50 years ago, it all began with an idea. In 1971, a group of forward-thinking, courageous leaders and educators broke ground on a new campus in a remote, rural area just south of Calgary, Alberta. Little did they know that this tiny school with big ideas would go on to become the gold standard of independent private education in Canada − and around the world. The STS of today is the result of five decades of vision, hard work, commitment, and love.
Senior School - Reaching new heights
Senior School students benefit from choice.
They can choose to study a combination of International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) courses and Alberta Education courses or they can pursue the full IB DP. Regardless of their choice, they will engage in an academic program of excellence which promotes inquiry, challenges students to do their best, optimizes technology, and prepares them for success in university and beyond.
Senior School co-curricular programs are also about choice while also encouraging students to develop a sense of civic duty, global perspective and empowerment through a variety of unique experiences.
To maintain a well-balanced education, students are encouraged to follow their hearts and try new things outside the classroom. From student-led clubs, athletics, speech and debate, outdoor education, organizing activities for younger students, fine and performing arts, the annual school musical production, local community service activities, and international service projects they truly are inspired to explore their possibilities.
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From the Blog
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.
Sophia Shepherd '21 created an e-book for her Aboriginal Studies course through the ADLC that is now being used by the Pembina Hills School Division to better inform their learning about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.
On Thursday, February 25, Senior School students participated in a friendly in-house Speech Tournament in the category of Interpretive Reading of Prose.
Last week, Emma M. ’22 participated in the Canadian National Public Speaking Championships held virtually from St. John’s Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg, Manitoba representing Alberta and STS.
STS Student, Michael S.'21, has designed a car stick shift to help those with arthritis drive manual cars.
It was quite an atypical year to say the least! STS worked hard to encourage student engagement and reduce feelings of isolation during several months of RAPID (Remote Alternate Program Instructional Delivery), due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From themed days like crazy hat day and bring-a-stuffed-animal-to-zoom, to our own version of the newscast 'Some Good News', students had opportunities to connect and have a good laugh.
For more than 115-years, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) has been a proud member of the Calgary and Foothills community — and community is at the centre of all we do. It inspires us, shapes us, and motivates us every single day — especially in the STS enrollment office.
STS student Owen P. '23 donated the proceeds from selling his 3D-printed face shields to the Okotoks Food Bank.
The Grade 12 IB Music class featuring Chanel L. ’21, Shannon M. ’21, Lachlan H.F. ’21. Alix T. ’21, Bethany T. ’21, and Leo K.L. ’21, have put together their own arrangement of Daniel Caesar’s We Find Love as their entry for the CBC Music Class Challenge.
It was a very different fall for STS outdoor education trips. Adaptability and personal agency* are two of the life skills we hope students will further develop through their STS outdoor experiences and there have been few years when the learning opportunities have been more broad, real, and obvious than this year.