Monthly Archives: February 2014

School Hacking #6 – Shining Gyms and Libraries of CCH

Physical fitness is key to healthy living and the benefits are tremendous! Physical fitness improves your mental well being, your physical health, your emotions and will lead to a longer life. Catholic Central High School sees all these benefits of physical activity, and therefore, one of the four pillars of CCH is “Athletics”. You might not see yourself as the next NHL all star, but even going for a half-hour walk, four times a week presents amazing health benefits. Physical fitness is something everyone can engage in; it takes no special skills or talents and everyone has their own limits to how many reps, weights, distances, or times they can do an activity. Fortunately for CCH students, our school possesses excellent facilities on both campuses.

Campus East and West have high quality fitness centres that contain a multitude of equipment to help you meet your fitness goals. Both fitness centres have everything from ellipticals to exercise bikes to weight machines, and everything in between. One of my favourite machines is the rowing machine on Campus West. Not only is it great exercise and you can vary the intensity, but it also has games built into it’s computer. You can race other row boats or do a fish game. Simply put, they provide a lot of motivation for you to try harder (sort of like Flappy Bird). Even better, the fitness centres are open every day at Flex and on Fridays after school. Why not try out the various pieces of equipment to help you work out? Your well being will be sure to thank you!

Like with anything else in life, you don’t want too much of any one thing and, instead, should try to be well-rounded. With all the added energy gained from being physically fit, why not spend some time learning a new skill, studying for your classes, or reading a good book? The library is a great place to do any of these things. The library on Campus East has comfortable couches, large work tables and other spaces that offer students an excellent place to study away from distractions. It also offers many computers for research and other necessary school work. Finally, being a library, it’s also full of books and magazines for whenever you want to just sit down and get immersed in a good book. Although Campus West does not have a traditional library, the eLearning Centre offers students another great space, as well as more than enough computers. The large work tables are great for studying and give you ample space to spread out all of your books and notes.

At CCH, physical fitness is taken seriously as it is one of our four pillars. Of course, the library and eLearning Centre are there to support students in another pillar: “Academics”. A lot of hard work has been dedicated to making sure that these facilities are shining gems of our school, and these facilities are here for YOU, so be sure to give them a try some time; there’s nothing to lose, and only benefits to gain.

– Jules


Jules Pankoski is a Grade Twelve student at CCH. He enjoys flying, music, and travelling. His favourite thing about CCH is the two campuses.

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Student Advice Column #2

Dear CCH’s Little Helper,

I’m in a bit of a jam right now. Starting Quarter Three, one of my friends is transferring to our school, who is really creepy. He has a crush on me, and I’ve told him “no” so many times, but he just doesn’t know when to quit. When he told me he was transferring, I didn’t know how to react. It’s going to be even more weird if he’s in my classes! Please help me. I don’t know what to do.


Worried and Confused

Dear Worried and Confused,

I can certainly understand your consuming worry over this matter, for I myself have gone through some similar situations, though yours is unique in that he is now transferring to CCH. My first bit of advice to you is to NOT PANIC. Although many of us spend time worrying over what happened in the past or what might happen in the future, the present is the only time (if ever) for worrying. There’s no sense getting worked up over imagined situations that might not come to pass. Don’t let the fear of what’s to come consume you.

I can’t speak for how you’ve turned down this boy in the past, but if it does in fact turn out that his crush on you manifests in ways that make you uncomfortable once he has transferred, you’re going to have to be very clear with him how you feel. Sometimes, going about things gently will do more harm than good, and certain (CERTAIN) boys need to be told that their feelings aren’t accepted or reciprocated with the bluntness of a baseball bat. What I mean by this is that if he is continuing to pursue you with fervour, you will need to tell him point-blank that his behaviour is making you seriously uncomfortable and that you need him to stop. A simple, “I’m not interested,” or “no,” may not suffice. You need to try to get him to understand that his behaviour is inappropriate and that he needs to stop pursuing you. It can take a lot of courage to tell someone this, but at times, being upfront and honest and outlying your EXACT feelings about the situation may be the best solution. By getting someone to see things from your point of view, they may be more likely to desist in undesirable behaviour.

Something that might help convince him to leave you alone would be to tell him that while you’d rather solve things between the two of you, on your own, if he persists in behaviour that makes you uncomfortable, you will seek external involvement. As much as you may feel uncomfortable seeking the direct help of an adult, they can be extremely useful mediators. If you are so consumed by the unbearable emotions this is causing you to experience, getting their help will certainly be worth any reservations you have about asking them. There are people around you who are always willing to help, and if you feel that you can’t handle this situation on your own, reach to people who you feel comfortable confiding in and ask for help.

I hope that everything turns out for you in the end. Be brave and clear-headed, and I’m sure that you will come our alright.


CCH’s Little Helper

CCH’s Little Helper is an anonymous student blogger that is here to help you with your issues. Send questions to

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