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.
The STS community came together on Saturday, September 17, 2022, for the Family Fall Fair and Homecoming Celebration which took place outside in our beautiful courtyard. This STS tradition, put on in partnership with the STS Alumni Association and POSTS, brought together alumni, alumni parents, and alumni staff and their families, along with our STS families.
In July, twenty STS students headed off to Geneva to attend Swiss Summer School in the picturesque mountain town of Gstaad. After landing in Geneva, the group wasted no time and headed from the airport to the waterfront to see the Jet d’Eau. Then they strolled over to the old town to visit St. Pierre Cathedral and tour the downtown district.
After the end of a grueling series of IB exams several weeks ago, sixteen Grade 12 students and three teacher supervisors (Mr. Bennett, Mr. Boulianne, and Ms. Grant-Watt) flew off to New York City to cram as much culture into a two-and-a-half-day period as possible. We saw the MET, an off-Broadway comedy called The Play That Goes Wrong, the New York Stock Exchange, the UN headquarters, the 9/11 memorial, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State building, Time Square, Fifth Avenue, and more. All the while taking breaks to eat at some of the most amazing food I have ever tasted, no matter if it was pasta in Little Italy or Texas-style family barbeque. It was a hectic rollercoaster, but even if our abused feet would say differently, none of us would have traded a single moment.