Dec 10 – NPSS Grizzlies Update

It was quite a weekend for Grizzlies Basketball, with Sr Girls taking 1st place and Sr Boys taking 3rd place at the Senior High Basketball Classic in Grande Prairie, and Jr Boys taking 2nd place at Kelly Road in Prince George.

Senior Girls played aggressive defense from the first game all the way to the championship. The girls started flat during the first 2 quarters of the championship game, scoring only 23 points. Led by captains Alexis Ziebart and Claire Turner, they re-grouped and ended the game 61-41. Defense picked up significantly in the 2nd half with 6 blocks from Gr. 11 MacKenzie O’Brien and multiple steals from other players, leading to easy layups by Jordynn McPherson, Jessie Copes and Maria Giesbrecht.

Senior Boys got off to a strong start on Friday with an 89-48 win over GP Comp JV and a 104-31 win over St Patrick High. The boys couldn’t miss their shots, led by Gr. 12 Mason Miranda with 7 3-pointers. On Saturday morning, the Grizzlies went up against a strong team from PWA and while they were able to keep the score tight, they just couldn’t get ahead and lost 56-62. The boys finished the tournament in 3rd place with an 86-67 win over St Joe’s with notable performances from Ethyn Lang and Liam Peterson.

Junior Boys started their season off strong with a second place finish at Kelly Road in Prince George. They got off to a hot start in the first half against DP Todd led by Colton Dyck’s 12 points at the half to hold a 34-3 lead. The boys were able to finish the game strong and start the season with a 59-22 win. In the semi finals against College Heights, the boys started slow, going down 23-8 just two minutes into the second quarter. After a time out, the Grizzlies came out with energy and went on a run to get the game within four points at the half. After the half the team led by Colton Dyck, Gryphon Talbot, and Triston Stockall outplayed College Heights to walk away with the win and set up a final against Charles Hays. The boys fought hard in the finals against a Charles Hays team with a tournament already under their belt. Being outscored 19-3 in the second quarter ultimately left the boys too far back to be able to pull off the upset. After the half, the boys made adjustments that helped them to fight back to make it a 10 point game with four minutes left before Charles Hays ultimately pulled away for the Championship.

Up Next: This weekend, the Senior Girls are away in Edmonton at the Scona Classic and Jr Boys and Girls head to Fort Nelson.

Male Athlete of the Week: Colton Dyck (Gr. 10, Jr Boys Basketball) Colton lead the team in scoring all three games, shooting efficiently and maintaining an excellent work ethic.

Female Athlete of the Week: Alexis Ziebart (Gr. 12, Sr Girls Basketball) As one of the team captains for the Senior Girls Basketball Team, Alexis led the team in defensive rebounding, averaging 6 defensive boards per game. During the championship game, she showed exceptional leadership together with co-captain Claire Turner in rallying the team to victory.

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NPSS Presents: Mamma Mia!

The Cast of Mamma Mia!

Musical Theatre students under the direction of Emry Mika and Nadine Aulin present Mamma Mia! ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash!. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

The show opens this Friday! Performances are on Dec 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15th. Tickets are available at the NPCC box office or online at Adults $20, Students $15, Senior/Child $11


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NPSS Sports Update for December 3

Senior Girls Volleyball was down in Penticton last week competing at the Provincial Championships. They opened the tournament on Thursday with pool play against Belmont and Burnaby North. The girls competed well, but were unable to take a set. Pool play continued on Friday with games against Riverside and Mission. Finishing 5th in their pool, the girls finished the tournament with games against Claremont, Seaquam and Penticton. It was a great week of volleyball and some of the toughest competition that most girls will face. Notable performances by Daelyn Jeffers and Jessie Copes. Shout out to Grade 12s Daelyn Jeffers, Jessie Copes, Claire Turner, Katie Rutherford and Morgan Wiebe. We are proud to have you as a part of the Grizzlies family!

The Senior Basketball teams were in Dawson Creek over the weekend for their first tournament of the season. The tourney was a good overall effort from the boys. The first two games were won handily, but they came up short of a comeback against PGSS in the finals, losing by 6 after being down 14 in the third quarter. A great team effort from both the Grade 11s and returning Grade 12s, with big performances from Adam Nelson and Liam Peterson in the final game

Senior Girls Basketball demonstrated a very strong team performance in both the offensive and defensive side of the game, averaging 81 points and 30.5 steals per game on the first two games. Coming up short during the championship game, the team scored 45 points and had 14 steals. Overall, it was a strong showing of team effort from all players.

Male Athlete of the Week: Adam Nelson (Sr Boys Basketball, Gr 12 Centre) Adam anchored the defence for the senior boys in their close final loss to PGSS, racking up 6 blocks. His passion for his teammates was contagious over the weekend, and could be heard in all three games encouraging others and spurring them on, as well as the girls squads when they were playing.

Female Athlete of the Week: Celine Quigley (Sr Girls Basketball, Gr 12 Guard) Celine led the team in scoring, averaging 21 points per game, and led steals for the team with an average of 8 per game. Her passion for the game of basketball is tremendous not only during games but during practices as well. If you are looking for Intensity in an athlete – she is it.

Up Next: Sr Basketball teams are off to Grande Prairie this weekend, and Jr Boys Basketball has their first tournament of the season at Kelly Road in Prince George.

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Fundraising activities at NPSS

Connal Cameron is hoping the tree will be filled with donations – new socks and mittens to hang on the tree, and food and winter clothing under the tree.

As Christmas continues to approach, the Senior Alternate program has decided to sponsor a family for Christmas through the Phoenix Club. Additionally, we are also raising funds so we can purchase new socks, winter gear, and hygiene products for the service users of the Salvation Army shelter. We’re hoping that the rest of the school and their families might want to join in our efforts. Although we are asking the community for donations, we are also putting forth efforts to raise funds on our own as well. Some of the projects we are doing are:

  • Candy Grams – Dec 4. We will have candy gram sales on Dec 4 and they will be delivered on the 18th
  • A Bake/Craft Sale – Dec 11- we will have a table set-up outside of the cafeteria with a wide variety of baked goods, Christmas crafts, and hot chocolate for sale. Prices will vary.
  • Bottle Drive, Dec 6  Bring in all your recyclables to Senior Alt and we will sort it all and recycle it for you.
  • Candy Guess, goes until Dec 14 Tickets will be for sale for $1 per guess.
  • NHL Competition – Dec 13 Join us in the Senior Alt room (104). Come show off your skills and compete for a prize ($5 entry fee)
  • Soup/Chilli and Bannock sale – Dec 12 We will have a table set up in front of the cafeteria selling Soup/Chili and bannock so come on down and get some! ($5 a bowl and a piece of bannock).
  • Photo Booth with Santa – Dec 12. The Senior Alt have created a photo booth with Santa to give the opportunity for students to take Photos with Santa.
  • Coin/ Clothing/ Food/ Dock Drive – goes until Dec 14. Help us support the Salvation Army shelter. We are collecting socks , winter gear, food and coins beside the office we have placed a Christmas tree in hopes that it will be decorated with new socks and mitts. So bring some in and help us out.

We are hoping to encourage everyone to participate in some of the festivities that Senior Alt is planning to offer. Come Support our Community! ~ Calvin Paige

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Nov 26 – Grizzlies Sports Update

Senior Boy’s Soccer was down in Vancouver last week competing at the Provincial Championships. The boys finished 16th overall, however, they competed well with tight games against some of the top teams in the province.

The Grizzlies started the tournament on Thursday with games against Oak Bay (8th) and LA Matheson (4th). Both games ended in a 4-0 loss. The boys were a bit shaky getting started, however, they competed well and improved throughout the day.

On Friday, the boys took a 2-0 loss to McMath (9th). It was a tight game, with most of the play in the attacking third. The boys kept the pressure high, passed the ball well and competed for the whole 70 minutes: all things that they wanted to improve on from Thursday. Friday afternoon ended in a 4-1 loss to Kitsilano (14th) in the team’s first playoff game. The boys maintained their composure in the face of adversity and executed well. They continued to improve with every game, moving the ball well, supporting each other and pressuring with intensity. Shout out to Devin Velkjar on an amazing effort to keep the Grizzlies in the game, and Harrison Sewell, for netting the team’s first goal of the tournament.

Saturday morning found the boys matched up against Rutland. The team went down 1-0 in the second half, only to find themselves tied 1-1 shortly after with another beauty goal from Harrison Sewell. The game ended 2-1 with an unlucky own goal.

The boys earned a reputation throughout the tournament for demonstrating excellent sportsmanship both on and off the pitch and were commended by tournament officials on a number of occasions.

Shout out to Grade 12s Devin and James Velkjar, Cole Bennett, Mason Miranda, Kaden Adkins, Tony Hafner, Marco Petrucci, Quinlan Snider, Hector Cuellar, and Oscar Munoz. We are proud to have you as a part of the Grizzlies family!

Athlete of the Week: Devin Velkjar (Goalkeeper): Devin gave a commendable effort throughout the tournament and made a number of key saves to keep the Grizzlies in the game. Being a goalkeeper is never easy, especially on a losing team, but Devin demonstrated exceptional resilience and maintained a positive attitude throughout the week. Good work, Devin!

Up Next: Senior Girls Volleyball is off to Provincials in Penticton this week. The girls leave on Wednesday and will play Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Senior Girls and Boys basketball kick off this week with both teams in Dawson Creek on Friday and Saturday. Good luck Grizzlies!

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Meet the Student Council

The NPSS student council are a student body of volunteers that plan activities, events, and fundraising efforts in the school and the community. They can be reached through and have a facebook page here.

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Bell Schedule for the Week of Nov. 26th

As we have many events and activities occurring next week, we would like to present parents and students with the following alternate bell schedule for the week (please note that there will not be any CHOICE offering on Thursday due to the shortened day):

Alternate Bell Schedule

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NPSS Pep Rally – Tuesday, Nov. 27th

On Tuesday, November 27th, students and staff will gather in the gym to welcome the Basketball season for our NPSS athletes! During the assembly, the Junior and Senior teams will face-off with some fun competition. As well, we will be celebrating the athletes involved in Volleyball and Soccer, as well as unveiling the new NPSS Mascot! Students and staff are encouraged to show up in their NPSS Spirit Wear items or wearing school colours (burgundy and gold).

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Senior Boys Soccer

Good luck to our Senior Boys Soccer team, they’re in Vancouver for Provincials today until Friday. The Schedule is available here, and the games can be watched live through BCSS.TV.

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Volleyball Update – Nov 19

The Senior Girls Volleyball team is heading into their final full week of practices before their Provincials in Penticton. The girls leave next Wednesday the 28th and will play Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Senior Boys volleyball wrapped up last week with a fun game against the Senior Girls. Shout out to Grade 12 players Michael McDermott, Thomas Taylor, Earl Concepcion, Jerald Cosme, and Sheldon Maris, we are proud to have you as a part of the Grizzlies Family!

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