Students at Wm. E. Hay are preparing to write final exams as semester one comes to a close this week. With that in mind, we would like to wish all those writing exams good luck.
This week we are highlighting three Teacher Advisory (TA) classes. Mrs. Klevgaard, Mr. Melynk, and Mrs. Leschert’s TA classes teamed up with a group of around 70 K-5 students from Botha, for “Buddy Reading”. The Botha students brought along books and Timbits while the high school classes supplied Hot Chocolate courtesy of Tim Horton’s in town. Mr. Huo’s Teacher Advisory class made the hot chocolate and served it for the large group. All participants had a wonderful time, as the students from both Botha and Wm. E. Hay were excited. Mr. Weeks, the principal of Botha School, stated that “new pals and heroes were made today”.
This week we are saying goodbye to two exchange students. Aya Shimizu has been with us for one year from Japan, and Mizuha Nakashima has been with us for one semester, also from Japan. Both girls worked extremely hard in their classes and were actively involved in our after school activities. We all wish best of luck in the future to both Aya and Mizuha.
As part of the career and life management classes unit on independent living, students will be playing a real life version of the “Game of Life”. Students will be given an initial life situation and will have to adjust their budgets and their lifestyles to accommodate life scenarios that come up every day. As part of this project, some students will have to care for “real care babies” – electronic babies that mimic real life infants. They cry, need feeding and need soothing. Students who draw this life scenario will be expected to care for their baby for a 24-hour period. This has been an eye-opening project for the grade 10 students at Wm. E. Hay as they learn how everyday decisions can have a substantial impact on their lives.
Mr. Humphrey’s Social 10 class enhanced their learning of the coffee industry through taste testing. Coffee was made with beans from around the world and students spent the class sampling and comparing. This was the cumulating activity for their lessons on the coffee trade.
Stay tuned next week for more updates from Wm. E. Hay.