For Action Friday last week we took the students out to the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. These large, beautiful animals were a sight to behold and the boys learned about the challenges of wolfdog ownership, what a suitable home looks like and the importance of preserving wolves in the wild! The staff at the sanctuary was very knowledgeable and passionate about these very special animals.
WEEK AT A GLANCE
FRI. FEB. 26 – PEP skating at ODR in the mountains
Our photographer is coming back to the school to take the School-wide photo which hangs in our hallway. Please ensure that your son comes to school in his formal dress uniform as it is also a Wednesday.
March 3 @ 7pm – OPEN HOUSE
We will be hosting an in-person Open House at the School on March 3 for prospective families to check out what we have to offer. Please continue to share the the Social Media posts as they come out and help us to spread the word about our school.
March 12 – Non-instructional day – NO CLASSES
The investment competition has begun!
Twenty-four North Point teams have entered the competition making for our strongest presence yet, with eleven teams in grade 6/7 and thirteen in grade 8/10. To support the boys, we have a new Stock Market Game Resource Page with information packages, video tutorials, lessons, and portfolio-ranking leaderboard. To see how the boys start their investing expedition, watch our 7 Things To Know Before You Start video on YouTube. Beginning with a $100,000 opening account balance, students work together to create and manage a virtual investment portfolio of real-world stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. The Stock Market Game runs from February 22 to April 30. Financial Academy digital badges and Navigator Squad points are awarded to participating students. Visit SMG website for more information.
Interview with Special Guest – Dylan Short
by Riley Chapman
If I wanted to pursue a career in news media, what advice would you give to me about subjects in school and how I can get a head start? “I would say any sort of classes in media, or photography, or digital production would be good, as well as English and Social Studies are the biggest ones I would suggest”
What has been the most challenging part of your path to a career in the news media? “One of the hardest parts was figuring out late that I wanted to be in media. It wasn’t until grade 11 to 12 that I decided what I wanted to do. It’s great to start early. Another hard part is actually getting into the job itself. I would say that if you stay determined and you work hard, it shouldn’t be a problem. I started my career in Yellowknife and it might be a good idea to start your career in a small town or city to start. That’s probably the hardest part.”
Has there ever been a time where you didn’t want to write about the subject that you were given? How did you get through it? “Yes, there are lots of times, but sometimes you just have to put up with it. Part of the job is writing about something you don’t want to in order to be able to write about the things you do want to. Of course, if you have an issue with writing about something and you feel very strongly about it I think, your boss or whoever is getting the article, they would understand and try to make everybody happy. You wouldn’t want to write about your own family or friends either.”
What is your favourite type of news to write about? How do you make your articles more interesting for people to read? Is there a plan or formula you use? “I have quite a few stories that I’m working on now about health care, which is obviously a big thing right now with Covid. I really like to write about science and unique things, and also quirky stories and little-known facts as well. But overall I like writing about science and the environment. To make your articles more interesting, I would say try to find a unique angle. Just finding stories that relate to people and what they’re doing in their lives. Usually, that makes it a better story.”
As a news reporter do you ever have to go to any crime scenes or other dangerous sites to interview or to collect information? “Yes, absolutely, quite often actually. I actually spend most of my time listening to police scanners and I work a lot of late-night shifts, that’s where a lot of the crime happens. I’ve been out to scenes where people have been shot or murdered and fires. I actually really like breaking news, I find it incredibly interesting, but it’s not always the right time to be there. Sometimes it’s the worst day of a person’s life, and most of the time they don’t want the news in their face, immediately asking about what happened.
It seems like it can be very hard to get people to trust the media these days. What do you do to help this? “That’s the golden question in the news right now. There’s a lot of people out there that don’t believe the news. I get a lot of mean emails some days and there’s also a lot of nasty comments, like on Facebook. You sort of just ignore or brush it off. It doesn’t hurt you after a while – you get over it and used to it. I don’t know if there’s a right or wrong answer to this question. I guess helping more people understand about the news and improving media literacy but there’s no right or wrong answer here.”
Floor Hockey is well underway and is proving to be very popular with the boys. We have 4 teams of 5 in the Grade 3-5 group and 4 teams of 5 in our Grade 6/7 group for a total of 40 students participating. Floor Hockey will finish in a season-ending tournament with prizes and food for all our participants.
MORE SPORTS TO COME
March-April: Basketball 3 vs. 3 April-May: Badminton Singles & Doubles May-June Soccer: 5 vs. 5
Tournaments will be held at the end of each month. Awards will be given at the following Townhall. There is a potential of off-site bookings for tournaments if COVID-19 restrictions will allow facilities to rent to the school.
Experience open, outdoor winter fun at Chinook Blast–Calgary’s midwinter round up.
Calgary – come outside, bring your small cohort and enjoy the vibrancy of our city this winter. You’re not afraid of a little cold, are you?