The Bishop Grandin swim team made waves this past week at the CSHSAA Swimming Championship Meet held at the Talisman Center. Over 900 swimmers from across the city descended on the pool and the competition was fierce. Many of Bishop Grandin’s swimmers earned points in their respective events. Finishing in the top 10 were Geremie Mallete (7th in 25 breaststroke), Alex Clarke (6th in 100 IM), Daniel St. Louis (10th in 100 IM), Josh Billesberger (10th in 50 breaststroke and 10th in 50 fly), Blake McDougall (9th in 50 back), and Marissa Dimmell (3rd in 50 breaststroke). The girls’ relay team, made up of Victoria Cieisielsua, Maddy Misfeldt, Robyn McDougall and April Beaurivage, finished 10th out of 33 schools. Bishop Grandin’s Max Wilcox was our top finisher with a third place finish in the 50 back and a second place finish in the 50 free. All 48 team members are to be congratulated, not only for their dedication throughout the season, but also for their enthusiasm and sportsmanship at the City Championship Meet. Thanks to our coaches Ms. Doane and Ms. Taylor, for leading this fine group of athletes!
Calling all parents of Bishop Grandin athletes, we need your help! On November 29th, 2014, Bishop Grandin High School (BGHS) will be hosting our second annual BGHS ATHLETICS SILENT AUCTION. We are very proud of our Athletics Program at BGHS, and are looking forward to celebrating the enhancements to each of our programs that the monies raised will enable. We believe an all-inclusive athletics silent auction will help raise the much-needed funds to supplement, update and maintain the quality of our many athletic programs. The success of this event is by the participation and attendance of our parents, family and friends. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased through the Physical Education Office. There are many door prizes and raffle items, a live auction and delicious appetizers throughout the evening. Assistance can be provided by volunteering time in assisting the planning and organization of the auction, donating or having your business or companydonate an auction item and/or by purchasing tickets to come out and enjoy a fun evening together with your BGHS Community. We are anticipating another successful event and look forward to hearing from you. Please contact our athletic director Mike McFarland- email@example.com if you would like to help.
All the World’s a Stage is an exciting and educational way to introduce modern young audiences to the classic works of William Shakespeare. This 90 minute production was written & is directed by our senior drama teacher, Ms. Stratulat and features Bishop Grandin’s Drama and English teacher Mr. Hogan in the role of Shakespeare. The play follows the adventures of Bishop Grandin A.P. students on an extended field trip in London at a posh Secondary School. Once there, they encounter a teacher that Shakespeare puts a spell on so her students can perform his plays instead of writing boring essays!
Enjoy Macbeth as an episode of Hockey Night in Canada complete with Coach’s Corner! Julius Caesar is presented in Roman costumes and British accents!
The play runs from Tuesday, November 25th to Friday, November 28th. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and may be purchased in the drama room at lunch or at the door. Don’t miss out on the fun!
The tradition and student graduates that manage to balance academic excellence with a high level of involvement in extracurricular activities continues at Bishop Grandin. Our Advanced Placement program is ever growing as it expands in both the number of students involved, and the number of students writing multiple exams. In 2014 Bishop Grandin was proud to administer over 180 exams to over 120 students – with a far great number of students in pre-advanced placement courses. However, our students rarely limit themselves to focusing solely on academics and tend to be busy in all aspects of their lives; participating in clubs, sports, volunteer activities within the school and often part-time work as well. It is most enlightening to listen the wisdom and experience directly from our alumni and National AP Scholar Katelyn Dimmell, and two AP Scholars with Distinction award winners, Josh Stang and Lance Beltran (Bishop Grandin Graduates, 2014). Continue reading 'AP Testimonials'»
On November 17th, the Calgary Senior High School Athletics Association celebrated the best of Calgary’s high school athletes. Bishop Grandin was proud to nominate five different athletes for these prestigious awards: Carolina Alongi – Myrna Empey Volleyball award, Sarah Kinzner – Sheila Iversen Soccer Award Leandra Clarke – John Semkuley Girls Cross Country Award, Colin Macgillivray – Allan Taylor Volleyball Award and Paul Gratton – Harry Hood Football Award. These awards are based on athletic ability, academic success and community and school involvement. We are absolutely thrilled to announce that both Sarah and Carolina were the winners of their respective awards! Congratulations! We are proud of all of our student athletes at Bishop Grandin for their dedication to their sports and school. Thanks to our many dedicated coaches as well who provide our athletes with such wonderful opportunities through the quality programs they offer.
Canadian History in Europe – This Summer:
A summer school course that includes:
- Class-room component
- 11 day tour of historical Canadian sites from the First and Second World Wars – Netherlands, Belgium, France.
Military Studies 15 – July, 2015.
There will be a parent / student information meeting:
Bishop Grandin Library:
Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 PM
Contact Mr. Bieche for further details
On Wednesday, Chaplain Hulse spent the day at CAWSTs (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology) Youth Summit. The summit was held at the Safari Lodge at the zoo. Six students joined him: Kathy, Vanesia, Kennedy, Taylor, Leandra and Nick. CAWST helped our students through a very sophisticated decision making process so that they could develop an action plan to take back to school.
Throughout the day there were many favourable mentions of Bishop Grandin High School and of counselor Pat Calon who ran the program for the past ten years. It was mentioned that not only had Bishop Grandin raised $117,000, but also that our students had changed many lives.
At the end of the day, the students came up with a focused action to reduce water consumption in the school, by promoting the use of refillable water bottles and by advocating for and raising money to introduce water fountains that are capable of filling a water bottle. This action plan will be used to apply for a $500 grant from CAWST to assist in implementing this action plan. Great work!
What is now a Social Justice tradition, started out as a “hmm… do you really think it could work?” idea. Ms. King and Ms. Czentye – the teachers working with Social Justice, are continually amazed at the dedication and pure joy with which these students dedicate themselves. What are the chances of rounding up 30 high school students on a Friday night, after a day of no classes, in full costume, to collect not candy – but food? As it turns out, and as you can see for yourself below, there should never have been any doubt. Thank you to the wonderful community of Haysboro for your ever growing generous food donations to the Calgary Food Bank, and to the amazing students who collected the food – in full Halloween get-up! Here is proof once again that it takes only a few steps to make a marked difference in the lives of those around us.
Close to 60 Social Justice Students at Grandin and 8 fortunate applicants joined Ms. King and Ms. Czentye for what I now Calgary’s 8th WE Day celebration. As is widely known, WE Day tickets are not purchased, instead they are earned. The students who are members of or Social Justice group at Grandin certainly earn their ticket year after year; dedicating their time, energy and most importantly their genuine hearts to our year round activities that fight for Justice. Here is a glimpse of how WE Day impacted one of our students;
‘WE Day is more than just an event, it launches a year of actions for social change.’ My experience at WE Day cannot be summed up in words. I was profoundly impacted, more than I thought possible. It was an emotional rollercoaster for me to hear the life-changing stories of some of the speakers. The focus message of empowerment allowed me to realize the ‘power of we’ that the global community holds. I was deeply moved to see the Kenyan student, Faith, who was able to escape the restrictions of her family and pursue her own future because of the Free The Children secondary school built in her community. My eyes were now opened to potential we all have to save a life. The WE Day speakers reminded me that change is our hands; this generation can change the world by contributing our individual gifts. I was encouraged by my experience at WE Day to pursue my passion, follow my dreams, and make my mark on the world. “If you’re not a part of the solution, then you’re a part of the problem,” are wise words spoken at WE Day that I will hold dearly forever. It was a blessing to dwell in this experience with my friends, and I hope many others to come will be able to be as consumed by the moment as I was. (Veniecia Laylor)
Now, back in the classrooms of our school we would like very much to carry the spirit of empowerment forward. Our Social Justice crew has set embarked on the challenge of empowering women in developing countries by providing them with the means to economic sustainability. We are calling our campaign “twenty goats in twenty days with toonies”. Stay tuned for how this and our other events succeed this year.