The Priory School Heritage Fair
What do Frederick Banting, the Great Deportation, and the Underground Railroad all have in common? They were all part of the 19th annual Priory School Heritage Fair. The event showcased over 60 projects by Grades 4,5 and 6, and class projects prepared by our junior classes. Projects on Operation Cowboy, the story of the Vikings, and the life of Gettysburg were but a few of the many presentations prepared by our senior students. Each project was evaluated by two adjudicators comprised of School Heads, faculty and professionals in the community. Fourteen Priory gold medals were awarded to the following students for their outstanding level of research, creativity and oral presentation and interview:
Daniele Nicastro (Grade 4) – Tesla
Minh Phan (Grade 4) – Where is Alcatraz Prison?
Brody Wesetvik (Grade 4) – Why were the Vikings excellent sea travelers?
Daniel Cabrera-Thompson (Grade 5) – Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Renaud Larente-Blais (Grade 5) – Sagrada Familia
Sofia Pasteris-Montecalvo (Grade 5) – Gettysburg
Leila Safieddine and Vera Gaty (Grade 5) – Skara Brae
Alec Barin and Callum MacDonald (Grade 6) – The Underground Railroad
Sylvia Barrios Gotor (Grade 6) – Who was Hypatia of Alexandria
Abigail Dimeny-Kiss (Grade 6) - Who is Frederick Banting?
Matteo LeBlanc (Grade 6) – The Great Deportation
Avery Winter (Grade 6) – Operation Cowboy
Priory Participates in the Quebec Honour Band
Four Priory students attended the annual Quebec Provincial Honour Band this month, and it was a huge success. Avery Winter, Abigail Dimeny-Kiss, Kristina Schirmann, and Fiona Chu were all selected to participate this year, and they spent their day Saturday with over 150 music students from across Quebec practicing their band instruments with professional musicians and putting on an outstanding concert performance in the evening. The event is hosted at Vanier College each year by the Quebec Band Association and provides students a motivating and enriching experience to become more proficient on their chosen band instrument. Under the guidance of guest conductor Alexis Silver, the students challenged themselves to learn high school level repertoire and perform in a concert for a large audience of over 400 members – well done!!
The Priory Earns The Montreal Community Cares (MCC) Award
The Priory strives to provide an educational environment that encourages empathy and social responsibility towards others. At The Priory students do not end their learning journey with a test or a bulletin board to show what they have learned, they are encouraged to take their knowledge and apply it to some greater good. Throughout the year, students participate in a number of community service initiatives, learning a sense of responsibility and the joy of giving. As The Priory School makes the term ‘igniting positive change’ a part of everyday vocabulary, our school can proudly say that 100% of the student body participates in regular community service initiatives. Through deeper learning projects and active volunteering, Priory students explore ways to make a difference in the communities in which they live. As a true testament to the Priory’s willingness to inspire children to create positive change in the world, the entire Priory teaching faculty and students were nominated and proudly received the 2018 Montreal Community Cares Foundation (MCCF) award for ‘Community Leader, Elementary School’, which recognizes Montrealers for being community champions actively involved in making Montreal a better place to live.
GMAA Halo Road Race
The Priory’s Cross-Country Running Team, led by Mr. Gentile, Mme Martineau and Mr. Peters, spent the last four weeks training twice a week for the annual GMAA Halo Road Race at Mount Royal, where over 4000 elementary school students participate every year. Each child worked on personal goal setting for race day on Thursday, May 17th, and focused on doing their best. The post-race chatter focused on congratulations and discussions about how proud they are of themselves and The Priory. Several of our students finished in the top ten, with two students winning medals.
Congratulations to all our runners and our medal winners:
Aerin Handa (Grade 5) - Silver Medal
Harry Edge (Grade 4) - Bronze Medal
THE 23rd ANNUAL PRIORY CHESS TOURNAMENT
On a bright and sunny April morning, with over sixty students participating, The Priory School held its 23rd Annual QAIS Chess Tournament. Chess aficionados led by Canadian Chess Challenge Provincial Coordinator, Maria Manuri, Frank Teuton, George Levtchouk, and the Priory Chess Tournament Chair, Jennifer Kearney, ensured that the games ran smoothly. Priory students represented their school admirably and we are proud of each and every one of them. Of these QAIS chess enthusiasts, eight of our very own medaled or took home qualification certificates to the Provincial Tournament. Congratulations go out to: Miles Barnaby (Kindergarten), Valentino Salvatore (Garde 3) and Nicolas Lim (Grade 5) who garnered a gold medal, Aryan Tavassoli for his silver medal performance and Kieran Schirman (Kindergarten), Scarlett Playford (Grade 1), Minh Phan (Grade 3) who brought home the bronze, and Oliver Ohanian who qualified for the Quebec Chess Provincial Challenge to be held on Sunday, April 15. Good luck in the Provincials!
La Dictée P.G.L
Nous sommes fiers de nos élèves qui ont participé à La Dictée P.G.L, un concours international. C’est samedi dernier qu’a eu lieu la finale régionale de La Dictée P.G.L. pour la région de Montréal. Lors de cette journée, plusieurs jeunes de 5ème et de 6ème année ont tenté de déjouer les pièges de la dictée. Parmi eux, 16 élèves se sont démarqués et accéderont à la Grande finale internationale le 20 mai prochain, à Montréal dont une élève du Priory! Félicitations à Marilena Sahlas-Roy et bonne chance!
Congratulations to Our Published Authors
Polar Expressions Publishing of Canada holds an annual national poetry and short story contest to encourage creativity and self-expression. From thousands of entries across Canada, six students from Grade 6 were chosen to have their short stories and poems published in the upcoming Polar Expressions Anthologies entitled "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Chasing Moonlight". Congratulations to Olivia Darlington, Aerin Handa, Angelica Nicastro, Aejandro Rodriguez Pardo, Marilena Sahlas-Roy and Mason Winter for a job well done!
The Grade 2 class recently entered the ChickaDEE’s Dream School contest. Students had to come up with an idea for a cool school, draw a picture and describe it in a few sentences. Congratulations to Birch Peters for receiving an honourable mention in the January/February issue of chickaDEE Magazine.
Chess’n Math Scholastic Team Tournament
Canada’s National Scholastic Chess Organization held its Annual Tournament on February 26th at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf. Congratulations goes out to Daniel Cabrera-Thompson, Luca Mattei, Oliver Ohanian, Minh Phan, and Valentino Salvatore, for representing their school with great character and pride and congratulations to "Team Priory Pirates" for placing 2nd place in the Chess'n Math Team Tournament. We are proud of you!
Thales Grade 3 Math Challenge
Students from the Grade 3 class, wrote the Thales National Math Competition which is administered by Mathematica Centrum. More than 60, 000 students participated in this year’s contest. We are proud to announce that 14 of our Priory Grade 3 students have received Certificates of Distinction for scoring higher than the national Canadian average: Maryam Almarzouki, Alec Barin, Sylvia Barrios, Jayson Chako Tchako, Jemima Destine St-Martin, Abigail Dimeny-Kiss, Lesia Emelina, Kennedy Kuperhause, Nicolas Lim, Callum MacDonald, Serena Miller, Alaska Peters, Kristina Schirmann and Avery Winter. A special medal of great distinction is awarded to Alec Barin who has obtained the highest score in the Grade. Congratulations to all Grade 3 participants!
Congratulations to our Priory Published Poets
Creative Minds Publishing holds a competitive annual poetry contest to celebrate creativity and offer an opportunity to showcase the writing of Canadians. This year, two Priory Grade 6 students have been selected for publication in a national poetry book celebrating young poets. Congratulations to our talented poets and published writers: Roxana Barin and Maeve Harrington.
Royal CommonWealth Essay Winners
Each year, our Grades 4 to 6 students take part in the Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition. This year's theme was "Team Commonwealth" and one of our Grade 6 students won 1st Prize at the provincial level. Congratulations to Grace McGuire with her short story entitled, "The Brave Ones". Also, Highly Commended honours went to Aidan Price-Gallagher for his short story, "Paw Prints" and to Mary Roper for her short story entitled, "You're One of Us Now". Natasha Ryan received a Commendation for her short story "United We Stand".
The Sealing of The Neuro's Time Capsule
What would you put in a time capsule that will be opened in 2085? On Friday, May 6th, The Priory's Grade 5 and 6 students witnessed the sealing of the Montreal Neurological Institute's time capsule. Last year, both classes participated in a contest to submit their ideas of what to put into the new time capsule. Winning ideas came from Priory students William Roper and Caterina Alfieri. Both students had the opportunity to be a part of Montreal's scientific and historic legacy and were asked to place selected items into the capsule. The capsule was placed in the cornerstone of the Neurological Institute and will be reopened on the Neuro's 150th anniversary in 2085!
Young Minds…. Big Ideas, All Making A Difference
The Priory School S.W.A.T. Team "Garners Gold"
What do technology and community service have in common? At The Priory School, plenty! Under ICT teacher Anita DiStefano's guidance, a group of nine talented and innovative grade six students decided to work together to advance technology at their school and to use their creative talents to help others. With this in mind, the S.W.A.T. Team (Students Working to Advance Technology) decided to produce a Priory School Christmas Concert DVD that would be sold to family and friends. The resulting $1447.00 raised was donated to a very grateful St. Gabriel's Food Bank to help needy families in the area. The S.W.A.T. Team then decided to enter the 12th Annual Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest and collaboratively put together a beautiful Memory Book and insightful wiki (web site) http://prioryswat.wikispaces.com/ of their community service endeavors to share with others. The many long hours and hard work preparing this project reaped enormous rewards as The Priory S.W.A.T. Team won first prize in the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest, Montreal Region for Elementary Cycle 3 and received a cheque for $500 which will be donated to the United Nations Organization. The team project has been selected to go on to the Quebec National Competition. This year, almost 70 000 students were involved in developing 2 729 entrepreneurial projects from all over Québec. Young minds…big ideas, all making a difference!