May 19 – Emilie P

19 05 2010

We are the last group of students to go through Middle School at SJK. No longer will students finish Lower School in grade 5 and move up in the world to the place we have all known and loved for the past 3 years. Lower School to grade 6 and Upper School from grade 7 to 12 is the new model for SJK starting in September.

What do you think of this change? Will it make any difference to us? Do you wish it happened sooner? Or are you sad or nervous to see the three schools become two.

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May 19 – The Cove

19 05 2010

You doubted the ability of a documentary to get and hold your attention. You said they were boring, filled with information and old men who narrate endless facts you will never remember. Then you were forced to watch The Cove and you were given a different example of documentary in action – perhaps even documentary at it’s best.

Write a post in reaction to the film. What did it make you think about? How did it challenge your current ideas? Did it anger you? Are you ready to do something about the issues it raised or have you forgotten about it already? What was it about the film that held your attention? Would you watch more documentaries if they were a similar style to The Cove?

Or write a post about the issues discussed in the film. If you’re looking for information check out and the blog post about what has happened since the film was released.

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May 19 – Emily V

19 05 2010

On Monday Brian Burke gave the keynote address at Eagle Canada’s launch of their new website, The site will offer support and resources to students and educators in hopes that it will help make Canadian schools a place where everyone feels safe, regardless of their sexual or gender identity.

Since the sudden death of his son in February, Brian Burke has become an advocate for change in area that he never would have expected. Take a look at the article from the Globe and Mail and write a post about what it makes you think.

Is Mr Burke to be commended for his actions? Does he and the article raise some important points about equality in sports? Should professional athletes be doing more to be role models? Why do you think that there aren’t more athletes who are willing to come out while they are still competing? Do you think they should? Would it change your perceptions of these athletes?

A touchy subject perhaps, but one that is definitely worth thinking and talking about.

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