Branksome Hall News

Spirit Week puts spotlight on bonding and high-energy fun

The Grade 11 lip-synch ended with “We are the Champions” by Queen—and that they were. 
Claiming top honours in the final event of Spirit Week, the Raptors-themed troupe performed an inventive, pumped-up version of a basketball game, February 13 in the Senior School gym. (Two students even wore cardboard backboards on their heads and used their arms as nets in which team-members could “score.”)  

I love how much thought, purpose, and planning go into everything,” says Spirit Week Chair Isabel Reisman.

The week kicked off with an assembly in which the grade themes for the week were announced and a super-energized Lip Dub was screened. It was prepared in advance by all Spirit Week participants and includes some great faculty cameos. In addition to the Raptors, themes included Oceans8 and 7Seas. Team-building events throughout the week included a tug-of-war and a service-learning drive in which Grade 8 and 12 tied for first place, followed by Grades 9 and 10 in second, and Grades 3, 7 and 11 in third. (See full results at end of article.)  

The popular Cheer event on February 12 was the culmination of months of planning, requiring each grade to put lyrics to the tunes of well-loved songs. Each grade typically meets weekly, at the least, to prepare. “It’s [so meaningful] that each grade often centres the lyrics of their cheer around moments throughout the year that have brought them closer together, says Resiman.

Faculty judges for the Cheer and Lip Synch competition included Deputy Principal Karrie Weinstock and Principal Karen Jurjevich, in addition to a crew of teachers, staff and faculty, and some parents, who came out to watch and support students.

“In terms of community, Spirit Week is the greatest way a grade can bond together here at Branksome,” says Reisman.

Here are the complete Spirit Week results, and please visit our YouTube channel to experience the Lip Synch, Lip Dub and Cheer competitions. 
 
Overall Ranking:
1st - Grade 12 (180 points)
2nd - Grade 8, 10 and 11 (145 points)
3rd - Grade 7 (85 points)
4th - Grade 9 - (80 points)
 
Lip Dub:
1st - Grade 8 (30 points)
2nd - Grade 7 (25 points)
3rd - Grades 10 and 12 (20 points each)
4th - Grade 11 (15 points)
5th - Grade 10 (10 points)
 
Athletics Event:
1st - Grade 8 (30 points)
2nd - Grade 12 (25 points)
3rd - Grade 9 (20 points)
4th - Grades 7, 10 and 11 (15 points each)
 
Cheer Event:
1st - Grade 12 (60 points)
2nd - Grade 10 (50 points)
3rd - Grade 11 (40 points)
4th - Grade 8 (30 points)
5th - Grade 9 (20 points)
6th - Grade 7 (10 points)
 
Lip Synch Event:
1st - Grade 11 (70 points)
2nd - Grade 12 (60 points)
3rd - Grade 10 (50 points)
4th - Grade 8 (40 points)
5th - Grade 7 (30 points)
6th - Grade 9 (20 points)
 
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