Alumni Update
Dear St Tim's Alumni,

Whether you graduated from St Tim's last year or many years ago, you are each part of a pretty unique club. There are not many Christian classical school graduates in Canada, and I pray that your time at St Tim's gave you a rich foundation whatever you are doing right now. I know that at times the St Tim's education may have seemed hard, but I hope that you have many memories of joy and laughter along the way.

If you have any fun memories you'd like to share, feel free to email me at, and maybe we can share a few in our next update. We'd also love to hear what you are up to at the moment, so why not drop us a line.

God bless you,

Dr. Small

We're moving our Grades 5 to 8 back into All Saints!
If you're feeling fit, why not come and do some lifting, chat with old friends, and even get a free lunch!
Date: Saturday, 11th December
Time: 9am - 2pm
Meet at 2740 Queensview (the Myers building).
RSVP Dr Small
Reflections from a Hard-Bitten Latin Teacher

Do you remember the Line Game?

The "Line Game" is a game I invented years ago for students to play in Latin class, maybe you remember it?
 To play the game, I divide the students randomly into two teams (traditionally Blues and Greens). Each team then translates a sentence from English into Latin on the chalkboard, taking turns to "write one word" or "correct one word." This stage of the game is conducted in "bitter silence," and no team member is allowed to help another in any way - even a deep sigh is considered a violation of the rules. When the teams are done, they return to their seats. 

Each team then turns to correcting the other team's work, and the students are allowed to confer with each other. They correct the opposing teams' sentence by circling any mistakes and writing the corrections underneath. When the teams are done, they return to their seats.

I then conduct the point-giving stage, in which the teams are awarded points both for their original translation, and for the corrections they have made to the other team's work.

I like the game for several reasons. First, it gives the students a break from the daily grind of translation from the textbook. Second, it is possible for a team to win the game even if their translation skills aren't as good as the other team's. Third - and this is my favourite - I like to see them actively engaged in discussing Latin grammar amongst themselves, which is marvellously surreal, even for a hard-bitten Latin teacher like me.                                  
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. "
Philippians 4:8
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