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The Horizon String Quartet Amy Hillis, Jeremy Buzash- violins Joshua Peters- viola Ariel Carrabré- cello Website: amyhillis.com/hsq Born and raised in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the members of the Horizon String Quartet have earned Master of Music degrees from schools including the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Ottawa University, and the University of Manitoba. The HSQ members have […]
We are excited to announce that Danika Glaeske, a Grade 11 student at LCBI, has been selected as one of nine Grade 11 students from Saskatchewan who will be participating in the Global Citizen Youth Leadership (GLYC) program in El Salvador in July, 2015. The GLYC is a program run through the Saskatchewan Council for […]
Teaching Position: Choir Director LCBI High School invites applications for a 1.0 F.T.E. Teacher starting August 26th, 2015. The successful applicant will concentrate his or her formal teaching duties in the area of fine arts with a primary focus on the school’s well-known choral program, through curricular music classes centred in the formal choir program and […]
Get to know the featured artists at the Friends of LCBI Art Show and Sale on April 17-18! Dale Hicks BIOGRAPHY I have been a resident of Outlook for 17 years, born and raised in the Mossbank area of southern Saskatchewan. My primary occupation is raising pedigree seed, grain processing, and a few cows at […]
Get to know the artists that will be featured at the Friends of LCBI Art Show and Sale on April 17-18! Lynne Hermanson BIOGRAPHY Lynne Hermanson was born in 1959 in Outlook, Saskatchewan. Some of her earliest memories included being taught various embroidery stitches by her mother at around the age of 5. Over the […]
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Opening night is on Friday! Will you be joining us for Bye Bye Birdie?
And a few more photos.
Our LCBI Education Experience team in Europe has been very busy. We just got an update from Mrs. Linsley about all that they have seen and experienced.
We are on our way to Vimy as I am writing this. Yesterday, we had breakfast in Holland, spent most of the day in Belgium, and slept in France!
Our tour started in Berlin: SachsenhausenConcentration Camp, which was among the first and, as it was close to the centre of Nazi power in Berlin, was a training centre for SS. Over two hundred thousand prisoners were processed there of whom at least fifty thousand died.
We learned more about the Nazis at the Topography of Terror Museum, and about the Cold War from the personal stories of two persons who lived on either side of the Berlin Wall. We saw iconic sites including the Brandenburg Gate, the Reishstag, Holocaust Memorial, and Checkpoint Charlie. We travelled by train to Holland and visited the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, the first of several war cemeteries we have visited. It is overwhelming to see hundreds and hundreds of graves, all beautifully tended with flowers and often mementos placed by visitors. National Liberation Museum is about the liberation of Holland, in which Canada played a key role. Canadian veterans are much loved and honoured in Holland.
We had a day in Amsterdam with a coach tour, a canal tour, and even a trip to a farm to see how Gouda cheese and wooden shoes are made. It was pouring with rain, but we still got photos by a traditional windmill too.
Tuesday, we travelled through Belgium to Ypres . We saw the site where John McCrae served at a casualty station, then toured In Flanders Field Museum. A highlight was the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate Memorial. There were hundreds of people in attendance. Emily Spott, Hannah Felix, and Latham Hamlin had the honour of laying a wreath on behalf of LCBI. This ceremony has taken place every day since the war ended (except for a brief time on the German occupation in WWII) so for nearly 100 years!
As Mr. Delainey observed, Vimy Memorial is a site every Canadian should visit. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was the first time all four Canadian Battalions fought together under Canadian command. Their success won them great respect, and Canada signed the Treaty of Versailles as an independent nation. Seeing the Vimy Memorial was an incredibly moving experience, and each of received a Vimy Pilgrimage Medal which we will treasure.
We visited the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and saw remains of trenches and shell holes from the Battle of the Somme. Newfoundland soldiers were in the third wave, so the German soldiers were ready for them and picked them off as they funnelled through gaps in the barbed wire onto "no man's land". Most were killed- 86%. We were very somber as we contemplated that they estimated there were at least three hundred bodies that had never been discovered and identified just in that area we were visiting.
Today we visited Juno Beach. There is a fine museum there, and we certainly felt proud and privileged to be Canadians as we learned more about Canada's role on D Day and learned about Canadians, past and present. It was hard to imagine that the peaceful almost deserted beach we walked on this sunny day was the scene of such carnage 70 years ago.We were fortunate to have a guide so were able to go into the German tunnels and bunkers. Germans had a network of such strong points along the coast from Scandanavia to Spain: 17000 of them, all built to a standard design that made them almost indestructible, even with heavy bombardment. Ventilation shafts were C shaped so that if someone hucked a grenade in, it would come right back out and land at the would- be attacker's feet! (Atley got to demonstrate with a rock.)
Beny-sur-Mer Canadian Cemetery has the graves of over two thousand Canadians killed on D-Day and subsequent Battle of Normandy, so we got to visit there as well.
Arromaches was the site of an enormous floating harbour used to supply Allied troops as they pressed towards Germany. We saw remains of the enormous concrete pieces that were made in England and towed over,set in place, and filled with sand. This Mullberry Harbour and others like it meant Allied supplies could get through and the war could be won, but who knows about it today? (Bonus for Paul: from Arromanches , we could see Omaha Beach where the Americans landed on D-Day. ) Our last stop today was Abbey where twenty Canadian prisoners of war were brutally executed by the SS. We are now on the road to Paris, City of Light. We have been travelling through incredibly lovely countryside and villages, with the privilege and security of being able to enjoy it all in perfect freedom. What a debt we owe to those who died! We are blessed to have had the opportunity to learn about the price that was paid for our freedom.
We're back after May Long and already looking forward to what's coming next!
May 22-24 - LCBI at YC Alberta in Edmonton
May 28-30 - Bye Bye Birdie at the LCBI Chapel
June 5-6 - LCBI Open House Extravaganza!
Hope you have a safe, happy and restful May Long Weekend.