All About That Bass

.. and a love for music

A Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra string sextet visited the school in December. They shared some great music and musical concepts with the students. They were amazed at how much our students knew about string instruments and musical concepts. I wonder if having over 180 violinists in the building made the difference?! Even the youngest of the students were able to navigate the fugue* challenge! The students loved hearing the different instruments, and most agreed that the Double Bass was the coolest! Who knows, maybe some of them will learn to play it in High School, like our SCCS alum, John George, who is currently playing Double Bass with the St. Pauls’ High School Jazz Band – quite an accomplishment for a freshman!

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Thank you, Ms. Sham for arranging their visit! Our next encounter with the WSO will be in March when the Grade 5 class will be on stage performing with the symphony. Sounds awesome!

* /fyo͞oɡ/a contrapuntal composition in which a short melody or phrase (the subject) is introduced by one part and successively taken up by others and developed by interweaving the parts.

Rave Reviews

tnMrs. Narynski facilitated the annual MFIS New-to-Teaching Workshop in October. This was her third time offering this workshop. She invited Mr. Vechina to come as a guest speaker. The participants gave them both rave reviews, and this high praise including the following comments:

I enjoyed all the great advice and resources you told us about! I really enjoyed the testimony of Justin at the end!

Favourite part was the second year teacher.

It was great to have lots of collaborative activities and Justin come in to bring in a similar perspective. I picked up a lot of strategies. Thanks!

Thank you to the presenters for making everyone feel comfortable to share.

This was a very informative and helpful workshop – lots of really good information to take back to the classroom with us! Thank you!

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November 11

is a day we remember

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The annual Remembrance Day Assembly was held on November 9th. It was a moving event, complete with wreath laying, moment of silence, bagpipes and a presentation by an air force officer. This year we were honored to host  a Wing Commander, too. A huge thank you to the military families of SCCS for your dedication.

Stellar Reputation

… job well done!

By the end of November every year, we seek input from the local high schools with regard to our recent graduates. The following was received this year from the high schools that enrolled our graduates:

All of ojbur graduates are well-received by all the high schools.

Students who were on honor roll here, continue to achieve high grades in high school.

The transition from SCCS to the three primary high schools is “seamless”, “a smooth transition” according to the principals.

Our graduates are 50% of the Ambassadors for SPHS high school this year, three of our boys were chosen to represent the grade 9 class at SPHS for the synod session, and Josh Bond is the “student of the month” at Westwood.

Way to go teachers and students on a job well done!

Cantata Post-Script

Thank you to everyone who supported the Cantata. We estimate 800 people were there including the Leader of the House, the Honourable Andrew Micklefield., the mother of the Catholic schools  superintendent from Vernon, BC,  people from all three dioceses, etc. Messages have been flowing in from all over including these:

“We met two days ago at St. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral while I was trying to find the church office to post a caregiver ad for my Mom. Thank you for interrupting your project at the church on that busy day to take me across the street to the office .I did return to the church last night for the Cantata. It was joyful and uplifting. Congratulations to you, your musical director and your students on a wonderful performance. By sheer coincidence, when I returned to my Mom’s in St. James, I encountered a family who had also been at the concert. Their young daughter had sung in the choir and was still very excited by the experience. Your gift as an educator is evident. It was reflected in the lively and inspired faces of your students last night. Thank you again for your kindness in helping me, and for inviting me to attend the concert. It made my evening.”

Then there was the thank you from Sr. Lesley: “What a wonderful evening. Each morning we look at the beautiful bouquet and think of you and of the mustard seed that grew into a tree.”

The man who attended because of his connection with House of Peace: “Congratulations to all involved in bringing to us the wonderful Musical Cantata. It was the most effective real life event I have ever witnessed that captures the reality in story and song and instrumental music across all ages, cultures and faith traditions on how all our relatives (including creation) can come together. Can we do a cantata on creation and let the trees of the forest clap their hands and all creation shout for joy?”

And from a complete stranger who read about it in the newspaper: “It just sounded fantastic. Wish it could be repeated.”

Then there were the kid comments: It was my chance to shine like a star…..I loved the church…the apples were great…the men sounded AWESOME….