Congratulations to the students and SAC members of Hammarskjold High School who raised over $4,000 for the United Way of Thunder Bay during the recent High School Challenge!
The amount raised by the Hammarskjold High School students and staff represented almost half of the entire total of $9,773.79.
Enjoy your free school dance provided by 91.5 CKPR, 2 Tone Music Productions, the Power Centre and the United Way of Thunder Bay!
Thanks also go out to the other schools for their support of the United Way!
The Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute Varsity Football team traveled to Toronto to compete in the OFSAA Bowl Festival against the St. Mary's Catholic Monarchs from Pickering.
On a cold, blustery late November morning, the Tigers took to Centennial Field in Etobicoke against the heavily-favoured LOSSA champions and quickly established themselves as a formidable opponent, answering a firstquarter Monarch touchdown with a Josh Whitehurst touchdown catch and a Brendon Phyllis convert in the second quarter to even the score at 7-7 before halftime.
A Tucker Arnold 3rd quarter rushing touchdown would put the Tigers ahead, only to see the Monarchs answer with an unconverted score of their own early in the fourth quarter. With the game knotted at 13-13 late in the game, the Tigers gambled on a 3rd down and 2 yards to go, only for quarterback Dylan Tataryn to come up inches short. Subsequently, St. Mary's engineered an impressive last-minute drive, culminating in a 25 yard touchdown pass into the Tiger endzone with 4 seconds remaining on the clock, making the final score St. Mary's 20 Westgate 13.
What is significant about this particular game is that it marks the first time a team from NWOSSAA has ever played against a school from a large Southern Ontario OFSAA region. The Tiger players and coaches should be commended on such a fine effort against a school with a much larger population from which to draw players. They managed to earn a great deal of respect for their school and the region they were sent to represent.
Congratulations go out to the Westgate Tigers on a game well played!
Come to the Cabaret! The music tradition carries on at Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute where singers, dancers and instrumental musical performers showcase their talents on one night to remember. This year, Cabaret is Friday, December 6 at 7:00pm in the Westgate Gymnasium. This year’s theme is “Winter with Friends”. Parents and former students have also been invited to perform with students this year.
Westgate Men Say NO to Violence On Friday, December 6 the male students and staff of Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute are standing up to gender based violence by promoting the White Ribbon campaign. The White Ribbon campaign is designed to commemorate "The National Day of Remembrance and Action on violence against Women." The day established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'Ecole Polytechique de Montreal.
“The campaign is about solutions - acknowledging that awareness and prevention work with men and boys must be a part of the long-term solution,” says Carlos Santander-Maturana, Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute Education Assistant and White Ribbon Organizer. “This campaign provides a symbol, support, resources and inspiration for all men and boys committed to ending violence against women.”
Nationally, the campaign aims to end violence against women by:
Young men from the Westgate Student Advisory Council and the Junior and Senior Football Teams and will have been selling the White Ribbons during lunch throughout the week and working as mentors to all male students in our school.
Today, this volunteer campaign is run in over sixty countries. Across Canada, the focus is on engaging youth on the issue of gender equality, respect and healthy relationships, so as to build character and create good citizens.
For more information and to take the online pledge to end violence against women and girls, please visit www.whiteribbon.ca
Readers are Leaders! Children from grades 1, 2 or 3 are matched with volunteer partners from the community. The volunteers are trained to work with a child one-on-one during a one hour session. Children receive practice reading, are supported in reading aloud and enjoy literacy-based games which will help to build their reading confidence and fluency. More information including registration forms for both “readers” and “leaders” may be found on Thunder Bay Public Library website at http://kids.tbpl.ca/article/readers-are-leaders--135.asp. Volunteering as a “leader” is a fun experience for high school students, and an enriching opportunity for seniors or other adults. Contact Kristal at email@example.com for any further information.