Welcome to SHDHS

Dear Students:

Welcome to the 2016/17 school year at South Huron District High School! We hope your summer has been fulfilling and that you are excited to come back to school. Each new school year offers the opportunity for a fresh start and we encourage you to see this as an opportunity to try something new and to challenge yourself.

This year you will notice some changes in staff, most notably in the office Mrs. Bayer-Smith is replacing Mr. Smith, Mr. Allen has been added to the administrative team, and we are lucky enough to have Mr. Simmons here to help us navigate this great school. We also welcome Mr. Oliver and Mrs. Fritzley who are teaching grade 7/8 and have much to offer our school. Finally, we have a new face in our EA staff, Ms. Love, who brings with her some Panther Pride as a former graduate from this building.

South Huron District High School is an exciting place to be and we can’t wait to see what this year will bring.  Throughout the year Mr. Allen, Mr. Simmons, and Mrs. Bayer-Smith will be working hard to showcase all of you and your successes. We encourage you to have a voice in our school, to be involved, and to play an active role in your education.  Come and visit us, share your thoughts, your experiences,  and your learning with us so we can learn from you. Remember, this is your school and this is your future.

It is our hope that at the end of this year you will feel prepared to move forward in your chosen pathway. We hope to provide you with the skills you need to achieve excellence. Our staff  will work hard to support you in reaching your full potential and to help you feel like you belong to a welcoming school community. We encourage you to ask questions, to be curious, and to seek out help whenever you need it. There are lots of people in this great school who are ready to help you reach your goals, so don’t forget to ask.

Wishing you the very best for the 2016/17 school year.

Sincerely,

Mr. Allen, Mrs. Bayer-Smith, and Mr. Simmons

(South Huron Administrative Team)


Gold and Bronze National Awards for our Senior and Junior Bands! #MFC2015

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The music students of South Huron have once again made our school and community very proud.  On this historic day, both our Senior and Junior bands suited up for our performance on the National stage.  SHDHS sent a record number 127 students to the Nationals this year from grades 7 to 12. The bands both worked very, very hard to rise to the National standard this year.  Many early mornings and after school rehearsals through sleety and snowy roads, many hours of practise on their own and above all, a dedication that was unwavering and concrete to make history for SHDHS.

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Our school should be proud to have sent our first Junior Band to Nationals EVER.  This large group of grade 7 and 8 students has worked hard to take their band to the National level after just two years in existence, and with many new players in the ensemble.   This group earned a B100 bronze for their performance, and should be proud of their accomplishments. 

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Playing at a National level is something only a few young bands in Canada get to do, and the work these students have put in, along with their amazing conductor Mrs. Regier is nothing short of impressive.  All these students should be proud of their accomplishments this year in their band and hold their heads very high, as a Nationally-recognized junior ensemble.  The possibilities and potential for this crew of students as they progress through our program are very exciting!

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Our Senior Band’s program consisted of challenging B400 level repertoire.  The nearly 25 minutes of music was a challenging program for our musicians, but an incredible focus and determination contributed to a magical performance. This performance of Blackwater (Carroll), The Seal Lullaby (Whitacre) and In the Forest of the King (LaPlante) was our best of the year.  The large audience was in awe as our students as they expertly navigated and competed at a level shared with larger schools and arts-focused schools from all over our country.  Our little school from Exeter put a B400 NATIONAL GOLD winning ensemble on that stage.  Every adjudicator was blown away, as we received top marks and ratings in almost all categories. This is the first National B400 GOLD award for South Huron since 2002.  

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In the clinic portion, the senior band sight-read a brand new piece of music and worked with Dr. Sommer Forrester from the University of Massachusetts Boston.  We were pointed in some different musical directions given some excellent feedback on our performance and reading abilities.

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In addition, Courtney McBride (Senior Band, Clarinet) and Noah McGregor (Junior Band, Bari Sax) were awarded the Musicfest Honour Award for their contributions to the SHDHS Bands this year.  In terms of leadership, musical abilities, and overall dedication to the music program at SHDHS, the band would like to thank and honour Courtney and Noah for their enthusiasm and dedication.

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Be PROUD, South Huron. This day at Nationals is something to hold up very high as a testament to the hard work and dedication we show here at SHDHS.  Each and every member of this community should share in our celebrations, as you all have had a role to play in our success.  Whether it’s a supportive attitude towards our music program, cheering on your friends who are involved in the bands, attending a concert or two in the year, buying a raffle ticket from our music council, or just being a panther and being proud of our school, you’re playing a part in our success. 

We thank you ALL very much for providing an environment where music matters at South Huron.


SHDHS Music Reunites After 65 Years!

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On September 27th, almost 100 music alumni and their families, friends and community members gathered in our gym to relive their days as music students at this school.

Guests were treated to a concert, free BBQ, a musical petting zoo (where people could try new instruments) and a room filled with memorabilia and photos form the last 65 years!

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We had a number of special guests, including former teachers, administration and some descendants of staff who have passed on. The day featured performances by the current Senior Band and Jazz Combo, Dave Robilliard, a vocal trio and the Alumni band!

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Many laughs were shared and stories re-told, and we're so thankful to the many former members of the music program who came back to play and be a part of our special day in honour of our history.

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Rainbow Week at SHDHS!

Web-photo2A rainbow flag flies high at South Huron District High School in Exeter to celebrate "Rainbow Week". It's an annual event at SHDHS where students and staff are encouraged to celebrate diversity and stop all forms of bullying. The week long activities were organized by the school's Gender Sexuality Alliance featuring a special presentation from Egale, an LGBT charity based in Toronto.


During the assembly the GSA also showcased the premiere of "Heterophobia", a film shot by the students of SHDHS that flips the perspective and shows what its like for a heterosexual student living in a world where opposite gender attraction is frowned upon.

 GSA Chair Meghan McConnell is proud of her school and all the work they have done to make their community more aware and accepting.


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YouthSpark is a community driven website (read by youth for youth). Teenagers (like you) write the articles, pick the pictures, and make the videos. Our purpose is to help youth have fun and keep you informed.

Share your Spark
Share your Spark is one of the things that makes this a community driven webpage. You can earn money by writing an article, taking/making a picture, or making a video that is relevant to health or issues in Huron County.
If we pick your piece to publish on Spark we'll pay you...
        - $30 for an article
        - $30 for a photo and caption
        - $50 for a video

You could even get paid for sending in school projects that are relevant. Imagine, getting money from school work!

Ask a Pro
Another great program we have at YouthSpark is Ask A Pro. You can anonymously ask any health questions you have to a Health Professional/nurse. You can check out all of the questions that other people have asked and the answers to them.

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Do you have a local band and want a way to get your music heard? Send your music to us and we'll put it up on our SparkTunes MP3 player for the world to hear.

Articles
We have many article submitted by other youth, about things that they think are important for our community. Check them out!