It has been a few weeks since our community has returned to campus and the spirit of 'together apart' is prevalent as we become accustomed to new norms, reconnect with familiar faces, engage in learning and discovery, and enjoy some much-needed laughs.
Computational thinking is a fundamental skill that is developed through the STS curriculum – a skill where students view the completed product and work backwards to fully understand the process leading to the finished product. As part of this skill, students must understand the five steps of the design cycle –ask questions, imagine, plan, create, and improve. These steps guide students as they design a solution to a problem.
We received some exciting news just before the holiday season from the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) that our Senior Varisty (SV) Boys Volleyball Team were awarded the Sportsmanship Banner for their performance at the 2A Provincial tournament!
Throughout Grade 10, students work on a personal project as the capstone for their International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP). Personal projects focus on a passion that revolves around a challenge that is motivating and interesting to the individual student. Each year, students produce unique projects that are completed during a six-month independent research process with the ultimate goal being that students appreciate the process of learning, create a project that meets their learning style, and produce a product or outcome they can take pride in.
The wide variety of co-curricular clubs and activities offered at STS allows students to discover their passions. This can definitely be said for athletics. Many students who choose athletics may do so to explore their abilities, compete and challenge themselves, but joining a sports team also fosters growth and development in character and leadership.
It's the feeling STS alumna Aimee-Jo Benoit '97 has every time she comes to the School that has kept her coming back. And it's the memories of her experiences and the nostalgia it creates that spurred Aimee-Jo to take on the role of Chair of the Alumni Events Committee.
In support of this season's winter giving campaign, STS collected goods for Stephen's Backpacks Society. An initiative that began 10 years ago in Calgary, Stephen's Backpack offers hope in a Christmas backpack gift for children in need.
This past weekend the Senior Boys and Girls volleyball teams travelled to Camrose, AB to compete in the 2A Provincials tournament. The teams left on Wednesday afternoon and managed to get to the venue in time to have some practice time in the gym and then settle into their hotel rooms. Following the opening ceremonies the next morning, the boys got to work on their pool play. The Thursday games against Our Lady of Mount Pleasant (25-20, 25-22) and Immanuel Christian (25-20, 19-25, 15-6) were hard fought and we came out victorious. The day was followed by a beautiful banquet for all the players provided by the tournament organizers.
The Senior Varsity Girls Volleyball team successfully extended their season by winning the South Central Zone banner and advancing to Provincials, held for both the boys and girls teams in Camrose, Alberta.
In recognition of National Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, our students organized a number of events focused on bringing this important issue to the forefront, empowering all members of the STS community to play a role in building and reinforcing positive relationships and preventing bullying.
I have long liked this saying as it has inspired me in my work to find solutions to challenging situations and to dwell in possibility. Albert Einstein wrote: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”, and “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”.
Daring greatly and playing as a team, the Junior A Boys gave it their all this weekend as they played some excellent volleyball at Holy Cross Collegiate in Strathmore, representing the South Central Zone.
This year, being committed to our own journey of Reconciliation, STS dedicated part of Marti McKay Week to hosting artists who spoke to our students about the impacts and legacy of Residential Schools in Canada as well as about the resiliency of Indigenous peoples.
On October 26, STS hosted representatives from 48 out-of-province universities for our annual University Fair. All of our Senior School students attended the fair and had the opportunity to talk with the reps about their institutions and programs.
On a wintery October 10, STS hosted the South Central Zone Cross-Country meet, welcoming over 900 runners to our campus. It was a competitive day of running and the Spartans came out with their usual tenacity and grit to take on the challenging conditions. Notable top ten finishes came from Konrad K. ’19 placing 4th in the Senior Boys race, Kiyan S. ’21 and Ethan H. ’21 placing 5th and 6th respectively in the Junior Boys race, and Cooper P. ’20 and Bishneet S. ’20 placing 6th and 8th respectively in the Intermediate Boys race.
Dr. Linda Lambert, Professor Emeritus from California State University, is attributed as having said, "one good conversation can shift the direction of change forever." The power of meaningful dialogue, what Lambert refers to as "one good conversation," together with research and professional development, are what Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School's (STS') Centre for Excellence in Teaching strives to capitalize on in its ongoing efforts to create and share exceptional practices and programs for innovative teaching and learning.
This past June, Hassan K. ’25 and his brother Khalil K. ’23 attended the annual general meeting of the RASC (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada). They were presenters at the meeting and were going to present their projects. Khalil had done his project in 2017 and Hassan had done his this year. Both projects were presented at the CYSF (the Calgary Youth Science Fair) and won awards.