Une journée magnifique à Jouvence!

Les sixièmes années sont arrivées à Jouvence ce matin. On est dans le chalet qui s¹appelle la Rafale. Il fait très beau et il y a beaucoup de soleil. Harmonie et Lancho sont les premiers animateurs qui nous ont accueillis. 

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Cet après-midi, nous avons fait du rabaska. Nous avons pagayé sur le lac jusqu¹à notre arrivée à un quai de l¹autre côté. Une fois sortis du canot, nous avons fait de la randonnée dans la montagne jusqu’à un petit ruisseau. Nous avons sculpté des belles roches (des pierres à savon). Les autres groupes ont participé à des défis d¹équipe, l¹activité s¹appelait: Fort Jouvence.

Notre première journée à la classe rouge était magnifique!

Caroline Weber ’23 et Annia Sandler ’23

Dragon Boat Race: Teamwork at its Best

2017_2018_LCCDragonBoat_16On Saturday, September 9, 19 friends and I attended the 12th Annual Fuller Landau Cedars CanSupport Dragon Boat race and festival. We had to wake up bright and early to be there for 8 am, but it was worth it. We got to paddle a boat together in a few races, and it was a lot of fun. We learned a lot, notably the mindset that paddling together is more important than paddling hard. This doesn’t only apply to paddling, but to life in general. At lunch, we witnessed an inspiring ceremony, which consisted of a few minutes of silence, and then all of the cancer patients or survivors who were in attendance threw flowers into the water. All in all, it was a wonderful event for a good cause and a lot of fun. – William Hamilton ’19

You Don’t Have to Win the Race to Feel Like a Winner!

2017_2018_LCCDragonBoat_02On Saturday, September 9, my friends and I spent the morning at the 12th Annual Fuller Landau CanSupport des Cedres Dragon Boat Race. We got there bright and early to prepare for our first race at 8:45 am which was against three other boats, one being another group of grade 10 LCC students! Unfortunately, we came in last place and the other LCC team came in 3rd. We didn’t let that get us down and immediately started strategizing for our second race in which we came in 3rd place!

Not coming in last was definitely one of the highlights of the morning. Another highlight was watching my friends sumo wrestle in fat suits in between races!

All in all, everyone had so much fun at the dragon boat race and was so happy that we got to participate in such a great event supporting an amazing cause. — Danielle Cutler ’18

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Student Exchange Daly College: Spirituality, Colour & Opulence

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This phrase is written outside the Lotus Temple, a Bahá’í temple, located in New Delhi, India’s capital. It is dedicated to the messenger of the gods, Bahá’u’lláh, who believed that all religions were created in order for humans to live in harmony among each other. The Bahá’í religion supports people of all faiths to have free practice of their religion, to become better people.

Here’s a riddle: a golden triangle, a pink city, a lotus flower, a marble palace and a king named Singh. On the week of July 13th we saw the cities of Jaipur, Delhi and Agra, three of India’s most well known cities, which form a triangle in the Northern regions of Rajasthan and Utter Pradesh. After taking a domestic flight to Delhi, we navigated the streets of Delhi using a rented car, much like a game of chess. If one player were to make a move we needed to be prepared to secure ourselves a safer position on the street. We made our way to the Lotus Temple, which is shaped like a white lotus flower, while its inside ceilings are bare and echo the sound of one’s voice. It also has many green gardens that give it a peaceful atmosphere, much like Ghandi’s memorial, which holds the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi, a renowned peacemaker.

As the trip progressed, we visited a number of forts such as the red fort, built along the Yamu River, under the order of Shah Jahan in 1639. Today it is the place where the flag of India is hoisted every August 15th to celebrate national Independence Day. We saw the Qutub minar, which holds an ancient mosque facing the west, towards Mecca, as well as a Hindu temple. Our next stop was the city of Jaipur, which was painted pink in 1876 for the Prince of Wales. There we found breathtaking palaces with its peacock gates and paintings with crushed jem stones decorated to the liking of a king, named Maharaja Jai Singh. Finally, we arrived in Agra and saw a palace made of marble and moonstones, which catch the light at sunrise and sunset. This palace is the Taj Mahal.

Sadly, our trip had come to an end, but I knew there would be more adventures awaiting me. – Jane Robeck ’19 (Student Exchange, Daly Collgee, Indore India)2016_2017_StudExchange_JRobeck_DalyCollege_07

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Student Exchange: Exploring Melbourne and Northern Queensland

IMG_0928After spending more than 20 hours in flight aboard three different planes, I arrived in Melbourne in the morning of July 8 where my exchange, Lachlan, and his family were waiting for me. Although I was very tired from the long trip, I was looking forward to seeing Lachlan again and to finally meet his family. They were all very welcoming and I felt comfortable with them right away.

It is now winter in Australia and Carey Baptist Grammar School is currently on their holiday. We took advantage of time off school to explore the city of Melbourne. We took the train downtown to the Flinders Street Station and explored the Central Business District of the city. We spent some time walking around the Yarra River and visiting places like Federation Square. The city has a lot of very interesting modern art sculptures with a heavy Aboriginal influence, which I thought was very impressive and neat. We also went to the Eureka Tower, which is the tallest building in Australia. From the 88th floor, we could see the entire city, including the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Art Centre and St Paul’s Cathedral. It was really spectacular! I also got the chance to visit Monash University, where Lachlan’s dad works in physiology. He is doing research on diabetes and obesity and how the brain is linked with these two things, which was really interesting. He had a lot of animals in his basement that he was testing on like rats, mice and rabbits. We also visited a 3D print lab on the campus which was amazing as they were printing with all sorts of different materials, including stainless steel.

I went with my exchange family to Port Douglas in Northern Queensland, where it was much warmer than in Melbourne. Even though we spent a lot of time swimming and going to the beach because it was so warm and nice outside, we also explored different places in the area. We first visited Mossman Gorge, which we got to after driving past what seemed like endless sugar cane fields. The rocks in the gorge were massive and the trees and plants in the area were really colourful and nice to look at. We also went to the Daintree River which was near the gorge and took a crocodile tour. This area is known for having a large crocodile population and we saw quite a few of them. I was amazed at how calm they stayed even though our boat was very near to where they were resting. We also saw some unique birds and a few tree snakes whilst on the river.

On another day, we went up to Cape Tribulation, which is a massive beach on the coast of the Northern Queensland that James Cook found when he first discovered Australia in 1770. On the way to the beach, we stopped at the Daintree Discovery Centre, where we learned about the oldest rainforest in the world and how the ecosystem worked in that part of Australia. It was very interesting to learn about this unique place because I never would have expected that there would be a rain forest in Australia but it was quite remarkable. They were also showing many old animals that lived in Australia that are now extinct, including dinosaurs and procoptodons, which are sort of like giant kangaroos. When we arrived at the Cape, I was shocked at how untouched the place was and how they’ve kept the water and the beach so beautiful.

However, the highlight of the trip for me was when we went snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. I didn’t really know what to expect since I had never snorkeled before but it was an amazing experience. We went to three different places on the reef and we were able to see many different fish, sharks, oysters and corals living together. Some of the fish were so brightly colored and fluorescent it was as if they were artificial. We also saw massive grouper fish and even a couple reef sharks. The coral was also impressive and we could see how important it is in providing shelter and food to the other organisms in the sea. Although I wasn’t able to take a physical memory of what I saw, this was something that I will definitely not forget. It was an awesome first week that I really enjoyed. I discovered a lot about hidden parts of Australia that I didn’t previously know about and I’m happy I had the chance to visit these special places.

School will restart soon and I will be able to participate in classes and meet new people, which I am looking forward to. Even though I am going to school in the summer, I’m sure that it will be a very unique experience and I can’t wait to start! – Andrew Fata ’19 Exchange Student at Carey Baptist Grammar School