Building Character at Dryden High School

Grade 9 students trying to Untie the Knot at todays Character Education workshop.

Grade 9 students trying to "Untie the Knot" at todays Character Education workshop.

This Thursday Grade 9 students at Dryden High School participated in the first session of a character education program that will continue for the rest of the year.

Under the guidance of Mr. Dave Lyle, a group of grade 12 students were trained to deliver the workshops to all grade 9 classes.

The grade 9 students were lead through a range of activities that focused on Respect and Kindness, two of the seven character education traits that are focused on here at Dryden High School.

According to student leader David Benham, “The students were a bit shy at first, but they opened up after we played some games with them.” Andrew Andy, another student leader said that “the students came up with some really interesting ideas about respect and kindness.”

The participating students look forward to the sessions next semester.

Thanks to Mr. Dave Lyle of Hello Leadership, and to all of the student participants.

Katie Weatherston speaks at DHS

Katie Weatherston displays her Olympic Gold Medal and her World Championship Gold Medal with DHS students.

Katie Weatherston displays her Olympic Gold Medal and her World Championship Gold Medal with DHS students.

DHS welcomed Olympic gold medalist & World champion ice hockey player Katie Weatherston on Tuesday afternoon.

Katie was here to speak to students about the importance of goal setting and overcoming adversity. She talked about her mental approach to life and sport, and explained the impact that goal setting has had on her throughout her career.

Katie had some advice for students in their goal setting. “Keep a list of your goals in a place that you can see them every day.” said Weatherston.  Smart goals equal success, Weatherston said, and used the acronym SMART: Specific (are the details of your goals clear); Measurable (can you measure your progress); Attainable (is the goal within your capability); Realistic (do you have the time and desire to achieve the goal); and Timely (do you have a start and end date).

The grade 10 and 11 students enjoyed her presentation and had the chance to meet with Katie and check out her gold medals at the end of her talk.

For more information about Katie Weatherston, visit www.superioredgehockey.com. 

Thanks for visiting Dryden High School, Katie!

Schools Building Schools Dryden “Access Denied” event

Schools Building Schools volunteers were set up around the school Friday taking tickets for access to various areas in the building.

Schools Building Schools volunteers were set up around the school Friday taking tickets for access to various areas in the building.

The DHS “Schools Building Schools” group held their first fundraising event on Friday.

“Access Denied” required students and staff to purchase tickets to allow access to certain areas of the school of Friday, including some washrooms, the library and the staff room.

The event was designed to raise funds and have the student body of DHS reflect on the difficulites that are faced by those who do not have access to the facilities that we do.

Schools Building Schools is a student-run initiative based out of schools across Northwestern Ontario that aims to raise enough funds to build a new Tierra Blanca School in E Asintal, Retalhuleu, Guatemala.

For more information on Schools Building Schools, check out their Facebook page.

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