Monday, 30 January 2012

Come to the Gala!

One of the wonderful things about our Beacon community is the word community. We are so blessed to have a community of wonderful parents who support what happens at Beacon! We are also so blessed to have community members who also support and love this school! Working and caring together is what makes our community a great place to be!

Our dinner fundraiser is one way that you can support Beacon. Why not call the school today to find a spot at a table or book your own table. If you've never come before, make this the year to try it out and enjoy the fellowship of our community while support Beacon! See you there!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

The Blanket Exercise

Understanding can lead to compassion, and it starts by walking in someone else's moccasins, at least enough to squirm a little.

The Grade 7/8's at Beacon spent some time doing just that.

 As part of the Canadian History unit, Steve van de Hoef, a representative of the Christian Reformed Church of North America led the classes in a Blanket Exercise, where the blankets are used to represent the land of Canada.

As historical events occurred, blankets were folded, moved,

 taken or infected with various diseases affecting the First Nations people living on the land. 

Through this exercise students got a better sense of what the Indian Act meant, what residential schools did and what reservations are. 

Using quotes from various First Nations people, students achieved some understanding of the impact of the choices they are studying now in history and its long lasting impact, still felt today.

Click here for more information on the blanket exercise.

Monday, 16 January 2012

An Evening With the Dogs

In December, the students at Beacon were invited to sing the national anthem at an Ice Dogs game.

 Everyone was also invited to a pre-game skate in the Ice Dogs' ice.

Then the students nevously but excitedly lined up backstage in preparation for their debut!

We were welcomed on the jumbotron. And then it was time!

The students sang their hearts out in an amazing accappella version of "Oh Canada". They did such a wonderful job! Many wonderful comments were made by the staff of the arena and from strangers on the enthusiasm and effort of our singers. What a great opportunity to be a beacon in our local community.
Well done!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

A Stupendous Scientific Surprise!

Our students in Grades 1-6 were treated to a suprise visit from "Steve Saturn", a scientist from Mad Science  on Thursday afternoon.

Steve Saturn brought many marvelous demonstrations for our students to observe and experience first hand. And the students were enthralled!

He changed solids to liquids, liquids to gases and gases to solids. He intrigued us with the states and properties of matter. He marveled with us at the amazing order of the world around us.

There is a song that also declares the goodness of God's world around us. We celebrate this every day at Beacon because every inch belongs to Him!

Classrooms and labs, loud boiling test tubes,
sing to the Lord a new song!

Athlete and band, loud cheering people,
sing to the Lord a new song!

(don't you love the facial expressions?)


 He has done marvelous things!

I too will praise Him with a new song!