As we near the end of the school year, it is important to note some of our recent success stories and to provide a few reminders about upcoming events and news at BDSS. Thanks to all community members for reading this feature, we are all so proud of our students’ accomplishments and value the line of communication with all of you.

It is important to remember that, with the culminating activities and exams that June brings, it is extremely important for students to be putting forth their best efforts and seeking support if it would help. Please contact the school (905 563-8267) and speak to your student’s teacher(s) for an update, to share concerns, or to plan for the end of the semester.

RUGBY

Congratulations to the BDSS Girls Rugby team who worked hard through a rebuilding year to drop a close match in the zone final. Despite many new players, the team came together and showed a lot of Buccaneer spirit. Well done girls and thanks to coach Brown for supporting and developing this young team.

TRACK

BDSS athletes were exceptionally successful in Track and Field this season. The following students were SOSSA CHAMPIONS: Autumn Bigger in High Jump, Shannon Swinson in Shot put, Ryan Kulakowski in Shot put, Owen Konkle in 100m and 800m and NAte Huisman in shot put. Abi McDonald came second in hurdles and Brian Knetchnel second in Shot put, 100m and 800m. Both Senior Boys relay teams move on placing SECOND in the 4X100 and fifth in the 4X 400m! Runners in these events are: Nate Huisman, Eric Bell, Adam McMaster, Owen Konkle, Josh Reid, Scott Hunter, Issa Hatu. Overall our team of 14 athletes CAME 8th out of 42 teams at SOSSA!

SLOW PITCH

The BDSS boys’ slowpitch team survived a very difficult tournament to win the NRHSSA championship. Mrs. Robertson’s team dominated their way to an undefeated record and second consecutive championship.

BAND TOUR

Our well-traveled and critically acclaimed band, led by Mrs. Kathaleen McNeil, took their talents to Orlando, Florida in May of 2018. The students played to enthusiastic crowds at both Disney World and Universal Studios. Amazing accomplishments for young musicians and memories that will last a lifetime.

BARRELS BLOOM

BDSS students have entered into an exciting collaboration with the Beamsville Business Improvement Association, the Town of Lincoln and a large group of local wineries. Barrels Bloom is a project in which BDSS art students design and decorate custom wine barrels, which serve as planters for mini gardens planted by our Horticulture Specialist High Skills Major students. These decorative barrels will be placed throughout the downtown Beamsville area, beautifying the area, promoting local businesses and showcasing the talent of our students. This initiative has been selected at the Garden Days Provincial Flagship Event for Ontario, a high honour for all involved. Thanks to Mr. Belding and Ms. Tauro for their support of our students in this amazing experience.