Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Blackville Rundown: COVID-19 Impact

In this week's podcast, Anna and Reese get the students input on COVID-19 and explore how it has affected their lives. They also discuss some favourite television shows from around the school. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

School Alumnus Returns Home to Finish Junior Hockey Career

Daniel Moody on the day of his signing
Source: Miramichi Timberwolves
As the MHL season is in its pre-season and the regular season is just around the corner, we have some local players on the roster this year. One of them is Daniel Moody, a Blackville School alumnus.

Moody started his journey in junior hockey after getting drafted by the Victoriaville Tigers in the QMJHL in 2016. He was then later traded to the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Moody stayed there for two season where he played a total 28 games, and had a GAA of 3.19. 

Moody was then traded to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens during the 2018-2019 season. He finished the season their and then began the 2019-2020 season with them, but then got traded once again to Baie-Comeau Drakkar. 

He played 6 games there, and is now returning to his home province to play with the local junior A team, the Miramichi Timberwolves.

Daniel with goalie partner in Drummondville
Source: Facebook/Stacey Sutherland
Moody is looking forward to returning to his home province and local city. 

“Im pretty excited,” said Moody. “Having been away for the past three years it will be nice to play in front of friends and family once again in my hometown."

"I'm looking to enjoy this time, as it’s my last year of eligibility for junior hockey,” he added. 

Moody is already thinking about his plans after junior hockey.

“Playing at the university level would be a great fit for me. Playing major junior has given me the opportunity to continue pursuing a university degree while playing at a high level.”

You can watch Moody play at the Miramichi Civic Centre for the Miramichi Timberwolves.

By Keaton Walls

Senior Boys Soccer Team 2020


Name: Macaully Gillespie 
Number: 10
Position:Half back 
Favorite Brand:Nike
Name: Jaxon Jardine 
Number: 5
Postion: Striker
Favorite Brand:Nike

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Classes of the Month

For the month of September, three classes were chosen for class of the month, one from each of the following grade levels: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. 

The K-2 class of the month for September was Mrs. J. Hallihan's 2/3 split. This class was recognized for following school policy and being kind and respectful to their other classmates, as well as teachers and other classes. They also demonstrated very good manners and always displayed a positive attitude.

The 3-5 class of the month was Mrs. T. Manderville's 3/4 split. They were also chosen for following school rules and maintaining a friendly and well-mannered classroom environment. They constantly used their manners and always remained cheerful. 

The 6-8 class of the month was Mr. A. Loggie's grade 6 class. Mr. Loggie's class received the award for their great class attendance and strong ability to always be prepared for class.  The students in this class were continually on time and displayed kindness and consideration towards each other and all other classes.

Senior Girls Soccer Team 2020

Name: Hailey Singer
Number: 6
Position: Forward/Striker
Foot: Right
Favourite Brand: Adidas

Name: Eden 
Number: 8 
Position: Sweeper
Foot: Right
Favourite Brand: Adidas

Monday, October 19, 2020

The Blackville Rundown (Podcast)


In their first podcast, Anna and Reese discuss the Senior Boys soccer season with team captain Macaully Gillespie and also find out what popular apps students are using.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Athletes of the Month

The High School Male Athlete of the month of September is Preston Gillespie. Preston has led our senior boys soccer in offence to a 2-0 record defeating both NSER and BSA. His hard work and soft touch around the net is a threat every time he has the ball in the offensive zone. Great work Preston!
The High School Female athlete of the month of September is Dakota Curtis. She was acknowledged for her positivity and willingness to improve her skills. She is also leading her soccer team in scoring so far and demonstrates a strong work ethic along with good leadership skills.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Senior Girls Kickoff on the Right Foot

Grade 9 student Abby Underhill playing
 against NSER players
The Senior Girls soccer team are kicking off the season on the right foot as they are currently sitting at no losses, with one win and two ties. They first hit the field October 21 on their home field, landing themselves a tie of 0-0 with their rival team, Sunny Corner, resulting in Layla Hallihan's first of three shutouts of the season. 

The following Tuesday, they came out on top with a 3-0 triumph over Baie-Sainte-Anne, additionally on the home field. Grade 11 striker Dakota Curtis led the way with 2 goals followed by grade 12 mid-field Reese Urquhart with 1 goal. The girls showed great improvement from the first game and maintained possession of the ball 75% of the time. 

In their most recent game, the Blackville Eagles challenged CNBA on their home turf in Boiestown. It was a close call but they came out with their second tie of 0-0.

Although the game has changed since last fall as a result of Covid-19, the girls are just happy they are able to compete. With a smaller league and no Regionals or Provincials, the game has adapted to be pandemic friendly. Close contact has been minimized with all players exempt from touching the ball.

"I think they did a good job, trying to make the game as normal as possible, but it is still disappointing that in my last year of high school there is no competitive play. Especially since I really had my sights set on provincial champs this year," said soccer co-captain and grade 12 student Reese Urquhart. 

"The season is going well, we are competing even though it is a different type of season with Covid restrictions, but I feel like we are going to finish the season strong," noted Matthew Sturgeon, High School Girls Soccer coach.

The girls next see the field Thursday, October 15 in NSER for their fourth game of the season.

by Andrea Lynch

Friday, October 9, 2020

Senior Boys Start the Season Strong

Will Eardley is the team's new goalie
After three games, the Senior Boys soccer team are sitting with a record of 2-1. The boys came out strong in the first two games of the season gathering two wins, but fell short in the third game.

In the first game of the year the boys were looking good as they defeated NSER to a score of 7-0. Only having one practice, the boys were not to sure how they would manage, but that uncertainity quickly changed as the whistle blew. The boys were dominant. Scoring for the Eagles were: Preston Gillespie with 3, Kyle Malliet with 2, and singles from Keaton Walls and River Stewart.

The second game of the year was much similar to the first. The boys again dominated, but this time it was against ERBSA. The following game was held only after two practices. Again, the boys did not know how they would hold up even though last year they beat them all year. The boys came on top with a score of 5-0. Scoring for the Eagles were Preston Gillespie with 3, singles from Hudson Underhill and Caiden Duffy.

The third game is when the Eagles fell short to Stanley. The boys first away game was a loss. They battled hard, but did not succeed as Stanley won 5-2. Scoring for the Eagles was Preston Gillespie and Caleb Gillespie with a penalty kick. It was a hard loss, but the boys plan to get them next time at home.

Will Eardley, a new student who was moved from Manitoba to New Brunswick has stepped in between the pipes this year as Jacob Mercer graduated and hung up the cleats last year. The boys were worried about not having a goalie this year for soccer when Will stepped up and said he would do the job. To start the season he had back to back shutouts, and made some great saves.

By Keaton Walls

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Blackville School Student Receives Starfish Award from ASD-N

Grade 6 student Logan MacKeigan 
Grade 6 student Logan MacKeigan of Blackville School received the Starfish Award on September 15. He was nominated by Meredith Caissie, the Anglophone North School District (ASD-N) Director of Communications. 

This award acknowledges the significant contribution that individuals make to the students and staff of Anglophone North School District. 

Logan was recognized for his very impressive actions in response to an unknown visitor at the doors of Blackville School. 

While leading a group of his classmates to the bus, an individual who Mr. Logan had not recognized, buzzed in at the main doors. He immediately took action and stopped his friends from allowing the visitor to enter, until the office had approved. 

"His quick response was absolutely on point and exactly what we would want all of our students and staff to do. Logan put the safety and security of his school first, and I think he should be recognized for that," said Caissie.

"Blackville School is very proud of Logan's attentiveness to school policy and we are glad to have students like Logan at our school," added Principal Rodney Buggie. 

By Andrea Lynch

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Blackville Students: 2021 Yearbook Applications

Are you interested in working on the 2020-21 Blackville School yearbook? 

Please fill out the online form by clicking on the link HERE

This is open to students who will be in grades 7-12 for the 2020-21 school year.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Friends from Blackville School

Blackville School staff sent a video message to the students and families during the COVID-19 outbreak and social/physical distancing.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Blackville Student Receives Provincial Athletic Recognition

Grade 11 student Caleb Gillespie was recognized as Male Athlete of the Month in February by the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association (NBIAA). 

The award recognizes outstanding contributions by student-athletes for their accomplishments, dedication and passion within their sport and in the classroom.

To find out more information about the award and the NBIAA, click here

Thursday, March 12, 2020

It's Crunch Time!

As part of promoting healthy eating and learning about local and global food systems, elementary 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.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Elementary Students Participate in Quinzee Tours, Toboggan Races and Snowshoeing

Elementary students at Blackville School participated in the first ever District Winter Challenge on Wednesday, February 26.

With help from high school students in the Entrepreneurship and Outdoor Pursuits classes, the students were engaged in a number of activities including quinzee tours, toboggan races and snowshoeing.

The students had a chance to test the cardboard sleds that were designed for the District's STEAM League Winter Challenge.

The high school students also provided a hot chocolate stand during activity breaks.

To see more photos from some of the activities, click here.

Photos by Shana Jardine

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Crushing it with Cardboard: Middle School Students Participate in District's STEAM Challenge

The cardboard was flying at Blackville School last week as Middle School students tested the cardboard sleds they built for the District's STEAM League Winter Challenge.

Students had to build a single person cardboard sled, and then they raced them with the challenge to slide at least three metres. Each sled also had to have a theme.

All the Middle School students participated in this month's STEAM challenge. While the cardboard sleds were tested, the other students had some opportunities to enjoy the hill with their own sleds or the school's new toboggan.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. The challenge allows students to explore these five areas as they engage in inquiry, problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking.

High School students in the OutDoor Pursuits class are also participating in the challenge. To find out more about the District challenge, click here. 

To see more photos from the sliding event at Blackville School, click here

Photos by Jorja Donovan and Dakota Curtis

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Blackville Buzz: A Student's Unique Perspective

The Blackville Buzz Crew interviews grade 12 student Aiden Keenan.

Aiden shares his unique perspective on the public school experience after being home schooled all his life.

Note: This interview took place before the January exams.

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Dangers of Vaping and Smoking Highlighted during Presentation

Lori Gillies with grade 12 students Patrick
Donovan and Hayley Underhill
Lori Gillies from Quality Respiratory Care came to give Middle and High School students a presentation on the dangerous effects of smoking and vaping on January 15.

Gillies is a registered respiratory therapist who travels to patients homes to assist them when they have lung or heart problems.

She says that she deals with many teenagers whose breathing problems stem from smoking and/or vaping.

Gillies started off by explaining the difference between a cigarette and a vape pen. The main difference is that a cigarette is tobacco wrapped in a paper coating with a filter on the end. A vape, however, is a battery powered device where the main source of nicotine comes from a pod filled with flavoured juice.

Giving Back to the Community Through Mentorship

Kenson Warren, Drea Hallihan, Amber Walls, and Layla
Hallihan participating in the In-School Mentoring
Program. (Missing Trixie Coughlan) 
Blackville School currently has 12 high school mentors and 12 elementary students participating in the Big Brothers Big Sisters In-School Mentoring program.

This program provides youth with a role model and a friend to talk to and share experiences with.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is a federation that provides direct services to struggling youth and children in Canada with the mission of enabling life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people.

According to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada website, many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives. 

Facing prolonged adversity creates toxic stress in the brain that can negatively impact development. With the support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced, or even avoided, and youth can reach and realize their potential.

Grade 10 students Layla Hallihan, Amber Walls and Drea Halihan are three of the high school mentors at Blackville School. 

"I decided to become a mentor because I wanted to give back to the community and try to make someone else's life better, and also to give myself a chance to get involved with the elementary in the school a bit more," says Layla. She is mentoring Kenson Warren.

"My experience has been pretty good so far; my buddy is very outgoing and very positive," says Amber Walls, mentoring Trixie Coughlan with Drea Hallihan. .

"I would recommend this program as it gives a great learning experience. If you like to make a difference in your community, this program would be the perfect place for you," says Drea Hallihan.

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters in Miramichi, click here.

Article and photo by Abby Keenan

Monday, January 13, 2020

Bucket Filler of the Week for Jan. 13

This week's Bucket-Filler is Jack Jardine. Jack was awarded the Bucket-Filler because he is kind, helpful and a great help in and out of the class. Keep up the great work, Jack!

Friday, January 10, 2020

The Continuing Conflict Between the United States and Iran

The Blackville Buzz crew discuss the continuing conflict between the United States and Iran.