This Month in Junior High…
This month the grade 5-8 students had an event called mini Olympics. Before the day of mini Olympics, we had an opening ceremony where the students were split into three teams. Each team had to pick a country to represent. The countries chosen were Russia, Germany and Japan. After the countries were decided, the gym teacher, Mr. Sneesby, explained how the entire event would work. The winning team would be rewarded with a pizza party and the top grade 7 and 8 students would be invited to the divisional track meet at the U of M. Then each team competed in a tug of war by grade level. A few days before the mini Olympics, the boys and girls in each grade also completed the high jump event.
In the morning of the Olympics we had several track and field events which included, the long jump, the discus, and the 1500m, 400m and 100m races. We moved from event to event by grade level and competed to the best of our abilities. In the afternoon we continued with more track and field events such as, the shotput, the triple jump, the 200m and the 4 by 100m relay. At the end of the day, the event was a success.
A couple of days later we had the closing ceremony, where the winning was congratulated for their achievements. Mr. Sneesby revealed Russia as the winning team. After the announcement, many of the junior highs were invited to attend the divisional track meet at the U of M.
Over the two days at the track meet, 14 students competed in different events. Competition levels were high and everyone tried their best. Eliana placed 4th in high jump and 6th in the 200m, Riley placed 6th in the discus, and Salam placed 1st in discus and 3rd in shotput. Everybody had a great and fun experience.
We were honoured last week to be visited by Warrant Officer G. Olynyk, a search and rescue technician with the R.C.A.F. He spoke to us about survival in the wilderness and how we should use a technique called S.T.O.P. which stands for Sit, Think, Observe and Plan. He told us about two plane crashes, one in a forest in the summertime and the other on a mountain top in the winter. The pilot in the first crash was more experienced and trained as a navy seal. In the second crash there were 4 passengers, a little boy, his mother, a nurse and a pilot. The nurse and the mother were killed in the crash, however the pilot and the boy survived. He asked us who we thought would have survived. Most of us thought the experienced pilot was the one who survived but, to our surprise, it was actually the pilot and the little boy who survived. The experienced pilot panicked and started running which lead to his demise. The little boy and the pilot stayed put in the plane, made a fire to keep them warm and waited for somebody to rescue them. He also showed us a video about the training that Sartechs receive. Then he split the class into groups and gave each group a survival scenario. Each group had to decide on a plan in order to survive and present it to the class. Overall, it was an interesting presentation.
Exams are coming soon, the first exam starts on the 11th of June, and the last is on the 19th. Our grade 8 grad is on the 25th at 10:30 am in the gym. All of us here in junior high are really looking forward to the end of the year. The teachers can’t wait as well.