Thursday, September 27, 2012

Outdoor Fitness Area

The crew has been working hard to complete the Outdoor Fitness area-- hopefully everything will be completed by the end of next week. It is really starting to take shape and our students are anxious to start using the equipment.

Terry Fox Run Today

Our staff and students participated in the annual Terry Fox Run today. Our students have doubled their projected fundraising amount with approximately $1,000 collected for the Terry Fox Cancer Research Foundation.

Fantastic job everyone!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fitness Area Progressing

The Outdoor Fitness area is progressing very well and the installation of the equipment will continue this week. It looks like the installation won't be complete until sometime next week or so.

Terry Fox Fundraiser: Staff 12 Minute Run

Our staff survived the first leg of the PHSS Terry Fox Fundraiser-- our 12 Minute Run. Students put money on the number of laps each staff member would achieve. Well done everyone!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Terry Fox Warmup

Our staff did a 12 minute run today in support of Terry Fox Fundraising. One of Mr. Shaw's Media Arts students took some pictures of us in action-- these will be posted later.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Work Continues on Outdoor Fitness Area

Work continues on our Outdoor Fitness Area. I am hopeful that the project will be completed by the end of the month.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Outdoor Fitness Area

Work is continuing on the PHSS Outdoor Fitness area and the crew is almost ready to have the concrete poured to secure the equipment. Hopefully the project will be completed by the end of the month.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pro D Day on Monday

Monday is a Pro D Day and our staff will participating with a variety of projects. The Pender Harbour Community School is offering a First Aid course for students. Please contact the office if you have any questions about this.

Mr. H

Senior Girls Volleyball

The Senior Girls Volleyball team practiced bright and early this morning. Thanks to our community coach, Amanda Peterson, for volunteering her time for our students!

Family BBQ

We had our Family BBQ, before our PAC Meeting, last night and it was very well attended. It was an excellent opportunity for parents and guardians to meet with some of our staff.

Thank you to everyone who helped made this so successful.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Outdoor Fitness Area & Junior Rugby

I have posted a few pictures here-- the outdoor fitness area which is progressing slowly (there was more rock than they thought, so a lot of hand digging and footing work is still to be done) and the junior rugby program had their first practice of the year. There was a good turnout and it looks like it should be a good year on the rugby pitch!

Have a good evening and enjoy the great weather.

Mr. H


Ms. Mullins' students were measuring grasshoppers in Biology 11 today. The students were very engaged in their learning via this lab. Good job!!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Work Continues

The work continues on our Outdoor Fitness area with the ground work still being done. After the drilling of holes and anchors established with concrete the installation of the equipment will happen. I am hopeful that this will be done this week.

Friday, September 14, 2012

David Roche: Inspirational Humourist

We had a guest speaker, David Roche, at PHSS today. David has a facial disfigurement and he shared stories about acceptance of diversity and why he is blessed. It would be worthwhile discussing his stories with your families,as we all have scars.

If you are interested in going to his website go to the following link:

CHemistry 11: Measurement

Ms. Mullins had the Chem 11 students working on measurement in today's class. As you can see the students were very attentive during their lab.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Outdoor Fitness Area Progress

Work has continued getting the area prepared for the installation of the outdoor fitness equipment. The installation should be completed by some time next week. Once completed, it will be a welcome addition to our school community.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ultimate Fun in the Sun

Some of our students took advantage of the great weather and played ultimate at lunch time today. Hopefully the weather will continue to be favourable.

Have a great afternoon and evening.

Until tomorrow.

Mr. H

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Staff & Student Art

The beautiful stained glass in the office is the handy work of our Administrative Assistant, Margaret Hartley, while the shading is work done by students in Mr. Shaw's Art class. The talent is quite evident.

It is another banner day of weather. I trust that you will get a chance to enjoy it while it lasts.

Until tomorrow.

Mr. H

Monday, September 10, 2012

Upcoming Events

As you can see via the picture we have a couple of upcoming events that I wanted to share with you. We will be having a family BBQ, which will provide parents/families an opportunity to meet some of our staff informally. After the BBQ we will have our first PAC Meeting of the year.

The year has started off really well and I look forward to meeting with many of you to discuss some of the things that will be happening at PHSS this year.

If you are unable to attend the BBQ and/or the PAC Meeting I would appreciate you providing me with feedback regarding some things that you would like to see at PHSS this year.

Enjoy the beautiful weather.

Mr. H

Friday, September 7, 2012

Pre-Calculus 11 and SPIDER at PHSS

We have to be innovative at PHSS to ensure that our students get the opportunity to take the courses that they want, and need, to pursue their post-secondary goals. One of the ways that we do this is by working with the SPIDER Program, part of the Sunshine Coast Alternative SChool, which allows our students to take distance learning courses while attending PHSS. The students in this photo are taking Pre-Calculus 11, while the rest of the class is taking Foundations Math 11.

To be successful with distance learning courses students need to be motivated and willing to work independently. We are fortunate that Miss Mullins is willing to provide some support for these students. The SPIDER Program also provides teacher support via e-mail, telephone or face-to-face support. The SPIDER support teachers usually visit our students, at PHSS, monthly.

Enjoy the awesome weather and have a great weekend.

Until Monday.

Mr. H

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Students and Staff at Work

We have had a great start to the year and our students and staff are working hard. Mrs. Dornbierer is pictured here assisting some students in Math.

Tomorrow we will start the day with Home Room. It will be a great chance for information sharing, including upcoming important dates and events.

Have a great afternoon and evening.

Enjoy the beautiful weather!

Mr. H

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Day 1

Our first day went smoothly and our staff and students seem ready to have a great year. The tone in school was very positive and enthusiastic today!

Tomorrow we will start our regular schedule, a Day 3 -- Block rotation is BADC. For your information, the school schedule can be seen by going to the calendar link on the school web page. It may be helpful to see when we have Pro-D Days, and other days when we are not in session. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at school.

Have a great day!

Until tomorrow.

Mr. H