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.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Grade 9 Students Create Dioramas in Visual Art Class

This diorama was created by Grade 9 student Marco Arseneault 
Students at Blackville School had a chance to see some of the artwork that was completed by Grade 9 students during the first semester.

Students in Grade 9 Visual Art students worked on redoing a famous piece of artwork in the form of a diorama before the first semester concluded.

Their work is currently on display at the school. To see more photos of their work, click here. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Students Participate in Mental Health Awareness Activities

Middle School students sport their "Let's Talk" winter toques. 
Students at Blackville School participated in mental health awareness activities during Bell Lets Talk Day on January 30.

Further activities are also planned on Thursday, January 31 when the high school students return for the second semester.

The students will be signing a "Let's Keep the Conversation Going" banner and have opportunities to express their thoughts on metal health, how they can support each other and how to fight mental health stigma.

During the Bell Lets Talk Day, Bell will donate 5 cents toward mental health initiatives whenever the #BellLetsTalk hashtag is shared on Twitter and Facebook. For more information, click here.