Catholic Schools Week

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A humorous bit of self promotion by the school’s temporary “principal” on Twisted Tuesday

 

Catholic schools are unique communities with different personal and cultural values than the corresponding communities found in public schools. cs

 

To celebrate the uniqueness of our schools, Catholic Schools Week has become an annual event that builds an appreciation of the educational achievements and spiritual benefits of attending a Catholic school. It acknowledges the many teachers and students who work in these schools, and celebrates the opportunities that Catholic Schools have to offer.

 

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Catholic Schools Week for 2016 ran from Monday, February 8 to Friday, February 12.

 

 

The Catholic Schools Week celebrations at IHMS began on Monday with a collection of 10 different team based activities called “Winter Fest”. Half of these activities took place outdoors on the school playground while the other half took place indoors. There were 10 different teams, each wearing a unique team colour, and each team contained students from every grade from K-8. Since there were 10 teams and 10 activities, each team spent a few minutes on a particular activity before moving on to the next.

 

Outdoor Activities
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Outdoor Activity 2
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Outdoor Activity 3
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Outdoor Activity 4
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At the halfway point, there was a short break in order to allow the outdoor teams and the indoor teams to trade places. Students needed this time to either change into or out of their outdoor clothing. The activities continued after this 10 minute break.

 

Indoor Activities
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Indoor Activity 4
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Indoor Activityy 5
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Tuesday was “Twisted Tuesday”, where each IHMS staff member was switched into a different position for the first period in the morning. The students loved having a different teacher for 35 minutes!

 

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Some of the IHMS  staff members having a good time working (or sometimes “not working”) on a different job position on Twisted Tuesday

 

On Wednesday, everyone gathered the gym to watch a spirited game of  staff vs. students dodgeball. The staff won, in part because of some deadly accurate shots by Mr. Fil!

 

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A few photos of Wednesday’s teacher-student dodgeball game

 

Thursday was a NUT day, in this case “Pyjama Day” where students were encouraged to come to school dressed in their pyjamas. In addition, everyone gathered in the gym that morning to watch a movie (“Home”) projected on the gym wall. Chips and juiceboxes were provided to the students.

 

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Students and staff watching the movie “Home” in the gym on Thursday morning

Friday, February 12th, the last day of Catholic Schools Week, was an inservice day for the teachers at St. Paul’s High School. While IHMS teachers (and teachers from other Catholic schools) were busy attending the inservice, students had a day off from school. Since the following Monday was a holiday – Louis Riel Day – it was a long 4 day weekend for the students and a great way to finish off a fun and exciting week!

 

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