Blueberry School has been offering a small group gathering for select girls in grade 8 and 9. Once in each four day rotation two different groups girls gather to learn and discuss pertinent relational issues around life as a female. Through these gatherings, they raise awareness about relational aggression, help the girls develop empathy, and effectively address conflict. In addition, the group determines different strategies on how to diffuse anger without disrespecting one another. Through these sharing circles, girls develop a strong sense of self.
As part of step six of the comprehensive school health cycle, the program celebrates the students’ commitment to the group and to the investment that each girl has made in herself. The celebration is a field trip to Memorial Composite High School’s Cosmetology Dept under the fine leadership of Jessica Gardner. Seventeen of Blueberry’s Middle School Students were warmly welcomed by the high school beauticians for a makeover! The high school students did a fabulous job…as you can see!
“I’ve been working out since I was 15 years old,” said MCHS Health Champion Kiesha Rendall to one of the students who attended the Tuesday Abs Challenge after-school fitness program. Every Tuesday and Thursday for the past three years, Ms. Rendall has run a fitness program for women, staff, and their children that involves core work, cardio, and general fitness support. The program is open to all students immediately after school and is attended by a wide-variety of young women who want to stay involved and active after school. Kiesha has designed the program by drawing from a variety of fitness programs and activities such as yoga, pilates, and core sculpting classes. She participates with the students and hosts the events outside of the weight room to bring in new faces.
Memorial Comp’s FNMI Leadership Group is hosting a division-wide skating day with outdoor activities, cookies, and hot chocolate for students in Grades K-9 on December 20th from 11AM-2:30PM at Dog Rump Creek in Stony Plain. Please open the Google Document to RSVP for this free event that promotes community building and physical activity!