Monthly Archives: May 2015

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Step right up ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Come on down to see R. P. McMurphy and the gang cause some mayhem in the ol’ asylum and ruffle a few of Nurse Ratched’s feathers. Thursday May 7th, Friday May 8th, and Saturday May 9th is the senior show! “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be flying across the stage at 7 PM, making you laugh, cry, and wonder. If you can’t make it, the buy-in will feature the first act of the play and is happening Wednesday May 6th. Come on down, grab a seat, and enjoy the show!

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At the beginning of this month I emailed the office of the Prime Minister asking what he intended to do about the lack of interest young people have in regards to voting. I also emailed the Liberal Party of Canada, the Conservative Party of Canada, and the New Democrat Party of Canada asking the same question. I then telephoned Halton’s M.P., Lisa Raitt, and again asked the exact same question.
You may be asking, “Why should you care about this?” Well, this is an election year, and a lot of grade twelves at this school will be able to vote come October. I gave the three largest parties in the land and our own Member of Parliament a chance to say what they wanted to get the next generation out voting for them. I was naïve enough to assume that they would rush at the chance for those votes. I’ve seen the recent polls, the Liberal and Conservative parties are in a dead heat. It follows that these parties would take any advantage they could get, right?

WRONG! I did not receive a response from any of them.

In the last federal election only 38.8% of people aged 18-24 voted. In recent history, youth voters have been the smallest demographic. This is a problem as it creates a vicious cycle. Political parties and politicians see the apathy of the young so they don’t bother pursuing the youth vote because it doesn’t matter. The youth see that the politicians aren’t pursuing them so they don’t vote. The cycle continues on and on, year after year, election after election.

This is my call to action. When you turn eighteen and when an election comes around, vote. Get informed, go to the polling booth, and cast that ballot. If you want the cycle to end, vote. If you are tired of politicians not caring about your ideas for where this country should go, vote. If you want young people to be treated as more than just a demographic that politicians don’t need to worry about, vote. If you want your voice to be heard, vote.

We have a right in this country for our government to answer us when we have questions. That is why you can send a letter to your M.P. free of charge. We are entitled to a response to our questions. And yet this newspaper, and the school community, appear to have not been eligible for a response because of the age group we represent. It think that it’s time we change that, and we can only do that through voting and getting our collective voices heard.

For the success of a democracy, all that is required is the involvement of the citizenry. For the success of a dictatorship, all that is required is the exact opposite. It is time for us to get involved.

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Do you like coffee? Do you like houses? Do you have a whole whack load of angst building up inside? Does this inspire you to write and perform? Well, auditions are coming soon for CKSS’s annual Coffee House!
For those of you who are interested, come out and watch the thought provoking performances on May 21st. Be there or be square!

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On Thursday April 9th, CKSS was booming with many talented young people all competing in the Halton Skills Competition. There were many different competitions taking place, from photography to floral arrangements.

High school students all across Halton have a chance to be in a SHSM (Specialist High Skills Major) program when they enter their senior years of high school. These programs are specific to your own interests allow you to expand your skills of that one program. Many SHSM programs are offered at CKSS and even if they don’t have the program that you are looking for it is available to all CKSS students. CK had many representatives across the board competing in their gruelling challenges and made the school very proud.

As well as having high school students present for their competitions, many elementary school students braced the daunting task of competing in challenges. As clubs that are set up in elementary schools, students from grades 4-8 got the chance to compete against each other.

An awards ceremony took place at the end of the night to commemorate all the students who competed in this years Halton Skills Competition and to give light to those who won in their areas. To all those who competed in the competition this year we would like to applaud you for your amazing efforts and hard work! You made CKSS proud!

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Hey Kathy,

Being a senior and all, I’m losing motivation to show up to classes (commonly known as “senioritis”). I just want to graduate, and be done with high school. I have so much homework and so many responsibilities and I always leave them to the last minute and I procrastinate so much that my marks are dropping but I just don’t know how to stop procrastinating. How do I regain my motivation to finish high school with a bang?

Thanks
Grouchy grade 12

Hi there GG,
It’s hard to stay motivated during these last few months of school, especially when you are so close to graduating. But the thing to remember is that your grades right now are really important. It may be easy to say ‘I got accepted into university so I don’t have to try anymore’ but you have to remember that universities are watching your marks up until the day you graduate. You want to make sure that you are keeping up your work ethic and attending every class. That being said, I know it can be hard to stay motivated. If you find yourself wanting to skip class, or not do a homework assignment, just remember how close the freedom of university/college is. You don’t want to ruin your chance of leaving high school just to cut class with your friends. There’s only 2 more months, so just keep your spirit up and I know you will make it through!

XOXO Chatty Kathy

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Dear Chatty Kathy,

I’m in grade 10 and it feels like everyone around me is prettier than I am. My family and friends always try to make me feel better by telling me that I am pretty. But how can I when all of my friends look like models and I look like a whale. Anyways, they have to say I’m pretty since they’re my friends, and they wouldn’t tell me if I wasn’t. I just don’t know what to do anymore.

Sincerely,

Self-Conscious Student

Dear Self-Conscious Student,

You can’t go through life assuming that your friends are just lying to you, otherwise what kind of friends would they be? If they say that you’re pretty, there’s no sense in arguing with them, and I’m sure that they don’t appreciate how little faith you put into them and their opinions. Attractiveness is a subjective thing, and just because you don’t think you’re pretty, it doesn’t mean that everyone else thinks the same thing.

Also, while it’s important to have self-confidence, it’s absolutely normal for most people to doubt themselves. No one likes someone who just walks around bragging about how attractive they are! However, it is important to find a balance between self-confidence and self-judgment.

XOXO Chatty Kathy

 

Dear Chatty Kathy,

I just found out that one of my closest friends has been gossiping about me throughout the duration of our entire friendship. I don’t want to confront her about it because what can I really say? It just really irks me that she can pretend to be my friend to my face but the second I walk away she talks about me. It’s not that I’m scared of confronting her, it’s just that I don’t know if I should.

Sincerely, Confused Critter

Dear Confused Critter,

I understand that it can be hard to break off a friendship, but in this case I think that it may be for the best. A friend shouldn’t be talking about you behind your back. However, it can also be important to give her the benefit of the doubt and discuss the situation with her. It’s always possible that perhaps it’s you that has misread the situation, or that you have been misinformed.

Even if it turns out that your friend has been intentionally trying to hurt your feelings, then a confrontation about it can at least give you the closure you need, and the knowledge that this person is likely not someone you would even wish to remain friends with.

XOXO Chatty Kathy