Hour of Code
Mr Nickel and his three computer science classes have won an mBot Robot Kit for their high hours recorded for the Hour of Code which started as a one-hour introduction to computer science. It was designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science.
Eden’s Grade 12 Robotics Team qualifies for provincials! Going into finals with 7 wins and 1 loss they allied with two other teams for the win! Grade 10 robotics made it to finals but had to square off against our grade 12 team.
It was a packed house – standing room only – at our Christmas Concert where students showcased their musical talents. Students who are involved in music classes were involved in the performance. The Grade 10 Instrumental classes features over half of the course not having learned their instruments prior to this semester. Through the efforts of Mr. Gay and their own determination, students were able to perform in the concert and play at a high caliber. This provides them with a strong foundation for Grade 11 and 12 instrumental music. The Grade 9 Music class performed a mashup of current pop music mashed with holiday music. This mashup was arranged and composed by students in the class. A true homegrown production that allowed students to learn about the process of arranging music. It was a great culmination of what takes place in class.
Extra-curricular Groups performed as well: 535 Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Chamber Choir, Eclectic Tendencies and Concert Choir. The Concert Choir is a group that combines vocal music students with the other extra-curricular ensembles to form a choir of 65+ students. This allows us to do songs that have a fuller, bigger sound.
Eden thankful for the community support. Providing students with meaningful performance opportunities is an important part of the learning process in performance arts classes.
Eden staff have so much to be proud of. At a recent staff meeting teachers and educational assistants were asked to share success stories with each other. We learned about lessons that worked, or didn’t worked and then the teachers tried it a different way and found success. Staff shared eureka moments and stories of students who have tried, failed, tried again and grown.
On December 8-10, sixteen students travelled with the Spiritual Life Centre to the Leadership Studio at Muskoka Woods for their Epereia leadership retreat. This is a kickoff event to an annual leadership initiative that equips students to be influential leaders from a faith perspective. The weekend began with a walk across a 200 ft long suspension bridge to get to the studio, which helped our team understand that “leaders bridge vision and people.” From there, students took part in teaching sessions, mentorship and team-building activities which featured a “firefighter experience.” Students dressed in authentic firefighter gear and participated in a rescue simulation. Each of the sixteen students were challenged greatly and are excited to return to their community and apply what they have learned!
Eden athletes have been tearing up the courts, mats and lanes this winter. Many Flyers have medaled after three tournaments so far. Girls Hockey 1st team and junior and senior girls volleyball teams are undefeated in league team. Girls Hockey team #2 and junior boys hockey have a great start to their season as do the junior and Senior boys’ basketball teams. The swim team if off to a great start with several personal bests and top 3 finishes. Many swim athletes are expected to advance to OFSAA based on current results. Our Dance Team is prepping for showcase and competition!
January 18 Grade 9 EQAO Math
January 26 – 31 Exams
January 29 School Council, 7:00 p.m.
February 2, 16 Professional Development Days
February 5 Semester 2 begins
February 28 Pink Shirt Day