Fall 2021 Secondary Announcements

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These are the Secondary announcements in Fall 2021. The latest announcements will be posted on top. Scroll down for past announcements.

Friday, October 8, 2021

New Today

Previous Announcements

  1. The Big Pink Box – The Big Pink Box is a safe place for anyone on campus to ask questions about LGBTQ2S+ matters. Tom will answer any LGBTQ2S+ questions you drop in The Big Pink Box and leave answers on documents near the box.
  2. Go Karting – Join us for a 3 Race Grand Prix. You get 3 adrenaline-filled races (1 practice, 1 qualifying, 1 final). Check your email for all the details.
  3. Spirit Week – We are decorating for Spirit Week! Check your emails to learn more about the themes and how you can participate.
  4. Hallowed Eves at Playland – Join us at Vancouver’s iconic amusement park for Hallowed Eves, the annual Halloween-themed Playland experience. Enjoy a spooky amusement park with monsters, mutants, re-animated dolls and other scary characters and live performances! Check your email for all the details.
  5. Ping Pong Tournament with LaSalle College – The ping pong club is attending a tournament against two other schools in two weeks. If you’d like to join this tournament, please talk to the ping pong club leader, Bijan.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

New Today

  1. Go Karting – Test your speed in Vancouver’s electric prokarts at Speeders! Join us for a 3 Race Grand Prix. You get 3 adrenaline-filled races (1 practice, 1 qualifying, 1 final). Lap times are tracked and set the starting grid for subsequent rounds to determine the winners. Please see your email for all the details and how to sign up.

Previous Announcements

  1. The Big Pink Box – The Big Pink Box is a safe place for anyone on campus to ask questions about LGBTQ2S+ matters. One of our instructors Tom will answer any of your questions either through his personal experience or through researching the answer. You are invited to drop your questions in The Big Pink Box and Tom will leave answers on documents near The Big Pink Box. You can see some previous documents for reference.
  2. Spirit Week – Week 8 is Spirit Week! Spirit Week is a semesterly tradition at CC Secondary. Every day of Spirit Week is a different theme. It’s an excuse to dress up for fun, join random competitions, plays games and have a fun party. The Student Council is looking for some help for this. If you’d like to get some volunteer hours through a fun event, consider volunteering for Spirit Week! If you’re interested and want to learn more, we invite you to join the Student Council meeting this Thursday at 4pm. We’ll be talking all about what’s happening for Spirit Week, how you can help and doing some decorating around our floor. Our themes are Games Day, Ghost Day, Midwestern Dad Day, Twin Day and Halloween! Please check your emails to learn more about the themes and how you can participate.
  3. Hallowed Eves at Playland – We are going to Playland on Friday, October 29! This is how we are ending Spirit Week with a bang. Playland is Vancouver’s iconic amusement park and Hallowed Eves is the annual Halloween-themed Playland experience. The whole amusement park is decorated in creepy décor. The park will be crawling with monsters, mutants, re-animated dolls and other scary characters. You will also enjoy live performances such as firebreathers, contortionists, swordplay, stunts, circus arts and more! Please see your email for all the details and how to sign up.
  4. Ping Pong Tournament with LaSalle College – There is an opportunity to play competitive ping pong against students from other schools this semester. Any students who are interested should come to the ping pong club meeting this Thursday. We will discuss details of the event there.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

New Today

  1. The Big Pink Box – Some of you may have noticed a big pink box that is now in front of the elevators. Tom has asked me to inform you that this is a safe place to drop him and LGBTQ2S+ questions.
    1. He says “Hi, I’m Tom. As many of you know, I am a gay man. LGBTQ2S+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, 2 Spirited and more. I am here to answer any questions, and that means ANY questions, about LGBTQ2S+ matters you may have. I know that these issues are difficult to discuss so you can write your questions anonymously (which means no one will know who you are) and drop them in The Big Pink Box. I will leave answers to the questions on documents near The Big Pink Box so that you and your colleagues can learn more about these matters. If I don’t know the answer, I will research it for you. Columbia College is a safe space for all of us.”
    2. And Tom has left a couple past documents for reference.
  2. Hallowed Eves at Playland – Do you want to go to Playland? Playland is Vancouver’s iconic amusement park. Hallowed Eves is the annual Halloween-themed Playland experience. The whole amusement park is decorated in creepy décor. The park will be crawling with monsters, mutants, re-animated dolls and other scary characters. You will also enjoy live performances such as firebreathers, contortionists, swordplay, stunts, circus arts and more!
  3. Ping Pong Tournament with LaSalle College – There is an opportunity to play competitive ping pong against students from other schools this semester. Any students who are interested should come to the ping pong club meeting this Thursday. We will discuss details of the event there.

Previous Announcements

  1. Spirit Week – Week 8 is Spirit Week! The Student Council is looking for volunteers. We invite you to join the Student Council meeting this Thursday at 4pm. We’ll be talking all about what’s happening for Spirit Week, how you can help and doing some decorating around our floor.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

New Today

  1. Spirit Week – Coming up in three weeks. Spirit Week is a semesterly tradition at CC Secondary. Every semester around Week 8, we have a full week of themed days, excuses to dress up, games and competitions and a themed party at the end of the week. Every Fall semester, as some of you may know, Spirit Week falls on the week of Halloween! Last year, we even created a haunted house in one of the classrooms. This is planned by Student Council and we are looking for volunteers to help with this event. Our next Student Council meeting is this Thursday after school. If you and your friends would like to do something fun together, volunteer for Spirit Week! We need your ideas to create the best memories of the semester. We also need some help with decorations, creating activity materials, making posters and putting them around campus. If you can’t commit to Student Council all semester long but you want to help, this is a really good way to get some volunteer hours. Join us in Rm 412 this Thursday at 4pm.

Previous Announcements

  1. Hold and Secure Drill recap – Good job on our first Hold and Secure drill yesterday. Just a recap that Hold and Secure is how we respond to something dangerous happening outside of the building, whether it’s a potentially violent person, gas contamination, wild animals, or extreme weather. If there is a threat outside, we hold and secure the building until it’s cleared by emergency professionals. All external doors are locked so no one will be able to enter or exit the building. But all activities inside the building can continue as normal.
  2. Thanksgiving – Just a reminder that school is closed this Saturday, October 9 and next Monday, October 11 for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Monday, October 4, 2021

  1. HOLD AND SECURE DRILL – TODAY, MONDAY at 1:45pm
    1. Hold and Secure is a procedure to prevent someone who is unauthorized and potentially violent from entering the school, or if there is an external danger (e.g. gas contamination, wild animals, weapons or weather) threatening the general community and we do not want staff or students to be exposed. School activity continues as normal, until the outside disruption is cleared by emergency professionals. All external doors are locked so no one will be able to enter the building during the drill. The Hold and Secure drill should take about 10 minutes.
  2. Thanksgiving – Just a reminder that Saturday, Oct. 9th and Monday, Oct. 11th, the Main Campus will be closed for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Thursday, September 30, 2021

No school today – National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

  1. Terry Fox highlight – Well done, everybody, on today’s Terry Fox Run. To wrap up our Terry Fox highlights, I’d like to read one more excerpt from Terry Fox’s timeline from terryfox.org. It says, “As he neared the 18-mile mark, Terry could see miles of supporters along the highway cheering him on, saying ‘Keep going, you can do it, we’re all behind you.’ Terry felt like he was having a heart attack, the pain was so intense. He took a break and crawled into his sleeping bag, hoping the pain might subside. It didn’t. Terry got back up, ran another mile until he could see no more people along the road. It was then he said to himself, ‘This may be my last mile.’ He got in the van and asked his best friend Doug to take him to a hospital. Later that day, Terry called his parents in Port Coquitlam and told them the cancer had returned. He had run his last mile of the Marathon of Hope. In his last journal entry, all Terry wrote was: ’21 miles. 3,339 miles total.’”
  2. Indigenous Reconciliation Week – Tomorrow is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. This is a public holiday or stat holiday. The College is closed and there are no classes.
  3. As a reminder, the Library has organized a variety of Reconciliation Week activities:
    1. The bannock contest continues till Friday. You can grab a free bannock starter kit from the lobby or the library. It includes instructions to teach you how to cook it at home. To participate in the contest, snap a pic with your bannock and email it to me.
    2. Today, there is a rope-making workshop. People of all cultures all over the world make rope and have their own ways of making rope. Making physical objects brings people together and strengthens community. You will get to make your own rope to take home. If you’d like to learn this simple but powerful skill, and you’re free at 3-4pm, join us in the Library for this workshop.
    3. Finally, on Friday after school is a Truth and Reconciliation Event. This is an opportunity for us to complete our week of reflection with listening and sharing. There will be food and activities. We’ll have a chance to learn about culturally meaningful objects and creative practices of First Nations in our region. And we get to reflect on what we have learned this week about indigenous issues through the rope-making and weaving workshops you had in class. We will also announce our bannock contest winners. This event will be on the 5th floor and starts at 4pm.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Monday, September 27, 2021

  1. Terry Fox highlight – Tomorrow, we will be having our first fundraising activity for Terry Fox Run. We will have a pizza sale! There will be pizza and pop. Pizza is going to be $2 per slice. Pop is $1 per can. Because of COVID we are not taking cash, we will accept debit or credit card or pay by phone.
  2. This week is Indigenous Reconciliation Week! As a reminder, there is no school on Thursday.
  3. The Library has organized a variety of activities.
    1. Today, a bannock contest is starting. Bannock is a traditional aboriginal fried bread. The Library is providing free bannock starter kits and instructions so you try cooking it at home. Please check your email for contest details.
    2. Throughout the week, rope-making and weaving workshops are happening in your classes. If your class isn’t participating or if you enjoyed it so much that you want more, a workshop session is open to everyone on Wednesday at 3pm in the Library.
    3. Thursday is the stat holiday. The College will be closed and there will be no classes that day.
    4. To wrap up the week, when you come back to school on Friday, there will be a Truth & Reconciliation Event at 4-5:30 pm upstairs on the 5th floor.

Friday, September 24, 2021

  1. Terry Fox highlight – The biggest aspect of the Terry Fox Run is raising funds to support cancer research. For today’s Terry Fox highlight, I want to read part of a letter that Terry Fox Foundation sent our school in 2020 after they had wrapped up the 2019 school runs and fundraising. [Read excerpt] We will be doing a variety
  2. Indigenous Reconciliation Week is next week – The Library has organized a variety of activities.
    1. On Monday, a bannock contest is starting. Bannock is a traditional aboriginal fried bread. The Library is providing free bannock starter kits and instructions so you try cooking it at home. Please check your email for contest details.
    2. Throughout the week, rope-making and weaving workshops are happening in your classes. If your class isn’t participating or if you enjoyed it so much that you want more, a workshop session is open to everyone on Wednesday at 3pm in the Library.
    3. Thursday is the stat holiday. The College will be closed and there will be no classes that day.
    4. To wrap up the week, when you come back to school on Friday, there will be a Truth & Reconciliation Event at 4-5:30 pm upstairs on the 5th floor.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

New Today

  1. Indigenous Reconciliation Week – Next week, we have a variety of activities to commemorate Canada’s new National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. This is a new public holiday coming up on Thursday, September 30.
    1. Did the government in your home country recognize any public holidays? These would be days that you didn’t have to go to school or work for a day or sometimes even a week. In Canada, we have the same thing. This year, we have the first National Truth & Reconciliation Day. The College will be closed and there will be no classes that day. 
    2. Please take a look at the TV screens and check your emails for more information about Indigenous Reconciliation Week activities.

Previous Announcements

  1. Terry Fox highlight – Next week, our school will be one of over 9,000 Terry Fox Runs across Canada. When we do the Terry Fox Run, we support Terry Fox’s mission of working towards a world without cancer. In total, the distance of our school run is 4.25 km. If you run, it would take about 20-30 minutes. If you are walking, it would take about 50 minutes. When you’re on the Terry Fox Run, I hope you can keep in mind that Terry ran 10x the distance you will be walking or running every single day for 143 days.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

New Today

Previous Announcements

  1. Terry Fox highlight – Terry Fox Run is one week away. I had some questions from students about what this is all about that made me realize I should explain more. So for today’s Terry Fox highlight, I want to clarify why we do the Terry Fox Run in Canada. We are not celebrating Terry Fox as a person. Terry Fox is a Canadian hero. He’s kind of like Nelson Mandela or David Suzuki. We don’t celebrate the person. What we are doing is continuing what he started. Just like other heroes around the world started fighting for human rights or fighting to protect the environment, Terry Fox was fighting to create a world without cancer. The way he fought was to run a marathon every day across Canada. He wanted people to see and ask why and learn about the need for more money toward cancer research. The purpose of Terry Fox Run is to raise awareness about the need for cancer research and raise money to fund cancer research. One more thing I want to clarify is that you don’t have to run. You are allowed to walk instead. But everyone will be participating in the event as this is a school activity, so please wear or bring clothes to run in if you want to run. If you plan to walk, at the very least please wear comfortable shoes that you can walk 4.25 km in. Once again, our school run is happening next Wednesday at 11 am.
  2. Lockdown Drill – Great work participating in our lockdown drill today.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

New Today

Previous Announcements

  1. Terry Fox highlight – While Terry Fox was going through his Marathon of Hope, he kept either a voice recording or a journal. Today I want to read an excerpt from an entry on April 26, 1980. He says, “Today we got up at 4 am. We wanted to cover 14 miles right away because
  2. This semester’s Lockdown Drill is happening tomorrow. This is part of our emergency preparedness. A lockdown drill helps us practice what to do in the case of a dangerous intruder. Do you know where to go yet? Where are the shelter areas? Where are the unsafe areas? What do you do once you get to a shelter area? Know the answers so you are prepared. We will practice tomorrow at 11:45 am.

Monday, September 20, 2021

New Today

Previous Announcements

  1. Terry Fox highlight – On April 12, he dipped his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean, turned around and started running. He would run a full marathon every single day, about 42km (26 miles). Can you imagine running a marathon every single day to try to get across the country? That’s really incredible… Terry’s goal was to run all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, on September 1, he was forced to stop. Because… the cancer came back. 6 months after he started, he had run 5,373 km. Ever since, Canadians have been inspired to continue the Marathon of Hope every single year in September. Our school run is happening next Wed, Sep 29 at 11 am. We will be participating as a school, so make sure you dress in clothes that you can run in that day.
  2. Lockdown Drill – This Wed Sep 22. A lockdown drill helps us practice what to do in the case of a dangerous intruder. When you hear the LD message, quickly move to the closest room that can close and lock and has blinds. Turn off all lights, close the blinds. Go to the least visible corner of the room and stay completely quiet.

Friday, September 17, 2021

New Today

Previous Announcements

  1. Stair 1 Exit – Please remember to use Stair 1 to exit the building at the end of the day. It helps to reduce congestion on the main stairs, create more space and keep everyone safer.
  2. Terry Fox Run is happening on Wed, Sep 29 at 11 am. Terry Fox started the Marathon of hope in 1980 after his personal experience of losing his right leg to cancer. He realized that more money was needed for cancer research and he thought just $1 per person could make a huge difference. Before his death in June 1981, Terry Fox had achieved this goal of $1 from every Canadian AND set in motion the framework for the Terry Fox Run. Today, the Terry Fox Foundation has been able to raise over $850 million since 1980, bringing hope and health to millions of Canadians. Be ready to join the run on Sep 29. If you’d like to volunteer, you may not have to run and you can help out instead. Other perks include volunteer hours, fundraising experience, event planning experience and a lot of fun! To join the team, please fill the sign-up sheet in the Student Lounge.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

New Today

  1. Stair 1 – Starting today, please use Stair 1 to leave the building at the end of the day.
  2. Clubs – If you didn’t have a chance to join a club during Welcome Week, you can now join directly from the website. There are links for students to join each club’s Teams group. As always, you can join as many clubs as you want as long as they don’t interfere with class.
    1. Don’t feel pressured to stay in a club! No one will judge you for joining and then leaving. The point is for you to have a chance to do what you love or try something new. If you try it and don’t love it, just leave it! Then, maybe try something different.
    2. We are looking for some new club leaders. These clubs have had a lot of interest from students, but no one to be in charge of them yet. If any of these sound like your cup of tea and you want to practice your leadership skills, please come and see me. The clubs are music, basketball, volleyball, and cricket.
  3. Student Council is looking for new members and today is our first meeting! Join us for some games, snacks and information about the Student Council program. Student Council is a great way to make friends and gain leadership skills. If you are interested, we are meeting at 4pm in Room 412.
  4. Terry Fox Run is coming up in two weeks Our Terry Fox Run is on Wednesday, September 29 at 11 am. This is an annual event we do as a school.
    1. Who is Terry Fox? Imagine being 18 and getting into SFU on a scholarship to play basketball for SFU and being diagnosed with cancer and having your right leg amputated. That is what happened to Terry Fox. After his experience going through the suffering and seeing what the cancer wards were like, Terry decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He called it the Marathon of Hope. Ever since he started this, Canadians have been continuing to run the Marathon of Hope every single year in September. So please save the date (Wed, Sep 29) and be ready to run that day.
    2. Terry Fox Leadership Team – I am looking for some student volunteers to join a Terry Fox Leadership Team, which will be dedicated to fundraising and event day planning for the run. First team meeting will be next Tuesday after school. A sign-up sheet is in the Student Lounge or you can see me to join.

Previous Announcements

  1. As a reminder, we ask all students to leave the 4th floor by 4:15 pm. All club activities are on the 3rd or 5th floor, with the exception of Ping Pong Club.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

New Today

  1. Get plugged into a club! Club activities start this week. If you signed up during Welcome Week last week, you are already added to the club on Teams. Here is a list of what clubs are active now: Mondays – Badminton, Wednesdays – WUSC, Soccer, Anime, Thursdays – Ping Pong, Fridays – Art Club, Saturdays – Dance Club.
  2. The Student Council is looking for new members! The first Student Council meeting is coming up this Thursday after school at 4pm in Room 412. Anyone who is interested can join this meeting to learn more. Student Council is a great way to get involved and help create unforgettable memories for the campus. Through Student Council activities, you can develop valuable skills such as leadership, event planning, budgeting, marketing and more!

Previous Announcements

  1. A few important reminders
    1. Lockdown Drill Sep 22 @11:45
    2. Masks are mandatory in the building at all times, unless you are actively eating or drinking.
    3. Please exit the 4th floor by 4:15 pm each day unless you are in a club or have a meeting.

Monday, September 13, 2021

New Today

Welcome to your daily announcements! This is a regular part of our high school program. Announcements are a chance for you to hear about important information and reminders, campus operations and student activities.

  1. The admin office is located in Room 411.
    1. There you can find the North Campus Admin, Homestay Coordinator, Academic Advisors and Student Life Coordinator.
    2. Lost and found is also located in the office.
  2. Here are a few COVID-19 reminders:
    1. If you don’t feel well, please stay home and join your
    2. Masks are mandatory in the building at all times, unless you are actively eating or drinking.
    3. Please exit the 4th floor by 4:15 pm each day unless you are in a club or have a meeting.
  3. No smoking or vaping on campus. The designated smoking area is behind the campus and across the street on the sidewalk.
  4. Student ID cards –  If you are a new student, please send me your ID photos by Wednesday. ID cards will be ready for pick up on Friday. If you are not a new student, please get your Student ID card done at Student Services on the 2nd floor.
  5. Locker rentals – If you have rented a locker, this is a friendly reminder to lock it properly to keep your belongings safe. If you would like to rent a locker, please come to the office. Locker rentals are $20 for the semester.
  6. Lockdown Drill is coming up this month on Sep 22 @11:45