Principal wraps up five-year stint at GDHS
BY STEVEN WARBURTON
News Staff When Guy Lamarche looks back at the 2014-15 school year at Glengarry District High School, he sees ten months of accollades that serve as a fitting end to his five-year tenure at the Alexandria-based learning institution.
“We try to have a well-rounded opportunity for all the students,” he says, which explains why GDHS enjoyed so much success in the arts, athletics, and academics. Some highlights: - High School Musical, GDHS’s high school musical, that took the school by storm this spring. It was a big cast and a big crew and was a truly feel good experience.
- GDHS began offering a health and wellness schism as part of its specialist high school majors.
Mr. Lamarche says the schism offers a more prescribed pathway for students who want to enter the medical field or any other jobs in health and wellness.
The school also offers a transportation schism.
- Athletics: When it comes to sports, Mr. Lamarche says there were two major coups for the school this year. One was GDHS’s first place finish in SDG”s cross-country championship this year. The other was the senior girls’ soccer team winning the gold medal at the OFFSA soccer tournament. The boys team also competed in the competition but lost in the finals.
- Social activities: About 20 students travelled to Ottawa to participate in a We Day event at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mr. Lamarche, who attended along with his students, says it was a great atmosphere with lots of guest speakers who encouraged young people to make a difference.
More recently, GDHS organized a post-secondary workshop for its Grade 12 students to help them mentally prepare to leave home so they can live on their own.
There was also a seminar on debt management and a panel of former Glengarry District High School students who came back to talk about the challenges they faced.