Select members from the MacLachlan College Chess Club attended Rotherglen's Chess for Charity Tournament where they competed against other independent schools in the area. MacLachlan sent two teams: an Intermediate Team (Gayan, Philip, Tianyi, Josh and Carter) and a Junior Team (Andy, Jackson, Jun, Omar and Henry). The teams completed the round robin matches landing the Intermediate Team in 1st place and the Junior team in 3rd place, sending both teams to the playoffs. After nine rounds of chess, the Junior Boys Team was defeated in the semi-finals, finishing the tournament in 4th place out of 12 competing schools, an accomplishment of which they should be very proud! After tying with their opponents, the Intermediate Team went through the semi-final round thanks to their stellar round robin record and went on to sweep the final matches, bringing home MacLachlan the gold medal! Congratulations go out to all members of the Chess Club for their dedication and enthusiasm all year long! A special thank you also goes out to Mrs. Tomasik, our Chess Team coach.
MacLachlan students are active participants in The Forrest of Reading, Canada's largest recreational reading program. This initiative of the Ontario Library Association offers 8 reading levels to encourage the love of reading in people of all ages. The Forrest helps celebrate Canadian books, authors, publishers and illustrators. More than 250,000 Canadian students are engaged annually.
Our school librarian, Mrs. Brezina, arranged for Blue Spruce nominated author Kari-Lynn Winters to come to the school where she spoke to the K-2 students who are currently reading the Blue Spruce books. Her nominated book this year is called FrenchToast. Kari-Lynn gave an enjoyable and interactive presentation to our young readers and signed books afterwards for those who had pre-purchased.
Recently the Grade 7 classes were privileged to participate in conducting four different experiments with the Scientists in School program. All of the experiments were focused around our current unit, Matter (the study of chemistry).
We first reviewed a few elements and different types of matter, for example pure substances. We were given four different tubes with different “mystery items” and we needed to use magnets and a magnifying glasses to figure out if they were mechanical mixtures or solutions. Then we were challenged to guess what was inside the tubes.
Next we completed an experiment in which we were given rubbing alcohol, water and oil as well as sugar mixed with different food colouring. We placed a small amount of the sugar and food colouring mixture into the rubbing alcohol, the oil and water all in separate containers. We mixed these items and examined them to see if the sugar, food colouring or both had mixed into the liquid. Then we mixed all the mixtures together. This was probably one of our favourite activities (even though it wasn’t really planned). We mixed all of our different colours together. Then we turned off all the overhead lights and put a few flash lights under our mixture. This was very exciting as the mixture turned into a sort of lava lamp.
Our third experiment was to separate four different unknown materials using different methods. One example of how we did this was by filling a beaker with water and picking out whatever floated; however, there was another element which then dissolved - salt.
This all led to our final experiment: cleaning an oil leak. The salt water was supposed to simulate an ocean. We transferred the water from our beakers into a tupperware which would allow a greater surface area on the top. Then our scientist, Chelsea, poured some oil into the tupperware and we were given three to four different methods to clean it up. This showed us what could help our environment especially as oil leaks are becoming more and more common.
I think I speak for everyone in our classes when I say that we had a lot of fun exploring more about matter in our very educational Scientists in School program!
During the last week of March, the Grade 7-12 Math classes visited DeCode Adventures to participate in room escapes and team building activities. Students put their critical thinking, logical reasoning and problem-solving skills to the test when collaborating with their team to develop a plan to escape their respective rooms. The team building workshops that followed forced groups to see things from differing perspectives and also gave students the opportunity to use creativity in designing a device to perform a specified task. After the trip, students reflected on the experience and made connections with their math classes by realizing the importance of executing problem-solving steps in the appropriate order to be successful and the need for clear communication when working towards a solution with a group of differing thinkers.