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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Humanities 8 Gingerbread Manor Project

Ms. Samson’s Humanities 8 class were learning about the feudal manor with a chance to construct a manor out of gingerbread just in time for the holidays. What an engaging way for a students to learn about the feudal system of land ownershp in small groups. They explored and presented information on the lord and manor, the transportation system and the life of the serfs and peasants.  What better way to engage students in the ways of medieval life than with gingerbread and candies.  This was a very engaging project that students were proud to present.


Christmas Assembly

A group of Fraser Heights teachers under the leadership of Mr. Milross presented a Christmas Assembly on our last day of school before the holidays. The event was part music performance, skit, and pep rally. The students greatly enjoyed the rock performance from teachers as well as the Fraser Heights mens dance troup. Our very own FH dance team also performed.  Ms. Parker Jervis sang one of their favorites as well. Thanks to our teacher rock band, Mr. Milross, Mr. Horn, Mr. Knight, Mr. Cullen, and custodian Pete on vocals.  Santa, our very own Mr.  Scarlett showed up as well.  It was the music, dance, and skits that filled everyone with joy and laughter as we headed off for the holidays.

The Ipads are Coming

On Dec. 5 a group of 25 of our teachers and admin were introduced to the ipad. Eighteen teachers have loaner ipads from the school district until the end of January and therefore have time for some digital discovery over the holidays to download app’s and get a sense of how these could be used in their classes. When we return in January we will have a new cart of 30 ipads ready to go for use in classrooms. Also in January we will be getting AppleTV so that we will be able to project the ipad onto a big screen. We are excited for all the new learning to come in the new year and think that students will enjoy this too.
Some day we hope Mr. Pahal can teach students how to create their own apps.

Boys Volleyball

Wow. Our school has a bit of a volleyball dynasty happening. Our grade 8 boys upset the number 1 ranked team making it to the Fraser Valley finals where they lost a tight game against MEI. The Junior Boys Volleyball team went on to the Provincials which were held at MEI in Abbotsford . They lost to the #1 ranked team but took them in a third match. They placed 5th in the province. Our senior boys Volleyball team took the Fraser Valley banner and went the Provincials held in Kelowna and came home with the bronze. Last year our Junior Boys were Provincial champs! We have excellent coaches and many of the students are playing club volleyball in the community. They are dedicated to the sport. Thank you to coach James Ahn and teacher Brent Derbyshire who accompanied the senior boys to the Provincials in Kelowna. They played great matches and only lost to the number one team Oak Bay. What a great season of Volleyball we have had.



Christmas Pancake Breakfast

This morning came bright and early for some our staff and students.   Mr. Pockock and Ms. Brar arrived at 5 am along with Tammy from Canuel catering to get busy in our servery for a pancake breakfast which was attended by all students and staff.  Our students council arrived by 6 am to get the cafeteria all set up and decorated and what a wonderful job they did.  Students arrived with cans of food for our food drive to support the Surrey Food Bank.  Santa, our very own Mr. Emerson made a visit this morning as well to the delight of all the students.  Its a wonderul Firehawk tradition to get everyone here so bright and early for pancakes, hash browns, and juice  in support of those in need in our community.    This year we collected 15,000 cans of food, supported 3 families with Adopt a Family and also raised $900 in cash for the food bank.  Its heartwarming to able to participate in the spirit of giving.




On Dec. 12th 35 of our grade 8 students participated in Postmedia Canspell National Spelling Bee 2012.  This is a spelling contest open to students right across Canada in grade 8.  The spelling bee purpose is to help students increase their vocabulary, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. For the past eight years, students at Fraser Heights Secondary participate in their Humanities 8 classes. The top spellers are invited to participate in the school finals. Last year, Fraser Heights student Matthew Li won the Regional Bee and moved on to tenth place overall in Canada at the National Spelling Bee in Ottawa.  This week we hosted a School Spelling Bee.  Matthew Li opened with words of encouragement  for our top 35 spellers. The students went to 8 rounds before we had a winner. Many of the words were quite difficult but what a great way to increase your vocabulary and your spelling. Thanks to teachers Ms. Val Lees and Mr. Chris Pocock and our enthusiastic grade 8 spellers. Congratulations to: Emily Chen  who won the contest and becomes Fraser Heights’ School Finalist for 2011-12.  Honourable mention goes to Daniel Koo, Kate Zang, and Angela Lu who all made it to seven rounds.  We wish Emily continued success in her efforts to qualify for the Regional Spelling Bee in the New Year.


Wooden Toys for Charity

Mr. Mills and Mr. Lim with the wooden toys

Its heart warming to see what our school can do to help out needy families in the community.  In addition to the Adopt a Family charity drive we have going on, our Tech Ed dept has made 30 wooden rocking toys for young children which will be distributed by the Surrey Christmas Bureau.  These rocking wooden planes and dinosaurs will no doubt be cherished by many young children in our community.   With the support of our PAC to purchase the wood and many hours of volunteer time on the part of Tech Education teachers Mr. Martin Lim, Mr. Chris Mills, Mr. Andy Savory, Mr. Richard Berry, and Ms. Sharissa Murphy as well as parents, staff, and students.  This being our ninth year of building, the total number of toys now exceeds 200!  We would never have been able to do it without the generous donations from our community partners: BC Fasteners, Country Lumber, General Paint, KMS Tools, Langley Decorating Centre, Northcoast Building Products, and The Home Depot. Also, many thanks to our Fraser Heights Secondary Administration and PAC, as well as numerous District staff, students, parents and friends. Thanks so much for your time and your energy at this busy time of year.  We look forward to another successful build next year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all,

Andy, Chris, Rich, Sharissa, Martin & Shelagh