Canadian Author Andrew Pyper Speaks at SHDHS

Ap“But they are only the faces of the dead. Coming into detail as we hurtle toward them. They see us, too. Fingers scratching at the ice’s rough underside, desperate to be the first to pull us down.”

This is a quote from "The Damned", the latest mystery/thriller novel from award-winning Canadian Author Andrew Pyper, who recently visited students of  South Huron District High School (SHDHS) and spoke to them about what it means to be a writer.

The presentation allowed opportunity for students to ask questions and to learn directly from an accomplished writer. In fact, the visit is just one of three workshops planned this year between Pyper and SHDHS as they study Pyper's body of work.

Inspired by authors like Alice Munro and Stephen King, Pyper slowly draws his readers into the world he has created, often playing upon the fear that lies underneath something that at first appears seemingly innocent.

Influences of Pyper's home town of Stratford can be seen in some of his novels, such as "The Guardians" which centres around a dark and foreboding house in small town rural Ontario.

Pyper began his career by writing short stories for various magazines. He is now an award winning author who's books have been translated into multiple languages, with feature length movie adaptations soon to follow.


Meet Canada’s Chosen ‘Safe School’ for 2015

Every year one school across Canada is awarded The Canadian Safe School Network/TD Award For Excellence against LGBTQ Youth Bullying.

This year, we are very proud to say, went to our own South Huron District High School thanks to the work of staff and students in the school's Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).

The Canadian Safe School Network (CSSN) and TD Bank present this award to a publicly-funded school, elementary or secondary, that has demonstrated excellence in the development, creation or promotion of an in-school initiative to counter LGBTQ bullying. The successful recipient school will be awarded a financial prize of $2500.00 CDN.

Congratulations South Huron DHS and the GSA!


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.


South Huron DHS takes a National Silver in Vancouver

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The music students of South Huron have once again made our school and community very proud.  On this, the second day of our excursion to the west coast of our country, the band suited up for our performance on the National stage.  The band has worked very, very hard to rise to the National standard this year.  Many early mornings through sleety and snowy roads, many hours of practise and above all, a dedication that was unwavering and concrete.

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Our program was at the challenging B400 level.  For a rural school where students in the band just began playing their instruments in grade nine, this is in itself an accomplishment. The program consisted of Song of Lir (a Fergal Carroll masterpiece), Lonesome Scenes of Winter (an SHDHS commission from local composer Jeff Smallman) and Chant and Jubilo (a McBeth masterwork for band). With precision, masterful musicianship and a thirst for excellence, your SHDHS Panther musicians executed their performance with professionalism and artistry. 

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In the clinic portion, they sight-read a brand new piece of music expertly and impressed the adjuducators with their ability to bring the music off the page on a first read.  The band was then treated to an excellent clinic with Dr. Jeff Reynolds from the University of Toronto.  We were pointed in some different musical directions given some excellent feedback on our performance and reading abilities.

In addition, Scott Elliott was awarded the Musicfest Honour Award for his contributions to the SHDHS Band this year.  In terms of leadership, musical abilities, and his overall dedication to the music program at SHDHS, the band would like to thank and honour Scott for his enthusiasm and dedication to his playing and the group.  We will miss you and all of our grads next year!

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A huge thanks is extended to the musicians in the SHDHS band for their dedication to their craft and for reaching this major milestone for our school and community.  We are honoured to be a part of the National stage this year, and your dedication to your musicianship, constant thirst for learning and self-improvement and good humour represented our school and community well.

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