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Dear Chatty Kathy,

My friends keep complaining that the clothes that I wear don’t match. They constantly judge what I’m wearing but I don’t care. I wear what I want and don’t care what they think. Am I right in not caring,or am I in the Danger Zone?

Sincerely,

Malkovich.

Dear Malkovich,

Who cares if your clothes don’t match? Who cares what your friends think? They’re not the ones wearing your clothes.  If they’re embarrassed to be seen with you, they should really rethink their priorities. Why does it matter? There is so much more to life than the clothes you wear. You seem like your head’s in the right place, though. You keep doing what makes you happy.

XOXO, Chatty Kathy.

 

Dear Chatty Kathy,

I’ve Been Trying To Go Into Hibernation But I Can’t Find Any Quality Berries To Get Me Through The Winter. Since My Family Is In The Area I Don’t Want To Relocate To A More Appropriate Area. I’ve Tried Going To A Local High School For Some Help But They Weren’t Anything But R.U.D.E! What Should I Do To Survive These Harsh Canadian Winters?

Sincerely,

CKSS Bear.

Dear CKSS Bear,

Due to the fact that you are a bear, I’m going to let your atrocious and superfluous capitalization slide. Seriously, how time consuming is capitalizing the first letter of every single word? Surely you must have more important things to do. Anyway, I’m sorry to hear about your struggles! Teenagers can be scary, and you’re a bear, so you’ve gotta steer clear of them. Might I suggest your local supermarket? Or, I don’t know, a berry bush? Or – and here’s a revolutionary idea – maybe you should go into hibernation. That’s usually how bears survive the winter!

XOXO, Chatty Kathy.

P.S. I thought you were a rabid coyote?

Dear Chatty Kathy,

Okay, listen up. When I walk through the atrium at our school I get super frustrated at the flags. Do you know why? Because they are in the wrong order. It should be from left to right in alphabetical order the nations of the world with Canada being in the position of honour on the far left. After nations, the flags should be of provinces, then organizations. (Like C.K.S.S., so the flag of the Spartans is in the right position, but Canada is not.) So I would like to know whether or not this will be changed. I would also like to know whether or not the school will be getting rid of the double flags, like Jamaica because we have two of those.

Sincerely, Furious for Flags

Dear FF,

From what I can discern, you are frustrated at the flags at our school because they’re in the wrong order? I’m a little frustrated myself about those flags. They aren’t aligned properly and it’s always a bother looking at them. Sometimes I look straight down when I’m walking, just so I’m not tempted to look at the flags – I know they’re just going to ruin my day. Anyways, back to you. I, Chatty Kathy, am a firm believer in accuracy, and from what you say, I think you are too. It is most definitely important for our flags to be “in order.” Since you know what you’re talking about, maybe you should talk to someone about reordering them; I am sure Mrs. Taylor would be happy to help you!

XOXO, Chatty Kathy

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.