Monthly Archives: November 2014

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Dear Chatty Kathy,

My friend always borrows my clothes and books and never gives them back. I don’t want to ask her to give them back because I don’t want to seem rude and that I don’t trust her. Should I just leave it alone?

Sincerely, Missing Items


Dear Missing Items,

If she is your best friend then she won’t be offended if you ask for your things back. If your items that mean a lot to you and you really want them back, then ask for them. They are your items and she might have just forgotten that she has them in her possession. It won’t break your friendship up and she won’t be hurt that you want them back. Don’t be worried about your friendship; if you have the trust to lend things out then it is already a strong relationship.

XOXO Chatty Kathy


Dear Chatty Kathy,

My boyfriend told me that I can’t talk to my best friend, who happens to be a guy. But we’ve been best friends since the sixth grade and I don’t want to lose him as a friend. He means a lot to me, what do I do?

Sincerely, Torn Teenager


Dear Torn Teenager,

If your boyfriend says you can’t talk to your best friend because he is a guy, you should dump him. He can’t control every aspect of your life and if he wants to limit your friend group then he is a good for nothing loser. Or if you want to stay with your boyfriend because you like him a lot, then you should talk to him about trust and the fact that he can trust you while talking to your best friend. You should not give up your friends for your boyfriend that is extremely unhealthy. Your best friend is an important part of your life and your boyfriend has to accept that because he should want you as you come, and not try to change you.

XOXO Chatty Kathy


Dear Chatty Kathy,

My parents have always had really high expectations for me, and I just don’t know if I can continue living up to them. I’ve been trying really hard to do well in school and help out around the house, but no matter what I do it just isn’t enough. I feel lost and don’t know what to do. Help me.

Sincerely, Distressed Damsel

Dear Distressed Damsel,

I can guarantee that your parents are proud of the person you are. If you’re really as dedicated to your school and home as you say you are then I’m sure that your parents recognise the effort you put in. Sometimes parents aren’t great at saying what they mean and they find it hard to say the things that are worth saying. But you have to know that they care about you and they want the best for you. My advice to you is to take things one step at a time. There is no sense stressing yourself out about expectations that you can’t control. Do your best because when you are doing all that you can do, people will see that and no one can deny your effort and dedication.

XOXO Chatty Kathy

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Why did the boy eat his math contest? Because the teacher told him it was a piece of cake!

This past Thursday, seven seniors and fifteen intermediate students participated in the first of many math contests. The Grade 9 and 10s wrote the Canadian Intermediate Mathematics Contest (CIMC) while the Grade 11 and 12s wrote the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest (CSMC). The math contests challenged the minds of 21 CKSS students with tricky thinking questions from many areas in math. Since it was only written a week ago, the results are not quite in, but we all know that the CKSS students who par- ticipated did wonderfully. The next math contest will be on February 24th; the Pascal Contest for Grade 9s, the Cayley Contest for Grade 10s, and the Fermat Contest for Grade 11s.

If math contests are something that are up your alley, please contact Mr. Gilmour in the Math/Science office or sign up for Remind101 messages by texting @ckmathclub to 289-814-3201. If this interests you, you should check out the CEMC website to practice past math contests in order to get ready!

November 6th and 7th of this year saw Craig Kielburger Secondary School’s drama program displaying its talents in the junior show, “Get Smart.”  The show was a resounding success, and the audiences loved every minute of it. The show was in two acts and starred a cast of grade 9s and 10s with a few seniors added into the mix. There is no doubt that this show was a great way to begin the year for the drama program.

“Get Smart” was originally a 1960’s television comedy involving the antics of an organization called CONTROL, and its efforts to thwart KAOS, the international organization of evil. The show focused primarily on slap- stick comedy, puns, and the ineptitude of CONTROL thanks to its best (yet incompetent) agent, Maxwell Smart. The play that the juniors performed was a synthesized version of the first two episodes of the series. The plot focused on Mr. Big of KAOS launching a stratagem to kidnap a Portuguese Princess, and steal a weapon of mass destruction. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Chief of Control (Shahan Mansoori), Agent 99 (Laryssa Laurignano), and Maxwell Smart (Dante Jemmott), KAOS’ plot was foiled.

This was one of the largest junior shows, as the cast numbered over twenty people. Despite the large cast, the play was not too long, clocking in at just about one hour and twenty minutes. It was an amazing experience for all involved – and Mrs. Cates, the director of the show, really enjoyed her time working with this cast and crew!

Now that the junior show is over, many of the cast and crew from “Get Smart” have gone on to star in or direct one of the One Act Plays, which will be performed on Friday, December 12th. All that can be said about “Get Smart” is that the bar for dramatic excellence has been set high by the juniors this year. It’s pretty clear that this will be a fantastic year for the dramatic arts at Craig Kielburger Secondary School.

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It’s finally here: the official month of the moustache. Throughout the halls of CKSS, many students and teachers can be seen sporting impressive ‘staches in support of men’s health. While this is undoubtedly a fantastic way to raise awareness, there are some who prefer to keep their faces clean and support the cause simply by donating money. These anti-’stachers argue that the silky-smooth, clean-shaven look is far superior to the prickles of facial hair. On the other hand, many pro-‘stachers claim that nature intended for all mustaches to grow wild and free. In the spirit of Movember, we decided to settle the debate once and for all. Students all over CKSS were asked the question: Shave it or save it? Here’s what they said:

54% said, “Save it!”
“If you can grow a legit moustache, keep it. It’s an accomplishment!”
“Movember facial hair is attractive.”
“It helps spread awareness and raise money, so save it! It’s for a good cause.”
“Save it. Please. Yolo.”

46% said, “Shave it!”
“It’s not for everybody.”
“Shave it!!! It’s prickly and itchy.”
“Donating a few dollars is honestly more beneficial. Most people don’t even know what Movember is for.”
“If you’re growing some creepy facial hair, it looks creepy.”

Overall, the numbers were very close. Nearly half of the students are pro-‘stache, while the other half are anti-‘stache. We conclude that it is best to simply do what you like. If you want to shave, shave away. If you wish to embrace the moustache, so be it. Just don’t forget to show your support by donating to the Movember Foundation. To shave or not to shave? The choice is up to you.

Happy Movember!

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“Jon, my office now!” Jon’s editor yelled.

Jon sighed and pulled his feet off from the top of his desk and put his newspaper down. He walked sullenly to Abraham Holloway’s office. “Sit down Jon,” Holloway said as Jon walked into the office. Jon sat down as Holloway began talking again, “Why do I pay you?”

Jon took a second before replying with, “Good question.”

Holloway rolled his eyes, “Can you be serious?”

“Probably not,” Jon stated.

“Jon, you haven’t turned in a story for two weeks,” Holloway stated as he began pacing in front of Jon.

“And…” Jon replied.

“And why should I keep you on the payroll if you don’t write anything for our paper?” Holloway asked.

“Because when I do write stories they’re brilliant and they get your paper awards,” Jon said.

Holloway sighed, “But for God’s sake Jon, we need you to write articles for us, you’re one of our top correspondents yet you write so little.”

Jon was getting frustrated, “That’s because I only write what’s important.”

Holloway practically exploded, “Important! Are you kidding me? Jon, right now there are at least ten things that you could write an article about.”

“But there’s nothing new and there’s nothing that matters,” Jon replied, his voice calm but his temper boiling, “We’re in the business of telling the news. It is our duty to tell the people what is important, to make them aware of things that are happening in this world that they need to know about. News that the public has a right to know. The majority of news outlets, on the other hand, focus on issues that the public could do without, or they take an important issue and blow it up to huge proportions while ignoring everything else. It’s overexposure of the irrelevant. The top stories on A.P. right now are Bill Cosby’s sex scandal and the President pardoning a turkey. Do these affect people? No. Will these stories get air time and column inches? Definitely. Are there more issues that the people need to know? God yes. There’s Ferguson Missouri, or have we moved past that already? Or we could talk about OPEC and Russia possibly engaging in an oil price war which will definitely affect the public. Maybe something closer to home, like the Canadian Women’s Health Network being shut down because of Harper Government budget cut, or maybe the Keystone XL pipeline, or even scientists protesting a lack of government funding in Canada. These are things that people should care about and they don’t. There was a time when the news made people care about what was important. There was a time when reporters brought us the hard truth like when Cronkite announced J.F.K. being assassinated, or when the news let the public see the horrors of war in Vietnam. This was the news that the public deserves to hear, and I am going to give it to them whether they want it or not.”

And with that Jon stormed out of the office. Holloway put his head in his hands and said, “I get lectured by one of my reporters for telling him to stop procrastinating. God, what kind of day has it been?”

On November 12th, students from both the grade 12 drama class and grade 10-12 musical theatre class went on a field trip to see the production of “Colours in the Storm” at Oakville Players Theatre. This musical tells the story of Tom Thomson, one of Canada’s most loved painters. Set in Algonquin Park, it discusses everything from his first years in the park, to the mystery of his sudden death.

The students were extremely excited to cheer on one of their favourite teachers, Mr. Turnbull, in his role of Mark Robinson; a park ranger who becomes one of Thomson’s few friends. They all agreed that both his acting and singing skills stole the show, making him one of the most memorable characters.

They were also amazed at the incredible sets they saw on stage. One scene in particular featured a moving canoe in which Tom Thomson and Mark Robinson (Mr. Turnbull’s character) sing a comedic song about the one (fish) that got away. The set also featured projections of the real Tom Thomson’s artwork, used to set the scene and create a backdrop to the play.

“Colours in the Storm” was a very interesting musical. It was unlike anything the students had seen, with very mature and important themes about Canadian history. It was a joy to see Mr. Turnbull perform in a setting outside of school and the students who were in the audience were proud of all the work that he and the rest of the cast put in.

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On November 19th a group of twenty students and two staff advisors (Mr. Thomson and Miss Burnett) boarded a bus en route to Niagara, Ontario for OSLC – the Ontario Student Leadership Conference. Hosted at the Sheraton-on-the-Falls, OSLC is a three day conference jam-packed with Spirit Sessions, keynote speakers, and workshops which all celebrate the integral importance of leadership and the various qualities exemplified by leaders.

After arriving at the hotel, the representatives of CKSS, clad in their spirit wear, prepared for a long day ahead of them. With a total of 2300 leaders from over 200 schools, the excitement on the first day was palpable. Leaders spent the day listening to inspiring words from speakers in between lively spirit sessions with lots of dancing and cheering.

Although it was an educational conference, there was definitely room for fun – in more ways than one. On the second night, leaders chose between a dance, bouncy castles, a movie room, and a “chill-out” room as their way to spend the evening. Leaders from all over Ontario got to know students and teachers from other schools.  The events were the perfect opportunities to have fun and mingle.

When asked about the most important lesson that she took away from the conference, Rubani Gill, the Secretary Treasurer of Student Activities Council, said, “The one thing that really stuck with me was a simple statement made by one of the speakers. He said, ‘If you’re the most positive person in your friend group, you need to find a new friend group.’ It resonated with me because I’ve always believed that positivity is key, and it’s also extremely important to surround yourself with positive people.”

Overall, OSLC was full of life lessons, great ideas, and fun! It was all about likeminded people coming together to celebrate exactly what they’re passionate about – leadership.

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Biking Against Cancer

Sarah Mohiuddin
Staff Writer

On Friday, October 17th, teams of enthusiastic people ready to bike participated in Craig Kielburger Secondary School’s second Inside Ride! Students and teachers alike – who raised a minimum of $300 per team – biked in turns for the duration of this event to raise money to support children with cancer and their families.

Inside Ride was founded in 2007 and has raised over two million dollars and held over 300 cycling events similar to the one hosted at CKSS.

Each team was required to dress in their most elaborate costumes. “The Officials” were one team who went all-out with their costumes, dressing up as prisoners and sheriffs. “Prisoners can’t run, but they can bike,” commented Chanpreet Grewal, a member of this team. “The Officials” won the prize for Best Costume, an award everyone agreed they deserved.

There were several opportunities to win awards at the Inside Ride, which were handed out following the event. The Team Mileage award went to “Spartan Strong”, who biked a total of 27.39 kilometres, and the award for Team Spirit went to the “English Department”! As well, the award for the Top Team Fundraising went to “CK Jumpstreet,” a team of girls in Grade 12.

Many spectators supported the event. A student in Grade 12, Shubh Judge, remarked, “It was so much fun watching everyone bike from the bleachers. The energy was through the roof, and it was hard not to get up and join everyone dancing and singing along to the music!” While it is important to have fun, the ultimate goal was to raise money in support of pediatric cancer patients. Overall, a grand total of $5915 was raised by our very own students and teachers at CKSS. At the end of the day, all that matters is another Inside Ride was successfully hosted at Craig Kielburger Secondary School, and that there will be many more to come.

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The Fruits of Our Labour

Sarah Mohiuddin
Staff Writer


On Thursday, October 16th, parents, students, and teachers assembled in the CKSS gymnasium to attend the Academic Awards Night. This is an event hosted to commemorate students who achieved an average of over 80%, and to acknowledge students who excelled in particular subjects.


The evening began an hour before the actual event did. Students were ushered into the auditorium to be lined up alphabetically – a tedious and chaotic task. With the help of Link Crew Leaders and incredible teachers, the students were ready to go just in time.


Getting through over 400 award winners was no easy task, but with the help of the teachers involved, the event ran smoothly, wrapping up an hour later. The auditorium was packed with students talking to their friends and parents congratulating each other on the achievements of their children. Victoria Alexander, a student in Grade 12 who won multiple awards, spoke about the importance of hosting the Academic Awards Night: “It’s always enjoyable to come together with fellow classmates to acknowledge all of our achievements.”


The evening was a chance for the students to receive recognition for their hard work – and it sure paid off.

Fright Night

Sam Hacking
Staff Writer

On Thursday, October the 30th, as the school bell rang and the school emptied, a change occurred at CKSS. The halls became a haunted Halloween wonderland; perfect for the dance that would be starting in just a few short hours.

The hallways and gym were given a very scary treatment by the decorating committee, led by Aneel Jagdeo and Jenna Dempster. With ghoulish ghosts and spooky skeleton lights setting the mood, all of the students who attended the dance felt an immediate Halloween spirit growing inside them. Many students were even heard saying that the decorations were their favourite part of the night.

The DJs Mark Stanley and Dale James had everyone dancing all night long to many hit songs. There were tons of top 40 dance mixes played as well as classic Halloween songs such as Thriller, Time Warp, and the Ghostbusters Theme. It was obvious that everyone had been dancing the night away, as most people were leaving the gym looking tired, but with smiles on their faces.

About halfway through the night the traditional Halloween costume contest took place with three categories. Jonathan Kirkwood won “Best Male Costume” with his incredible Jack Skellington costume complete with bat bowtie and skeleton face paint.  Mayuraah Rajasi stole the show with her incredible Princess Jasmine costume, which won her the title of “Best Female Costume” of the night. Finally, the “Best Couple Costume” went to Cathleen McRitchie and Blake Smith with their amazing Cosmo and Wanda costumes from the cartoon “Fairly Odd Parents”.

The Halloween dance was a fun night full of incredible costumes, great dancing, and lots of laughs. It was the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit and an even better way to end the month of October.