Students and staff at MSS are remembering the past to create a better future. On Wednesday, November 9, 27 students attended the National WE Day in Ottawa. WE Day is a day full of motivational speakers and musical performances. This year the event was hosted by Jully Black, Chloe Wilde, Tyrone Edwards and Maripier Morin at the Canadian Tire Centre. Some of the performers and speakers included Hedley, Classified, Celebrity Marauders, Paula Abdul, Rick Hansen, Craig and Marc Kielburger, Spencer West, Margaret Trudeau and Annie Bartlett. To add to the excitement, there were several surprise guests: Tom Jackson, Gord Downie, Mike Downie, Pearl Achneepineskum, Daisy Munroe and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The speakers talked about hope, love, reconciliation, and unity, all in the spirit of making a difference.
Two new campaigns were introduced at WE Day: We are Canada and #Make150Count. The goal of the We Are Canada campaign is to “Mobilize young people and create the Canada of tomorrow.” This campaign is a partnership between the Federal Government and the WE charity. #Make150Count is a campaign through RBC. Representatives from RBC were at WE Day to invite young Canadians to #Make150Count. RBC is encouraging young people to make a difference in their communities by offering them $150 and asking them to do something great with it.
Mason Golder, a Grade 11 student who attended WE Day, said, “The trip was excellent. It was nice to be around all the other world-changers in our school and province. My favourite speakers would have to be either Margaret Trudeau or Annie Bartlett. Both of them were amazing speakers, bringing light to the fact that no illness, either mental in Ms. Trudeau’s case, or physical, in Ms. Bartlett’s, can stop them from being people. My favourite thing about the trip was the bus ride home, because everyone was discussing ways we could impact our school and our communities as a result of the show.”
Some ideas that the group came up with on the way home were to start a pen pal program to reach out to remote communities in the North, simple things like playing thought-provoking videos and empowering music in the school, a plan to plant 150 trees around the school to celebrate 150th birthday, to have a Manitoulin Reads campaign to raise awareness about residential schools, an ambitious goal of hosting a WE Day Manitoulin, and many other ideas.
Battery Drive to Save Lives is taking place all this week during mornings and at lunchtimes. This project is a win4 because it keeps poison out of our Earth, recycles precious medals, provides zinc supplements to children in need, and raises money for Free the Children projects in Kenya.
The Remembrance Day ceremony at MSS gave students, staff, and community members the opportunity to honour those who gave sacrifice for their country. The poignant ceremony was organized by Ms. Ferguson and Mr. Theijsmeijer. Josh Noble, Yohana Ogbamichael and April Torkopolous introduced memorial videos and performances. Eden Beaudin and Alicia Williamson read the Manitoulin Honour Roll and Mr. Wiwchar shared his family connection to Remembrance Day. Staff, students, and guests honoured the two minutes of silence and reflected on the sacrifices made by soldiers and their families. Bailie Desroches, a Grade 12 student, said, “I thought the Remembrance Day ceremony was a huge success and truly honoured the memory of the locals that fought for our country and gave their lives for us.”
The MSS Mustangs athletics have been very busy. The boys’ volleyball team hosted the NSSSA Championship, winning and then qualifying for NOSSA. NOSSA will also be hosted by MSS. The girls’ volleyball tryouts have begun, with close to 30 girls trying out for the junior team. The boys’ basketball tryouts have also begun.
‘Til next time, stay golden, Mustangs.