It is my unfortunate privilege (#oxymoron #paradox #paramoron #oxydox) to publish the final blog post for the 2014-2015 school year. Just like last year, this final post is an opportunity for our senior bloggers to say goodbye to CCH. Here are Adam’s, Quentin’s, Nicole’s and Kyra’s parting wisdom gained from their time at CCH:
These past few years at CCH have been a blast, but it’s definitely time for me to move on with my education. I’ll never forget the excellent teachers, the kind office staff or the rambunctious classmates that I’ve had the pleasure of having this experience with. I’ll especially remember all of the wonderful extracurricular activities I had the chance to be involved with, such as the concert choir and student council. Although I may no longer be attending CCH in the future, I’ll definitely remember what it was like to be a cougar in the CCH family. If I had to say one thing to the graduating class of 2015, it would be “keep calm and cougar on”.
Thank you for your wise and thoughtful work with the blog…and for your bizarre sense of humour. Wherever you go, they will be lucky to have the weird and wonderful you. We’ll miss you!
At first, I didn’t want to go to Catholic Central. I didn’t know anyone who went here, and I never went to a school with more than 100 students. Yet, when I reflect on these past few years, I realize that it was certainly the best decision I made yet. I discovered who I truly was, and I was given the opportunity to make myself shine in my school community. I had the chance to attend my first basketball, volleyball, and football games, not just as a fan, but as a scorekeeper. I put my technological skills into practise, first by making posters and logos for the student council, then by creating videos showcasing our amazing Cougar Pride. I wrote my first blog posts on this very website. And, even if I may sound cheesy, I truly learned a lot academically, especially in English where I became a bit more bilingual. (Shoutout to Mrs. Hartman!)
Now, I am faced with the same situation. I have to leave my old school to something new and unknown. I will be attending UBC in Vancouver, a place where I still do not know anyone. But learning from my past experience here at Catholic Central, I know I will still be able to succeed and grow from this new environment. CCH, I will never forget how important you were to my learning experience. Thank you for everything, especially to Mrs. Delbello, Mr. Perron, Mr. Jetton and, you, invisible blog editor, Mrs. Hartman, and I hope to see everyone some time in the future.
It was an honour to work with you Quentin, both in and outside the English classroom. You gave SO MUCH to this community and we are SO grateful that you shared your gifts with us. Bon courage!
There has to be an end to everything: an end to school, an end to your favourite TV series, and now the end to my time as a CCH blogger. I’ve noticed a trend lately– I’ve been saying a lot of goodbyes and not enough hellos. I’m leaving the blog team, leaving school as well, leaving my days as a girl member in Girl Guides of Canada. Behind me I leave friendships and ahead of me I look towards a long road of work and years of postsecondary school. But with leaving so much behind often comes a lot of fear: fear that something will go wrong. Maybe you won’t be accepted into the program you wanted and you might have to rethink your plans, or maybe you fear that you might lose the people you’ve been friends with for years as you head down your separate paths. But with this fear also comes great experiences, and I can say I’ve had a lot of great experiences. I’ve been a blogger for two years, received a volunteer award, worked in Kindergarten as part of my Religion 35 service project, taught a Sunday school program and helped with the Sparks, the youngest of the Girl Guide branches. Through all these experiences I’ve found the joy that working with children brings me and the last advice I hope to leave you with is don’t let the fear of tomorrow affect what you’re going to do today.
Nicole, your focus and enthusiasm for the blog team was unmatched. You have taught me the importance in following what I love. Keep writing!
I guess I should start off by saying, goodbye CCH. You will be missed.I’ve learned a lot from you, not only about struggle and sacrifice, but also about new beginnings and friendships. I’ve gained amazing friends and a new knowledge of life. The lessons I learned in your classrooms will stay with me even as I leave, and I hope to put them to a worthy use. Writing this final blog post feels like a worthy ribbon to tie on the gift that this school has given me, so I’d just like to say thank you. Thank you to not only the teachers, students, and office staff that have given this school a voice and a life, but thank you to the spirit of CCH as well. I’ll never forget you.– Kyra