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Balfour Beacons - February 2018

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 | April 2015 | December 2015 | November 2016 | February 2017 | May 2017 | November 2017


Rae-Lyn Smith (Grade 9)

With nerves racing I stepped into the halls of Balfour not knowing what to expect. As I walked down the halls the teachers and students didn’t hesitate to give a smile. I first met with my advisory teacher Mr.Toth who assured me I was going to have a great 4 years here at Balfour. All of the teachers were smiling and ready to help and get me to my classes.

I have really appreciated that I can talk and turn to the teachers here for help and any concerns. They really care and want all students to succeed through dedication and hard work. With the great teaching at Balfour I will be very successful.

My parents told me to get involved right away so I joined the soccer team and the musicals. I have now made a lot of new friends, and met up with some of my other friends from elementary school that graduated before me. Balfour offers such a wide variety of things for everyone to enjoy from academics to arts and sports. Even if you are not involved in some of the sports they are still fun to go out and watch and support your fellow Balfour Bears.   

I have had a great experience in high school so far,and I’m looking forward to spending the next 3 years at Balfour Collegiate! I am glad that I chose Balfour. Now that the nerves are gone, I’m having a blast!


Erick Niyogushima (Grade 10)

I came to Canada in 2015 and was born in Tanzania, Africa.  Balfour Collegiate is an amazing school. This is my second year here at Balfour, and I like it here.   All of the teachers are really nice, helpful, and they are easy to get along with.  I’m not really a talkative person, but there are good students here, and I have made some nice friends.  

At Balfour there are extra curricular activities you can be involved in, like sports, musical after school, and way more.  This year, I was on the school’s cross country team and was excited to win the gold medal at the city championships for junior boys in Regina.  Last year I played on the football team, handball team and ultimate frisbee team.  

When I have a question or any problem, I always find a teacher or the staff at the office and they always help.  In my first year of grade nine, I was really nervous, I couldn’t tell if the teachers were going to be nice.  In a few hours, I started meeting good teachers, and students, and my nerves started to go away.  I also remember that on the diversity day, I got to see performances from different cultures.  That day I started to understand that Balfour is a very diverse school, that brings all cultures together.  

At Balfour they give you many opportunities to try different things.  One of those things is that you get choose the courses you want to take for the next year of classes by yourself.  Balfour has helped to improve my skills over and over again.  I’m very happy to study at Balfour Collegiate.

Jaden Trudeau (Grade 11)

Before coming to Balfour way back in grade 9, I have to admit, I was a little scared because of all the stereotypes surrounding the school. However within a very short time I quickly realized that these stereotypes were far from true. Upon walking inside this historic school, I was treated to friendliness by my teachers and peers. It did not take long to adjust to high school life. I see Balfour as a place of kindness among a wide variety of cultures. Students at this high school all come together as one to show a strong sense of community and support. Being a Balfour student is empowering, knowing that our school is supported by so many teachers that all want to push us to success which allows anyone to truly feel welcome and accomplished.

With the start of this new semester I am officially closer to graduating than I was to starting high school. It astonishes me that these years have been spent at Balfour doing the things I love like rocking out with Mr. Schindelka’s rock band or balling up with the junior and senior boys basketball team. Having the opportunity to express two of my most favourite activities with this school is what brings me so close to it. When the time comes to put on my gown and accept my hard earned diploma I know I will already want to start over again, except maybe my credit count.

But in the end, I can say that Balfour Collegiate, the wonderful teachers, and all my friends have truly made me a better person than when I came in. I have no regrets in going to this school. So far it has been one of the best decisions of my young adult life. I am grateful to be selected as the grade 11 Balfour beacon and I hope my words can relate to every student in some way and help us all recognize what a great school we attend!

Sarah Klimchuk (Grade 12)

High school is a lot of things. It’s enlightening, diverse, intimidating, and intricate. It isn’t always easy, but that’s what makes the experience worth it in the end. I was rather nervous going into high school- and that couldn’t have been more unnecessary. Balfour has offered me, in my four years here, more love, support, and resources than I ever could have imagined. For me, this began (and continued) with my Advisory teacher, Ms. Fehr-Rose. She watched out for me like a mother, but also kept me in line like a mother. Her support, combined with the other teachers I soon learned to work with, appreciate their lessons, and find comfort around, allowed me to strive both academically and physically through volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling, piano, classes, and friendships over the years. As an older sibling, I never had an omniscient hand to guide me through the mystery that was soon to be my life, yet that didn’t seem to matter as my very first day and week served to prove that the teachers and students here would support and protect me through whatever was to come. And so, as that older sibling, I feel a strong sense of confidence for my brother as he endures the same years, both with and without me here.

Balfour may have up to two fire alarms in one day, cracked floors, and a parking lot with more craters than the moon, but it isn’t a question that this ultimately adds to the character and culture of the school, where such character and hence, spirit, fully make up for these little, irrelevant flaws. An imperfect floor is insignificant when it leads to a class where you learn and strive for a greatness that will eventually lead you to a different future- a future with a path where the floors may be just as cracked.

As my final years here at Balfour come to an end, my perspective of time changes as I begin to comprehend just how fast it really flies. Four years have come and gone faster than I could have anticipated, but I am happy to say that, although I couldn’t do everything, (and through the support of my friends, family, and teachers), I feel satisfied with my time here and everything that I was able to accomplish.


 Past Beacons: November 2013 | January 2014 I March 2014 I June 2014 | October 2014 | January 2015 | April 2015 | December 2015 | November 2016 | February 2017 | May 2017 | November 2017

 photography by: Austin Reimer (grade 12)