2014 Archive

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This past month, two prominent school organizations have chosen who will lead them for the next year. In sterling examples of the democratic process, both this school’s Youth in Action club and the Performing Arts Council have elected their next President.

Youth in Action selected Christian Vandervough to be their next President. He has received nothing but high praise from many members of the current Youth in Action Cabinet. Outgoing Finance Minister Andrew Shepherd had the following to say about the President-Elect, “He’s committed, he knows his stuff, and he seems like a better leader then I could ever be.” There should be no doubt that he will be a powerful force for the 2015-2016 school year at CKSS.

In other election news, this school’s performing arts community has also elected it’s second President. Winning 67% of the vote, Secretary of State for the Performing Arts Council Thomas Sadgrove has now been elected President. Mister Sadgrove ran with running mate Jared Doke. Both are looking forward to whatever challenges they face next year.

Numerous members of the Council came forward to issue their support for Sadgrove. Congresswoman Samantha Hacking said, “I think we made a smart choice. He makes a great leader and will do a good job of helping the council to flourish next year.” Additionally, outgoing President Josh Sinclair said, “Thomas is a good friend and a capable politician. I have no doubt that the Council is safe in his hands. I wish him luck with his future endeavors next year.” President-elect Sadgrove will take his oath of office on June 8th when the Second Congress of the Performing Arts Council sits for the first time.

On June 1st elections will be held for the Student Activities Council. This is an election that every student will vote in. It will be a difficult task to find a successor to outgoing President Sarah Mohiuddin as she will be leaving large shoes to fill. Current SAC Vice President Sid Srikanth has already put his name in the running for the Presidency. A powerful force within SAC already, Srikanth already has a lot of “koalafications” as his posters say. The Spartan Spectator is now predicting that on June 1st current veep Srikanth will be elevated to the office of President.

So there it is. The Spartan Spectator predicts that the leaders of the three most powerful organizations throughout the school will be Christian Vandervough, Thomas Sadgrove, and Sid Srikanth. The democratic process is alive and well at this school, and we wish the best to the next generation of leaders.

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mental health picCKSS celebrated Metal Health Week throughout the duration of May 4th – 8th and the outcome was an overwhelming success. From an assembly to a play to free massages and therapy dogs, CK became a safe haven for those struggling with their mental health. Posters created by our very own CK students decorated the halls with inspiring, beneficial, and educational slogans and tips. Grade 11 student, Sid Srikanth, said in regards to the posters, “I think it is inspiring to see so much of the student body here at CKSS furthering their awareness concerning the stigma around mental health.”

Mental health awareness is very important; 1 in 5 teenagers struggle with their mental health. Considering our school has a population of around 2000 means that roughly 400 of our very own students here at CK struggle with some form of a mental health issue. I am thankful to be a part of a school that puts in such an amazing amount of effort to raise awareness around mental health. If you think you are struggling with your mental health talk to someone! Whether it be a teacher, a friend, a parent, or our fantastically supportive team of guidance counsellors down in Student Services, its important to reach out.

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It was another successful season for soccer at CKSS. This year both senior soccer teams showed their hard work and dedication to their teams and ultimately made our school proud of some more outstanding students.

The senior boys team played 7 games and won 2, lost 4, and tied 1. Their final game was a close one but unfortunately they lost and finished 7th overall. Grant Belanger was stellar in net and kept the team in the game with many of his amazing reflex saves as well, he earned two shut outs. Zahid Neemuchwala was the general in the mid-field while Colin Moffat, Ryan Murphy and Trevor Murphy were the teams work horses, and Mohammad Albaity was their clutch goal scorer. The coaches would like to thank all of the graduating players for their commitment to the program and congratulate the boys on a good season.

Senior girls soccer played 7 games with the results of 1 win, 5 losses, and 1 tied game. They won the Consolation Final of the OTHS Tournament at Shell Park. Bryanna South was this year’s captain of the team and played all 560 minutes of regular and post-season play; she truly had an outstanding season as a graduating player. As a team, they made it to the quarter-finals this year where they, unfortunately, lost to Holy Trinity. They still had a great game and put in a lot of effort with only 10 players and they only lost 2-0. As for any senior girl students who wish to join the team next year, tryouts begin shortly after March Break and players are expected to be committed to games/practices Monday through Thursday.

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On Thursday May 21 2015, the annual coffee house graced the stage of CKSS’ cafetorium once again. Students, parents, and teachers showed up to watch amazing acts perform their hearts out in acts ranging from singing, dancing, story-telling, and more.

The show started at 6:30pm and kept everyone entertained with over two hours of talent. Throughout the night there was a variety of acts that expressed everything from heart wrenching emotional content, to silly jokes that kept everyone laughing. The two teacher MC’s, Ms. Burnett and Mrs. Bullard, kept everyone entertained with fun fill in the blank games as well as lots of jokes.

The musical acts of the night had a wide variety to impress with. People were singing, dancing, playing saminstruments, and even rapping that night. The talent was incredible with some people performing original pieces or taking an old song and making it unique to them.

On the other side of the creative spectrum the reading pieces were incredibly done this year. From poetry to prose, every single reader touched the hearts of those in the audience. The night featured pieces of all kinds. There were school projects touching on issues around the world, original creative writing pieces including new and old characters, as well as beautiful spoken word pieces.

At the intermission the group of bewildered audience members gathered in the school hallway to discuss the amazing performers they had already seen, and were still yet to be seen. Everyone sipped coffee and munched on delicious cookies and sandwiches provided by the generous food school here at CKSS. The delicious refreshments helped tie together an amazing night for everyone.

With full bellies and happy hearts everyone left the school with nothing but good things to say. It was an incredible turn out, both in audience and performers. The bravery of all the performers was outstanding as they shared their heart and soul on stage. Thank you to everyone who helped make the night so great including the staff members involved as well as the tech crew for making everyone bright and loud.

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On May 14, 2015, several Spartans arrived early in the morning to school in anticipation for the exciting voyage they were about to embark on. Some had been planning for the trip to New York for a few months, and others for even longer, but either way, there was no doubt about the animated atmosphere. It was time to go explore the streets that gave several New York icons their name, the rich art culture protruding from traditional and modern roots, and the lights that sparkle even as the sun goes down in the city that doesn’t sleep.

The trip included highlights such as trips to the Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, Chelsea Market, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Students and teachers both were awed by the raw beauty of the art in the museum and how much of it was cleverly rooted in a modern and stylish impression. This theme of art that NYC wholesomely encompasses was echoed by lanterns that swung softly above the CK crew as they made their way through the Chelsea Market. Times Square was a token to much of the student and staff satisfaction throughout the trip. It beckoned them to explore, enlighten, and empower themselves through the power of a journey. Bustling through the packed streets just added to the experience: the crowd was symbolic of the thriving and lavish vibe of the city.

Blowing bubbles in NYC’s Central Park, several students sighed in content and formulated aspirations to continue their electric love affair with the magnetic city. The colours that intoxicated their senses and framed several of their pictures are memories not soon to be forgotten. It could be that just one question remains: when’s the next trip?

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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?

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