September is/was back to School (It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year)
The anticipation that goes into the first day of school never really seems to change and that (surprisingly to some) holds true in a high school. The administration comes in for a few days before the teaching staff arrives in anticipation of the work and preparation that will be required. Teachers, of course, come in to prepare and finalize plans in anticipation of the students’ return for the upcoming year. Grade 12 students anticipate the first day as it is the last one they will have as students living at home; grade 10 students anticipate it as it is a fresh start in a new school; grade 11 students anticipate going back and not having the same nerves and fears that they had the year before. For everyone, the anticipation of the first day of school is much like the New Year: it is a chance to start fresh, make the very best of the upcoming school year, and to renew promises of working hard, becoming more involved, studying more, achieving better grades, and the list goes on.
As always, the 2017-2018 school year started off with a real sense of excitement. Students quickly found their way into new classes, clubs started to become established, and teams formed with practices and games already underway. In many ways, the new school year is similar each time around, so what changes? It is the people who change, which is what makes a school so much fun, and this is especially true at Strathmore High School. Every student must continue to take certain core classes, but there are always new events for students to become involved in. This year, our Spartan Council hosted an assembly titled “I Can Help”, with the intent to help change some of the impact created by social media and to instead start a cycle of positive messaging. This assembly was coupled with a long-standing tradition at SHS of hosting a Welcome BBQ for all students and staff.
Our second annual Cake Auction was held September 20, hosted again by Spartan Council, capturing student excitement and support. Students donated 52 beautifully crafted cakes, and pooled their funds together in order to purchase said cakes (with the help of SHS alumnus, auctioneer Cody Hayes) with all funds from the event being donated to cancer research. As always, the traditional Terry Fox Run followed the Cake Auction, but because of our student leaders’ new twist on raising funds for this event, students from SHS raised in excess of $5 000.00 for cancer, even topping our totals from last year.
September also had students from SHS backpacking overnight into Kananaskis, cycling in Canmore, kayaking on Phys Ed field trips to Glenmore Reservoir , as well as running at Johnson Island where our cross-country team joined with Crowther Memorial for an exciting kick off to their season. All of these events are opportunities for students to expand their horizons and to explore new personal possibilities.
It seems hard to believe that September has already raced past us and the long, hot days of summer are now fading into the cool nights of fall (or the snowy, icy nights of fall). Students are certainly well entrenched in their school routines and yet the excitement continues to show every day with the students in classes, hallways, and activities at Strathmore High. The 2017-2018 year has gotten off to a fantastic start in the first month and I am certain that the upcoming events in October will continue to generate the positive momentum that has been initiated in September.
We do have a number of important upcoming events such as our Orange Shirt day on October 3 in recognition of the impact of Canadian Residential Schools, Grad Parent Meeting on October 10, Parent Teacher Interviews on October 12, and Pillars of Strathmore High School induction on October 13. Please visit the school website for details. If you have not had a chance to check us out on-line please visit www.strathmorehighschool.com or visit us on Facebook.