Grade 7

Week of Sept 23 – 27

Iona Beach Cleanup (Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup)

Thank you to all of the students who attended the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Iona Beach in Richmond on Saturday. Smiles were had as we helped gather garbage and debris from the shores – interestingly, there has been a reduction in the amount of garbage found on the beach, which is a good sign of people being more aware (in this neck of the woods at least) of making sure their trash gets recycled or put in the garbage instead of ending up in the ocean.

If you didn’t attend but thought, “Hmm, that looks like a fun way to get community service hours!”, well, it doesn’t have to be a one time thing!

Live near a park like Garden City, Garry Point or Heather Park? Get some classmates or other friends together and, with parent permission/supervision of course, organize a park cleanup! Help the environment, spend time with your friends, and get service hours – sounds like a great combination!

Great Job!

Well done to everyone in the class for their contributions to our first assembly this past Friday! The drama skit, readers and singing really drove home the theme of the Gospel that you cannot serve two masters: Put aside the distractions in your life and put God first by loving Him above all things and loving your neighbour as yourself.

Our next Gr. 3/7 assembly will be in October with the Grade 3’s taking the lead.

What’s going on this week:

Please check the PE blog for Volleyball and Cross Country practice times.

A reminder that PE is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday this week. Music is Monday and Thursday.                                                              French is Tuesday and Thursday.


Friday September 27th – WALKATHON – 12:30pm Dismissal

Our annual Walkathon is this Friday! Grade 7 will leave at 9:15am. Please have your child pack a reusable water bottle so that they do not have to use a cup at the water station. Thank you!

Please remember to gather up as many pledges as you can. The school and its future students thank you for your service!

Friday September 27th – Climate Strike Rally

Following up what I spoke about at assembly on Friday, students are encouraged to go with their parents to attend the youth-organized Climate Strike rally at Vancouver City Hall on Friday after walkathon. The event begins at 1pm and goes until 5pm, but your attendance any time in between is welcome. This is NOT A SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENT, and attendance is not mandatory.

Members of the St. Paul staff will be there – myself included!

Check out the Catholic connection to this issue here.

This is the second Friday of strikes around the world aimed to bring attention to the climate crisis by calling upon political leaders to take real action now. It is a great opportunity to be part of a positive, youth-led event and, as adults, show the students you stand with them. I hope to see you all there! Please refer here for more details.

Have a great week!

Mr. Kirkham