Monthly Archives: October 2014

Quarter One Review

Traditionally, I find that as one progresses through the school year, some comfort is gained in the knowledge that “there’s only three/two/one quarter(s) left.” This year that is not the case. Nay, as I find myself nearing the first substantial landmark in the school year, I fear how I will manage the halfway mark. Not only will it mark the halfway point of year eleven, but of my entire high school career. And that sounds positively dreadful. I can see it now; two endless oceans of high school and all its associated evils stretching out past the horizon on either side of me. Ha! There is no comfort offered there, to be sure.

In case I haven’t made it terribly clear, high school isn’t really my kind of thing. Amidst apocalypse-comparable personal dramas (the likes of which I typically try to avoid) and a longing for Art class next quarter (a solace from the rest of this chaos), the best I can do is hope that next quarter will be slightly better, and continue with my plan to graduate as fast as I can.

And I predict it will be. Fortunately, the only thing preventing me from moving on from the afore-mentioned dramas is myself, so I should be capable of that. I will be in Art next quarter, so you know, that’s nice. There are other positives too, of course! I’ve somehow managed to make a few friends. (I’m fairly certain we’re friends. I’m not used to spending time with people below their mid-twenties so I’m unused to the social characteristics of a typical teenage friendship). We totally went out and did stuff the other day, and it was very pleasant. Also, some of them are in Art with me next quarter, so there’s a positive there.

So this article, perhaps, isn’t the most positive. In fact, the majority of it was me going off about how much things suck, but that’s the thing, isn’t it? Sometimes things do just suck. So what do we do? Well, as I see it, we have two options. We can hold onto that and continue to be disappointed that things didn’t work out better, or accept what life throws at us and move on to our next quarter, whatever that may be. I think we can all apply that to our lives in some way or another.

– Jack

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Jack Harvey is a Grade Eleven student at CCH. He enjoys producing amateur films, and occasionally spending time with actual, real-life friends. His favourite thing about CCH is meeting new people.

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CCH People to Know – Mrs. Diane Delbello

Although the elusive Mrs. Delbello is rarely seen, she is CCH’s biggest cheerleader. She works tirelessly running the Sports Leadership Team and the Athletic Trainers, while teaching both Sports Medicine and Gym Classes.

Mrs. Delbello started her education at Sacred Heart School in Raymond, before moving up to the one and only CCH in Grade Ten. Although the blog team was unable to get any history passed this point, we can assume Mrs. Delbello loved CCH so much she decided to return here after graduating!

Mrs. Delbello’s love of CCH is almost unrivaled. No one can remember how long Mrs. Delbello has been teaching at CCH, but we know she’s been around for a while- she even taught our very own Mrs. Kroker! At any sporting event keep an eye out for Mrs. Delbello, as she’s always rushing around making sure everyone is having a great time and everything is moving without a hitch. She is a critical part of CCH. If CCH had a soul, it would look like Mrs. Delbello. Even though she may be scarcely seen (especially when trying to get an interview from her), her presence is always felt by sports teams and students alike.

Our sources also report that Mrs. Delbello is an excellent line dancer.

On a more personal note, It’s been an honour to know and work for Mrs. Delbello for three years with the Sports Leadership Team. I can write this blog post praising Mrs. Delbello because I know all these wonderful things to be true. I’ve always felt her enthusiasm in every meeting, and her pride at every game. Back when I was in Grade Ten, she helped me get my footing at Catholic Central by inviting me to join the Sports Leadership team. That team helped a tiny Grade Ten find her confidence, and I have Mrs. Delbello to thank for that.

I’m not over exaggerating a single word I write. Mrs. Delbello is humble, and would never admit to any of this, but I’m here to tell you that she truly embodies the soul of CCH, and she has truly made this school a better place.

– Kyra

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Kyra Nicolacoupolos is a Grade Twelve student at CCH. She enjoys reading, writing, and petting small animals. Her favourite thing about CCH is being a member of Student Council.

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Spotlight on Student Council

It’s that time of the year again! Pumpkin spiced everything is flying off the shelves, Halloween costumes are being decided on, and the leaves are fluttering down from the trees: everything you’d expect from fall.

However, what you might not know about this wonderful season is that the Student Council has been working hard behind the scenes to bring you all sorts of fantastic events, some of which are happening in the fall!

“What?” You may be asking, “the Student Council? What do they do?”
Well, you’ve come to the right blog.

I’ve been a member of the Student Council family for about a year now, and the first thing I can tell you is that it’s just that: a family. Every member finds themselves at home after just a few meetings, and it’s always accepting new members to join the family.

If you’re interested in joining, contact Kennedy Pohl, who’s the President of the Student Council, or any other member of the Student Council. Mr. Spiess and Mrs. Kirkvold also run and supervise the Student Council, so if you have any further questions after this post, they would be able to answer them.

The Student Council deals with planning events like Spirit Week, Bring your own Blue/Banana, Run for the Cure, and the Pep Rally! They also do fundraising for many different causes, like the Read-World foundation, which provides school supplies to schools in the Philippines that were badly damaged by the Typhoon in 2013.

On top of all of their planning and fundraising, the Student Council will also volunteer at places like the Soup Kitchen.

Keep an eye out for events happening soon, like the Pep Rally, which will be going down on October 23. The Pep Rally will feature a Halloween Theme, and will be the day you should get dressed up on, as October 31st is our Remembrance Ceremony. (Please do not dress up in your Halloween Costume on October 31st.)

As a bonus, there will be costume oriented events and contests, so don’t forget to dress up!

If, after reading this, you think the Student Council is for you, they meet every Monday on the East Campus in room 213. (Sometimes they have food.)

– Kyra

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Kyra Nicolacopoulos is a Grade Twelve student at CCH. She enjoys reading, writing, and petting small animals. Her favourite thing about CCH is being a member of Student Council.

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School in France vs. Canada

France: a country known for its food, history, romance, monuments – perhaps this description is a bit too “cliché”? A country’s description should not be only a tourist guide, but should include daily life too. You start experiencing real life when you settle in the country for a longer period. This is exactly what I have done, as I left for France with my family during my entire grade 11 year. What was the prominent part of my daily life in France? School, of course –  French school.

I started classes on a rainy 3rd of September. The first hour was spent outside waiting to be sent to our designated class. In the French lycée (equivalent here to high school), students cannot choose their schedule. Instead, they choose their area of expertise: scientific (S), economy (ES) or literature (L). Each area of expertise varies in the courses taught and the weight each course has on the global average. I was sent in Premiere S (Grade 11 scientific), along with 29 other students with whom I spent the rest of the year. It’s easy to meet people when you are locked together in a room for one year.

The subjects taught are similar to those here in Canada. It is mandatory to take not one, not two, but three language courses: French, English, and German or Spanish. I was lucky; English was easy! Spanish, on the other hand, was “mucho duro”. In France, “citizenship class”, the study of the French political system, is also mandatory. What was my favourite class? Call me a geek, but it was Physique-Chimie (Physics and Chemistry combined).

School hours in France are quite long. Classes start at 8:00 am and finish at 4:30 pm. Yes, math guys, that’s one and a half hours more than here at CCH. This is to compensate for the two hour lunch break. Why two hours? Eating the French way takes some time, as most students either eat a hot meal provided by the school or go out to eat in town. But it’s not only lunch time that is long, French vacations are also longer. Along with the usual two months summer vacation, there are: two weeks in October-November, and in December-January, and in February-March and one more in April-May.

But when French students are in school, they have it tough. I had a lot of written reports as homework. Assignments had to be handwritten in fountain pen. Exams never consisted of multiple choice questions, but rather long written responses. In addition to being marked on the answer, teachers marked the method used and the overall cleanliness of the paper. Everything is marked out of twenty, with the idea that “no one is perfect”. So, forget the 20/20. One of the things I found lacking in French school is that there is very little “life” in the school aside from the academics. There are no equivalents to our athletic teams, and our great musical.

For us Canadian grade 12 students, the big thing is those pesky diploma exams. French students have them too, called “Examen du Baccalaureat”, but they require more work than simply answering multiple choice questions. They are divided in two parts: the French language exam is taken in grade 11 and the rest in grade 12 in a short two week period. The exam includes 20 minutes of oral presentations, essays, written responses and in-lab experiments. They count as 100% of the final course mark, which means that your whole school work boils down to this exam. I had to take the French exam, and now I am very grateful to take the diplomas here in Alberta, as they are a lot easier.

“Do you prefer Canada or France?” This is a question I hear often and I have a hard time answering it. School-wise, I like both equally. Although France is a lot harder, I find it an interesting challenge. Canada has a lot to offer, notably with its very active school life and its co-curricular activities. One thing is for sure, I am glad to be back here in grade 12, ready to tackle even the most difficult exam out here. Although, I will miss the two hour lunches.

– Quentin

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Quentin Golsteyn is a Grade Twelve student at CCH. When he is not working on his latest experiment as an evil scientist, he enjoys biking, playing piano, and programming. His favourite thing about CCH is the incredible school spirit.

 

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