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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

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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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Welcome Japanese Students!

March at CCH is well known as being the busiest time of the year. With the show in full swing, the end of basketball season, the start of all the spring sports as well as graduation quickly approaching (OMG!), we can safely say that students are busier than ever. However, while rushing to your Calculus class or your co-curricular activity you may notice several new faces. They may look somewhat disoriented, in shock of the students’ wardrobes and amazed by the snow covering our lawns. Yes, these are indeed the Japanese exchange students that arrived last Sunday from Sendai, Japan.

Eighteen students and three teachers will be joining our community for the next three weeks. They are students from Saint Ursula High School, Catholic Central’s sister school. For most of these students, it is it their first time in Canada or even outside of Japan. They will have to accommodate to the culture, our language and the time difference. (15 hours – yikes!)  Although it is one of the greatest adventures one can live, it is not simple!

Last summer, Mr. Cox, Mrs. Kroker, nine other students and I left for Japan for two weeks to experience the life of the Japanese. After visiting Kyoto and taking the bullet train at 320km/h, we were placed with Japanese families. We had to accommodate to having rice for breakfast, lunch and supper, wearing some type of uniform to school, going to school on a Saturday, paying in thousands for a meal, and having the courage to participate in Japan’s favorite sport: karaoke. We also had to understand how the toilet works. Yes, you read that right: the toilet. I believe that Canada should import Japanese toilets as they are the most magical thing ever. With over fifteen different settings, they can play music, heat the seat, be used as a bidet and other eccentric possibilities.

However, my fondest memory of Japan is the people. They are the kindest, most generous people I have ever met. They did everything for us Canadian students to feel at ease, and help us fall in love with their country. When I questioned my host father why the were Japanese so thoughtful, he wrote me in a letter about the practice of sado and the principle of Ichigoichie:

“In Japanese, Sado describes the manner to drink tea, one of the most sacred practices of my culture. In this custom lays the most important principle: ichigoichie. It is the idea that if you welcome an individual, they are perhaps a person you see for the first time and also for the last time. Therefore you must welcome them with your best hospitality.” –Norio Murooka

For the next three weeks, between their trip to Waterton and their first hockey game, I hope that the Japanese students will be able to recognize the kindness of Canadians. They are people we may meet only once but, as they believe, every encounter is special and may lead to a new understanding of life and one’s view of the world. Our CCH community must treat them with its best hospitality, as we always do to newcomers. 

  • Charlène

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Charlène Golsteyn is a grade twelve student at CCH. She enjoys overbooking her schedule with the many clubs, events, and sports offered at CCH. If she is not doing something with the school, you might find her drawing portraits of her (kinda) cool friends, playing around with E. Coli, or simply talking to her best friend while on the floor eating Nutella by the spoon. Her goal this year is to accomplish everything on her top secret bucket list and leave behind a legacy.

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CCH People to Know – Mrs. Spearman

Although my time so far at CCH has been short, it is clear to me already that there are certain people here who every student should get to know. Mrs. Spearman is absolutely one of those people! I first met Mrs. Spearman when I was involved in Santa’s Anonymous during the first quarter and she kept me connected while I was unable to attend the weekly meetings at the East campus. All through Santa’s she continued to check up on the students at the West campus who were a part of the club to make sure that we knew where we needed to be and what the next event was. Even though we had only met a few times for Santa’s Anonymous she always remembered the students who had come together for Santa’s and that made me feel a little more like I belonged in my new school of CCH.

Mrs. Spearman always had a smile on her face and every time she saw a student she recognized in the hallway she said hello and asked how they were doing. The atmosphere on the West campus was one of my favourite parts of taking classes there and Mrs. Spearman’s friendliness added a huge amount to this atmosphere of an overall calm and close knit community. She was always up for friendly conversation and it made me feel like I had someone to talk to should I ever have a need for this connection.When I think about Mrs. Spearman, two parts of Catholic Central’s creed as defined by the school website come to mind: to be a community of welcome, and to be a community of service. Mrs. Spearman helped me to feel welcomed as an individual and showed me what it meant to use our time and talents to help others in need both through Santa’s Anonymous and the help she gave to the teachers at the school.

She was always popping in and out of classrooms helping teachers to get things printed and copied, so that the students didn’t have to lose valuable teaching time because the class was short a few note packages. It really was a bit of a mystery to me how she could be in and out of so many classrooms and help so many teachers all day long, while still having the energy to say hello to every student she knew as she passed by them in the hallway. My first few weeks at the West campus would have been a lot different if Mrs.Spearman hadn’t been there to make me feel welcome and updated on everything I felt like I was missing at the always bustling East Campus. For that reason and many others Mrs. Spearman is an important person for all students, especially grade 10’s and Westsiders, to get to know.

~ Hannah

fullsizeoutput_14a4Hannah 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 Montreal 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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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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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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