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Spartan Talk May 15, 2024

The nice warm weather has come with the start of the rugby season. Tryouts for all the different levels of teams took place over April. The junior girls, coached by David Furey, had an exhibition game on April 19 and another game on April 21. They were very successful, and it was a truly great start to their season.

During the first match, Kate Tannahill, Melanie Nat, and Elizabeth Renaud really stuck out and during the second game, Addison Wallace, Makayla Reid, and Mary Jane White played an outstanding game. Hailey Maxfield impressed everyone when she ran 60 metres and scored a try. Reagan Greenhalgh’s effort also stood out for the coach, who said that it’s looking like a truly great season. The girls are very enthusiastic about the sport, with 47 girls in the bantam and junior teams.

Bright and early on the morning of April 24, 46 Grade 10 students left for a four-day trip to Boston with Ms. Filiatrault, Ms. Evans, Ms. C. Rennie, and Ms. Marino. They had been anticipating this trip since late October, doing fundraisers like selling chocolate and bake sales.

This is the second year that the teachers have organized this trip. Before they would bring their students on a one-night trip to Ottawa; however, Ms. Filiatrault, who had never been to Boston and wanted to see it herself, thought it would be a wonderful experience for the students to explore a new city. She says that she wanted to organize this trip because she believes that kids deserve to be exposed to different places and environments. It also serves as a reward for all the hard work they did throughout the year.

Ms. Filiatrault says that it’s a great way to end the year with the students she’s had the pleasure of teaching. She enjoys visiting Harvard because she believes that it exposes kids to college and university life and could encourage them to pursue further studies by seeing the best of the best. She hopes that this trip will continue in the future, and that the community and students continue to support it and show interest.

The students really enjoyed the baseball game that they went to see on the second night. For many, it was their first and it was a unique experience. They loved having fun with the group and the teachers and were glad to have the opportunity to get to know each other outside of the school environment. They are happy to have had the chance to visit a different city, try new foods, create lasting memories, and many said that this made them want to travel more in the future.

 

CVR hosted a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Girls and Two Spirit+ people commemoration event on May 1 PHOTO Chateauguay Valley Regional High School

 

Last year, the Cedar Room was set up at CVR. It’s a space where students can learn about Indigenous cultures and this program offers resources to Indigenous students that require any kind of support. On May 1, Brittany Marlin and Donna Roberts organized a commemoration for Red Dress Day. This is a day to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit+ people in Canada. After the National Inquiry was done that found that the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women was significantly higher than women of any other background, a Métis artist, Jamie Black, created the Red Dress installation project in 2010. It was made of 600 red dresses in public places across Canada.

The ceremony at CVR was planned by a small group of students as well as Donna Roberts and Brittany Marlin. Thelma Nelson, Donna’s friend and an Indigenous elder, helped lead the ceremony. Ms. Harkness gave the land acknowledgement, then there was a Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving address given by students and Thelma did smudging (the practice of burning medicinal plants to purify the heart, mind, body, and spirit).

After, student Charlie Gauthier-Adams lit a qulliq (a traditional oil lamp of the Inuit people) and another student read the names of the missing Indigenous women of Quebec and Nunavut, which was followed by a moment of silence. The ceremony closed with a prayer said by Thelma and finished with refreshments of Bannock bread, jams, and tea.

For future activities, the Indigenous program would like to organize a beading activity, which they have been wanting to do since last year. They also want to keep doing the Red Dress Day ceremony every year.

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