Well, the last day of school rolled around and everyone knows what that means! EXTRAV! It opened with Ai Matsumoto and her always perfected piano songs, this time one by Chopin. Next, the gymnasts performed their yearly act, with precise and their very well choreographed moves. A skit was then performed, including Santa, and a flashback scene with some of our teachers in Student Council. Colin Stroh strummed and sung a cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You”. Four hip hop dancers then performed to Awolnation's "Sail". Afterwards, the choir sung a song with Elizabeth Garland and Shannon McKenzie as soloists. Sam Fordy played on guitar and Monica Tamm on piano and vocals afterwards. The girls persevered even with the mic cutting out, however after three different microphones swapped by crew member Lauren Fallon, everything went smoothly. The duo consisting of Rachel Ruecker and Daryl Morrison performed a highland dance, managing to keep their Santa hats on the whole time. Adrienne Watt then sung a very sad, but beautiful song and accompanied it with piano. Sara Glennon and Raegan Ghegan sung a lovely country-sounding song, with Sara on guitar. Another skit showed the current Student Council situation with Bea Bridge and Emilie Sarkissian leading. Sam and Mackenzie sang a perfect version of Lorde’s “Royals”, following. Cameron Thomson came next, on a military style drum, with glow in the dark drum sticks. Colin Stroh and Shannon McKenzie did an acoustic cover of Passenger’s “Let Her Go” after. Hunter Lang performed an electric guitar song, with smoke machine creating a cool effect. Scott Assenheimer then performed a piano piece and Liam Swayze tap danced to Aloe Blacc’s “I Need a Dollar”. The Staff Band, consisting of Mr. Brown, Mr. Fenton, Mr. Spilchen and Mrs. Hamilton, played a number of “old” classics. Rachel Garrett and Katie Baillie played Francesco Sartori and Lucio Quarantotto’s “Time to Say Goodbye”. Grade 12 members of the football team performed their yearly dance, however it was cut short after their sudden desire to be shirtless. After another skit showing Bundhoo becoming prez, the teachers did their annual dance/skit. At the end, they dances to Ylvis's "What Does the Fox Say", with Mr. McDowell as the fox, complete with a onesie and ears. Another great Extrav SDSS!
This year, SDSS's Student Council decided to mix up a traditional event (candy grams) with a new mission - collecting food items for Delta Assist. Delta Assist is a local organization who approached us with the opportunity to participate in their annual 'Christmas Helper Hampers' program, allowing us to help our local low income families and seniors to have hearty Christmas meals this year. Right away, we prepared the red and green slips for students to scribble their confessions and greetings on, and encouraged students to bring in a non-perishable food item rather than the usual dollar - whatever money we earned we used towards buying items that they're in need of the most (hot chocolate, tinned meats, rice, pasta sauce, etc). Despite having short notice on our participation in this food drive, we managed to collect a box of donations from the students of SDSS and a shopping cart full as well.
Help out your community this holiday season, whether it's through a group like Delta Assist or something of your own.
And remember, it's the season of giving. ❤️
The music was good, the food was great, and the company was even better! This past Thursday, the school's annual Winter Formal was held in the cafeteria for this year's graduating class. The evening started at 6pm - and after waiting outside in the freezing cold in a line for what felt like forever, we got inside and past the security check. The school was literally transformed - I forgot that we were actually there!
Everyone danced until it was time for dinner, and then we all sat down waiting patiently (well, not really) for our table to be called. The food was SO good. Mr. Worobetz and some of his students put together an amazing buffet for the event. Once we had taken some time to digest the unholy amount of food we had just consumed, it was time for more dancing. There was a dance-off hosted by the DJ Beyond Sound, between Delaney Griffiths, Sasha Ballon, Danielle Downie, Taylor Bamford and William Kraynyk (who referred to himself as 'Willy-K'). Sasha came through victorious, and won herself and 5 friends meals at Vera's Burger Shack! You go girl!
There was also a photo-booth which is always a crowd-pleaser, and Will Shelling gracefully portrayed the role of Santa Claus who everyone could take pictures with.
Congratulations to the Grad Council for putting together an amazing evening, and a special thanks to the presidents Victoria Schoen and Marina Reynolds and teacher sponsors Ms. Koot and Ms. Van Vlit for leading the troops!
Happy Holidays SDSS!
After a month of some pretty fierce competition, the winner of the Movember contest was revealed last Friday. The competitors; Mr. Baines, Mr. Pike, Mr. Mcdowell, Mr. Jurica, Mr. Johnston, Austin Pearson, Hugh Taylor, Sam Dyck, Mackenzie Connors and Brendan Waterman, battled it out to see who could grow the most hair and in turn, raise the most money. Throughout the month of November, Student Council members raised money for Movember, which is a fundraiser for men’s health and prostate cancer.
A little back story: It started in Australia with 30 people and now there are 21 countries worldwide with 4 million people participating. In 2012, Canada had raised $442,592,673 since the starting year in 2003. There have also been 581 men’s health projects funded. The Movember charity has been placed in the top 100 NGO’s in the world out of 5 million, by the Global Journal based on innovation, sustainability and impact.
Student Council took pictures of all the contestants at the beginning of the month and then took progress pictures on a weekly basis. Students would put money in jars representing the candidate that they thought would grow the best Mo every Wednesday. While Student Council only raised $79, every little bit counts. The third place winner is Mr. Baines, by 35 cents, the second place winner is Mr. Johnston and the first place winner is Mr. Jurica, by a full dollar. Mr. Jurica received a Gillette Proglide styler for winning the competition. Great job SDSS and congratulations Mr. Jurica!
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