Spreading Christmas cheer

Brody Schulmeister, Zachary Zimmermann, Hailey Rowland, Tessa Beaumont and Sky Barnes decorate cookies on their last school day of 2018 on Dec. 21. ECA Review/Submitted

The entire Theresetta Junior High student body visited the Lodge on Thurs. Dec. 6 to spread some holiday cheer.

The students made ornaments with the residents that expressed their Christmas wishes.

The group had brought along a large Christmas tree cutout to hang on the wall and decorate with the residents’ wish ornaments.

Some students took some time to play their favourite Christmas song on the piano and there was even a Christmas carol sing-a-long.

Christmas concert

On Thurs. Dec. 20, Theresetta presented its annual Christmas Concert night consisting of three separate plays.

The elementary music classes were busy most of December practising and polishing their musical for the Christmas Concert.

Throughout the school, there were some scurvy-looking pirates, some adorable elves and some dancing reindeer ready to put on a fun show!

The students did a great job acting, dancing, and signing and the Pirate’s Christmas play was such a fun way to send the Theresetta community off into their Christmas break.

Next up in the night, was the annual Grade 9 play written, conceptualized, acted, and directed by Mr. Reis and his Grade 9 Language Arts class.

It was a comedic play about a Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers player’s reunion being double-booked at the Castor Community Hall.

The students took on outgoing characters which provided many laughs.

Thayer Bunbury and Ray Musgrove look on as the emcees of the night, Iliann Munoz-Bribiesca and Danica Boger narrate what will happen next during the night of Christmas performances on Dec. 20. ECA Review/Submitted

The play itself was based around a trivia challenge between the two hockey teams to see who won the right to use the hall, which allowed lots of hockey references to be weaved in.

It was well written, and well performed by Theresetta’s group of Grade 9’s.

Lastly, was the annual Nativity Scene play.

The Grade 7/8 class provided the actors and the narrators. The play was accompanied by a junior high choir group that helped tell the story of Jesus’ birth.

The fabulous, musical and entertaining night ended on a high note, or rather a few high notes, as the junior high choir presented a special song to end the night.

Christmas activities

The Grade 1/2 Class spent a few days putting their letter writing skills to work to get their Christmas letters to Santa before the holidays.

The Grade 1 – 4 students kicked off their last day of school on Dec. 21, with some Christmas fun.

In the morning, the students got to decorate Christmas cookies, play Christmas bingo and got to make a Christmas themed craft.

After lunch, the whole group, joined by some helpful parents, walked to the arena for skating!

Concurrently, the Grade 5 – 9 classes headed off to Stettler on Dec. 21 for some year-end fun of their own.

The 5/6 class started with a dip in the Stettler pool, while the Grade 7 – 9 students went bowling.

After meeting up together for lunch, the whole group headed over to the Jewel Theatre for the magical, classic Christmas movie, The Santa Clause, to end their day.

Olivia Zimmermann, Anthony Heidecker, and Jadyn Lefebvre sing
during their Christmas Concert performance on Dec. 20.
ECA Review/Submitted

Basketball

The girl’s basketball team has already put a few hard hours into practising this year.

The female Knights even managed to fit in two exhibition games before the break.

The squad took on the Provost Angels on Dec. 12.

It was a long road trip to their fellow East Central Division school, but Provost was so welcoming and the girls had a fun game putting to work their skills for the first time in the year.

Coach Ries commented saying, “It was the first time my team has been able to make it to Provost for a game and both schools were happy to finally make the match-up happen.”

The victorious Knights were back at it again the next day, as they took on the Killam Kougars.

Trying to fine tune some plays, they worked hard but were defeated.

The Knights will be back in Killam for the Kougar Classic, their first basketball tournament of the year, on January 11 to 12.

The male Knights travelled across town to take on the Gus Wetter Raiders on Dec. 11 for their first exhibition game of the year.

The boys played hard but lost out in the end.

The boys travelled with the girl’s team the following day to Provost where they took on the Provost Saints.

After rethinking some plays from their game the day before, the boys put in a good effort but were again defeated.

“The team has learned a lot already from their two games,” said Coach Fink, “and the improvement from one game to another is a great sign for what is to come this season.”

Jr. ATB Day

On Dec. 13, kids participated in the last Jr. ATB day for the year.

There were 11 employees present that helped with the 14 deposits that were made.

The winners of the monthly draws were Kyla Beaumont, Rylee Charbonneau, and Ashley Renschler.

Students can save up all their money over the break and the Jr. ATB will be back at it again in the new year.

by K. Smawley

Showing off their nativity ornaments they made in art class on Dec. 17 were, from the left, Rylee Charbonneau, Leah Boxma and Danica Boger. ECA Review/Submitted

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