Monthly Archives: October 2015

Spooky CCH Myths (And a History Lesson)

With Hallowe’en on the horizon and the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of CCH, it seems perfectly appropriate to blend spooky myths and history lessons into one blog post.

Anywhere one goes, ghost stories can be found. Every place one can think of has its share of scary stories, and CCH is no exception. From haunted rooms to mysterious tunnels, we seem to have exceeded our quota of paranormal activity. However, unless one counts the “ghost” scratched into a stall in the ladies room as evidence, then we have very little concrete proof of anything amiss, so we have to make do with sharing the stories.

My first introduction to the plethora of ghost stories around CCH occurred during my first course in high school, what feels like a million years ago. It was Religious Studies 15 and my teacher, Mr. Tailfeathers, whole-heartedly believed that the room was haunted. Papers would move or disappear when he was not in the room, posters would fall erratically, and he was sure that he could sometimes hear voices when no one else was in the room. No one else was convinced. Yet, the next year, he did leave CCH…so maybe there was some truth to the story after all.

Possibly the most well-known myth in CCH is the existence of tunnels connecting École St. Mary, St. Francis Junior High and CCH Campus East. The theory goes that the CCH entrance to the tunnels lies near the Eggplant Theatre at the bottom of a long set of stairs to the basement. The fact is, however, that this is a myth. There are no tunnels or anything of the sort connecting the schools, ergo, MYTH BUSTED. Now, I could end this here, but what would be boring. Instead, I will propose a hypothesis as to how this particular myth was born.

Many, many years ago, from the seventies to the eighties, the CCH we know today did not exist. instead, it and St. Francis were considered one school, even though they were not physically connected. Between the two schools, they taught grades eight to twelve. Anyhow, back then, the band room and Eggplant at CCH had not yet been constructed. Instead, the two rooms were combined to make a second gym–which explains the unusually high ceiling. Students would trek back and forth in order to use the gym. Sadly, this was without the use of a tunnel, although I’m sure it would have been wonderful in the winter. However, the perfect place for a tunnel would be near the now-Eggplant, and a convenient entrance for it would be at the bottom of the stairs nearby. According to my sources, the tunnel myth did not exist back then, so it had to have been started later. Therefore, my hypothesis is that the tunnel myth was a response to the splitting of CCH and St. Francis in 1980. I believe that some students, hearing that the two schools used to be connected, constructed a story that would still be told decades later–a mystical tale that fascinates the new grade tens every year.

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Kailtyn Baron is a grade 12 student at CCH. She currently has no spare time but fantasizes about all the reading and catching up on nerdy TV shows she’ll get to do once her schedule quiets down (in about five years). Her favourite things about CCH are the Honours and Enrichment classes and the quarter system.

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Thankful Bloggers

Although the turkey may be gone and the official holiday is over, we know that a grateful heart is a happy heart. Our bloggers wanted to share what they are personally thankful for.

Kaitlyn B.: As autumn settles in, I am reminded once again to be grateful for all the wonderful things in my life. I’m thankful for all the usual suspects–my family and friends, my co-workers, and my teachers. Especially this year, I am thankful for my teachers giving me the knowledge and skills that I will need after high school.

But I’d like to further expand upon how thankful I am for one person who has recently come into my life–Tammy. A few months ago, Tammy moved into the basement suite of my grandpa’s house, and since then, she has been a lifesaver. And I mean that literally. My grandpa turns ninety this year and even though he is doing very well for his age, he has been having health problems. Seeing as he lives in Lethbridge, and my family lives in Coaldale, it’s hard to keep a close eye on him. Not long ago, he collapsed due to low blood volume and Tammy was the one to call an ambulance. While he was in the hospital, she cleaned the entire house and convinced him to allow her a cat downstairs. (Really, the cat was for him to have some company.) After he returned home, she continued to cook, do laundry, clean litter boxes, and generally aid him with whatever he needed. But it’s not just my grandpa that she takes acre of–I stayed overnight at his house two days ago, and on less than a day’s notice, when I returned from work, Tammy had cooked Thanksgiving dinner for the three of us.

She doesn’t do this for us to owe her, nor does she do it because she wants the thanks; she does it out of the goodness of her heart. However, I’m going to continue to thank her anyways, because I don’t know what we’d do without her.

Chloe: I’m thankful for so many of the people in my life and the opportunities that I have been given. I’m grateful that I have friends I can trust and laugh with, as well as a family that supports me in all that I do. I’m thankful that I live in a country where everyone has a right to an education and that I go to school where the teachers are always pushing me to do my best. I’m thankful that I’ve been given a voice and that I have the opportunity to use it. I think we often take for granted the little things such as the right to express ourselves freely, but for so many this isn’t a reality. I’m thankful for the people and the little things that make my life so much easier. The things that we don’t very often take the time out of our day to appreciate but are so crucial to our every day way of living. Things as simple as toothpaste, hot water or transportation, because as silly as it sounds, our lives would not be the same without them.

Ashley: This Thanksgiving has been very eventful, and I am thankful for the busyness and the family I got to see. Thanksgiving is about the only time I get to see all of my family and really get out of the house. The food around this time is also very plentiful and delicious, so I am thankful for that as well.

Kaitlyn S.: I’m thankful for my family and all the love and opportunities they give me. I’m thankful for my friends who pick me up when I’m down. I’m thankful for my ability to receive education in a safe environment. I’m thankful for my two dogs, a warm house and food to eat. I am blessed with the ability to travel and help people all around the world. I’m thankful for all the people in my life and every single opportunity that comes my way.

Alex: Now I’m going to guess that everybody is going to at least touch base lightly on how we are thankful for family and friends, for a warm house and hot food, and all those warm fuzzies–which is great–but why is it that we skim over these things? Why is it that we search for things no one else will talk about? These things that could brighten up our days, we just let them slip by. Parents that help us with homework. Siblings that always pick the chores you hate. We should be more grateful for that, and all the other warm fuzzies, like the irony that caught me one year when I helped Santa’s Anonymous by doing the 24 hour famine (which you can sign up for right now) and ended up helping one of the volunteers unload a basket into my own home. Sometimes it’s about being grateful for the obvious, not the arbitrary. So, remember to thank the people you normally would, not just the extra special people.

Charlène: I am thankful for so many aspects of my life. First of all, I am forever grateful for my supportive friends and family that always see the best in me and help me when times are not so great. I am thankful for my wonderful fifteen years on Earth, where I have had the opportunity to travel freely, state my opinion without fear of being a female, and meet wonderful people of all ethnicity and religions, all in a safe environment. All of this is possible today because of the people that lived before us, whether it be women, soldiers, leaders or regular civilians, who fought for justice, peace and equality. We take little things we do every day for granted, like walking our dog or stating our position in political affairs in Social class, forgetting that in some countries, this is not possible. Thanksgiving is a good time to remember how lucky we are to live the life that has been given to us. This holiday is also a great opportunity to do something special (whether it’s a specific person or for a certain cause) so that we can change another’s life, even if it is very slight. Show your thanks by giving and spreading happiness; this is how I see it.

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Our Athletic Pillar

As you probably are already aware, our athletic programs are in full swing here at CCH. If you have the chance, come out and show your school spirit by supporting our male and female JV and Varsity volleyball teams at the next upcoming tournament, or maybe take in one of the Friday night football games where the Cougars will be looking to touch down! The support is always appreciated and you can usually tell when it’s game day, as we’ll see our athletes dressed up and looking spiffy.

Our cross-country athletes will also be representing us at zones in Medicine Hat this Wednesday. As for the upcoming athletic programs, curling is starting VERY soon (Oct. 19th), basketball will be starting in November, followed by badminton and track and field in the new year.

Our athletic programs are a great way to get involved within the school and be a part of a team. I know first hand that our coaches (many of whom are teachers here at CCH) are top quality, and really dedicated to the students and their participation in the numerous activities throughout the school year.

This is why athletics is one of our four pillars here at CCH; it’s important for our community. Whether you’re on the court or super fanning in the bleachers, showing school spirit allows an opportunity for everyone to get involved and be united in Cougar pride!

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Chloe Devoy is a grade eleven student at CCH. She enjoys playing hockey and soccer, and running cross-country for the CCH team. Her favourite thing about CCH is the variety of extra-curricular activities.

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