Basketball Marathon 2016 Overview

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Now, a lot of you may have noticed the posters around the school regarding the upcoming basketball marathon.  To provide some more information about it:  the basketball marathon is an annual charity fundraiser planned by the Social Justice Club and International Mindedness club to raise money for the Sign of Hope (social justice) and Hope for Malawi (IM) .Players are split into two teams (depending on the charity they wish to support) and play basketball for twelve hours in order to support this cause. To get involved, you must have a pledge form with a minimum of seventy-five dollars raised.

Not into basketball, but want to support the causes? You still can! This year the IM club will also be introducing a games tournament room that will run in a similar fashion. To participate, you must also raise a minimum of seventy-five dollars.

Be on the lookout for the pledge forms after spring break, and a reminder that the Basketball marathon will be on April 22!

Dog of the Month: Athena

Amanda Brooks, Staff Writer

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The honour of Dog of the Month had been bestowed on Athena! Named after the goddess of wisdom, Athena is a three-month-old German Shepherd with an intense passion for playtime. For her young age, as her name suggests, she’s got wits, already mastering some basic tricks! She has a load of energy and an ardent love for her humans. Athena is a perfect little pup, with the exception of the various Aloe Vera plants she’s tried to devour. As she’s still learning the ropes of life itself, this pupper is doing an excellent job thus far. Give it three more months and she’ll outwit me. I am beginning to wonder if she is an actual reincarnation of Athena herself. She has this godlike poise about her…

Good Friday

Paola Andrade, Staff Writer

On the 25th of this month, Christians around the world will commemorate the crucifixion of Christ. Yes, you guessed it: it’s Good Friday.

You may be wondering why Good Friday falls in March this year, when last year it was in April. Or maybe you are shouting “Liar” at the top of your lungs… but I assure you, it’s the truth. The day on which we celebrate it depends on Easter, which changes every year. To be precise, it takes place on the Friday before Easter Sunday.

Now, a lot of people wonder why Good Friday is called “good” when it was the day that Jesus Christ perished. The etymology of the word solves the mystery. On one side, some believe it is good because it led to the Resurrection of Jesus. On another, it is thought that it is called “good” because it derives from “God,” and the festivity was originally named God’s Friday. However, linguists strongly disagree with this idea. They insist that English-speaking Christians seem to look for a relationship between the words “good” and “God” where there is absolutely none. The one explanation linguists seem to agree upon is that “god” originates from “holy,” which would make perfect sense because there was, initially, a Good Wednesday that was modified to Holy Wednesday.  Continue reading

March’s Musical of the Month: Matilda

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If you remember Roald Dahl’s books from your childhood- The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches– this show will bring back beloved memories. If you don’t, it will open up a whole new world. Matilda the Musical, adapted by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin, is a gem of a new show, smart, hilarious and touching.  It stars precocious 5-year-old Matilda, whose extraordinary intelligence and imagination allow her to fight her way out of an apathetic home life and rescue her school from a tyrannous principal.  It opened in London in 2011 and on Broadway in 2013, winning seven Olivier awards and 5 Tonys.  It has a quintessentially British charm, but its playful sweetness and tender depictions of childhood and growing up are universal. Musical highlights include Matilda’s philosophy, ‘Naughty’, the epic dance number ‘Loud’ performed by her mother, and the gorgeously resonant Act 2 opener, ‘When I Grow Up’.

One of the best things about this show is the star opportunities it gives to amazing young performers. The role of Matilda is rotated between four actresses aged 9-11; she carries the show so much that eight performances a week would be impossible. This show also brought the incredible Lesli Margherita to Broadway, for which we are eternally grateful.  (If you’re ever bored, watch her vlogs here. They’re hilarious. )  This is a great show for kids, but also so much more. With an intelligent book, delicately beautiful score and wicked sense of humour, it seems likely to run on Broadway for a long time, and definitely deserves a listen.

Teachers’ Convention 2016

Katie Lin, Staff Writer

Typically, teachers’ convention is a super-long weekend for students to relax and take a break from loads of schoolwork. But has anyone ever wondered what teachers’ convention is actually about? What do the teachers do?

Out of curiosity, Macsource has decided to interview four teachers (Mr. Zdunich, Mrs. Petrovic, Miss Williams and Mr. Kriese) on what they think teachers’ convention is about, what they like and dislike about it, and their favourite memories or experiences associated with it.

Teachers’ convention, as described by all of them, is a great opportunity for teachers to become “students” again and explore new topics, selecting the sessions that they wish to attend. In other words, the concept is similar to what we call “flex sessions” at Mac; the only difference is that teachers’ convention lasts for two days, and is located at the Shaw Conference Centre downtown. Once a year, teachers from Edmonton, Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park and  Fort McMurray gather at the conference centre and attend this convention. Although this event provides a wide variety of sessions and topics, some of the main objectives are  professional development and learning new teaching techniques. This is achieved by inviting speakers in to talk about their personal experiences, and giving teachers new insights on teaching, or even humanity and world views. It is also a chance for them to relax and meet with their colleagues and other teachers. Continue reading