Balfour Beacon - April 2015

In an effort to recognize the outstanding individuals that we have at Balfour Collegiate, we are going to embark upon recognition of these individuals.  The word ‘Beacon’ has long been associated with the bright light that stands out, that leads and guides, and is something to which many are drawn.  These are the exact characteristics we are attempting to showcase through the Balfour Beacons.

Past Beacons: November 2013 | January 2014 I March 2014 I June 2014 | October 2014 | January 2015

 

Riley Larsen - Grade 9

 Being part of the Balfour Collegiate community is an amazing privilege. I truly love being at Balfour. I remember coming to Balfour when I was in eighth grade and being terrified, but after about five minutes of being in the school, the nerves went away. The teachers and students were very welcoming! They showed us that Balfour offers something for everyone whether it is playing sports, or joining different clubs. The teachers here all seem to love their jobs and they all want to help you succeed. Many people enjoy Balfour; my brother appreciated the atmosphere when he attended the school and my parents enjoy the diversity here when they visit. People around the school often go out of their way to lend a hand, or to just say “hi”. The school teams and spirit here are awesome. I love going to different games and seeing everyone dressed in Balfour gear from head to toe, and seeing a whole section of red in the gym, and you know that’s where you belong. I personally, am a part of the school's cheer team. We placed in all three of our competitions and won provincials for our division. I can’t wait for grade ten and eventually graduating from Balfour.

 

Ledirose Fraulein Retanal - Grade 11

There were many high schools for me to choose from, and I am glad I picked Balfour. Not only do we have the most diverse student body, but we also have some of the most helpful teachers and staff. There are also many clubs and extracurricular activities to choose from ranging from choir to ultimate frisbee. We have clubs like Project Balfour, S.R.C. and Art Club. At Balfour, students are given the opportunity to better themselves and meet people they wouldn't necessarily interact with otherwise. Through Balfour’s diversity I was able to meet new people and gain new friendships that I know I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Our school is also very supportive and accommodating to the students and the community. We have the Shirley Schneider Support Centre that supports young mothers to continue their education, and we even changed our school name because we are aware of its potentially hurtful meaning. We’ve also participated in many other fundraising opportunities to help our community.

This is what makes Balfour different and it is what makes me proud to be able to say that I attend Balfour.

 

Huri Ertas - Grade 12

I’ve been nominated by my teachers to be a Balfour Beacon. I’m very honoured to be nominated for this title.

When I first came to this school, I thought I would be uncomfortable because of who I am. I am a Muslim person and thought I would be treated differently from other students by the teachers. I was wrong. My first day of high school, I could tell the teachers were kind and they wanted to educate me the way I hoped. I never think of Balfour as a school because it feels like home for me. Balfour is a great place for everyone. If I could come to high school again, I would choose to come to Balfour because it is where I belong!

I’m 17 years and in grade 12. I’m proud of myself because I am graduating from Balfour. This school has made me more confident with the students, teachers and the people around me. Four years ago, I was a shyer person than I am now. I am no longer that person I was four years ago. Now that I am not a shy person, I would like to thank my teachers and classmates at Balfour for being part of this.

 

Kolton Bellamy - Grade 12

I came to Balfour’s Open House in 2011, and I immediately felt an overwhelming sense of community and diversity. From that day on, I knew Balfour was where I was meant to be. This building’s history makes it an interesting place to come to every day, but the people in it are what make you want to come back. I enjoy coming to school, because I know that there is always going to be something engaging and fun to do around the school. Whether it be plain old intramural sports against the teachers or just an interesting project in class, every day has something entertaining to do. There are so many people at this school who have gone the extra mile for me during my time here, and I can’t say thank you enough for all the hard work! The nomination for a Beacon in my grade 12 year is a privilege and it’s gratifying  knowing that my hard work is noticed around the school!  

    Just recently I got accepted into the Paul Hill School of Business at the U of R where I will being playing for the Cougars Men’s basketball team in the fall. I hope to pursue a degree in International Business and one day work for a multinational company and travel to many different countries with my career! Extracurricular has been a major part of my time at Balfour, and some of my favourite memories have come from playing sports with my friends. Last year as a part of the senior boys basketball team, I was lucky enough to travel to Kelowna, B.C. and Orlando, Florida for basketball tournaments where I made memories I will never forget. I have received two city all-star awards for volleyball as well as one in basketball this year. The basketball and volleyball programs here have opened many doors for me, and I would like to thank everyone involved for all the behind the scenes volunteer hours that allow us players to go out and have fun every day! Finally, I just want to say thank you to everyone who makes Balfour such a welcoming place every day. I couldn’t have asked for a better four years anywhere!

 

 

 

Ms. Carla Timmons - Administrative Assistant


 

Past Beacons: November 2013 | January 2014 I March 2014 I June 2014 | October 2014 | January 2015