Essay Contest: Martin Luther King Jr.

The following Essay Contest is open to all Grade 10, 11 and 12 students, and comes to us from our neighbours to the south:

The United States Consulate General in Vancouver would like to bring to your attention an exciting opportunity for your students. In recognition of upcoming Black History Month and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are holding an essay contest!

The essay submission deadline is Friday, February 6th, 2015.

Please include your name, grade, school and contact information with your essay submission.

Please contact us at if you have any further questions about the contest. Best of luck!





The Goal

For those born in last few decades, the greatest goal in hockey that they ever witnessed was the “Golden Goal” of Sydney Crosby, the overtime goal which captured the Gold Medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

For others, sandwiched between the baby boomers and the millennials, the greatest goal ever scored, that they saw, came in 1987, as Wayne Gretzky passed the puck to Mario Lemieux, who scored to give Canada a 6-5 victory over the Soviet Union in the third and deciding game of the Canada Cup.

The case can be made for other great goals as well. However, hockey fans in their 50’s or older were witnesses to “The Goal,”  what most hockey observers, experts and fans alike, consider to be the greatest goal in hockey history.

In 1972 the Summit Series featured the stars of the NHL, Team Canada, against the Soviet Union. The series was about more than just hockey.  It was the height of the cold war, and for many people, this was an extension of that conflict between Soviets, representing communism and totalitarianism, and the democratic, capitalist, “free” countries of the “West.”

1972 was the first time that the best players in professional hockey would be assembled to take on the Soviets, the powerhouse that had dominated international and Olympic hockey since the 1950’s.  Canadians were confident that this time it would be different, as hockey was our game, and now we finally had a chance to prove it, “best on best.”  For the first time we would send our best players, our NHL stars, to teach the Soviets about hockey.

It didn’t start out that way.  The Canadian stars were used to using September to get in shape for the NHL season. They weren’t ready to play and it showed, as Canada only won one game out of the first four games at home, and then dropped the first game in Russia. Down 3 games to 1, with one tie, the Canadians needed to win the final three games in Russia to win the series.  They would win the next two to even the series and make the 8th and final game the decider.

What had already been a dramatic series was about to achieve legendary status. Down by two goals going into the 3rd period, Canada clawed their way back to tie the game with about 7 minutes left.  In the final minute, Paul Henderson scored to give Canada the lead and the victory in the series.

Canadians had been watching on their television sets, all over the country and around the world.  Many Canadians can still tell you where they were when Henderson scored “The Goal.”

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Olympic Hockey

goldToday the Canada’s Men’s Hockey Team begins its quest to repeat as Gold Medal Champions at the Olympics. Four years ago in Vancouver the Canadian team capped off an amazing Winter Olympics with a thrilling overtime victory over the USA in the Gold Medal Game.  The Canadian Women were equal to the men, once again bringing home the Gold in dominant fashion.  What will happen this time around with the Canadian Men’s and Women’s hockey teams?

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The Day We Fight Back

Millions of people around the world are lending their voices to protest mass surveillance and the infringement on our rights to privacy and freedom.  Check out the following links to learn more:

The Day We Fight Back: What You Need to Know (PC Magazine)

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Democracy Now





Planning is already underway for the 2014 rugby season at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School. In particular, the Junior Boys team is asking any Grade 9 or Grade 10 boys interested in playing rugby for the school this year to SIGN UP (click on the link to go to our online sign up page.)  You can also check out the Panther Rugby page for information about all the teams at our school.  Check back often as more information gets posted as we get closer to the spring season.