I hope this week has treated you well, and you're looking forward to the weekend. A few quick updates from the school as we head into our last week of September.
1. School Fees posted
If you budget to pay school fees in September, we have them posted for the entire year. Thanks to those who have paid already - we collected thousands of dollars in the first 24 hours. If you need help navigating your fee payment, please reach out to Carol Twomey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the main office, and she will help you.
2. Building positive habits
I shared some thoughts this week with our students on building rituals to help positive habit formation. This is the time of year we start to see positive intentions start to wane as the stress of the school year starts to take hold.
A powerful way to build positive habits is by bringing rituals into your life. A few things I do every night before going to bed include getting my coffee ready on the counter for the morning, laying out my wallet, keys, and anything else I take in the morning, and setting my clothes out, so I'm not fumbling around in the dark. These rituals save me time in the morning when I'm a bit groggier but also set the intention that I will wake up and go to work the next day.
We all have rituals/habits that get us through our days. The question is whether they're positive ones or not. Building positive rituals that make positive habits easier for us leads to success. I encourage you to discuss both positive and negative rituals with your kids this weekend!
3. Award Donations
On Thursday, October 6th, we are hosting our annual Academic Awards night, where we recognize the top achievers from the previous school year. During the past two years, our donations for these awards have been depleted. We are looking for new donors to help celebrate our amazing students. If this is something, you would like to do individually or as a business, please reach out to the school office and ask for Lisa Chadwick. Thank you in advance!
4. Truth and Reconciliation
Next week, we will recognize National Truth and Reconciliation Day on Friday with daily activities. Students will have an opportunity to reflect on the part they can play in learning more about residential schools and the intergenerational trauma they have caused while working to positively impact the future through reconciliation. Thank you to all the staff and students who have helped plan the activities for the week.
Have a great weekend,
Principal | Bert Church High School
Our Sr. Boys golf team dramatically won the 3A/4A South Central Zone Championship this week with a thrilling playoff win. Congratulations to Brayden Arnott, Cole Skelding, Malcolm Garrity, and Warren Enging on their tremendous play. The boys will represent BCHS at provincials next Monday in High River/Turner Valley.
Nearly 40 members of our community showed up on Saturday, Sep 17th to help plant our Indigenous Reconciliation Garden in front of the school. It is great to see the commitment from our community to start this journey.
Congratulations to BCHS Sr. Abygale Reeve on capturing her 11th consecutive Provincial BMX Championship in Stony Plain last weekend. Abygale continues to excel both on the provincial and international stage. To read more about this terrific Charger, follow this link!
A busy week in BCHS athletics as our teams took the court in volleyball and the field in football. A big thanks to all the volunteers who make these opportunities possible for our kids. Way to represent Chargers!
The fall MRU Women in Science and Technology (WIST) Highschool Event will be a virtual event for high school students in grades 10-12 (specifically 12th-grade students who are about to start applying to universities). This opportunity will help prospective female students gain an insight into the world of various STEM majors and university as a whole, with the chance to connect directly with the MRU-WIST executive team and hear about personal experiences, tips for undergraduate success, specific courses or degree information, extracurriculars, research tips, university academic and health resources, hear about what a typical day looks like for an undergrad student in STEM, and a chance to ask questions!
The event will be offered on two different days for best suitability and fit: Saturday, September 24, 2022 [11 am to 12 pm] and Wednesday, September 28, 2022 [6pm- 7pm] The event will be conducted via Google Meet and a meeting link will be provided following registration.
Please register with the following link for the day which works best:
Shad is a month-long program for grades 10 & 11s. Pan-Canadian classrooms with university-level STEAM and entrepreneurship content and access to mentors. The selection process is in place. Limited spots are available. Applications are now open for summer 2023. https://www.shad.ca/