M.S.S. kids in the halls

The school has had a few busy weeks, but with hunting season starting, many students took a day or two away from school to try their luck in the great outdoors. Even though there may have been several students missing, class activities still proceeded with only two months left in the semester.

The Christmas craft sale was a success, and there were more than 20 booths selling knitting, baked goods, pottery, jewellery, and much more. Members of the senior band played Christmas music for the enjoyment of the buyers and the vendors. Hockey player and SHARE elves were on hand to help vendors with their set-up.

SHARE/Go-Green has been working hard to reach their $10,000 goal to build a school in Haiti. The group has been selling items from Hawberry Farms at lowered prices. This includes hot chocolate mixes, hot sauces, jams, jellies, sugar free marmalades, popcorn seasoning, vinaigrettes, and other oils and local foods. These offer Islanders a choice of locally-sourced holiday gifts, and a portion of sales have an international impact. At the Christmas Craft Sale, SHARE/Go-Green had a silent auction set up outside the gym doors, so that shoppers could bid on great items donated by Manitoulin businesses. All the proceeds from the silent auction are helping SHARE change the world.

On Thursday, vocal specialist Dr. David Buley, a music professor at Laurentian University, went to the Vocal Group rehearsal and helped them with their timing. He even got them started on some new songs. He conducted the group of singers, and showed them new techniques for learning music. Dr. Buley showed the group how to count along with the conductor without distracting the audience, and he also showed the singers how to hit higher notes by tightening their neck muscles and vocal chords.

Last Wednesday, a group of 15 Grade 12 students joined 300 other students from Rainbow Board at Silver City in Sudbury to see a live broadcasting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet from the Barbican Theatre in London, England. The production starred Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock Holmes fame. Rebecca Dawson, a Grade 12 student said, “The staging was really neat. The director’s choices for scene sequences and set were different from what I had seen before, but they were unique changes, and it gave the play a very cool feeling.”

The school is starting to think longingly about the upcoming holidays, and there are plenty of people wearing red and green already.

‘Til next time, stay golden, Mustangs.