Immaculate Conception’s March 8th production of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz was like no other! The cast was made up of incredibly talented intermediate students, including, Auntie Em, who was played by a Grade 4 student, The Witch of the North, who was played by a graceful Grade 7 girl, The Witch Of The West, played by a lively Grade 5 student, and and The Wonderful Wizard of OZ himself, played by a sage Grade 7 student. Dorothy Gale was played by a Grade 6 girl who wowed us with her likeness to the “real” Dorthoy Gale! Finally, Dorothy’s friends, who accompanied her on her journey to Oz were played by a trio of fun-filled Grade 7s who kept us laughing on every step of the Yellow Brick Road!
I think the best part of being in The Wizard Of OZ was getting to know everyone, and making new friends – similar to the Scarecrow’s words to Dorothy. That brings me to the special memories shared by the cast members in our production:
“It was really fun working with people I had never worked with before,” said the Scarecrow.
“I loved getting into character,” said one of the munchkins.
From others in the crew and cast:
“The sound effects were really cool.”
“My favourite part was getting dressed up in costumes.”
“My best memory was acting in front of people. It made me feel very special.”
“My favourite part was on the day of the performance…there was so much excitement in the pitch black waiting for the curtains to open.”
It was all very exciting, and we are were sad that it ended so fast. It was hard work to get ready for The Wizard of Oz, but when work is fun, time flies, just like Dorothy’s journey Over the Rainbow.
By Dorothy Gale
There is a wonderful tradition of Speech Arts at ICS. During the month of February, each student chooses and prepares a poem to deliver in a class competition . Students may also choose to prepare a series of pre-selected bible readings, one of which will be picked for recitation during the class competition. Several students from each class are chosen to compete in a school-wide Speech Arts competition in one of two categories: Poetry or Bible Reading. This is always a most entertaining day for us as we listen to the beautiful, humorous, and poignant delivery from our competitors.
Our students performed exceptionally well and we are proud of how many Gold Certificates they earned . We are very proud of you!
The Grade Four class at ICS is in its third successful year of Garden Buddies, a co-curricular effort shared by students, staff, parents, parish volunteers, and community Master Gardeners. Here is what our students have to say about this comprehensive and very special program . . .
“We do Garden Buddies because it teaches us not only how to plant but to work as a team and try our hardest. Most importantly, it helps us know how to care for our common home.”
“We have done lots of planning about where and when to plant the plants. We planted a cover crop in November and have turned the soil many times and we have planted potatoes in tubs. Additionally, each group picks the seeds that they need and plant these. We have also made the trellises.”
“We have the opportunity at Garden Buddies to learn about nature and seeds, how to garden, how the ecosystem works, and why gardening and bugs are important.”
“Some of our roles in gardening are tool cleaning, compost monitoring, watering the plants, hilling up the potatoes, planting, and helping each other.”
Stay tuned for updates on our garden throughout the spring!
Today Mr.René Tumel came to visit I.C.S. We participated in many traditional events such as making a wooden doll dance, making music with two wooden spoons, and a taste of the traditional maple toffee. The Mr.Tumel owns his own maple tree farm. It was passed down to him from his father and grandfather before him. He still uses all of the traditional methods and produces all Canadian maple syrup. Mr. Tumel will always be an inspiration to my generation as we uphold true French Canadian culture.
Aujourd’hui Mr. René Tumel est venu visiter I.C.S. On a participé dans plein d’ événement traditionnel comme fair danser une poupée fait en bois, jouer les cuillerée, est goûter la tire. Mr. Tumel tient sa propre ferme d’érable. Il la héritier de son père qui la héritier de son père avant lui. Il utilise encore les méthode traditionnel pour produire son sirop d’érable. Mr. Tumel sera toujour une inspiration pour ma génération pour soutenire la culture Canadiennes françaises.
We provide enrichment activities to enhance the learning for each and every child attending Immaculate Conception School. These opportunities are interactive and often involve mixed grade groupings. Students are challenged to develop new skills and apply their knowledge in ways that contribute not only to their academic growth, but also to their personal and social development. Examples of enrichment activities include literature circles, media literacy, oral language experiences, math challenges and science projects related to specific topics; as well as activities designed to promote health and fitness.
ICS students can play for the ICS “All Stars” in various team sports and compete against other CISVA schools throughout the school year. All students participate in Cross-Country Running once a week throughout the whole year. Students in grades 3 to 7 participate in Track and Field, and in Grades 5 to 7 students can play Volleyball, Basketball and Badminton.
In keeping with our school motto, that promotes daily growth in knowledge, faith and service, outreach activities are very much a part of our culture at ICS. School wide and grade level initiatives throughout the year seek to help others less fortunate, here in our home city and around the world. Every grade sponsors a specific activity for one of the months during the school year. Individual students are also encouraged to sponsor charitable organizations at a personal level. Read about some of our previous outreach activities. For information on the outreach activity your child’s class is sponsoring this year, please contact the classroom teacher.
Our little blue school exists in community with Immaculate Conception Parish. One of the ways we foster this community is through shared prayer. The Mass is also the centre of our Catholic faith community. You are invited to come and worship with us at monthly school masses and on Fridays, when different classes join our parishioners for morning mass. Visit the Parish website here for a schedule of upcoming events and masses.