Rugby

Planning is already underway for the 2014 rugby season at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School. In particular, the Junior Boys team is asking any Grade 9 or Grade 10 boys interested in playing rugby for the school this year to SIGN UP (click on the link to go to our online sign up page.)  You can also check out the Panther Rugby page for information about all the teams at our school.  Check back often as more information gets posted as we get closer to the spring season.

IGD@YL: International Games Day @ Your Library!

IGD12-logo-medium-300x86Your School Library Learning Commons is hosting its 2nd Annual “International Games Day @ Your Library” on Friday, November 15th. All day long you can come down to celebrate the¬†educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. Join with thousands of people all over the world who will gathering to game in school libraries on Friday, November 16th, and in public libraries on Saturday, November 16th. Ask your teacher if your class is coming! Stay posted for more details.

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November 15 @ Your SCHOOL Library
November 16 @ Your PUBLIC Library

The Fonz

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Henry Winkler as Fonzie

Henry Winkler was born on this day in 1945. ¬†While he may be known to young readers as the author of the Hank Ziper books, he is best known in pop culture for portrayal of Arthur Fonzarelli on Happy Days. “Fonzie” or “The Fonz” was a pop culture superstar during the 1970’s. ¬†Since then Winkler has appeared in wide variety of television, movie and stage roles. He has also been a director, producer and writer.

 

Sense and Sensibility

senseandsensiSense and Sensibility by Jane Austen was published on this day in 1811. ¬†The novel was published anonymously, “BY A LADY.” ¬†Few people knew the identity of the author, and she was never famous in her lifetime. However, over time her fame has grown and she has become one of the most beloved authors of all time.

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Sense and Sensibility has been adapted many times for television and film, and has also been the subject of a “mash-up,”¬†Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

Other novels by Austen include Emma, Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice (my personal favourite.)

Allegiant

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You have been asking for it. ¬†If you were impatient you went and bought your own copy last week. For those who were able to wait a few days, your patience is rewarded. We now have some copies ready to lend to you… FOR FREE!

For those who want to start from the beginning, check out Divergent¬†by Veronica Roth. ¬†This dystopian YA novel was followed up by Insurgent. ¬†Many fans claim that the trilogy is superior to the “Hunger Games” series. Read them and decide for yourself.

Check out our Sci-Fi & Fantasy section, with all sorts of related titles including Dystopian, Time Travel, Steam Punk, Alternate History, Fairy Tales, Mash-Ups and more.

Not Just a Place…

teacherlibrarianOn School Library Day, it is important to remember that the School Library is not just a place. More importantly, it is the people who are a part of the School Library who give it life. Everyone who works in the school library, in the physical space, or online, contributes to the vital role of the school library in education.

Thanks to Mia MacMeekin for this wonderful infographic on the role of the Teacher Librarian (left).  Every school needs a Teacher Librarian working with the students, staff, administration, parents and other stakeholders in the success of a school library program. Without a Teacher Librarian, a school library is just another room after all.

 
Source: Mia MacMeekin; Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

National School Library Day

Today is National School Library Day in Canada. Today we recognize the vital role of School Libraries in education.  The Province of British Columbia has joined in, declaring that today is School Library Day with the following proclamation:

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SafeTeen

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SafeTeen is a tremendous program that covers a variety of topics including conflict resolution, healthy relationships, bullying, sexual health and more.

Once again we are very pleased to host SafeTeen seminars in the school library.  Grade 8 girls will be attending SafeTeen seminars on October 21, 23 and 24. As such, the room will be closed to all drop-in and study block students, as well as to all male staff.

Why SSR?

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(Reason #2¬†of 3,487,659) Many students do not have a regular time in a quiet space at home for uninterrupted reading. ¬†SSR may be the only time and place in the day for many students to have the chance to focus on reading a good book, without all the usual noise, distractions and interruptions. Hopefully many more students have that opportunity at home, too. ¬†But for those that don’t, we need to be sure to give them that opportunity at school!

SafeTeen

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SafeTeen is a tremendous program that covers a variety of topics including conflict resolution, healthy relationships, bullying, sexual health and more.

Once again we are very pleased to host SafeTeen seminars in the school library.  Grade 8 girls will be attending SafeTeen seminars on October 21, 23 and 24. As such, the room will be closed to all drop-in and study block students, as well as to all male staff.

Persons Day

“The¬† historic decision to include women in the legal definition of “persons” was handed¬† down by Canada’s highest court of appeal ‚Äď the Judicial Committee of the Privy¬† Council of Great Britain ‚Äď on October 18, 1929. This gave women the right to be¬† appointed to the Senate of Canada and paved the way for women’s increased¬† participation in public and political life.” (From Status of Women Canada: Persons Day.)

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It may seem incomprehensible to us that women were not considered to be “persons”, at least under a strict definition of Canadian law prior to 1929.¬† The “Famous Five” led the fight all the way to the highest courts of the land to include women in the legal definition of “persons.”

“The exclusion of women from all public offices is a relic of days more barbarous than ours. And to those who would ask why the word¬† “person” should include females, the obvious answer is, why should it¬† not?”

–Lord Sankey of the Privy Council, 1929 (source)

Today we can celebrate that victory, and the slow but steady change in Canadian society towards equality for women.¬† We still have a long way to go, and sadly, in much the world, women are still denied equality, a “relic of days¬† more barbarous than ours.” Persons Day is a chance to celebrate how far we have come, and to reflect on how far we still need to go.