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Vol. 4 Issue No. 13 ~ April 9, 2010
Spring Open House & IB Art Show
A sample of artwork by Rachel MacLean, S3.
On April 15, the Silver Art Studio will have a special art display for visitors to our Open House and invited guests. The IB Art lll Exhibit & Reception is a showcase of the art work by S3 IB Art lll students Rachel Hart, Kathleen MacDougall, and Rachel MacLean. The reception is hosted that evening for these students and their families, teachers, and other guests to celebrate following their examination presentation earlier that day.

Our Spring Open House is less than one week away, and all HGS families are invited to spread the word.

Thursday, April 15, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.,
and by afternoon appointment, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

If you know of someone who is interested in sending a child to the Grammar School, we would be pleased to invite them. Please have them call Ann Marie Kent in the Admissions Office, 431-8550, or email
The Evolution of Math With A Grammar Twist
At the Halifax Grammar School, we don’t just implement change for the sake of change. Nor do we integrate a new program or adjust an old program just because someone said we should or because everyone else is doing it. Instead, we implement change only after research, discussion, debate, testing, and then more discussion.

We implement change when change makes sense.

This is how the change to Middle School math is happening. The “talk” involving a change to the Middle School math curriculum began over a year ago following the implementation of a new math program in the Prep School in September 2009.

To read more click here
You can also visit our website
Math Results Outstanding!
Congratulations HGS and all the participants in this year's Canadian National Mathematics League contest. Halifax Grammar School ranked Number One in the region in the Grade 6, 7, and 8 contests.

Individually, we had top 10 positions in all three divisions.

M2 Standings
1st Place: David Baldridge, Tom Fraser
3rd Place: Chris Jiang
8th Place: Ben Grantmyre, Simon Law

M3 Standings
1st Place: Seasy Huang
7th Place: Sara Jovanovic, Alister Knox

M4 Standings
1st Place: BJ Spurr
2nd Place: Lucy Morgan, Jaehoon Noh, Richard Waller
6th Place: Jake Megaffin
10th Place: Ellie Morum

Thanks for representing Grammar in fine style.

The Math League has Math Contests for Grades 4 through 8 with more than one million students from the United States and Canada participating each year.
German Contest
The German Consulate in Montreal organizes a German contest every year. Almost all HGS students who take German in S1 and S2 participated in the written test and competed against students from the Parkview Education Centre in Bridgewater and King's Edgehill School.

The Nova Scotia finalists were: Mark Flowerdew, Alex Chun, Meaghan McTiernan, Amanda Stanton, and Colin Vandenhof.

They wrote an excellent exam and were invited to the next round: the oral exam. They competed against students from all Atlantic Provinces and Quebec. The representative from the German consulate in Montreal, Anja Mengewein, was very impressed with all five of them.

Mark Flowerdew and Alex Chun placed first and second and won a trip. They will travel to Germany in August for four weeks and will visit Munich, Berlin, Cologne, Bonn, and many other cities. Congratulations!
HGS Presents "As You Like It", by William Shakespeare
original artwork by
Annie Ha, M2
They brought you Romeo and Juliet. They brought you Much Ado About Nothing. They brought you The Merchant of Venice. And now, the more than 40 members of the Middle School Drama Club bring you As You Like It, a comic tale of squabbling brothers, wise fools, a heartbroken shepherd, and a pair of cousins who must adopt a new identity in the forest because of an evil Duke.

This is one of the few middle school groups that presents full-length versions of Shakespeare’s plays, and they rehearse all year long to do so. The audience size is limited to approximately 110 seats, so buy your ticket soon!

Thursday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 1, 2 p.m.

Meinertzhagen Theatre, 945 Tower Road
Tickets at the Door or in advance from Mrs. Nowe, TRC reception.

$10 Regular Admission
$5 Students & Seniors

Gallery of Past Productions.
Greece: The Experience Of A Lifetime!
During March Break, 32 members of the M5 class, and three of the S1 class, were fortunate enough to travel to Greece. After months of exciting waiting, and very stressful planning by Mme. Danford, we boarded our first plane on March 11. We were accompanied by Mr. J.P. Ellis, Ms. Ann Marie MacNeil, Mme. Julie Danford, and Moka Case.

While we waited for our first connecting flight, we enjoyed a day trip showing us the wonders of Montreal. Next, we stopped in Zurich for a few hours in the early morning and, finally, arrived in Athens, where we would see unbelievable wonders.

Oliver Falvey, M5

Read the complete story, click here.

Enjoy the Photo Galleries!
Gallery 1
Gallery 2
Gallery 3
ACIS Elementary Badminton Tournament
Congratulations on your 1st place win! The organizers from SHSH had this to say:

"Thanks for joining us at the grade 5/6 ACIS Badminton Tournament. Your teams were all very well prepared: Players knew the rules, had good skills and were great sports. What more can we ask for? Halifax Grammar School were the overall champions and received the plaque. Congratulations!"

Special Recognition is also extended to Maddie MacLean, M4 and Claire West, M4 for finishing 2nd at Regionals in Jr. Girls Doubles on April 7.

Well done everyone!
Congratulations to Middle School Science Fair Winners!
1. Tara Sverko, Robyn Zwicker
2. Gareth Ellis
3. Ghazal Kalai, Maggie Brennan

1. Maya Gantar, Robyn Lane, Lucy Morgan
2. Lizzie O'Carrol, Renu Koilpillai, Quinn Stewart
3. Eve and Lara Casha

1. Lily Li, Micah Lacson, Alex Fraser
2. Michaela Title, Sydney Adamson
3. Gabby Casha, Giselle Hage

All first place contestants won $30, second place $20, third place $10

To view photos of the winners click on Read More.
CAIS Student Leadership Conference
S2 students Beth MacDonald, Meaghan McTiernan, Pelham Flowerdew, and Michael Malik will be attending the CAIS Student Leadership Conference at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School in Alberta from April 14-17. This year’s theme, Colour Outside the Lines, looks at alternative approaches and examples of leadership, encouraging our future leaders to find creative leadership opportunities in today’s world, including ways to demonstrate leadership by giving back to the greater community.

The students are excited about this opportunity and look forward to sharing their experiences with the Grammar Community when they return.
JV Girls Basketball Finish Season on High Note!
The Junior Varsity Girls basketball team finished their season on a high note. They qualified for provincials after a decisive home win against Carrefour. The team travelled with 10 of their players to Digby for the Division 3 Championship. They faced some very tough teams, but pulled together to play some of the best games they played all season.

The girls would like to thank Cindy Wilson for being such a great coach all season.

Freya Kaiser-Derrick, Team Captain
Scholarships Available for Students Entering S1
All Grammar students entering S1 next year are eligible to apply for the Roxburgh Academic Scholarship and the Roxburgh Leadership Scholarship, each worth $1,000.

Please note the deadline for submission: Friday, April 30, 2010. Applications will be evaluated by faculty. Awards will be announced at the Middle School Closing ceremonies in June.

For full description of the scholarship please click here.
Letter of Interest click here.
Awards and Achievements click here
Vinayak Mishra Reports on World Schools Debate Championship
This February, the nine member Canadian National Debate Team travelled to Doha, Qatar to compete in the 2010 World Schools Debating Championship. First, we debated eight preliminary rounds against Bangladesh, Botswana, Pakistan, Palestine, South Korea, Thailand, Argentina, and Namibia.

Some of the highlights consisted of debating against Palestine about trying terrorist suspects in civilian courts and beating Pakistan in an exceptionally close round where we argued for the legalization of performance enhancing drugs in the Olympics.

Vinayak Mishra, S3
M2 Artwork Brings Colour To Senior School
The M2 artwork "Trompe l'Oeil" has decorated the senior school hallways for the past few weeks, and it has been an excellent addition to the appearance and atmosphere of the school.

There have been many positive comments made about the students' efforts, such as from senior school teacher Ms Kingston, "I think it's cute, and I'm impressed it's still in great condition, which is a testament to the senior school's respect for it. It really brightens things up!"

French teacher Mme Sims was equally impressed, "I think it looks good, wow! Considering I can only draw rabbits!"

Students have also been enthusiastic about the M2 art. "I think it looks great. It's really artistic and cute," says S1 student Sai Bolledula.

S2 Student Tessa Stammberger says, "I like it! It's colourful and it's something nice to look at."

Finally, S3 student Jason Saldanha sums it up nicely, "The art puts a smile on your face. It makes the hallways so much more vibrant."

The M2 artwork has left a positive impression on the senior school. The students and teachers would love to see more artwork decorating the walls in the future!

Rachel MacLean, S3
April Arts Festival
Every April we take time to stop and celebrate the arts at HGS.

This year, we bring you the Prep Poetry Festival, the IB Art III Exhibit, Talent Night, and the Middle School's Shakespeare production. These, and other events at HGS, remind us of our vibrant and talented arts community. Join Us.

For a schedule of April's arts events click here .
Admissions News
Entrancement Assessments for Grades 5 to 12:
April 17
May 15
Entrance Assessments for Junior Primary to Grade Four by appointment. Call 431-8550 for details. For more information on the application process, please contact Ann Marie Kent in the Admissions Office, 431-8550,

Homestay Program
Have you ever considered hosting an international student? Do you have some extra space in your home that might be suitable? Perhaps your son or daughter would benefit from sharing the experience of meeting a student from another culture? Parents who would like to apply for the homestay program for 2010-2011, or who know of someone who might be interested, are invited to contact the Admissions Office, or visit the website.
What Name Is It?
NSCAD Student Emma May using MS space for exciting city-wide project.
HGS has a rare opportunity to work with NSCAD sculpture student, Emma May, in a city-wide project.

Emma is in the final stages of making comfortable seating in the shapes of the letters of the most common name at the school. These letters will be on wheels, allowing the spelling of the name to be manipulated and changed with the students' needs of the space. She wants every student to feel like they are a part of the piece so wants to use their clothes to cover the letters!

Students: please bring a bag of your old clothes to your homeroom. The class who brings the most clothes by April 12 will receive a decadent and delicious PRIZE of Ice Cream Sundaes
Renowned Artist Dawn MacNutt Donates to Spring Fair
A sampling of art by Dawn MacNutt. For more on her artwork visit
A committee of volunteers is busy with a multitude of preparations for a fabulously fun Spring Fair 2010.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we look forward to presenting you with treats, treasures and games galore!
Topping our list of exciting Spring Fair news; we are thrilled to announce renowned artist, Dawn MacNutt, weaver, sculptor, inductee of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, and grandmother to Emma MacNutt-Burrows, S2, has donated two pieces for our silent auction!

Dawn’s artwork has been shown in more than a hundred exhibitions across the globe and these pieces will be highly sought after! Thank you, Dawn, for your incredible generosity and support of Halifax Grammar School. Photos and additional information will follow at a later date.

Prep parents remember there are boxes in each Prep classroom waiting for your silent auction items to be deposited in. Please bring donations in as soon as possible, as volunteers need to assemble the baskets well in advance for presentation.
And…remember it’s never too late to join our meetings, Spring Fair or PAC.  Our next PAC meeting is Tuesday, May 4th, 8:30 a.m. in the Silver Art Studio, second floor of the TRC.  If you would like to share in the fun of preparing for Spring Fair, contact Ondra DeJager at 435-9132, or me.

Terry Anne MacNaughton, PAC Co-Chair
IB Exams ~ May 4 to 24
IB exams are coming up fast! IB Faculty will be holding weekly IB tutorials during the month of April. Ms. Brock will be meeting with S2 & S3 students in April to go over IB exam regulations, provide individual examination schedules and personal PIN codes so students can access their results on July 6, 2010. More detailed information will be featured in future HGS Newscasts.

For the IB May 2010 Exam Schedule click here.
For the IB Tutorial Calendar click here.
Upcoming Alumni Events
For alumni news, click here.
Annual Giving ~ Your Gift Counts!
Annual Giving is the fundraising engine of every independent school, providing support for programs inside and outside the classroom. Donations are spent carefully, wisely, and for the benefit of all students within the school year. Our fundraising goal is $90,000. Thank you to the many donors from every sector of the HGS community who have generously contributed to the total of $46,093 raised to date. If you haven’t made your annual gift, be assured that every gift, regardless of size, is important and very much valued.

Please, click here to view a current list of donors who are contributing to the Grammar Experience. If we have missed you, please contact the Development Office at 431-8570 to be mailed a donation form. Donations are also accepted online at

For news about our Annual Giving Campaign click here.

click here to donate online.
Upcoming Dates & Events
April 13: Prep Poetry Festival. The JP, Pr, and P1 Festival in English will take place from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., and the P2, P3, and P4 Festival in English and French will take place at 6:30 p.m. Both are in the TRC Theatre. All students are involved as the classes are doing group and individual recitations. Uniforms are required.

April 15 &16 : Open House, Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. by appointment.

April 15: IB Art Show, 7:30 p.m.

April 17: Entrance Assessments. Call Admissins at 431-8550.

April 20: Talent Night, 7 p.m., TRC Theatre.

April 21: Information Session on applying to American Colleges, 6:30 p.m. in ASC Auditorium. Please contact Mrs. Marie Turner at, to confirm your attendance.

For more event information, please visit our school calendar on the website.
Re-Enrolment Deadline was March 31, 2010.

If you haven't already submitted your forms, please do so as soon as possible. For the necessary forms click here.
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