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PSS Halloween Coffee House

On Thursday, October 23rd from 6pm to 9pm come to the PSS cafeteria for an awesome night filled with performances, free hot drinks and snacks available for purchase! Bring your friends and family to experience some amazing local talents. This is a great event for all members of the community and it is sure to be our best coffee house yet! We will have a table for donations for former student Joey Foster as he pursues his Olympic dreams in x-country skiing.

Sign up to donate food and perform at the Coffee House outside the cafeteria at lunch time throughout the month of October. The cost to enter is $2 with a mug AND your student card, $3 if you bring either one or $5 without. Search for our event on Facebook for details regarding draw prizes and contests!

 

Terry Fox Run a Huge Success

On Thursday, September 25th, PSS students and staff participated in our annual Terry Fox Run. The event was a great success and after calculating the total donations that PSS gathered, we discovered that we raised $359.58. Although we were short of our initial goal, a toonie for every PSS student, the money collected represents a sincere effort and appreciation for such a worthy cause, The Terry Fox Foundation. This foundation not only raises money for cancer research, but also strives to maintain and continue to recognize the heroic effort and integrity that Terry embodied.

 

With clear blue skies and accommodating temperatures, our school walk was enjoyed by all, rewarded with a huge thank you of snacks.  As well, congratulations to Mr. Mullin’s Grade 11 Chemistry class for raising the most money. Thank you to Mr. MacIsaac, Mrs. Lapp and Mr. McLaren and all the other teachers and students who helped make the day run as smoothly as it did. Thank you to everyone who donated and participated, you have all made someone’s life a little brighter. 

 

PSS Students do a GREAT Job at the "Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup"

On Saturday Sept. 27th a small, but dedicated, group of staff and students from PSS travelled to Christian Island to participate in the “Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup”.
Participants were up at 6 am, on the bus at 7, boarded the ferry for Christian Island at 8, and finally arrived at West Beach on the island by 9. There, they were joined by many community members from Christian Island. Together these folks set out to scour the beach for litter and debris. Over 200 pounds of litter was collected from more than 2 kilometres of beautiful West Beach .

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Mr. Thompson and Mr. Wilson would like to thank all the PSS students who participated, and also recognize the support of the Beausoleil First Nation Lands, Education, and Transportation departments who helped make this event a success. A special thanks goes out to Mr. MacIsaac for providing the bus for the day.

 

PSS Grade 9’s Kick off a Great Start to the Year

On Sept 9th the PSS grade 9’s participated in a day dedicated to getting to know one another and experiencing all things spirit that PSS has to offer. This was organized by the PSS Student Council.


The grade 9’s were each assigned a group to be a part of, the preps, goths, hippies or nerds and each group created skits and songs showing their spirit and creativity. In the morning the students presented their unique creations and participated in many competitive and exciting challenges. Some of these challenges included playing games such as “baby food roulette”, “dizzy sailor” and “people to people”. As well, a delicious BBQ was served to the students for lunch. Later in the day, the students headed down to the Penetanguishene dock where they boarded the Georgian Queen to enjoy an afternoon of boating on Georgian Bay while continuing with fun activities. Judging by the many smiles and laughter, the grade 9’s had a blast. Good luck in the rest of your grade 9 experience. We wish you the best both academically and socially for the year.

POET RIENZI CRUSZ VISITS PSS!

On Friday, June 6th, Ms Reilly’s 4th period English class enjoyed a private poetry reading with Rienzi Crusz, author of many volumes of poetry, including « Lord of the Mountain : the Sardiel Poems ». At 89 years old, Mr. Crusz is going strong. He read several of his poems to the class, turning ordinary objects such as an orange or a tuna sandwich into something completely different. The poem “Elegy for an Orange” certainly shook everyone up! One student commented: “I will never look at an orange the same way again”! 

Students also listened to poems about Sri Lanka’s own 19th century Robin Hood, Sardiel. He stole from the rich British plantation owners to give to poor, starving Sri Lankan peasants. He was a hero to some; a villain to others. Mr. Crusz helped bring him back to life. He entertained and hopefully inspired our students to write, and he taught us that poetry is about feelings and getting your message out.  It was an unforgettable and empowering experience. We look forward to next year’s visit!

PSS Home of the Math Masters

Penetanguishene Secondary School’s Thomas Riley, left, Jen St. Amant, Sabrina Maurice, Sophie Thomas, Emily Brooks and Andrea Schmitz participated in the recent Cayley math contest put on by the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing at the University of Waterloo.

The Grade 10 students’ scores earned them the No. 1 ranking in an area from Barrie to Collingwood to Parry Sound. The top three students on the PSS team were Schmitz, Thomas and Riley.

PSS Student Vanessa Kiraly models in Fashion Art Toronto Arts and Fashion Week 

Support the PSS Band with Mother's Day Flowers

All orders must be in by April 30th at 9am with payment either to the office or Ms. Charlebois. Thank you so much for your support of this worthy group of dedicated individuals.

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Easter Day!

Math Makes Students Feel Like Dancing!!

 

 

Easter Flower Sales

If you are interested in buying Easter flowers to help support the PSS Band then download the order form here and get it into the office by April 8th at 9 am. Thanks for your support.

 

PSS Spring Coffee House

On Wednesday April 30th from 6pm to 9pm come to the PSS cafeteria for an awesome night filled with performances, delicious hot drinks and baked goods! Bring your friends and family to experience some great P.S.S. talents. This is a great event for all members of the community and it is sure to be our best coffee house yet! Half of all proceeds will go towards the Karma Marketplace to help support the move to their new location in Port McNicoll. Sign up to perform or volunteer at the Coffee House, outside the cafeteria at lunch time throughout the month of April. The cost to enter is $2 with a mug AND your student card, $3 if you bring either one or $5 without. Search for our event on Facebook for details regarding draw prizes and contests!

 

BYOB- Bring Your Own Banana


PSS has coined the term BYOB in a new, exciting and safe way- Bring Your Own Banana! Their annual BYOB Day offered students the opportunity to bring their own bananas, pay a small fee and create their very own delicious sundae. The local police were on hand to help create approx.

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150 sundaes and to show support for the school's overall message of no drinking and driving. Half of the $252.00 proceeds will be donated to MADD (Mother's Against Drunk Driving) Canada, an organization that aims to stop impaired driving and support victims along the way. Great work PSS!

PSS Cross-Country Ski Team 5th in Ontario

The Penetanguishene Secondary School  cross-country ski team competed at the OFSAA provincial ski championship from February 24-26th in Timmins, Ontario. The PSS squad was competing against the best skiers from across the province. Tuesday saw the individual distance competition. Notable finishes were Elise Holt, 28th place in Junior Girls, Katharina Holt, 26th place in Senior Girls, and Gillian Hutton, 32nd in Senior Girls. William Holt placed in the top third of the Junior Boys category. 

Overall, the Senior Girls team (Anneli Desroches, Katharina Holt, Erin Hutton, Gillian Hutton, and Sarah Marshall) placed 7th in Ontario. Wednesday saw the team sprint relay event. The PSS Senior Girls team improved their standing by placing 5th in the team relays, just seconds behind the 4th place Collingwood Collegiate squad (AAAA school).  Parry Sound High School (A)) won the gold medal, Mayfield Secondary (AAAA) won the silver, and Glebe Collegiate placed 3rd (AAAA).  PSS was the second highest single A school in the provincial championships. Congratulations PSS Senior Girls!

PSS Ski Teams Headed to OFSAA

Congratulations to all members of both the Alpine Ski Team and Nordic Ski Team for competing in GBSSA championships last week! All athletes showed great determination and strength in their respective courses, a culmination of their hard work over the past semester. Several PSS students merited a ticket to compete in the OFSAA championships this upcoming week. PSS would like to recognize the Senior Girls Alpine Ski Team of Victoria Pryor, Erin Frey and Justine Woods for achieving a silver medal finish at the GBSSA championships and earning a spot in the upcoming OFSAA race. This year the race will be held close to home at Blue Mountain in Collingwood, a familiar and exciting course for the girls. For the Nordic Ski Team, Elise and William Holt qualified individually to continue on to OFSAA along with the 3rd ranked Senior Girls team of Katharina Holt, Gillian Hutton, Sarah Marshall, Anneli Desroches and Erin Hutton. These athletes are headed to Timmins next week to compete with some of the best racers in Canada. PSS wishes all the athletes good luck and support in these championships!

 

Red, White and Pink Day!