McMath Blog - Halloweek!


Post by: Shajiah S. & Maria I.

Photos by: The Yearbook Team & Anna I.

Edited by: Michelle W.

Hi​ ​McMath! As​ ​some​ ​of​ ​you​ ​might​ ​know,​ ​the​ ​Student​ ​Council​ ​hosted​ ​‘Halloweek’​ ​from​ ​Wednesday​ ​25th​ ​to Halloween.​ ​For​ ​those​ ​who​ ​don't​ ​know,​ ​Halloweek​ ​is​ ​a​ ​fun​-filled​ ​week​ ​full​ ​of​ ​Halloween-related​ ​activities​ ​in​ ​the​ ​rotunda​,​​ ​leading​ ​up​ ​to​ ​the​ ​actual​ ​day​ ​of​ ​Halloween.   

Wednesday​ ​​ ​25 -​ ​2017  Squad​ ​Roll​ ​Up

 © The Yearbook Team

The​ ​first​ ​event​ ​was​ ​the​ ​fruit​ ​roll​-up​ ​challenge.​ ​Out​ ​of​ ​the​ ​rotunda,​ ​five​ ​volunteers came​ ​up​ ​on​ ​stage​ ​and​ ​were​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​gobble​ ​up​ ​a​ ​whole​ ​fruit​ ​roll​ ​up!    This​ ​challenging​ ​activity​ ​had​ ​only​ ​one​ ​simple​ ​rule:​ ​no​ ​hands.​ ​The​ ​rest​ ​you​ ​have​ ​to​ ​figure​ ​out yourself. 


Each​ ​of​ ​the​ ​people​ ​upstage​ ​got​ ​into​ ​groups​ ​of​ ​two, were​ ​given​ ​a​​​ ​whole​ ​fruit​ ​roll​-up,​ ​and put​ ​the​ ​end​ ​part​ ​into​ ​their​ ​mouths​ ​(probably​ ​trying​ ​not​ ​to​ ​munch​ ​up​ ​the​ ​whole​ ​thing​ ​in​ ​the process!).

Like​ ​most​ ​of​ ​the​ ​other​ ​events​ ​you will​ ​see,​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​people​ ​upstage​ ​counted​ ​down​ ​‘till​ ​the start​ ​of​ ​the​ ​race. 

When​ ​the​ ​race​ ​started,​ ​the​ ​contestants​ ​started​ ​to​ ​do​ ​an​ ​awkward​ ​tilted​ ​dance​ ​to​ ​get​ ​the​ ​roll of​ ​candy​ ​faster​ ​into​ ​their​ ​mouths.

This​ ​event​ ​was definitely​ ​not​ ​easy​ ​.​ ​Just​ ​think​ ​about​ ​it;​ ​you​ ​have​ ​to​ ​take​ ​a​ ​ribbon​ ​of multicoloured​ ​candy​ ​and​ ​try​ ​to​ ​get​ ​it​ ​into​ ​your​ ​mouth​ ​without​ ​your​ ​hands.​ ​Gravity also doesn't​ ​help​ ​much,​ ​tugging​ ​on​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​candy​ ​string​ ​like​ ​a​ ​dog​ ​playing​ ​tug​-​a​-​war.


 At​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​this​ ​delicious​ ​yet​ ​difficult​ ​challenge,​ ​the​ ​Student​ ​Council​ ​volunteers​ ​walked around​ ​measuring​ ​the​ ​length​ ​of​ ​the​ ​fruit​ ​roll​-​up. 

 Even​ ​if​ ​you​ ​didn't​ ​win,​ ​you​ ​would​ ​get​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​fruit​ ​roll​-up​ ​to​ ​eat​ ​and​ ​enjoy! 


Thursday​ ​​ ​26 ​- ​2017    Ghostbusters  

​​The​ ​next​ ​event​ ​was​ ‘​Ghostbusters’,​ ​so​ ​gear​ ​up​ ​with​ ​a​ ​proton​ ​pack​ ​and​ ​a​ ​ghost​-phaser (ghostbusting​ ​gear)​ ​​ ​because​ ​you​ ​are​ ​in​ ​for​ ​a​ ​fright!


 © The Yearbook Team

For​ ​this​ ​activity,​ ​each​ ​contestant​ ​had​ ​balloons​ ​(the​ ​‘ghosts’)​ ​and​ ​you​ ​had​ ​to​ ​pop​ ​(bust)​ ​as many​ ​‘ghosts’​ ​as​ ​possible​ ​by​ ​sitting​ ​on​ ​them.​ ​The​ ​rules​ ​were​ ​super​ ​simple;​ ​just​ ​try​ ​to​ ​pop​ ​as many​ ​‘ghosts’​ ​as​ ​you​ ​can​ ​by​ ​sitting​ ​on​ ​them.​ ​To​ ​win​ ​you​ ​must​ ​pop​ ​the​ ​most​ ​balloons.   To​ ​be​ ​honest,​ ​the​ ​contestants​ ​were​ ​fast!​ ​The​ ​balloon​ ​contest​ ​was​ ​so​ ​loud,​ ​most​ ​of​ ​you could​ ​probably​ ​hear​ ​it​ ​from​ ​upstairs​ ​in​ ​both​ ​wings!​ ​It​ ​was​ ​a​ ​tough​ ​race​ ​with​ ​each​ ​person popping​ ​one​ ​balloon​ ​after​ ​the​ ​other,​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​beat​ ​their​ ​peers.


The​ ​contest​ ​was​ ​intense,​ ​with​ ​the​ ​three​ ​participants​ ​rushing​ ​to​ ​pop​ ​as​ ​many​ ​balloons​ ​as possible.

Once​ ​or​ ​twice,​ ​the​ ​balloons​ ​would​ ​escape​ ​from​ ​under​ ​the​ ​contestant​ ​making​ ​them​ ​rush​ ​to grab​ ​the​ ​runaway​ ​balloon!

Although​ ​this​ ​may​ ​seem​ ​easy,​ ​it's​ ​harder​ ​than​ ​it​ ​looks!​ ​The​ ​three​ ​grade​ ​eights​ ​had determined​ ​faces​ ​on​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​be​ ​the​ ​winner,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​audience​ ​just​ ​seemed​ ​to​ ​be​ ​having​ ​a good​ ​time​ ​waiting​ ​eagerly​ ​to​ ​find​ ​out​ ​who​ ​the​ ​lucky​ ​winner​ ​would​ ​be.

 All​ ​the​ ​contestants​ ​did​ ​an​ ​awesome​ ​job​ ​popping​ ​the​ ​balloons;​ ​thank​ ​you​ ​for​ ​your participation! 


Friday​ ​26​ - ​2017     Monster​ ​Mash   

This​ ​event​ ​is​ ​‘Monster​ ​Mash’; I hope​ ​you​ ​don't​ ​get​ ​too​ ​scared!

The​ ​challenge​ ​was​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​understand.​ ​There​ ​were​ ​five​ ​empty​ ​bottles​ ​sitting​ ​on​ ​the​ ​floor​ ​in order.​ ​The​ ​contestants​ ​wore​ ​a​ ​jacket​ ​that​ ​was​ ​closed​ ​at​ ​your​ ​head,​ ​so​ ​that​ ​you​ ​couldn’t​ ​see anything.​ ​A​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​fabric​ ​was​ ​hanging​ ​over​ ​their​ ​heads,​ ​like​ ​a​ ​monster's​ ​eye​ ​holders.

Then​ ​the​ ​participants​ ​tried​ ​to​ ​knock​ ​all​ ​five​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bottles​ ​over,​ ​one​ ​by​ ​one​ ​as​ ​fast​ ​as​ ​they can, kind​ ​of​ ​like​ ​​​a​ ​monster​ ​hitting​ ​people​ ​over​ ​with​ ​their​ ​eyes.​ ​Gross.​ ​The​ ​person​ ​with​ ​the least​ ​time,​ ​won.

This​ ​game​ ​requires​ ​skill​ ​and​ ​hand-eye holder​ ​coordination.​ ​The​ ​candidates​ ​did​ ​a very good​ ​job​ ​hitting​ ​over​ ​the​ ​bottles,​ ​with​ ​surprisingly​ ​very​ ​little​ ​time.


Monday​ ​30​ ​- 2017       Die​ ​by​ ​pie

What​ ​speaks​ ​Halloween​ ​more​ ​than​ ​a​ ​group​ ​of​ ​people​ ​bashing​ ​pumpkin​ ​pie​ ​into​ ​their​ ​mouth as​ ​fast​ ​as​ ​they​ ​can?

This​ ​Monday​ ​was​ ​the​ ​pumpkin​ ​pie-eating​ ​contest.​ ​This​ ​contest​ ​was​ ​possibly​ ​the​ ​most rewarding​ ​one​ ​so​ ​far.​ ​Just​ ​think​ ​about​ ​it-​ ​you​ ​get​ ​a​ ​free​ ​pie,​ ​and​ ​you​ ​have​ ​it​ ​all​ ​to​ ​yourself​ ​to eat.​ ​Sweet​ ​deal!​ ​Even​ ​if​ ​you​ ​finish​ ​last,​ ​you​ ​got​ ​a​ ​pie-​ ​free​ ​of​ ​charge!

© Anna I.


Five​ ​people​ ​were​ ​picked​ ​from​ ​the​ ​crowd-​ ​Edward,​ ​William,​ ​Flora,​ ​Sarah,​ ​and​ ​Cole.​ ​Each​ ​person​ ​was​ ​given a​ ​pie​ ​to​ ​eat. Once the contestants were given a seat at the table,​ ​the​ ​contest​ ​countdown​ ​began!

The​ ​rules​ ​were​ ​simple; without​ ​any​ ​hands,​ ​eat​ ​as​ ​much​ ​of​ ​the​ ​pie​ ​as​ ​you​ ​can​ ​in​ ​ten​ ​minutes.

The​ ​Student​ ​Council​ ​volunteers​ ​started​ ​the​ ​countdown,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​participants​ ​got​ ​as​ ​close​ ​to the​ ​sticky​ ​surface​ ​of​ ​the​ ​pie​ ​as​ ​physically​ ​possible.


As​ ​soon​ ​as​ ​the​ ​hosts​ ​hit​ ​zero,​ ​the​ ​candidates​ ​pushed​ ​their​ ​crystal​-clean​ ​faces​ ​into​ ​the​ ​orange​ ​gooey mess.​ ​Some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​participants​ ​gobbled​ ​up​ ​the​ ​pumpkin​ ​pie​ ​as​ ​fast​ ​as​ ​they​ ​could,​ ​​while​ ​others​ ​took their​ ​precious​ ​time​ ​(enjoying​ ​their​ ​free​ ​pie​ ​perhaps!), and​ ​ate​ ​it​ ​as​ ​if​ ​they​ ​were​ ​at​ ​a​ ​tea​ ​party, slow and​ ​carefully.  The​ ​small​ ​portion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​group​ ​that​ ​were​ ​taking​ ​their​ ​time asked​ ​for​ ​whipped​ ​cream​ ​on​ ​top​ ​of​ ​their​ ​pie (or​ ​now​ ​pumpkin​ ​pudding!).​ ​One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​hosts​ ​walked​ ​around​ ​the​ ​mob​ ​of​ ​people​ ​spraying so much​ ​whipping cream it probably resembled Santa’s beard.

Unlike​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​activities,​ ​this​ ​contest​ ​was​ ​on​ ​the​ ​longer​ ​side.​ ​But, after​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​chewing​ ​and​ ​pie filling​ ​in​ ​their​ ​faces,​ ​the​ ​ten​-minute​ ​mark​ ​was​ ​up.

The​ ​volunteers​ ​carefully​ ​examined​ ​the​ ​plates,​ ​and​ ​announced​ ​the​ ​winner.​ ​Cole,​ ​the​ ​grade​ ​12 student,​ ​had won!

His​ ​pie​ ​eating​ ​technique​ ​was​ ​different.​ ​About halfway through the contest,​ ​he​ ​slipped​ ​the​ ​plate​ ​from under​ ​the​ ​pie​ ​and​ ​started​ ​eating​ ​the​ ​pumpkin​ ​mess​ ​from​ ​the​ ​tablecloth.​ ​Genius.

© Anna I.


The second place winner was Edward, the grade 8 student! Not only did he won second place, he enjoyed eating the pie, asking for more and more whipped cream, according to his cream-filled face. Nevertheless,​ ​he​ ​won​ ​second​ ​despite​ ​being​ ​the​ ​youngest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​grades.

Congratulations​ ​to​ ​all​ ​the​ ​participants​ ​in​ ​the​ ​pumpkin​ ​pie​-eating​ ​contest!​ ​We​ ​hope​ ​you​ ​enjoyed watching​ ​the​ ​contest​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​the​ ​contestants​ ​did​ ​eating​ ​it!

© The Yearbook Team