May 23, 2017

From the Eye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mr. T. Harris

Somehow it got to be late May, which comes out of a season - and in fact still is a season - during which perhaps too many things are happening at once. Earlier today I read the words of Richard Rohr, as he reflected on participation in the life of Christ. He said that once you become a Christian, you don’t look at reality from some distance; in fact you look out from the middle of reality. Perhaps all of us feel surrounded by the things going on this time of year, but it’s good to be reminded that Christ calls us to be with him in the middle of the things of our lives. The apostle Paul talks about being obsessed with something bigger than himself; 164 times in his letters he describes his unity and participation with Christ. In Ephesians 2:20, he expresses it this way: “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” May God live in each of us amid all the things we are engaged with, whether things we do to support our students or things we do in our own workplaces and homes. May Christ be always living through us.
So what are some of those things we are up to as we strive to allow Christ to work through us?
Soccer games: Our boys and girls teams are competing in the zone finals today at the Leisureplex in town (girls 3:00, boys following).
Chapel: Our chapel tomorrow (Wednesday) will begin with a time of worship and will continue with several offerings from students who responded to Mr. Park’s invitation to share of their talents. It should be a fun chapel. You are of course invited.
Portfolio Day: Our grade 12 students will each spend some time with a panel sharing some learning experiences and artifacts that were important to them and having a conversation about their high school experience. As I am sure you have heard me say in the past, this is one of my favourite school days of the year.
Track Regionals: This Thursday and Friday several of our track athletes will compete at the Regional track meet, which is a step between the Zone finals, at which our students did very well, and OFSAA. Go get ‘em Storm!
Choir Year-end Concert: This Thursday evening, our choir, under the direction of Mrs. Annette Penner, will give their biggest concert of the year. We would love to see a good crowd here in support of the music program at our school. The concert begins at 7:30 and will be over before 9:00.
Registration Packages: These packages will be sent home in hard copy form this Thursday, May 25. We are asking that the packages be returned to the office on Friday, June 2. That gives a window of just over a week. It would be a good idea to attend to them as soon as you get them.
We would like to welcome Mr. Jadon Vakharia, who will be teaching two classes at our school for a period of four weeks. Jadon was a student teacher at our school last fall. Now he is a fully certified teacher (we can tell just by looking at him. Congratulations on your graduation Jadon; we are pleased to offer you your first stint as a teacher in one of our grade 12 Capstone classes and in our grade 12 PE course.
Our praise teams SWAG and Freedom’s Gate were both honoured to be invited to perform at Musicfest Canada in Niagara Falls last week. They had opportunity to hear some great musicians, and they represented Christ and their school with distinction, receiving silver awards for their efforts. Well done teams!

Student Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ms. Linda Booy-Korvemaker, O.C.T.

Pen Centre in St. Catherine offers a monetary award for students going into post secondary - check it out!

OSAP Applications are ready and grade 12’s know applying is the only way to access this money. For more details go to:

Scholarship information and two helpful websites:
- Yconic:
- Scholarships Canada:

One of the most lucrative scholarships available to student athletes through OFSAA is the Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship. It is presented annually by the Brian Maxwell Foundation to three deserving cross country and/or track & field athletes ( 800m, 1500m, 3000m ) Candidates must have competed in cross country and/or distance events in track as listed above. Secondly, they must plan on attending a Canadian Post Secondary Institution. To access information about the scholarship and the application form please follow the next steps: 

For the most up-to-date information in guidance – please see the Post-Secondary Planning group and School Talk on Edsby.

Students’ Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brendan M., VP

Next Year’s Student Council – The following students have applied and been confirmed as candidates for next year’s student council:  Janelle B., Spencer D., Bailey D., Patrick G., Eden G., Shawn H.
Joshua M., Fay P., Mark S., Jordan V. and Sara W. Students will be campaigning until next week Wednesday at which time there will be speeches and voting following chapel on Wednesday, May 31st.

Coming Up – Fun Fridays in June – here are some details, stay tuned for more!
Friday, June 2: Country & Western Day and Blue Jays Game at night.
Friday, June 9: Freezies and TBA
Friday, June 16: Canada’s Wonderland!

Tickets for the Jays game will go on sale starting tomorrow. Tickets will be $25 pp – we have a limited supply so “the early bird gets the worm” – busing included.

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