This week was full of activity as we entered May. I reminded our staff the last time we were in-person at the start of May was the spring of 2019. It has been three full years so we are excited to see what lies ahead in this busy month. Please see below for a few updates from the school.
Mental Health Awareness Week
We highlighted Mental Health Awareness Week with hats on for mental health on Wednesday. The focus of the week was on empathy, something that is very important all the time, but especially now. For resources and more information, please follow this link to the Canada Mental Health Association's Webpage.
More locally, the City of Airdrie offers resources and links to support in our city. Follow this link for this information.
We all have mental health and for some, it is not healthy right now. Reach out to a friend, staff member, parent, or anyone in your sphere to talk about it and make sure you receive the support you need.
The fire hydrant is in the ground and we are getting closer to occupying the portables. It seems if I provide a date that it moves, so just know they are in the testing phase and we'll occupy the portables as soon as we get the green light. We are hoping the parking lot is restored to full capacity shortly as the contractors fill in the holes and move their equipment. Thank you for your continued patience through this process.
New Blood Play
This week, we hosted New Blood, a play put on by a group from Strathmore about Residential Schools. We had over 200 students sign up to attend the play and the q & a at the end was powerful. We are looking for tangible ways to grow in our knowledge and understanding of what happened in Canadian Residential schools as an act of reconciliation. Thank you to Mr. Bates for bringing the play to the school and Mr. Castiglione and Mrs. Twomey for helping organize it.
Alberta Legislative Page Program
Thanks for your continued support of the school - we are looking forward to finishing the year strong. Have a great weekend.
Principal | Bert Church High School
Staff and students brought awareness to mental health and showed their support for everyone this week with Hats on for Mental Health.
Mental Health Awareness Week - Inviting Parents to take the Be There Certificate
The theme this year is Empathy - often students have a difficult time wanting to support their friends through difficult times or a break-up, etc. but they don't know how or feel overwhelmed with the responsibility to solve it for them all alone. Parents also often say that they need more help on how to connect with their adolescents. The Be There certificate is the best example to increase understanding and provide skills. Log in and earn your certificate.
Mamma Mia tickets are on sale now! We're thrilled about the return of live theatre at BCHS and can't wait to see it! Below are a couple pictures of our students rehearsing. They have put in many hours, with 40 students on stage, 14 students backstage, 7 students in the band, and 8 of our Chargers from the football team.
Our leadership students hosted the annual Staff vs. Student hockey game last Friday. For the first time in BCHS history, the students came out on top, winning a close, 1-goal game. Congratulations to the students and thank you to the Calgary Flames Alumni for helping out the staff!
Our Chargers were representing on the badminton courts in Brooks last weekend. Congratulations to the following students on their top-three finishes
Gold - Girls' Doubles - Madison H & Rachel B
Silver - Girls' Singles - Charlotte B.
Bronze - Boys' Singles - Paramjot D
Bronze - Boys' Doubles - Dalen M & Atley C
We're proud of all of you!
How fortunate are our students to have access to Genesis Place across the parking lot. This week, our Sports Performance students participated in Zoomba and Spin classes with instructors!
Helicopter perms were on the menu for Tammy B this week. Amazing work going on in the cosmetology lab!
Football Boosters Fundraiser - Bacon and More!
It’s time to fill your freezer! The Chargers Football Boosters are taking orders until May 11 for the same high-quality meats and products you eat in your favourite restaurants. This includes 15 products including cases of bacon (two kinds!), steaks, chicken, burgers, salmon, pizzas and so much more! Many products are allergen-friendly including gluten-free chicken strips.
Your orders can be picked up from the BCHS parking lot on May 18 from 4-6 p.m.; just in time for May long weekend! No shopping is necessary before you fire up your grill!
100 percent of funds raised directly benefit our players! This helps keep player fees low and will go to help the team with new uniforms, team busing, purchase of new footballs, and other items that help to improve the players’ experiences
The Vancouver Film School will be hosting an ONLINE Open House on June 4th. This is a great chance for students to learn more about VFS.
There are also Summer Intensives that we launched this month for anyone interested in Acting, Animation, Game Design, Film & Tv production, and Makeup, there is a ton more so make sure to check out https://vfs.edu/events/vfs-open-house-2022 for more info. I have attached the 20% off promo code for students that might be interested.
Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp(August 7– 13, 2022) Application Deadline: May 15, 2022 -send your 13 to 15-year-old business-minded kid to camp this summer. It costs nothing to apply www.rotaryayec
Are you interested in a summer apprenticeship with Fortis to be a Power Linesman? If so, stop by the office and get an application from Mr. Reed.