Peter Thyrring

St. Peter’s ACHS wraps up third annual ball hockey season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

St. Peter’s ACHS College School organized another ball hockey season and crowned its champions.

The finals of the ball hockey season were held Sunday at the Libro Centre with The Green Machine downing the Titans 9-1 in the title game. The Faceoff Kings defeated the Wildcats 6-5 in the third place game with Dylan McLean scoring the overtime winner.

The Green Machine came in first place.

The Green Machine came in first place.

St. Peter’s principal/headmaster Peter Thyrring said it was the third year for his school’s ball hockey season with players being from the school and surrounding communities. There were 44 players and they comprised a pee wee/bantam division.

“We didn’t have enough interest in the younger age groups so we did the older age group,” said Thyrring.

Thyrring added it worked out well as it gave older children a chance to play an activity.

There were 12 regular season games for each of the four teams with two playoff games. The season lasted from April through June.

The Titans were the second place team.

The Titans were the second place team.

“The bulk of the players came from Amherstburg but out of the 44 kids, about 10-12 came from LaSalle,” said Thyrring.

Thyrring said they might have had more players if they had accepted those who are older than Grade 9. As it was, he was amazed by the size of some of the players, joking that many were taller than the parents helping to run the league.

Many parents stepped up to run the league, including those who coached as well as others who supported the league. On rare occasions when he couldn’t be in attendance at games, Thyrring said he had little worries due to the support of the parents.

Most valuable players for each team included McLean, Nolan Kipper, Nick Grimaldi and Aiden Bastien.

The Faceoff Kings came in third.

The Faceoff Kings came in third.

Parent/coach Dave Wharram said the ball hockey league gave youth a chance to stay in shape during the off-season from their respective ice hockey teams. The St. Peter’s ACHS College School league offered a chance for players to get exercise in a controlled environment as well as an opportunity to meet other youth.

Players get to work on their cardiovascular exercise by running on the full rink, Wharram added, and that it promotes team effort among the players.

“Healthy body, healthy mind,” added Thyrring. “You can’t stand still. You have to be moving.”

For more on St. Peter’s ACHS College School, phone 519-736-2014 or visit them at www.achscanada.com. Their e-mail is achscanada@gmail.com.

Local school hears back from Queen Elizabeth II’s office

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local school that is writing to world leaders heard back from the first one it sent a letter to.

Students from St. Peter’s ACHS College School wrote Queen Elizabeth II and were thrilled to get a letter back from her Buckingham Palace office. Headmaster Peter Thyrring said they want to start writing top figures in the world and started with the Queen based on her being the constitutional monarch to Canada as well as the fact she just turned 91-years-old.

“When we wrote to Queen Elizabeth II, it was extraordinary because I don’t know anyone else that was doing it,” said student J.T. Langlois. “We’re still in the Commonwealth and she’s Queen of that.”

Students from St. Peter's ACHS College School show material they received back from Queen Elizabeth II's office.

Students from St. Peter’s ACHS College School show material they received back from Queen Elizabeth II’s office.

“It’s very cool to write to the Monarch,” said Deven Bastien. “It’s like writing to Donald Trump if they think he’s important.”

“Her writing back to us was very important,” added Timothy Langlois. “Once she’s gone, she’s gone. She’s of major importance. To get a letter back from her office was amazing.”

Kaden Campbell stated that Queen Elizabeth II has an extensive background including her training as a driver and mechanic during World War II.

“The amazing thing is not just anyone can say they got a letter from Queen Elizabeth II and show it,” said Campbell. “We can.”

Queen Elizabeth II is currently the longest-reigning Monarch in the world.

St. Peter’s ACHS student finishes second in Ontario in Legion literacy contest

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A student from St. Peter’s ACHS College School finished second in Ontario for his age group thanks to a poem he wrote.

J.T. Langlois took second in the Royal Canadian Legion’s Ontario Provincial Command poetry contest for his poem entitled “Not Too Long Ago.” He won the Remembrance Day literacy contest put on by Legion Br. 157 and the poem kept moving its way up the chain before it landed in the Ontario Provincial Command contest.

Langlois, a Grade 7 student, competed against Grade 8 and Grade 9 students.

“It’s good,” he said of his provincial performance. “It would have been better if I had gotten first.”

Langlois was pleased when he received the word last week of his provincial success but said it is important to recognize that veterans made many sacrifices so that the rest of the nation could have its freedom.

“They sacrificed for us,” said Langlois. “It’s important for us to give back to them. They gave up their lives for us.”

Langlois said he put over a month into writing the poem and is hoping to have it published.

“It’s very time consuming but it was worth it,” added St. Peter’s ACHS headmaster Peter Thyrring. “I really think all schools should jump on board. It’s been a great learning exercise.”

J.T. Langlois of St. Peter’s ACHS College School holds the certificate his poem won in the Legion literacy contest.

J.T. Langlois of St. Peter’s ACHS College School holds the certificate his poem won in the Legion literacy contest.

The poem reads as follows:

 

Not too long ago evil people rose to power

This led people to die off hour by hour

Terror was rising and so was the tension

Yet our soldiers stood strong without any question.

 

They fought bravely for freedom

For their families and friends

Their courage under fire was much to commend

 

On November eleventh, eleven o’clock

We remember many of the lives that

Were damaged and lost

We try to stand still just to remember

To respect all who battled for peace

 

I pray that one day all wars will come to an end

So that I can live a long life

Free in our land.

St. Peter’s welcomes students visiting from other areas

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

A local private school opened its doors earlier this month and welcomed visiting students from out-of-town schools.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School welcomed two students from Haliburton, one from Vaughan and three from Newmarket for five days. One student, according to headmaster Peter Thyrring, came by himself from Haliburton including taking the train from Toronto to Windsor.

“A number of them have been here three times,” said Thyrring, with some former ACHS students. “I find it interesting they keep coming back.”

St. Peter’s ACHS College School welcomed students from Haliburton, Vaughan and Newmarket for a visit. They are pictured examining a cow heart.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School welcomed students from Haliburton, Vaughan and Newmarket for a visit. They are pictured examining a cow heart.

Students undertook their regular lessons and that included looking at actual cow brains and a cow heart during a science class.

“It’s fun and it’s a nice change from our old school,” said Tyler Smith.

“I think it’s a bit more challenging than my other school,” added Nicholas Haslam. “I like it here because it gives me a challenge.”

Jonathan Kang said Thyrring “is always on task” and “always focused” and that makes the students want to work hard.

James O’Neill was the student who took the train down by himself, stating he did it because he enjoys coming to the school and learning from Thyrring.

Thyrring added that another visiting student – Xavier Dulong – helped move the school two years ago when it relocated to Amherstburg.

“His family has always been supporters of the school,” said Thyrring.

Current student Deven Bastien said it was great having the out-of-town students visit the school, saying it helped give “a new learning experience” and also allowed the students attending St. Peter’s on a regular basis a chance to meet new people.

“I think it’s awesome,” he said.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School prepping for Remembrance Day

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local school has been gearing up for Remembrance Day since the school year began.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School is polishing up on their history in preparation for Friday’s Remembrance Day service but the students at the all-boys private school state it is more than just for Remembrance Day.

“We started working on Remembrance Day at the beginning of the year,” said Cameron Sinasac.

Deven Bastien said they do so to ensure they have the knowledge of what Remembrance Day is but to know what the sacrifices veterans made all year round.

Peter Thyrring, headmaster at St. Peter’s ACHS College School, said the school does a lot of work in teaching students what types of sacrifices were made by soldiers. He said they have made such trips as heading to the Hamilton Air Museum, Base Borden and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.

“It’s easy to talk about poppies and Flander’s Fields,” said Thyrring. “Most kids don’t even know where Flander’s Fields is.”

St. Peter’s ACHS College School is prepping for Remembrance Day and uses actual war memorabilia as part of their lessons. Front row: Deven Bastien, Zander Deschamps, Michael Blais. Back row: Alistair Hardman, Beckham Sawchuk, headmaster Peter Thyrring, T.J. Langlois, Kaden Campbell, Cameron Sinasac, J.T. Langlois.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School is prepping for Remembrance Day and uses actual war memorabilia as part of their lessons. Front row: Deven Bastien, Zander Deschamps, Michael Blais. Back row: Alistair Hardman, Beckham Sawchuk, headmaster Peter Thyrring, T.J. Langlois, Kaden Campbell, Cameron Sinasac, J.T. Langlois.

Thyrring said students are taught about conflicts ranging from the Boer War right up through the War on Terrorism. He said there are two sides to every war and that students learn the bad and good on both sides.

“They are taught there are many sides to these wars,” he said.

One-third of the school’s history curriculum is devoted to Remembrance Day, another third about Canadian history and the other third on world history. He said they dine at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 at least once per month, talk to veterans whenever they can and learn about people who fought.

The school has decommissioned weapons, videos and historical materials they learn from, including records of soldiers who died in battle.

“We don’t want people to get forgotten,” said Thyrring. “We try to do as much as possible.”

 

Remembrance Day parade   Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 is hosting the annual Remembrance Day parade and service at the cenotaph this Friday.

The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and is scheduled to follow the same route, which goes east on Murray St., north on Sandwich St. S., west on Richmond St. and heading down into the Navy Yard Park to the cenotaph.

Following the ceremony, the parade will head south down Dalhousie St. to the Legion.