The Junior School Barn Dance Builds Community

by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School

There is no better way of bringing a school community together than with an old fashioned country Barn Dance. This Junior School biannual event encourages families to attend in western attire for an evening of delicious food, fun games and country square dancing in a gym which has been transformed into a magnificent barn. A live fiddling band and caller get teachers, students and parents dancing up a storm!

On Saturday, October 23rd the Junior School community gathered for a wonderful Barn Dance. Families came together to dance, play games, eat and socialize. It was a most successful event that was enjoyed by all. Below are some thoughts from some of our Grade 5 students:

      “On Saturday, October 23rd my family and I went to the awesome Barn Dance. It was so much fun! There were balloons that popped and had a number in them. Before that I had an amazing piece of pizza from Ali Baba Pizza. My sister and I split a caramel apple and it was delicious and luckily we got the last one! All the dancing was in the gym. There was even a caller. He showed us all the dances and then we all danced to the music. In the classrooms there was a free beanbag toss. If you got all three of them in a cardboard pumpkin you would get a prize. But if you were younger you only had to get one in. There was a lot more stuff that went on at the barn dance, but if I told you, you would be sitting here awhile!” – Taylor

“The best think about the barn dance is that it was a community thing. There was country dancing, beanbag tosses and you could win prizes. The food was so good! There was pizza, hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, rice krispy squares and caramel apples. Every class made a basket then you would buy tickets and hope you win the basket. It was so much fun. I hope next time you will come to the barn dance if you did not come this year!!” – Alexa

Thank you to the Junior School Barn Dance Committee overseen by chairperson Jane Potter and to all the parents who volunteered their time and talent. Special thanks to our sponsors: Fairway Market, Thrifty Foods, Ali Baba Pizza, Times Colonist, Nicholas Randall, Finn and Izzy Kids, The Baker Family, The Grade 5 Families, The Turpin Family, Eclectic Hair Design, Jo Jo Designs Joanne Sedgewick, Elizabeth Litton, and the SMUS Parents’ Auxiliary.

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