Monthly Archives: October 2016

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Here’s a riddle for you. What starts in the middle of October, ends in March, and features many talented people, both in and out of the picture? Any guesses? Here’s the answer: the annual school musical! That’s right folks, CCH is all systems go for this display of talent, presenting the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

This musical is sure to be a big hit, provoking interest in viewers of all ages. “I am very excited for this play. It’s a classic, and it’s been around for more than 50 years,” says Mrs. Mitchell, the drama teacher and director. “I think the students should be excited about playing the classic Peanuts characters with all their foibles. It’s going to be a great show.” Many students have already signed up to audition.

The play follows the memorable characters, like Charlie Brown,  Linus and Lucy, Schroeder, Sally, and Snoopy. The musical devotes itself to their classic pastimes like baseball, flying kites, the Little Red-Headed Girl, and school troubles. Mainly, Charlie Brown believes his friends are just saying he is a “good man” and suspects he is not all that they say. Charlie Brown thinks none of his friends really like him and that he is a failure. Poor Charlie Brown. They lose their baseball games, by fault of Charlie. He wants to become a better person, and by the end of the play, receives the acceptance of his friends, and the realization that life isn’t so bad after all, woven throughout singing and dancing.

Audition preparation with Mrs. Christensen will be on October 24th on Campus East; 11:00-11:25 for boys and 11:30-11:55 for girls. On Campus West, audition prep will take place on the 27th, girls from 11:00-11:25 and boys from 11:30-11:55.

Men and women will be auditioning separately, on the 1st and 2nd of November, respectively, and callbacks will be on the 4th. Rehearsals will begin very closely after that, on November 14th.

This musical is going to be very light-hearted, and everyone is encouraged to try out! Even if you don’t get to be an actual actor or actress, you can always be backstage helping out with transitions or creating sets. This is a great opportunity to show off your genius for almost anything. I personally am encouraging you to try out for this play. Get involved!

  • Emily

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Emily Borthwick is a grade ten student at CCH. She enjoys reading an odd mix of dystopian YA books and classic books, as well as writing sarcastic comments into her presentations and then editing them out because she knows she can’t write things like that. Her favourite things about CCH are the quarter system and her teachers.

 

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Where did the Spirit go?

Religion. What is it? Is it some class you’re forced to take? Or just another class to take and easy to ditch out on?

Where did our spirituality go? We get so caught up in our daily lives, going to school, playing sports, doing art, chilling out with friends or just working, it’s so easy to forget the little things. We forget to stop and take in the moment. To be thankful that we breathe and are able to eat and have a roof over our heads. It’s time to stop and think about the ones who influence your life, whether it’s your family or friends, God, or even teachers. When is the last time you were truly thankful for everything they have done for you?

When the word “God” is said, what comes to your mind? Catholic, Hindu, Baptist, Muslim or even an atheist– what is your perception of “God”? Where does your spirituality stand as of today? Are you close to God, or far away? In today’s chaotic life, do we leave enough room for God to embrace us?

As a high schooler at Catholic Central, I ask myself “Where is the true spirit of Catholic Central?” Morning prayers are filled with long silences as the teacher preaches on, some students may snicker, waiting for the “chore” to end. Do you listen to the words in a prayer? It doesn’t matter what faith background you come from, if you allow yourself to listen to the words, they are a blessing of the day. Feel honoured that your teacher wants you to have a blessed day. When Mr. Spiess does his legendary prayers, he prays with his whole soul and heart, and that right there is beauty in itself: blessing and wishing all of his students well throughout their daily lives; we should feel honoured that someone would care so much. The passion he has for his spirituality shines in his prayers. Do we truly listen to our teacher with open hearts and minds?

In this chaotic high school life, isn’t it okay to just allow yourself to listen? To become one with that peaceful silence? I have seen many people afraid and almost ashamed of the spiritual side of Catholic Central, to listen and embrace all the words that are spoken. To allow themselves to be silent and listen, this is where most find God. Silence can be your greatest enlightenment.

Here at CCH we take such pride in our sports and fine arts that sometimes we forget the simple thing that brought us together here in the first place: our God. Having masses before a big game settles the moment and allows everyone to remember that we are all the children of God here to come together to celebrate what we love and take pride in. We are all here to learn and shape ourselves in his image. Take pride in bowing your head before a big game, or before you step onto the stage. We are a Catholic community after all so take some pride into it!

Do you ever look up at the sunset, all those beautiful colours and the shape of the world, even the smell of the morning dew in the fall? It’s so peaceful and still. It’s a feeling of complete warmth and comfort. That’s my association of what God is. It’s what I feel in my heart is true. We all get so caught up in life that we lose touch with that side. Smell the flowers and take it easy. Embrace every moment you have on this world. Allow yourself to be calm and silent; it’s as simple and easy as the wind’s breeze. Be respectful, and don’t forget why you came to Catholic Central in the first place. Embracing the spiritual side of yourself can give you peace and calmness in the chaos of the world . Remember, everyone has a different view of God. It could be the sunset, or the compassion you see in others. Just take the time to connect to your roots, and to be grateful for everything you have in life. You are perfect and you are beautiful in every way. God has a voice and it’s through his people. It’s through YOU.

So to all my brother and sisters, just sit and listen. Only then is when you will truly hear God.

  • Tristen

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Tristen Cook is a grade twelve student at CCH. She is constantly on her feet, busy with school and working full time. When she does have spare time she enjoys meditating and reading. She also enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and exploring. Her favourite thing about CCH is the teaching staff. They’ve treated her like family and made her feel like she’s at home.

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Daily Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I can already smell the turkey cooking and hear the families gathering. Whether your family is planning a big celebration or has decided to keep things on a lower scale this year, Thanksgiving is a well anticipated holiday, and for good reason. The food is always delicious and it’s relaxing to have a small break from the bustle of the school year to spend seated, full, and happy.

My family has a tradition at Thanksgiving that we all take part in during the prayer before our meal. One by one we each offer a single thing we are thankful for. This allows us to connect and understand each other in a few short words of thankfulness around the table. This tradition to share what everyone at the table is thankful for keeps most members of my family on their toes; we have a “no repeats” rule, so I often start thinking a few days ahead. This year while I was pondering what I would share with whoever was gathered to enjoy the dinner prepared for us, I had an idea. What if we treated everyday like Thanksgiving?

Now, I’m not suggesting that we have large turkey dinners and family get-togethers every night. Instead, I suggest something far more simple. What if we were to spend a few minutes, before dinner or bed, or even while brushing our teeth, to think about what happened during our day that we could be grateful for? This small pause at the end of the day may seem ridiculous and even impossible to some whose lives may be filled with too many things to choose from or simply not enough positives. However, I believe that sorting through and finding that one small thing as simple or as complex as we want could change our lives entirely.

When I think of what I am thankful for it changes from day to day. Sometimes it is something small like a stranger’s smile in the morning on the way school. Occasionally, my day is filled with a more complex positive such as a future-altering opportunity being formed. I am even periodically thankful for my struggles on days when I see how they have helped to make me into a better person.

Being thankful is all about mindset and I know that if we challenged ourselves to find and be grateful for the positives in the day, we would find ourselves feeling much happier and more prepared to face another day. Rather than saving your sense of thankfulness for one moment in a long year, offer it to God daily and allow yourself to feel relaxed about tomorrow no matter what it may consist of, because there will always be something to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Hannah

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Hannah Couture is a grade ten student at CCH. She has a love for reading good books and for writing. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her analyzing music and watching Montréal Canadiens’ games on TV. She’s brand new to CCH, but so far her favourite thing is flex time and being in the Honours classes.

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