The Playing Field of Grit
This week we explore the final concept of Angela Duckworth’s book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. When I came across Duckworth’s presentation of extracurricular activities as “the playing field of grit” I was immediately captivated and found myself agreeing with her explanations. She speaks of the fact that extracurricular activities such as basketball, swimming, playing an instrument, chess clubs, or any other activity, will often challenge students in demanding ways. Coaches will push their players to go beyond their present capabilities and these are all opportunities to develop grit. Learning to play an instrument is filled with initial challenge and many errors but if one persists with determination, success is often reached. In sports, competing against others presents all sorts of opportunities for developing grit. A player may have a bad game and must learn to overcome this in the next competition. A team may suffer a crushing defeat and must come together to improve.
What is fascinating is what the research shows about extracurricular participation. In essence, there are many benefits to participating in clubs, playing sports, or learning to play an instrument. Individuals who commit to an extracurricular activity over the long term (3 years or more) develop a host of skills and resiliency that will allow them to succeed in college and in other areas of life. Individuals who can remain in an extracurricular activity through the hardships and the failures will learn to overcome other such challenges that life will surely deliver. It is for these reasons why our Catholic school offers a range of extracurricular opportunities for children.
SPEECH ARTS IN HOUSE COMPETITION FEBRUARY 25 & 27
All are welcome to attend our in house Speech Arts Finals.
Tues, Feb 25th – Individual Speech Arts
10:45am – Primary Poetry, followed by Primary Bible Readings
1:00pm – Intermediate Poetry, followed by Intermediate Bible Readings
Thurs, Feb 27th – Class Competitions begins at 9:15am
WINTER ORCHESTRA CONCERT FEBRUARY 24 AT 7:00PM
Come see the senior and junior orchestras perform at our 5th annual Winter Orchestra Concert. All are welcome. A reception will follow at 7:45 pm. The show starts at 7:00pm in the school gym.
STUDENT LED CONFERENCES MARCH 13 AT 9:00AM
Student Led Conferences will be held on Fri, March 13th. Regular classes are not in session on this day. Students are to be in uniform when they come to the conference. Please click here to book your appointment time.
JUDO IS COMING TO ST. JUDE SCHOOL FOR SPRING BREAK
Burnaby Judo Club is pleased to offer an Intro to Judo Camp during the Spring Break at St. Jude School. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. This intro camp is only offered to students in Grades 1 to 4. Come check it out. Early Bird Pricing in effect.
When is the Camp?
Camp Week 1: March 16th to March 20th
Camp Week 2: March 23rd to March 27th
All camps run Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm in the school gym.
OPENING THE DOOR OF MY HEART - ST JUDE'S PARISH MISSION
Come join Fr. John McCarthy and the parishioners of St. Jude Parish for three days of spiritual reflection, discussion, and prayer. Dates are March 2, 3, and 4. Begins with 7:00 pm Mass. All are welcome.
GR 7 GIRLS BASKETBALL ADVANCE TO QUARTERFINALS
The Gr. 7 Girls Basketball team took down St. Augustine’s Elementary and have now advanced to the Quarterfinals at the Richmond Oval. We are so very proud of their efforts and for representing our school!
GR 6 BOYS DEFEAT BLESSED SACRAMENT ELEMENTARY
The Gr. 6 Boys Basketball team continued their winning ways and eliminated Blessed Sacrament Elementary from playoffs. The boys will now compete in the Quarterfinals at the Richmond Oval. Well done Boys! We know you will represent us well!
KINDERGARTEN CELEBRATES 100 DAYS
Kindergarten students have passed the 100 days of school mark! In celebration of reaching 100 days the students, along with their parents, complete 100 days projects. The display of student work has captured the attention of many as they walk the hallway. Below are two of the projects on display.
Feb 25 – Hot Lunch – Pizza
Feb 26 – Ash Wednesday
Feb 27 – Hot Lunch – Jiro
Feb 28 – Care Day – 12pm Dismissal
Mar 3 – Hot Lunch – Pizza Hut
Mar 5 – Hot Lunch – Edo
Mar 6 – Patriots Spirit Day
Mar 10 – Hot Lunch – Pizza Hut
Mar 12 – Hot Lunch – Subway
Mar 13 – Student Led Conference
Mar 16-27 – Spring Break
Mar 31 – Hot Lunch – Pizza Hut