Monthly Archives: April 2017

What it Takes to be a CCH Blogger

Even though quarter 4 just started, I’m taking this opportunity to actively recruit new bloggers for the 2017-2018 school year.

But before I get into the particulars about what I’m looking for, I thought I’d have some of our current bloggers inspire you! Here’s what they have to say about being a blogger for Cougars With Quills:

Victoria: To be a blogger, you need motivation to write. If you don’t, you’ll be left sitting at a blank computer screen, unable to form a sentence that you like. But if you actually have the motivation and intent to write, then it is no longer a task, it’s enjoyable. The words effortlessly flow onto the page. Then afterwards, you appreciate it much more.

Charlène: Many would think that blogging is for those who will change their entire schedule to be able to be in an English Honours class and are always seen with their nose in a book. Perhaps to some, the stereotype may be accurate, but a basic knowledge of English vocabulary (thks mrs hartman four korrecting me) and a love for rants will suffice. By joining Cougars With Quills you will learn how to eat four to five slices of pizza without anyone noticing how much of a pig you truly are, and laugh unexpectedly at hilarious jokes. Honestly, if you are hesitating, just give it a try. In my last two years on the team, I discovered the art of writing freely without the pressure of grades and had the chance to create connections with teachers. Between interviewing previous CCH valedictorians, writing Mr. Wikenheiser’s life story, and ranting on how fantastic my exchange in Japan was, my experience being a blogger was anything but dull.

Chloe: As a member of the CCH blog for the past three years I can assure you that joining Cougars With Quills is by far the best decision you will ever make. It will completely change your life, as you will subsequently become incredibly good looking, popular, and rolling in mad cash. Okay, well, maybe not… but what I CAN assure you is that you will receive copious amounts of free food, endless laughs, and of course the ability to freely express your thoughts on the World Wide Web. Pretty cool right? And did I mention that “Two Guys Pizza” is a frequent staple at all blog meetings?

So what have I learned from being a part of the blog over the last three years? Well to start, be yourself. Yes, as cheesy as it is, have confidence in how you express yourself; don’t be afraid to say exactly what’s on your mind. (Well, maybe not exactly.) Second, never underestimate the power of procrastination. It can be both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes it results in a lack of creative juices, other times, you surprise yourself with just how well you can write in the crammed span of 30 minutes. Either way, don’t stress too much; Mrs. Hartman has always been super accommodating and understanding in regards to our busy teenage lives. That being said, send your posts in on time. Lastly, I’ve learned to look at writing as more than just a chore, or something to earn me marks. That’s right! I genuinely enjoy writing these posts. It’s given me the opportunity to voice what I’m thinking without really having to connect to any “assignment topic”, and there’s something very real and enjoyable about that. Anyways, my advice for those of you thinking about joining the blog is short and simple: DO IT.

The Cougars With Quills team is actually quite small (no more than nine bloggers in total), but these nine students need to be dedicated, self-motivated, and responsible members. Because a lot of our work is done in the cloud (we only have about four face-to-face meetings in the school year), a basic knowledge of Google Docs and Drive, a cell phone number, and a reliable attitude are all the tools you need.

If you’re interested in joining the team for next year, please come see me at Campus West, or email me at

  • Mrs. Hartman

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Vimy Ridge 2017

You’ve heard about it all year, but you may not know exactly what the Vimy Ridge Trip is all about. After having an interview with the wonderful Mrs. Kirkvold, I am prepared to share all the information with you.

A group of 43 travelers (37 of which are students) are taking a trip to France for many activities, primarily, as the name suggests, to focus on following the footsteps of many soldiers in Vimy Ridge. 

There are numerous items on their itinerary that the group will get the privilege to do over the course of the nine days. Incidentally, they left yesterday, on the 3rd of April. They flew directly to London and from there, they will go for two days seeing various locations: The Strand, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, and Covent Garden, just to name a few.

After that, they will travel to Dover and catch a ferry to cross the English Channel. They will then spend time in the Normandy area visiting Juno Beach and the Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. In addition, the students have chosen soldiers to pair with and do research; many of them from the Lethbridge/Alberta region.  

Following that, they will head to the Vimy region and the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, The Artios Expo in Arras and the Vimy 100th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony on April 9th. Lastly, they go to take in the sights of Paris to visit the Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées, Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower. Overall, it looks like quite the adventure.

The purpose of the trip itself, as Mrs. Kirkvold put it, was “to carry the legacy of remembrance, and understand, to a greater depth, the sacrifice of these young people. As well, we want to provide our students with an opportunity that will be so much more than what they would receive in the classroom setting. Again, they will walk in ‘their’ footsteps”. 

As a veteran trip-goer, Mrs. Kirkvold and the other adult supervisors are most excited to see the students go through an emotional journey that will inspire them to be able to tell their own story, as well of one of a soldier.  

Be sure to ask our fellow students about their exciting expedition when they come back on the 11th of April.

  • Victoria


Victoria Digout-Ford is a grade 11 student at CCH. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, babysitting, acting, and binge-watching whatever is on Netflix. Her favourite thing about CCH is getting the chance to hang out with her friends and sing in the school choir.

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