Grade 11 student Allison Soukeroff was elected student vice president. Photo: Reneet Kang

New school year, new teachers, and new traditions at Castlegar high school

Stanley Humphries back in session

Welcome, new staff!

SHSS would like to welcome Mr. Dobie, Mr. Prensky, Ms. Winston, Mr. McHugh, Ms. Shaw, Ms. Sutherland, Ms. Painter, Ms. Lewis-Slasor, Mr. Leitch, Ms. Chase, Ms. Oakley, and Mr. Vinegar to the team. We are very excited to have you join the SHSS staff and hope to have a wonderful year with you all!

Grade 8/New student


An orientation for new SHSS students was held on Aug. 29. With the help of volunteers from the 2020 Grad class, new students got the chance to pick up their timetables, find their lockers, and tour the building. The Grad volunteers got the chance to fulfill their role as leaders in the school and pass on their knowledge to the newcomers. This event was a great early start to the year!

Grade 12/Grade 8

Buddy System

Significant improvements have been made to the Grade 12/Grade 8 buddy system this year. The idea was for each Grade 8 to have a Grade 12 buddy: an older student who could act as a role model to them and answer any questions or concerns they may have with transitioning to secondary school.

The idea was implemented last year, but never quite took off. This year, the students were given the opportunity to actually meet their buddies and ask them some icebreaker questions in order to get to know them better. Many Grade 8s felt relieved to have an older student who they could go to for help, and many Grade 12s appreciated the chance to pass their knowledge on.

Sept. 11 – Club Day

Stanley Humphries has more clubs than ever before — a club renaissance, if you will! On Sept. 11, tables filled by club representatives lined the halls. Students had the chance to learn about the variety of extracurricular activities available both at SHSS and in the community, and were given the opportunity to sign up for anything that interested them. Clubs included sports such as volleyball, basketball, rugby, field hockey, golf, soccer, swimming, and biking, and games such as Dungeons and Dragons.

Student Council and Yearbook Club were also there, promoting to those interested in taking on a leadership role in the school. For those interested in community involvement, the Castlegar Rotary Interact Club and Rotary Youth Exchange tables were very beneficial. The Theatre Production Club and AV Club, both founded this year, fill important niches in the school’s culture. We are very excited to see such a wide variety of extracurriculars, and we appreciate the passionate students that are taking the lead on keeping these clubs strong and active!

SHSS Student Council Elections

Election season is in full swing, both in Canada and at Stanley Humphries! Students were able to vote on a Student Council president and vice president. Simon Larocque ran for president, unrivaled. There were three candidates for vice president: Allison Soukeroff, Caitlin Kellendonk, and Jacob Nickason. We admire all candidates’ courage and drive in campaigning! The vote was held Sept. 18; Allison Soukeroff was elected.

Reviving Theatre at SHSS

The Theatre Production Club hosted auditions the second week of September, and is rehearsing throughout the month. They will be putting on a production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow next month. This will be SH’s first theatre production in many years. We are excited for the return of theatre to our school! Stay tuned for news on showtimes and ticket prices.

Stanley Humphries Grade 12 student Jenni Buskas writes here once a month.

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Students gather in the hallway to check out Club Day. Photo submitted

Simon Larocque was elected student president by acclamation. Photo submitted

Grade 12 volunteers at the new student orientation. Photo submitted

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