Dec 21
Winter Break Message

​As our Diefenbaker Community knows there is always something special going on at our amazing school!  On our last day prior to Winter Break and students and teachers alike are working to finish up their current learning and to begin reviewing the entire course’s curriculum. We have already finished with Cross Country, Volleyball, Girls’ Soccer and Swimming and are in the beginning stages of Wrestling and Basketball seasons.  We have hosted two tournaments to date, one for Volleyball and one for Basketball. We also celebrated some amazing wins and showed incredible sportsmanship throughout!   

We have had guest speakers such as Wayne Dyer and the Minister of Indigenous Relations for Alberta, his Honourable Richard Feehan come break “bannock” and to speak with our students. Our students have engaged in some incredible field trips to the Calgary Zoo, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, to Vertigo Theatre’s performance of Dracula, and also to Blackfoot Crossing. We have enjoyed our dramatic performances of Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror and also welcomed the holiday season with our annual Winter Concert, which both showcased the incredible talented students. We have also enjoyed two Lunchbox Performances of other Fine Arts students who presented their works in progress to full cafeteria audiences. On December 20th we held our Awards evening to celebrate the achievements of last year’s Grade 12 Honour Roll Students. 

What better represents the commitment and passion of our Diefenbaker community than the incredible volunteering that helps support our school.  A huge shout out to all our parents and adult volunteers who helped with our Casino fundraiser!  Our community has also been involved in Blood Donations, Food Bank Donations and donations to our local Seniors Centre.  We come together often to celebrate our good works finishing with three special grade assemblies today, to share our most recent learnings and collectively engage in some festive activities. 

Our two-week Winter Break allows us time to rest, visit with family and friends, and review our previous four months of school work in preparation for our upcoming final exams in January. Our teachers are also providing tutorials during the second and third week of January to support students who require extra assistance to complete their first semester courses successfully. These session times will be published in our weekly updates in January.  Our exam schedule is posted on our website and we encourage everyone to be familiar with those exams date and exam expectations. We wish our students every success on their exams!  

We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday, January 7th, 2019. On behalf of all staff and students at John G. Diefenbaker High School, we wish you and your family a joyous and peaceful Winter Break. 

Mike Bester 



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