Percy Jackson Party!

A Percy Jackson themed party took place in the library recently and it was filled with competition, laughter and stomachs full of pizza. It was led by Aisling, Henri, Aitor and Shawn.

The group was split up into teams for a quiz on the book series which led to arguments on who really was the ultimate Percy Jackson fan. Teams Hermes, Poseidon and Athena got into the next round of competition.

The powerful gods and goddesses had a snack break while the stations were being set up. In the next round there was – pin the eye on the cyclops, three headed dog and ambrosia bobbing.

Although the children were disgusted by the other players spit in the water, they powered through and Hermes even bobbed 8 “ambrosia” (AKA apples)!

In the end, team Athena won the competition! Congratulations!

To celebrate we watched the first Percy Jackson movie while eating Pizza and drinking blue Calpis.

It was very fun and we hope to see you at the next Library party!

It’s a Party in the Library!

Dragons spent their summer reading all over the globe, and last Friday we got together in the library to celebrate a summer of reading. There were delicious snacks from Dragon Dining; raffle prizes of pencils, notebooks, bookstore gift cards and lunch in the library; and fun activities and discussions to fill our time. Let’s keep this enthusiasm for reading going all year!

Check our Facebook and Instagram later this week to see the results of our green screen session where students posed with the covers of their favorite books from the summer.


Library Council LockIn

Congratulations to Aisling, Amelia, Justin and Vivien for hosting a successful library LockIn recently. The library council members ran an adventure themed evening filled with awesome activities, delicious food and of course, reading!

We definitely appreciated Ms. Urqhardt’s help. She kicked off the evening with a survival scenario team activity, where students had to prioritize which items would be most important if they were stranded after a plane crash.

There were make your own kebabs for dinner. Big thanks to Mr. Broughton for spending the night AND manning the barbecue.

After dinner we had a very intense game of glow in the dark Capture the Flag. Our unique campus made for excellent competition.

Vivien led the masses in a wild game of Werewolf, as students tried to figure out who was the predator and who was the prey. It got wild. 🙂

After an evening of fast paced fun and adventure, it was time to settle in for some reading time before sleep. Students shared their favorite adventure stories with each other and then crawled in to sleeping bags to read before “sleep”.

In the morning, in true survival fashion, students cooked their own breakfast of pancakes on the grill (inside hollowed out oranges!) and S’mores, everyone’s favorite breakfast food.

As always, the library LockIn was an amazing evening of adventure themed fun. Thank you to all the students and adults who worked together to make this happen. We hope to see you next year!

Researching Baroque Music

Giovanni Paolo Panini [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Reading about Baroque period musical instruments

Grade 8 Music is currently researching the Baroque period of music, which, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica, was “one of the most dramatic turning points in the history of music” when it began in Italy in 1600.

Need resources for this? Visit our Grade 8 Baroque Music LibGuide. There are library books, tutorials for Encyclopaedia Britannica and Oxford Music Online, resources for citations and paraphrasing and more.

Oxford Music Online is an outstanding resource for music related research. Learn more about how to navigate it by watching this 8 minute tutorial.

“Baroque music.” Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 19 Aug. 2016. Accessed 20 Feb. 2017.