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.
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.
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!