Megan Macasaet: Hello! Let’s start with, what is your name, grade, and role? Could you give a brief description of your role, without giving too much away?
Navneet Chand: Hi! My name is Navneet Chand, I’m currently in Grade 12, and I star as the character Fred Graham in Kiss Me Kate. Fred Graham is an all-around superman that lives, breathes, and sleeps theatre. The title of the show, Kiss Me Kate, actually comes from one of his lines to his ex-wife, the female lead—Lilli Vanessi. Lilli plays Katherine in his up and coming musically-morphed production of The Taming of the Shrew in which he plays Katherine’s love interest, Petruchio.
MM: What do like about your role and what do you hope to bring to it?
NC: Fred Graham is a very multifaceted character, his range of emotions and passions drives me to be excited every rehearsal. I hope to present all those levels of Fred’s being to the audience by displaying that there is more to this writer, producer, director, actor, and superman than just a smug grin. Continue reading →
As you may or may not know, Peer Support is a group of students who aim to raise the morale and engage the student body in high school events that occur throughout the school year such as; the White Ribbon initiative, Mental Health Month and Smile Because You’re Beautiful. With the theme being hope and mercy, the Peer Support team recently went on their yearly overnight retreat from September 29th to the 30th. Here’s a recap of all of the bonding and team-building that happened for those of us who weren’t able to be there, as well as a little preview of what’s to come this school year! Continue reading →
The Peer Support team of Archbishop MacDonald is behind events such as Mental Health Month (alternatively known as Stomp on Stigma), Smile Because You’re Beautiful and Academic Success. When spring rolls around, Mac’s Peer Support team begins a process of recruiting new members to replace the graduating grade 12s. These members are recruited during the tail end of their grade 10 year, and each member is expected to stay committed to the Peer Support team throughout their remaining two years of high school.
In April, current members of the Peer Support team circulated around grade 10 classes to hand out forms to those interested in joining. These forms give Mrs. Laplante and Mrs. Reeves (the teacher leaders of Peer Support) an idea of who an individual is, and each individual will be called for a face-to-face interview in early May with the teacher leaders and two or three current Peer Support members. Individuals will then be informed by the teacher leaders if they had made it into Peer Support, one to two weeks after the interview.
The 2016 interviews for grade 10 Peer Support candidates will commence on Thursday, May 12 and continue until Wednesday, May 18.
If you have any questions regarding Peer Support, do not hesitate to approach Mrs. Laplante, Mrs. Reeves, or any of the Peer Support members in the hallways.
As we all know, Fort McMurray is in an emergency situation as a massive forest fire rips down people’s homes, businesses and entire lives. The sudden change of wind direction as well as dry conditions has caused a fire just outside the city to quickly spread inside the city limits. The people of Fort McMurray were forced to evacuate their homes without having the chance to grab their personal belongings. In light of these traumatic events, we’re asking the students of Archbishop MacDonald to bring in items to help support the people of Fort McMurray who have lost so much in these past few days.
We’re asking for the following:
Toiletries (such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes)
Donating blood to Canadian Blood Services will help a great deal to victims of this crisis
Any financial donations can be brought to the business office, or you can donate $5 by texting “REDCROSS” to 30333. Alberta and Federal governments will match the donations made to Red Cross.
Any donations will help- let’s come together as a Mac community and support the people of Fort McMurray. #AlbertaStrong
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!
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 →
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 →
Over the span of three days, students from varying schools across Edmonton, Spruce Grove, Fort McMurray and even BC came down to the University of Alberta for the High School Model United Nations (HSMUN) event. Students were split into committees and assumed the role of delegates representing their countries. The basic run-down: there are topics in which different committees discuss and debate, and it comes down to voting on the best resolution for the problem at hand. You can read more about the event itself here.
I would like to start off by congratulating Kelsey Fortier in Grade 12, who won the award for Best Speaker in her committee, DISEC (The Disarmament and International Security Committee) when representing Israel. As well, Lochlann Kerr won Best Speaker for his participation in WHO (World Health Organization), also representing Israel. The students sent to this simulation were nothing short of amazing. Students were always actively involved, raising their placards to debate and running around to help with resolution papers. Students from everywhere just showed so much passion and interest to be here at HSMUN. Everyone worked hand in hand to make this the most authentic experience possible for all those participating. People stuck by their foreign policies and developed allies, as well as (not going to lie) a couple of enemies. Many delegates worked their tails off to get resolutions passes, merge papers, form alliances and become the negotiator of a lifetime. Continue reading →
February 2016 marks Canada’s 20th anniversary for Black History Month. This may sound momentous for us, but in reality America has us beat this one time. So the question is this: why did it take so long for Canada to recognize the black Canadians that created the multicultural nation that we live in today? Though we may not have an answer to that, we do know that without the life-long endeavours of Canadians such as Viola Desmond and Michaëlle Jean, Canada would not be what it is today.
Viola Desmond was a young Canadian entrepreneur living in the Maritimes. One night, she decided to go to the movies. She wanted a good seat close to the screen, but she was banned from that section because she was black. Continue reading →