Hopefully everyone had some time during Spring Break to rest and relax. Now into April, the rest of the year will go by quickly. In less than two weeks we will have our final block rotation for the school year signifying that the years is three quarters complete.
How do you build a bungee that allows an egg to drop, splash into the water, but avoid breaking? Students in Mr. Powell's class did. Not only did they imagine, create, and test these devices, but they also provided all the science that goes into explaining how and why.
Important Message for Grade 12 Students and Parents re: PSI Selections
An important message to parents of grade 12's. (This message has been emailed to all grade 12's and parents of grade 12's impacted have also received this message.)
The Ministry of Education has uncovered an issue with the PSI selections made by students through their Student Transcript Service accounts. Students that made Post Secondary Institution selections prior to February 28th may have lost this data. If you are receiving this communication then your son/daughter may have been impacted by the data loss. These students will need to log in to their STS account and resubmit all PSI selections, not later than May 3rd, 2018.
Deadline for Grad Fees
Just a reminder that all fees for Grad Events was to be paid in full by March 31st. There are still a number of people who have outstanding fees. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Audet or Mr. Kamide. A message will go home shortly to those students who we have listed as still owing. Thanks in your advance for your help.
Adventure in Quebec - An Exchange Story
Willing to leave your family, go to school in a different part of Canada, and live with people you don't know. Though it may not appeal to some, it is a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow. Recently, one of our students currently on a short term exchange to Quebec, was kind enough to share some of her thoughts.
If one were to google the province of Quebec, multiple facts would show up. It is on the east side of Canada and its capital city is Quebec City. If one were to look up the city of Sorel-Tracy, more facts would show up. It’s the fourth oldest city in Canada and it’s right off the St-Laurent River. But there’s plenty that one can’t find off the Internet.
Last month in February, I embarked on the most exciting journey of my life. I flew a 6-hour flight to Montreal, where my exchange student, Emmy, and her family picked me up and brought me home to their city, Sorel-Tracy. Since then, time has flown by. I’ve been in Quebec for seven out of twelve weeks now and it’s felt like two. I’ve adapted into a new lifestyle; I go to a new school, I play with a new volleyball team, and I met wonderful friends here. I’ve had so many laughs and created an uncountable amount of memories I hope I’ll never forget.
I felt like a character in a book at first; I experienced being the New Girl. However, unlike most New Kids in my books, I didn’t get shoved in a locker or pushed down the stairs (thank goodness). On the contrary; many people helped me get through my first few transition weeks and it was very easy to ask when I needed something. It was a little bit difficult at first with the time change, the new routine, and the fast language spoken here but thanks to Emmy and so many others, I managed to do just fine. Not only has this helped me become more confident in myself, but I also now have experience and know how to help the next New Kid I meet.
Emmy’s family and I have already done so much together. We’ve gone skiing multiple times, eaten the best poutine I’ve ever had, and had relaxing movie nights with the silent snow falling outside. One of my favourite events so far has been spending the week of Spring Break at their ski chalet at Mont Sutton, a beautiful mountain with cotton candy sunsets and a gorgeous ski hill. Although it’s not Cypress or Whistler, there are certain things you can only find at Sutton. An example is the small, friendly community. It’s very easy to run into a neighbour on the chair lift, or looking across and seeing a friend whizzing down the slope. Additionally, everybody is always happy there; even the person who handles the chair lift has a smile on their face. If anybody is questioning whether to do an exchange like mine, I would say don’t have second thoughts. I was nervous, too, but feeling anxious about this trip is nothing compared to the experiences they would have and the friends they would make.
If one were to look up Sorel-Tracy on Google, there are so many things they wouldn’t find. They would never feel the frost biting away at their cheeks at the -25 degree weather while waiting for the school bus in the morning. They would never hear the sound of Emmy’s laughter, or eat the delicious cafeteria meals, or have sushi nights with friends who want to speak English half the time just to see if they can. They would never feel the bittersweet smile in their heart at the thought of returning home.
Adventures at McRoberts - A Different Kind of Exchange Story
We don't have to look far here at McRoberts to see the benefits for the hosts of an exchange. We are very fortunate to have a number of students from a variety of countries who have chosen to do their schooling here in BC (and at our school). While this is an amazing opportunity for our students and staff, the experience for the student on the exchange is even greater. Below is a short excerpt from one of our students who has come a long way to learn here at McRoberts.
Hi, my name is Jane and I am from China. Right now, I am an international student in Canada. Some people might ask me why I came here, and the reason is because I want to experience a different education system. I want to see what the differences are between here and China. Also when my parents asked me to come here, I thought that maybe it would be a chance for me to improve and to be more independent. I think the English language is a big problem for me, because the teachers use a different language than I am used to to teach me. Unfortunately, I do not totally understand what the teachers are saying a lot of the time. Despite the changes, my lifestyle has not changed a lot, probably because I am living in Richmond. The biggest differences between the schools here and in China is that in China it is more stressful because they pay more attention to student achievements.
From Ms. Millar (Career Information Advisor)
Week of April 9 - 13, 2018
April 10 Community Mental Wellness Association of Canada Bursary
Coast Capital Savings Youth Get It Intern Program
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