My name is Connal Cameron, I’m 17 years old and I’m a student at N.P.S.S. I’ve participated in Bluey Day twice before. This year when I shave my head I’m doing my best to donate my hair to make a wig for some going through chemotherapy. This will be my third and maybe final time doing so. Each year I raised more than the last, raising $1,670.78 in 2016 and $2437.18 in 2017. Since the first event in 1999, Bluey Day has grown exponentially. Thanks to participants, Bluey Day has raised over $1.8 million to purchase cancer diagnostic and treatment equipment for the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa Care Facility. Equipment purchased included $150,000 towards an MRI machine which arrived in 2017, which has drastically reduced the amount of radiation exposure to patients, as well as a gastroscope and hysteroscope for the surgery department, which are both used for early detection and diagnosis of cancer. It is important to note that all funds raised stay in our community to support the fight against cancer. The goal is to provide as much equipment as possible in our hospital so patients can remain here when possible, at home with the same diagnosis and treatment options available in the larger centers such as Vancouver or Grande Prairie, with the support of family and friends close by. In conclusion, I would appreciate it very much if you help me reach my goal this year by donating online at this address: https://www.canadahelps.org/me/nKCHFP5
Help us plan for the future – tell us about your child’s education experience. Students in Grades 10 and 12, their parents and all staff in B.C. public schools are invited to participate in an annual online satisfaction survey about their school experience. The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete. A parent may complete a survey for each child in the targeted grades. Parents may access the survey with a Logon # or by Direct Access from the website listed below. The Logon # for the parent participants is a unique and randomly generated logon numbers that you can collect from the NPSS office during regular office hours.
About the Survey: The Student Learning Survey covers a range of topics, providing a comprehensive picture of the educational experience in B.C. public schools. Questions were developed with input from partner groups, teachers and experts in educational measurement and special education. Schools, districts, government ministries and other external organizations such as the Representative for Children and Youth use the survey data for planning, research and advocacy work for youth. Feedback from participants provides valuable insight for addressing current needs and trends.
The closing date for the survey has been extended to MAY 4th.
A big congratulations to NPSS students who participated in the FSJ Performing Arts Festival last week. Their hard work and dedication paid off and many students qualified for the provincial festival.
- Music Strings Observers: Abigail Ryder
- Dance Modern II: Haley McNiven
- Dance Stage II: Jordyn Krezenoski
- Dance Ballet II: Abby Taylor
- Dance Modern III: Katelyn Brooks
- Dance Modern III Alternate: Makayla Connelly
- Dance Stage III: Emily Cui
- Dance Stage III Alternate: Abby White
- Dance Ballet III: Mackenzie Gosling
- Ashlyn Taylor who has received her delegation in Quesnel (not pictured)
Npss student, Ally Peever, is a Senior Alternate student here at NPSS who has become a champion for social justice! Taking the lead in many social change initiatives, Ally was the driving force behind our 2018 Christmas campaign, numerous community building events in and around campus, as well as connecting with Seniors right here in Fort St. John!
Ally is a strong advocate for others in the foster care system. Ally is a member of the Youth Advisory Council whose mandate is to inform, discuss and provide recommendations to the government programs and ministries dealing with child welfare. She is a member of the Steering Committee meeting for the Federation of BC Youth in Care. She attends meetings and conferences regularly and works continually to support and speak for youth in and around FSJ!
We are so proud of her for her accomplishments during her time with us at NPSS, and look forward to hearing about the positive changes she will, no doubt, be making in the future!!! All the best Ally.
CJDC TV Interview with Ally (Minute 1:36)
The Senior Girls soccer team finished the second leg of their trip to the Lower Mainland with the Nike Spring Classic, hosted by the University of Victoria Vikes. The Grizzlies played St. Andrews (4-0 W), Oak Bay (L), Shawnigan Lake (Shootout W) and Windsor Secondary (3-0 W) to finish as Tier 1 “B” Champions with a record of 3-1. The girls are back to school this week after almost two weeks of tournaments (UBC and UVIC) and training with different coaches. From Grade 12 Kenzie Chilcott (UNBC commit) “overall both showcases were a success. We were not only able to see what our competition will be like for provincials, but we showed the province who we are, and that we don’t back down. As a team, it was a great opportunity to figure out each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and we will use the next six weeks (before provincials) to build from where we are now”. The girls look forward to getting back in to training and prepping for Provincials at the end of May!
Claire Turner (Gr. 12, UNBC commit) “It was a trip I will always remember. I had the opportunity to learn from different coaches and grow as a player and person. I made great memories with old and new friends. As a senior player, I was grateful for every moment and game”
Leigh Hedges (Gr. 12) “The trip our soccer team took to UBC and UVIC for their tournaments was very eye opening. For most of us, including myself, I had never been to those campuses so it opened new doors of interests for those universities. It was also good to see the competition in Victoria and Vancouver and how we matched up pretty well to most of them. I think that it encouraged the younger girls to start looking into playing soccer in university and improving their grades to go to those schools”
Jordynn McPherson (Gr. 11) “I thought the trip to Vancouver was a great way to jumpstart our soccer season. It helped our team build up trust and work on teamwork. Having this chance to be in so many game situations before provincials will hopefully benefit us because we will be way better practiced. It also gave us a chance to work on being more responsible when it comes to schoolwork and to know what and when we need to get things done”
The Grizzlies Track and Field team competed in their first meet of the season over the weekend:
Jacob Haluszka: 3000m 2nd place (11:42), 800m 2nd place (2:31), 1500m 3rd place (5:20)
Tyneesha Fehr: 800m 5th place (3:07), 1500m 6th place (6:58)
Up Next: Sr Boys and Girls Rugby have their first league games of the season next Wednesday, April 24th in Grande Prairie.
Male Athlete of the Week: Jacob Haluszka (Gr. 10, Track and Field)
Female of the Week: Kenzie Chilcott (Gr. 12, Sr Girls Soccer)
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The grad fees ($70) for 2018-2019 are DUE on/before April 30th. We also need ALL grads to register their height at the office for their gown size! As this process takes a while to coordinate, we are going to have a fun lottery for those who get their fees/sizes into the office sooner to help out the office staff! Those graduates who have their fees and sizes into the office by April 18th will have their names entered into a draw for one commemorative grad blanket! The lucky winner will be announced at the end of the day.
Congratulations to Grade 12 student Celine Quigley. She’s signed on to play basketball at Okanagan College next year!
Our Senior Girls soccer team kicked off the Spring Season in Vancouver last week at the Kick Off Tournament hosted by UBC. The girls lost to Argyle in their first game of the tournament on
Senior Boys Rugby had their first 7s tournament of the season this weekend in Grande Prairie. The Grizzlies entered two teams in the tournament and placed 5th and 2nd. It was a very positive weekend for the boys and the team is looking forward to the season.
Athlete of the Week: Ricarda Meier (Sr Girls Soccer)
Up Next: Senior Girls Soccer have their second tournament of the season this coming weekend at UVIC on Vancouver Island.