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 6:30 a.m. Hockey

 

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning I have hockey practice with the Branksome hockey team. The team consists of girls from Grade 7 to Grade 12, so I get to play with girls of all ages. Although hockey is not my best sport, I have a lot of fun doing drills and playing scrimmage games at practice.!
 

 8:30 a.m. History

 

My first period class is history – it has always been my favourite subject. Right now we are learning about the Russian Revolution, which is particularly interesting to me.
 

 9:55 a.m. Math Internal Assessements

 

I go to math in second period with Mr. Ritchie. Math is not one of my better subjects and we are busy working on our internal assessments, which are math reports. I like this assignment because it enables us to combine math and writing skills in one project. Mr. Ritchie is helping me work out what math work I can do while I am away on a debating trip in Australia. I’ll be speaking at the “Worlds” debating championships with another debater, Anisah.
 

 11:15 a.m. Lunch – Perogies are a Treat

 

Lunch starts at 11:15 everyday except Monday. Today I have a meeting, but, of course, I run to the cafeteria beforehand to grab some perogies (they’re delicious)! My meeting is about a service trip to South Africa that I, along with 14 of my classmates and 4 teachers, will be taking part in this March Break. I am excited about the trip because we will get to learn about South African culture and history, and have the chance to work with students at our partner school in Queenstown. We have been collecting stationery to take along.
 

 12:10 p.m. Period L – Time for Girls’ Circles

 

This time of day is called “Period L." This period is used for classes, extra-curricular activities, study sessions or free time. At Branksome we have a mentorship program called Peer Support. I am a peer supporter, which means that during Period L, I lead “girls’ circles” with Grade 7 students, where we talk about things like friendship, body image, stress and more.
 

 12:45 p.m. My Spare Period – off to the library

 

I have a third period spare, so I decide to go to the library and work on my Historical Investigation. This is a project where you can choose to write an investigational essay on any historical event between the years 1870 and 1945. I am writing mine on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We have tons of resources in the library – books, magazines (all debaters read the Economist!) and online databases. I like to chat to the librarians, who always point out something new and interesting.
 

 2:10 p.m. Chemistry

 

Chemistry is my fourth period class. Today we are conducting lab experiments, in which we get to combust magnesium. Lab experiments are always a lot of fun and are great ways to learn chemistry concepts in a hands-on fashion.
 

 3:45 p.m. Debating – it’s a team effort

 

I am a co-head of Branksome’s Debating and Public Speaking Society, so after school I help run debating workshops for the younger girls. I’ve just been helping the Grade 7s, 8s and 9s prepare for an upcoming tournament. The resolution we are working on is: "The study of Latin should be made mandatory in all secondary schools." Our team is used to (and we love!) all the hard work that goes into preparing for a tournament. Our faculty are amazing, but we also do a lot of work amongst ourselves.
 

 7:00 p.m. ToK is co-ed

 

Every Grade 11 student at Branksome must take an IB philosophy course called “Theory of Knowledge." I take ToK as a night course, along with about 20 Branksome girls and 20 UCC boys. I like ToK because it’s different from other courses I take in school; we discuss interesting ideas like how emotions affect out decisions and how body language can sometimes convey stronger messages than words.

 

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