By K. Smawley
The start of 2020 could be described as being hectic, crazy, and short, but overall it has been fun!
The staff and students at Theresetta were so happy to get back to school to see each other and share all about their Christmas breaks! The days in January have flown by, which was not helped along by the four days without buses, but classes are back to speeding along with students working on many exciting projects and attending multiple extracurricular activities.
Basketball teams have been hard at it, developing their skills and improving their techniques.
Both the boys and girls travelled across town to Gus Wetter on Jan. 8th to take on their junior high squads. Both teams are experiencing what coaches call “building years” as the majority of their benches are made up of young players.
Both teams took home the loss against the older, more experienced Gus Wetter teams. Coaches were not discouraged though, as they saw so much improvement from their teams since the start of practices to this, their first game of the New Year.
Teams took their game experiences back to their practices and worked on improving before their next game.
The basketball teams faced off against the Coronation junior teams on Jan. 22nd at home in their own gym. The Knights both played good games showing off their defensive skills and their athleticism.
The girls lost by only two baskets after what was a very close game through all four quarters. Both teams did a good job defending their end and trying hard to make their way to the hoop. The boys also were defeated by ten points, but their coach was happy to see their strength on defense and the scoring abilities of the elementary team members.
Well done Knights!
The Grade 9 class attended a field trip on Thursday, Jan. 23rd.
The group, along with their home room teacher, Mr. Ries, travelled to Camrose to check out Augustana University Campus and attend a play put on by the university theater group.
The students started their day by visiting the Jeanne and Pete Lougheed Performing Arts Center and the Cargill Theater for the dramatization of The Wind in the Willows.
The play itself is based upon the classic novel by Kenneth Grahame and takes place in Edwardian England during the time when the horse and wagon is in competition with the automobile.
The characters; Badger, Mole, and Rat spend their time trying to calm down Mr. Toad who is obsessed with automobiles, even if it means ruining himself.
After thoroughly enjoying the play, the Grade 9 group went to meet with music professor Dr. Ardelle Ries in the University Chapel. Dr. Ries shared with the group her life’s journey with music and teaching while highlighting the advantages of studying at the Augustana campus.
The group went on a campus tour to end their day, led by two Augustana student ambassadors who provided an overview of classes offered at the campus, along with a description of what student life is like on the small campus.
After taking in all that information, students enjoyed supper together to reflect upon their busy day, before returning back to Castor.
January 20th to 24th was Theresetta’s 2nd Annual Book Week!
All week long the staff and students celebrated books and their love of reading with different daily activities.
Monday started off the festivities with the students having the chance to write a review about one of their favourite books. Students then shared these reviews as a way to convince their peers to read their chosen book on Tuesday during Favourite Character Dress-Up Day.
On Wednesday, students completed a scavenger hunt activity in the library looking on all the bookshelves for books to fit within each of the provided clues.
Those with the most correct answers won a prize! Thursday, the students had the chance to make a personalized bookmark during recess, complete with a fun tassel, to mark their place in their favourite stories.
Also on Thursday, Mrs. Kneller and her wonderful music classes shared a literacy themed song they had been working on. It was to the tune of the popular pop song Shut Up and Dance but the words were changed to be all about reading!
To end the week with a bang, the students had the opportunity to meet and listen to author Becky Wigemyr! She travelled from her home in Brooks, Alberta to share her two children’s books with the students, and to talk to them about what it is like being an author, how to get a book published, and to share her love of cowboy stories!
Both her books, Cowboy Cody and Cowboy Cody: Rope, Sleep, Repeat are great stories about a boy who dreams of being a real cowboy, even though he lives in a city.
Cowboy Cody gets his chance to participate in some cowboy events, and he learns some good lessons along the way. The students loved hearing the stories, and getting to hear them from the author was extra special. Throughout the week some other events were happening all the while, including the teachers reading their favourite book to a different class everyday, and a school wide contest for students to write and illustrate their own book, with the chance to have their book chosen to be published in hardcover and put into the school’s library.
Overall, Book Week was a roaring success, and it was really nice for everyone at the school to spend some dedicated time sharing their love of books.