The students and staff of Theresetta School, Castor, Alta. have had a fabulous start to the 2022-2023 school year.
As our school theme for this year states – we are called by God to share – we look forward to communicating all the great things that happen at our school each month.
September was a month of new beginnings, beautiful weather and plenty of fun educational activities.
Mrs. Standing and her kinderkids have been learning about their names: how to spell them, write them, and what makes them special and unique.
They donned their colourful chef hats and aprons and made their names out of sugar cookies. After decorating them, they shared the cookies with their friends in Grades one and two.
The Grade 1/2 class has been busy settling into the beginning of the year routine with Mrs. Thacker. They are having fun reading, writing about fall and Terry Fox, working with different letter sounds, making patterns, learning about colours, learning about different communities, learning about God as our Father, and much much more!
Volleyball has begun in earnest, and both the girls’ and boys’ teams are off to a great start.
Their first league game was successful for both teams against Gus Wetter. Then on the weekend of Sept. 24, they travelled to their first tournament, which took place at Red Deer Polytechnic.
The girls won the consolation on the ‘A’ side of the playoffs, after plenty of court time for all players throughout the day. Coach Finkbiner was especially pleased with their passing skills.
The boys, coached by Mr. Fetaz, also had plenty of success, coming in second overall at the tournament. They faced many city schools with much larger populations but kept their wits about them, often coming back from deficit scores, and dominated in the round robin.
A very promising start to the Knights’ season!
On the evening of Sept. 22, proud parents, grandparents, and teachers gathered in the gym to celebrate the successes and achievements of last year’s students.
Individuals’ plaques were read aloud to recognize the unique ways each student shone during the 2021-2022 school year.
We are very grateful to the IODE members for their continued sponsorship of the highest academic achievement awards. These awards were presented to the following students: Grade 5 – Tessa Beaumont and Anthony Heidecker; Grade 6 – Leah Boxma; Grade 7 – Simone Fetaz; Grade 8 – Reuben Fetaz and Kaitlyn Heidecker; and Grade 9 – Jillian Heidecker.
We also appreciate Grant and Raelene Schulmeister’s sponsorship of the Reading Improvement Award, which was awarded to Ben Neraasen (Gr.1), Willow Mantai (Gr.2), and Bailey Barnes (Gr.3).
The final week of the month was very busy. On Tues. Sept. 27, we participated in a very enjoyable and unique Terry Fox Run. Thanks to the staff and students of Gus Wetter School for planning, organizing and inviting us to participate in this very important event.
On Sept. 29, we took advantage of the amazing fall weather and had our first school Mass outside with Fr. Roger presiding. The remainder of the day involved meaningful classroom and full-school activities to mark Truth and Reconciliation Day.
Activities included a smudging ceremony and a blanket ceremony, the purpose of which was to lead students to a greater empathetic understanding of the history of the First Nations people.
by Brenda Kneller