Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lion's Roar - Saturday, April 23, 2011 Happy Easter!

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This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Saturday, April 23, 2011.

By: Nathan Anderson, Vanessa Ford, Maria Reynolds, Jenna Yetman

On Saturday there was an auction and entertainment night fundraiser for our community playground fundraiser. Thank you to all the performers, organizers, volunteers, and sponsors for making this night a success. The auction raised over $6,000 for our project. We now have raised over $22,000 for our playground.

Our first live broadcasts from the media centre began this week. On Monday the junior high class, and grades 3-6 each did a live broadcast. On Tuesday kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 did their broadcasts and on Wednesday the junior kindergartens did their live broadcasts. It was very exciting to see everyone on the classroom tvs.


Students in our media centre during our first live broadcast this week. All students in the school had the opportunity to broadcast a news message live across the school television network. Front (L-R): Zubia Mahmood, Claire Reynolds, Carla du Toit. Back (L-R): Brian MacKenzie, Patrick Davis, Andrew Dolomount and Sarah Keeping.

Sarah Keeping reporting for IHMS

Reporter Carla du Toit as seen on a classroom screen

Last Friday we had our annual science fair. All students participated in the fair. It was a great afternoon of scientific fun. Thank you to our judges: Cecil Lake, Lee Myles, and Jenna Vokey. Also thank you to Mr. Hancock for organizing the science fair. Watch for science fair photos to be added to the photo section of our website soon!

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Jr. Scientist Megan Williams

On Tuesday the grade 5 and 6 class held a cookie sale for Lorrie William’s foundation CHES which provides girls in Kenya with educational scholarships. The class raised over $70 selling yummy cookies and cupcakes.

On Wednesday the chamber choir and some solo performers from the Rotary Music Festival performed in front of sears for a fundraiser for Breast Caner awareness. Many classes also celebrated Earth Day today.

IHMS Chamber Choir

Patrick Davis

Hannah Sparkes


IHMS Chamber Choir


Carla du Toit & Claire Reynolds


IHMS Chamber Choir with Director, Mr. Gary Graham and the Easter Bunny

Today is the last day before Easter break. We are having a casual day and a spring variety show this afternoon. We look forward to seeing, tricks, dancing, piano playing and puppet show.

Have a happy Easter everyone!

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our science fair medal winners pictured below: Front: Clara Ryan, Douglas MacKenzie, Alex Williams, Maria Reynolds, Olivia Park, Olivia Gallant, Back: Andrew Dolomount, Patrick Davis, Carla du Toit and Nicole Keeping.


Congratulations to our students who participated in the Shall We Skate show on Saturday for silver blades skating club. Students from our school who skated were Ryan Lushman, Grace Pye, Sadie MacDonnell, Claire Brake, Clare Coleman, Brooklynn Companion, Olivia Park, Caylie Blake, Anna Brake, Bethany Whelan, and Abigail Companion.

Class News

The junior kindergarten classes are doing Easter crafts and are excited for the holidays.

The kindergarten French Immersion is doing Easter printing, learning Easter songs and had fun doing the live broadcasts in French.

The kindergarten English class really enjoyed the live broadcasts on Tuesday. They are excited to start their Easter break today.

The grade one class is learning about the triduum in religion and had fun making edible birds nests for Easter.

The grade two class is getting ready for the Easter bunny by making Easter baskets and doing Easter math. They had fun broadcasting live.

The grade three and four class is doing Earth Day activities today. They really enjoyed the science fair last week. The grade 4’s are looking forward to the St. Pierre trip after Easter break.

The grade five and six held debates yesterday in language arts. They are happy their cookie sale was such a great success and are excited about the St. Pierre trip. They are performing a poem today about the Earth at the variety show for Earth Day.

The junior high class is looking forward to Easter break. They enjoyed the science fair on Friday and the live broadcasts this week. They are looking forward to continuing to help with the live broadcasts.

Coming Up

School re-opens after Easter on May 2nd.

The grade 4-9 trip to St. Pierre is May 3rd to May 7th.

The grade 2 class’s first Holy Communion is on May 15th.

The Elementary Speak Off is being held on May 31st.

Registration for JK to Level 1 is open. There will be a French Immersion program in grade kindergarten and grade 1. Our JK and Kindergarten program is full day.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Junior High First Term Awards


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Friday, April 15, 2011

Lion's Roar - Friday, April 15, 2011

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This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, April 15, 2011.

By: Abigail Companion, Douglas MacKenzie, Hannah Sparkes, Bethany Whelan

Grade 5 and 6 class enjoying afternoon tea with a group of seniors. The students are meeting regulary with a group of seniors to learn about Newfoundland cutlure and traditions. This week they are enjoying a traditional jigs dinner and kitchen party. (L-R): Abigail Companion, Maria Reynolds, MacKenzie Brothers, Mrs. Marie Doucette, William Goodridge and Katerina Hamann.

All of our students performed beautifully at the Rotary Music Festival last week. The grade 5 and 6 band received 1st place and a score of 85. The junior high band also received 1st place and score of 86. The school choir performed at the Stars of The Festival on Tuesday night. Both our junior high band and the school choir received scholarships for the festival. Thank you to Mr. Graham and Mrs. McHugh for all your hard work preparing us for the festival.

Grade 5 and 6 Band
   
Junior High Band



School Choir 

R. B. Matthews recently donated his penny collection totalling $35 to the IHMS Community Playground Project. R.B. is pictured making the presentation to Mrs. Elaine King, Director of Education.

Last week Junior Kindergarten to grade 4 students had a session called “Learn Not to Burn” by Mr. Everett Pitts. He presented to the students on fire safety.

This week was National Volunteer Week. Thank you to all the volunteers who help our school.

The QSP Magazine fundraiser that was supposed to begin this week was postponed until after Easter break.

The Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten English and French Immersion orientations took place on Wednesday. There were a lot of new students visiting our school. We look forward to seeing you all again in September!

Students and staff attended the installation of our new Bishop this past Wednesday night. Welcome, Bishop Hundt!

The public health nurse, Ms. Carla Gillam, did a nutrition presentation last week for the grade 5 and 6 class. This week on Thursday, Ms. Tina Edmunds did a presentation with the junior high class about nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Permission slips for students traveling to St. Pierre are due to the office today.

The cast list for “Annie” is now posted. Students are now beginning to learn their parts.

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to students involved in the Rotary Music Festival this week. Congratulations to Simon Boitsefski 3rd place in Boy’s Solo under 7; Carla du Toit who won 3rd place in Musical Theatre 12 and under, 3rd place in Vocal Concert Group 12 and under, and 3rd place in Traditional Folk song 12 and under; Nicole Keeping who won 3rd place in Musical Theatre 11 and under; MacKenzie Brothers who won 1st place in Musical Theatre 10 and under, and 2nd place in Vocal Concert Group 12 and under; Maria Reynolds who won 3rd place in Baroque and Classical, and 3rd place in Piano Solo - Romantic, Modern and Inventions; Olivia Park who won 3rd place in Piano Solo – Pre Grade Own Selection and 3rd place in Piano Solo - Pre Grade; and to Aaron Hancock who received 3rd place in Piano Solo Baroque and Classical Own Selection.

Congratulations to Alex William’s whose drawing was featured on the annual EcoKids environmental calendar.

Congratulations to Caylie Blake who won the Most Improved Skater award for Intermediate and to Bethany Whelan who won the Most Improved Skater Competitive at the Silver Blades Figure Skating Club’s annual banquet.

Congratulations to Andrew Dolomount who won a trophy for sparring and silver medal for form at a Tae Kwon Do competition last weekend.

Class News

The junior kindergarten classes are doing Easter activities and are having an Easter party next week.

The kindergarten French Immersion is learning spring vocabulary and are doing Easter crafts in art. They are also learning to print the letter “j”.

The kindergarten English class is working on mass in math and learning how to count by 5 cents.

The grade one class is learning about dental care in health and enjoyed a visit from the public health nurse who taught them lots about dental care.

The grade two class is doing Easter activities, learning subtraction and addition in math! They are also started a book study on Where the Wild Things Are.

The grade three and four class is having a science vocabulary quiz. They are doing things in art with beads. The grade 4’s are having a test on spelling techniques and designing cellphones.

The grade five and six just finished their Elliot Moose and Pierre Le Poof drawings for an art contest. Yesterday they had jigs dinner with the seniors and attended a real kitchen party. They are beginning debates in language arts.

The junior high class made chocolate chip and orange muffins in enrichment class. They are beginning a bird nest project. The grade 7’s are learning about advertising techniques. The grade 8 and 9’s are starting a novel study on Forbidden City.

Coming Up

On Monday we are celebrating the Passion with Mrs. Coleman and the prayer group.

Our school is hosting an auction for the Playground on April 16th at the Legion. It is called “Swing into Spring”. There will be lots to bid on and local entertainment. Tickets are $5 and there will be a door prize of $200 in gas.

Registration for JK to Level 1 is open. There will be a French Immersion program in grade kindergarten and grade 1. Our JK and Kindergarten program is full day.

Easter Break begins on April 22nd.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Lion's Roar - Friday, April 8, 2011

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This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, April 8, 2011.

By: Sarah Campbell, Katerina Hamann, and Nicole Keeping

As a novel study assignment for language arts class, Carla du Toit, with a cake she made depicting a scene from the novel "Hatchet". Front (L-R): Sarah Keeping, Carla du Toit, Claire Reynolds, Back (L-R): Mrs. McCarthy, Zubia Mahmood, and Chris Barnes

Today our choirs are performing at the Arts and Culture Centre for the Rotary Music Festival. Good luck everyone. The school bands performed yesterday.

On Wednesday, grades 3 to 9 went to Reconciliation at All Hallows with Monsignor Gale and Father Hynes.

Ms. Sandra Burden from the Kids Eat Smart Program visited our breakfast program on Tuesday morning.

The grade 6 basketball tournament was a success. Thank you to our coaches Mr. Taaffe, Ms. Dutton and Mr. Whelan. Thank you to Skylar Anderson for being the emcee of the pep rally, Zubia Mahmood for videotaping the game and Aaron Hancock for working the score clock all weekend. Also thank you to all the parents and students who helped with the weekend.

The primary students have a music workshop today for the music festival.

We are looking forward to Bishop Crosby visiting our school and for the new Bishop to officially arrive.

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to Carla du Toit, Bethany Whelan, Claire Reynolds, and Sarah Keeping who all received Players of the Game awards last weekend.

Congratulations to students involved in the Rotary Music Festival this week. Andrew Dolomount received first in Alto Saxophone Solo C, Nicole Keeping placed second in Girls Solo 11 and under, Claire and Maria Reynolds placed first in Piano Duet 12 and under, and Carla du Toit placed third in Female Solo 12 and under.

Class News

The junior kindergarten classes are doing Easter activities and making Easter mosaics. They are excited about performing in the festival today.

The kindergarten French Immersion is learning their vocabulary. They are also singing and readying poems and songs of spring. They are writing the letter “r”.

The kindergarten English class is working on the letter “d” and in science they are working on what things sink or float.

The grade one class is learning about Holy Week in religion class. They are excited about the festival.

The grade two class is starting a new chapter in math and they are doing a book study. They are busy making spring butterflies.

The grade three and four class is doing a contest about what you like to do in the forest. They are working on novel studies in language arts class.

The grade five and six is finished their novel study on “Bridge to Terabithia”. In math they are learning long division. They are looking forward to the French CafĂ©.

The junior high class is working on their science fair projects. They have completed the school video and it is almost ready for everyone to see.

Coming Up

Next week is National Volunteer Week. The QSP magazine fundraiser begins this week.

The JK and Kindergarten orientation is on Wednesday at 1:00 pm.Also, next Friday is our school’s annual science fair from 1-2:30 pm.

Our school is hosting an auction for the Playground on April 16th at the Legion. It is called “Swing into Spring”. There will be lots to bid on and local entertainment. Tickets are $5 and there will be a door prize of $200 in gas.

Registration for JK to Level 1 is open. There will be a French Immersion program in grade kindergarten and grade 1. Our JK and Kindergarten program is full day.

Easter Break begins on April 22nd.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Lion's Roar - Friday, April 1, 2011 - Happy April Fool's Day!

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This is a copy of IHMS's weekly news article "Lion’s Roar" that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, April 1, 2011.

By: Vanessa Ford, Maria Reynolds and Jenna Yetman


Kids Eat Smart Apple Day. Twins, Gordon (left) and Gavin Staples (right), enjoy an apple treat with their dad Bernie Staples.

Everyone enjoyed Thomas Bradbury’s movie “Thomas the Dragon and Princess”. His movie screening collected over $100 for the playground project!

The grade 5 and 6 class had a great time downhill skiing and snowboarding last Friday. Thank you to Mr. Hancock and Ms. Dutton for going with the class. Thank you to Dr. Zuin, Dr. Hamann, Mr. King, Mr. Hancock and Ms. Dutton for driving the group.

This week was Multiculturalism Week. Each class had celebrations and learned about different cultures, how to say “hello” in many languages and tasted foods from around the world.

The student nurses are now completed their work placement in the Junior Kindergarten classes. Thank you to Tanya Bellows, Shauna Chaffey, Aleta Chip, Allison Boone, Alison White, Samantha Meaney, April Kelly, Rebecca Nippard, Patti Mitchell, Justine Snook, Travis Sheppard and Jeanette Park for working with our students.

The grade 3 and 6 classes wrote their process writing for the CRT’s this week. Also this week we started a new technology policy created by the teachers during the last PD day.

Our school is hosting a grade 6 girls’ basketball tournament this weekend. Good luck girls!

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to Claire Brake, McKenna Batstone, Charlotte Sweetapple and Liam Dawe who participated at the Marble Ski/Snowboard Program. Claire and McKenna both received medals.

Our school was ranked in Progress Magazine’s 2011 Preferred Book of Lists for Independent Schools in Atlantic Canada. We were ranked 13th by number of full time students. We also had one of the best teacher to student ratios 1:8 and the lowest tuition. Go IHMS!

Good luck to all our students who are participating in the Rotary Music Festival which begins this weekend. Next week our school choir and bands will perform. The bands perform on Thursday at 9:00 am and 9:25 am and the choir performs on Friday beginning at 2:00 pm.

Class News

The junior kindergarten classes are learning about healthy snacks. They are also learning about culture and are making native culture masks. They made South American rain sticks and Japanese wind socks.

The kindergarten French Immersion is learning about spring vocabulary and are doing spring crafts.

The kindergarten English class is finishing consonant sounds. They are doing graphing in math.

The grade one class is writing their own penguin stories. In science they are seeing things that people have and what people have to be unique. They tasted breads from around the world for Multiculturalism Week. They got a new class fish this week named Bluey.

The grade two class is starting students of the week writing. They are doing liquids in science and in Religion they are learning about the last supper.

The grade three and four class is doing novel studies. The grade 3’s are reading Lost and Found and the grade 4’s are reading Ticket to Curlew. They had a lot of fun in gym on Friday with the Junior High class. They are looking forward to Easter Break.

The grade five and six is finishing their novel study this week. They are reading an informational text about a 13 year old boy climbing Mount Everest. They are enjoying their social studies classes with the senior citizens.

The junior high class created Canada Day posters this week for a contest. In Enrichment they tasted each other’s cultural food. They enjoyed food of South Africa, Canada, Newfoundland, Pakistan, Ireland and Scotland. Their school video is almost completed.

Coming Up

Our school is hosting an auction for the Playground on April 16th at the Legion. It is called “Swing into Spring”. There will be lots to bid on and local entertainment. Tickets are $5 and there will be a door prize of $200 in gas.

Registration for JK to Level 1 is open. There will be a French Immersion program in grade kindergarten and grade 1. Our JK and Kindergarten program is full day.

Easter Break begins on April 22nd.