SOS showed GDHS’s spirit
If you ask Glengarry District High School principal Trish Brown what she remembers most about the past school year, she’ll tell you that it was the community’s banding together over the Save Our School initiative.
The Upper Canada District School Board was tasked with reducing a number of classroom spaces, which meant that some schools would eventually be closed. After the community heard that GDHS was one school that might be affected, the community leapt into action.
“There was a real sense of pride and ownership,” Ms. Brown says. “That’s because GD is a great place to be.”
Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter also visited GD this year, which wound up being a “really big charge” for the students. Even Ms. Brown admits to being a little starstruck. “I’ve never been able to host a Minister of Education at my school.”
Of course, GDHS was spared from closure and the students there had a pretty spectacular school year.
Ms. Brown remembers St. Andrew’s Day as being a “huge highlight” as, traditionally, students have used it as a way of celebrating the area’s Celtic culture. The school’s foods department even hosted a Celtic supper that week and at least 150 people attended.
In the spring, the department cooked up a whole lot of chili as part of the school’s country hoedown.
When it comes to extra-curricular activities, the school had a banner year. It placed second in the St. Lawrence River Institute’s Envirothon and about 40 students participated in Code Heroes’ coding sessions, where they learned computer skills like website designing and game making.
And, of course, who could forget Bring it On, the showstopping chearleader musical that all but took over the school in the spring?
When it comes to sports, the school did quite well this year. GD’s athletes won accolades in tennis, cross-country. Two track and field athletes – Kady Jeaurond and Jayme McPherson qualified for OFFSA in 200 metres and high jump respectively.
The junior boys volleyball and basketball teams and the senior girls soccer teams also won championships. GD also won senior mixed girls and junior girls badminton. Two of its golfers, Ben Lowe and Sara Hay, qualified for the EOSSA tournament.
The Grade 12 outdoor education class ended the year by hiking in the Adirondacks and going on an overnight camping and canoeing trip. The year ended with a Fun Day – bounce castles, cotton candy, and other activites – that brought the kid out in everyone.