Monthly Archives: March 2016

CCH People to Know – Mr. Bulger

First, I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Mr. Bulger for allowing me to interview him at the last minute. To be perfectly honest, he didn’t even know we had a blog, until recently. I don’t know how he managed to miss the excessive amount of outdated meme posters advertising it!

Mr. Colin Bulger grew up in Calgary before beginning an education degree at the University of Lethbridge. Like many teachers and potential teachers, he went into education for “the ridiculous reason of changing someone’s life,” which I do not think is ridiculous at all. It is certainly a better reason than doing it for the money. For a student who excelled in high school chemistry, it was a simple choice to turn that into a profession. He wishes he could also teach physics, but confesses that he is not very good. Surprisingly, he never took biology in high school, but ended up teaching  a Biology 20 course at CCH. During the summers of university, he worked as a carpenter, which is his second career choice. Woodworking is his hobby, although it has become harder to practice due to him being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

In Quarter three of 2000, Mr. Bulger began working at CCH after completing his PSIII (final teaching practicum) at the school. When asked about the preference for the quarter system versus that of the semester system, he couldn’t pick, as he has only ever taught for CCH’s quarter system. However, he confided that he talks a lot and would likely waste an entire class in the semester system with his stories, and that at least in the quarter system, the students have time to regroup.

Mr. Bulger has many fond (and not so fond) memories of teaching, and so was hard pressed to determine his favourite. The one tale that I was most impressed with was when he had had six students in one class get a perfect score on their chemistry diploma exams. Also, while teaching the “Structure and Forces” unit for the seventh graders at Father Leonard Van Tighem, he wore his roller blades to school to illustrate the difference between a large force and subsequent acceleration and a small force and acceleration by using students of different sizes to push him down the hallway.

In his limited spare time, Mr. Bulger drives his two children, ages 12 and 13, to hockey and swimming, respectively. “Hockey takes up most of our time,” he says. “There isn’t much spare time, which is a good thing because I’d probably fall asleep if I had spare time.” Nonetheless, he manages to have the time to travel extensively– he has been to Europe for weeks at a time, as well as the Scandinavian countries, the Baltics, and across Canada, America and Mexico. His favourite place was Zurich, Switzerland. Zurich was “the cleanest place [he’d] been in his life,” with filtered water in the fountains. He saw cyclists fill up water bottles from them numerous times. A close second favourite is Copenhagen, Denmark. Both cities were very expensive, however.

Upon winning the lottery, Mr. Bulger wants to take his family on another vacation. He hasn’t been to east Asia yet, nor Australia, so those are both on his bucket list of places to visit. I wish him luck in choosing that lucky ticket!

Editors note: The MS Walk on April 30th is an excellent opportunity to show our support for Mr. Bulger. To register, stop in at the school office for information.

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Kaitlyn Baron is a grade twelve 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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Our Future Family Members

Do you remember seeing packs of (not so) little wide-eyed teenagers roaming the hallways two weeks ago? Those cafeteria spot stealers? The little rascals that were the cause of our unscheduled break times that made it so difficult to get to talk to your friend in Chemistry class because we apparently had “special guests”?

Yes, those were, indeed, “special guests”– those were the grade nines getting ready to invade our school and make their high school debut next September. For us future grade elevens and twelves, it is our duty to make them feel welcomed because, while talking to some of the future grade tens, I quickly realized that they are all pretty scared and not quite ready to leave their middle school memories.

So, it’s time to introduce the thoughts and feelings of our future locker neighbours, teammates, and friends: the grade tens. I interviewed two current St. Francis students about their hopes and dreams for high school.

Q: Are you excited to be in Grade ten here at CCH?

Ysabel: Absolutely! I’ve been excited since I saw High School Musical when I was ten, or something. Sadly, not everyone will be singing all the time so that’s why I’m planning on joining the fine arts. I can’t wait!

Louis: I am but at the same time I will miss St. Francis because I loved being the “big kids”, but I still know I will have fun no matter what. I am also very excited to get my license and meet new people!

Q: Are you planning on joining any clubs, sports, fine arts or leadership group?

Ysabel: As I mentioned earlier, I want to try all the different kind of fine arts programs offered at CCH such as choir, the musical, art class and maybe even the Steel Panthers. I am really impressed by the selection of programs. There is really something for everyone.

Louis: I’m thinking of joining the football team and maybe badminton. I’m still not too sure yet. Also, I love the fact that there is a gym we can use during flex time or after school.

Q: Do you have any fear going into grade ten?

Ysabel: Yes, quite a bit, actually. I feel like I won’t make any friends and I’ll drift apart from my old ones. I really do enjoy middle school, but I guess change is good. Also, the quarter system sounds scary. I’m not sure how I will survive three hours of math EVERY DAY!

Louis: I’m scared that everything will go too fast! Entering middle school feels like it just happened yesterday. I also fear the classes. The teachers keep telling us that we won’t have as much free time and way more homework. I’m not excited for that.

Q: Do you have any goals for your upcoming high school years?

Ysabel: Yes! I want to finish on the honour roll with an immersion diploma, be proud of myself, make friends, get my license, grow out my hair, be a part of the fine arts family and just have fun!

Louis: I just want to enjoy every moment because my brother, who will be in grade twelve next year, keeps saying that it’s going really fast. I want to be able to say when I wear my cap and gown, ‘Wow! That was fun!’

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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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Beauty and the Beast

It’s March, which means that this year’s musical production (Beauty and the Beast) will be in full swing very soon. In honour of this event, I’ve interviewed some of the lead actresses to get an inside scoop of what they think about the show and how it’s coming along.

The first question I asked was: “How does it feel to be a lead in Beauty and the Beast?” One of the Belles, grade eleven student Bailey Dyck, was almost speechless just thinking about it. “It’s really exciting,” she told me, “especially because I wasn’t expecting it. It’s a big responsibility, but it’s also a lot of fun to become another character and just experience it.” I asked Chip the same question, grade ten student Britain Nelson: “I was very surprised, because it is my first show, and I didn’t really get the chance to show them what I could do beforehand. I’m glad they had enough faith in me to give me this part.”

My next question was one I find personally very interesting: “What do you think is going to surprise people about this show?” Mrs. Potts, AKA: Kiara Mitchell, was eager to answer this question for me. “I think people will be surprised the most by the costumes, because if I was coming to see this particular show, I wouldn’t know what to expect. Seeing as Beauty and the Beast is a fantasy, the costumes could have a wide range of possibilities.” Aleigha Goldade quickly jumped in on the subject: “The whole production will surprise them, because it’s such a high caliber show for a high school to do.”

One of my last questions for the cast was: “Who in the show is most like their character?” There was a strong consensus that Bailey Dyck was most like her character, Belle. “Bailey is a princess; Bailey is Belle. She’s beautiful, kind, loving…she is 100% perfect for this part.” Bailey had another opinion on that subject: “I’d say Megan is the most like Belle, because she’s really intelligent and kind, and she just really fits the character.”

It was a pleasure interviewing all of the lead actresses and getting to know how they think the show is going. I personally think that the play is coming along very well, and that the show will be a smash hit. It is a pleasure to be part of such a big element of CCH, and I can’t wait for the live show to begin. Remember, student preview night is this Thursday, March 3rd. I hope to see you all at one of the shows supporting your school.

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Ashley Judge is a grade ten student at CCH. She enjoys music, reading, and writing. Her favourite thing about CCH is that the food smells so good.

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