Saturday, December 21, 2019

Teams Dasher and Rudolph Victorious in Floor Hockey Tournament

Students from grades 3 to 5 and middle school participated in a floor hockey tournament on Thursday, December 19.

In the elementary battle, Team Dasher won the title, defeating Team Vixon with a score of 5 to 0. 

Meanwhile, Team Rudolph won over Team Grinch with a score of 4 to 1 in the Middle School competition. 

The students had some help with the return of alumni Daniel Moody and Michael Waugh who refereed the games.

For more photos from the event, click here

Photos by Drake Donovan

Friday, December 20, 2019

Blackville Buzz: Christmas Podcast

The Blackville Buzz crew interview staff and students before the Christmas break. The crew then spends some time discussing their favourite Christmas activities and traditions.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

People's Picks - December 18

For this week's edition of People's Picks, we asked Grade 12 student Abby Keenan who her favourite Blackville High School staff member was.

Abby enthusiastically chose Brent Wilson, a janitor here at BHS. Brent has been employed at Blackville School for the past 18 years, first as a bus driver and then as part of the janitorial staff.

Abby chose Brent because of his wonderful attitude and because he always goes out of his way to talk to students in the halls and make them feel welcome.

Brent was very shocked but also very happy with his win. "Wow! I feel pretty good right now." Brent also said that the best advice he could give the rest of the students and staff is to stay happy. "I always try to be happy, and it's gotten me pretty far."

Just yesterday, Brent witnessed four high school students participating in a recent dance trend born on the social media platform, TikTok. Instead of ignoring them, like most people probably would, Brent hopped in the video and showed off his amazing dance skills. Talk about a boomer with rhythm. This is just one example of Brent's ability to make students happy, no matter the circumstances.

Congratulations, Brent! Keep up the good work! Click here for a link to Brent's TikTok or see the video posted below.

Bucket Filler of the Week is Maci Underhill

This week's Bucket Filler is Maci Underhill. Maci was given this award for always being polite.

She is very helpful, and is a kind friend to all.

Good job Maci, keep up the great work.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

High School Student Council Generate Over $400 from Third Annual K-5 Christmas Shop

The High School Student Council gift wrapping the K-5 Christmas gifts. 
The High School Student Council held their third Annual K-5 Christmas Shop this Wednesday, December 18 and raised $420.

This is the Student Council's third year holding the Christmas shop where they offer gifts for sale, costing no more than a toonie ($2). The also offer a free gift wrapping service for the students' purchases.

This event offers the K-5 students a chance to buy Christmas presents for their parents/guardians, allowing them to have an independent experience, and helping them to feel good about giving back to the people they love which they may not have been able to do otherwise. 

It was a very successful K-5 Christmas Shop 2019! To see the rest of the Christmas Shop photos, click here.

Article by Abby Keenan
Photos by Drake Donovan

Christmas Viewpoint

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Almost 70% of Students Participated in Hour of Code

Students receiving their certificates of achievement. 
Almost 70% of students at Blackville School participated in the International Hour of Code.

There were 234 students who participated out of a population of 349 student. This was 33% more from last year.

This past Monday, December 16, the students who participated received certificates of achievement.

Madame Duffy's 4/5D and MSTE 7O were the winning classes who received a micro:bit kit. Each of these classes will do a draw to determine who will win the prize.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the Hour of Code last week. It looks like BHS will definitely be taking part in Hour of Code 2020!

For the rest of the Hour of Code pictures, click here.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Blackville School Variety Show Highlights

The Week's Bucket Filler is Kent Hogan

This week's Bucket Filler is Kent Hogan. Kent was given this award for being very helpful and kind inside and outside the classroom. He is all around a great boy. Good job Kent, keep up the great work!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Young Entrepreneurs Generate Over $2000 in Sales

Students Sophie Munn and Danica Mullin at the Young
 Entrepreneurs Market and Showcase.
This past Wednesday, December 11, the young entrepreneurs of Blackville School held their Young Entrepreneurs Showcase and Market in the school cafeteria from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

With 55 student ventures, the students had a very successful fair, making a total of $2481.30.

$104.20 was donated to the T6 fund, and $146.80 was donated to the Miramichi SPCA from percentages of the students sales.

There were some very creative products for sale including moose callers, clothing, jewelry, ornaments, scrunchies, and many more interesting items.

Blackville School definitely has some very determined and talented students. Great job everybody!

Congratulations on your hard work and a successful Market and Showcase!

Click here to see more photos.

Article by Abby Keenan
Photos by Isabella Hallihan

Athletes of the Month

The High School Male Athlete of the Month for the months of November and December is Coewan Munn. Coewan has been recognized because he is hard working, always giving his all, always smiling, bringing up spirits of the team mates, and always willing to sacrifice himself and take a hit to make a play.

Our High School Girls Athlete of the Month is Jorja Donovan. She was given this award because of her constant willingness to learn and improve, along with a positive attitude towards every game.

Elementary Christmas Concert 2019

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Elementary Students Code with Seniors for Hour of Code Week

Gr. 3/4M coding with the seniors of Kelly's Special Care
Before the International Hour of Code arrived this week, students in Mrs. Manderville's 3/4 class were already taking part in the event.

The students visited Kelly's Special Care Home last Friday, December 6 to showcase their coding skills with Scratch, Hour of Code, Micro:bits with MakeCode, Sphero and MBot Robotics.

This week, December 9-13 (Computer Science Education week), around two thirds of all students and teachers at Blackville School will be participating in the Hour of Code 2019.

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching hundreds of millions of students in 180+ countries offered in 45+ languages each year.

Anytime this week for one hour, students and teachers will commit to one hour of code to learn some of the basics of computer science and what keeps the internet going.

For more information, click here to visit the Hour of Code website.

Students Discuss Species at Risk

This week the Blackville Buzz crew discusses some species at risk with High School Grade 12 students.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Busy Weeks Ahead for Blackville School

As Christmas break comes near, Blackville School is in for a couple of busy weeks filled with activities to get the students and staff into the Christmas spirit.

Today, Tuesday the 10, the Annual Elementary Christmas Concert took place, along with the Annual Christmas dinner. Tonight the Grad class of 2020 is putting on a Variety Show from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. Come out and show some support for your 2020 Grad class and local talent.

The High School Student Council will be hosting their 3rd Annual K-5 Christmas Shop Wednesday morning, December 18. Presents will cost no more than a toonie ($2) and will be wrapped for the students at checkout. This gives the younger students a chance to buy Christmas presents for their parents/guardians.

There will be a window decorating contest held for the Middle and High School students this Wednesday, Dec 11. All windows must be finished by this Friday, Dec 13.
As well, from the 16-20, there will be Holiday Theme Days as follows:

Monday - Candy Cane Day (Red/White)
Tuesday - Christmas Sweater Day
Wednesday - Christmas Spirit/Character Day
Thursday - Red and Green Day
Friday - PJ Day

Keep an eye on the Blackville School Twitter/Facebook page for notices on more activities to come!

Grade 9 Students Donate $300 to Local SPCA

From left to right, Chloe Hambrook, Tyra Martin, Amber Hambrook,
Tara Martin. Missing Emily Stewart and Lydia Sullivan. 
Grade 9 students Amber Hambrook, Tara Martin, Chloe Hambrook, Tyra Martin, Emily Stewart, and Lydia Sullivan donated $300 to the Miramichi SPCA.

Originally, the six girls were fundraising for a rainbow crosswalk to be painted on the entrance stairs of the school for their group which they call the GSA (Genders and Sexualities Alliance).

Through their grade 7 and grade 8 years of school, the girls held numerous bake sales and made close to $1000.

Instead of painting the crosswalk, they decided to donate $300 of the $1000 to the SPCA and give the rest of their money to their 2023 graduation fund.

Emily Stewart explained, "...we wanted to donate to the SPCA because we all really care about animals and wanted it to go to something we care about."

Congratulations, girls! Blackville School is proud of your generosity and kindness.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Two Wins for Seniors Boys Basketball Team

In high school boys basketball action, the boys defeated NSER on Monday with a score of 82-54. Devon Edwards led the scoring with 35 points, Spencer Mullen with 23, Macaully Gillespie with 7, Keaton Walls had 6, and Calvin Keenan and Camden Curtis with 5 each.

The boys also defeated Fredericton Christian School with a score of 77-75. Devon Edwards and Camden Curtis led the way with 21 points each, Spencer Mullen with 14, Daniel MacVicker had 9, and Calvin Keenan with 5

Good job, boys, keep it up!

Bucket-Filler Award for December 6

This week's Bucket-Filler award goes to Maverick Howe.

Maverick was awarded this title because he is always kind to others. He is very helpful around the classroom, and always friendly.

Congratulations, Maverick and keep up the great work!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

People's Picks for December 2

This week's winner of People's Picks is grade 12 student Aiden Keenan. Aiden just transferred to Blackville school this year for the full senior year experience after being homeschooled for the past 12 years.

Despite his short time here, he has made quite the impression on students and staff. Aiden was chosen by his homeroom teacher Mrs. Brophy, because she has heard wonderful things about him and he is never late for homeroom. We also spoke to Aiden's Math teacher, Mr. Grattan, who said "Aiden is the hardest working student in my class," and his History student-teacher, Mrs. Barry, who said that Aiden had a great interest in the subject and a vast knowledge of historical events.

Aiden was quite pleased about the recognition. "I feel pretty good. I didn't expect Mrs. Brophy to choose me, but it's nice that she hears good things. I'm so honoured, and I will continue to keep up my hard work."

Congratulations, Aiden! Keep up the good work.

High School Students Visit Superior Industries

The Blackville Buzz crew interviews some grade 11 and 12 students who went for a visit to Superior Industries, an international machining fabrication company with a site located in Miramichi.

Click here for more photos.

(Photos: Laurren Newbatt)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Elementary Students Receive Recognition After First Report Card Period

Mr. Buggie presenting Becca Hallihan her award for achievement
 in Physical Education. 
This past Thursday, November 28th, select elementary students received awards of recognition to celebrate a successful first report period.

Based on their performance during the past term, the elementary teachers chose well-deserving students to receive awards for a variety of things.

Based on academics and behavior, awards such as the Positive Attitude Award, The Cooperation Award, as well as achievement awards in Math, Reading, Writing, Physical Education, Speaking and Listening, and others were awarded.

These awards were provided as a form of encouragement for the awarded students to continue their hard work, and for those who did not receive anything this time around to have something as motivation to work towards. 

Well done to all elementary students, the teachers and staff hope that the students will keep up their hard work!

To view the rest of the recognition pictures, click here

Monday, December 2, 2019

Bucket Filler

On November 15th, the Bucket-Filler award was given out to Chloe Furlong from 4/5D. Chloe was given this reward because she is always kind, always polite, and she constantly goes out of her way to make someones day! Keep up the great work Chloe and congratulations on your award!

Friday, November 29, 2019

People's Picks - November 25

This week's winner of People's Picks is Grade 11 student Caleb Gillespie.

Caleb was chosen by both Mr. Norton, his homeroom teacher, and Mr. Hallihan, his Environmental Science teacher.

Mr. Norton said that despite him not teaching Caleb in any classes, he always has a great attitude and he hears from other teachers about how hard of a worker Caleb is.

Mr. Hallihan said that not only does he have all of his projects done early, but that he has finished getting his eco-points already! "He is very kind, and he is always willing to help others after he has finished his work," said Mr. Hallihan.

We interviewed Caleb after announcing his win and asked him how he felt about it: "Wow, that's nice. I wasn't expecting to win. Thanks Mr. Hallihan and Mr. Norton for choosing me, I'll make sure to keep up my good work."

This Week's Bucket Filler is Alexina Coughlan

This week's Bucket Filler is Alexina Coughlan from KW. Alexina was given this award for being kind to others, always helping out others in the classroom, and for being polite. Great job Alexina, keep up the great work.

The Hour of Code at Blackville School

Blackville School's promotional video on the 2019 Hour of Code (December 9-15). Video created by Paige Gorman. Voiceover by Aisha Jardine.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The ELF Program at Blackville School

The ELF Program (Elementary Literacy Friends) is a charitable organization that manages a volunteer reading achievement program for struggling readers in grade two.

Students who are struggling to read at their grade level by the end of grade two can sometimes experience significant difficulty throughout the rest of their schooling years, falling further behind each year.

The ELF Program brings community volunteers, schools, and parents together to ensure children are reading at grade level by the end of the year. They currently have 580 ELF and CLEF volunteers helping students in 146 New Brunswick Schools.

Currently, Blackville School has one student from Ms. Sobey's Grade 2 class enrolled in the program and will have another individual joining the program after Christmas.

The program started at the first of November 2019 and will happen every Tuesday and Friday from 2 pm to 3 pm.

During this hour, the literacy volunteer and student will go over the material provided. They will participate in literacy games with rewards that are combined with reading interesting books and answering questions.

The students learn that developing important reading skills can be easy and fun. Volunteer Lana Cottow says she enjoys helping her student with his reading. She states that it is a wonderful program and it brings her so much joy to participate in it.

"We are so grateful to all of these volunteers who are giving their time to read with a child in their community. These children are receiving a boost in confidence and love of reading to help set them up for success throughout the rest of the school year. " The ELF Fall Newsletter.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Sports Update November 27th

Senior boys and girls are reminded of their game today in Stanley. Girls play at 6:00 pm. Boys play at 7:30 pm.

Bucket Filler

This weeks Bucket Filler was awarded to Milia Hallihan. Milia was given this award for always being kind and polite to others, she loves to help out her teacher and peers, Great job Milia, keep up the awesome work!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

People's Picks - November 18th

This week's edition of People's Picks focused on Grade 10 students - more specifically one of the hardest working grade 10 student. Jaiden Betts was chosen as this week's winner by Mr. Carter, his homeroom and Broad Based Technology teacher. Mr. Carter chose Jaiden because Jaiden works hard and always finishes his work in a timely manner. "Jaiden is the furthest ahead in the BBT Units, and he still so far has managed to keep solid marks throughout."

When asked how he felt about the win, Jaiden said, "It feels lovely to be picked... I'm honoured to be chosen out of every student in Grade 10 and thank you Mr. Carter for picking me. I will try to continue to keep up my good work." Congratulations, Jaiden!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Blackville Buzz: A Conversation with Daniel MacVicar

Daniel MacVicar with Chief Dwain Hallihan
at the 2019 
Blackville School 
Remembrance Day Ceremony.
A conversation with Daniel MacVicar a grade 12 student from Blackville School who is a volunteer firefighter with the Renous Fire Department.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

This Week's Bucket Filler

This week's Bucket Filler of the Week is Max McCorrmick from 3/4M. Max is a great worker. He looks out for his peers, and he is always helpful! Awesome job, and keep up the great work Max!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Podcast Feature: Remembrance Day Ceremony 2019

Principal Rodney Buggie with Cpl. Crabbe's daughter,
Geneva Curto and granddaughter, Andrea Bell.
The Blackville Buzz compiled a podcast from this week's Remembrance Day Ceremony at Blackville School. The podcast contains information about the plaque presentation in honour of Cpl. Victor Charles Crabbe who was a member of the North Shore Regiment and was with C Company in Normandy on D-Day.  Cpl. Crabbe's granddaughter Andrea Bell presented background information about Cpl. Crabbe. Listen to her presentation in the podcast.

The Blackville Buzz Crew are Avery Hallihan, Ronan Sherrard and Sarah Vanderbeck. 
Photo by Aisha Jardine

Thursday, November 7, 2019

People's Picks - November 4

This week's edition of People's Picks focused on Middle School teachers.

After sending around a survey, middle school students voted Mrs. Davidson as their favourite teacher. Students said that Mrs. Davidson's Language Arts class is both fun and educational.

After Mrs. Davidson's win was announced, we interviewed her to see how she felt about the victory.

"Wow! That's great! I love my job, it's the best job in the world! The best part? Everyday is a brand new day and my students always make my days worth while. I love seeing them grow up and change," she said.

Mrs. Davidson won with 37 votes, which was 41% of the entire middle school population. Congratulations, Mrs. Davidson! All of the students love you!

Remembrance Day Ceremony 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019

Bucket Filler of the Week

This week's Bucket Filler of the week is Brooklyn Newman from 3/4 H. Brooklyn was given this award for always being helpful, kind and a great worker.  Good job Brooklyn, keep up the great work!

Viewpoint: Halloween

Blackville Buzz Interviews Dancers Abby Keenan and Anna Sturgeon

The Blackville Buzz Crew interview Abby Keenan and Anna Sturgeon who attended the Dance World Cup in Portugal in July 2019. The Blackville Buzz Crew is Ronan Sherrard, Avery Hallihan and Sarah Vanderbeck.

Abby Keenan and Anna Sturgeon
at Thunderstruck Dance Competition
in May 2019.

Anna Sturgeon and Abby Keenan pictured on the world stage
during their contemporary group dance with their six other East
Coast team mates from Miramichi and Saint John New Brunswick

Friday, November 1, 2019

Students and Staff Celebrate Walk-a-thon Efforts

This year's Walk-a-thon turned out to be one of the most successful. With over $4500 raised, the school will now be able to fund a variety of clubs and sports teams for the entire year. Students were required to raise a total of $15 to participate, however most ended up raising a lot more.

The elementary raised most money raised per person, with an average of $33.75 per student. Homeroom 1L raised the most of all the elementary classes.

The middle school had an average of $19.82 per student with homeroom 8C raising the most money in the middle school classes.

High school raised approximately $15.25 per student and Mrs. J. Underhill's Grade 9 homeroom raised the highest amount of all the high school.

The highest raising classes of each level will receive a pizza party for their accomplishments.

The walk occurred on October 10th and over 200 students participated in it. Photos taken on the walk are posted here.

On Friday of last week, October 25, a presentation was held in the gymnasium praising the students for their fundraising efforts and announcing the total amount raised. Two lucky students got to throw a pie in the faces of the administration. Kindergarten student Kenton Arbeau got to cover Mr. Buggie's face in whipped cream, and lucky Grade 8 student Destiny McCormack took care of Mrs. Moody. Photos from the presentation are posted here.

KD Cup: New Elementary Soccer Tradition

The elementary soccer teams at Blackville School started a new tradition on October 21.

The teams competed for the the KD Cup that was made in honour of Hockeyville. The Tom Donovan Arena in Renous was this year's winner of Kraft Hockeyville.

It was a hard fought battle between BHS 1 and BHS 2 elementary teams, and all the K-5 students were out on the sidelines cheering on their favourite team.

The final outcome of the game ended in a tie 5-5. It was the grade five players final game of elementary soccer, so those players from both teams got to hoist the KD Cup.

Click here to see a video from the event and click here to see more photos.

Halloween Elementary Colouring Contest Winners

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Roots of Empathy Baby Visits Grade 2 Class

Owen with his Mother, Jenna Coughlan
The Grade 2 students of Blackville School are again participating in the Roots of Empathy program.

Roots of Empathy is an international organization that offers empathy based programs for children, with research to prove impact.

This year Owen Coughlan is the visiting baby, son of Jenna and Andrew Coughlan. He will be visiting the school once a month for nine months. His first visit was October 18.
                                                                                The students will be able to watch him grow and note how he changes from month to month.
Grade 2 Students learning interactively
with Owen.

The students look forward to seeing Owen again soon.

To find out more about this program, click here. To see more photos from the school's program, click here.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

People's Picks - October 28

In this week's edition of People's Picks, we asked grade 12 student Hannah Colford who her favourite lunch lady was. Hannah chose Amanda MacDonald, the newest employee of the cafeteria. According to Hannah, Amanda is extremely friendly, even during the busy lunch hours, and goes out of her way to make conversation with all of the students.

"She's very polite, to me especially, and I get the feeling that she loves her job," Hannah added. Amanda MacDonald works usually as a cook and waitress and makes some of the best spaghetti we have ever tasted. Congratulations, Amanda! We love you!

Sports Update October 30

High school boys basketball practice today right after school.

High school boys hockey today after school from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

High school boys soccer tonight at 6:00 pm on the turf field in Chatham. All players are expected to attend.

High school girls basketball practice tonight at 6:00 pm.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Male Athlete of the Month - October

Kyle Maillet
Kyle is being praised as athlete of the month because of his hard work and dedication. Although he is only in grade 9, he has proved to everyone that he can play with the best of them. Kyle always comes to games with a positive attitude and a smile on his face, bringing up the spirits of everyone on the team. He gives every last bit of effort that he can, and never gives up in a play. Kyle has even already scored his first high school hat-trick (3 goals, one game). For these reasons among many more, Kyle is this months male athlete of the month.

Female Athlete Of The Month

Layla Hallihan
Layla is being praised as athlete of the month because of her hard work and dedication to her team. Although she is grade 10, she has proved to her teammates, coaches also opposing teams that she can be a leader and play with the best of them. Layla always shows up to games prepared, and in practices she doesn't mind diving to get the ball. She always has a positive attitude and a smile on her face that raises the spirits of the rest of her team. And for those reasons and many more, Layla is the female athlete of the month.

Sports Update - October 29th

Congratulations go out to the middle school boys soccer team on winning the district banner last night!

Senior boys soccer team practice tonight on the turf in Miramichi at 6:00 pm.

Bucket Filler of The Week

The bucket filler of the week is Hunter Linkletter. Hunter was given this award for being kind, a great listener, polite, and a good friend to everyone. Good job Hunter, and keep up the great work.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Senior Boys Head to Soccer Provincials; Senior Girls Finish Season

The senior boys soccer team won a great battle against undefeated Minto Tigers, with a score of 2-0 Both goals scored by Drake Donovan and with the shut out Jacob mercer.

The boys travel to Fredericton this weekend for provincials, good luck boys.

The senior girls soccer team cost a hard fought game this weekend at regionals falling 1- 0 against Rogersville. The girls had a great season.

Middle school boys championship game tonight at 6:30 on the turf field in Chatham.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Annual Halloween Party/Dance for Elementary and Middle School

This year's annual Halloween parties will be hosted by the Graduating Class of 2020 on Tuesday, October 29. 
Last year's Halloween party

The parties will take place in the school's cafeteria. The times and prices of admission are as follows:

K-2: 4:30 to 5:30 $4/Student
3-5:  5:45 to 6:45 $4/Student
Middle School Dance: 7:00 to 8:30 $5/Student

Candy Apples, Fudge, Fudge Cones, Pop, and Water will be sold.

We hope to see you there; it will be lots of skele-fun!

Variety Show at Blackville School Nov. 14

A Variety Show will be hosted by the graduation class of 2020 in the gymnasium of the Blackville High School on November 14, 2019. The show will start at approximately 6:00 pm and run until 8:30.

The show will feature multiple singing acts including Amber Walls and Jayda MacDonald, and world class dancers Abby Keenan and Anna Sturgeon. A continuum of acts from Mr. Hache's high school music class will also take place during the show.

A canteen will be open on site with sweets such as fudge and toffee, as well as cold beverages for sale. We will also be sending around a 50/50 draw. All proceeds will go towards the 2020 grad class fund used for prom and safe grad activities.

Signup sheets for the show are posted in both the middle and high school ends as well as one in the office and one with Mrs. T. Sturgeon. If you have an act and would like to sign up for the show, sheets are also at Blackville Trio Pizza and Blackville Foodland, or you can contact to register. Thanks in advance for your continued support!

October 23rd Sports Update

High School girls basketball practice today from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. All new players are welcome.

High school boys soccer team will practice today after school. All players must attend.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Gaia Project Brings Hybrid-Electric Car to Blackville School

Students and staff check out the Hybrid Electric Car.
This past Friday, October 18, Brittany MacNaughton, representing The Gaia Project, visited Blackville School with a hybrid electric car.

The Gaia Project is a non-profit charitable organization with the mission to empower youth to take action on climate change through education.

Gaia Representative Brittany MacNaughton explains how the
vehicles tracks usage to Grade 11 student Brock Coughlan 
Through strategic partnerships, teacher support, enhanced student learning, and taking local action, they incorporate inquiry-based education, curriculum links, and local action in each of their projects.

The students were able to learn about the car and its advantages hands on. During a presentation, the students also explored the energy resources in New Brunswick and the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy.

For more information about The Gaia Project, click here.

Article by Abby Keenan
Photos by Paige Gorman

October 22nd - Sports Update

Elementary soccer teams played for the KD cup yesterday. The game ended in a 5-5 tie which is a great ending for the season for both teams. Goal scorers for team 1 were Allison Manderville, Dalas Curtis, and Garland Manderville. Goal scorers for team 2 were Nate Hallihan, Leia Stewart, Kolby McCormack, and JP McCormack.

High school boys basketball tryouts today at 4:00 pm.

High school girls basketball will be tomorrow from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.

Senior boys soccer practice is optional today. Boys will have practice tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday

Bucket Filler of the Week

The Bucket Filler of the Week is Zoe Kelly from grade 2Y. Zoe was given this award for being polite and a good friend to others and for never complaining. Great job Zoe, keep up the great work!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Visual Arts Students Explore Surrealism

During their first semester, Mrs. Moody's Gr. 9 Visual Arts class showed off their artistic abilities with a project on surrealism focusing on subjects such as visual puns or collagraphs. In this project the students had to choose an artist to research that used certain techniques in their work, providing an artistic informational page along side their curated art piece(s).

"Mood Swings" by Tara Martin and Amber Hambrook
Taking approximately two weeks to complete, the goal was for the students to experience and appreciate artwork, to learn how artists unleash their subconscious through the art of realism, and of course to have fun.

Mrs. Moody was very pleased with the results. "The students did very well with this project. I love to be able to showcase our talent here at Blackville School and this project did just that. Some of our artist pages were of professional quality. It was neat to watch my students take risks with their work, fail along the way and be proud of their final products, " she said. 
Grade 9 student Tara Martin worked with another student, Amber Hambrook, focusing on visual puns to create "Mood Swings," "French Fries," "Hot Dog," and "Cool as a Cucumber."

"We wanted to create pieces that were fun and that everyone could understand. We did a lot of researching online and got a lot of inspiration from the examples we found, then created our own," she explained.

"English Muffin" by Tyra Martin, Olivia Donahue, and Nathan Gillespie
Tyra Martin worked with classmates Olivia Donahue and Nathan Gillespie to create "English Muffin," "Hairspray," "Superbowl," and "Soap Opera."

These three students also focused on visual puns.

"While creating our pieces, I learned to slow down and take my time with everything. Our project took a little longer than expected, but we were all very happy with the result. Teamwork was a huge part of this project and that taught me a lot about how to work efficiently in a group and involve everyone's ideas in the pieces, " explained Tyra.

"I learned to just be myself and try new designs and to be creative," says Layne Jardine, another Visual Arts student.

Art can be a very connective learning experience from working together on creating an art piece, to sharing the outcome and feeling proud of your efforts. You can learn about more than just art from a Visual Arts class.

To view more of the Visual Arts projects, click here.

Article by Abby Keenan
Photos by Robyn Stewart

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."