For more than 115-years Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) has been a proud member of the Calgary and Foothills community. As we have moved through the highs and lows of the COVID-19 pandemic the predominant feeling we have is gratitude.
Our community is at the centre of all we do. It inspires us, shapes us, and motivates us every single day. We’d like to take this moment to say thank you.
Thank you to our students for your dedication to your studies despite being at home. Thank you for your leadership, engagement, care of one another, and smiles.
Thank you to our families for your patience, flexibility, and unwavering support of your children and their education.
Thank you to our teachers and staff for your tireless dedication to learning, stewardship of our students, and your hard work.
Thank you to our alumni for living a life of purpose and making us so proud − supporting your families, your communities around the world, and your alma mater.
Thank you to all of the front-line workers who have kept us healthy, fed, and safe. Thank you for providing beacons of hope and togetherness.
Thank you to our fellow global citizens for inspiring us each and every day – and for providing teachable moments for our students.
Despite a global crisis, we have come together and powered through, as is the Alberta way. We are inspired by the many examples of kindness, creative-problem solving, leadership, and innovation we see all around us. Because of this, we are confident that this too will pass, and that we will get through it together.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School officially opened on a beautiful country campus in Okotoks, Alberta in September 1971. An amalgamation of Strathcona School for Boys and Tweedsmuir: An Academic School for Girls, the new school came about as a result of the generosity of W.H. Atkinson and the Cross Family.
Today, STS is a co-educational independent school community for Kindergarten to Grade 12 that develops well-balanced students for a life of purpose by inspiring excellence in scholarship, leadership, and character. STS' tradition in educational excellence spans more than 100 years through each of our founding schools: St. Hilda's School for Girls, Strathcona School for Boys, and Tweedsmuir: An Academic School for Girls and can be best summed up by the School's motto: Nil Nisi Optimum - nothing but your best.
As I approached the path towards the observatory, I could smell the beautiful fall night with crisp leaves crunching under my feet and see soft lit candles (fake) leading everyone towards the fun evening ahead. As I walked down the path, I was greeted by Mrs. Carol Grant-Watt, Head of School, saying hello to all of those arriving.
On October 8, twelve STS teachers across all three grade divisions attended a workshop at Dodinghorse Ranch on Tsuut’ina Nation. Facilitated by Sonya Dodinghorse, teachers engaged in meaningful learning, collaborating, and sharing that focused on Indigenous culture and diversity awareness.
The 2021 Spartan cross country season has come to an end, and what an exceptional season it was! Both the middle and high school teams demonstrated determination, commitment, enthusiasm, and leadership throughout the season. This season provided opportunities for the middle school students to train with the senior school students, allowing them to improve and put themselves against tougher competition.
What better way to catch up with both old and new friends alike then the excuse of a birthday party? On October 2, forty-eight STS folks attended the STS 50th anniversary event at McMahon Stadium. 50 years is a good reason to sit front and center at a football home game on the Telus Patio.