Saturday, 27 October 2012

Hope Secondary Rocks!

On the evening of Friday, October 26, our Leadership class held its first dance of the year! The students under the guidance of their teacher, Mrs. Poulin, did a wonderful job of the decorations and setting a tone for their Las Vegas theme. The energy was high and the students enjoyed their evening--they rocked the house! Many thanks to the Leadership students for hosting another successful event. Listen for this week's events planned by the Leadership class as part of our school spirit week--the 'Horror' Games!!

It is great to see such positive energy and enthusiasm in our school. We also see it in our athletic program. Thank you to our soccer coaches, Mr. Webber and Andrew Tarrant. Our basketball season is about to begin and we hear our students talking about upcoming practices.

Our SH(OUT) students and their teacher, Mrs. Wilkins, are working to gather canned goods for our local food bank. Any donation you may be able to give is appreciated. Many thanks to our students as they work to help make a difference and contribute in a positive way to our awesome community.

Our band program is doing well. Mr. Tarr and his students are getting ready to play at the Fraser Hope Lodge on Nov. 2 and at the Hope Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11. Many thanks to our band students, who are always perform well at our community events.

Miss Dubois is putting together our intramural program. Be sure to get your volleyball team signed up for the lunch activities.

Mr. Polishak and his drama students are working on their one act plays. Their performances are scheduled for November 15, 16, & 17. We hope to see you there!

There is something for everyone at Hope Secondary--be proud and get involved!

Sunday, 14 October 2012

A Day Without Technology

Technology Has Its Place

I had the opportunity of accompanying a group of 66 students from 
Agassiz Elementary Secondary School & Hope Secondary on the Campbell 
Lake hike just outside of Harrison on Thursday, October 4. We had wonderful weather & scenery to enjoy as well as an opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy each other's company. It was a treat to see students sitting beside one another engaged in conversation rather than sitting beside someone, completely ignoring them and texting to someone else. 

Technology has its place in our world and while I am grateful for it (like having the satellite phone in case of an emergency), I was very thankful on Oct. 4 for not having to worry about emails & phone messages (until we got home). Enjoying a day with nature and encouraging our students to get out and be involved in leisure activities that don't involve being tied to their phones, computers or video games is also important to their well being. We live in such a beautiful part of the world--let's get out and enjoy it and each other!

Thanks to the students from HSS & AESS and Mr. Fisher from Hope Secondary, Mrs. Fitzsimmons & Ms. Swinford from AESS for a most enjoyable day!