Take a Break at The Study Academy’s Coffee House and Silent Auction!

Take a Break at The Study Academy’s Coffee House and Silent Auction!

High School

Well folks, the end of term is sneaking up on us again! That means a busy time for students as they gear up to complete summatives and exams. We’ve made careful efforts to ensure that work is worthwhile for students. But we also know deadlines can be stressful. That’s why we’re fantastically excited for our students to have the opportunity to shelve the books for an evening and attend our Coffee House this coming Wednesday, May 20, from 7-9PM.

Our very own student government proposed the idea for the event, presenting it as a great way for the students to showcase their many talents. While sign-ups for performers were progressing a bit slowly on the offset, the students demonstrated that they could hide their talents no longer – and just like that, sign-ups were abound! And we’re sure that readers will agree the set list is quite an impressive one. Fellow students and proud parents will be treated to performances of instrumental music, stand-up comedy, and rap, as well as a fashion exhibition and a sports tricks demonstration (there are also rumours that our favourite band will make a surprise appearance).

But alas! I’ve only covered half the evening’s offerings so far. We’re very proud to report that, in the name of education, the night will feature a Silent Auction, from which all funds raised will go toward supporting our partner school in Zambia. And since the Student Government pulled off the impressive feat of organizing the evening with absolutely zero overhead, every cent we raise will go directly to the Zambian school. The money will enable co-ordinators there to pay rent on a sustainable and safe building, and provide basic school supplies to their students.

Considering the list of fantastic items up for bid, we’re positive that parents will be jumping for ballots. They’ll be bidding on items including a Smart TV, a four-night accommodation in Manhattan, Blue Jays tickets, Factory Theatre tickets, and many more! All items provide great excuses for parents and students to spend quality time together. So join us in the gym on Wednesday evening and take a look at these great items, and don’t forget to check out the talent that students of The Study Academy have to offer!

Community Development this Inspire Week

Community Development this Inspire Week

High School

Hello Readers,

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Kids club pairs mentors with younger students

Welcome back to another Study Academy Report! I hope you all are enjoying this lovely spring weather we have been having recently! Some of our High School students have remarked that it is still a bit chilly compared to where they were just a week ago. Can you guess who? Well, for those of you who have read my previous post you know that some of our High School students made a trip to Nicaragua.

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Trenching foundations of the soon-to-be school in El Manzano # Uno

On March 29th a select number of students and teachers packed their bags, boarded American Airlines and travelled to the beautiful land of Nicaragua in Central America. This was an absolutely exciting experience for all of them! Nicaragua has an abundantly rich culture, being known simultaneously as The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes as well as The Land of Poets (home to many renown Nicaraguan writers such as Ruben Dario and Ernesto Cardenal).

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Horseback riding on the beach

For one whole week, our students participated in a community development project associated with the Canadian Not-For-Profit organization known as Waves of Hope. The Waves of Hope organization has worked tirelessly towards improving educational opportunities, investing in local infrastructure, and helping to create a thriving community within Nicaragua. Our students contributed to this mission by helping to build a school in El Manzano # Uno. They tossed aside their wireless devices and dug right into their work! Ha, did you see the joke there?  Well anyway, our students were mixing cement, digging trenches, and painting walls among other building tasks, all to assist in improving the local Nicaraguan community.

When students were not lending a hand, they were residing and taking part in the fun activities at the El Coco Loco Resort on the Northern end of Nicaragua.  When speaking to one of the returning High School teachers, he remarked that they had the opportunity to take in the local cuisine (fresh fish, pineapple, mango, and peanut butter) all fresh and from the very neighbourhood in which they were staying! They were also able to enjoy the private beach, swimming, surfing, and horseback riding!  You can check out all the fun the students were having by checking out our Nicaragua  Trip 2014 Photo gallery (http://thestudyacademy.ca/nicaragua-trip-2014/)

Overall, this was a perfect mixture of community development, personal growth, and fun for our students. Volunteering with Waves of Hope was a wonderful chance to provide for others and put aside personal needs. I urge you, if you are interested in learning more about how you can experience a trip like The Study Academy’s or if you would like to learn about Waves of Hope’s initiatives contact Jamie or Ben.

Till next week!