James followed up his beak out game against the Stars with another brilliant performance against the Hawks. He potted 5 goals, one of which was swatted out of mid-air at the front of the crease. James added two assists on a pair of great centering passes off his right wing to a wide open Ms. Woodward, who was strategically placed in the high slot on the far post where she drove home two of her four goals on what looked like vintage Jarome Iginla one timers. The Leafs played with great hustle and determination, as Gayan scored a pair, and Ejo and Thomas collected singles. For the Hawks, Haider scored twice, while Matt recorded two singles and a helper. Kevin found the net once and contributed an assist, while Mrs. Granville scored her first of the season to round out the Hawks’ offensive attack.
On February 10th and 11th, Mac's best and brightest business minds participated in the DECA Provincials competition in downtown Toronto. We were a small but mighty team with Hashim, Amelia and Ejovwo participating in the competition and Seren and Sophie attending the Leadership Development Academy (LDA). Our three competitors had strong showings in their two role plays on Friday and returned Saturday morning for their testing. Although we didn't have any candidates qualify for the Internationals this year, these three students made Mac proud! Our LDA participants have vowed to make DECA at Mac the biggest it's ever been next year; so come check us out when we return in September!
On Monday, February the 13th, both Grade 6 classes went on an exciting field trip to visit two charities funded by United Way. Our first location was visiting Community Living, which supports people with disabilities or developmental challenges. When we arrived, there were 2 very nice women who gave us a tour around the unique building. We strolled into the music room and met a music teacher who taught people how to play music with electric or string musical instruments. At that moment, he was teaching an elder how to play on the electric drums. Slowly, we walked on and stopped at a location in the building called the factory. There we saw many people working for various companies or packaging medical supplies for the hospitals. Finally, we reflected with our tour guide and learned how to volunteer for United Way with your parent.
The next charity we visited was the Oakville Lighthouse for Grieving Children. This is a place where children who are grieving due to a death in the family or parental divorce, come to get support. Staff workers talk to the children to help them with the sadness, anger, or any other emotions they might be feeling. The Grade 6s went on a tour and learned about the rules of the Lighthouse and why someone would want to come in the first place. We then got free time to explore the various rooms to which these children have access, such as a hospital room, a dress up room, and a play room with doll houses and a small kitchen. Finally, we got to go to the volcano room, where children who are angry can express their anger by bouncing off the padded walls, punch a punching bag, or roll around in the hamster ball to relax. That concluded our trip to our two United Way organizations and we hope that these trips sparked some ideas for our IB Exhibition!
In a break-out game for the Leafs, James netted 5 goals and added a helper in leading the Leafs to their first win in an 11-4 victory over the Stars. Unlike their previous match against the Habs where they took a considerable lead and watched it evaporate, the Blue and White held on for a decisive win. Thomas added a hat trick for the Leafs, while Ms. Woodward, Taskeen and Kevin each notched a single. For the Stars, both Sulaman and Ms. Birnie scored a pair of goals. In the Stars' net, Nick became better acquainted with his goalie gear and made some dazzling saves!
In the second game, goals from Hope, Ms. Stedman and Haider put the Hawks out front of the Habs 3-1 heading into the final shift. The lone marker for the Habs was scored by Asad, but now the combo of Mr. McFarlane and Irfan was ready to make some noise. A great back door feed to McFarlane from Asad on the final shift brought the Habs within a goal. With 20 seconds left to play it looked as though Kevin had iced the game for the Hawks, but the goal was not counted at that time and play continued. With 10 seconds left on the clock, McFarlane was able to float a rebound over the sprawled Hawks’ netminder. It looked as though the Hawks would have to settle for another tie, but upon video review, Kevin’s shot actually did go in. Thanks to the terrific sportsmanship shown by the Habs, the Hawks actually got their first victory of the season – final score Hawks 4 and Habs 3.