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Happy Halloween! October 31, 2011

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Today was a great day of Rebels’ school spirit.  Students of all grades came dressed inspired by their ghoulish thoughts and many teachers got in the act as well.  Events included the Leadership students lunch hour costume contest, the Southpoint photo shoot, and the Social Studies Deparments’ annual homage to notables from both recent and ancient history!  Below you will find a small sample of photos from today’s haunted fashion runway as a sample of some of the great work that went into costumes.  For more photos you will have to wait for the yearbook!

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School Groups at Work October 24, 2011

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Last week I had the pleasure of having lunch with one of our largest clubs at Burnaby South.  The interact club now has over 100 members who meet regularly to plan activities.  These activities nearly always involve the students working towards the benefit of others.  Whether they are planning Christmas Shoe Boxes or acting as ambassadors at a Burnaby South/BCSD evening function, this group of students is always happy to help.

Here are some photos of their lunch where they hosted representatives of the Kiwanis Club for a feast of noodles and rice.  Before eating they also enjoyed some time playing a series of ice-breaker games that emphasized teamwork and fun.

Interact Lunch

Teambuilding Activities

Mr Kwan

Rebelfest 2010 May 26, 2010

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Today was an exciting afternoon at Burnaby South & BCSD. Student Government put on their annual Rebelfest for the students and community to enjoy. As the school day ended the students streamed from their classes and made their way to the cafeteria and courtyards to take part in a variety of activities. Everything from the concession stands to the talent show, the jousting competition and velcro wall the students were full of enthusiasm. There was also the slapshot competition, bouncy castle and of course the dunk tank – lets just say I was fully “immersed” in the culture of this student run event. Look for a more detailed description of the day and some photos soon.

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!!!