List of 25 news stories.

  • Kindergarten students experiment with a wind tunnel, May 2019

    MRS. THOMSON RECOGNIZED FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE, PRIME MINISTER'S AWARDS

    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    Mrs. Arda Thomson, who teaches Kindergarten, has been honoured with the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM, Certificate of Achievement, announced online earlier this week:
     
    "Bringing up the next generation of scientists and engineers, (Mrs. Thomson) introduces the scientific method and design process, focusing class work around tinkering and building; very young girls build structures and learn to use tools."
     
    Congratulations, Mrs. Thomson!
     
     
    She told Eva Wasney, Community Journalist for The Metro, "this is for all the people I work with.
     
    "We constantly collaborate."
     
    Mrs. Thomson has been an employee of Balmoral Hall School since September 2004.
     
    A few years ago, she invited me to spend a day in her classroom, inspiring me to write a blog post entitled "What I learned in Kindergarten."
     
     
    On behalf of all of us, adults and children alike, who have collaborated with and learned from you throughout the past 15 years, Mrs. Thomson, thank you!

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  • Grade 5 students at their Exhibition, May 2019

    GRADE 5 STUDENTS PLANT THE SEEDS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    Grade 5 students at Balmoral Hall School have spent weeks preparing their International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) Exhibition.

    They presented the results of their inquiry to their families as part of their student-led conferences, May 15, 2019. Their theme, "Planting a Sustainable Future," including the study of compost collection at Balmoral Hall, a demonstration in support of Fridays for Future, participation in International Day of Pink, experiential learning at FortWhyte Alive, and much more. They also completed a multimedia art project: "Portraits of Our Great Granddaughters."

    Click here to watch the 5-min. video.

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  • All five Grade 8 students received medals at Manitoba Schools Science Symposium 2019.

    GRADE 8 STUDENTS SHINE AT SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM

    By Hope Hinchey, Grade 8

    Since the beginning of January, Grade 8 students have been hard at work on our science fair projects. We spent hours researching, experimenting, writing out information, making backboards, and having a little fun here and there. When everything was finished, we presented our projects to judges, the class, families, and, of course, Mr. Zimmerman.

    Five Grade 8 students were chosen to attend Manitoba Schools Science Symposium, April 26–28, 2019. Opening ceremonies were held the morning of the 26th, followed by a day of fun science-related activities like making a bridge out of raw pasta, creating DNA, and designing landers. The next day was spent presenting our projects to judges, with a public viewing on the final day, which concluded with the awards ceremony. All in all, we had lots of fun going to the symposium and exploring University of Manitoba; it was an experience we will forever remember!

    Editor's note: Bronze medals were presented to Katia Djomo Wongep and Hope Hinchey. Silver medals were presented to Ryann Hafenbrak, Isra Elbarouni, and Inez Mayberry. Congratulations to all!

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  • Grade 2 Assembly, May 2, 2019

    WHEN GRADE 2 STUDENTS TAKE CENTRE STAGE, CONFIDENCE ROARS

    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    Earlier this week, I had asked Ms Hanson's Grade 2 students why they enjoy performing:

    Exclaimed one, "I like having all eyes on me!"

    For many, in the spotlight is an uncomfortable place to be.

    Not so at Balmoral Hall School.

    Recently, Ms Hanson's and Ms Borodkin's Grade 2 classes entered the spotlight not once, not twice, not thrice, but on four occasions over a period of two weeks from late April to early May.

    First, they welcomed their parents to an intimate talent show, held in Dr. Doerksen's music classroom, on April 26. Joining them, I was awed by their powerful stage presence. Imagine a seven-year-old belting out Katy Perry's "Roar" from her seat behind the piano. Someone else performed "Reflection," from the Disney musical Mulan, unaccompanied. Others demonstrated their skills in dance, gymnastics, fencing, archery, and martial arts. Lego and playdough and paint, oh my!

    Most remarkable, however, was the excitement that they shared in learning more about each other.

    "Some of the talents, we didn't know that some of our friends actually had (those)," shared another Grade 2 student.

    Collaboration strengthened their highly anticipated assembly on May 2, presented to their Junior School peers, as well as Grade 2 families, in Sifton Family Theatre.

    "In an adaptation of Peter Reynold's The North Star, we explored the idea that we each have our own paths to discover and follow in life," explained Ms Hanson, "and so public speaking, movement, and drama all played a part in our assembly."

    Added Ms Borodkin: "Confidence and understanding the importance of practice resulted in a wonderful performance."

    Next, Grade 2 students performed for a full house on Grandparents' Day, May 3, both with the Mozart-Shield-winning grades 1 to 3 choir and later on their own as a dance troupe.

    Finally, they reprised their show-stopping performance of "The Pink Panther Theme" for the Junior School dance recital, May 10.

    "As classroom teachers, it is gratifying to see them shine in areas that we do not always observe in class," Ms Borodkin said.

    Concluded Ms Hanson: "In their learning, Grade 2 students demonstrate the ability to be risk takers and remain open-minded as they celebrate their strengths and discover new things."

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  • Tyler Wagar, Celina, and Olivia Lunny (April 25, 2019)

    A SURPRISE VISITOR FROM THE LAUNCH

    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    We had a special guest visit us April 23, all thanks to Celina, a Grade 3 student at Balmoral Hall School.

    Earlier this spring, Celina wrote a letter to Olivia Lunny, a Winnipeg musician and songwriter who successfully competed on the television show The Launch recently. Ms Lunny received Celina's letter, and she was so moved that she reached out to us about arranging a surprise visit. Well, that happened last week!

    The grades 3 to 5 classes gathered in the music room last Thursday morning, not knowing what (or who) to expect. As soon as I started talking about a letter sent to a special guest who was here to visit us, out of the corner of my eye I saw Celina's eyes light up, and, when I introduced Ms Lunny, she happily stepped down from the risers to join her by the piano. Ms Lunny then told the students about her personal and professional journey as a musician, leading into a performance of "I Got You" accompanied by Tyler Wagar. Many students recognized the song from hearing it played by local radio stations.

    Students had the opportunity to ask her questions afterwards, as well. Ms Lunny spoke honestly about her love of music, the hard work that led to her success, and making mistakes and learning from them. She also credited others, her family, friends, and fellow artists, for supporting and inspiring her. Most importantly, Ms Lunny encouraged them to dream big and never stop trying to do what they love.

    We are grateful to Ms Lunny for taking the time to arrange such a wonderful school visit.

    On behalf of Celina, her peers, and her teachers, thank you!

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  • Lindsay & Mrs. Balcaen at World's 2019

    ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE

    By Lindsay Cogan, Grade 11

    It has been a dream of mine for several years to compete at World's Independent Debate & Public Speaking Championships under the Canadian flag. Being able to do so in my home country was a very special experience. I represented Canada from April 11–17 at World's in Toronto.

    Selection for this challenging competition requires participants from Canada to compete in several qualifying tournaments. In my case, I attended and successfully competed in four different competitions to claim my delegation as a competitor from Canada. There were 106 participants from 11 countries, all with a common goal and an immeasurable support system of friends, families, loving parents, and dedicated coaches like Mrs. Balcaen.

    Although many of us came from different continents and had never met each other prior to the championships, the understanding of the work ethic it takes to qualify for World's is universal. Due to this common understanding of one another, we all developed strong friendships by the end of the week of intense competition. Interacting with my peers from around the world provided me with the kind of cultural exposure that one tries to achieve in school, but is not always successful in learning in a classroom.
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  • Campus Guide Anika and Saije at CMU, April 2019

    OUR LECTURE EXPLORATION AT CMU

    By Natasha Hofer & Saije Catcheway, Grade 11

    Grade 11 students ventured off on a tour of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) last week. On Wednesday, April 17, we had the opportunity to experience what a lecture is like at CMU. The university is very small, with less than 600 students, providing students with the opportunity to actively participate in discussion-based lectures. We were given the opportunity to experience what it was like to sit in on a class lecture with professors explaining what that specific class had to offer, their major focal points, and how they teach. We split into two groups depending on which course we were more interested in.
    • Journalism: Does it make peace or war?
    • Sound & Screen: The Dynamic Between Seeing and Hearing
    Editor's note: Both chose one lecture over the other – Natasha, Journalism; Saije, Sound & Screen – and so we are sharing their thoughtful reflections at the end of this post — continue reading.
     
    We believe most of our peers felt very comfortable with the small class size and learning environment at CMU, as the student–professor ratio is so similar to ours at Balmoral Hall. It truly allows for a one-on-one, engaging, and hands-on learning experience for students. Later, after the sit-in, we were taken on a tour of the CMU campus where we were able to walk the halls and get a feel for university life. Also, we were able to see the CMU auditorium, where multiple events and music performances take place, and, following the auditorium tour, we were taken to the CMU athletic centre where we learned that CMU participates in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC), playing against teams like Brandon University and Providence University. After a refreshing walk across to the library, we were able to see the wonderfully modern architecture and a multitude of students studying for exams, concluding the tour. We were also treated with a quick gelati treat from Folio Café.

    Overall, we truly feel that CMU has such a rich and welcoming learning environment and is definitely a great place to study for students looking for a small, close-to-home university with strong hands-on learning and a great student–professor ratio. We would like to thank Mrs. McDonald for organizing this tour for the Grade 11s, who truly appreciated the experience, as well as Ms Boonstra and Ms O'Brien-Klewchuk for attending with us.
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  • Student conducted a waste audit in January 2019.

    WHY WE COMPOST

    By Genevieve Cloutier '03, Alumnae Relations Coordinator

    About a year ago, I visited Green Action Centre with a group of Youth in Philanthropy students as one of our site visits to explore nonprofit organizations in Winnipeg to which they could direct a grant funded by The Winnipeg Foundation. It was at this meeting that we learned of Compost Winnipeg, which provides residential and commercial composting, and we immediately wanted to implement a program at Balmoral Hall School. And so, the planning began.

    Fast forward a year, and here we are almost a month into our schoolwide composting initiative. Along the way, Ms Caitlin Briggs, Senior School biology teacher and Green Club faculty advisor, joined us to lend her expertise to the project. With the help of fellow colleagues and incredibly passionate students, along with commercial compost expert and Junior School parent Dave Pancoe, a sustainable, full-scale composting program has been embraced by our school community.

    It has been my great pleasure to see adults and children alike making conscious choices to separate their waste into compost, recycling, and garbage. To see faculty bringing their own compost buckets into their classrooms and making the trip to one of our waste stations at the end of each day to do their part. To see students in the dining hall helping each other decide where their lunch waste should be disposed of and encouraging each other to take what they will eat and not waste food. I am very happy to see how much things have changed in just a few weeks!
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  • At Notre Dame Cathedral, March 2019

    ONE MONTH AGO, WE VISITED NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

    By Chenyi (Alice) Xu, Grade 11

    "I wanted to see you again, touch you, know who you were, see if I would find you identical with the ideal image of you …" —Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

    I will never forget the feeling of looking out from the top of Notre Dame Cathedral and the incredible design of its intricate stained glass windows.

    One thing I will never regret in my life is travelling to Paris to appreciate all the artwork and historical monuments that our ancestors left for us.

    April 16, 2019 was a sad day. Notre Dame Cathedral, a building nearly 850 years old, a building that symbolized France, was destroyed in a massive fire, which is not only a tragedy for all French people but for all humankind.

    Exactly 30 days ago, on a school trip to London and Paris during spring break, I was lucky enough to be one of the last few people to go to the top of Notre Dame Cathedral. It was a fantastic experience for all of us who were there because we created so many amazing memories that we will never forget. The total climb was 387 steps. Climbing stairs has never been my favourite thing, but I will never regret climbing those stairs to see one of the most marvellous objects I have ever seen — Emmanuel, the largest bell in Notre Dame. I hope one day in the future it will ring again.

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  • Simone Penner, Director of BH Beginnings, with Arpna Kansara, 2019 MCCA Exceptional Caregiver

    MS KANSARA TO RECEIVE EXCEPTIONAL CAREGIVER AWARD

    By Simone Penner, Director of BH Beginnings

    Arpna Kansara, Child Care Assistant at BH Beginnings, is the 2019 recipient of Manitoba Child Care Association’s Exceptional Caregiver Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding ability in the work environment thorough professionalism, team spirit, and pursuit of excellence in the child care field.

    In November 2014, Ms Kansara began her work with BH Beginnings child care program for girls ages 2 and 3 as an Inclusion Specialist. It quickly became clear how passionate Arpna was about children. She went above and beyond, ensuring that all the children in her care were safe, happy, and given opportunities to grow and develop. What was originally intended as a term became a full-time employment opportunity, and she has been offering her incredible care, empathy, and dedication ever since.

    Arpna is an enthusiastic, efficient, hardworking, and proactive educator with strong interpersonal skills who decided (after completing a Bachelor of Commerce) that her lifelong passion is to work with children.

    "I love being surrounded by them, and I get immense pleasure in nurturing their abilities," she says. "As a Child Care Assistant, my goal is to promote the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each child under my care."

    Arpna is a valued employee of Balmoral Hall School, and we are thrilled that she has been recognized for her outstanding dedication to being her very best self as an educator.

    She will receive her award at a special MCCA event in late May.

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  • Rainbow Club members with their guests for International Day of Pink 2019.

    WHY WE CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PINK

    By Emma Joyal, Grade 12

    On April 10, 2019, Balmoral Hall School was filled with people wearing pink shirts to celebrate International Day of Pink! This day, which is all about fighting to end homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying, is an important initiative that allows students and staff to learn about and discuss these various issues. This year, Rainbow Club invited two speakers, Marcus Matheson and Hailey Primrose, to address Middle and Senior School students.

    Marcus, who spoke to grades 6 and 7 students, shared his experiences as a trans man and how those experiences have influenced his life. He touched on the importance of feeling comfortable in your own skin and how sometimes this can be difficult in the society we live in. Students were able to ask Marcus many questions at the end of his presentation, which made for a great conversation about finding one's own identity and supporting those around you.

    In the Senior School and Grade 8 presentation, Hailey spoke about her own personal journey being both Métis and a part of the LGBTQ+ community. She emphasized the power of self-confidence but also touched on how insecurities will arise at various points in one's life. It was interesting to hear about her perspective on the transition between adolescence and adulthood as well as how her own experiences have influenced the person she is today.

    It was extremely inspiring to hear from both of these incredible individuals on International Day of Pink 2019.

    The themes of both presentations were a great reminder that fighting to end homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying should be something we strive to do every day!

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  • April 8, 2019, BH Blazers at Manitoba Legislative Building with Hon. Brian Pallister (Photo by Steph Bisson)

    BLAZERS RECOGNIZED BY LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    On April 8, Hon. Heather Stefanson (Class of 1988) delivered a speech to Manitoba's Legislative Assembly recognizing the Balmoral Hall Blazers on the 2019 Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL) Championship.

    Her Member's Statement concluded with a standing ovation from her fellow Members. The pride felt in that moment is second only to that felt when Kennesha Miswaggon scored the game-winning goal in overtime against NAHA on March 11. Certainly, it was a joyous occasion for the Blazers, who also had their photo taken with Hon. Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba, on the Legislative Building's grand staircase.

    We are grateful to all who made this possible, including, first and foremost, Hon. Heather Stefanson and her staff, Hon. Cathy Cox, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage, Head of School Joanne Kamins, Middle & Senior School Principal Jodi Hafenbrak, Executive Director Tina Alto, and Director of Hockey Sarah Zacharias '08.

    A special thank you to Ms Bonnie Staples-Lyon for coordinating with staff and parents.

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  • Head of School

    INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT OUR BOARD?

    Balmoral Hall School's Board Governance and Nominating Committee is responsible for finding volunteers to serve on our Board of Governors and its various committees.

    We are always interested to hear from current or past parents, alumnae, or even individuals without direct connection to the school, who have a passion for the school and who might be interested to volunteer now or in the future.

    If you would like to hear more about the volunteer opportunities, including becoming a Board of Governors member, please email or contact us at:

    Balmoral Hall School
    Board Governance and Nominating Committee
    c/o Board Chair
    630 Westminster Ave.
    Winnipeg MB R3C 3S1

    Note: The deadline is Friday, April 19, 2019.
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  • BLAZERS BRING HOME THE CUP

    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    In Burlington, VT last weekend, the Blazers won their first international championship since joining the highly regarded Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL) in the Blazers' third season, 2008/09. Behind the bench were Coach Sarah Zacharias, Class of 2008, and Assistant Coach Regan Boulton '09. Winning the championship game in overtime versus North American Hockey Academy (NAHA) on March 10, the Blazers ended the 2018/19 season with a historic victory.

    "All this began more than 200 days ago with an intense week of preseason training," says Zacharias.

    "The night before our season started, I wrote down a list of five goals that I hoped we could accomplish as a team in the months ahead:
    1. Finish the year .500+.
      √  28-20-5
    2. Defeat NAHA (for the first time in five years).
      √  5-2, February 2, 2019
    3. Sweep a JWHL regular season weekend.
      √  February 1-3, 2019, winning four of four games in Rochester, NY
    4. Finish the regular season as one of the top two JWHL teams.
      √  Ranked second overall with 30 points.
    5. Win JWHL Championship in 2019.
      √  Won in overtime, defeating NAHA 3-2, on March 10.
    "By accomplishing all that and more, these 18 student-athletes made their mark on JWHL history, and they leave a legacy for us here at Balmoral Hall," Zacharias shares.

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  • Junior Provincial Debating Championships 2019

    JUNIOR PROVINCIAL DEBATING CHAMPIONSHIPS (HOSTED BY US)

    By Carissa (Nikkel) Balcaen '02

    On March 10, 2019, Balmoral Hall School hosted Junior Provincial Debating Championship for Manitoba students in grades 8 and 9. Six very bold debaters representing Balmoral Hall were Kendall Barnes, Megan Burns, Katia Djomo Wongep, Lucy MacDougall, Safiya Ratana, and Lily Rich. These very knowledgeable individuals committed to practices in preparation for this challenging event, as well as maintaining a specialized knowledge in current events at a local, national, and international level.

    This year, the topics explored in three rounds of impromptu debate included:
    • implementing a universal income
    • regretting the creation of awards shows
    • creating mandatory composting programs
    • eliminating loot bags at children's birthday parties
    • requiring all airline passengers to undergo full-body scans using X-ray technology, and
    • requiring university students to take a mandatory course in gender and culture diversity studies.
    Congratulations to all the girls on their fine performances. Kendall and Lily qualified to compete at Junior National Championships in Montreal from May 23–26. We are very proud of you! 

    A tournament of this magnitude, with over 68 competitors, 60 judges, 24 speakers and timers, and six tournament organizers is successful only with the support of many people. We know how precious Sundays are and thank you for spending this one with us.

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  • Grade 9 students perform spoken word poetry, International Women's Day, March 8, 2019. (Photo by Olivia Wilde '19)

    INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

    By Marina Levit, Global Issues Prefect

    Note: The following is a transcript of Marina's opening remarks for Balmoral Hall School's 2019 International Women's Day Assembly, coordinated by the students of Girls for the World.

    Why is it that there have been so many male Prime Ministers, but only one woman?

    Why is it that girls just as hardworking and intelligent as we, are not getting equal opportunities?

    Why is it that women of colour are often excluded from the conversation?

    Why is it that transgender women are also excluded from the conversation?

    Why is it that so many people are hesitant to identify as feminist?

    Why is it that strong-minded women expressing themselves are "unlikable" or "bossy"?

    The answers are not so clear cut, neither are the solutions. However, these types of questions, the hardest ones to answer, are the questions that have motivated changemakers for centuries. Hard questions were asked in the late 19th and early 20th century when the suffragette women fought for equal voting rights. Hard questions were asked in the 1950s when Margaret Sanger and her supporters fought for women's rights over their bodies and the right to birth control. Hard questions were asked in 2016 when women, including many of us, took to the streets in cities around the world to fight for equal rights, justice, and political representation and continued to do that every year since.    

    With each hard question, a group of passionate, determined, radical, inspiring individuals of all genders and identities have worked to respond with purposeful action.
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  • BH at Ivey (March 2019)

    EXPERIENCING AN IVEY BUSINESS EDUCATION

    By Lauren Burns, Grade 11

    On March 1, 2019, Davina, Alyssa, Carol, and I had the amazing opportunity to travel to London, Ont. to compete in Ivey's High School Case Competition. As soon as we arrived, we took a campus tour of Western University led by a Western student. We saw examples of lecture halls, the recreation building, and Western's largest library, in addition to learning more about life at Western and the many opportunities offered there.
    The highlight of our trip, however, was the Ivey case competition that ran all day Saturday.

    The day began with an interactive lecture based on how to analyze a business case. We were then separated into teams with five other students from different schools across Canada and given a real-life business dilemma. With three hours to work, we analyzed the case considering aspects such as financials, consumers, and competitors with the help of an Ivey student and then presented our decisions to a panel of judges.

    Davina's team competed in the finals and placed 3rd overall with their case!

    This was an incredible opportunity as we explored the case method of studying business, which gave us the hands-on approach to learning for which Ivey is famous. We were pushed to confidently express our ideas in an unfamiliar yet supportive setting, giving us an authentic perspective of what an education (and then a career) in business would entail.

    After learning a great deal from the Ivey case competition this year, my desire to consider pursuing business in the future is even stronger.
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  • 108 hours with the BH Blazers create memories to last a lifetime

    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    On a Friday morning in mid-February, I have created a mobile workspace on the concourse of 3M Arena at Mariucci. On campus at University of Minnesota, home seems far away. I hear sounds, though, which transport me to the memories of my childhood. A frozen puck sliding across a snowy ice surface, a shrill whistle interrupting every so often, and then strong, assured voices calling out to one another as that puck moves from stick to stick again and again.

    I have never played hockey, but I know the sport well from cheering on my younger siblings for more than 25 years. I have been a BH Blazers Hockey fan for about half that time, since my sister, Michelle, first donned the green and gold in 2007/08. Her teammates that season included Sarah Zacharias and Regan Boulton, who, as coaches of today's Blazers, are now my colleagues at Balmoral Hall School.

    When they had asked me to join them for a bus trip to Minneapolis, MN for the final Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL) U19 regular season series of 2018/19, I enthusiastically accepted their invitation.
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  • A record-setting regular season for the Blazers

    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    The BH Blazers concluded their regular season Sunday morning in Minneapolis, Minn. with a bittersweet 2-3 loss to Ridley College. Although it was the first time in the 2018/19 regular season that they had lost to the Tigers, nonetheless, the Blazers finished second overall in league standings, just two points behind NAHA White of Stowe, Vt. This marks the most successful season for the Blazers in Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL) history! (The Blazers ranked third in 2011/12.)

    View the game summary at this link:
    https://www.jwhl.org/game/show/22223687

    JWHL playoffs will occur March 8–10, 2019, in Burlington, Vt.

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  • Hockey Nite at Mariucci — Blazers defeat New England 6-0

    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    ’Twas a late night for the Blazers, who were scheduled to play the New England Hockey Club at 9 p.m. Saturday.

    And yet, the game, once again at 3M Arena at Mariucci on-campus at University of Minnesota, started just before 9:30 p.m. The Blazers conquered their fatigue for a 6-0 victory, with the shutout to netminder Megan Schroeder, who faced only 11 shots. Scoring for the Blazers were Olivia Cvar (2), Karine Sandilands, Dana Goertzen, Chelsea Krahenbil, and Chiara Esposito.

    View the game summary at this link:
    https://www.jwhl.org/game/show/22223685

    In their final game of the 2018/19 regular season, the Blazers will play Ridley College Sunday at 9 a.m.

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  • Blazers score two late in the 3rd to defeat Shamrocks 4-3

    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist
    Fans were treated to a nail-biter this afternoon at 3M Arena at Mariucci as the Blazers faced the Boston Shamrocks, winning the game in the final two minutes of the third period. Much of the game involved the two teams trading power plays and penalty kills. After 40 minutes, both had scored twice, with Olivia Cvar and Dana Goertzen scoring for the Blazers.

    With 1:59 remaining, the Blazers called a time-out, trailing 2-3 at that point, and pulled goaltender Shayna Moore for an offensive face off that resulted in a beautiful goal from Cvar, assisted by Alix Yallowega, with 1:51 remaining. Yallowega then tallied the game-winning goal herself, assisted by Cvar and Chelsea Dinnin, 35 seconds later.

    View the game summary at this link:
    https://www.jwhl.org/game/show/22223681

    The Blazers play the New England Hockey Club late this evening.
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  • Blazers begin final JWHL regular season series with a tie

    By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

    The BH Blazers U19 hockey team is in Minneapolis, Minn. for the final series of the 2018/19 regular season, ranking second overall in league standings at the start of the weekend.

    This morning, a hard-fought battle versus the Ottawa Lady 67’s ended in a 4-4 tie after a late goal from the 67’s sent the game into overtime. After five minutes of 3-on-3 hockey, however, both teams remained scoreless. Veteran goaltender Megan Schroeder made 32 saves, and, on the opposite end of the rink, Chelsea Dinnin, Alix Yallowega, Rebecca Thiessen, and Olivia Cvar scored for the Blazers.

    View the game summary at this link:
    https://www.jwhl.org/game/show/22223673

    Next, the Blazers will face the Boston Shamrocks tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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  • Cella Rousseau '11 visited the Grade 8 class in January 2019.

    CAREER TALK WITH CELLA ROUSSEAU '11

    By Katie Robinson, Grade 8

    Last month, Cella Rousseau '11 came to Balmoral Hall and spoke with the Grade 8 class about her career and life path. Ms Rousseau is a BH lifer who grew up here and adored activities such as voice and drama. She has always been a storyteller and loves to make people laugh. School helped her embraced those talents and her creativity, which led her to Creative Communications at Red River College, where the groundwork was laid for her career as a writer.

    Ms Rousseau said it was a great program for her, and she majored in journalism. True crime journalism became her passion, and she was able to have a few crime stories published. Then, an exciting journalism opportunity arose for Ms Rousseau with Winnipeg Sun. She loved her job there, but, after a while, she wanted to try something different. Around that time, positions at iMore, a tech journalism company, opened. This sounded interesting to her because it required her to review photography products. She found her job fun and interesting, and she loved playing around with the new "toys." Not long after, she was invited to attend a consumer electronics show to review some of the products there. That ended up being the place where she really figured out what she wanted to do as a career.

    After the show, she realized that she had found a new passion for technology, as she loved to review and test gadgets, but she kept thinking of even more ways she could share her creative abilities with the world.

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  • Rising Star Award, FIRST LEGO League (January 2019)

    THE RISING STARS OF ROBOTICS

    By Claire Mayberry, Grade 7

    Over the last four months, Jozi Oliver, Janet Venditti, Asmara Azeez Ismahil, and I have been preparing for the FIRST LEGO League robotics tournament in Edmonton. We coded our robots to do different challenges, each scoring a different amount of points. We also had to research and find solutions to a problem involving long-term space travel, which we would have to present at the tournament.

    The four of us have been working on robotics since Grade 4, but only this year did we go to the actual tournament for the first time.

    With help from our Grade 12 mentors Barrett Arbour, Mia Battad, and Olivia Wilde, as well as Mrs. LaPage, we all prepared to travel to Edmonton to compete against other teams. We had a meeting every Monday and Thursday after school, and I always looked forward to it at the end of the day. Not only was it fun to code robots, but I also really enjoy hanging out and having fun with everyone.

    On January 25, Jozi, Janet, Asmara, Mrs. LaPage, and I got on a plane and flew to Edmonton. I was nervous, but everyone was very encouraging and made me feel a lot more confident. January 26 was the day of the tournament! In the morning, we gave three different presentations: one for our research project; one on our robot design; and one on how well we work as a team. Then, in the afternoon, it was time for the robot games!

    We went head to head against five teams at once, with loud music in the background and strobe lights everywhere. Was it what we expected? No. Did we have fun? Lots! We even got the Rising Star award, which was presented to the team with a great amount of potential! I really enjoyed this entire experience, and I am sure everyone else on the team enjoyed it, as well.

    We had lots of fun, and we are excited to compete again next year.

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  • Volunteers conducted a waste audit at Balmoral Hall School, January 2019.

    WE ASKED, HOW CAN OUR SCHOOL BE MORE GREEN?

    By Genevieve Cloutier '03, Caitlin Briggs, and Green & Community Service Prefect Jessica Sui

    We had a very successful, and at some points disgusting, waste audit on Jan. 23/19 with the help of Dave Pancoe, a Junior School parent, who is the special projects manager at The Forks, where he took the lead in implementing a compost program.

    Our goal was to determine how much of our daily waste is compostable.
     
    Thanks to our amazing team from 4Kleen, all waste (including garbage and recycling) was collected from around the school as well as the boarding house for 24 hrs. and labelled by area (Boarding, Food Services, Dalton House, BH Beginnings, Middle & Senior School, etc). Student and employee volunteers sorted and weighed everything that was garbage, recycling, and compos.
     
    Interestingly, by volume based on visual inspection, the amount of compost was limited, recycling was moderate, and garbage was greatest. The majority of that garbage, by volume, was plastic in addition to paper towel, which is compostable! We were pleasantly surprised by how little overall waste 600+ people produce in a day. It was clear, though, and unsurprising, that the recycling bins are contaminated with garbage and compost. Indeed, it is well-known that most "recycling" ends up in landfills because the items are too contaminated to recycle.

    But there's still hope for us!

    Thank you to Ms Briggs, who compiled the data following our waste audit last week.

    Overall, 61% of our total waste (by weight) is compostable, which certainly validates our cause; numbers don't lie!

    It would be difficult to argue that composting at Balmoral Hall School would not offset costs and help our environment. We are excited to pursue a compost program this spring to reduce our carbon footprint, starting in the kitchen and dining hall, in partnership with Green Action Winnipeg's Commercial Compost Collection service through Compost Winnipeg.
     
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Balmoral Hall School

Our mission at Balmoral Hall School is to inspire girls' imagination and courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care.

We are a day and boarding school, offering an exceptional educational experience to girls aged 2 through Grade 12.