Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School (PSO) has come up with many new ways of bringing students together in the new school year.
One of the most enjoyable and fun ways is having a pancake breakfast for students and teachers once a month. The teachers in the school cook the pancakes which then are served to students for free.
The classes start 10 minutes later than they usually do, to give all students a chance to get pancakes and eat them before starting their day. The school supplies all the ingredients for the pancakes and give up their morning, usually spent prepping, cooking, handing out and eating pancakes!
The basketball season is also starting back up again and there are currently two teams: boys basketball and junior girls basketball. The teams practice two times a week. Tournaments will likely start happening in the coming month or so.
The PSO band has been busy studying, playing, and practicing their pieces for the PSO Christmas Concert.
The concert is on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. and will consist of four different bands playing: Grade 8 band, Grade 9 band, senior band and tour band. Anybody is welcome to come. Tour band is made up of almost 60 kids, ranging from grade 8 to grade 12. The tour Band practices are held every Monday and Wednesday after school, where the students practice for two hours. This year, because of the large amount of students who joined the band program and wanted to take part in tour band, the group of people in tour band had to be separated into two groups, each group practicing on different days, either Monday or Wednesday. In April 2018, the Tour band will be travelling to Whistler for the music festival where they will perform.
This coming December is busy, not just because of assignments being due before the break or the bands racing against time to perfect their pieces but also because the leadership classes are organizing a Winter Formal, which will be held on Dec. 21 for grades 10 to 12. The event is going to include dancing and music, and students going will have to dress formally. There will be snacks provided and the event starts at 6:30 p.m. and goes until 9:30. This will be the first ever Winter Formal at PSO and students in the named grades are encouraged to come and enjoy themselves four days before Christmas.