A variety of exciting new after school programs are offered this year to students at MacLachlan College. In addition to the numerous school programs, ranging from debating, DECA and ecomentoring to floor hockey and the Duke of Edinburgh Program, students have the option to get involved with some special programs hosted at our school.
During the second term, these special after school clubs are running on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Mac student are learning to dance and enjoying a great workout in Zumba classes. Members of the The Director's Cut Stop Motion Animation have created their scripts and will soon start shooting their movies (no Oscar nominations this year). Lastly, the participants in the classical Martial Arts program are learning many self-defense techniques. At MacLachlan, our classrooms remain active and thriving even after the last bell!
The Senior Kindergarten class recently visited the Oakville Museum to learn more about how children lived, learned and played in the past. They were shown original maps of Oakville and pictures of William Chisholm and his wife Rebecca and they used their observational and inquiry skills to discover how we learn about the past. Next, the children toured the historic home of the Chisholm family and had the opportunity to see how people used to live. In the kitchen they saw an early refrigerator, a telephone with a crank and mouthpiece and an unusual machine for toasting bread. In the living areas they discovered what it was like without TVs or computers. The children listened to the gramophone, saw a piano and books in the library and had the opportunity to examine and play with old wooden games. Moving to the bedrooms, they found more children's toys, fireplaces and a typewriter. To finish off this wonderful trip, the students made thaumatrope toys by creating a disc with a picture of a tree on one side and apples on the reverse. When the toys were wound up and let go, the SKs were amazed at the optical illusion that put the apples in the tree!"
The Leafs presented a different lineup for their game with the Bruins, as Will made his debut between the pipes replacing the injured Scott. In addition, the Buds finally got a chance to see James and Thomas in action, and both managed to put a pair of pucks past the Bruins’ netminder. Despite James' patient handling of the puck, Thomas' superb footwork in creating time and space for his shots on net and a single marker from Ms. Tomasik, the Bruins' attack came in waves swamping the blue and white as the team in black and gold poured in 9 goals. Ms. Jabbour notched her first ever hat trick and Russell, Matt and Sviatoslav each hit the twine twice for the victorious Bruins.
In the second game, it looked like it was going to be a high scoring affair as some shaky goaltending saw the scoreboard read 3-3 after the first shift had concluded. The high scoring Habs were then limited to only a pair of goals over the rest of the game as the Hawks shut down their attack limiting the league's scoring leader Tom to 3 goals. Charlie and Maxi rounded out the scoring for the Habs with single markers. The Hawks' balanced attack was led by Adam’s 4 goals and one assist, Ms. Stedman’s 2 goals, and singles from Gracie and Kevin. Ms. Granville provided 3 assists, while Haider was a key contributor on another. In total, the Hawks demonstrated some fine teamwork as shown by their assists on 5 of their 8 goals. The victory resulted in putting the Hawks into a tie with the Bruins for top spot in league play.
To enhance our IB unit, “Patterns Everywhere”, students in PK/JK visited the Whitehern Historic House and Garden in Hamilton where they discovered visual, verbal and active patterning in daily life. Students learned how the McQuesten family enjoyed tea and how the making and drinking of tea has changed over time. This program included inquiry based activities such as "I Spy" pattern game and a “Tea Juice Party" emphasizing manners and etiquette. Students also created a patterned paper teapot to take home.