By Tara Kroes, Grade 6 Teacher
The beginning of the school year always brings mixed emotions for teachers. There is the excitement of decorating the classroom, the pleasure of planning out the year, and the extreme satisfaction as each child’s name is printed on a name tag and placed just so on a desk. On the other hand, there is the nervousness of meeting new students, and the worry of whether you will be able to give enough to meet each child’s unique needs. Despite this range of feelings, there is one constant throughout the entire process – September always brings a renewed sense of purpose to a teacher’s life.
To kick-off the new school year and to find inspiration, the CKCS staff travelled to Wainwright, AB on Aug. 25 for East Central’s annual Mission and Ministry Day. Guest speaker David Wells, spoke about finding a renewed joy in your life, and how important it was, as teachers, to demonstrate that joy to our students. Although it is a teacher’s job to teach the curriculum, David spoke on how at the end of the year, it would not be curriculum that stood out in a student’s mind. It would be those quiet moments that a teacher would not remember, but the student would never forget. After listening to his message, the CKCS staff have begun this school year with a new purpose – to focus on spreading the joy throughout the halls of our school, because “Joy is the unmistakable sign of the presence of God.” (Teilhard de Chardin).
This year at CKCS we welcome back Miss. Delhommeau (Kindergarten), Mrs. Bohn (Grade 1), Mrs. Barnes (Grade 2), Mrs. Van Straten (Grade 3/4), Mrs. Gulak (Grade 4/5), Miss Kroes (Grade 6), Mrs. Boxma (Grade 7), Mrs. Wood (Grade 8/9), Mr. Wik (P.E.), as well as our many TAs and support staff.
I would like to send a huge thank you to the students who have volunteered to write the CKCS news articles for the 2015/2016 school year. Our newspaper club members include Abbey Bohn, Nicole Kennedy, Hannah Canlas, Autumn Wyness, Jeileigh DeWitt and Brandy Kennedy. They will be wonderful ambassadors for our school, and will do a marvelous job of keeping Stettler up-to-date on all the happenings at Christ-King Catholic School.
As we begin a new September, CKCS would like to wish all teachers and students a fun and memorable school year. May each of you find your own joy.