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Surviving the First Quarter: A Script in One-Act

{A mid-size Catholic high school in Lethbridge, Alberta. Two grade ten girls  (Addison Gatner and Alannah Crawford) are chatting about their first quarter experience at their new school.}

AG: I think surviving the first quarter … was surprising, in a number of ways, because it’s your first quarter at Catholic Central, and it’s…definitely different than anything else I’ve experienced so far.

AC: I actually didn’t feel that it was very different. I actually really enjoyed the first quarter. I enjoyed the classes especially and the new environment was really nice.

AG: Yeah.

AC: I didn’t feel like it was much different from Junior High, though.

AG: No? I think the shuttle…the shuttle part was a little bit hectic, for the first week at least.

AC: A little, yeah.

AG: It was…um…it took some getting used to, for sure. And I think when it came to the amount of schoolwork, I think it works out really well with the quarter system because the quarter system has so much more time for actually working, and really getting into the lesson, which is nice.

AC: Yeah, I completely agree. Do you have any suggestions for new students?

AG: Um… I believe that… I think the biggest problem with this first quarter was that I expected it to be so different, I started to get panicky and I think the problem there was that I expected and over-thought too much? So, if I could redo it all over again, I think I would change it. I would be less expectant and more open-minded, I guess. How about you?

AC: Um…I would just say, “go with the flow”, honestly.

AG: Yeah.

AC: Like, as long as you get used to it. It’s really easy to get into, that’s one of the good things about it. And once you start going with the flow and just relaxing, just doing what needs to be done, you can excel. And it’s pretty easy in my perspective.

AG: As long as you work hard, though.

AC: Yeah, as long as you’re willing to work.

AG: Yeah.

AC: There is work involved, it’s not that there isn’t any in school.

AG: It’s still work, but…

AC: If you’re diligent enough, you can excel easy in this system, and that’s the good thing about it. It’s that…there’s still the same amount of work but you get more time to do it.

AG: It does bring out the hard worker in you. Because you’ve got three hours to kill, and you either use it to work hard, or you slack off and never get anything done, and… oh look, are those your grades way down there? They sure are.

AC: Just do what you love, do what needs to be done.

AG: If you get really into the subject you’re learning, then it can be really great. But if it’s something that you’re bored with, time goes by very slowly and that’s not a good thing!

AC: But you should make the best of the situation and make sure to balance what you want with what needs to be done.

AG: Exactly. I think this quarter was…I think we survived it okay.

AC: I would agree.

AG: Here’s to the first quarter, and onto the second. Well, if we’re still alive, we’ll let you know.

Fin.

dsc_0951Addison Gatner is a grade ten student at CCH. In her spare time she enjoys murder mystery parties, acting, singing, reading, writing and fangirling. Currently, she is experimenting with supernatural fandom. Her favourite things about CCH is having the library right next door to Campus West and the Honours classes.

dsc_0952Alannah Crawford is a grade ten student at CCH. She enjoys reading and writing; she also loves drawing (even though she’s super bad at it). Her favourite things about CCH are her classes because she has always enjoyed learning.

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New Year, New Possibilities

Here we are again, at this time of year when no one has any idea who they will see, where their classes are, or if they even have lockers in the mix of things. The confusion and newness of the situation can be extremely stressful for everyone, especially our Grade 10s that are coming in this year.

I have heard that there are MANY new students coming our way, and that really excites me. I know how stressful it can be coming into a new school, so if you are reading this, I would like to give you a little pep talk to start off your school year the best you can.

I know it can be hard going into a new school, with new people, but you will get used to it. And, at the end of the day, you will enjoy it. Just take this time to be with friends, join clubs, and do what it is you want to do, because this will be the easiest year of high school for you. Make the most of it, because before you know it, it will be the end of the year and you will be wishing for it all back.

And with that, I, along with all of the students and staff that have been at CCH last year, welcome you to the school, and hope that you learn as much as possible.

  • Ashley

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Ashley Judge is a grade eleven 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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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!’

  • 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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First Impressions

Ah, yes. Who would forget that great moment when you finally walk through the doors of almost-adulthood and join the bustling crowd of high school? I know I won’t. The entire school is so…different. It’s all completely new to me. Here are some of the new things I noticed in the first week of high school.
It was hard enough for me trying to catch one bus on time, but now I have to catch two. I now have to catch a bus four times in one day because of where my classes are. I tend to miss buses a lot because I take my time to get my stuff, but with two buses, that is no longer an option. You have to be fast, or else the bus will leave without you.
Another thing I noticed is that the classes are much longer than I expected. Three hours of class work is such a big jump from the 40 minute classes I’m used to from junior high school. The class curriculum is also extremely fast-paced. It has only been one week, and I already have a unit exam in one of my classes.  I finished an entire chapter in Social Studies. It’s crazy!
Also, CCH offers so many extra curricular activities. I have never heard of a school offering so many fine arts groups! I love the fine arts, and I have always found that there was more of a concentration on sports during my previous school experience. That is certainly not the case with CCH. They offer plenty of after school activities for everyone; there are sports, two different choirs, two bands, steel drums, volunteer opportunities…you name it! You can honestly never be bored at CCH.
To top it off, the school smells so good! At flex, the cafeteria smells delectable. Too bad I keep forgetting to bring money to buy some…
Overall, I can honestly say I’m really enjoying CCH so far. The first week of school has been an amazing experience for me, and I am really looking forward to the rest of the school year.
  • Ashley

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Ashley Judge is a Grade Ten student at CCH. She enjoys music, reading and writing. Her favourite thing about CCH (so far) is that the food smells so good.

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Grade Ten Hindsight

As the 2014-2015 school year draws to a close it’s always enjoyable to take stock of what has been accomplished over the year. It’s particularly special for our grade tens (they made it out alive!) to compare the people they are now, to the people they were at the beginning of the school year– the beginning of their time at CCH. It’s amazing to see how much people can grow and change over a mere ten months so we’ve asked our two grade ten bloggers to share with you the insights they’ve gained about themselves over the course of their first year at CCH.

Chloe: To say the least, my grade ten experience has been pretty interesting. I’ve discovered a lot of new things about myself. For one, I can’t catch a softball to save my life…literally. (For those of you that don’t know, I got quite the shiner during slo-pitch season.) However, I also learned that I love making videos, being a part of Student Council, and most importantly, I’ve learned to try new things. This year at CCH I have tried everything from musical theatre to cross-country and badminton. I had a chance to travel to New Brunswick and meet people from all over the world. I’ve learned what I’m passionate about, what I would like to accomplish, and who I hope to become. So yes, it’s definitely been a rollercoaster of a year, full of many new experiences and new friends, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Kaitlyn: Being at CCH for my grade ten year has been a fantastic experience. I have been a part of two amazing programs and am hoping to join more next year. It was easy to settle into the quarter system and dual campuses; I thoroughly enjoyed both. I truly feel like CCH is one family that can come together to make good things happen.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring affected me in a lot of ways. I am a more compassionate and caring person because of it. It helped me to come out of my shell and make more friends. I also enjoyed the experience of being a blogger. Blogging at CCH has easily become my favourite thing to do. Being at CCH I have been able to mature and be the best person I can be. I have found out who I am through my school year. I can’t imagine being at any other school.

Maybe Chloe and Kaitlyn have inspired you to reflect on this past school year. We hope it has been as inspiring and meaningful to you as it was for them.

– The Cougars With Quills Team

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