New Or­leans trip tops Tagwi’s list

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BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON

News Staff Ask Tagwi prin­ci­pal Geoff Trasuk to tell you about what made 2015-16 such a mem­o­rable year for Tagwi Sec­ondary School and the first thing that will spring to his mind will be the send­ing 50 kids to New Or­leans in Novem­ber to build homes on be­half of Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity.

“It’s a long­stand­ing tra­di­tion here at Tagwi,” ex­plains Mr. Trasuk. “The stu­dents were down there for nine days and we sent out two groups to dif­fer­ent work­places.”

He says the work was needed as the city is still deal­ing with the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina.

To con­tinue in this al­tru­is­tic vein, about 80 Tagwi stu­dents – ev­ery­one from Grades 7-12 – at­tended We Day fes­tiv­i­ties in Ot­tawa, an an­nual youth em­pow­er­ment event that en­cour­ages young peo­ple to take ac­tion on lo­cal and global is­sues.

“The kids re­al­ized the power they had and it helped them de­velop some com­mu­nity spirit,” Mr. Trasuk said.

Although it was a great year so­cially, the prin­ci­pal ad­mits that it wasn’t the best year for athletics. There was no foot­ball this year – the team took a one-year hia­tus – but the school still man­aged to send two of its stu­dents to the OFSAA track and field cham­pi­onships in Wind­sor – Mor­gan Kane com­peted in the ju­nior boys shot put while Alex Small com­peted in the ju­nior boys dis­cus.

Also, one of Tagwi’s midget boys vol­ley­ball team won the lo­cal cham­pi­onship.

Ar­tis­ti­cally, the school had an ac­tive im­prov team and a stu­dent coun­cil that or­ga­nized a num­ber of dances and pep ral­lies.

And of course there’s the an­nual Tag­wipalooza, a fun out­door fun day where the stu­dents can take ad­van­tage of bouncy cas­tles, dunk tanks and all sorts of other ac­tiv­i­ties.

About a dozen stu­dents even en­joyed some fun over­seas over March break, when the school took a trip to Europe. They vis­ited Ire­land, Scot­land, and Eng­land, though most of the stu­dents said Ire­land was their favourite.

And how’s this for good luck? There wasn’t one day of rain through­out the en­tire trip.

Mr. Trasuk says that men­tor­ing is a big part of the Tagwi ex­pe­ri­ence. The school runs some­thing called the WEB program – an acro­nym for Where Ev­ery­one Be­longs – where Grade 10 stu­dents can men­tor stu­dents in Grade 7.

There’s an­other program called LINK, where the Grade 9 stu­dents can get men­tored by stu­dents in Grades 11 and 12.

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