Advent Wreath and Candles.  source: Clemens PFEIFFER, Vienna (CC / wikimedia)

The Holiday Season in the western world has traditionally been synonymous with Advent, literally the period of expectation of an important arrival. For Christians the season of Advent is about the anticipation of Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Christ. In the Christian Church, on each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, candles are lit as symbols of Advent.

Be sure to check out our display of books for “Holidays and Holy Days!”

Jersey Day!

Celebrate the power of sport by wearing a jersey, sweater or uniform of one of your favourite teams today.  It is National Jersey Day in Canada, a chance to show off your team colours and recognize the powerful role that sports plays in our lives.  Sports bring us joy and escape. We learn so much about life from sports. Sport clearly impacts our physical health, but our mental, emotional and spiritual health also benefit. IMG_0730

Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Lee

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Two pop culture icons with Seattle connections were born on this day.

Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle in 1942. He would go on to become a rock superstar, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential guitar players of all time. He died far too young at age 27.  More on Jimi Hendrix.


Martial Arts legend Bruce Lee was born on this day in 1940 in San Francisco. He was raised in Hong Kong, and was buried in Seattle.  He also died much too young. He was only 32.  More on Bruce Lee.

Holidays and Holy Days

American Thanksgiving marks the unofficial start to the “Holiday Season” in the United States and in Canada. As the days become shorter and weather gets worse, we prepare for many weeks of festivals, parties and celebrations. ¬†Some of these are religious in nature while many are secular. ¬†It is a month of Holidays and Holy Days.

Come down to the school library to join us as we celebrate this wonderful time of the year. Check out our displays related to Christmas and the many other holidays of the winter including Kwanzaa, Yule, Hanukkah, New Year and more. And come back here to see more online as we celebrate “Holidays and Holy Days.”


Andrew Carnegie

On this day in 1835, Andrew Carnegie was born. He would go on to become the “richest man in the world.” A controversial figure, many criticize the manner in which he amassed his wealth. However, he is also one of the most prolific philanthropists in history, having given away more than $350 million in his lifetime. He is best known for the establishment of more than 2500 public libraries throughout the world. The millions he gave away in his lifetime continues to do good work right up to the present, accounting for billions of dollars of philanthropy.

Carnegie Centre, Vancouver
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International Games Day @ Your Library!

Friday, November 14 was International Games Day @ Your Library. Nearly 400 Lord Tweedsmuir students joined in with students in school libraries all over the world on Friday, and public libraries on almost every continent on Saturday, to celebrate the educational power and lasting fun of games!

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Thanks to the following teachers for bringing your classes in: Ms. Mason, Mr. Solari, Ms. Kim, Ms. Overgaard, Mr. Masi, Ms. Kim, and Ms. Stea.


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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 November 17,18 and 21. As such, the room will be closed to all drop-in and study block students, as well as to all male staff.

Remembrance Day

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At Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary today we have our annual assemblies to observe Remembrance Day. We honour the memory of those Canadians who have fallen in war.  We do not celebrate or glorify war, but we pay respect to those that have paid the terrible costs of war.

This coming weekend will be a long weekend for students, a chance for rest and However, it is important to remember that Remembrance Day is not one of the those holidays that is just an excuse for a long weekend. Please take some time over these next few days to reflect on what Remembrance Day is all about. And on Monday, plan to take some time to honour those that have died and those that have served. Whether you attend a ceremony in person, or check out the television coverage of the ceremony in Ottawa, take some time for Remembrance.