Sir Winston Churchill High School
|Sir Winston Churchill High School|
Non Scholae Sed Vitae
We do not learn for the school, but for life
|5220 Northland Drive, Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|School board||Calgary Board of Education|
|Grades||10, 11, 12|
|Mascot||Brutus the Bulldog|
|Colours||Red, White, Blue|
|Communities served||Brentwood (sections), Dalhousie (sections), Edgemont, Hawkwood, Nolan Hill, The Hamptons, Sherwood Varsity Acres and Varsity Estates (as of September 2011)|
|Feeder schools||H.D. Cartwright Junior High, F.E. Osborne Junior High, Simon Fraser Junior High, Tom Baines Junior High|
Sir Winston Churchill High School is one of the most prestigious senior high schools in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It derives its name from Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II and the early 1950s. The high school is built in the Northwest community of Brentwood, and currently accommodates 2,057 students as of September 2013. The school offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, various second languages, and numerous clubs and teams.
Churchill is known for its outstanding academic program. Many parents move to N.W. Calgary each year so that their child may attend this school. The vast majority of its graduates attend post-secondary institutions across the country. Churchill is considered Calgary's premier school for academics, regularly placing first in the city and often in the province in national math competitions.
International Baccalaureate programme
The head of the International Baccalaureate program at Sir Winston Churchill is Deborah Miller. The IB Diploma/Certificate programme begins in the middle of a student's grade 10 year with Math and/or Physics/Biology. Other IB courses begin during the grade 11 year and include Art, Chemistry, Computer Science, World History, English, French and Mandarin. This academic program is demanding but encourages students to be well-rounded individuals. During their grade 11 year, IB students taking, at least, one of the IB Group 4 subjects are required to complete a science fair style project, demonstrating their knowledge of the scientific concepts behind a topic of their choosing. During their grade 12 year, IB Diploma students will work on an involved, self-instructed and teacher-guided essay on a topic of their choice, known as the Extended Essay. Students taking History, regardless of Diploma or Certificate involvement also complete an Internal Assessment, similar to the Extended Essay.
The school's athletic teams competes and participates in the Calgary Zone of the Alberta Schools Athletic Association.
Various sports are played within school, and school teams of SWC are strong competitors among the Calgary Senior High schools. They have been crowned Overall Champions in Wrestling, Badminton, Basketball, Rugby, Swimming, Diving, Soccer, Field Hockey, Table Tennis, and Volleyball. The School's Swimming, Basketball and Wrestling are the most distinguished among all
The junior boys volleyball team in 2000 won city championship. The same group of athletes on the senior team in 2002 and 2003 also won the city championship. This is the only volleyball team in the city and province to win 3 years of city championships. In 2002 the volleyball team also won provincials under the coaching of Al Taylor.
In 2006, five different teams won awards in various divisional and city championships. Churchill fielded a Senior Boys Rugby team for the first time in many years. The team went undefeated in the regular season and took home the city championship for Div II Rugby with a 30-22 win over Queen Elizabeth High School.
In the 2007 to 2008 school year, the Bulldogs came out on top snatching many city titles. Among them include Junior Boys Soccer, Senior Boys Basketball, Senior Girls Basketball and Senior Girls Field Hockey.
In 2013, Sir Winston Churchill High School Swim Team won the City Championship while setting a new City record of 1082.17 points, completely outplaying their opponents under head coach Tim Oborn. Second place finishers, Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School, earned less than half of Churchill's total with a mere 475 points. The Sir Winston Churchill High School Dive Team also finished in second.
The fine arts and performing arts
SWC prides itself on its well-developed Theatre and Musical Theatre programs. Each year a large scale production is presented, giving any interested students a chance to show off their exceptional skills. As a final project in grade 12, students in both Performing Arts programs are given the opportunity to direct or stage-manage their own 45 minute productions. These productions are completely student driven, and are among the best in the city. Each production is presented in the evenings in the theatre, giving students and staff a chance to view them. Many Drama 30 students have been fortunate enough to have their pieces presented at the Calgary Drama Festival, and for the past several years, more than one student’s production has been submitted for viewing, a rarity in the festival.
Sir Winston Churchill High School bands
One of the main sources of pride for Sir Winston Churchill are the various Sir Winston Churchill bands, conducted by Judy Wishloff and David Graham. Churchill's bands include the Concert Band, the Symphonic Band, the Blue Jazz Band, the Jazz Army Band, the Jazz Combo, the Choir, and the Percussion Ensemble. At the beginning of each year, students wishing to enter the school bands attend band auditions. The student's skills are judged and then placed in either the Concert or Symphonic band. Those of a high skill level are placed in the Symphonic band, while most tenth-grade and some eleventh-grade students are placed in the Concert Band. A small percentage of highly skilled grade ten students may find themselves placed in the Symphonic Band, which plays music at grade 5 through 6 music levels. With both the Concert and Symphonic bands, students must take corresponding courses in the school year. Those students who have schedule conflicts due to IB courses must attend IB-Band classes at lunch (these classes are not according to an IB curriculum, the name is simply because the students are in other IB courses, and do not have room in their timetable to attend the regular class).
The Blue-Jazz, Jazz-army, and Jazz Combo bands, as well as the Percussion Ensemble, are entirely volunteer-based as well. Students are allowed into Blue Jazz if they have exceptional skill at jazz music and play the appropriate instruments. Otherwise, they may choose to be part of the Jazz Army. Percussion Ensemble consists of percussion instruments, which include drums, xylophones, timpanis, vibrophones, pianos, maracas, and a variety of other percussion instruments. None of these groups have a corresponding in-school class that students have to attend.
Both the Concert and Symphonic bands at Sir Winston Churchill are composed of woodwind, brass, low woodwind, low brass, and percussion instruments. The only string instrument in the band is the Low String Bass. The Jazz Army and Blue-Jazz bands also have an electric bass and sometimes an electric guitar. It is also interesting to note that the Jazz Bands (usually) consist of Brass instruments, whilst the Concert and Symphonic bands are composed mainly of woodwind-type instruments.
Each year, Sir Winston Churchill bands attend several competitions, including the Alberta inter-city competition, Alberta International Band Festival, and several other inter-province band festivals. All bands also go on an annual band trip, to spend a few days in another city, where they perform and record the annual Sir Winston Churchill CD (recorded by DarkMatter Productions). On the last evening of each trip, students attend a formal dinner with one another, followed by the awarding of section-leader awards, as well as the various medals of achievement earned by students.
The Symphonic and Concert bands also perform at the Sir Winston Churchill Graduation ceremony. The Symphonic band plays a piece that the students have chosen, whilst the concert band plays march-style pieces at the entrance and exit of the graduates.
Extracurricular activities and clubs
Churchill also has two well equipped weight rooms. Students can join the 'Fitness Club' and can purchase memberships for a small price, (now made free, if a small written fitness test is passed) and can work out in the morning, at lunch, and after school. The weight room offers a variety of equipment and well trained teachers to help instruct students on proper techniques and help as spotters when needed.
Churchill hosts an annual debate tournament sponsored by the Calgary Churchill Society.
- Fiona Staples - Acclaimed comic book artist.
- Roman Danylo - Comedian on CTV's Comedy Inc. and previously The Holmes Show.
- Raghav Mathur - U.K. based pop singer and recording artist.
- Bob Bassen - Former NHL Forward
- Ashwin Sood - Recording artist, drummer and former husband of Sarah McLachlan
- Matt Lambros - Professional Canadian football wide receiver, Toronto Argonauts
- Peter Oldring - Actor who had a role in films K-19: The Widowmaker and Focus, Hollywood Wives (starring Farrah Fawcett) and various comedic television programs.
- Riza Santos - Miss Canada 2013; also represented Canada in Miss Earth 2006 & featured in October 2007 issue of FHM Philippines; won 2nd place on the Filipino reality TV show, Pinoy Big Brother House
- Brandon Firla - Actor and comedian in Billable Hours and Little Mosque on the Prairie
- Sam Effah - Represented Canada at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
- Wu Yifan (Kris) - EXO-M member
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