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Crucible Full of Surprises March 27, 2010

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This week I had the opportunity to take in our Theatre Department’s production of  Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible. I have to admit that a few weeks ago when our Drama teacher, Mr. Wallace, first told me that this year’s production was going to be this play I was surprised and impressed that they would take on this production as it has so many layers.

Being my first year here I had assumed the production would also be taking place in the MJF Theatre and I had remained under this assumption until the day before I was going to the show.  When I found out the play was to be staged in our drama room I was again taken aback.  Thinking we have one of the best theatre’s of any high school in BC maybe even the country I was intrigued by the choice.  The surprises kept coming as I learned hours before I was to attend the performance that the production was being staged in the theatre of the round.

The intimate setting as I entered seemed very appropriate.  Looking at the program I noticed that although the cast ranged in grades from 8 through 12 there seemed to be a greater proportion of junior aged actors than senior.  The method behind the madness seemed to become clearer as the opening approached.

Director Mr Wallace deserves a world of credit not only for the countless hours he devotes to the program but for the wisdom of staging this production.  The size of the set, stage and the environment created in the drama room complimented the actors perfectly.   The smaller venue of the drama room afforded the actors the opportunities to develop their characters rather than focus on projecting their voices to the top of a large theatre.

The live violin playing as the lights dimmed for the opening scene served to create the tension that the entire cast brilliantly carried through to the the climax of the play.   The subtle use of lighting and variable uses of the a series of small wooden boxes was all the cast needed for set design.

For a relatively young cast this team pulled together an amazing production of a very complicated story.  At times I found myself completely suspended in the moment forgetting that some of the players are as young as 13!  Not to be outdone by some of the junior aged actors, the seniors did an amazing job of carrying some very difficult scenes that tackle some mature subjects.

The overall production was so amazing that I feel I can not single any one member of this cast or crew out so instead I pay credit to them in a list below.  The play will run for one more night…if you happen to read this today and I strongly urge you to check this production out.

Having read this I hope you won’t be surprised at how good it truly is!

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director and Production Designer……………………………………………………………… David Wallace

Stage Managers…………………………………….. Manjyot Rayat, Sara Sampson, Megan van Ameyde,Lauren Wynja

Costume Designers……………………… Bailey Soleil Creed & Mia Maia

Women’s Costume Construction………………………………. Mia Maia, Ms. Fyfe.. Ms. Harvalias & Ms. Satchwell

Musician…………………………………………………………………. Cara Chuang

Poster Design…………………………. Hubertine Paramagita & Ian Poon

Set Construction………………………………… Mr. Gaska and students

CAST

(in order of appearance)

Reverend Parris………………………………………………………… Patris Rudari

Betty Parris……………………………………………………….. Cashel Satchwell

Tituba…………………………………………………………….. Margaret Onedo

Abigail Williams……………………………………….. Alexandra Staskiewicz

Susanna Walcott………………………………………………… Isbele Savage

Mrs. Putnam………………………………………………… Mapris Purgas

Thomas Putnam…………………………………………………….. Juno Bark

Mercy Lewis………………………………………………. Liesl Swab

Mary Warren……………………………………………………. Jessie Gay

John Proctor……………………………………………………… Dennis Wang

Rebecca Nurse……………………………………………… Bailey Soleil Creed

Giles Corey………………………………………………….. Daniel Ferguson

Reverend John Hale………………………………………… Tim Zhang

Elizabeth Proctor……………………………………………. Emma Hannan

Francis Nurse…………………………………………………………. Adrian Prior

Ezekiel Cheever……………………………………………….. Brandon Pedro

Marshal Herrick…………………………………………….. Michael Kurliak

Judge Hawthorne……………………………………………………. Chantal More

Deputy Governor Danforth…………………………………… Garland Chang

Ruth Putnam……………………………………………………… Manjyot Rayat

Sarah Good       Lucy Williams

Spirit day for Senior Boys March 20, 2010

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The colours black and gold were all over the school today.  Over 100 South students made the trek to the Agridome where they cheered on the Senior Boys’ basketball team at the Provincial Championships.  Rebels’ school spirit lifted the boys to a 4 point win over cross town rival Byrne Creek, avenging  a loss suffered two weeks ago at the Lower Mainland championships.  It was great to have so much spirit in action!  Way to go Rebels!!!

Spring is in the Air March 18, 2010

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As we head into Term 3 and the school is buzzing with excitement I ask myself if this normal for this time of year or is the heightened level of energy the result of something else.  Is it the injection of national pride our city received from the Olympics?  Is it the natural effects of spring and the warm weather our adolescent students are enjoying?  I then wonder if it is simply the plethora of extra-curricular activities that Rebel students are involved in on a school-wide level.

I am impressed with the wide range of activities that our students are involved in so far this year.  Whether participating in activities led by our Student Government, competing for a Rebels’ Athletics team or contributing towards one of our VPA events there seems to be something for everyone.  

I haven’t even mentioned that we also have a Student Leadership group that hosts events for the student body like the Pink Week for Anti-bullying or there is the PE Leadership group that facilitates our Intramural activities.  Let’s not forget the hours our teachers volunteer to prepare our students for various academic contests, the Green Team promoting environmental sustainability or the Interact club whose activities consistently bring our students closer together.

The list and variety of activities offer is so long that I cannot properly recognize or get closing to paying the appropriate credit to the sponsors of all of the events we offer that are extra-curricular events.  We are able to offer so much more than the basic curriculum because these events exist.  We can not put a value or percentage or test score on what these events contribute towards our students’ growth because these events are invaluable complimenting what our teachers are doing in their classrooms.

What it really has me thinking is that not only do we have a tremendous group of adult volunteers but a cohesive group of students.  Without their drive, participation and teamwork these groups would not thrive and we would not be able to offer the range of activities that make this such a great community to be a part of. 

I think the reason for the buzz around the building is a result of the excitement, enthusiasm and pride that our school community exudes whenever we commit to an activity. 

 Mr. Tyler

Welcome to the Admin Blog! March 3, 2010

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On behalf of the Administration at Burnaby South Secondary and the BCSD, I wanted to convey how excited we are to be entering the world of blogging! 

We hope to use this medium to provide further insight into the accomplishments and happenings connected to our school and community. Whether an extra-curricular event, academic success or simply our thoughts on current events, we hope you enjoy this opportunity to connect with us.

If you rely on our newsletters and the messages they contain from our Principal, those will still be published as they have in the past.  This blog is our way of sending out our thoughts as they develop in between those publications.

Hope you enjoy the entries!

Mr. Tyler

Winter Sports Banquet March 2, 2010

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Tonight the Rebels’ Athletics community celebrated another season of success.  Athletic Director Dane Clarke and the Sports Leadership class hosted the seasonal awards banquet that celebrates both individual and team accomplishments.

Each Fall, Winter and Spring the athletes descend upon the Rebel cafe for jokes, games, awards and a great meal as they unwind from a tough season of competition.  There was a great deal to celebrate this year as 7 out of 10 teams won the District Championships!

Mr. Einhorn and his wrestlers won both the girls and boys District Championships as well as the Fraser Valley Banner.    The team heads off to the Provincial Championships in Abbotsford beginning Wednesday.

Mr Smith and the grade 8 boys basketball team won the Bantam Boys District Championships before being edged out in the Lower Mainland finals.  These boys head to the Provincial Tournament in Pitt Meadows later this week.

The Junior Boy’s basketball team coached by Mr Price won the District and Lower Mainland Championships.  They leave for Victoria to compete in the Provincial Tournament beginning Wednesday.

The Senior Boys Basketball team is also still alive.  Avenging a regular season loss the boys beat rival Byrne Creek in the District Final to win the Championship.  The boys continue to compete in the Lower Mainland tournament when they face the Bulldogs again Wednesday night at Kits High.

Both the Juvenile boys basketball team coached by Karl Brysch and the Bantam Girls basketball team coached by student Sean Liu also won their respective District Championships before being eliminated in the Lower Mainland Championships.  The Juvenile boys however received a late invitation and they are now set to compete in the Provincial Tournament next week!

The evening was a great success as the students and coaches enjoyed a break from the preparations for various competitions.  Many thanks also go to Mr Pottinger and his catering classes for their hard work in keeping these hungry teams well fed!