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Principal’s Message – May 2012

May 1, 2012

I find at this time each year that the weeks and months go by very quickly and we, at school, find ourselves living in two worlds – this year and next year.  This year, in addition to the initiatives that teachers have taken in incorporating autonomous learning into their classes (that was highlighted in our Footprints to 2014 Night in late April), we have also seen students take advantage of other learning opportunities.

Over March Break, the school sent its 12th Playground Missions Team overseas – this time to Cuba – and we also sent a group of students on a sailing trip off the coast of British Columbia.  In June, our Grade 8 students will tour Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City.  We have seen record numbers of students participate in athletics with teams in various age categories in most sports.  Coaches and parents have raised the bar on commitment level, academic follow-through, character, and perseverance at practices.  Our Student Council has organized several events for our students, including the 30-Hour Famine where students fast for 30 hours to identify with the needs here in Canada and around the world.  We have some students doing Advanced Placement (AP) courses for the first time.  We concluded our 2nd Spiritual Life Week for this year where we respectfully challenged our students to consider beginning and developing a relationship with God.  Our musical production this year, Cinderella Enchanted, played to three sold-out performances. Check out our Facebook page for pictures of these events! There have been several student successes outside of school that have seen students receive athletic scholarships, compete at national levels in their chosen area, and be named Innovator of the Year in Alberta in the highly acclaimed Junior Achievement program.

We have also had several parent education seminars throughout the year where we brought in individuals who have expertise that can help parents to parent. And speaking of parents – we have been blessed this year to have parents from our IPOD group (Innovative Parents of Design) who have volunteered and shown leadership in organizing so many school events.  They helped with our first day of school BBQ, our athletic program and Kickoff Dessert Night with the Stampeders, parent council meetings, our school-wide Family Fun Fair that drew over 500 people, and our first Service Day that had over 90 students volunteer after-hours at five community locations to serve others.  And in an area that I see as very important, we have also had a dedicated group of parents meet each week to pray for our families and students, and to help them through difficult situations.

Thank you to all who have helped in our school this year.  Your participation and heart for the school is noticed and very much appreciated!

God bless you and your family,

Peter Muller
College Principal


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