Pies Bring Us All Together: Smart Grad 2017

Grad can be an expensive time of year. This year our student grad committee decided to host an event that not only raised funds to help students in need, but also created a positive spirit of community and comradeship within our school community.

1)Each of the teachers, support staff and administrators were given a cup. Over the noon hour the grad committee sold raffle tickets at $1/ ticket. Participants could then select which cup they wanted to add their tickets into.pi12) We purchased one paper plate (safety) and whip cream in order to make the pies.  pi53) Over the lunch hour we invited the school community to participate in this pep rally. Buttons and baking were sold on the way into the gym in order to earn extra funds.

4) Participating teachers were provided with shower caps and plastic bags to cover up. We also made sure to lay plastic out over the floor.

5) Students had a blast checking to see if their name was drawn to “pie” their favorite staff member.

 

6) Once everyone had been pied a few of our staff members agreed to go up for a 2nd helping, with the honor going to the highest bidder.

 

Feedback from the day was extremely positive. We earned $685 to put towards grad fees for students in need.

I would highly recommend this to other school who want to build positive school spirit.

Do you have any other suggestions on spirit building activities and events in your community?

Mrs. L

The BCHS 3rd Annual “WE DON’T SAY ” Campaign

2017 Marks the third year of the BCHS Spectrum clubs annual “WE DON’T SAY” Campaign. For information on our previous campaigns please check out the following links:

Creating a Culture of Caring At Bishop Carroll

We Don’t Say 2.0: Our #Carrollculture of Caring Continues

We proudly launched this year’s anti- slur campaign on March 19th, 2017 during the 4th annual BCHS Mental Health Symposium . A big thanks especially goes out to the Bishop Carroll commuity for coming up with our phrases,  Grade 12 executive Olivia Quinn for leading our project,  Arlene Hufalar from the BCHS Photography club for taking photos for us, Spectrum alumni Sara for designing the posters,  Mr. Audet for printing our posters, Mr. O’ Flaherty for approving our messages and Ms. Luong and Boppre for acting as club sponsors.

Here are the phrases that made it into our campaign this year.

 

What phrases and responses might you have added? Feel free to share this campaign with others, or add comments.

BCHS 4th Annual Mental Health Symposium

On Wednesday April 19th Bishop Carroll’s Mental Wellness Team, Spectrum Club and Jack.org partnered together to put on our school 4th annual Mental Health Symposium.
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Our fabulous, student run event,  involved 100 participants from four different schools in the Calgary area. Participants were encouraged to participate in a number of mental wellness activities including building gratitude baskets, sketching to the fabulous tunes of our very own Kate Stevens, making a button with the Spectrum Club  and being the first to view the launch of the The BCHS 3rd Annual “WE DON’T SAY ” Campaign.

Our students were reminded that everyone experiences “Mental Health”, however at least 1/5 Canadians will experience Mental Illness in their lifetime.

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One of our morning keynote speakers  was Calgary teen Maggie Harder who was the original initiator of the  Amazon Suicide Shirt Campaign which took place in January 2016. Maggie spoke to our students about the fact that language matters, and it’s important to stand up (in a positive and constructive way) for what you believe is important.

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ART THERAPY: We All Wear a Mask

One of the innovative projects I am pleased to work on this year involves a collaboration between myself, another counselling colleague and our art teacher. BCHS Spectrum Club’s mission is to bring people together and spread a message of love … Continue reading

Better Together: BCHS with the SKCAC

I have the best job in the whole world. This afternoon I was able to I  support my students in sharing their passion for social justice . Our BCHS Youth Champions in partnership the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Center developed the following PSA inorder to promote the power of a positive community.

While brainstorming our ideas, the group focused on the concept that people build confidence when they feel supported by others.

A big thank you to the BCHS Red Cards jazz ensemble who volunteered to perform for our skit. Ms Hedley and the drama department for letting us borrow the theater. Mr. Vizina for allowing us to access the Mac lab for editing. Our amazing school communities such: as the Mental Wellness team, Anime Club, Who’s Frank team, Youth Champions, Youth Volunteer Corps, and Spectrum for allowing us to use their photos. Our admin team, including our very own pink Elephant (aka principal) Mr. O’ Flaherty.

Enjoy

Sincerely

Mrs. Luong

 

 

Thinking Outside of the Box with BCHS Career Speed Dating

Today was Bishop Carroll’s second annual Career Speed Dating Event. An opportunity where we invite Bishop Carroll Alumni, Parents and Students to come together and have a discussion about the many pathways and ways we earn a living in todays society.

This session involved two parts:

  • First students were seated in a circle with the adults around the outside facing them. The pair was given 5 minutes to discuss their career and the pathway to get there. Then we had a one minute break for the adult to rotate clockwise to a new seat and a new pairing occurred. We allowed students an opportunity to meet with 10 different adults.

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  • Second, the adults in the room moved to the edge of the gym to stand under their career labels. Students were then encouraged to go up and speak with anyone who had the specific career that they were interested in.

The reason that both parts were important to the process was that it not only opened the students eyes open to the possibilities but also validated their personal interests.

Based on feedback from our amazing parents, the adults also enjoyed our day.

Creating a Compassionate Community

 

This past Tuesday we offered our 3rd annual Mental Health Symposium. It was held  during the morning and brought over 100 students, staff, and guests together to discuss why mental health is so important, especially during our high school years.

Mental illness is often stigmatized, making individuals who are struggling feel  reluctant or embarrassed to share their stories with others. A consistent message that our guests shared with our students was “You are not alone”.

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Brett Rothery and members of the Mental Wellness Team.

 

“Mental Illness is NOT a death sentence” – Claire Hickie U of C Student

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Empathy is about sitting with someone and just being

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“Love me in the middle of my mess”. – Taunya – psychologist

Students also had opportunities throughout the morning to share their messages of love, hope, and thoughts on the importance of diversity.

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One of the activites which our Mental Wellness Committe had asked me to facilitate during our morning together is called Snowballs of Advice, one of the most popular activities from last years symposium

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Once again our students have proven that not only do they come into our classrooms with a variety of challenges, beyond simple academics. They have also proven that they are compassionate and can provide their peers with fabulous support and advice.

How do you share the importance of mental health and wellness with others. I look forward to hearing about your ideas.

Erin Luong

 

 

 

We Don’t Say 2.0: Our #Carrollculture of Caring Continues

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It’s been almost a year since I wrote my first blog post introducing the Bishop Carroll “WE DON’T SAY” campaign. Since then I am proud to say that both the Spectrum Club and hashtag #CarrollCulture  have both taken off.

A few of the highlights of the following year included:

 MAY 2015 – Encouragement during Testing
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JUNE 2015 – Radom Acts of Carroll: Remind Account used to Share Daily Inspiration

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OCT 2015- Spectrum, Who’s Frank and the Mental Wellness Teams Collaborated during the Healthy Active School Symposium.

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NOV 2015- Spectrum Friendship Bracelet Bee

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DEC 2015- BCHS Fair Trade Fair-Spectrum Button Campaign Earned $275 for Syrian Women-

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FEB 2016- WE DON’T SAY 2.0

The original We Don’t Say Campaign was extremely popular in the Calgary Catholic School District and beyond. Our original posters were picked up by Duke University (the originators of the campaign) and shared on their facebook page. We have also had approximately 10 others school in the area approach us about running their own campaigns.

This year we wanted the campaign to continue to promote inclusivity. Therefore the Spectrum Club asked the Who’s Frank (antibullying team) and our Mental Wellness Teams to help us come up with common derogatory phrases that we have heard.

We then put an “all call” out to our student population and had students select the phrases they would like to model for. 

The end result:

A fabulous product which can be shared on the net, in poster form and as part of the Bishop Carroll Colouring Book which 0ur student body is also in the process of producing.

So now for what you have been waiting for….

Please Enjoy.

And Remember Your Language Matters.

Mrs. Luong