Junior Tigers Update: December 7, 2017

On Monday, December 4, our Grade 3-7 Swimmers took to the pool at Watermania (Richmond) for the Beth Heras Memorial Swim Meet hosted by Southpointe Academy. The Beth Heras Meet is a relay meet that provides an abundance of opportunities in a fun-filled, team environment. With only a couple of practices under our belt, this early season meet also gives our girls and our coaches a chance to see each other in a competitive environment. It seems that our Grade 3 athletes are following up an outstanding Cross-Country Running season as they were a dominant force in the water too! Overall, the Tigers had many outstanding results and earned a big pile of ribbons. The next swim meet will be in late January at the St. George’s Elementary Swim Meet.

On Wednesday, November 29, the Grade 7 Basketball team took to the court for our first game of the year. The girls were understandably nervous for their first game, yet they were able to put aside their jitters and played very hard. Although the scoreboard did not favour the Tigers, the girls gained a better understanding of our practice plans and the areas we want to address as a team. Onward and upward! Our next games at Southpointe Academy (December 11) and at home in the Rand Gymnasium (December 13) against West Point Grey Academy (WPGA).

Today (December 7) the Grade 6 girls are heading to Crofton House for their first games of the year. The girls are looking forward to putting their skills to the test and bringing new faces to an old rivalry. The Grade 6s do not play again before the Winter Break. Once we return to school they are right back at it with a game on January 11 at WPGA.

Brent Jackson
Junior School Athletics Coordinator

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Grade 3 and 4 African Drumming Workshop

As part of the BC curriculum for French, students are expected to study French-speaking countries around the world. Like Canada, there are many countries that chose French as one of their official languages. In Europe, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, and Luxemburg are the countries that come to mind when we think about French language; but did you know that Europe is not the place where French is the most widely spoken? It’s Africa! As a matter of fact, a lot of West African countries are French-speaking. As the Grade 3s are studying a play that takes place in Senegal, Africa, they learned more about Africa, its many cultures, wildlife, and art.

Africa is all about rhythm, dance, and warm energy. Our Grade 3 and 4 students were very lucky to get to experience some of the music with a special guest on November 8: Fana Soro. Fana is a internationally-acclaimed musician from Ivory Coast. He taught the girls how to play African drums, called “djembe”, and to sing a few songs in his native tongue. It was fun interacting with Fana in both French and English, and to laugh with him while discovering his culture. Merci Fana!

Céline Foucher
Junior School French Teacher

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