Heritage Happenings: December 2018
Below you will see great things happening so far this month at Heritage Park School!
Congratulations to the Heritage Park Grade 8/9 girls basketball team who came first in their basketball tournament at Burnaby South Secondary School on Dec. 12th-14th. The girls played four hard fought games against teams from around the lower mainland. The girls really came together as a team to win all of their games and clinch the first place spot. They played some great defense and worked hard on the court in all of their various team roles. Way to go girls! You made Heritage Park Middle School proud!
We did our S.O.L.E.S. draw at the start of the month for students who did great things in the month of November. Congratulations to Brendan K., Victor P. and Jen S. for all of the positive things they did last month to earn gift cards to our school cafeteria or coffee shop! Great work guys!
Our school P.A.C. worked tirelessly to put on a very successful book fair. This year, they raised over $700.00 for our students. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event. We have a large segment of veracious readers in our school and it was evident in the participation. A particular thank you to Karen Thompson for spearheading the organization of this great event!
On December 6th, we had a successful fire-drill. Thank you to our students and staff for taking this seriously so that we are prepared in case of a future emergency. Last month, we also had successful earthquake and lockdown drills at our facility. The safety of our student/staff population is of the utmost importance and we appreciate the serious partcipation in events such as this!
Thank you to Ms. Matthias, Mr. Halliday and the grade 7 leadership students who volunteered their time after school to decorate our building with Holiday cheer! Great work everyone!
On December 10th, Ms. Vallee's class made a delicious turkey dinner! The wonderful aroma of Christmas dinner could be smelled throughout the school!
Heritage Happenings: November 2018
November had many fantastic events here at Heritage Park! Below, you will see some photos that highlighted our month!
On November 11th, we paid tribute to fallen soldiers by having our annual Remembrance Day Assembly. The assembly began with Mr. Brogan giving a short speech, then Ms. Amaya’s choir/band performance. There was also a wide variety of other performances including a poem by Izzy Vetter that commemorated those who sacrificed their lives in past wars.
This month at Heritage, the basketball season started for the grade 8 boys and grade 7/8/9 girls. Coaches Frank Chan, Angie Vetter, Greg McNeill, and coach Mo Duggal have dedicated their time to helping our students improve their overall gameplay. The boys and girls teams are off to great starts: the boys' team has won two games so far against MEI in Abbotsford and against Hatzic Middle School. The grade 8/9 girls came in second place at their recent tournament at Surrey's Rick Hansen Secondary School. We look forward to the continuation of a great season ahead!
On November, 25th, we all particpated in the Highland Games! For this massive event, all the students gathered in the gym for a morning filled with fun games and school spirit activities. Perhaps one of the best parts about middle school according to many students. This year Inverness won. There was also an amazing half-time show where there was a teacher vs student dance off. This year marked another highly successful Highland Games!
Every year our school gets tickets to take deserving leadership students to We Day in Vancouver. This year, We Day was on November 22. It was a very inspirational event for all people involved in leadership both at school and in the greater community. There were performances by SonReal, LaurDiy, and Margaret Trudeau, who are all amazing change makers hoping to inspire youth all around the world.
Ms. Matheny's Leadership 7 students gave up part of their weekend to help the Christmas Bureau. They took money raised from their candy-grams and samosa sales and went shopping at the Junction for stocking stuffers appropriate for middle-school aged kids. They then hand-delivered $200 worth of purchases to the Christmas Bureau! Great work Leadership students!
Heritage Happenings: October 2018
October had many fun and exciting events here at Heritage Park! Below, you will see some photos that highlighted our month!
1: Constable Young came to our school to discuss the new marijuana laws. He explained to students that marijuana is still very much illegal for students who are under the age of 19. Mr. Brogan and Ms. Ziefflie also discussed the negative health impacts that drugs can have on the developing brain. Thank you to Constable Young for taking the time to come to our school to share this valuable and informative information.
2: Our school spirit week was a great success! Students and staff dressed up in various themes such as "Pajama Day", "Crazy Hair Day", "Twin Day" and "Jersey Day". Everyone had so much fun sharing their school spirit all week long! Great work everyone!
3: Our sports clubs had great success throughout the month. Below you will see some photos from our Cross Country Team coached by Mr. Brogan and Ms. Ziefflie, our Football Team coached by Mr. Chezzi and Mr. MacDonald and our volleyball Team coached by Mr. McNeil. Great work to all of our students and coaches for representing our school well in the various tournaments and events that we attended throughout the month!
4: Halloween was so much fun this year! We had a huge Halloween Dance that was attended by well over a couple hundred students at lunch. Over 400 students dressed up this year which represented over half the school population! During the day we had lots of fun activities such as best costumes (most orginal, relevant and scary), as well as donut eating contests, mummy wrapping contests and candy grams. Thanks to Ms. Whitam, Ms. Hinsley and the T.E.A.K. Pogram and Ms. Matheny's Leadership Team for organizing the dance and activities!
5: A big thank you to Mr. McNeil and his students for doing such a great job running our school's store and coffee shop. This month, the Coffee Shop introduced a wide array of delicious drinks and treats that were enjoyed by everybody! Great work to all those involved in making the Espresso Grove such a big success!
Heritage Happenings: September 2018
What a great start to the Year! Here are some great things that happened at Heritage Park School during the month of September 2018!
1: Welcome back! Students came back from summer break refreshed and ready for another school year! This year is jammed packed with many fun and exciting activities ahead!
2: Cops for Cancer came to our school to talk about how we saved over 40 people with our donations last year. Thank you to everyone who donated to this great cause! They will once again be fundraising this year to raise money for cancer research.
3: National "Character Day" was once again a tremendously successful event! A big thank you to Ms. Williams for organizing it. This year, students learned a wide variety of important lessons related to racism. Students also took part in passion classes from teachers who were happy to share their passions. Below we see Mr. Brogan playing soccer with students. It was a great day had by all!
4: Once again, students partook in the annual Terry fox run. Students led a brief assembly and then ran three kilometers to raise money for the Terry Fox foundation. Great work everyone!
5: Orange Shirt Day was a one to remember! Students wore orange to show support for residential school survivors. Thank you to everyone for demonstrating your support of this important day.
Cops for Cancer Article