Students from Stanley Humphries Secondary School participated in a giving tree to support the Castlegar Christmas hampers. Students brought in gifts for children whose families will receive a Christmas hamper. (Submitted photo)

Students from Stanley Humphries Secondary School participated in a giving tree to support the Castlegar Christmas hampers. Students brought in gifts for children whose families will receive a Christmas hamper. (Submitted photo)

STUDENT SUBMISSION: Stanley Humphries Secondary School opens a new chapter

What’s been going at at Castlegar’s high school.

Here are a few events and exciting things that were happening at SHSS to close out 2018 and begin the new year:

Gracious donation

The Castlegar Hospital Auxiliary has graciously made a donation to SHSS to be put towards supplies for our breakfast program. We are very humbled to have received this generous Christmas gift, and we would like to say a huge thank you to the hospital auxiliary for their generosity and kindness.

Coffee bar

Alexis Craig, Kierstin Bell, Gemma Van Doesburg and Linsey Schuepfer have started a new coffee bar in the SHSS cafeteria. Students have been talking about this for a while and the need for a coffee bar, so the girls got together and decided to make it happen. The shop teacher Mr. Liszt and his senior wood class made a beautiful coffee bar, and the school purchased new couches and stools to make the space truly feel like a café.

The giving tree

The school once again participated in the giving tree fundraiser where students were able to help make someone’s Christmas a little more festive. There was a tree placed at the front of the school with a bunch of cards attached to it. On each card was a gender and age of a child. Students were able to select a card and then go buy a Christmas present that best fit the card they chose.

Christmas breakfast

Following the Christmas assembly, the SHSS staff provided all the students with a Christmas breakfast. This has become a tradition at SHSS to have a Christmas breakfast of French toast, fruit, and hot chocolate for the entire school.

Reverse Career Day

On Jan. 22 students showcased their talents in the Reverse Career Fair. During the event, students spoke with community members and businesses and showed how their skills, experience and knowledge could benefit the job market.

Winter Band Concert

Also on Jan. 22, the band put on their winter band concert. Once again, this year the hard work by Ms. Clark and the talented students resulted in a fabulous evening of great music.

Grad bottle drive

On Jan. 12, the grads held another bottle drive and successfully recycled hundreds of containers and raised more money for the end of the year grad activities.

Happy retirement, Mrs. Kuiper

After 12 years of amazing work at SHSS, Mrs. Kuiper has hung up her apron in the foods room to pursue a new career. We will miss Mrs. Kuiper’s great cooking, kind heart and amazing energy within our building. Good luck Mrs. Kuiper you will be missed at SHSS.

SHSS Talent Show

On Feb. 21, SHSS will be hosting the SHSS Got Talent show at the Brilliant Cultural Centre. Tickets are available for purchase at the office at SHSS, or available at the centre.