As part of the school’s annual spirit week, students at Marymount Academy showed up for class dressed in their finest superhero garb on September 17, 2012. Each year, the Girls Athletic Association plans a week of events that helps build school spirit and allows the students to get to know each other on a more informal basis outside of the classroom. Some of this year’s activities include superhero day, pop culture day, western day, pyjama day and the cartoon spirit which involves team activities with the entire school at Delki Dozzi park. Lucie Cullen, Principal of Marymount Academy looks forward to spirit week every year. “It is such a great opportunity for the girls to get to know each other and really reinforces the unique and collegial element at Marymount Academy,” Cullen stated. “All of the activities and events really create a positive and welcoming environment, not only for those students new to the school, but for all of our students.”
This past summer, one Marymount Academy Student had the opportunity of a lifetime. Sandy Qiu, a grade 12 student, spent six weeks taking part in the elite Summer Immersion Program at the Deep River Science Academy in Deep River, Ontario. What started off as a suggestion from one of her friends, resulted in her participation an intensive co-op program focusing on hands on science. At this academy, exceptional high school students actively participate in research, perform experiments, as well as listen to guest lecturers on various science topics. The students also had the opportunity to participate in numerous recreational activities and meet like-minded students from across Canada. All of the successful participants in the program are awarded two high school co-op credits in acknowledgment of their hard work and dedication. Qiu’s project, titled, “Antimony Adsorption on Zirconium Hydroxide in Aqueous Solutions” was completed alongside a University tutor and Scientific Supervisor.
Deep River Science Academy Program Director, Danielle Martin was pleased to have Qiu as part of the science program. “Sandy Qiu was a wonderful addition to our program this summer,” Martin stated. “ She was an excellent ambassador of the Sudbury Catholic District School Board and we hope that her attendance instils a sense of pride within your Board. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful student with us this summer.”
Qiu felt that it was an exceptional experience and was glad to have been chosen to take part in it. “It was great to be able to be a part of such a unique program,” Qiu stated. “I was so fortunate to be selected to be one of the participants and it was really an outstanding experience. It is definitely something I would like to continue with in the future.”