United in our diversity.
Passionate about our learning
Confident in our future.
What illustrates CMJHS from the school year? Eastern Canada is the answer for many, and myself. Eastern Canada changed so many students way of thinking, and just how to appreciate the small things! Each student left Eastern Canada now thinking about their future. Who they want to be as a career title and as a person. This illustrates diversity within CMJHS because of the connections between other students and teachers on this trip. Each student may not like school, but now they all know that anything is possible. They can now reach any goal they want to set. The future is still yet to come, but it's good to be prepared. Eastern Canada was our goodbye from CMJHS, now we will say hello to our future and prove CMJHS proud!
During this school year we had the privilege of watching a pow wow which was put on by the enthusiastic first nation students. Early on the morning of May 2nd the grade sevens during the first three blocks were giving a tour of a tipi that is owned by one of our students, then later on in the afternoon all students are brought into the gym and can listen to the chief telling stories about their history. Later on drummers and singers play while there are jingle dress dancers who are dressed in brightly coloured dresses lined with bells thatwith each step rings all the bells. Not only are the first nations showing off their culture the organizers of the event engages the students by letting them join in for some of the dances, one of the “games” is where you place a potato between yours and other persons head while maintaining eye contact you have to make sure the potato doesn't fall. For all students not participating they don't know how long it takes to get all this set up, it could take anywhere from weeks to even a couple months, the pow wow is a learning experience for many kids and a new one for all the grade sevens who maybe haven't seen a pow wow or been inside a tipi. As for the tipi it takes 3-4 people to set up this huge structure which was passed down from generation to generation until it became the current owner's. In this year's yearbook the “United in our Diversity” will feature the pow wow and personally, I hope that the pow wow will remain an event that is loved by new and old students year after year because it brings a totally new culture into our school.
United in our diversity stands out the most in our Crowther's motto because I was part of the senior girls basketball team. Everyone on the team was included and supportive on the court and off the court. We were like a family all very different in many ways but when it came to basketball we all clicked! Practicing at least twice a week, games every weekend, and not to mention all of the crazy fun and adventures at the hotels. We all became one whole. So by the time the season had ended tears fell but smiles broke out because we all knew that a memory like this would last forever. We would all stick together if we saw each other in the hallway or even outside of school. What does being united mean to you? Well I know that united means working together as one or not leaving anyone behind. At Crowther no matter how different everyone is we all find a way to somehow work together. #UPCstories #cmjhsUNITED
Coming into the school year, I was convinced that I could fit into any friend group, that I could get along with anyone. While that might have been true, I never seemed to test it out. My junior high career I had always stuck to the same three girls, doing the same things, making the same jokes, and talking about the same boys. It was what I was comfortable with, they were all I knew. As the school year went on I really started to see people. I watched as groups of friends walked down the hallways. I watched and made quick judgements on people as they went by, but only to stop myself and realize, why? Why had I been paying so much attention to the people walking around me (enough to make judgement) if I hadn't wanted to talk to them? To learn more about them, to learn who they really were? Working on my new friendship ethic, I had tried to push myself into new friend groups. Learning new things along the way, like the people who I didn't click with, and the people I did. I learned the ways to start a conversation, and others that didn't work too well. Although I was being more courages in making friends, I always went back to the three I knew because I thought that was who I was. I thought they defined me. Eventually, the Eastern Canada trip came around and I was shoved into a tiny room with roughly 40 girls that I had seen in the halls before. I didn't know them. I sat with the same three girls and watched as the other 36 gathered a group to play a game. They laughed and joked while I sat there on my phone. Eventually I got up, and I asked my three friends if they wanted to join the game with me. They all ignored my offer. When I managed to squeeze myself into the tight circle of girls that I wasn't too sure about, I was welcomed as if we had all known eachother for years. "I didn't think you'd come over." One girl said as I found a seat. Hearing that from a member of the group upset me. Why did she think I wouldn't come over? Did she think that I didn't care about the others? Maybe she thought I didn't want any other friends than the three I'd always had? I told her I was surprised she had thought that, then I asked the rules of the game. Surely by the end of the night, I had made 36 new friends. People who I had heard things about, people who I had judged but I had never thought to actually meet them for myself. The girls were amazing. They were all so kind, so welcoming, and they were all so different. We all came from different places, and we had all lived different lives. There was no need to feel judged or uncomfortable. In an hour I felt like I was at home. Before the game had ended, my three friends had come over to join too. I am so glad, that CMJHS, and the Eastern Canada trip gave me the eye opening opportunity to see people in a new light, and live my life how I should have been all along.