Aussie X

Next week from Tuesday May 8th to Thursday May 10th, the XMovement team that brought us XDance is back with AussieX. Our Family Sports Night will be May 10th from 6-7:30pm

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Pause to PLAY

This morning at the Character Assembly we honoured students for their HONESTY and shared about this months’ trait of INTEGRITY.  At the assembly it was mentioned that we are participating in the PAUSE to PLAY with York Region.  Have a look at the attached document to see how you can support this at home.  The beautiful weather has arrived and we hope you can take advantage of it.

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Earth Rangers

This week we had a fun and interactive presentation from Earth Rangers. Students met animals and heard about ways we can protect our earth and the animals. Students in grades K-6 were challenged with doing something in their community to take action to protect animals.

Junior Boys Basketball

On Thursday, April 26, the Junior Boys Basketball team competed in the all-day Area West tournament at Thornlea Secondary School. The first game of the tournament was the most exciting one of the day as the Mavericks faced off against the Westminster Wildcats. The boys were still waking up as they found themselves down 4-16 at halftime. A defensive pep talk from coach Lieberman got the boys riled up as they limited the Wildcats to only 2 points in the second half as they mounted what would be a miraculous comeback for the ages. The kids from the other schools starting chanting “Mavericks, Mavericks,” as they witnessed the comeback of the year. With only 4 seconds left in the game the Mavericks tied the score at 18-18 and forced overtime. The support and energy from the crowd helped the boys complete the miracle as they scored the winning basket with only 2 seconds left in overtime. It was truly amazing. The boys were riding too big of a high when they faced off against the strong squad from Frechette shortly after their big win. In other words, Frechette got the win. In their third game, which was a playoff qualifier, they got another shot at Willowbrook, who beat them by only one point in an exhibition game merely a couple weeks ago. The boys played a strong game from start to end and walked off the court with a 28-24 win; eliminating Willowbrook, and advancing to the quarter finals. Unfortunately, in the quarter finals they ran into the reigning champs from Yorkhill who took care of business and ended the Mavericks inspiring run. Both coach Chu and coach Lieberman are proud of the hard work every single Jr. Maverick put into every practice and every game. “It was a successful and very memorable season!” – Coach Lieberman.

Play Partners

Yesterday, some of the grade 5-8’s participated in a program to learn leadership roles to play cooperative games with primary students at recess. They were very enthusiastic and enjoyed learning the different games together. We will be launching our PLAY program in May at lunch recesses! We look forward to all the fun the students are going to have together. Our hope is that we encourage relationships while teaching our students games and activities to play outside. Inclusion and participation are things we want to foster for everyone.

Together We’re Better!

Today, some students from grade 7 attended the Together We’re Better Youth Leadership Conference at Bill Crothers Highschool. They learned the impact one voice could have on making changes, and why it’s important to stand up for what’s right. Through musical performances, diverse guest presenters and storytelling, they explored the true meaning behind equity, diversity and inclusion. They learned the impact many voices can have together along with 1200 of their peers and hope to bring this learning back to GMPS, because TOGETHER we can impact change for all!

Colour Houses start TOMORROW

Hey Mavericks!

Apologies for the late post – so please don’t worry if you can’t make it work for tomorrow….BUT…we are starting our Colour Houses at German Mills tomorrow afternoon.  Each student has been put into a Colour House, or Team – and we are having a kick off assembly in the afternoon.  If you know what colour your child has been put into, we ask that you send them to school wearing something that has that colour.  We will be working with our teams to build cheers and chants to energize and encourage the group.

Colour Houses are ways to continue to build team and school spirit.  They are also an opportunity for students from K-8 to mix together and learn from and with each other.  It will improve our sense of belonging, encourage collaboration, add fun to the school and more!  As we roll out this initiative, more information will be provided.