Monthly Archives: September 2015

CCH People to Know – Mr. Wikenheiser

Our Mr. Wikenheiser has taken over Mrs. Delbello’s legacy by becoming our new Athletic Leadership Coordinator. As you ave may noticed, Mrs. Delbello isn’t roaming the hallways anymore as he has taken her retirement last June after many great years of teaching and coaching at CCH. Sadly, grade tens don’t have the opportunity to meet the personification of Cougar spirit via Mrs. Delbello…

…but they do with Mr. Wikenheiser!

If you don’t know Mr. Wikenheiser, you can find his 18-year-old-self’s picture in one of the early 1980’s graduation frames in the hallways of Campus East, although he looks somewhat different now (but not saying ‘older’). And yes, since only three years of high school wasn’t enough fun, he decided to come back to CCH, and this time, as a teacher. If you still don’t know who he is, you can find him in Biology class, passionately teaching about nature’s wonders and showing pretty amazing TED talks which really do open your eyes to the world.

Mr. Wik (as almost everyone calls him) didn’t get his new job as Athletic Leadership Coordinator for nothing. He coaches the Junior Slo-Pitch team, has been by Mrs. Delbello’s side since the Athletic Leadership group started many years ago and is present at almost every sporting event organized by CCH. If you have already attended one of the volleyball games (which I recommend you do so), you may have seen him beside two or three students keeping score, selling tickets at the gate, modelling Cougar swag, or just simply cheering for our team. If you are not the sporty kind of student but still love to support the Cougars, Athletic Leadership is a fun way for getting involved in the school. Meetings are held every Friday after classes, and we even get pizza sometimes. It is possible to get some free Cougar wear depending on the hours of volunteering one performs. However, this year is special! Mr. Wikenheiser is organizing a trip to Banff in late May for those who have accumulated more than fifty hours of volunteering. If you are interested, show up, participate, and you will realize how much fun it is!

On that note, I hope you will have the opportunity to have Mr. Wikenheiser as a teacher or coach because nobody embodies the Cougar spirit better than him!

  • Charlène

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Charlène Golsteyn is a grade eleven student at CCH. She enjoys participating in many events, clubs and sports offered at CCH. If she is not doing something with the school, you might find her working on her latest scientific experiment, painting, or trying a new French, baking recipe. Her favourite things about CCH are the incredible teachers and students that make school fun.

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This Year, Right Now

I truly hate to give credibility to the soppy sort of inspirational speeches we hear frequently at this point in our loves– “finding yourself” and growing as a person and all that business. I make that perfectly clear because, as much as it pains me to admit it, there’s something to it. Now, you’re not going to hear me say that this is the most important point of our lives because if having to ask someone else if you have permission to go to the washroom is a personal highlight, then you really ought to be re-evaluating a few things. And I don’t think this is the point where you have to choose the person you’re going to be for the rest of your life. Personal change is something you’re capable of your entire life; it’s just when you get old and complacent and cranky it gets very easy to not see the need to. So now, what then is significant about this point of our lives? It’s not anything extraordinary in itself, but rather the beginning of something extraordinary: real life. Unless you’re incredibly precocious, up to this point most of your identity has been influenced by your surroundings: your parents and peers and that television program everyone’s watching. Now, however, we are at a point where (hopefully) we’ve gained the self-awareness to choose the kind of person we want to be, and to get to work on that.

I’ve spent the last two years doing a lot of that. The person I am today is radically different to the person I was two years ago. Completely different friends, interests, values, beliefs attitudes, and a far superior haircut are all ways I’ve grown. I’ve had wonderful experiences over the past two years, as well as some devastating ones, and for both I’m incredibly grateful, because if it weren’t for any small moment of my life up until now, I would be a slightly different person, and I’m proud of what I’ve done with myself, and excited to see where I’m going to go next.

So, entering grade twelve, what is it I want to accomplish? Well, for one thing, I plan on having far more fun than I have had in my previous years of education, which if I do the math, is…very little. That largely is a consequence of doing math in the first place. It’s unfortunate that only this year have I recognized the fact that as dreadful as the last fourteenth day of Math class is, it’s the only time in my life that that will ever happen. Just like the twenty-first day of Science class back in grade eight, and the tenth day of Social in grade ten. Realizing the special finiteness of each individual moment has given me the opportunity to enjoy everything far more. (The fact that I have only one class a quarter certainly helps too.)

As I finish up my time in high school, my thoughts are not in what I’m doing next year or next week–I’m working on enjoying right now. So let that be a word of advice to those grade twelves worrying about their future career, and to everyone concerned about that Science test or their friend Jeremy. I’ve got one year left and I’m going to enjoy it. You do that too.

  • Jack

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Jack Harvey is a grade twelve student at CCH. He enjoys (famously) participating in CCH activities and spending as much time as possible making new friends of his classmates. His favourite thing about CCH is the beautiful gift of education he is receiving.

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Happy New Year, Grade Elevens

Well grade elevens, this it it. Eight quarters left. Wait, only eight quarters? It seemed like just yesterday we had all of high school ahead of us. Grade 11, so far, has been kinda different. I have different goals, hopes and expectations for this tear. Last year it was basically just trying to survive and pass all our classes. This year we can be more daring and get more involved. We have nothing holding us back!

I know that from grade ten I will be taking some knowledge moving forward into grade eleven.  I know that the teachers at CCH are really friendly and will do what it takes to make sure you are understanding the curriculum. I know that the office staff and admin. team will try their hardest to make sure you have every class exactly the way you want it and are always wanting to help. Also, the kids in the hallways, clubs and classes with you aren’t nearly as scary as you once thought they were last year, when you were in grade ten.

It’s different being in the middle grade because we don’t have the stress of diploma exams and postsecondary schooling resting on us yet, and we aren’t as nervous as all the new grade tens. As one of my friends put it, it doesn’t feel much different, like it’s just another year.

Here’s hoping that we can make this a little better than just another year.

  • Kaitlyn

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Kaitlyn Stolte is a grade eleven student at CCH. She enjoys hanging out with friends, binge-watching Netflix, and telling terrible jokes. Her favourite thing about CCH are the three-hour classes.

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First Impressions

Ah, yes. Who would forget that great moment when you finally walk through the doors of almost-adulthood and join the bustling crowd of high school? I know I won’t. The entire school is so…different. It’s all completely new to me. Here are some of the new things I noticed in the first week of high school.
It was hard enough for me trying to catch one bus on time, but now I have to catch two. I now have to catch a bus four times in one day because of where my classes are. I tend to miss buses a lot because I take my time to get my stuff, but with two buses, that is no longer an option. You have to be fast, or else the bus will leave without you.
Another thing I noticed is that the classes are much longer than I expected. Three hours of class work is such a big jump from the 40 minute classes I’m used to from junior high school. The class curriculum is also extremely fast-paced. It has only been one week, and I already have a unit exam in one of my classes.  I finished an entire chapter in Social Studies. It’s crazy!
Also, CCH offers so many extra curricular activities. I have never heard of a school offering so many fine arts groups! I love the fine arts, and I have always found that there was more of a concentration on sports during my previous school experience. That is certainly not the case with CCH. They offer plenty of after school activities for everyone; there are sports, two different choirs, two bands, steel drums, volunteer opportunities…you name it! You can honestly never be bored at CCH.
To top it off, the school smells so good! At flex, the cafeteria smells delectable. Too bad I keep forgetting to bring money to buy some…
Overall, I can honestly say I’m really enjoying CCH so far. The first week of school has been an amazing experience for me, and I am really looking forward to the rest of the school year.
  • Ashley

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Ashley Judge is a Grade Ten student at CCH. She enjoys music, reading and writing. Her favourite thing about CCH (so far) is that the food smells so good.

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