Strikers Weekly - Week of May 19, 2019










This week, we had the opportunity to host the future Grad Class of 2025.  Though in Grade Seven, we were happy to welcome our newest students to their future home.





Women in Leadership Conference



The first Women in Leadership "Wil Power" conference took place this week.  Organized by one of our student leadership groups here at McRoberts, the team organized speakers, activities, and various learning challenges, to spark interest, provoke thought, and entertain, students from both our school as well as our elementary feeder schools.  A special thanks to Ms. Charlton and her amazing crew for a wonderful and full inspirational afternoon.  Thanks to Sydney L. for sharing the video.



Genius Hour Interviews:

From Mme Mainville: 

It’s Genius Hour Time!!!

Students in Mme Mainville’s Sciences humaines 10 and Histoire mondiale du 20e siècle, have been engaging in a year-long inquiry on a topic of their choice as part of their social studies class.  The new curriculum suggests students experience Inquiry Based Learning in which students control what they learn, how they learn and how they will demonstrate this learning using the Genius Hour framework.  Last week, French speaking individuals from the community came in to interview the students.  This was to create an authentic cultural learning experience as students interacted in French.  Our guests listened to their presentations, asked questions and provided them advice on how they should move forward.  In June, students will share their final products in a Genius Hour Fair and Celebration of Learning.  More information to come…



Lama Mugabo visits McRoberts

Ms. Matheos' Genisis Studies class had the opportunity to listen to the powerful words of Lama Mugabo's presentation of the Rwandan genocide.  Students were engaged and asked thoughtful questions.  In speaking with students after, many said it was difficult to hear some of Mugabo's stories but it was important the world knows.


Lama Mugabo' Biography:  Mugabo is the Founding Director of Building Bridges with Rwanda (BBR), a non-governmental organization designed to promote sustainable development initiatives in Rwanda and facilitate public education program in Canada. BBR was established in 2005, following a national campaign across Canada to raise awareness of the causes and impact of the 1994 genocide perpetrated against minority Tutsis in Rwanda. Between 2008 and 2015, Lama worked in Rwanda, where he spearheaded the implementation of infrastructure development and capacity building projects. BBR hosted more than 600 volunteers from Canada, US, Germany, UK, France, Columbia, Germany, South Korea, Kenya, Burundi and Uganda. Visiting volunteers working side by side with Rwandans built an innovation center, household vegetables gardens, taught English as an additional language and visited development projects in Rwanda.  On June 6, Building Bridges with Rwanda in collaboration with SFU Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement and Hogan’s Alley Society will host an evening of dialogue to commemorate 25 years of reconstruction and reconciliation in post genocide Rwanda.



Grad Boat Cruise

We managed to dodge the rain.  Though a bit cool, the night was dry and the views were amazing.  The best part was the amazing company.  Over 180 from McRoberts took to the seas in the annual Grad Boat Cruise.  More on this to come... 



Sad News

It is with great sadness in our hearts that we inform you of the passing of our dear colleague and friend, Mme Helen-Mary Coates.  She passed away on Friday, May 10th, after a very short battle with cancer.  Mme Coates taught throughout Richmond but spent the majority of her teaching career here at McRoberts as a French immersion teacher teaching Français langue, Sciences humaines and Core French.   She retired in June of 2016.  Her past students will remember her passion and love of all things French Canadian and Irish as well as her staunch feminist attitude.  They will likely recall her silly French expressions like “Merci buckets” & “Chose-bine Bobbypine” or the infamous “Chaise anglaise” – Mme Coates’s strategy to get students to speak French in class. Finally, we will all never forget her big joyous laugh which filled the halls of our school.  She loved to travel and her happy place was swimming in a pool…


There will be a funeral service for Mme Coates on Friday, June 14th, 2019 at 11:00am at St-Joseph the Worker Church in Richmond.”




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From Ms. Millar (Career Information Advisor)

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