Spring Update: Several weeks ago now we said goodbye to a very busy winter term. Our students were involved in many different activities such as field trips, including a successful one to Quebec City with our grade 7 immersion students, a successful basketball season in which our grade 7 Boys and Girls participated in a challenging tournament at Seaquam. The boys won all of their games and the girls only had one loss. Well done !
As we move into our final term of the year the pace seems to have picked up and the weather seems to be dramatically improving. As a result our students seem to think that the end is near with still 10 weeks to go. Track and Field is well under way and we have 140 students taking part this year. We have also started running our half marathon and on any given Monday, Wednesday and Friday you can find several hundred students running our .5 mile course around the school block. Math celebration takes place this week and our Reading Link challenge was held last week. We also have some intramural activities and clubs going on at lunch that include dodge ball, magic club and chess. Of course the big event of the term is our We Day Assembly and our Walk-a-thon.
On Wednesday, April 20th, the We Team hosted our seventh annual Sunshine Hills We Day: “the day we move from thinking just about ME to thinking about WE and how we can help others…” Our goal was to raise awareness of the terrible plight of so many young children in Africa. These children are without adequate food, water, shelter, safety, medical care, as well as the opportunity to go to school. These are basic things that we just take for granted in Canada. Our 2016 social responsibility goal is to raise $20,000 to build four primary classrooms for the children of Kericho, Kenya. Congratulations to our outstanding We Team assembly speakers, Logan Neidig, Jillian Baxter, Jayden Mulder, Kaleigh English, Maddison Biggin, Saiya Gill, James Konlup, Anisha Bal, Brendan Smith, Yana Fershstein, Joanna Inkster, Theonie Schmuecker, and Jackson Napier, who so passionately delivered our message of compassion, commitment and global social responsibility.
Then, on Friday, April 22, the students and staff of Sunshine Hills walked for the children of Kericho, Kenya in our seventh annual walk-a-thon. Despite the rain, our students put their hearts and souls into their walk to raise pledges to build the primary classrooms at the Kipkeremwo School. The students have brought home a letter explaining our fundraiser, a pledge sheet, and an envelope for donations. We are hoping to have all pledges in by Monday, May 9. Thank you for your generous support in this worthwhile cause! Here is the video that was created for this years We Day - Thank you to Brendan and Natalie Smith for summing up the last 6 years so well.
Hello January 2016
Welcome back to Sunshine Hills for Term 2. Hoping that everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends and that 2016 is an amazing year for you.
Here are just a few reminders for the next few weeks:
✓ French Immersion Kindergarten Applications are now available at the office or can be downloaded from this site. Due date is Jan 29th at 4 pm. Download Application here
✓ French Immersion Kindergarten Parent info night is January 19th @ 6:30 pm @ Richardson Elementary
✓ French Immersion Grade 7 Info night January 14th @ 7 pm @ Burnsview (Library)
✓ English Grade 7 Info night @ Burnsview January 19th @ 6:45 pm Cafeteria
✓ Student Led Conferences January 28th - 2 pm dismissal
As we roll into November I am aware of how fast another school year is slipping by. October was a full and busy month here at SH beginning with the musical rock band ‘Speed Control’ . Speed Control Spent the day with us beginning with a performance that showcased the history of Canadian rock and roll and the artists behind some of the best Canadian songs since 1950. I could tell by the energy in our school gym that the students were pretty engaged. During the rest of the day the band went around to classes to ask students about Sunshine Hills. After hearing all that classes had to say about the school the band worked with some of our older students to develop a song for our school. It was a very cool day which ended with an afternoon performance featuring the new Sunshine Hills song.
Here is the link to listen to our new Sunshine Hills Song: OOOPS ...Coming Soon :)
We hope you enjoy it as much as the students and staff enjoyed making it along with the help of the Speed Control Band.
Early in the month our grade 7’s went to Camp Jubilee for an Outdoor Education experience. Other then the occasional downpour the students came home with smiling faces having had a great experience. Another big event that took place was our annual Cross Country Challenge. This year we had over 600 students from across the district join us which is our largest turnout in the 14 years of hosting the run. Congratulations to all our students who came out to practices and ran the event. Special thanks to all our parent volunteers and we were especially pleased that event the weather cooperated.
The event was followed by our Parent / Teacher Conferences and we were appreciative of the great turn out. We value that parents understand the importance of the working relationship that happens between school and home in the positive development of children which is exemplified in the following poem:
I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there
The clay they used was a young child’s mind
And they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher - the tools he used
were books, music and art.
The other, a parent, worked with guiding hands,
And a gentle, loving heart.
Day after day, the teacher worked with touch
That was deft and sure,
While the parent, standing by his side
Polished and smoothed it o’er.
And when at last their task was done,
They were proud of what they had wrought,
For the things they had moulded into the child,
Could never be sold nor bought.
And both agreed they would have failed
If each had worked alone,
For behind the teacher stood the school
And behind the parent, the home. ……Author unknown