Month: April 2017

Mission trips give kids confidence to give back at home

 Around 150 high school students and staff from the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board (SMCDSB) will be travelling to four different continents in May. The students will likely make a difference in the communities they assist during their trips but more so a life lasting impact here at home afterwards. By the end of 2017, nearly 1400 students and staff would have participated in the transformational program. This years’ groups have been preparing for their trips for a year under the leadership of Board Education Director, Brian Beal. Beal launched the mission trip program in 2009, after spending a...

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Huronia Symphony Orchestra 50th anniversary

The Huronia Symphony Orchestra (HSO) celebrates the end of their 50th season May 14 at Collier Street United Church. The anniversary falls in line with Canada 150 and will highlight their successes over the past five decades. The event will feature resident favourites, past and present, who will deliver an undoubtedly unique performance for concert goers to enjoy. Artistic Director Oliver Balaburski will be conducting Tchaikovsky’s glorious Symphony No. 4 and Canadian composer Alexina Louie’s festive overture, The Ringing Earth. The HSO’s esteemed concertmaster, David McFadden, will also perform Felix Mendelssohn’s famous Violin Concerto in E Minor. “Huronia Symphony...

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Former city culture officer revamps local live theatre

After 34 and a half years of service and a 2015 retirement, Fred Andrews was pulled back to his role as Culture Officer at the City of Barrie. His return was not permanent, but long enough to steer the Georgian Theatre and Mady Centre for the Performing Arts in a new direction. Andrews conducted an operational review of the two theatres in order to assess how they could generate more activity. They previously operated exclusively as rental houses and earned a limited revenue based on that business model. After a careful operational review of both theatres, it was decided...

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Science and Technology Fair

On April 7 and 8, young scientists in Grades 4 to 12 competed in the Simcoe County Regional Science and Technology Fair, which was held at Bear Creek Secondary School. This year, Simcoe County District School Board students were awarded a total of 76 awards, including two grand awards: Best of Human and Health Sciences: Yama Kamal of Bear Creek Secondary School “The Science Behind the Shot: The Best Angle to Shoot a Basketball” and Best of Earth and Environmental Sciences: Sara Shobeir and Cyrus Shobeir of Ferndale Woods Elementary School “Do You Need a Water Filter?” Two SCDSB...

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