News & Events
As part of our 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash weekend we welcome our STS community to join us for a family-friendly day of activities on the beautiful STS campus. This is a wonderful opportunity for our community, specifically children, to come together, have some fun, and celebrate our school’s birthday.
Yee Haw! The Calgary Stampede is back in its full glory – including the Stampede Parade!!
We have secured 50 reserved-seating bleacher seats for the STS community the morning of the parade on Friday, July 8 and would love to have you, your family, and friends join us!
From the Blog
Don’s admiration for the School and especially the teaching excellence has grown over the years since Anders joined in Grade 5, and through his giving he supports Head’s Initiatives, Outdoor Learning Projects, and Scholarships and Bursaries. [. . .] Don adds that he also donates because he’s a strong believer in the transformative power of education, “I think that's where society advances. With education, our kids and grandkids can have a better quality of life. And hopefully it can help them think critically, become wiser, and also more tolerant.”
Navigating the backcountry, much like ﬁnding our way through life, school and social interactions, can be full of challenge, discovery, and wonder. The wayﬁnding process can also be ﬁlled with anxiety, dread, and exhaustion. Sometimes a single day, or even a single hour, can elicit all of these emotions and states.
One of the words that I believe most describes STS is community. The close-ties and overarching feeling of community at STS can be described as nothing short of extraordinary. Although there are many amazing things from my time at STS so far, the things I will remember the most are the people I have met.
Each year recent STS graduates come together to share their stories about the rewards, surprises, and challenges of university life with our Grade 12 students. This year ten young alumni from around the world were brought together virtually for STS’s Tales from Undergrad Years session on February 17, 2022. Grade 12 students filled the C.A. Smith Arts Centre to listen to each alumna/alumnus guest speaker share their unique and varied experiences as freshman.
Last week our Grade 11 and 12 students had the pleasure of hearing from 17 alumni at our annual “Spartan Talk” sessions. Held in a virtual format, students had the opportunity to attend one of four alumni panels; Allied Health, STEM, Fine Arts and Humanities, and Law, Finance and Business. Alumni shared with students their journey from STS into their current roles.
At Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS), we seek to create an environment that encourages engaging and empowered learning, while prioritizing future-ready skills for our students. Through transformative spaces such as DaVinci Studios, Maker Spaces, and Innovations Studios, we can create programming that achieves this goal across all three divisions at STS.
“In the Enrollment office at STS, I see the profound impact of removing financial barriers for amazing students to attend our school first-hand. Our financial assistance program literally changes the lives of many incredible young people, and they in turn, add to our community in countless positive ways. With a focus on great kids attending STS, not on their ability to pay, we are attracting the brightest, and most innovative, creative and caring students in the region. That sets our school apart.”
Through the generous gifting of exceptional land and facilities by our community, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) is well-positioned to be a global hub of teaching and learning excellence in a natural setting. Our grounds, pond, woods, trails and creek are all excellent schoolmasters, helping faculty to teach Spartans about how to live on the land we inhabit and how to steward that land for future generations.
When we got to the game, the kids were beyond excited to see a number of their STS friends in our section. We were greeted by Brian Uzick, Community Engagement Coordinator for 50th Anniversary of STS, and Brenda Thompson, Director Community Engagement, as well as a few other STS staff and faculty. When the game started the kids were screaming, dancing, and anxiously awaiting the time to start tossing.
It all started with a phone call from our daughter Randi Hardy (Thorbjornsen) ’13 “Hey mom, we are coming up to see you in a couple of weeks”. We were excited to see our out-of-town family, but in reality they were not making the drive from Lethbridge to see us, but to partake in the STS Beer Tasting & Unveiling of the STS Anniversary Beer event.
What better way to catch up with both old and new friends alike than the excuse of a birthday party? On October 2, 48 STS community members attended the STS 50th anniversary event at McMahon Stadium. Fifty years is a good reason to sit front and center at a football home game on the Telus Patio.
October 18-22, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School students and employees took part in numerous activities for the 37th annual celebration of Marti McKay Week. Founded in 1984, Marti McKay Week promotes the creative arts, honouring the memory of Marti McKay, an STS student and gifted poet who passed away in 1981.
When discussing the global industries that have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fine Arts are often left off the list. With traditional venues currently closed to the public, and several revenue streams temporarily suspended, connecting patrons to artists and their work has become a greater challenge than ever before. Now, by harnessing the full potential of social media, Mackenzie Roth ’17 is using new technology to bring attention to an age-old art form.
On Friday, May 28, 2021, we officially named our Elementary School facility the Rose Elementary Wing. This momentous occasion commemorates the Rose family’s incredible generosity which allowed the dream and vision of our state-of-the-art new Elementary School to be realized two years ago.
Our STS Alumni Association hosted a virtual evening of celebration on May 6, 2021. Our alumni community came together to honour 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Mr. Paul Storwick ’78, and welcome retiring faculty and staff to the Alumni Association: Mrs. Nola Adam (35 years), Mr. David Milne-Ives (25 years), Mr. Larry Clark (20 years), Mrs. Elaine Chotowetz (17 years) and Mr. Jim Yurchevich (10 years).