Class tries their hand at clay

Samantha Wold, Curtis Penner, Ausha Diewert, Sydney Renschler, Alyssa Kuefler, Parker Slemp, Josie Kneller and Ashley Renschler trying their hand at the pottery wheel at Viva Clayworks in Edmonton on Wed. Nov. 14. ECA Review/Submitted
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Samantha Wold, Curtis Penner, Ausha Diewert, Sydney Renschler, Alyssa Kuefler, Parker Slemp, Josie Kneller and Ashley Renschler trying their hand at the pottery wheel at Viva Clayworks in Edmonton on Wed. Nov. 14. ECA Review/Submitted

The Theresetta Junior High Art Class travelled to Edmonton on Wed. Nov. 14 for a field trip to the Art Gallery of Alberta where students participated in a program demonstrating how to look at and discuss different elements of art.

The students asked many great questions and by the end of the 90-minute session, they were feeling comfortable conversing about the art and its different aspects.

Students enjoyed the opportunity to make two projects while at the Viva Clayworks pottery studio.

They all participated in a hand-built project that had them hand-crafting their own clay cup. The second project was throwing clay on a pottery wheel.

Students learned the proper technique and trying their hand at throwing some pottery. They quickly found out that it only takes the smallest of movements to both completely destroy a pot or sculpt it into a beautifully smooth shape.

All the students and teachers cannot wait to see the finished projects when they are finished being glazed and fired.

The Grade 3-6 classes got to enjoy some sessions of sculpting pottery instructed by Medicine Hat artist Annette ten Cate, of the current show from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program, on display right now until Dec. 5 at Theresetta School.

Josie Kneller throwing some pottery at Viva Clayworks in Edmonton on the Junior High Art Field Trip on Wed. Nov. 14. ECA Review/Submitted

Volleyball winds down

Along with one term finishing, the first big sports season has also come to a close as both teams participated in the CWAJHAA volleyball tournaments on the weekend of Nov. 17.

The older girls team travelled to Caroline where they battled hard all day and came away with a win in the bronze medal match. After taking on the eventual champions, Lacombe Christian, in the semi final where they lost the second set by two points, they moved on to play Koinonia School in the third place final.

Taking home some more hardware to cap off quite the successful season for the Grade 8/9 squad was a great way for the team to finish.

The girls’ team overall won six tournaments and many other games throughout the season. The Knights are going to be saying goodbye to eight players from Grade 9 this year.

The boys travelled to Lacombe for their championship tournament. They played hard and came out third in their round-robin pool, just narrowly missing out on any semi-final games.

The team had a surprisingly successful season as the average grade level of the team at any given time was about “Grade 7.5”.

The Theresetta Student Executive picked Career Day for the first Spirit Day of the year and the Theresetta students did really well dressing to impress in their future possible career choices.

One of the fun things about being a teacher is thinking about where students will be 20 years from now, and Career Day helps bring that idea a little closer.

Junior bankers

Junior ATB was hosted at the school again on Nov. 22 with 29 deposits made and the grade 4 workers did a great job accommodating all of the customers. Boston Slemp was the winner of the monthly gift card draw while Jadyn Lefebvre and Jillian Heidecker took home some smaller prizes.

Operation Christmas Child

Theresetta students gathered their annual donations of Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. A generous 42 boxes were collected to send off to brighten the Christmas morning of many children.

Learning all about cookies The Kindergarten class attended class for their first Monday of the year on Nov. 19. They are now coming to school three full days a week.

To celebrate their first three day week, they spent their Monday learning all about cookies! They read about cookies, painted cookies, and even made some delicious chocolate chip cookies with a little help from two of their moms.

by K. Smawley

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