Principal Golden Secondary School
There have been so many things going on at Golden Secondary School which has made this year so exciting!
Sports teams are full of players who are developing their athletic skills and representing our school in BC and Alberta at various tournaments. Students are taking on leadership roles and organizing our 2012-13 Yearbook, Student-Staff lunch hour games, Jam Sessions, and special events like the Christmas Recognition Assembly.
Teachers and support staff are assisting students with their learning across all of the subject areas, providing individualized help where needed. Field trips are occurring to increase engagement and motivation for learning, and give students opportunities they may not have had otherwise.
Three months into the year and so much has already happened, with much more ahead on the horizon!
Our Aboriginal students have had the opportunity to be involved in a number of cultural events that have been organized by our Ab.Ed. Support Workers Dana Setter and Elder Denise Porter.
These valuable activities have include knife making, Buffalo Farm tour and fire making, beading and moccasin making, Louis Riel Celebration Day, Rawhide making and participation in the UBC Online Youth Learning Circle (a mentoring program involving aboriginal people – this month was William Belleau from Twilight). Each year, we develop an Aboriginal Service Delivery Plan in conjunction with the Elders, to establish what services will be offered to our aboriginal students for the year in order to encourage growth in all areas.
Our Parents’ Advisory Council brought in a Study Skills Workshop from the Foothills Academy in Calgary and over 60 students participated in this event. The feedback from students was quite high and the two hour workshops (one in the morning for students in grades 8-9 and one in the afternoon for students in grades 10-12) covered the basics of note-taking, strategies for studying, learning styles and strategies for reducing anxiety when writing tests. Thanks to our PAC for organizing and supporting this event
While we on the subject of our wonderful PAC, they have also supported the purchase of a second water bottle filling station at our school. The first one was bought and installed last spring and has been very popular among our students, enabling them to use their refillable water bottles and have easy access to clean, cold water. The PAC is also replacing the Senior Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Jerseys, so we can discard the old, worn out ones.
On December 21, the last day of school before the holidays, Dianne Libby and her Foods 10-12 class will be preparing breakfast for the entire school. We are looking for some parents to help with this event – please call the school at 344-2201 if you are able to help out. Once again, our PAC is paying for the ingredients for this well received activity! Later that day, we have our first Recognition Assembly and parents are welcome to attend this event at 2:15 in the GSS Gym.
On behalf of all the staff and students at Golden Secondary, we wish you a happy holiday season!