May Newsletter

May 2nd, 2018


Wednesday, May 2 @ 5:00pm at Barrhead Composite High School

Wednesday, May 2 @ 7:15pm at RFStaples Secondary School

Pembina Hills Public Schools is once again planning to offer the Health Care Aide Certificate program, in partnership with NorQuest College.

  • Beginning September 2018 and completed by the end of July 2019. Students attend afternoons, Monday – Thursday, and are required to participate in the clinical (practical experience) during the March break as well as for the month of July.
  • The dual credit course offers twenty-five, 30 level high school CTS credits as well as the NorQuest college Health Care Aide certificate.  There is good opportunity for employment in this region, and the starting wage is close to $20/hr.  Previous students have been able to use their marks from this course to enhance their applications for nursing programs.  Some students use this course as a good foundation for further study (EMT, physio, medicine, nursing, animal tech., etc.), and some have HCA as their career choice.
  • Pre-requisite – English 10-1 or 20-2.
  • Afternoons only approx. 12:30 – 3:00 (almost all Friday afternoons are off), and the students get time off in January & June to prepare for the other exams.  They must participate in both practicums to successfully complete.
  • Returning students are welcome to apply, and must be no older than 19 as of Sept. 1/2018.This is an opportunity for you to upgrade or work part time, while earning a college certificate. About 30% of the 2017-18 HCA class are returning students.
  • Students not currently registered in Pembina Hills Public Schools are welcome.

**For more information, please attend an information evening session, contact your schooladministrator/counselor, or Karen Fischer at


Grad Pasta Supper Fundraiser

The Graduation 2018 pasta supper fundraiser will take place on Wednesday, May 9, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the BCHS cafeteria.  The cost is $8.00 per person or $25 for a family of four.  Enjoy a great meal while supporting the Grad ceremony of 2018.


PARTY Program

THE P.A.R.T.Y (Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth) Program is an injury prevention program designed for Grade 9 students to help educate them about the consequences of poor decision-making and “risk behaviors” such as drinking and driving, not wearing a seatbelt, etc.  Also discussed are the dangers that alcohol and drug use can have on the ability to make smart choices and how the abuse of either can leave a person vulnerable to risks.  The goals of the PARTY Program are to reduce the incidence of risk related trauma in youth, empower youth to recognize risk and make informed, safe choices, increase awareness of personal responsibility for choices, increase knowledge of the impact of serious injury on quality of life and promote injury prevention initiatives.  The PARTY Program, offered will be held on Tuesday, May 15 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at BCHS.


Spring has finally arrived!! Once the driving range is open at the out of town golf course we will begin getting back into the swing of things. Ms. Luciuk and Mrs. Sabiston will be there for help on Wednesdays and Thursdays after school. If you have any inquiries please talk to Mrs. Sabiston in Rm 34.



PHPS School Expo & Career Fair

Thursday, Sept. 27th, 2018

Watch for more information coming soon!


Band Notes

Everyone is welcome to attend our 6th Annual Pembina Hills Power Band Concert on Monday, May 7.  This evening is part of Music Monday, a national day of celebration of Music Education. More than 120 musicians will be performing together the music of the Beatles!  Our band students from grades 8-12 as well as those from RF Staples will be performing.  Concert starts  at 7:00 pm in the BCHS East Gym.  Admission is free.  Thank you to Barrhead Band Boosters for sponsoring this event.


Leadership Events

The annual BBQ & Guest Speaker & MS Walk are on Thursday, May 17.  We will be having former student and Paralympic Volleyball player, Heidi Peters, as our guest speaker.  Heidi was Canada’s leading scorer and eighth overall, with 30 points at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. That performance helped Canada win the bronze medal and a berth at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Peters played high school volleyball before she faced cancer at age 16.  Four years later, Peters emerged victorious from her battle and returned to the athletic lifestyle.

There is no cost to students for the BBQ but any donations made will go towards the MS Walkathon.


Citadel Theatre Trip

On Wednesday, May 2 the English 20-1 and English 30-1 classes will be participating in a fieldtrip to the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton to see the production “Silver Arrow.”  The bus will depart at 8:30 am sharp and will return at approx. 4:30 pm.


Natural Sciences Camp

The Natural Sciences Camp is taking place from May 24 to May 28.  Students can earn 5 credits while gaining hands-on learning with outdoor experts and having fun.  The cost is $200.  Please contact Mrs. McGinn for futher information.


Skills Alberta Competition

The Skills Alberta Competition will take place from May 31 to June 1 at the Edmonton Expo Centre.


BCHS Library News

Friday, May 11 is NO FINE DAY at BCHS Library.  Return overdue books that day and the fines will be forgiven.


Upcoming Events

May 2          Citadel Trip

May 2          Health Care Aide Information Meeting – 5 pm

May 3          Jr High Dance – 6:30 – 9:30 pm

May 4 & 5    Sr High Badminton Provincials

May 7          Power Band Concert – 7 pm

May 9          Grade 9 Provincial Achievement test, English Language Arts, Part A – 9am-12:00pm

May 9          Grad Pasta Dinner Fundraiser

May 10         High School Dance – 7:00 – 10:00 pm

May 11         No fines day at the library

May 14         Ron Pate Track Meet

May 15 – 20 Portrait Photography trip

May 15         Gr 9 PARTY program

May 17         Multiple Sclerosis Walkathon, BBQ & Speaker

May 18         No School

May 21         Victoria Day – No School

May 22        Sr High Track Zones

May 24        Jr High Track Divisionals

May 24-28   Natural Science Camp

May 28        School Council Meeting

May 31 – June 1     Skills Canada