Board Trustees Get Musical Treat

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Grade 3 choir from FH Clergue and their director Agnes McCarthy perform for Trustees.
Grade 3 choir from FH Clergue and their director Agnes McCarthy perform for Trustees.

FH Clergue Grade 3 Choir
The Grade 3 choir from F.H. Clergue performed three songs at the Board meeting on Tuesday night. The group consists of 45 students and almost two-thirds of the group was in attendance at the meeting. Joining them was Agnes McCarthy, the proud director of the choir and the music/dance release teacher at F.H. Clergue.

The students all share a true passion for singing, voluntarily giving up their recesses through much of the year in order to practice. The year has been a busy one for them.
In February they participated in the Community Living Algoma’s “Inclusion Contest” by submitting an entry that highlighted inclusion in the music education at their school. They were one of the five top prize winners and won an Ipad for their efforts.

In May, they performed “O Canada” for the Passport to Unity Citizenship event at Sault College. They participated in the Sault Ste. Marie Music Festival (formerly known as the Kiwanis Music Festival) and for their efforts received a recommendation from the adjudicator to participate at the Provincial level in the Ontario Music Festivals Association’s Taped Choral competition. They competed in the 12 and under School Music category and were named a “Provincial Finalist”. In addition they have performed at the Hike for Hospice event – a fundraising event for ARCH.

Grade 12 student Anthony Silveri from White Pines performed unique solo acoustic number for Trustees.
Grade 12 student Anthony Silveri from White Pines performed unique solo acoustic number for Trustees.

White Pines Collegiate & Vocational School
Grade 12 student Anthony Silveri from White Pines impressed the Algoma District School Board at their final board meeting on Tuesday, June 16th with a solo guitar acoustic number. Anthony is a member of White Pines’ band The Pine Tones who performed at a fundraising event earlier in June.

White Pines Principal Joey Turco and music teacher Greg MacLachlan were also at Tuesday’s Board meeting. Both spoke about the recent fundraiser which took place at the school. In addition to The Pine Tones, the concert featured the Semi Tones and Grade 7 and 8 students from feeder schools (including East View, Grand View, River View, Pinewood, Parkland Public Schools and White Pines Intermediate).

Funds from the concert went to support a number of worthy causes including World Vision, earthquake relief in Nepal and the school’s sponsorship of a child in Senegal. Two thousand dollars was raised, one thousand of which went to World Vision.

Leading up to the concert, senior music students at White Pines had a unique opportunity to mentor and work with intermediate students who in turn performed at the event. For some younger students, this was the first time singing and/or playing in front of a large audience.

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Teacher Greg MacLachlan took the opportunity to remind the Board that a coffee house will be held on Wednesday June 17th at 7pm with funds raised going to the Relay for Life event (supporting the Canadian Cancer Society).