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 Minister Jake
Stewart
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.