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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.

Elite GTHL hockey players hit the ice in Amherstburg

 

Special to the RTT

Elite hockey players from the GTA at the “AAA” and “AA” level travelled  for over five hours to attend St. Peter’s ACHS College School Mini Hockey Camp this past weekend.

Just as last summer there was a waiting list for players to come to the mini-hockey training camp here in Amherstburg, there certainly was even a bigger waiting list this year. Players arrived just after 10 p.m. Friday night for their ice time at the Libro Centre. The ice session was strictly a full out scrimmage to get warmed up for the four hour on ice work out that was scheduled for the next day.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School hosted a hockey camp at the Libro Centre last weekend.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School hosted a hockey camp at the Libro Centre last weekend.

“I waited for this minicamp all year” said Vaughan Panthers captain Nicholas Messina. Players Joseph Ianello and Jesse Copolla from the Mississauga Reps. “AAA”  could not contain themselves to get on the ice and get back to St. Peter’s ACHS College School for the many other minicamp scheduled activities.

“This is the best camp ever,” said Joseph Rotilio and Evan Lucchese. “We really like coming to St. Peter’s ACHS.”

Peter Thyrring, head of St. Peter’s ACHS College School, could not have been happier with the interest and turn out that was generated this year. Players this weekend attended from the Vaughan Panthers, Sun County, the Mississauga Reps, Chatham Cyclones, North York Rangers, Vaughan Rangers, LaSalle Sabres and the Amherstburg Stars.

The school is expecting an additional three teams in August with this minicamp being the precursor.