The past few weeks have kept us back somewhat on our news updates as we prepared the new website for its launch. Now that it’s up, we welcome any feedback from parents, students and elsewhere. Here’s what’s been going on at school in the meantime.
The annual Halloween Howler Volleyball Tournament took place at the end of October, with teams from Fox Creek, Onoway, Hinton, Edmonton, and Kinuso participating. The Fox Creek girls’ team and the Kinuso boys’ took the banners. The Friday night dance with Night Owl DJ saw team members happily mingling.
On November 2nd, the Junior Volleyball team traveled to the Westlock Spirit Centre for the season tournament. Although they did not qualify for the playoffs, the teams developed well in sportsmanship and teamwork. Junior Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Teams began practices in November. This year, we have 2 boys’ teams and 1 girls’ team. Players will have their first tournament on December 15th and 16th at the Spirit Center in Westlock.
Grade 2 was awarded the first Library Award of the year for having the best record in the elementary for returning their library books on time.
School sports programs will benefit from $1100 raised by Grizzly Cubs at their Halloween Howler Concession. On November 3, about sixty people attended the Grizzly Cubs movie night featuring Smurfs: The Lost Village and helped the Cubs raise over $100 at their concession. This money goes towards educational entertainment like the ‘Safire’ presentation coming on May 30. Lunch fundraisers will help fund the Woods Class bleacher refinishing project.
Grizzly Cubs have also been raising money for an electric sign for the front of the school. Recently, a draw for funky reversible sequin pillows and the sale of Grizzly merchandise at the local craft sale, along with a generous donation of $5300 from Pembina Pipelines, has helped them meet their goal.
Division 2 Sports
Division 2 sports is now into their Volleyball season. Fort Assiniboine was here on November 6 and the rematch will take place at the Fort school on November 23. The division tournament will take place on the 30th.
Remembrance Day is an important occasion to teach a little history and help our students gain some global perspective. Pride in our country and appreciation for the people who have given their lives and their health to keep us strong was showcased at our annual ceremony with musical performances and the Candle-Lighting Ceremony.
Wreath bearers from our Town Council, PHPS, RCMP, Swan Hills Fire Department, Scouts, Guides, Brownies, and Sparks, along with representatives from each grade, were piped into the gym in procession, the Junior Firefighters carrying flags of Canada, Alberta, and Swan Hills. Mr. Brian Cutrell presented the school with a donation in support of our Remembrance Day efforts. Check out the Photo Gallery here.
Staff vs Students
November 15th saw the Senior Volleyball teams trounce a school staff team to cheering students in the bleachers. You can see pictures of student skill and staff best-efforts in the Photo Gallery.
That evening, the School Council completed their executive with the election of Lindsey Kilpatrick as Vice-Chair. She joins Deisha Gaudet, Chairperson, and Mike Johnson, Secretary. You can read the minutes for reports from the Student Union, PHPS Board, Grizzly Cubs, the principal, and each division.
Santa and His Elves
Division One Students were thrilled to chat with Santa on Light-Up Day, November 16. Santa’s Elves will be set up for donations each lunch-hour from December 4th to the 14th. Help decorate the tree and help someone have a happy Christmas by bringing in a new, unwrapped gift or non-perishable food item.