Mrs. Tomasik's Grade 8 class and Ms. Campbell's Grade 7 class embarked on a history field trip to Mackenzie House Museum in Toronto where they explored Canadian History through the life and times of William Lyon Mackenzie. While touring Mackenzie House, students examined the differences between life now and then, gaining an appreciation for the modern conveniences of indoor plumbing, central heating and air conditioning. The group also examined artifacts from the time to further learn about life in the 1800s. After a busy morning, the students visit concluded with two final hands on activities which the group enjoyed. Each student printed a copy of Mary Ann Shadd's Abolitionist Newspaper, the Provincial Freeman, on a printing press from the late 1800s. They then composed a letter using a dip pen and ink to Mary Ann Shadd or Henry Bibb, influential abolitionists of the time.
It was a sunny day at Birchwood Park on Wednesday when the U12 3-Pitch team took to the field. The Mariners hit well, made the outs required, and as a result won their first two games to finished first in their pool, meaning they had a spot in the semi-finals. This game was a nail-biter, and we clung to our slim lead. Thanks to some stellar pitching and fielding, we were through to the finals! Sadly, we just couldn't get the hits we needed in order to win the final game - although Jack L.'s infield home run was an exception to that rule! A special thank-you to Ryan and Jack L. for pitching throughout the day, and congratulations on a silver medal finish for William, Hugo, Cailean, Thomas, Jack L., Omar, Luka, Alex, Ian, Viktoria, Sophia, Jack S., Ryan and Callum.
On Tuesday the Grade Two classes went to Variety Village, a sports complex with a focus on making all sports accessible to all people, both children and adults! The students played a variety of adapted games, such as pillow polo, bowling dodgeball, and wheelchair basketball. They learned about how even a small change in rules, equipment or gameplay can alter a game so everyone can play it and have fun. They were interested in the stories of paralympic athletes who train at Variety Village, and the ways in which the building is designed for the success and enjoyment of all its members. Their day concluded with a tour of the facilities, and hopes to return soon!
The Mariners U14 3-pitch team did not let a little damp weather and fog get in their way and displayed some fantastic fielding and batting at Wednesday's tournament. Winning their first 2 games came down to control and accuracy when fielding and some power hits to the outfield. Our team beat TFS 6-3 in their first game, then went on to defeat Sherwood Heights 7-1 in their second game. And who can forget Tianyi's beautiful home run that he hit to the back fence that brought in 2 runs in the second game. Our third game, which was the semi-final game, ended in a tie requiring the game to go into extra innings. A beautiful double play in the first extra inning paved the way for a second extra inning. Sadly the Mariners did not go on to win the next inning, but throughout the day our team played with skill, dedication and sportsmanship and their coaches could not be more proud of them. What a great day of ball!