On Friday, Nov 4th, we celebrated our 2021.22 Honor Roll and Honorable Mention recipients with student assemblies. It was rewarding to be in the theatre, celebrating the academic achievements of so many students. Over 400 kids' names were called, representing nearly 40% of our student population getting over 75% averages in their courses.
Well done to all students, and thank you for being committed to your studies!
2. Remembrance Day Ceremony
On Thursday, November 10th, we will remember those who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we now enjoy in Canada. The public is invited to either of our ceremonies. Our gr. 9/10's will be in the gym from 9:20 - 10:20 and the 11/12's from 10:50 - 11:50. If you would like to join us, please come to the office prior to heading to the gym.
3. Staffing Update
We welcome Carmen Dominguez to our staff as she joins us as the gr. 10/12 counsellor. Carmen has her education degree and a Masters of Education in School and Applied Psychology. We are thrilled to add her to our team,
Thank you to Suzanne Tiemstra for stepping up without a second counsellor and supporting our students and staff for the first two months of the school year.
4. Cobble Classic Fundraising
On Friday, November 25th, we will host our annual Student vs. Teacher hockey game. This year, the game has been rebranded to the Cobble Classic to honour our former colleague Norm Cobble who passed away suddenly last May. As such, we are raising money for a charity of the Cobble family's choice. They have chosen the Alberta Children's Hospital, and in the one week we have started the campaign, nearly $1500 has been raised. Consider supporting this great cause in honour of Mr. Cobble as we look forward to a great event.
BCHS will host a post-secondary fair on November 30, 2022, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. It is a fantastic opportunity to ask questions to 28 Alberta post-secondary institutions, including Colleges, Universities, Technical Institutions, the RCMP, and the Canadian Forces.
You can inquire about programs, admission requirements, scholarships, housing, and more during this fair! Nowhere else do you get all these institutions in one place, so be sure to take full advantage of this opportunity to plan for your future.
A virtual post-secondary fair will also be running on Wednesday, November 9th, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. No pre-registration is necessary, and students do not have to stay the whole time. To join the event, go to elaa.ab.caand hover on the Members of ELAA menu. Then select View ELAA Members from the drop-down menu. Each member institution will have a link in its profile. You can visit as many institutions as you would like.
BCHS Staff and Students were in a spooky mood on Monday as they celebrated Halloween. Many creative costumes made their way through the doors of the school and added to a fun day!
Our leadership students are again offering an official BCHS gear order for our community. Please follow the link below.
The store closes on November 10th, with production commencing on the 14th, so orders are ready for the holiday season.
CAREERS Internship and Skilled Trades Fair
CAREERS invites you to attend one of their upcoming Skilled Trades and Internship Fairs, connecting students, parents, educators, and employers to increase awareness about the amazing opportunities in off-campus education. Students will learn about the range of opportunities in the skilled trades and related occupations and how they can apply for paid work as part of an integrated learning internship. Over 50 skilled trades employers will be present.
How to prepare for Post-Secondary! Thanks to Ms. Tiemstra for putting together a helpful document for all of our gr. 11/12 students to consider their next steps for post-secondary!
GRADE 11 TO DO LIST
Semester 1 (September – December)
Begin or continue with extracurricular activities. It might not help you to be admitted into a program, but it will help you to apply for scholarships. Post-Secondary schools love students with leadership, drive & community involvement experience.
Take school seriously – marks from grade 11 are looked at for early admission to a lot of programs.
Talk to your School Counsellor to choose the right courses and prerequisites you will need for your university program of your choice.
Research careers you are interested in using myBlueprint , talk to professionals or relatives in that career.
Attend Post-Secondary fairs at your school or nearby schools, also attend Open Houses of your top 3 or 4 places.
If interested in USA schools, register for an Int’l sitting of the SAT exam offered five times per year. Visit www.CollegeBoard.org for dates.
Semester 2 (February – May)
When you find a school program you are interested in – become aware of the program’s admission courses as well as school specific scholarships. Choose a second choice school that offers your program and make sure of its admission courses.
If you are looking outside of AB, make sure to take note of that provinces’ admission deadlines and processes.
Pick your Grade 12 courses to ensure graduation and admission to Post-Secondary.
Attend any career fairs and industry fairs in the field of your interest. See if there are any summer volunteer or work programs.
See if the schools you are interested in offer Campus Tours or Student for a Day Programs
Discuss costs for post-secondary education with your family. How will you afford it? Savings? Scholarships? Student Loans? Working?
Look for a summer job or volunteer opportunity especially in the area of your interest. Make sure to update your resume from CALM class to include current information.
Read the Bert Church Charger Connects to know when events are happening & when Lunch N’ Learns are being offered by School Counsellors: Scholarships 101, Applying to University – Using Apply AB, various Post-Secondary schools coming to present, etc.
Alberta Post Secondary Event
Nov. 30th, 2022 6:30 - 8pm @ Bert Church High School
Out of Province Post Secondary Events
October 19th, 2022 6 - 8pm @ Winston Churchill High School - Calgary
October 20th, 2022 6 – 7:30pm @ Cochrane High School
October 26th, 2022 6 – 8pm @ Crescent Heights High School – Calgary
GRADE 12 TO DO LIST
Semester 1 (September – December)
Narrow your choice of university programs to a handful. Know these programs’ application dates and scholarship deadlines. Keep your information organized in one place.
Narrow your choices or Program or School to a maximum of 3 (2 in AB and 1 outside of province if wanted)
-remember to indicate choice 1 and choice 2 for each University so that you only pay the school fee once.
Start filling in your information into ApplyAlberta – it saves automatically so you can go back into it
Start looking at scholarship spreadsheets or databases, preparing common information. Give your references plenty of time to write letters of recommendation.
Create your myPass account so that you can look at your diploma exam marks in February and be able to sign up for rewrites or transcripts.
October 1st – 5th
You can now start applying to Post-Secondary programs. Academic averages are set and you can start applying to secure an early admission.
Use ApplyAlberta - remember to add every possibly useful course at a 20 level and 30 level into marks history and add every school you attended in highschool, remembering summer school or virtual schools.
Go into myPass – transcripts and send to the schools you have applied to IF they are not in AB.
Letters of admission or conditional acceptance start to arrive.
Keep track of the emails and paperwork that is sent to you from the schools – make note of next steps and deadlines.
Semester 2 (February – July)
Continue applying for scholarships, bursaries
Letters of admission or conditional acceptance continue to arrive. If it is a program of 1st admitted – 1st Qualified they will continue to accept students until all seats are FULL.
Apply for residence (if you didn’t do that when initially applying) as it is on a first come, first served basis.
Consider federal and provincial student loans and start application with all supporting documents. Applications open in April/May and have to be submitted in June.
Confirm your admission acceptance, pay the “hold your spot fee” by the deadline and attend any how to create your 1st year schedule workshops.