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Author & Photo Credits: Byron Luk
It was a beautiful day in Vaughan, as the St. Brother Andre Cross Country team took part in the Sacred Heart Invitational on Wednesday, October 12th at Boyd Park. The meet consisted of 77 schools, and a total of 1770 runners; 18 of them representing SBA. The races ranged in length from 3000m and 5000m for the midget girls and boys, 4000m and 6000m for the junior girls and boys, as well as the 5000m and 7000m for the senior boys and girls. There were plenty of nerves and excitement from the runners as they readied themselves for the very challenging Boyd Park course that lied ahead.
The team arrived at the park early in the morning to set up their equipment, scout the course, and warm up for their race. Plenty of butterflies filled the runners stomach’s, as they looked to proudly represent their school. The hills and slopes of Boyd Park proved to be very tricky, but no match for SBA, as we finished in an impressive 12th out of 77 schools. Our very own, Sean Wu finished in an outstanding 20th place out of 275 runners in the Senior Boys 7000m, which helped guide SBA to it’s impressive finish, led by Ms. Salvino and Mr. Kelly. The coaches are incredibly proud of their runners and encourage them to keep practicing.
A big congrats and good luck to the coaches and team, as SBA look to build on their cross country success when they return to Boyd Park on Tuesday, October 18th to take part in the YRAA meet.
On Friday, April 22, SBA students participated in the B-Strong Walk in support of brain tumor research. Students and staff walked a 5 km route around the neighbourhood to raise awareness for this worthy cause, which was started by Lindsey Bolger, a former SBA student who died of brain cancer.
In the weeks leading up to the walk, SBA students sold B-Strong merchandise and raised money. In addition, some of our students, as well as Mr. Pivato and Mr. Bolger, visited Lindsay’s former doctor at Princess Margaret Hospital. Our students were incredibly dedicated and raised a total of $8,000 in support of B-Strong.
To celebrate our school’s dedication to the cause, we will have a civvies day on Thursday, May 5.
The 11th annual B-Strong walk in Markham was held on Sunday, April 24. For more information about B-Strong, visit http://www.bstrong.ca.
On Thursday, April 7, SBA’s annual fundraiser for Ayni, BandAid, showcased our students’ awesome talents, and raised much needed funds for a great cause.
BandAid was brought to you by Luke 4:18 in order to support Ayni, a charity founded by one of our teachers, Ms. Orsi. This is what Ms. Orsi had to say about the night:
On February 22, SBA’s Mock Trial Team competed in the York Region Judge’s Cup competition. This year’s competition featured 19 high school teams from around York Region. The competition involves teams arguing, in front of judges from the Ontario Court of Justice, a case both as Defence and Crown. Our team , lead by Esther Law, won the second of their two trials. Although our team did not advance to the finals, one of the team’s members, Tanya Raveebdran, did receive an award for outstanding witness!
(For more information about this competition, please visit http://ojen.ca/oocmt/york)
On Thursday, February 11 our OSAID executive team attended the annual POWER Conference at the Catholic Education Centre. Our OSAID execs, in collaboration with other YCDSB OSAID groups, participated in a number of activities focused on raising awareness about the dangers of impaired driving. OSAID treasurer, Byron Luk said, “I feel more empowered and ready to bring the information I learned today back to the St. Brother Andre community.”