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HRH House Band

showcases talents

of student musicians

If you were to walk down the halls of Holy
Redeemer on any afternoon, you will probably
hear some very beautiful voices combined with
some amazing instrumental play. All of this
beautiful music is thanks to the newest
extracurricular program at HRH,the House
The Band was organized by Music Teacher
Alex Giovos at the beginning of this school The Holy Redeemer House Band takes a brief break during their set while playing at Parkland
year. Although Giovos is the head supervisor Lodge on December 7th. The House is comprised of Katie Davi-Digui (piano), Jonathon
and organizer, the Band is co-managed by the Hawke (drums), Cassandra Kushniruk (vocals), Emma Laurin (Sound Technician), Devin
musicians themselves. Sibley (guitar) and Dustin Sibley (guitar/bass).
“We wanted to have an inclusive program
where we accept everyone with a variety of Thus far, the Band has already delivered Music and Art.
musical talents,” says Giovos. “But the multiple performances this year such as at the The students' commitment to daily practice
biggest part of it was to give the students the Rotary Sundays in the Park in July and at ensures that they are almost always available
power to run it. By doing this it allows the Parkland Lodge on December 1 and 7 . The to be hired, even for short-notice
students to demonstrate their leadership Band is already booking performances into performances. Along with the band's paid
abilities not only while playing, but during the 2017. performances, they are committed to giving
whole rehearsal and management process as “It's so great to see these students showcase back to the community and voluntarily
well.” Giovos also said that it is important that their musical abilities throughout the perform monthly for the long-term care
musicians understand all aspects of the fine community,” says Giovos. “Having the patients at the hospital and Parkland Lodge.
arts industry. opportunity perform in front of a live audience Members of the public wanting to hear the
The House Band is made up of grade 12 also helps to build their self-confidence as a Band in action don't have to wait long as their
students Katia Davi-Digui (piano), Jonathon huge part of being a musician is life next performances include the SCOPE
Hawke (drums), Cassandra Kushniruk performance.” Marathon charity event in January and a
(vocals), Emma Laurin (Sound Technician), The Music Program at Holy Redeemer concert at the Red Brick Arts Centre on
Dustin Sibley (guitar/bass) and grade 11 played a large part in providing the students February 24 .
student Devin Sibley (guitar). the time and space they require to perfect their Anyone interested in booking the Band can
The Band has a great repertoire of music sound. The band practices together eighty contact Giovos at 780-723-7437 or
from classic rock to contemporary pop. During minutes a day in the school's music room. The, or any of the
their 60-minute set the music ebbs and flows room is equipped with a full set of rock band musicians directly.
from classic rock riffs and piano solos, to instruments so the students can focus entirely If you would like more information on this
gentle acoustic ballads. Audience members are on making music. article please feel free to contact the school at
usually blown away by the excellent Soon the Band will also be recording their 780-723-7437, visit our website at
instrumental skill of the students as they cover songs, since the music room is also equipped or join our Facebook
Metallica classics and are equally impressed with a full set of recording equipment that was page: “Holy Redeemer High School” or our
by the expressive beauty in Cassie Kushniruk's expertly set up by Greg Templeton at Horison Twitter account: @holyredeemerhig.

Pine Grove learns about coping with stress during holidays

by Jocelyn Pettitt way they do to stress and positive
and negative coping methods.
Christmas is a joyous time of Approximately 2/3 of the
year for many but it can also be a students expressed they were
stressful time of year for some. feeling some sort of stress this
Mr. James Randall, Principal of time of year, whether it was
École Pine Grove Middle School, school work related, or due to the
took a preemptive approach holiday season.
noticing an increase in behaviors Staff participated by writing
that could be “indicative of stress” down stressors and how they
within our student body. He noted, chose to self-regulate. Mrs. Setzer
“Stress and anxiety is common for reminded students and staff to
students and parents as we get practice mindfulness, positive
closer to Christmas break, but this self-talk when feeling down,
year seems to be more difficult journaling or discussing your
than others.” A team of staff feelings and “letting go of what
including the Assistant Principal, you cannot control”.
LST, FSL and Best Success Erika Heise, a grade 7 student at
Coach, are working together to be the school expressed her thoughts
available to staff and students at on the presentation stating “I
this time. thought it was really good for kids
Brianne Setzer gave an who don't know how to deal with
informative presentation to every things like stress, it was a really Brianne Setzer gave an informative presentation to Pine Grove
classroom, discussing stressors, good reminder.”
how and why our bodies react the students and staff about coping with stress during the holidays.
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