Mr. McCleary's Class Blog

Our grade 6 year in 6M.

Our wet trip to Apps’ Mill

Apps’ Mill

Though it was a very wet day there were lots of smiles and laughs as we enjoyed the outdoors at the Apps’ Mill Nature Center. In the morning we learned about wilderness survival and created shelters using various limbs, branches and debris we found on the ground. During the afternoon we took a course in mapping and tried our hand at a orienteering map course.











Chess success!

Our Winning chess team poses with their medals

Our Winning chess team poses with their medals

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On Wednesday, April 16 six members of our class represented our school at the Grand Erie Chess Championship and we came home with the bronze medals! Chess has been called the ultimate problem solving game and we were able to match wits with other Junior aged students from around the county and do very well.
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Congratulations to Keelan, Mackenzie, Aidan, Grace, Ethan and Rocky for representing us so well and bringing home some hardware.
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Retro Day

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Flashbacks of fashion were the order of day for our school Retro day. Examples from the 60′s-90′s were all present and allowed us opportunity to discuss how our cultural changes over time.
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Classroom and School Speeches

BDES Junior Speech winners

BDES Junior Speech winners

Congratulations to all our students who successfully completed presenting a speech to our class. Speaking in public continues to be one of the top items on the North American list of greatest fears and it’s a very valuable skill to have. This year I allowed students to speak in front of a slide show making their talk more like a Ted-Talk and the feedback seems positive. We heard an incredible range of topics from the Blue Bird of Paradise to Personal Responsibility, from various pets to Lego. I was very pleased with the work that was put into these presentations. Mackenzie and Grace went on from our class to represent us at the school competition and did extremely well :)

We enjoy gliding across frozen water!


This has been quite the winter for cold temperatures and snow but spirits were high inside the arena as we enjoyed our annual February skates. It was amazing to watch the improvement to some skaters over the two visits we made to the arena. Thanks to the parents who came to help tie skates and to some who joined us on the ice.





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It’s a SNOW DAY! And that fact has given me the extra time to figure out why several student blogs have not been updating through December and January. I figured out what was wrong and have posted more then 100 new blog postings from the last six weeks. Check out what the students have been posting by checking out their blogs on the left and please leave some encouraging comments for them :)

Helping Hands

Hand collage
Hand collage
Enjoy our “Handy Art” as we explore more about the Elements and Principles Design. The idea here was to give the 3D effect of a hand under a colourful cloth that contains horizontal lines. We had lots of fun playing with this concept and many students made a few different attempts at creating the desired effect.

Setting our 2014 Goals

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The American Business man Les Brown had two great quotes about setting goals: “Goals help you channel your energy into action.” and “Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.”
With the beginning of a new year it is customary to set a New Year’s Resolution and this has lead us into discussions about goal-setting. Students have been busy setting an achievable goal for both home and school. Make sure you ask some of our students about what their goals are for 2014.

Christmas Hat Day

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Our Student Council has declared December 11 Christmas Hat Day and several of our students are in the spirit of the event. Merry Christmas to all!


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Gymnastics is our current unit in our Physical Education time so all students should be bringing indoor shoes, shorts or track pants and a t-shirt. Our focus will be on establishing a routine that demonstrates balance and control of our body.