Students were provided an adventure of a lifetime! A full activity filled night at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre! Students made rockets, were given a personalized planetarium presentation that answered all of our difficult questions and then we were able to check out the two telescopes. An early wake up call provided us the opportunity to watch an IMAX film on Black holes! We then sent our rockets into space, ate breakfast and cleared out! What an amazing 14 hours!
We were moving a bit slower today but it was totally worth it!
Our very own, Mychael won the North Vancouver Banner contest celebrating the 150th birthday of our nation. Mychael’s winning banner design included all of the animals that are unique to Canada. His love of animals and drawing came together in this project and it was clear to see his passion in his finished project. Lovely to see this amazing boy be recognized for sharing what truly brings him joy.
At Alcuin College we like to create, so we produced our own musical with the help of some professionals. First of all, there are many jobs to be done when creating a musical. We listed then broke into different groups in accordance to our interests. We auditioned for singing and acting parts (some big and some small), hair, make- up, costumes, lights, sound, publicity, sets and special effects. Everyone made a contribution. Along the way, we made quite a few mistakes. We messed up our timing, forcing us to mess up our parts, missed many words of dialogue and forgot our props. Lucy lost her wig during the dress rehearsal, Mychael’s straps on his costume were too large and the fake glasses pinched. The music came on too early or too late at times, was often too loud or was simply wrong often. At last all of our hard work came together. The show was a success. We walked away with a bunch of new songs in our head, we were thankful for our great teachers, for supportive friends, and our family and friends that came to watch. We learned that we can sing, that we don’t have stage fright, that we can paint, that I can read, that we can follow a budget, we really like acting, that acting is fun, it feels good to work through your fears, how to work as a team, to eat more, how to sew, how to apply make- up, how to create new hairstyles and how to be fearless. Truly, creating a musical is not easy but it is possible. There are many ways to contribute, mistakes are inevitable and you learn a lot.
They say that when students eliminate the need for invulnerability magic happens. I must agree! Our students in the Junior School put together the most amazing presentation of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown last night. From the set, to the light and sound, costumes, hair, make-up, publicity and special effects the production was flawless.
I was proud and simply appreciative to be a small part of the genius.