Confederation Secondary School
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|Confederation Secondary School|
|Val Caron, Ontario
Enrolment as of September 2014: 900
Confederation S.S. was built as a Canadian Centennial project in the mid-1960s. It officially opened its doors for the first time in September 1967, making it the first English secondary school in Valley East, Ontario.
Like all sports teams at Confederation, the mascot is a Charger. Football at Confederation began in 1968 with a Junior Program but due to financial constraints and a serious injury to one of its players, the team was discontinued in the mid-1980s. Confederation was without football from that time until the fall of 2002 when it fielded a varsity team which posted a 2–4 record in its first season. This was considered quite an accomplishment as the last expansion team of Sudbury District Secondary School Athletic Association, the St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School Bears, had to wait a full seven seasons before their first win. The Chargers have become a regular member of the post-season every year since. In 2003 they made the playoffs for the first time and knocked off the perennial powerhouse St. Charles College Cardinals by a score of 30–16. They then handed the previously undefeated Lasalle Secondary School Lancers their only loss of the season in the championship game by a score of 14-7. Interest in football all across Greater Sudbury then spiked as several high schools hoped to duplicate Confederation's success. The Sudbury Secondary School Northstars took the field for the first time in over twenty years in 2003, but were unable to match the Chargers' success, going winless in three of four seasons and subsequently folding in 2007. To replace them that fall was the Lively District Secondary School Hawks who have traditionally fielded excellent flag football teams. However, in their first season they also went winless.
Situated in Northern Ontario's Boreal Forest, Confederation offers an outdoor education program.
These courses provide opportunities to develop a personalized approach to healthy active living through participation in classroom activities combined with strenuous outdoor experiences. Students are expected to explore and demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes within three interconnected themes:
- Outdoor Skills – necessary for safe comfortable outdoor experiences in all seasons,
- Personal Development – team-building and leadership skills which stress understanding, respect, and appreciation for self and others, and,
- Environmental Understanding – awareness and respect of all living things and an understanding of basic ecological processes.
Students learn wilderness skills such as first aid, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, winter camping, wilderness survival, ecology, hiking, orienteering, backpacking, swimming, canoeing, weather interpretation, teamwork, and leadership. Each semester the classes take canoe trips through the Temagami wilderness, hiking trips in Killarney Provincial Park, and a winter camping trip where they sleep in quinzhees they have constructed themselves.
Confederation is the home of the Evolutionary Rock Band. It was started and run by teacher Norm McIntosh since 1979 (when it was still known as the Confed Rock Band). McIntosh was the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Music Teacher of the Year Juno award. He was also presented $25000 for the band's many costs on behalf of the musicians' band-aid program.
The band consists of four vocalists, an 8-piece rhythm section, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, two alto saxes, four tenor saxes and a 15-member stage crew. The crew can be farther divided into various jobs including sound technicians, guitar effects technicians, light and effects technicians, a fog technician, two spotlight operators and a crew manager. Evolutionary band and crew member students are between the ages of 14 and 18. The band was featured on Canada AM in April 2007 for its success in breaking the Guinness world record for 'deepest concert below the Earth's surface'. The record was broken at 742 metres (2,434 ft) below sea level at 3400 level of CVRD Inco's Copper Cliff North Mine, Copper Cliff, Ontario.
In 2008, Evolutionary was recognized as Junior Citizens of the Year at the Community Builders Awards of Excellence for the City of Greater Sudbury.
Evolutionary has been visited by such artists as The Tragically Hip, Hedley, Keisha Chante, Sloan, Suzie McNeil, The Trews, Three Days Grace, Finger Eleven, music publishing executives Mike McCarty, and Deane Cameron and record producer Bob Ezrin.
Despite the fact that most of the bands activities take place outside regular school hours, the students involved in the evolutionary band receive a full credit towards high school graduation.
Confederation is also the only school in Canada with a professional recording studio. This recording studio is used for a full-credit recording course, which is the only one of its type in Ontario at the high school level. Students are taught how to use the most up-to-date recording software. They gain experience working on short CDs for local artists and they learn how to make radio commercials.
Today Confederation is a diverse school that blends academic excellence with athletic and extra-curricular activities available to all of its students.
Drama and improvisation
The school has a beginning theater production as well as an improv team in the Canadian Improv tournament. The production and the team have been there for 4 years and consist of any grade 9-12.
The school is overseen by the Rainbow District School Board. 2006-2007 Administration: Principal: Pablo Gil-Alfau Trustee: Marco Antonacci