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Farewell to CCH

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”.

– Adam

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.

– Quentin

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

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
CCH will definitely miss your sweet and fun spirit, Kyra. Thank you for laughing at all of my lame jokes. It was a pleasure to have you in English class for each grade!
These four bloggers were the dedicated leaders of this year’s blogging team. It was an excellent ten months of fun and reflection. Thank you for all you’ve given to Cougars With Quills.
And thank you CCH community for following us along on this year’s adventures. Stay tuned for several new faces on the blogging team, in September 2015. Have a great summer!
– Mrs. Hartman

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Grade Ten Hindsight

As the 2014-2015 school year draws to a close it’s always enjoyable to take stock of what has been accomplished over the year. It’s particularly special for our grade tens (they made it out alive!) to compare the people they are now, to the people they were at the beginning of the school year– the beginning of their time at CCH. It’s amazing to see how much people can grow and change over a mere ten months so we’ve asked our two grade ten bloggers to share with you the insights they’ve gained about themselves over the course of their first year at CCH.

Chloe: To say the least, my grade ten experience has been pretty interesting. I’ve discovered a lot of new things about myself. For one, I can’t catch a softball to save my life…literally. (For those of you that don’t know, I got quite the shiner during slo-pitch season.) However, I also learned that I love making videos, being a part of Student Council, and most importantly, I’ve learned to try new things. This year at CCH I have tried everything from musical theatre to cross-country and badminton. I had a chance to travel to New Brunswick and meet people from all over the world. I’ve learned what I’m passionate about, what I would like to accomplish, and who I hope to become. So yes, it’s definitely been a rollercoaster of a year, full of many new experiences and new friends, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Kaitlyn: Being at CCH for my grade ten year has been a fantastic experience. I have been a part of two amazing programs and am hoping to join more next year. It was easy to settle into the quarter system and dual campuses; I thoroughly enjoyed both. I truly feel like CCH is one family that can come together to make good things happen.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring affected me in a lot of ways. I am a more compassionate and caring person because of it. It helped me to come out of my shell and make more friends. I also enjoyed the experience of being a blogger. Blogging at CCH has easily become my favourite thing to do. Being at CCH I have been able to mature and be the best person I can be. I have found out who I am through my school year. I can’t imagine being at any other school.

Maybe Chloe and Kaitlyn have inspired you to reflect on this past school year. We hope it has been as inspiring and meaningful to you as it was for them.

– The Cougars With Quills Team

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Taking the Next Step

I recently enrolled at the University of British Columbia. As you can imagine, I am super excited for this experience, as I will be living in Vancouver for the next 5 years, yet, I am still a bit anxious. I’m sure this feeling is also shared with other Grade 12s. Most of us will be starting a new form of studies, in a field that may not be the right one, and, for some, in a town away from our family. Two weeks ago, I had the chance to travel to Vancouver to visit the university as part of a weekend organized by UBC. The event known as Destination UBC, was offered to all Canadian high school students accepted at UBC and was filled with meetings with teachers and current students, activities with fellow prospective students, and tours of the numerous buildings on campus. While I learned a lot about life in UBC, I also brought back a more general understanding of post-secondary life that helped calm my anxiety. I will share with you a few tips that were shared with us at the event.

Be involved

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The President of the Engineering Club of UBC

Much like high school, it is very important to be involved. University and college are filled with clubs and organizations of all kinds ranging from your standard chess club to a hula-hooping club. You can participate in your student’s union or with your university or college newspaper. You can learn a new sport, or work on a passion with like-minded people. Ultimately, the best way to improve your post-secondary experience is by participating in all those extracurricular activities. And it’s fun too!

Learn as much as possible

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In the center of the group, the Dean of Applied Sciences of UBC. Behind, the “Engineering can”

In university and college, you are not being taught for the exact same reasons as in high school. You are preparing yourself for your future career, and the best way to do so is by being in contact with your teachers. They will often be at the cutting edge of their field, and simply talking to them can greatly improve your education. They can offer you research positions or internships, which is the most interesting job you can get on campus. You will have the ability to put your studies into practice, while still paying for your tuition. Another way to improve your university education is to participate in an exchange or co-op program. This will allow you to discover new perspectives, and it looks very advantageous on a resume.

Make friends

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The friends I met at Destination UBC

Of all the advice that was given to us during this event, there was one that was constantly repeated: “Post secondary education is all about friends.” Even if you are still living in your parents’ house, your relationship with them is bound to change. You will be faced with new knowledge and a new way of life. You will start classes that will become increasingly more difficult. This is why it is very important to meet new people at the start of university or college. You will probably share more interests with them and you will be able to seek their help when faced with the multitude of challenges that make up post-secondary life. Ultimately, it will be with you new friends that you will create your best postsecondary memories. While it is important to acknowledge that the transition from high school to university or college is scary, we should see it as an opening to a world full of possibilities. It is the last step before starting careers of our own and this will be the most interesting step of them all. So to all the grade 12s, good luck! And to all, I hope I will be able to see some of you at UBC!

– Quentin

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Quentin Golsteyn is a Grade 12 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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