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By: Arfa Rana

As if we haven’t had enough days off from school, here comes another holiday, May 23, 2016 . What are your plans for this Victoria Day? I know that sleeping in and not getting up any earlier than you have to is every high school student’s dream, but there are lots of fun things you’re missing out on. Here, let me highlight a few.

 

  • GO OUTSIDE

 

It has been a long, dreadful winter.  And if you’re a summer person like me, you’re probably planning on moving to West Coast as soon as you get your hands on your high school diploma- do not lose faith, we’re almost there! But guess what? The weather’s (finally) getting warmer and summer is almost here; why not go outside and soak in the sun? Besides, with summatives and exams on their way, stress can be problem. But do not fret, the Sun has proven to be a good stress relief AND it improves your mood. The Sun never stays long in Canada, so take it your best advantage, Go play a sport, hang out at the park with your friends or simply just take a walk.

 

  • FINISH UP SOME WORK

 

So you’ve been complaining to anybody and everybody about the three projects you have due this week , that math test you haven’t even BEGUN studying for and the 5oo word essay that must be double spaced, font Times New Roman, size 12 on the industrial revolution due the day-after-tomorrow. If only you had an extra day… Now you have it. I won’t spend much time trying to convince that it’ll all be worth in the end, you’ll get the reward when you work for it yourself. Good luck and happy studying.

  • A NETFLIX MARATHON

(You may only proceed to read this if you have read and acted upon #2)

Who doesn’t love netflix? Netflix has over 13,300 titles of popular movies and Tv shows worldwide. So, get yourself a bag of chips, order an extra large pizza and coke  (it’s okay, it’s cheat day) and head down to the basement for a 12-hour movie/tv show marathon!

By: Alyssa Matheson

From the set at the beginning, to the curtain call at the end, “The Matchmaker” had the audience hooked on a feeling of enjoyment and pride for the arts program of our school. The hilarious performances by the actors were amazing and kept the audience watching the background in fear of missing a hilarious part of the performance. The humor was balanced well with romantic drama and monetary conflicts, which may seem like a challenge for high school students, but it was executed wonderfully and was quite believable. Sid Srikanth, the cab man in the play, said that this was a “beautiful experience and a wonderful way to say goodbye to high school.”

Luckily there is still another opportunity to see the wonderfully talented students of CK perform again; Coffee House. May 19th will be an amazing night full of music, poetry, and dramatic performances all performed by CK’s own musicians, writers, and actors. Stay tuned for more information about auditions to get your chance at sharing your talents with the school.

By: Mariyam Usmani

How much do you like playing knowledge trivia games? Well, for the CK School REACH Team, the game presents opportunity to compete with other school teams in the school region and earn a name in REACH prosperity. The most recent tournament was the Senior REACH’s competition on March 29, 2016. If I asked you what word “Canada” comes from, could you tell me? If your answer is ‘kanata’, then you undeniably qualify for such trivia−related success. Lead often by Mrs. Baker, the competition ignites a yearning for not only success, but friendship, cooperation and a greater determination to succeed. What are you waiting for?  Brush up on your general knowledge and gear your brain up to win the next competition!

By: Catiyana Adam

Elly at age 16, instructing others on how to use a lathe.

Spending your period 5 spare listening to someone talk about history from 90 years ago? Not exactly everyone’s idea of a great Friday afternoon. But for those of us who attended Elly Gotz’s Holocaust presentation on April 15th, it wasn’t a waste of an afternoon at all.

 

Elly Gotz is a Holocaust survivor. He is also an engineer, businessman, and international traveller. By the age of 5, Elly was fluent in 4 languages, including Yiddish – a language he picked up unbeknownst to his parents, who only used it to communicate when they wanted to talk about him. He was liberated from the Dachau concentration camp at 17, and by that time he had evaded near-massacre, helped build an impenetrable factory, and secreted away dozens of books from under the watch of the Nazis. Elly’s life was not easy. His family hid in a dark basement for days to escape death, with nothing to do except plan their suicide in the event that their location was discovered. He worked grueling 12-hour shifts to construct the underground factory, and lost a dear friend in 5 feet of concrete (one of six victims who are still buried in the walls today).

 

When Elly was finally liberated from Dachau, he applied to university in Munich. He was accepted, but soon after, his family relocated to Norway – where he would add another language to his repertoire in just under 3 months. Family members secured Elly and his parents a spot in Rhodesia a year later (modern-day Zimbabwe), where he was able to complete his degree as an Electrical Engineer. There, Elly put himself at risk to advocate for the rights of black students; “I knew how cruel and misguided prejudice is… I protested as much as I could, but I was on a Visa; I had to ensure I was not expelled,” he said in a speech to students in South Africa.

 

Elly finally settled in Canada (adding another language to his belt – English) where he became a pilot, entrepreneur, and business-owner. Now he travels the world speaking out against intolerance and genocide. Although over eighty years old, Elly exudes a powerful presence on stage, evoking the horrors of the Holocaust with the grace and humour only a survivor can muster.

 

I corresponded with Elly Gotz after his presentation to ask him what his message to the youth of today is. “[I] tell the truth, again and again, in the hope that humanity will learn something from the past. Sometimes I read the papers and despair, [so] I look into your faces and hope your generation will do a better job.”

 

An eighty-year old who’s a linguist, activist, and considerably adept at email? Come on, tell me that’s not just a little bit impressive!

By: Bhavani Narayanan

On Thursday, April 7th, the CKSS concert choir performed with the senior choir in the Halton Showcase.

Around 2000 friends and family members gathered at Hamilton Place to witness the  celebration of music.

The performance was composed of the children’s choir, the intermediate choir, the senior choir, the wind ensemble, the junior jazz band, and the senior concert band, among others.

The senior choir included students from various high schools in the Halton Region and was under the direction of Ms. Kendra Chow, the music and vocalist teacher here at CKSS, as well as Ms. Berry, a music teacher from Frank J. Hayden Secondary School. Together, they conducted the senior choir who performed La Lluvia, Prayer of the Children, and It Takes A Whole Village, which featured percussion by CK students, and solos from CK’s own Carole Palattao and Thomas Sadgrove.

“It was an incredible performance, the Senior Choir was the highlight of the entire night. The conductors really outdid themselves,” said one of the audience members.

“I cried during Prayer of the Children. It was so beautiful, I was in awe of the talent the choir possesses,” another said.

Overall, it seems that the choir had a great night, a great performance, and left a great impression on the Halton Music Program.

The CKSS Choir will be performing in the Spring Concert on May 5th, at CKSS in the gym. Further details will be released soon.

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By: Alyssa Matheson

As you know, we’ve hit the middle of this semester and that can only mean one thing – midterms.

Some people have been getting mark updates throughout the semester, so they have a rough idea of what their mark is going to be; for others, it can come as a complete shock.

Regardless of what your personal goals are, if you missed the mark for your midterms, don’t worry too much. Take a day to regroup and make a plan for how you’re going to handle the rest of the semester. The improving weather and soon approaching summer holidays can detract from concentration, so setting a feasible plan in motion is the key to getting back in the mark range where you want to be.

Hopefully you’ve already moved past the denial stage, and skipped the anger stage entirely. Once you hit the bargaining stage, you can make some real improvements. Talk to your teachers (they are reasonable people too), explain calmly to them where you wish your marks to be, and ask them how you can get work up to your goal – as long as you are respectful, you’ll have a shot.

Now you have to take the next step and implement your plans. To help with this, find somewhere you like to study. Maybe you like studying in a coffee shop surrounded by people, or perhaps you like the silence of a library. Wherever you choose to study, and whatever you have to do to get your grades where you want them, remember: it’s not the end of the world, or the end of the semester, we’re only halfway there.

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Deevain Bedi

Whether you are cheering on survivors, walking the track, passing the baton to your teammates, or even joining the many track side activities CKSS will have, Relay for Life is more than just a cancer walk, it’s a journey. This year CKSS will be participating in this journey, and contribute to the fight against cancer. An event created by the Canadian Cancer Society, 100 percent of the funds go towards cancer awareness, research and the many services the Canadian Cancer Society run.

At CKSS our Relay will run from 10am to 10 pm, a total of 12 hours! However, this won’t be a boring event! From water balloon fights, to ice cream bars, and even a dance at sunset, the Relay will be LIT! It’s a party with a purpose! Dunk tanks, student performances, local talent, hair donations, speeches from survivors and dignitaries are just of the few activities planned.

It is encouraged teams are 7 – 12 people, and registration is only 20 dollars! The tickets grant you access to the relay, a t-shirt, a luminary, a ticket for the big draw, and other fun surprises and perks for when you come to the relay! The theme is countries so gather your teammates, pick a country and think of a creative name and come signup! The German Giants, The Amazing Austrians, and the Dashing Danes (Denmark) are just some of the creative team names that have signed up!  

Relay for Life, is more than just a cancer walk, it’s a journey, and at CK this journey will be LIT! It’s a party with a purpose. Come join us on May 12 for this amazing journey and party. Bring your team to sign up during period 3, 4 or 5 in the front atrium! I will see you there!

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The Spartan Spectator congratulates our Student of Excellence, Cathleen McRitchie!

“When I found out, I was shocked, because many other people were in the running, and I was just doing what I like to do. I was honoured, and I’m still honoured.”

 

By: Nathan MacKinnon

     I’m finally getting the chance to talk about what I love, and no, it’s not chocolate dipped strawberries. Although they’re extremely delicious and appropriate for various occasions, they’re – sadly – not the topic in question for today. If you’re still reading this article and not questioning my sanity, I guess I’d better tell you; I wish to talk about cinema. After the biggest awards night of the year – the Oscars – you’re probably asking yourself some questions. Which movie is the best to watch? Which is the worst? How many movies was Tom Hardy in? Did Leo actually win or am I dreaming? Who in the world was that dude from Bridge of Spies and how did he beat Rocky? No one can beat Rocky!

       Don’t worry. I’m here to give you the rundown of the winning films of 2015. I have seen the majority of the winning films and wish to give you, oh wonderful reader, the guidance needed to cascade yourself with cinema.

Bridge of Spies: Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Based on a true story, this film stars Tom Hanks as the key negotiator within a hostage exchange in the 1960s. Whenever Mr. Hanks and Mr. Spielberg get together, it’s usually cinema gold. People flocked to this film, anticipating the likes of Saving Private Ryan in film prowess. Sadly, this film does disappoint on some levels. For instance, the film lacks good pacing and slows at some parts, leading to unavoidable boredom. The performances aren’t life-changing, and even though the Academy felt that Mark Rylance deserved the Oscar for best supporting actor, his performance was not the best, considering the packed lot of other contenders. Bridge of Spies seemed like it made the Oscars because of Spielberg and Hanks. If those names weren’t placed on the movie poster, it might not have been so widely-acclaimed. Don’t go and run to this film, it’s your basic period piece of suspense and substance.

The Martian: Directed by Ridley Scott

This sci-fi comedy stars Matt Damon as an astronaut stuck on Mars after a freak accident. He is then tasked with the difficult trial of survival on a deserted planet. This film felt like it really lacked identity. It struggles finding its own tone. One minute the film is trying to be funny, the next it’s serious. This leads to issues, especially when a serious tone is taken. Dangerous situations can’t really be taken as dire, for the tone is too comedic, and this confusion only dismantles any shot at suspense. That being said, the film does do well in presenting a relatable voice, one that is real. A huge kudos to Matt for delivering such a joyous effort. This film is worth seeing, but it does not challenge or change much for the viewer. ”Was I right to laugh?” is a common inner-thought.

Mad Max: Fury Road: Directed by George Miller

This film was a genuine surprise. It found its specific tone and played heavily within it, delivering a powerful performance.This film stars Tom Hardy as Mad Max, a shady individual given the opportunity to be the hero, even when he doesn’t really want it. The film also stars Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, a powerful female deliverer and the real antagonist of the film. No longer is the female role designated as the “Princess in Distress”; Furiosa brings down the enemy with girth – a sight beautiful to behold in modern cinema. Where this film truly separates itself from the regular action thriller genre is within its pacing. From the very start, the film feels like it’s running down hill, explosion after explosion. It is hard to blink without missing something! The problem with lightning fast pacing is keeping it up. Most action movies tend to have a decompression period; a place to breathe for the characters, just before another big fight. The lack of this all-too-important component leads to an artificial taste of action and leaves the viewer feeling like they’re constantly on their feet. The whole world is beautifully crafted: costumes, CG, makeup, and various different production stations come together to create a surreal world. Definitely go watch this film – and that’s coming from someone who genuinely dislikes the basic big-budget action film.

Room: Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

This Irish-written film is also outstanding. It does not need the explosions and extra destruction to reel the viewer into a story of sheer perseverance and growth. A mother and her son have been trapped within a tiny shed-like room for seven years, and what unfolds in the rest of the story will tug on many heartstrings. This film is beautiful in its simple delivery of human emotion. Brie Larson stars as the kidnapped woman, turned mother. She does not overplay her role, casting a beautiful elegance, even in such dire conditions. Young Jacob Tremblay does really well for his age, playing the son who has never seen the outside world. Ms. Larson totally deserved the Oscar; her personal tone certainly warranted the award. When watching this film, which is a must, really pay attention to the perspective shots – the ones that are shot to portray the vision of the character. These shots are often overused, leaving the viewer with an artificial feel. In this film, it only brings to attention the reality of the character. Especially when the little boy sees the world for the first time; it’s a moment that I still think about today. A film hasn’t done that to me in a while! What a delightful surprise.

The Revenant: Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Well, I really don’t want to say a whole lot about this film till you see it. Which is hard for me because I usually love talking about movies. These types of films only come ever so often, an experience unlike anything you’ll ever see. I could go on for hours, it is a personal favourite of mine. So, please watch this film, then come talk to me. I am not even gonna explain what’s it about, or what to look at when viewing. The truth is, we all will leave the film a little differently. I could go watch it for a fourth time and I’d still get something new out of it. So, experience this masterpiece of cinema, then come running to me. I am excited to see what you truly get out of it.

Here’s the my review of Spotlight, the Best Picture Award WInner.

Spotlight: Directed by Tom McCarthy

This film does deserve the Oscar. Even though I absolutely loved The Revenant, this film is a better blend of story and technical appeal. This film stars multiple big names, like Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Keaton. They all play reporters within the Spotlight division of the Boston Globe. This surprisingly true story looks at how these journalists uncover a massive scandal within the Catholic Church. I’ll be honest, I was scared when I started this film, political dramas are usually too slow and drawn out. Heavy on plot and short on technical appeal. Well, I was wrong. The shot composition is superb, especially for a political drama. Just watch the tracking shots of characters walking through their office or out at a park. These kind of shots are so rarely used in the genre and bring a refreshing taste to any viewer. It’s also paced beautifully, leading one plot point to another simply, yet powerfully, like Ping Pong. With no real drag in plot, there is no point where the viewer wants to press the fast forward button. Mark Ruffalo drives the acting the heaviest, bringing a reserved role out of it’s shell at the best of times. I was even surprised by how powerful his character seemed, even though he wasn’t expressing any sort of rage or anger. He showed that yelling and screaming isn’t the only way of showing real emotion. I had heard great things about the film, and even with that in mind, I gasped in astonishment. The plot helped the actors do almost perfectly, which was launched by the shot composition. All these points are rarely placed together in unison, which created a revitalized and original view of the political genre. I, the film guy that usually loves to hate on movies, couldn’t find something off-putting. This film just felt right, like the example of when a director is able to put every piece of the puzzle together. A written masterpiece, I was speechless. If you’re gonna see any film this year, watch this one. Whether you’re an actor, a film guy or a classic joe, it doesn’t matter. Everyone will appreciate the film differently. The deserving winner of Best Picture.

You agree? Disagree? Come and see me, I am totally down to here your opinion!

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By Bhavani Narayanan

Four years ago, in a land far, far away, in the middle of an old cornfield, a secondary school was born. What was once a possibility for future Spartans to thrive became the death of the Spartan spirit.

     Four years ago, people would crawl over each other to go to the school dance; now, semiformal can only scrape together thirty attendees. Four years ago, students would actively cheer for our sports teams; now, half the school isn’t even aware of the teams or their accomplishments.

     Members of our current Student Activities Council (SAC), have expressed their disdain towards the lack of excitement in the student body.  “We try, we advertise, but in the end it’s up to the students, and they don’t seem to care. All students that have school spirit are involved in SAC and other student councils, but we can’t profit from ourselves. No one [in the school] seems to care what we do.”

     And that is frighteningly true. The only sense of bond that is ever formed in this school is on noncompliant day and when the student body decides that Krispy Kreme doughnuts are worth being fifteen minutes late to class.

     Even in assemblies, despite there being hundreds of faces in the crowd, most of them are turned towards their phone, voices hushed as they talk to their friends; the air of indifference washes across the gym because of this.

     So, what can we do? Craig Kielburger Secondary School cannot just remain this dull school in the middle of an old cornfield! There’s the possibility of having more rallies, holding more events, bake sales, and dances, but it’s really up to the students to make the spirit of the school come to life.

     That is why SAC created a survey for the students of Craig Kielburger to ask them what the council could do better to bring up the spirit. This survey will look at the students from all four grades and their involvement with the school’s events, and what future events the students would like to attend. The survey then asks the student for advice on how to get the school more involved.

     The results of this survey will be released during the next Student Activities Council meeting, and using these results SAC will work towards a more enthusiastic student body.