Marymount Academy

Students to Participate in Ethics Bowl Team!

On Saturday, February 27th Marymount’s Ethics Bowl Team will be discussing and debating a variety of topics with other secondary school students from schools all over Southern Ontario. During an ethics bowl, teams of secondary school students discuss ethical dilemmas taking place at the forefront of world politics. There is a competitive design to “The Bowl,” however respecting and embracing the opportunity to share perspectives remains at forefront of every competition. A panel of professionals (i.e. university professors, lawyers, and doctors) critique each of the teams while they compete and act as judges for the competition. Teams will be competing in this provincial competition to try to earn Ontario’s spot at the national competition taking place in the spring. Here are a few quotes from our Regals who will be participating:

1) Catherine St-Jean (Pic 1)
“I am thankful to have the chance to participate in this year’s Ethics Bowl. I look forward to hearing different perspectives and reasonings regarding the cases being discussed.”

2) Jennifer Qiu (Pic 2)
“I’m thrilled to participate in the Ethics Bowl. It’s a wonderful opportunity to collectively strive for a deeper understanding of critical issues. It’s important to have these discussions that allow for a wider perspective of our world, which leads to meaningful change.”

3) Katherine Brown (Pic 3)
“I’m excited to participate in such a unique competition. I hope to learn about different perspectives and to broaden my own views.”

4) Vanessa Ferrucci (Pic 4)
“I’m very grateful to be apart of this year’s Ethics Bowl, and to learn more about the serious issues that face our society”

5) Lauren Petherick (Pic 5)
“I am looking forward to participating in the Ethics Bowl this year. I’m excited to explore the many facets of different issues facing the world today.”

Dan Bartolucci who is a Program Leader at Marymount and who helped prep the girls had this share “I am so impressed by this initiative and how the students on our team have embraced the opportunity to participate in a formal, respectful and insightful dialogue with their peers from schools all over southern Ontario. They are our future political leaders, our future doctors, professors, and lawyers. The Ethics Bowl provides a framework and venue that focuses on respectful and active engagement, in many cases, with those who may have opposing perspectives. When these kinds of conversations take place in such a manner, there is one clear winner, and that is democracy itself. Growing up with a father in politics, I learned to respect the perspectives that everyone brings to the table, as that is the true beauty of living in a free and democratic country. We are all entitled to have our say.”

You can learn more about the Ontario Ethics Bowl at:

https://www.ontarioethicsbowl.com/

Adventure 2 the Yukon

Marymount Academy’s senior leadership class has created a school-wide challenge to promote outdoor activities and an active lifestyle during the pandemic called Adventure 2 the Yukon. Students and staff are tracking their distance covered by participating in various outdoor activities through our website (https://adventure2theyukon.squarespace.com). The total distance covered is tallied up, in order to move us (virtually) along the route between Marymount and Whitehorse. The challenge is running from December 21 to March 21. Winter activities that participants can use for tracking include snowshoeing, skiing, walking, hiking, and skating. Through these activities, our goal is to cover the almost 5000km from Marymount to Whitehorse, Yukon. We will hopefully be meeting up with students from F.H. Collins Secondary School in Whitehorse, Yukon, who will be traveling in the opposite direction towards us. During our journey there are 15 virtual geocaches that act as landmarks along the route, where participants get rewards, as well as learning historical facts and significance to that area. The overall goal is to get staff and students active and outdoors, while having fun and, hopefully, surmounting a unique challenge together as a school community!

Empowering Young Women

Showcasing the Importance of an All-Girls Education!


Principal Tenbergen Shares a Message of Hope

January 21, 2021

You are living through an exciting time in history. Yes, we have the pandemic, but yesterday the first woman Vice President in the United States was sworn in. As a student of Marymount Academy, we need to be celebrating this accomplishment. As a former Marymount student myself, I am grateful for the education and support I received while at the school. I believe what has made me who I am and has helped me accomplish what I have in my life is attributed to what I learnt here at Marymount.

I feel that Marymount empowered me to achieve my goals and helped me become the leader and mother that I am today. Looking back on my experience, I feel that I was offered opportunities here that I would not have received at any other school. It is the traditions and beliefs we have in regards to helping students achieve their goals, step out of their comfort zone and try something new (it is in trying something new where we grow) and providing opportunities to do outreach into the community that has shaped me. Your teachers here have the same belief about you. The same belief that Kamala’s mom had about her. Kamala has said “I was raised by a mother who said to me all the time, ‘Kamala, you may be the first to do many things – make sure you’re not the last’”. I want to take this opportunity to say the same to you. Set those goals and never give up. There will always be obstacles, but it is how you handle these obstacles and overcome them that will help you grow and become stronger. Today I encourage each of you to really think of how Marymount Academy has shaped you into the strong young women you are.

How Girls Learn

February 19, 2021

At Marymount Academy, our teachers know how girls learn. Research shows that girls learn differently than boys. Since 1956, the teachers at Marymount Academy have been putting these strategies into practice and helping girls become comfortable and confident being their true self. An all-girls environment means that our students can take risks in their thoughts and ideas. They are not afraid to speak their ideas because each classroom has established a supportive environment.

Establishing a girl-centric educational setting means that a collaborative and encouraging community has been created in the school as well as each classroom. We have girls at the center of what we do. From curricular decisions to our athletics and community involvement. The interests of the girls always comes first. We help our students find their voice and passions and to action it. Our teachers encourage risk-taking while providing individual support to each student.

Ultimately, our goal is to give girls confidence, skills and values that they can use wherever they go when they graduate from our school. Our graduates go on to be strong, independent, confident women in the workplace and within the community. There are many women leaders within the Sudbury community who will attest to how Marymount helped develop their confidence, which supported them in their achievements and reaching their potential and dreams.

March 8, 2021

Today is international Women’s Day.  A day to not only celebrate the achievements of women, but to raise awareness about women’s equality.   International Women’s Day was adopted by the United Nations in 1975 and is now celebrated around the world.  However, this day dates back to 1911 where women gathered in just four countries to bring awareness to the inequalities of women and started a call to action. 

At Marymount, we have a tradition of having girls take center stage.  We create an environment where they can express themselves freely and frequently and develop a passion in an area that interests them.  It is an environment where young girls are not afraid to share their thoughts and positions on a topic.  They are offered leadership opportunities and we empower the girls to be leaders in the school and greater community.  They work as a team and develop their confidence, compassion and resilience. 

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is “Choose to Challenge”.  Change comes from challenge.  The theme encourages us to continue to challenge inequality, stereotypes and biases so that we can help make a more inclusive world.  “Plan International Canada has released new data showing little progress has been made towards achieving gender equality with 70% of women surveyed saying they have experienced some form of inequality in their lifetime, either due to discrimination or gen gender stereotypes” (https://plancanada/ca/iwd). Today is a day that gives us the opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made achieving gender equality; but we still have more work to do. 

COVID-19 has identified gaps in our society as well and has affected those who are already marginalized and struggling.  From layoff, lack of childcare and an increase in the rates of domestic violence, COVID 19 has shown how women, in particular, have been deeply impacted by this pandemic.  We must continue to celebrate women and girls and renew the discussion of gender equity post COVID 19.  Today I encourage all girls to reflect on and honour powerful women in their life and who inspires them, as they become our strong, future leaders of tomorrow.

Regals Earth Day Cafe

Marymount staff & students gathered online to celebrate Earth Day with our MMA Earth Day virtual Café!

They played games, watched videos, prayed, and shared with one another poems, art, photographs, and other ways that we are celebrating Earth Day – apart, but together!

A great way to build community and share their love for our beautiful Earth!

Regals Earth Day Cafe 2020

Marymount Students Prove They Have Warm Hearts!

Students at Marymount Academy braved the cold temperatures to participate in the Warm Hearts for Warm Soup initiative this month. The students and staff covered Elgin Street and formed a human chain to pass over 200 containers of soup to the Samartian Centre to help feed those in need.

“What a fantastic experience for Marymount Academy to come together with members of the downtown businesses to serve the most vulnerable members of our community. It was great to see all staff and students living out the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations!” said Principal Lori Holden.

“I am so happy that I was able to participate in this special event. I feel so good about helping others!” said Anna Weiler Grade 12 student.

Parent Council representative Shannon Morin was also thrilled to participate! “ I was honored to be part of the Warm Soup for Warm Hearts campaign. I am looking forward to participating again next year.”

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