The Fall has been fast-paced, active and exciting. We have been working on our Citizenship goal as it relates to our Code of Conduct, and the results are showing. We have tackled our literacy goal by completing school-wide assessments of students. These assessments have driven the delivery of service model at the school and have shaped how we support all students at Maquinna.
At Maquinna we are all about being socially responsible: Respect Yourself, Respect Others, and Respect This Place. Every Friday, we host weekly assemblies where we usually have a virtue or theme that is promoted. These themes generally fall under a heading such as:
Cooperation / Caring Enthusiasm
In addition, Maquinna students know how they, as individuals, can be catalysts for change. Our students have been actively involved in community service at our school: recycling, intramurals, crossing guards, buddy reading, PA announcers, music listening program, equipment monitors and playground leaders. Through their various roles, children are actively practicing their leadership skills and contributing to our school community. We thank all of our students for their help! I would like to acknowledge and thank the staff for providing opportunities for children in these roles and for supporting them. Our teachers always display excellent organizational and leadership skills.
Our Cross Country team was fantastic this fall, and I want to express my sincere thanks to all the staff that organized and supported the students by coaching, assisting, and encouraging the students. Congratulations to Ms. Lougheed and Ms. Plant for their determination and commitment to children in sport!
Our Sr. Boys Soccer team made the City Finals! This was amazing since it’s the first time our school has entered a team in over 12 years. The boys played well, but unfortunately were defeated. Big thanks to Mr. Sabbagha and staff who supported the team all season. Also, thanks to the many parent drivers for their efforts.
I also want to acknowledge the staff and students at Maquinna who put on the best Halloween festivities that I’ve seen in over 25 years of schooling in Vancouver. It was fun, safe, inclusive and respectful. Thanks to Mrs. Arntzen and other staff who, along with students, planned the whole day.
I also wanted to acknowledge the amazing community support for UNICEF. We set a goal of raising $500 to support the building of a water- well in Africa. Well, through the generous donations from students, we surpassed our goal by raising over $1,100.00. WAY TO GO EVERYONE! As part of the incentive to support this cause, staff volunteered to do whacky stunts. Thanks to:
Mrs. Arntzen- dressing up and singing a silly song
Mrs. Lougheed- dancing Gangman style
Ms. Hutchings- spray-painting her beautiful blonde hair red, blue, green and other wild colours
Mrs. Oldings- for taking not one, but TEN pies in the face!!
Ms. Heap- for drinking blended foods that normally make all kids cringe.
Mr. Sabbagha- for shaving his head
We will also be drawing for Principal for the day honours which will happen in December. I further want to acknowledge Mrs. Arntzen and all the staff for their wonderful work with our Remembrance Day Assembly. This was a beautiful student centred way of acknowledging remembrance and
also giving thanks. Well done!