By Dickson Liong, Grade 10
The Liew family will soon have a new addition.
At approximately 8:40 AM of January 3rd, 2012, Ms. J. Liew announced to her Socials Studies 10 class in Block 1-2 that she was pregnant.
Once Ms. J. Liew made the announcement, all the students seemed to be in absolute shock; eyebrows were raised. We had questions and wanted answers; no one saw this news coming. At the same time, we felt extremely happy for her, to the point where some students gave her a standing ovation.
By Darius Davison, Grade 12
Hi Warriors! It’s Darius Davidson back to report on the most stylish teachers to step foot in the halls of Windermere Secondary. This month we have an interview with Mr Ferguson, who has since moved to Killarney Secondary; Windermere has lost a great principal and an even better dresser, and everyone at the Word will miss him very much.
A: “[I am] a lazy guy, who doesn’t like shopping all that much. I bought some suits, ties, etc. some time ago, always meaning to refresh it, but as stated: I don’t like shopping all that much.”
Q: What do you think of the fashion of the students of Windermere?
By Tina Phan, Chris Tam, and Desmond Liu, Grade 12
Hey Warriors! We’re the Cosmetics Group, and we’re back with a recipe review for you all!
Back in November, we created a very simple Aloe Vera shampoo. Here are the ingredients we used!
By Dickson Liong, Grade 10
Whether you like it or not, education is an essential part of living. People have to go to school at one point or another in their life. This is the case for almost every Canadians, even for Evander Kane, a former student of John Oliver Secondary and a current team member of the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg.
David Stary is a student support worker currently working for the Vancouver School Board. He once spent 14 years at John Oliver Secondary School working with students with disabilities and was fortunate enough to work in some of the classes that Kane was in.
By Jomar Sastrillo, Grade 12
Law 12 students at Windermere Secondary School have initiated the annual Educational Campaign on Homelessness by engaging in various projects under the direction of Law teacher Ms. Lee. In light of the Homelessness Action Week from October 10 to October 16, the campaign aimed to investigate the laws in relation to the issue and possible solutions. The class has organized a clothing drive, interviewed prominent members of the community, such as Don Davies, Tim Louis, and Libby Davies, participated in public debates, listened to talks from leaders of local campaigns, and donated to local charities. The goal of this campaign is to set an example for others to follow and to fulfill our responsibility as citizens to help our community.
By Dickson Liong, Grade 10
Did you know that Windermere Secondary School has a 16-year-old teenager who has been drafted by the Vancouver Giants into the Western Hockey League (WHL)?
His name is Trevor Lima, and he is currently in grade 11.
Trevor is a 5-foot-9, 170-pound, right-handed defenseman. For a 16-year-old hockey player, he is in pretty good shape.
Lima was selected in the sixth round, 123rd overall, at the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft in Edmonton.
Many say Lima is one of the top defensemen to come out of British Columbia. One thing is for sure: (more…)
By Thea Sample, Grade 11
- Windermere Secondary’s 50th anniversary: December 1, 2011
- Jeff Hyslop: Once a graduate of Windermere Secondary, and the Phantom in Canada’s traveling production of The Phantom of the Opera
- Etymology of “Windermere”: (more…)
For all our newly arrived grade-eight Warriors and those who have joined us from another high school, here is some advice for the problems and issues you might encounter.
1. I’m so scared of high school! What if the teachers give me too much homework and if I fail my exams! I don’t want to repeat grade 8!!!
Don’t worry, you won’t repeat grade 8 as long as you pay attention in class, do the homework, and study effectively. (Remember: studying for too long without rest is NEVER a good idea! Your memory and learning are enhanced only when your brain is active, so distribute your study time wisely!) Luckily, our courses run on a Day 1/Day 2 schedule. If your teacher assigns you homework on Day 1 and it’s due the next class, you’ll have two days to finish it – there is plenty of time! Also, teachers do a great job of preparing you for final exams, and there are lots of tutorial blocks and Homework Club if you need extra help!
2. I just moved into the area and I’m really shy and people don’t really notice me. I really want to make some new friends, but I don’t know how. Help!
On Friday, April 22nd, a historic Earth Day event took place in Vancouver!
Youth For Climate Justice Now is a group of East Vancouver high school students from Windermere Secondary. They organized this year’s Earth Day Parade and Celebration with great support from organizations such as the Wilderness Committee, Transformation Projects, Metro Vancouver, and the David Suzuki Foundation. This Earth Day event provided a great opportunity to increase youth participation in democracy, especially as environmental issues have been sorely missing from the discussion in the ongoing federal election campaign.
This youth-led Earth Day Parade started at 11:00 AM on the intersection of Commercial Drive and Grandview Highway. An estimated 3000 people from all around the Vancouver area paraded down Commercial Drive to Britannia Secondary School, where the Earth Day Celebration would later be held at. Guest speakers at the celebration included MP Libby Davies, MLA Jenny Kawn, and Melina Laboucan-Massimo, an advocate for indigenous rights with a focus on the impact of the tar sands. The event focused on the need to keep global temperatures from rising beyond 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Throughout the day, student volunteers circulated a petition urging governments to do 2 things that would significantly reduce the supply and demand for oil: redirecting money from highway expansion to public transit and banning oil tankers on the Pacific coast.
Although this year’s Earth Day had already gone by, Youth For Climate Justice Now is not going to stop there! They would like to continue to encourage more and more of their peers to learn, take action, and show everyone that the time to save the Earth is NOW!
Windermere Community Programs – This is an opportunity for students from Windermere Secondary to gain valuable experience, help others in the community, meet new people, and HAVE FUN. Students are placed to volunteer in after school programs at our seven feeder elementary schools. We look to our students to share your skills and talents – do you like to read? Are you a great cook? Can you dance, knit or sew? These are some examples of types of programs that you could be involved with. Students can take many types of roles in WCP depending on your experience and how much time you have to give. If you are interested in giving your time to help children after school please come and speak with the WCP team in room 209.
If volunteering with children isn’t your thing, or you don’t have time during the week but would like to volunteer there are many opportunities for you in the Renfrew-Collingwood community. Any of the staff in room 209 can help you find a volunteer position that is right for you. We are open at break and lunch times most days of the week – drop by and find out how you can get involved in your community!!
Do you have a passion for helping others? Does making other people smile make you happy? If so, Best Buddies is the right volunteering opportunity for you! Best Buddies is an international charitable association that aims to build friendships between students with and without intellectual disabilities. Members do fun activities together, such as watch movies, have pizza parties, and so much more! This is definitely a great and fun way to get involved at school. For more information please come to Clubs Day on October 13th in the cafeteria, or contact Yuge Liu and Athina Pilarinos at email@example.com.
High school students were asked the question: What advice would you give your eighth-grade self?
- Moderation is your god. – Justin Fok, alumni
- BE YOURSELF… too many people are pretending to be who they’re not, changing for all the wrong reasons, to be accepted by all the wrong people. – Jenny Ho, grade 12
- Enjoy your time in high school while you can. Try to be productive but at the same time, be at a steady pace so that you can enjoy and appreciate everything around you. Try as many things are you can while you’re still in school… – Tammy Lee, Grade 11
- Worry less about finding that one ‘special’ person and focus on studies. – Matthew Le, grade 11
- Get a catchphrase; something funny that won’t wear off until late grade 10. – Mitchell Agostinho, alumni
- You think you have something to be angsty about? Wait another few years. – Jessica Poon, grade 12
Summer is over, school is back in session, but hey, that doesn’t mean the fun is over! Student Council is planning exciting events, fundraisers, and theme days for the whole year, so stay in touch with what’s going on by checking the student council bulletin board in front of the office, posters around the school, and morning announcements, or by talking to council members who are always walking around the halls. We also want to hear your thoughts and suggestions for everything from dance themes to theme days with our monthly surveys this school year. Student council is here for you; it’s going to be a fun year, so get ready!
By: Nicole Yu, Grade 10
This month’s subject, Ms. Singh!
How do you feel about being chosen for this month’s style watch column? It must be exciting. Tell us about it!
What are you wearing?
Pants, shirt, cardigan, pumps
Describe your style.
Classy, chic, sophisticated
What are your favourite shopping destinations?
Aritzia, Aldo, Nine West, Banana Republic, Jacob
By: Angela Ho, Grade 9
As many Windermere students know, we are fortunate enough to have a courtyard in the middle of our school. In the courtyard, we have an organic garden that not only provides vegetables for the cafeteria, but also houses several different composting systems. Over the past two months, a new addition to the garden offers many new opportunities for students to learn and have fun. Tucked away in the greenhouse is Windermere’s very own Aquaponics system! So what exactly is it? The Aquaponics system uses a combination of features from hydroponics and aquaculture (fish farming). When combined, the system supports growth for both plants and fish.
To start the system, goldfish are used to bring in bacteria, which is essential when running an Aquaponics system. Later on, edible fish such as koi or catfish will be raised and eventually sold or used in the cafeteria’s food production. Due to the fact that no soil is used, all nutrients are required to be in the system before plants can be introduced. The plants start off growing in rock wool, and will be transplanted into the gravel beds later on. To name a few, lettuce, cucumbers and basil are some of the many plants that grow easily in this system.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING THIS SPRING BREAK?
I’m looking forward to shopping and sleeping – Christina Cabalan, Grade 10
Sleeping in and enjoying the weather! – Angela Ho, Grade 9
(Kids. – Darius Davidson, Grade 10)
Well, I’m just going to kick back, relax, and enjoy the couch, the TV, and the food in my house! – Ryan Cheung, Grade 9
Hibernating. I’m going to eat lots of food, and then sleep all break! ;D – Jasmine Calipayan Roque, Grade 10
Sleep, and hanging out with some friends! – Eric Lam, Grade 10
I’m looking forward to sleeping a lot. Oh, and eating food. – Nicole Yu, Grade 9
Relaxing at home playing games, hanging with friends, and going to the mall. – Stephan Heng, grade 11
By: Tammy Lee, Grade 10
Since its grand opening on February 20th of this year, the Windermere Warrior Warehouse has been doing exceptionally well. As the warehouse continues to display great potential in the future as well as many more great goodies, I have asked Nathan Dinh, one of the many students in the marketing classes in charge of the Warrior Warehouse, a few questions.
How is the store doing so far?
It’s just fabulous. The marketing classes are getting hands on experience from working in the school store, and we’re actually getting regulars visiting us frequently. As well, we are aiming to get the whole school to know our presence!
What would you say makes the Warrior Warehouse special from anything else in the school?
Definitely the service and experience it gives.
Why are you so involved in the Warrior Warehouse? You’re working alongside with Mr. Wong to deciding what’s allowed to be sold, and what promotions go on in the store.
I’ve always wanted to work on the school store in the past, but unfortunately, I could not due to time table conflicts and the lack of opportunities. With the support of the business department and the marketing classes, the school store is how it is today!
February 24th was a magical night for many. Canada’s hockey team secured a victory against the Russian team, further ensuring their place in the Finals. Everywhere, people cheered for Canada’s win and renditions of our national anthem were heard everywhere. In Windermere, as well – competition of sorts also took was also taking place at annual Talent Show.
The same night, many bustled in through the doors of Windermere’s auditorium doors to settle into their seats and view a selection of Windermere Warrior talent. The same night, the stage was brought to life with spotlights fixated on singers, musicians, dancers, and even rappers!
By Hassan Haque, Grade 12
On Friday December 11th, 2009, dedicated Windermere Secondary Students organized and hosted a youth driven Climate Change Conference – C3 – to raise awareness and educate youth across the lower mainland about the escalating problem of climate change. The conference was attended by over 270 keen participants; students from schools across the Lower Mainland.
The amazing event ran from 8:30 in the morning to 2:30PM. It was kicked off with an exciting Q&A video-correspondence (via Skype) with wonderful members of the Canadian Youth Delegation attending the climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
By: Emily Chan, Grade 11 & Puneet Riar, Grade 12
PRESENTING! Your November 2009 Warrior of the month: Chanel Ly!
Congratulations Chanel! You’re November’s Warrior of the Month! So, first of all, why do you think you were nominated?
C: I don’t know exactly… I didn’t even know I was nominated until I heard I won!
ARE YOU SERIOUS! It was, like, all over school! Haha! Jokes! Anyways, what kind of extracurricular stuff are you involved in?
C: Hmm… Currently, I am coordinating Windermere’s organic garden and I teach piano at elementary schools. I’m also this year’s community service liaison.
You have such an expensive name. How does it feel to be named after a high end fashion line?
C: It’s pretty handy to be named after the brand because my name would often be spelled wrong. All I have to do is refer to the brand.
INTERVIEW: Mr. Beetlestone
What would you say about your personal style?
I have 2 different styles. One is more professional, that I would wear to work. It consists of dress pants a button up shirt and nice shoes. The other is a more casual and laid back look that I would wear when I am not working. I like to go for a more European look which includes skinny jeans, V-neck shirts, cardigans and more slim fitting clothing.
What are you wearing right now?
My black diesel shirt, pants I bought from Zara and a great pair of shoes I purchased from Aldo. I think that you shouldn’t have to spend a lot for good clothing. I like to shop at stores that sell clothing at reasonable prices like Urban Outfitters. I believe people should try and be more creative with there wardrobe and that doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money. Like this one jacket I bought from a thrift store was $10 and I love it. My friends are always asking where I got it from. But, the one thing I believe you shouldn’t cheap out on is jeans.
Hey Warriors! You guys made it through the first month of school! I know right, it’s already OCTOBER; which of course means another issue of the Windermere WORD! However, I know what you all must be thinking right now, why is the Word coming out in the morning instead of lunch? Well, we thought it was time for some change! Most newspaper’s get delivered in the morning and most people read the newspaper in the morning so, the committee and I thought that we’d go for a more “real” newspaper release. Anyways, I hope you guys enjoy the articles in this month’s issue because your peers have worked really hard on writing those articles and the committee has worked just as hard to put it all together. In addition, if you have any feed back for us or would like to write for the Word, don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. New Writers are always welcome!
On the Behalf of the Committee,
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
Hey, warriors! This month’s issue is packed with some excellent content, including an article about over-commercialized holidays, such as Halloween! Speaking of Halloween; what’s your costume going to be? Remember your manners when going trick-or-treating, and check the weather before you go out – October’s been a rainy month so far! Sit back and read about movie reviews, horoscopes, climate change and more! Also, find out who won this month’s Warrior of the Month. Enjoy October’s issue of the word – 2 issues down, only 8 more to go. For me, personally, I’m really excited to see the Word take off – as we are expanding our newspaper by distributing it to the elementary schools! This month’s issue is a mix of seasoned and new writers – wish them luck in issues to come! A big, huge, colossal thanks goes to the committee and everyone else who contributed to this month’s issue of the word! Keep it up!
Valerie Wong, Editor
To all aspiring writers out there, the Windermere Word is looking for fresh faces to write for the upcoming issues of the Word. Interested? Send an email to email@example.com!
By Chanel Ly, Grade 11
“The dictionary definition of ‘sustainability’ is “to keep in existence or maintain,” but our definition is saving the world. Without sustainability, eventually our world will CRASH AND BURN.” -Puneet Riar, Grade 11.
What better way is there to inspire and educate students about saving the world than to hold a sustainability conference? On January 26, Leadership 11 students held their first annual sustainability conference for about 70 students in grades 4-7 from Windermere’s feeder schools.
The co-creator of 4REAL, a TV show on MTV, came to the conference to start the day off by telling us his experience of travelling the world and meeting new people, especially young leaders. The students had the chance to attend action-packed workshops throughout the day of topics such as water and energy, transportation, gardening, composting, and recycling. The workshops were led by our own leadership students, who were mentored by adult experts.
The day was ended off by intense action planning, where each elementary school developed a goal of completing a project of their choice by the end of May with the leadership students. Projects range from bike clubs, gardens, recycling programs, and even putting on a mini conference of their own.
After weeks of planning and many last minute preparations, the sustainability conference came together as a great success. The leadership students couldn’t have done it without the support of our adult mentors, Sean from Check Your Head, Mr. Schindel, Mr. Castilho, and Christine Macer. We wish the elementary schools good luck in achieving their goals!
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead