In their second week of school, the grade 9 TOPS class went on an excursion to YMCA Camp Pinecrest. Under the guidance of senior students, the class spent four days participating in team-building activities such as canoeing and low and high ropes, and learning about many TOPS traditions.
The grade 9 English class began writing opinion essays based on Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories. In their essays, they dug deeper into the meaning of stories, focusing on the importance of stories that aren’t even true.
The grade 9 civics class went on a field trip to Hot Docs Cinema, where they watched an inspiring documentary about the life of Ilhan Omar. Afterward, they toured Ontario’s Legislative Building to learn about how legal decisions are made in Ontario.
The grade 9 science class worked with microscopes. After learning about the structure of a cell, they took swabs of their own cheek cells and observed them under a microscope. The students drew diagrams of the cells and observed many characteristics of the cells, such as the effects of the visible bacterium and the size of the cells.