“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Hello Trojans and Families!
How can one ascertain that fall has arrived? I would argue that it is not the crisp air or the
leaves changing colors. It is not the Halloween costumes in stores or the cozy sweaters
coming out of the closet. I know that fall has truly arrived when everything seems to be
pumpkin-spiced all of a sudden!
September feels like a bit of a blur. I want to thank everyone for their patience as our System
moves to PowerSchool. I know that it caused some stress and anxiety, with our students, their
families and with the staff, but I am most thankful that we came together to ensure our
students’ needs were priority number one. We have the largest student population at
Bowness High School in seven years! We are on the way up, Bowness! This is great news as
more students = more staff = more resources for students. Families, thank you, sincerely, for
entrusting your children to us.
We had our first School Council meeting in September and had a wonderful turnout. Please
know that parents/guardians are all welcome, even if you could not make that first meeting.
The next Council meeting is on October 10 at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.
I want to make sure you are aware of the layers of support we have at Bowness for your
student. We have instituted a Grade 10 Homeroom this year (Bow Time) on Mondays to
provide our large Grade 10 class with information, study skills, organizational skills and a
strong connection to a teacher in the school. This block is mandatory for all Grade 10
students. Teachers at Bowness are willing to be flexible and will support your student as best
they can. Please ensure that any classroom issues are first communicated to the teacher, as
this is the best way to solve problems. If the issue persists, please contact either Mr. Koop
(Assistant Principal, last names A-K) or Ms. Dalton (Assistant Principal, last names L-Z). Our
Student Services team is also here to support your student in post-secondary discussions and
applications, scholarship applications, IPP support, career advice, socio-emotional support and
community support connections. Mr. Walyuchow is here to help students gain employment
with the aim at receiving high school credits for Work Experience. Ms. Greenfield is our
Graduation Coach, providing an extra level of support for our Indigenous students. Brooke,
from All in for Youth (United Way), is in our Success Centre, offering support to students who
are struggling and providing lunch and snacks to students who are hungry. We have a team of
professionals here to assist your student with any aspect of their school career. I am proud to
work alongside them.
We have a full slate of extracurricular activities started. Please encourage your child to
participate in a club, an athletic team, or the fine arts – whatever may help them positively
connect to our school culture. Studies show that students who are involved in extracurricular
activities in their high schools have better attendance, higher grades and have a more positive
experience over their high school careers. If your student is not aware of the extracurricular
options offered at Bowness, please have them speak to their homeroom teacher or any staff
As Thanksgiving approaches, I would like to wish you all a wonderful long weekend. I have
much to be thankful for and working at Bowness High School is high on that list.
Proud Principal BH