Thursday, 30 April 2015

Book Review: The Bell Jar

By: Sarah Asselin
The Bell Jar, written by Sylvia Plath, is set in the life of Esther Greenwood - a brilliant college student struggling to discover the key between satisfaction and happiness. Beginning as an intern in New York City, Esther is constantly faced with the challenge of whether happiness will come in either the domestic or successful life. As Esther continues to question the purpose of her own life, she is faced with deeper thoughts that continue to plague her until her own mentality is at stake.

Titans Fall Short to Wildcats in Rugby Home Opener

By: D’Arcy Murphy
Photo Credit: Fadi Jameel

Tuesday afternoon saw Holy Trinity’s first rugby action at home this season. The varsity girls' rugby team took on the White Oaks Wildcats. The rivalry match-up made way for a close game that the Titans came within a try of winning. The eventful game finished with the score of 22-17 for the visitors.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Ask Anonymous 9

Hey HT, Ask Anonymous here. If you’re wondering why the question you've submitted hasn’t been answered, don’t fret! Pick up a copy of our second print edition of The Titan Times next week and you might find that it has been answered in there! Until then, enjoy this week’s round of questions and answers.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

#HTRevolution Engulfs Holy Trinity

By: Darryl Young

Last week at HT, students led by staff supervisor Mrs. Rutkowski released their parody video of Taylor Swift's hit song, Blank Space. The group, better known as Team Revolution produced the video to raise awareness about the affect global warming, climate change, and pollution have on the world's oceans, and the finned friends in them - sharks. Keep reading for an in-depth interview with an expert on this issue and to check out the video everyone's talking about.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Titans on the World Stage at Model United Nations

By: Rebecca Vukojevic
Photo Credit: Mr. Szczesniak

On Thursday April 23rd and Friday April 24th, students from Holy Trinity went to Toronto for SOMA. This two day event was hosted on the U of T campus and students from various schools all across Canada and abroad were in attendance. There were even schools from Calgary and the USA!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Weekly Sports Round-Up Apr. 20-26

By: Izabela Pitula
Photo Credit: Eilidh Major

Spring season is underway and HT’s athletic teams are competing against the best. Here's what's new in the Titans' world of sports.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Saturday Songs

Introducing a new regular feature to The Titan Times - Saturday Songs. We will routinely highlight a collection of our favourite tunes on the blog. Check out the link to the corresponding YouTube playlist to listen to this week's picks. Happy listening!

Titans Celebrate Life

By: Izabela Pitula

On Thursday, April 23rd, the Titans for Life club at Holy Trinity hosted a “Culture of Life” Mass as well as a baby shower for teenage moms from Shifra Home. We were honored to have Father Kuzma as our guest speaker and have him to celebrate the Holy Eucharist with us.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Thursdays at the Theater: Vol. 6

By: Joshua Volkers

As we see April come to an end, this means a lot of different things for us all. It means warmer weather, being able to roll out our summer wardrobes, and of course, the quickly approaching summer vacation that every student has learned to cherish and enjoy over the years. However, it is also when the month of May begins, and we get this giant bunch of summer blockbusters that satisfy our desires to have spectacular action and likable characters presented to us over the course of roughly two hours. Of course, the big movie that everybody’s going to be talking about is Avengers, and we’ll get to that in a second, but aside from that, this is shaping up to be a great summer for all audiences to enjoy due to the variety of films that I see slated for release.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Ask Anonymous 8

To see previous editions of this column, click here. Click here to submit your own questions to be answered in an upcoming edition of Ask Anonymous.

Q: I think my best friend has a crush on my boyfriend. Honestly, I trust them both, but it's really getting out of hand. I'm worried that I'm being too trusting, and just setting myself up to be walked all over. And, if I really trusted them, why would I be asking for advice? 

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Weekly Sports Round-Up Apr. 13-19

By: Izabela Pitula

As the spring season is currently underway for some of our spring teams, there are a few HT teams such as rugby and soccer who will start their regular season in the coming weeks.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Guest Speakers Share Inspiring Message with Trinity Students

By: Christian DaSilva & Izabela Pitula
Photo Credit: M. Keats (from Monday's presentation)  

On Monday, April 13th, the Grade Nines and Tens had a guest speaker come in and speak a bit about what our purpose in life is and a bit about his life before he became a public speaker and followed God. 

Kenneth Yasinki started out in northern Saskatchewan as part of big family, and every night before they went to bed they would say a prayer. Usually Kenneth would think of it as just another prayer, but one night, he decided to close his eyes, focus on God, and say the prayer with some real meaning and when he did this, he felt like he was surrounded by a cloud of forgiveness. Kenneth was shocked when this happened but forgot about it until a while after his life took a turn for the worst. There was one time, at the worst point in his life, while Kenneth was leaning over the edge of a bridge about to jump off, but then he realized that doing this would upset his family. It just wasn't worth it, so he decided not to and that was the best decision he’d ever made. Kenneth then decided to go back to school and learn some more, and this made him extremely happy and he kept praying like he did that one time with his family. One time, when Kenneth was praying after a good day, he felt God talk to him and tell him that this was his purpose in life: to be happy

Kenneth then decided to go around to different schools and social events telling everyone his story and that happiness is the purpose of our lives. The influence he had at HT was astounding and his experiences made for an excellent presentation.

Last week, on Friday, April 10th, Holy Trinity was visited by another inspiring guest who spoke to Grade Eleven and Twelve students about mental, physical and spiritual health and God’s importance to it all. His name is Domenic Inneo.

Mr. Inneo began the presentation with a few questions to get the crowd going. After that, he explained the learning goals he hoped that the students would achieve during the presentation. He told his personal story and why he’s doing the things he is today. At the beginning, Domenic engaged the students in a little discussion about health in the aspect of mentality, physicality, and spirituality. He talked about his childhood and the things that he enjoys doing to live life to the fullest. Inneo also talked about how sports played a key role in his life until the worst imaginable thing happened to him. Domenic had back problems for a long time, but one day, they changed his life forever. He was told by the doctors that his disc fell out and that his backbones were shattered. Later that day, he was told by specialists that he would never walk again and may require a serious therapy. He was crushed just like his back - he was shattered into million pieces. With a little faith and patience, miracles do happen. After a long grieving process of knowing that he would never be able to play sports again, Domenic saw a light at the end of the tunnel. He’s been praying every day since the accident in order to go back to a full strength. One day, Domenic stood up and met up with a doctor who showed him his X-Ray results. They came back perfect, because his backbones were back to normal. Domenic said that he couldn’t believe it, but as soon as he saw the small cross necklace on the X-Ray, he knew it was his result. Domenic Inneo said that when he heard the most joyful news in his life, he couldn’t help but pray and thank God for all he has done to help him out.

Mr. Yasinski and Mr. Inneo shared a similar message.
The moral of Mr. Inneo’s story is that God is always there beside us even if it doesn’t seem like it. He always listens to our cries. God always has something for you, a key to every problem, a light for every shadow, a relief for every sorrow and a plan for every tomorrow.

The guest speaker concluded his presentation with introducing his newest app that lets young people know that they are not alone with whatever they’re dealing with. The app called the “getIntact” helps people to experience continual growth and success as well as it helps us to find ourselves in this crazy world.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

We Are Silent: Students Take a Stand for Free The Children

By: Katarina Brkic

On Thursday, April 16th, students participated in a paid civvies day to support Free The Children's We Are Silent  initiative. Around the world, there are many voices that are not heard. The unheard voices are the ones who are denied an education, the victims of bullying, people growing up in poverty, victims of gender inequality, and child labourers.

Several students took a vow of silence during the school day to let those who aren't heard, get a chance to speak out. There were students who also participated in other vows, such as a vow of no social media and a vow of no texting.

Everyone has a voice, and everyone deserves to be given a chance to be heard. Take a moment of silence today as a sign of respect towards these people.

Book Review: And The Mountains Echoed

By: Sarah Asselin
In a tale that is both emotional and gripping, And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini is a novel that provides insight into the actions that evolve from love, sacrifice, and honour. Following the stories of two motherless siblings completely dependent on one another, And The Mountains Echoed brings to life the conflicts of countless cultures around the world. This novel focuses on the delicate ripples that come from the actions of just a few.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Ask Anonymous 7

To see previous editions of this column, click here. Click here to submit your own questions to be answered in an upcoming edition of Ask Anonymous.

Q: What do you do when you have three assignments due in the same week and not enough time to work on them because of other homework, a part-time job, multiple extra-curricular activities, and trying to spend time with friends and family? Do you ask the teachers for more time? Is there a better option?

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Titan's Corner

The Titan Times started production on our first video after school today. Here are some behind the scenes looks on the first filming of Titans Corner:

The first video will be be released in the upcoming weeks.  Go Titans!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Senior Boys Kick-Off Tournament at HT

By: D'Arcy Murphy

The Holy Trinity men’s soccer team lined up for their first matches on home turf last week. Friday’s preseason tournament consisted of three close matches for the boys as they looked to put the pieces together in preparation for the coming season.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Weekly Sports Round-Up Apr. 6-12

By: Izabela Pitula
Photo Credit: @HolyTrinityOak via Twitter

Spring season is underway as various HT sports teams take on their rivals to compete in games that will strengthen their team chemistry, their own abilities and determine their season outcomes.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Qui est le vrai terroriste au Canada?

Par: D’Arcy Murphy et Kristyn Farrell

Les médias sont très efficaces pour faire une image d’horreur quand ils décrivent « ISIS ». Et ce n’est pas un problème parce que c’est la vérité. Quand cette image est construite pour victimiser les personnes innocentes, c’est ça qui crée un problème.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Thursdays at the Theatre: Vol. 5

By: Joshua Volkers

As it stands right now, the weather outside in April may be a little bit colder than some would like it to be up here in Canada. So, that means we have to stay inside for at least a few more weeks before we can enjoy any warm breezes. Like I said in a previous entry though, that does potentially give you more time to go to your local theater and check out any new releases you’re interested in, or stay at home and watch some old ones!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Ask Anonymous 6

To see previous editions of this column, click here. Click here to submit your own questions to be answered in an upcoming edition of Ask Anonymous.

Q: I disagree with a mark I got on my last assignment. How can I approach my teacher to talk about why I got the mark I did?

A: Be respectful when approaching your teacher. Ask to speak with them after class about the mark and explain politely why you think you deserve a higher mark. Don’t make it seem like they were in the wrong by giving you a mark that was lower than you expected by pointing fingers at them – remember that they’re the one who inputs the mark on your report card. Explain why you think you deserve a higher mark, not why they were wrong for giving you a lower one. Keep in mind that a good attitude goes a long way.

Q: How do I become a billionaire?

A: Stay in school. Work hard. Be Bill Gates?

Q: What’s a good book you recommend reading? (No Divergent/John Green/Hunger Games and all that stuff pls)

A: Lucky for you, The Titan Times has our very own expert, Sarah Asselin, who writes great book reviews every other week. Her unique recommendations range over many genres so you’ll be sure to find something that you’re interested in. As for me, I’d strongly recommend reading either A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini or Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. If you haven’t already had the pleasure of reading the first mentioned novel in grade eleven English, I definitely suggest that you do so. It’s a captivating story following two women and their struggles in war-ridden Afghanistan. The second novel, Wuthering Heights, is a classic piece of literature that was first published in 1847. The language may be difficult to understand at times but the heartbreaking yet not cheesy love story of the star-crossed protagonists makes it all worth it. Plus, certain quotes in the novel are seriously worth tattooing… or tweeting, whatever you’re more comfortable with.

Q: I’m torn over Zayn leaving One Direction, what do I do?

A: People grieve in different ways, my friend, but instead of burying your face into a pillow and listening to his high note in You and I on loop, I recommend that you try to keep your sanity as you wait for the launch of his solo career - we all know it’s happening. For now, stay strong. It will get better. 

Until next time,


Monday, 6 April 2015

Easter Traditions

By: Izabela Pitula

Many people think that Easter is all about the Easter egg hunts, the Easter bunny, chocolate candy and toys, but for Christians, Easter is also about how Jesus died for our sins on the cross and then came back to life on the third day. He sacrificed his own life for the sake of ours.

"God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life" (John 3:16).

Every country around the world has different traditions when it comes to Easter. Right from north to south and east to west, we can find a tinge of local flavor in Easter celebrations in various countries across the world.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Weekly Sports Round-Up Mar. 30 - Apr. 5

By: Izabela Pitula

Happy Easter, HT! May you find the renewal of hope, love and the spirit of God. Happy Easter to you and your lovely families!

Now back to business... This past week was mostly a preseason week. Junior and senior boys’ and girls’ soccer teams had their first tournaments to test their team chemistry and skills. The junior girls, coached by Mr. Bonfiglio and Mrs. Richards kicked off the season with a bronze medal at a tournament hosted by Jean Vanier S.S. A two-win, one-loss tournament makes the team very confident that with hard work and dedication, they have a chance at earning a spot at OFSAA this year. Both of the boys’ teams, as well as the senior girls, are getting back into the routine of practice, meetings and upcoming games. The coaches are all convinced it will be another great season for HT Soccer!

Another team in full effect is Titans’ Badminton! Both juniors and seniors participated in a tournament hosted by HT this past Thursday. After a long day filled with rallies between players, the HT Titans came 9th overall at the tournament! With weekly practices and many games in the calendar, the badminton team is determined to have a very successful season!

The junior boys’ hockey team had a tremendous success this past week as they became the first Holy Trinity team to win the Burlington Cup championship! Congrats to the boys on making school history. Good luck in the rest of their season!

Stay tuned for more coverage on the Spring season and GOOOO TITANS!!!

Easter Dessert Recipe

By: D'Arcy Murphy
If you want something sweet for a fresh-tasting Easter treat, try these mini lemon Bundt cakes. For recipes for a savoury meal, check out our recommendations from St. Patrick's Day.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Soccer Girls Kick-Off Season with Bronze Medal

By: Noah Polesky

The junior girls' soccer team, coached by Mr. Bonfiglio and Mrs. Richards, earned a bronze medal in their first tournament hosted by Jean Vanier C.S.S. In their three games, they finished the event with a record of two wins and one loss.

In their first game, the girls lost a close game against Corpus Christi with a score of 1-0. In their second game however, they won by a blowout against rival St. Thomas Aquinas 6-1. The offence was led by Haley Griffin and Jocelyn Fletcher, who scored two goals each and Alexa Suarez and Courtney Wilson who both scored one goal. In the final game of the tournament, for the bronze medal, the team played against the host school, Jean Vanier. The girls emerged victorious by a score of 4-1, with goals scored by Jocelyn Fletcher, Sophia Boyd (one each) and Alexa Suarez (two goals). Not to be forgotten were the keepers; Eilidh Major and Caitlyn Baillie, who only allowed three goals against in the entire tournament.

When asked about the team’s performance in the tournament, striker Sophia Boyd said, "In my opinion, we were the best team in that tournament, we ran into a tough team like Corpus Christi, but we could beat them if we played again. We just need to keep playing like we were, as a team, and we can take on anyone." Also when asked how she felt about the team in the coming season, midfielder Jocelyn Fletcher said, “I feel that we have an amazing team and that we are strong in the sense that we will be able to play up to any competition and stand our ground. If we keep playing at the level we are now, I think we have a good chance at making it into OFSAA."

The girls' next tournament is April 14 at Holy Trinity, stay tuned for details, stats, and scores. 


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Autism Awareness Day Lights the World in Blue

By: Izabela Pitula

As dusk falls on April 2nd, many buildings around the world will light themselves blue in support of World Autism Awareness Day. This is a day for people all around the globe to come together to raise awareness about a disorder that is diagnosed in 1 in 88 children. As it keeps on growing, it is more important than ever to raise vital awareness about this lifelong disorder.

Book Review: Ru

By: Sarah Asselin
As a recent addition to profound literature, Ru, written by Kim Thúy, is a unique story that adds to our understanding of the lives of both privilege and poverty, and the moments that make them up. Following the journey of a woman’s life from Vietnam, to Malaysia, to the beginnings of a new life in Quebec, Ru flows between the past and present while captivating all those who read it.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

What's Going on with Indiana's Religious Freedom Law?

By: Ema Brazdeikyte
All of the attention this week is focused on the state of Indiana and its governor, Mike Pence. Organizations like the NCAA want to pull March Madness and its Final Four round out of Indiana all because of their new religious freedom law, SB 101. There’s nothing new about religion-based freedom laws in the US, but Indiana’s law is different because, thanks to the wording, it sounds like the state of Indiana may be legally allowing discrimination.