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Awesome Summer Playday!


On Thursday, students and staff at Sir John A. Macdonald School had a wonderful day of outdoor water play activities. Students rotated through seven stations of fun that were planned, organized, and run by the senior students. The kindergarten, primary and junior students had a wonderful time celebrating the summer weather amid cooling splashes of water.

Drip Drip Drop
by Mit, Kyerah, Krish

#hyperlapse DuckDuckGoose #playday

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One of the games we played was Drip Drip Drop. It is played like Duck Duck Goose but with a sponge that is soaking wet. Our game leader was Madison. In the game Drip Drip Drop, we were supposed to try to get everyone as wet as possible and try to have as much fun as possible! Instead of tapping students on the head and saying “Duck,” we dripped water on their head with a sponge. But when it was time to say “Goose,” instead we gave the sponge a huge squeeze and drenched that person with cool water. Following that, the two players would race around the circle to see who would get back to the empty space.

by Lyla, Rishi, Jaron

#hyperlapse Parachute FUN!! #playday A video posted by Andrew Forgrave (@aforgrave) on

One of the stations was the parachute. Gem was the leader who ran the games. The first game we played was shark attack. The game shark attack was cool because  3 kids (sharks) went under the parachute while Gem picked 3 lifeguards. The Sharks’ job was to pull other people under the parachute (which represented the water). The life guards’ job is to save the person that is getting pulled by the shark. We also played “igloo,” and “carousel.” Kids visiting this station had a lot of fun!

Water Balloons
by Brooklyn and Nathanyal

#hyperlapse Water Balloons #playday

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In the shade of the trees, some of the senior students set up a Water Balloon station!  Some of the games we played were Toss the Balloon, Toss the Sponge, and Dump the Bucket on the Leader .The first thing we did was passing a water balloon to a partner but the catch was that if you dropped it, you would get soaked.  

Lemonade Stand
by Chelsea

Lemonade Stand and Central Control
Lemonade Stand and Central Control

After running and having fun, students had a chance to visit the lemonade stand. Morgan was the leader for the lemonade stand. After a refreshing drink of lemonade we had a hula hoop contest. Then we played with the balls and scoops! It was a lot of fun!

Over and Under
Reade, Raj, Giri, and Mr. Forgrave

  #hyperlapse Water Relay #playday   A video posted by Andrew Forgrave (@aforgrave) on

One of the most fun stations was the “Over and Under” Water Relay station. The station leaders were Stuti and Ryan . We used four bowls, two sponges, and water. We lined our two teams up in two rows, with one bowl filled with water at the front, and an empty bowl at the back. The person at the front would soaked the sponge in water from the bowl and then passed it over their head to the next person. The wet sponge moved back the line until the last person squeezed the water out into the empty bowl. We then repeated this until the front bowl was empty and the back bowl was fill. We had fun getting wet when the water dripped onto our heads!

Chalk and Bubbles and Skipping Ropes
by Cailtlyn, Miah, and Mahek


One of the fun stations gave students a chance to play with chalk, bubbles, and skipping ropes. Other than playing in the sun and running around we also had some time to cool down. We got to draw some pictures on the pavement with some different colors of chalk. We could also blow scented bubbles. For some thing else to do we could we could do some skipping. It was a nice station to cool off from all the running around and being in the sun!!

Bean Bag Tag
by Aashvi

#hyperlapse #playday Bean Bag Tag

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One of the games was Bean Bag Tag Team and our leaders were Dhvani and Devin. There were bean bags lined up in the middle of the field. Two teams would send a runner to the centre when their number was called to try to capture a bean bag. If you got the bean bag, you tried to run back to your team before the other team grabbed your scarf. If they managed to grab your scarf, then you had to put the bean bag back and the other team got a bean bag. This was a fun game full of lots of running!


After the stations were completed, everyone gathered back beside the school wall where we took a group photo. Unknown to us, Mr.Mills (who was standing behind us) was getting a water hose ready, and once he was set, he sprayed us all with water to cool us down before we went back inside!

What a FUN day!

The Skyhawks visit SJAM!!

DSC03693Students at Sir John A. Macdonald School in Belleville were visited Wednesday morning by the Canadian Skyhawks parachute team. The team dropped from the sky and landed right in the schoolyard to the delight of all students and teachers.


Ground Crew

The ground crew organizer monitored the wind and the landing area. He signalled the plane to let the pilots know where the landing area was. He maintained contact with the plane via walkie-talkie. When the Skyhawks were ready to jump, he told us that the plane was dropping SkyHawks.

First Formation

The first three SkyHawks jumped out of the plane. As they got closer,  we were excited to see them do a really cool trick. They were coming closer in the sky and they joined together with two on top and one underneath. Then, the one at the bottom released a Canadian flag and red smoke. After flying through the air as a group, they separated so they wouldn’t crash on landing.

Successful Landing!

The  first  parachutist to arrive (the one flying the Canadian flag)  landed right on the red target spot! Before landing  they have to pull down on their controls to slow their decent.  After landing, they quickly gathered their parachutes and made room for the next team members to arrive.

Second Formation

Three Skyhawks jumped out of the plane and once they got closer they attached themselves together by holding each others legs to create a spinning circle. The men’s boots had red smoke coming out of the centre.  Once they got close to the ground they detached and each one landed safely .

Multi-Coloured Smoke Show!

The last group had pink, green, blue, and yellow smoke coming out to create a candycane-looking rod. The smoke was cool, fun, and beautiful!  Multi-coloured smoke is cool because when they fly around in the sky,  they make cool pictures. It was awesome!

Presenting the Skyhawks

"Skyhawks Salute," animated GIF by @aforgrave
“Skyhawks Salute,” animated GIF by @aforgrave

When the Skyhawks were done their performance, they stood at attention in a line. Then, they saluted us and we all clapped and cheered. At the command, they turned to their right and then marched off, while waving goodbye! It was a fantastic show!!

Meeting a Skyhawk and Packing a Parachute

After the Skyhawks had all landed,  they had to pack up the parachute so that it would be ready for their next jump. Each jumper packs his or her own parachute. We got to help pack the parachute,  and try it on.  Although it weighs 35 pounds, it felt like 80 pounds! It was very complicated to pack the parachute. but it was fun meeting our Skyhawk, Alexi! We had lots of questions for him, and he had lots of great answers!

Everybody with the Skyhawks

After the Skyhawks had packed their parachutes with the classes, our whole school took a picture with the them. Everyone huddled up at the baseball diamond so that we could all be in the picture. We all smiled and said “Skyhawks” as Ms. Wand took the picture.



  • Introduction, by Nathanyal and Mr. Forgrave
  • Ground Crew, by Giri and Reade
  • First Formation, by Sharon, Mit, and Rishi
  • Successful Landing, by Kyerah, Brooklyn, and Mr. Forgrave
  • Second Formation by Giri and Jaron
  • Multi-Coloured Smoke by Mahek, Jaron, Chelsea, Aashvi
  • Presenting the Skyhawks, by Aashvi
  • Packing a Parachute, by Miah, Caitlyn, and Mr. Forgrave
  • Everybody with the Skyhawks, by Lyla, Krish, and Raj 

Photos and animated GIFs by Mr. Forgrave.
Second Formation photo by Mr. Allery.
Everybody with the Skyhawks photo by Ms. Wand.