Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Globetrotters in the Making

Mr. Mocellin had the Grade 7/8 class doing some basketball skills when I stopped by the gym this afternoon. The activities are changing for semester 2. For your information, the PISL (Pender Indoor Soccer League) will start this Thursday. This noon hour activity will be enjoyed by staff and students. Look for pictures of the action in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Provincial Exams Today and Tomorrow

Students are busy writing Provincial Exams today and tomorrow. Friday is a turn around day and students will not have classes. Regular classes resume on Monday, the start of Semester 2. If you son or daughter has an afternoon exam and they normally ride the bus, you may want to check with them to ensure that they will have enough time to write their provincial exam. Students are allowed 3 hours to complete their provincial exams, so if they need all of the time it may be good to arrange alternative transportation if they feel that they'll need the extra time. Thanks for working with us to ensure that your kids have the best opportunity to be successful!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Water @ PHSS Given the Green Light

The inspector form Vancouver Coastal Health was here today and has approved our new filtration system; thus, our water is now safe to drink. The water fountains have been turned on and the water bottles will be going. Grade 11 students are reminded that they have their Socials 11 Provincial Exam tomorrow at 1:00 pm, but they should check in 15 minutes prior to the exam. Secondly, Mr. Marshall will be having a Socials 11 tutorial tomorrow morning. Regular classes will continue for Grade 7-9 students tomorrow and Thursday.. Friday is a turn around day for all students.

Art Show

Mrs. Sametz had her senior Art class present their portfolios in the PHSS Art Show today. Additional pictures are posted on the Flickr Photostream.

Blustery Weather

Students were happy to be in class preparing for upcoming provincial exams and tests, while Mother Nature made things interesting outside earlier today..

Monday, January 23, 2012

Technology Meeting/ Secondary Principals

I had a meeting with our Technology Committee today and we are looking at initiating an I-Pad Project here at PHSS. We have some ground work left to do, but it seems like an exciting possibility. I am off to another meeting (Secondary Principals' Meeting) in Sechelt shortly. It is starting off to be a busy week. Just a reminder that we have provincial exams this week and Friday is a Turn-Around Day, so students have the day off. Semester 2 starts on Monday, January 30th! It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the year. For your information, we will be sending out a newsletter, along with report cards, early in February. Have a good evening.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sam' s Bat

PHSS Grade 12 student,Sam, put some final touches on his bat, which was made in Wood Shop. Great job Sam! Play ball....sorry...there is a rain delay! Have a great weekend everyone. Remember, next week is the last week of Semester 1 and we have provincial exams Wednesday and Thursday. Friday is a Turn-around day and school is not in session for students.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dynamo Capture PHL Crown

The Dynamo played a fantastic game defeating Mr. Mo's squad in convincing 5-1 win in today's PHL Final. It was an exciting season and all students and staff who participated had a great time. Next up is the PHL Indoor Soccer World Cup!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

PAC Meeting Cancelled Due to Road Conditions

If you haven't checked your answering machine this visual will let you know about the PAC Meeting cancellation. It is suppose to drop to minus 10 Celsius, so despite the main roads being bare at this hour (2:15 pm) the roads are bound to be challenging later tonight. I have spoken to Larry Curtiss (Bus driver/owner) and he will call me first thing in the morning if there are any delays or cancellations for tomorrow. If there are cancellations I will send out a message via the school auto-dial program. 91.7 on the FM dial will also post any cancellations. Have a good evening and stay warm!

PIg Dissection in Biology 12

Ms. Mullin's Biology 12 students have started their pig dissections today. The students are really engaged in this activity and seem to be enjoying the activity. More photos can be seen by going to my Flickr Photostream on the right side of the page.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hat Day, Snowy Day & Silver Cars

As part of a school spirit initiative today was "Hat Day." With the snow we had some of our students enjoyed the white stuff.... it seemed like good fun. Lastly, if you are looking for a Silver Toyota to purchase the parking lot is almost full. Have a good afternoon. Hopefully all of the bus routes will be running tomorrow morning.

Monday, January 16, 2012


We have a lot of creative students here at PHSS. I have attached a couple photos which display this; the first on is an awesome project that Charlotte is making in art and the second is Abby's answer to a wardrobe malfunction.

Tarps for Outdoor Ed

Mr. Lewis had his students working on using tarps for stretchers, in case of an emergency, when out in the bush.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thank You Mrs. Sheppard

One of our grade 12 students made a card for Mrs. Sheppard, who has finished her assignment here at PHSS. Great job!!! We will miss you Mrs. Sheppard.

The Ocean Floor

Creativity and a sense of humour were found in Ms. Mullins Earth Science class today. Students have artistically shared their understanding of what the ocean floor looks like.

Cango Cave (Grade 7 Band)

The copy of them playing can be viewed on the webpage. Good job for your 3rd time running through this number!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Clay Projects Completed

Mrs. Sametz students did an awesome job with their clay project which were just glazed. Bravo!!

Glazed Clay

Mrs. Sametz Art students have produced some excellent clay projects, which were recently glazed. Well done !

Power Outage to Start the Day

We have a resilient staff and study body, that weathered the power outage and lack of water, due to the loss of power this morning, here at Pender Harbour Secondary. I appreciated the great work of our SD 46 electrician, Jim Cooper, who worked with BC Hydro to rectify the problem in an expeditious fashion. Hopefully the rest of the day will go smoothly.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Skateboard Park

The Grade 7 students have been working on a group project-- building a miniature skateboard park. The students seem to be enjoying this project. Great job and keep up the good work!

Skateboard Park

The Grade 7 students have been working on a group project-- building a miniature skateboard park. The students seem to be enjoying this project. Great job and keep up the good work!

Beautiful Sunrise

I was coming from the Sechelt Pool this morning and saw the beautiful sunrise. Sometimes one has to take the time to enjoy our surroundings. I took advantage of this and wanted to share what I saw. We are certainly blessed to live here on the Sunshine Coast and see the beauty this place offers.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Observation & More

I had a busy day which started with a call indicating that we were short a TOC today. With some juggling and cooperation, from some of our part-time staff, we were able to make it work today. I was able to do an observation in one of our classes, which went really well. After lunch hour supervision I covered two classes. It certainly was action packed. Until tomorrow. Mr. H

Monday, January 9, 2012

Junior Girls' Basketball Team Win Thriller vs Carson Graham

The PHSS Junior Girls' basketball team won a thriller vs Carson Graham today 35-33. Makenzie Stewart hit a 3 point shot in the last 2 minutes of the game and also hit 2 free throws to give the home team the edge. Carson Graham had several opportunities to tie the game in the last minute but Pender played some solid defence, not allowing Graham to come back. Great job girls!!! Bravo!!

PHL set for playoffs

Today was the last day of the regular season for the PHL-- Mr. Mocellin's team is heading into the playoffs undefeated. Thanks to all students who helped run the games.

Friday, January 6, 2012

PAC Meeting Coming Up

Thanks to my grade 12 helpers who updated the PHSS sign today. Have a great weekend everyone.

Metal Shop Projects

I took a couple of pictures of students working on different metal projects in the shop today. The students were really engaged in making their projects. Well done!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Assistant Superintendent visits Pender

Mr. Greg Kitchen , our new Assistant Superintendent, visited Pender today along with, our Superintendent, Patrick Bocking. He commented on how pleasant out students seemed and he felt that the school climate was excellent. I appreciated his kind words, which made me feel proud to be part of Pender Harbour Secondary.

PHL at Pender

Staff and students are involved in the PHL. Today's games ended in tie! Well done everyone.