World Barista Championship 2017 (WBC)

This past weekend (Saturday November 11, Sunday November 12), over 60 competitors from 58 nations all over the world competed in the World Barista Championship in Seoul, Korea. An international competition for those who make coffee their passion, this was none of your typical Starbucks coffee. These professionals can work up to 60 hour weeks leading to a competition, where participants have 15 minutes to prepare four espressos, four cappuccinos/milk drinks, and four signature drinks for judges.


During this time, they are judged intensively in many different categories, such as their confidence, style and ease, as well as how they explain their drinks to the judges and if they finish under the allotted time or not. A tiny spill, or not enough of an explanation on a drink served? Points docked. Stumble with a few words, or presentation a few seconds more than 15 minutes? More points docked. Not to mention the quality of the drinks themselves. Certain taste notes, flavor profiles, and aromas are critical, and even the slightest mistake in anything can result in disaster (point wise). If the participant doesn’t explain to the judges how he/she wants them to drink the presented coffee, guiding them through the experience, he/she can lose many valuable points. They are even judged on what music they play in the background and what they wear. Presentation is everything.


This year, Canadian Ben Put came in fourth overall, this being his fourth WBC. Put introduced a geisha flavour profile based presentation, exploring the concepts of processing and how it changes the coffee.


The World Barista 2017 Champion is Dale Harris from the United Kingdom. He did his presentation on the aromatic compounds of coffee, and how they affect the ways we see coffee.


If you want to watch some of the competitors and their presentations, you can check out this link:




Report Cards

Hello BETA Minischool,

We hope that you are all doing well and hope that your child is enjoying the program thus far. As many of you know, we have report cards coming home soon and we just wanted to clarify what you will see. You may have noticed that they are not directly attached to MyEd. This is because we have physical copies that will be handed out on the 23rd of November. We have reviewed the reports with the students to ensure they know where they are at. Please email myself (Mr. Murray) if you have any questions or concerns!

“Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field”



Mr. Murray

Volunteer Criminal Record Check Mentor Letter

Mentorship Letter Alpha Secondary Beta Minischool

Hello Parents,

Hope you are all doing well and that your child is enjoying this class so far (we do like to give them work;)). I have attached a form for the Volunteer Criminal Record Check (click the Mentorship Letter link above) if your child does have a mentor that is not either myself or Ms. Neumann. It is a fill in the blank style document but please feel free to contact me if there are any issues. Thank you very much. 


Mr. Murray  

Looking for Parent Volunteers: Bottle Recycling

Hello Parents!!!

One of our classroom roles is for students to go around the school and collect the recycled bottles. They help our janitor with separating garbage from the recycling. In turn, we get to keep the money collected from the bottles. 

We are looking for parent volunteers to help us drive the bottles every 2 weeks to a local bottle depot. It takes about 1 hour to load up the car, sort the bottles, and take in the collections. This is our way of fundraising money in the mini school for Minischool parties or special events. 

If you are interested in helping us out, please contact Ms. Neumann @

Thank you for your continual support!

Working with Anxiety ~ Workshop for Parents and Students

Where:  École Alpha Secondary School (large gym)

When:   Oct 12, 2017 at 6:30pm (2hr workshop)

Presenter:  Christine M. Yu, M.A.  Registered Clinical Counsellor

This interactive session will help parents and students understand anxiety and how it presents in children and adolescents. A detailed description of anxiety will be included: what it is, what it looks like across the developmental life span, and when it becomes problematic. Factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety will also be discussed. 

The second half of the workshop will offer the parents and students a step-by-step guide of how to manage anxiety using evidence-based treatment. Parents will be provided with information about what to consider when collaborating with the school and mental health professionals and resources.  A Q&A period will also be included, although questions are encouraged throughout the workshop. 

Alpha- Anxiety Workshop for Parents