" were well received by judges at the New Brunswick Drama Festival, winning several awards.

Photos by the New Brunswick Drama Festival
Article by Maggie Jardine

Maker Faire and ICE Centre Grand Opening Tomorrow

Students participating in BHS ICE courses will showcase their
creations in the Makerspace Grand Opening
The BHS ICE Centre will be hosting the grand opening of the Makerspace to the public with a Maker Faire and Market on May 22.

Invited guests and interested classes are welcome to tour the Makerspace during periods 1 and 3 to view and test its futuristic technology.

The cafeteria will transform into a Market from 1-3 pm with booths of imaginative creations from our young entrepreneurs. This will be open to the students as well as the public.

The Grand Opening will take place after school from 3-5 pm. The public is invited to come and view as well as purchase many of the creations students have worked on.

Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided by the grade 12 Culinary class for the event.

There will be several draws for prizes through the day for both the students and community thanks to the event sponsors.

Article by Maggie Jardine

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

High School Plays Recognized at Provincial Drama Festival

Theatre Arts students perform Ducktails and Bobby Sox at the
New Brunswick Drama Festival
Students from the High School Drama Club and grade 12 Theatre Arts class returned to the New Brunswick Drama Festival for another year on May 9.

Their plays "Bedtime Stories" and "Ducktails and Bobby Sox" were very well received by the judges, winning a combined total of 16 awards.

For the drama clubs play of "Bedtime Stories" the awards received were: Outstanding Student Director to Maggie Jardine and Chloe Donovan and Outstanding Supporting Actor to Logan Burke and Christopher Underhill. The play also received Special Adjudicator Mentions for their Animal Ensemble (K.C. Hallihan, Laura Colford, Courtney Donahue, Chloe Curtis and Kendra McEvoy) and for their group energy.

For the Theatre Arts play "Ducktails and Bobby Sox" the awards received were: Outstanding Production, Outstanding Teacher Director to Cheryl Underhill, Outstanding Actor to Cassidy Coughlan and Christopher Underhill, Outstanding Supporting Actor to Shelby Furlong, Jenna Coulter, Kel Vickers and Maggie Jardine, Outstanding Use of Set, Outstanding Musical Direction to Dom Hache and Outstanding Choice of Material.

The plays will be performed again at Blackville School on Tuesday May 21 at 6pm.

To find more photos from the students performance at Drama Festival click here and here.

Photos by the New Brunswick Drama Festival
Article by Maggie Jardine

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Culinary Students Take a Field Trip to Kelly's Special Care Home

Students in the Culinary and ICE Centre courses
visited Kelly's Special Care Home
Students in the grade 12 Culinary Class got to take a break from cooking meals for the student operated Culinary Cafe when they visited Kelly's Special Care Home on May 7.

Along with many smiling faces, they brought delicious sweets for the seniors to try while students from Mr. Hallihan's ICE Centre courses showed off their new, futuristic technology. This included a 3D printer, button making, robotics and the Oculus Rift.

For many in this group of 22 students, this was their second time visiting the residents as many had gone on a past visit to introduce the seniors to this exciting technology.

This project, known as #seniortech, is an effort the Blackville School ICE Centre became involved in through Brilliant Labs and iHub. The project gives senior citizens the opportunities to interact with new technology and younger people.

To view more pictures from their visit click here.

Photos by Logan Burke
Article by Maggie Jardine

Friday, April 26, 2019

World's First PowerPlay Ambassadors Receive Starfish Award

Blackville School's World's First PowerPlay Ambassadors were
awarded the Starfish Award from the Anglophone North School
Three middle school students from Blackville School were acknowledged for their significant contribution as young entrepreneurs with the Starfish Award on April 12.

Jerrica Manderville, Chloe Curtis, Jayda MacDonald and Stephan Brophy were nominated by Mr. Buggie to act as four of the World's First PowerPlay Ambassadors.

These students will be models for other young entrepreneurs in our school and district.

Through the PowerPlay program these students will be able to refine their skills in public speaking and network with entrepreneurs around the world.

This program will continue to give the students many new opportunities. On April 16, the young ambassadors were part of a video conference into a panel discussion on entrepreneurship held at UNB.

Click here to see more pictures.

Photos by Allan Carter
Article by Maggie Jardine

Students Win Prizes for Spelling Bee

From left to right the movie card winners were: Miley
McCormack, Pierce Brophy, Sophie Hannah and Lincoln Howe.
Each year elementary students at Blackville School are given the chance to participate in the Annual Spelling Bee.

Students who spell all their words correctly or raise over $50 in pledges, get their name put in for a draw for prizes.

Miley McCormack, Pierce Brophy, Sophie Hannah and Lincoln Howe were the lucky winners of $25 Cineplex gift cards on April 26.

From left to right the top five pledge earners were: Samuel
Brennan, Dixon Gillespie, Hanna Hallihan, Avery Donahue and
Cameron Innes
As the top earner of pledge money, raising $251, Avery Donahue received an Amazon Echo Dot. Other top earners were Cameron Innes, Dixon Gillespie, Hanna Hallihan and Samuel Brennan who each received their own special prize.

To view more pictures from the reception click here.

Photos by Allan Carter
Article by Maggie Jardine

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

BHS ICE Centre Students Visit Kelly's Special Care Home

Residents at Kelly's Special Care Home got a visit from
BHS ICE Centre students
Residents at Kelly's Special Care Home got a little taste of the future when students participating in Mr. Hallihan and Mr. Lehnert's BHS ICE Centre courses stopped in for a visit on April 17.

During this time they introduced the residents to exciting new technology including a 3D printer, the making of vinyl stickers and even a robot who could dance!

Not only were residents wowed by this, but also got to enjoy fiddle music provided by Melissa Barry and singing by Jayda McDonald.

Thanks to Brilliant Labs and iHub, students from grades 7-12 were able to visit the seniors home and showcase both their technology and talents.

Click here to see more photos.

Photo by Deanna Nordin
Article by Maggie Jardine

Monday, April 15, 2019

Local MLA Presents Certificate of Achievement to Local Dancers

Spotlights and Sequins dancers Abby Keenan (left) and Anna
Sturgeon (middle) receive $100 donation from MLA Jake
This fall, five dancers from Spotlights and Sequins dance club in Miramichi were chosen to represent Canada at the World Cup of Dance in Portugal. 

Two of these students are from Blackville School. Abby Keenan (grade 11) and Anna Sturgeon (grade 10) have been dancing competitively for years, traveling to competitions across the province where they often receive high honour awards for their routines. 

To have the opportunity to go to the World Cup of Dance is similar to an athlete attending the Olympics, with over 45 countries participating.

This experience of a lifetime, however, does not come without a high cost of about $15, 000 for each dancer. This morning Minister Jake Stewart contributed by donating $100 to each girl as congratulations on their achievement.

With their trip to Portugal fast approaching, the dancers need the support of their community to reach their goal. To donate and find out more information click here.

On May 5 from 2 pm to 6 pm, there will be a benefit to support the dancers at the Miramichi Folklore Park. Along with the 50/50 draw and live entertainment, the girls will be performing a few of their routines.

Photo and article by Maggie Jardine

Friday, April 12, 2019

Students Enter PSA Video in Safe Grad Competition

Grade 12 students Kel Vickers and Christopher Underhill
with Grade 11 Daniel MacVicar who played a part in the video.
Two grade 12 students from Blackville School have entered a video into this year's Alcool NB Liquor Safe Grad Competition.

Chris Underhill and Kel Vickers produced a public service announcement video that explores underage drinking and also drinking and driving.

The Safe Grad competition encourages students to create and deliver a message about making responsible choices when celebrating high school graduation. The competition is done in cooperation with the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Underhill explained they wanted to make a video that would "be short and to the point." He said they spent some time considering transitions. "We wanted the glass to be the same size and shape as a car tire so that the quick transition would be effective," he added. 

The students also added foreshadowing in the short narrative. "Kel came up with the idea of having the ace of spades face up on the table at the beginning of the video because it represents death," Underhill said. 

Each year Alcool NB Liquor gives out prizes of up to a total of $20, 000 to high schools that participate in the competition. This is the 12th year for the Safe Grad Competition.

Blackville School has won $1000 to $1300 prizes in previous years for its Safe Grad entries.

Photo by Cassidy Coughlan

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Students Wear Blue for World Autism Awareness Month

Students and staff at Blackville School wore blue on Tuesday to show their support for World Autism Awareness Month held during the month of April.

For more information about Autism Awareness Canada, click here.

Friday, March 29, 2019

The 2019 Big Crunch

As part of promoting healthy eating and learning about local and global food systems, elementary and middle school students at Blackville School participated in the Big Crunch today. 

To see more photos, click here

To learn more about the Big Crunch, click here.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Students and Staff Ratchet Up Support for Renous Arena as Hockeyville Voting Days Approach

Students and staff at Blackville School held a rally on Tuesday to show their support while also promoting the Tom Donovan Renous Arena in the 13th Annual Kraft Hockeyville challenge.

A promotional song was created as well as a video that included drone footage and photos capturing the window decorations that students created throughout the school building.

Students and staff sported signs and t-shirts in memory of Thomas Dunn who died last June. He was a student at the school and also played hockey.

Encouraging people to vote for Renous, NB, the school will also be open for people to drop by and vote online at the school. The voting starts on the Kraft Hockeyville website at 1:00 pm on Friday, March 29 and ends at 9:30 pm on Saturday, March 30.

To see more photos from the rally on Tuesday, click here. To show support and vote, click here to register on the Kraft Hockeyville website.

Photos by Maggie Jardine
Video Editing by Christopher Underhill and Malcolm Vickers
Singer: Jayda MacDonald
Voiceover: Christopher Underhill

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Video Promotes Support for Tom Donovan Arena in Kraft Hockeyville Challenge

The Tom Donovan Arena, located in Renous, NB, is in the final Top 4 for Kraft Hockeyville.

In the video below, students are challenging everyone to support the school community's efforts by voting for the Tom Donovan Arena on March 29 and 30 on the Kraft Hockeyville website.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Students Artwork to Appear in Upcoming Book

Mya Underhill and Allie Hallihan
An illustration created by Grade 3 students Allie Hallihan and Mya Underhill was selected to appear in a book that will be published this spring.

Both young artists students love to draw and were very excited when they heard the news in February.

Their teacher Mrs. Lindsay Turner was informed of the illustration challenge by Vice Principal Mrs. Angela Moody.

"I asked if anyone in the class had any interest in participating. Allie and Mya jumped at the chance, and they started the project right away," Turner explained.

"Although we don't have a copy of the actual drawing as it was submitted. They drew the theme chinchilla in great detail," Turner added.

Turner knew that both the girls enjoyed drawing, and she said, "they possess great talent for eight year olds."

"They completed it together, without any assistance from peers or teachers. They came up with the idea themselves and how they wanted to organize it and their end result reflected that," she added.

The illustration challenge was organized by "5210 A Way of Life." According to the website, it "is an initiative that partners with communities across the Northumberland County to promote healthy behaviours."

It centres around the vision that "Northumberland County lives, works and plays in an environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice."  For more information, visit the 5210 website

Pizza Pie for Pi

Cassidy Hallihan and Hayley Underhill
Two high school students received Pizza Trio gift certificates for remembering quite a few digits in Pi during the Pi Day contest on March 14.

Grade 11 student Hayley Underhill could recite 60 digits of Pi from memory while Grade 10 student Cassidy Hallihan completed 52.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

A Dino-Mite Book Fair Planned for Next Week

Blackville school will be holding the Scholastic Book Fair in the school library from March 18-21. This year's book fair is titled "Dino-Mite." 

Students can guess how many dinosaurs are in the large dinosaur painting for a chance to win a $10 value in books. 

The Book Fair will be from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Family night is Wednesday evening from 5-7pm. 

There will be a family draw event and anyone who enters has a chance to win $25 in books and $25 in books for a class.

You can also check out the latest Wimpy Kid and Peppa Pig offerings along wth sports and video game books. 

Everyone is welcome. All purchases benefit the school.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

We Are Hockeyville

The following reflection and photos will appear in the 2019 Blackville School Yearbook. It was written by Yearbook Co-editor and Grade 12 student Maggie Jardine. 

Unity. We know what the definition of this word is, but do we know what it really means? We see it in a crowd erupting into chaos as their team wins on an overtime goal. It's in a class dressed in pink t-shirts with #neverdunn proudly written across their chests as they take their yearbook picture. It's how a community rallies together to try to take the title of "Kraft Hockeyville." But unity can also be seen in the strength of a grieving family at the center of a movement.

In the past year, our community has known what it means to go through hard times as we have dealt with the loss of many people we still saw as children. Instead of crumbling under the weight of it, we have banded together to show support for those struggling in any way we could.

One of those ways was to try to bring "Kraft Hockeyville" to our community and win $250 000 for the Tom Donovan Arena. Fourteen-year-old Thomas Dunn grew up playing hockey on this ice. After his passing, his family believed bringing the spirit of hockey to our rink would be the perfect way to honour his name.

Whether we actually bring Hockeyville to our rink or not, in a sense, our community has already won. We have shown what it means to be stronger together and make the best of our hardest times.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pancake Breakfast Held to Celebrate Valentine's Day

Students from grades K-5 celebrated Valentine's Day with a pancake breakfast.

A parent or another family member was invited to join the students for the breakfast that was prepared by the cafeteria staff.

More photos from the event can be found here.

Photos by Cassidy Coughlan

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Students Display Support for Local Hockey Arena

Students and staff at Blackville School sported hockey jerseys on Thursday in support of the Tom Donovan Arena nomination in the Kraft Hockeyville challenge.

The arena is one of many in Canada competing in the challenge that awards $250, 000 and an NHL game to the first place winner and $25, 000 to three second place winners.

Arena supporters can join and promote their arena at the Kraft Hockeyville website. Sharing community stories about the arena on the website is one of the biggest ways to garner a higher score.

This week students were also encouraged to join the website and share their experiences at the arena through their own stories.

For more information and to help support the Tom Donovan Arena, click here. Nominations close on February 10. To view more photos, click here.