Principal’s Desk

Principal’s Report

Feb. 11, 2021

Learning and Working Together

Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble

Here is what is happening at Charles Hays Secondary School this month:

Updates:

  • Report cards for Octa 3 and 4 will be out next week.
  • Grade 12s should monitor our school website frequently for scholarship and bursary opportunities.  Updates can be found here http://chss.rupertschools.ca/index.php/grad-info/scholarship-and-bursary-opportunities/
  • Counsellors will be assessing graduation eligibility and sending update letters very soon.
  • Aspect Training: fall protection, confined spaces, first aide, forklift operation

 School Goals:

We are currently working on short term and long term goals for CHSS.  These are our Indigenous education goals and action items:

 Short Term Goals

  1. Sharing and reviewing Indigenous student data including the Indigenous Education Annual Report and the How Are We Doing Aboriginal Report to make evidence-based decisions regarding school growth that align with the goals of the Indigenous Education Council Partnership Agreement.

 

  1. Incorporate Sm’algyax into day-to-day greetings, emails, classroom routines, announcements and increase Indigenous celebrations as well as any related imagery and content throughout the school year.

Long Term Goals

  1. Challenge negative stereotypes and cultural barriers for Indigenous students by encouraging more students to take EFP and BC First Nations. Increase Indigenous students’ representation in clubs, teams and student council and accommodate increased Indigenous family’s representation in the PAC.

 

  1. Consultation with Indigenous members connected to our school community to overhaul and include restorative practice as part of the CHSS Code of Conduct.

Our next step is to work on short term and long term action items to improve our Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional Wellbeing at CHSS.  Our short-term goals are those action items we can put in place right away.  Our long-term goals are on a three-year cycle.

 Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council and the Interact Club are running.
  • The Interact Club is working raising money to buy Seabins for our harbour to help collect trash from the ocean.  Their most recent bottle drive fundraiser earned over $1000 dollars.
  • Student Council distributed Valentines Day candy grams, gave out free hot chocolate, and organized a wear pink and red theme day today.
  • The Chess Club is meeting every Thursday.
  • All clubs adhere to social distancing and mask wearing protocols

 Events:

  • Pink Shirt Day- Feb. 24th
  • Every Friday is Spirit Wear Day
  • The Musical will be live streamed on February 20th, check our website, Facebook, and Weekly News for information on how to live stream the event.

 Provincial Assessments:

  • The next set of assessments are in April and they are for both Literacy 10 and Numeracy 10

 

Watch for updates on our CHSS App, CHSS website, CHSS Facebook, Weekly News, and the Sign Tower.

 

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

 

Principal’s Report

Jan 14, 2021

Learning and Working Together

Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble

 

Here is what is happening at Charles Hays Secondary School this month:

 

Facilities:

  • All of our classrooms now have working sinks with both hot and cold water.  This project was completed over the Winter Break.

 

Updates:

  • Report cards for Octa 3 and 5 will be out in early February.
  • We are starting the process of planning for next year and preparing course selection.  Admin has been meeting with all of the staff members in small groups.
  • Our next steps will include speaking with focus groups of students.
  • Working on a plan for the end of the year Transitions Feast and welcoming of the grade 8s to CHSS.
  • Grade 12s should monitor our school website frequently for scholarship and bursary opportunities.  Updates can be found here http://chss.rupertschools.ca/index.php/grad-info/scholarship-and-bursary-opportunities/
  • Counsellors will be assessing graduation eligibility and sending update letters home after Term 4 is finished.

 

Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council and the Interact Club are running.
  • The Interact Club is working on a community-based project that will help clean our harbour.
  • Student Council will be selling Valentines Day candy grams and giving out free hot chocolate.
  • The Chess Club is meeting every Thursday.
  • All clubs adhere to social distancing and mask wearing protocols

 

Events:

  • Black Shirt Day- Jan. 15th
  • Jersey Day- Jan. 20th
  • Every Friday is Spirit Wear Day
  • The Musical will be live streamed on February 20th, details to come.

 

Provincial Assessments:

  • The next set of assessments are in January.
  • Students have been given letters of reminder if they are scheduled to write the exam in January.

 

Watch for updates on our CHSS App, CHSS website, CHSS Facebook, Weekly News, and the Sign Tower.

 

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

December 1, 2020

Learning and Working Together

Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble

 

Here is what is happening at Charles Hays Secondary School this month.

 

Facilities:

  • We are currently upgrading our lights.  The new ones are LED, cost saving, and dimmable in the classrooms.

 

Updates:

  • Report cards for Octa 1 and 2 have been mailed home.
  • We have changed the calendar slightly to include ½ make up days at the end of each Octa instead of one full day before each reporting period.
  • For safety, we are starting Octa 4 on January 4th as it doesn’t make sense to switch to a new cohort right before students go on Winter Break, especially now that we have added a ½ make up day.
  • Spirit wear orders are in.

 

Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council and the Interact Club are running.  The Interact Club just assembled 20 boxes to donate to the Fellowship Baptist Church.
  • Mr. Paling is setting up a chess club interested students of any experience level.
  • BC School Sports is running e-sport tournaments.  A team at CHSS is competing against teams from other schools in the game League of Legends.
  • All clubs adhere to social distancing and mask wearing protocols

 

Events:

  • We partnered with PCS and the North Coast Victims Services to run three virtual White Hatter presentations.
  • Teachers are taking advantage of virtual presentations: Author Drew Hayden Taylor ran a virtual workshop with Ms. Ashley, Mrs. Sawka, and Ms. Hornsby’s classes and Mr. Papillon’s class is debating another French Immersion class in Manitoba.
  • Spirit Week is coming up, Student Council is thinking of creative and COVID safe ways to celebrate the lead up to Winter Break.
  • We are doing a charitable donation drive.  The grade 12s can use the donations towards their volunteer expectation for commencement.  However, we are encouraging all students to donate if they are able.

 

Provincial Assessments:

  • The next set of assessments are in January.
  • If students are writing this year they will receive letters in their report cards in November.

 

 

Watch for updates on our CHSS App, CHSS website, CHSS Facebook, Weekly News, and the Sign Tower.

 

Carla Rourke,

Principal

 

Principal’s Report

November 2, 2020

Learning and Working Together

Sagayt Suwilaawkska Ada Hakahalels

Apprendre et Travailler Ensemble

 

Here is what is happening at Charles Hays Secondary School this month.

 

Facilities:

  • We continue to keep safety as our top priority.  We welcomed Andrew Johnson as our door greeter and he ensures that everyone has a mask and uses the hand sanitizer each time they enter the school.  We review and monitor our other protocols on an ongoing basis.
  • We still have bottled water stations set up, the water testing was underway and then the most recent boil water advisory occurred.

 

Teams and Clubs:

  • Student Council and the Interact Club are running.
  • The after-school art program should be starting soon.

 

Programs:

  • The Drama students are busy working on this year’s Musical “The Brothers Grimm”, they will be filming in late January and presenting virtually in early February.
  • The Basketball Academy is busy training hard before and after school.
  • The Band is also busy practicing before school.
  • Our Counselling Department is showing all grade 12 students how to access their transcripts via the online service.

 

Events:

  • Three students participated in a Virtual Student Voice event.
  • We have partnered with PCS and North Coast Victim Services to offer three White Hatter presentations related to online safety.
  • Virtual Remembrance Day ceremony on November 10th.

 

Provincial Assessments:

  • The Numeracy Assessments are running this week Nov. 2-5th.
  • The other assessment dates have been set and students will receive letters in their report cards in November.

 

Watch for updates on our CHSS App, CHSS website, CHSS Facebook, Weekly News, and the Sign Tower.

Carla Rourke,

Principal