Macdonald Drive Junior High, July 2021
Thanks to our parent volunteers for all your hard work with the breakfast program this year!
Good-bye to teachers Shane Lambert, Terrilyn Pickett, Kara Langdon, Erin Etchegary, Leslie Tucker, Courtney Petten, Justin Burnett, Kathleen Breen, and Tracy Reardon who are finishing up with us this year. We wish you all the best in the future and hope to see you all again with us some time!
Best of luck to Mme. Brunet who is retiring after a wonderful teaching career!
Thursday's assembly went really well. Here is a list of all the award winners. Congratulations everyone! Have a great summer!
School Community, We Need Your Help!
Given the popularity of our existing outdoor classroom, our Staff and School Council wanted to pursue a second outdoor classroom. Construction has already started to the left of the bus / student drop off, where we have grubbed the area and are in the process of laying gravel.
It will be MDJH’s 50th Anniversary in September 2022! We thought that this outdoor classroom could be dedicated to our past students and families, which is why we decided to reach out. If a family or families would like to purchase a boulder for $150, it can be dedicated to a person or family and will be memorialized by a small plaque embedded on the boulder. Our new planters for the outdoor classroom are looking good, and there have already been several people and families who have stepped forward to dedicate a boulder.
If you are interested, please contact Ms. Pike at the office.
Message of Solidarity with our Muslim Families
Photo credit: National Post
What's Been Going On
Ethan Paul Bench Dedication
Show Your True Colours #Pride365NL
On June 21, students at MDJH displayed pride colours to show support for our 2SLGBTQ+ community. This day was also in recognition of Mme. Brunet, who prepared a beautiful video message for our students. Throughout the day, students took part in discussions about Pride Day and why it is celebrated.
Over the next year, the NLESD has challenged schools to show their true colours for 365 days. Schools and GSAs are encouraged to hold some form of learning or fun-filled initiative once a month, every month starting now and throughout the upcoming school year. Students and staff are encouraged to use #Pride365NL if posting pictures to social media. Stay tuned!
Have you seen our newly painted sidewalk? The colours represent the progress Pride Flag. The Paint Shop, Kenmount Road and Torbay Road, graciously donated the paint to help with our project.
National Indigenous Peoples Day - June 21
As part of National Indigenous History Month, this specific day is an opportunity for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage and diverse contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. This year marked the 25th anniversary. On this day and throughout the year, our students learned about residential schools and the importance of truth and reconciliation.
How to be an ally to Indigenous Peoples in Canada(CBC Kids News)
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The “Exploring Culture through Textiles” art show was viewed by our school population last week.
Over the previous 6 weeks, the students in the LEARN program have been working with a talented multidisciplinary local artist named Catherine Wright. We had to get very creative and worked off site and outside to get this work completed but the students did an amazing job. We have close to 60 pieces of art including individual and group projects in weaving, tie dying, and silk painting!!
Learn Program at Murray's Farms
Conservation Corps @CorpsNL
Grizzlies Doing Good
In 2020, MDJH’s Quinn Schmiedendorf was named Janeway Children’s Miracle Network Champion, and earlier this year The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) asked that all 2020 Champions continue their reigns for 2021.
Following this, Quinn was able to take on an additional role with the Janeway Foundation this year by becoming a Junior Host during the Janeway Children’s Miracle Network Telethon which aired, June 5 and 6. Along with many local television personalities, actors and musicians, Quinn helped to raise over $2.3 million dollars to help advance newborn care and update neurosurgery equipment.
Thank you Quinn for doing great work and helping to support so many children in our province.
The MDJH Community Garden Is Up and Running!
Our community garden is ready to grow!
Roots of Empathy
Big thanks to Ms. Cheryl Coates and her baby Emily for participating in the program with us. We loved watching Baby Emily grow and develop and learning about how we can be more empathetic in today's ever-changing world.
We wish you so much happiness in your future Baby Emily!
Student Council News
The 2020-2021 yearbook is now complete. While there are no team or group photos included in the yearbook due to restrictions this year, there is no shortage of pictures. We are a very busy school and the many activities we participated in this year are shown in this yearbook with more homeroom pictures included.
Yearbooks will arrive mid-September. Announcements will be made at Gonzaga and Holy Heart once they arrive for pick up. Any not picked up will be sent to these schools for distribution.
The online ordering option is now closed. As always, there are a few extra ordered if anyone missed the deadline and would like to have one. There are still a few 2019-2020 yearbooks available for purchase as well. If you would like a copy of either of these yearbooks, please email email@example.com
Last Week of School Fun Pics
Student Poetry - Every Child Matters
Some as young as
3 years old
Is it Distressing?
All of them buried
In a mass grave?
Is it Distressing?
This is only
Of many Residential Schools
Where these children
It is much more
By Ben Hamlyn 9-9
Honor the Dishonored
Two hundred and fifteen
Childrens remains were found
At the mass grave
Of a residential school.
Two hundred and fifteen
With only rough estimates
Of the lost
“Early in the process”
But found too late,
They should’ve started,
But they chose to wait.
We must honor these children.
Honour the dishonored,
Because our ancestors
Our ancestors took kids
As young as three
To have their culture
So we honor the dishonored,
Respect the disrespected,
Show love to these children
Who spent their entire lives
Two hundred and fifteen children
Because of that,
By Rachel Skanes 9-9
No words to describe it
Two hundred and fifteen souls, no more
Young, innocent, vulnerable
Tragic, heartbreaking and devastating
A tragedy like this cannot be put into words
One catastrophe discovered, more certainly remain concealed
Families were destroyed, culture damaged, knowledge lost
A First Nation wounded, scarred
…but not Broken.
How could something like this happen in a country we call free,
Abuse, torture and adversity is what these children faced
Think back, if you can, to your youngest time, your purest heart.
Look at our children. Look at their eyes. Look in their hearts
Can you see the difference?
Home should be…
Playing, laughter, delight, pleasure, content
Surrounded by your parents, your family, your friends…by love
Not suffering in misery, Isolated
By Evan Boland 9-6
Behind the Front - Residential schools
Taken from their homes that day
When other children could laugh and play
Their stories rest, and stay untold
Deep beneath the ground and cold
Lost children, as young as three
Stripped of their identity
tragic, heartbreaking devastation
From a forced “education”
Off to school with no return
An explanation never earned
Because they went to school to stay
now in graves they’ll forever lay
Children buried, found remains
From a school so inhumane
Now it leaves a deep set scar
On a land that was never ours
To some readers it might cause distress
But now their lives, we must address!
By Emma Pittman 9-6
Shallaway Youth Choir
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