Monthly Archives: March 2015

Stay Motivated!

Well, we are nearly through quarter three and motivation and willpower are dwindling. Summer is still so far away and Christmas feels like it was ages ago! Here are five sure-fire ways to stay motivated and focused through these next two weeks:

  1. Make plans with your friends but only go if you have all homework and studying finished. Make fun plans with friends like going to the movies or going out for hot chocolate dates, but only go if you complete all homework for that day/weekend. This will give you an incentive to do all your homework right away and will stop you from procrastinating. It also helps to get away and release the stress of school.
  2. Join new clubs and teams. With spring and summer right around the corner, new clubs and teams are starting up. You may also be able to join clubs that have been going for a while.  Join things like yearbook, wellness club, leadership, baseball, softball, track and field, and spring football. Getting more involved in things around school will allow you to make more friends and build relationships that could last a life time.
  3. Have mental health days. During the weekends especially, make sure you take time for yourself. Do things like sleep in, eat healthy and tasty foods, take long walks and have nice long showers. Do anything else that will make you happy. Take these days to allow yourself to be stress free and get centered. It will keep you motivated and keep you moving in the right direction.
  4. Plan study dates with your friends. Making study dates with your friends is a fantastic way to prep for upcoming exams. Even if you aren’t all taking the same courses this quarter, chances are they have taken the class you are currently taking, which means you can use their study notes! When you are crazy stressed out while studying, your friends can help you laugh and stay calm.
  5. Exercise. Exercising is a fantastic way to relax and is one of the best stress relievers. By exercise I don’t mean go and run a marathon! Exercise can be something as simple as going to the mall with friends and walking around, biking, or walking the dog. Next time you are feeling stressed, take a break and get active!

Try just one of these activities for the next two weeks and see how motivated you feel! Have a wonderful week!

– Kaitlyn

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Kaitlyn Stolte is a Grade Ten student at CCH. She loves horseback riding and writing poetry. Her favourite thing about CCH is that classes are three hours long.

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Focus on: The Wellness Committee

Spring marks a period of rebirth. Flowers somehow poke their way through the snow, and birds are beginning to return in order to roost on top of snow covered branches. With all of this new life flourishing, it’s fitting that our topic this week showcases one of the new groups that has been born into our school: the Wellness Committee.

Chances are, you’ve seen one of the Wellness Committee’s various projects in action. All of their projects center around the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, ranging anywhere from exercise to de-stressing students during exam week. You have the Wellness Committee to thank for Dog Therapy, which in my opinion is the only good thing about exam week. (And trust me, making a good thing come from exam week is honestly a miracle in itself.)

For a newer group, they’ve already achieved a lot. Their walking challenge (which included 36 students and staff) ended with a total of 7.5 million steps. Their Breakfast Program ran from October to early March, and fed students who had forgotten to eat every Tuesday and Thursday. (Doing the math, that’s a total of approximately 42 days providing breakfast to the students of CCH. Wow!)

They also have a lot planned for the future. During the construction of the new Recreation Center over on the West side, the Wellness Committee is going to be consulting with the City of Lethbridge on proper nutrition and fitness promotion. They are also promoting the MS Walk (which is Saturday, May 2, starting at 9AM). This helps to raise funds for the estimated 100,000 Canadians living with this disease.

Among all of the things the Wellness Committee is doing and planning, they also have  the time to run the Wellness Room on the East Side. It’s Room 106, across from the Biology Room. If you’re over on the East side this quarter, check it out!

What we do here at CCH is good, and the Wellness Committee truly reflects that through not only what I’ve mentioned here, but all of the other wonderful things that they do as well. So thank you to the Mr. Jetten, Mr. Perron, and the rest of the Wellness Committee for making our school a better place to be.

– 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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Meet the Leads – Anne of Green Gables

This year’s musical is none other than the timeless classic, Anne of Green Gables. The musical has been around since 1965 and is based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It tells the story of a spunky, redheaded orphan who is sent to P.E.I to live with a pair of elderly siblings. The couple had “clearly requested a boy” and the misunderstanding is the trigger for quite the story. Catholic Central High School has always produced a high caliber of shows and this year will be no different. A cast and crew of 100 of CCH’s finest have come together to enact this captivating play.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the front office. The production runs from March 6th, to March 15th, in the Eggplant Theater.

Now it’s time for small Q&A with the some of the leading roles of the show!

Anne Shirley (played by Aleigha Goldade)  

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your character?

A: “My character is a spunky little redhead. She’s got a big spirit and a big heart! She starts off having quite a tough life but I think that’s what drives her to work so hard.”

Q: What is your favorite thing about the play this year?

A: “I love the family atmosphere and just the experience it gives you for the future. The drama, the singing and the acting is really what makes it all so great!”

Q: Why should people come out to see the play?

A: “There’s a great story to it and, of course, it’s Canadian! It’s also very humorous and I think people are going to love it!”

Q: How did you get involved in the fine arts?

A: “I’ve always been involved in the fine arts and I’m really passionate about it, so participating in the musical was a no-brainer.”

Gilbert Blythe (played by Thomas Schmelzer)

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your character?

A: “Gilbert Blythe is a farm boy who has a huge crush on Anne. The whole long of the story he is just trying to win her over and basically make her fall in love with him.”

Q: What is your favorite thing about the play this year?

A: “Just everyone else! We all goof off and always have a lot of fun. It’s also very exciting to get to perform in front of everyone.”

Q: How did you get involved in the fine arts?

A:  “It’s kind of a funny story. In grade 6 I was chosen at random to play Jesus in the school play and I just thought it was really cool. I’ve stuck with the plays ever since.”

Q: Why should people come out to see the play?

A: I think it’s a great way to support the CCH community and it’s going to be a great show!

Diana Barry (played by RaeAnne Boon) 

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your character?

A: “Diana Barry is Anne’s best friend and “kindred spirit”. They have quite the adventures together, and Diana gets drunk… not on purpose of course because they are good, sensible girls!”

Q: What is your favorite thing about the play this year?

A: “My favorite thing about the play is definitely hanging out with my friends.”

Q: How did you get involved in the fine arts?

A: “I’ve always wanted to be an actress since I was really little and growing up I was always involved with the fine arts. I was in my first play in grade 7 at St. Francis and I’ve been in the school musicals ever since. Right now I have an agent in Calgary and I’m working on T.V shows and a few commercials and stuff like that.

Q: Why should people come out to see the play?

A: “It’s going to be one of a kind production and I think people are really going to enjoy it!”

Marilla Cuthbert (played by Kiara Mitchell)

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your character?

A: “Marilla Cuthbert starts off not being particularly fond of Anne but she eventually warms up to her and think it’s really sweet how we can see their relationship develop.”

Q: What is your favorite thing about the play this year?

A: “I’m really appreciative of all the opportunities we have here at CCH and all the effort and commitment the teachers put in really makes this possible!”

Q: How did you get involved in the fine arts?

A: “My mom definitely influenced my passion for the fine arts, but I’ve always been involved in the plays and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Q: Why should people come out to see the play?

A: “We’ve all just put in so much effort and I think it would be a shame to not come see it. We’re all really excited to share this with the community.”

There you have it! Come and see the last week of the show’s run, beginning this Wednesday and then closing on Saturday night.

– Chloe

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Chloe Devoy is a Grade Ten student at CCH. She enjoys skating, running, and reading. Her favourite thing about CCH is Flex time.

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