There’s been a spread of holiday spirit at Nakusp Secondary these past couple of weeks, with staff and students combining efforts into decorating our school (and taking down said decorations, which, from a personal perspective, turns out to be much more entertaining), even going so far as to turn it into competition.
On the seventh of this month, our twelve separate school house teams were given a segment of wall space in which to decorate a holiday scene.
Students got creative, drawing inspiration from popular games such as “Pac-Man” and “Angry Birds,” as well as films “The Polar Express” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Sweet treats and hot chocolate have been given out by teachers, and candy canes have been exchanged between students as seasonal cheer develops in full swing.
And as it happens, last Tuesday Saint Nick himself dropped in on the high school during lunch break for a visit, and to hear everyone’s Christmas wishes.
Coincidentally, student Carter Stenseth was mysteriously absent from school during this time (although it is most likely he had some important previous engagement, of course).
Then there were the dress-up days, Wednesday’s theme being “red and green” and on the Friday before that, the favourite “Pajama day.” Every student, as always, looks forward to an excuse to wear their most casual attire to school.
The festivities ended on this past Friday, with a final break from classes for the whole afternoon, the replacement being a choice of three different films for the students to enjoy (“The Polar Express,” “Four Christmases” and “Soul Surfer”) with concessions available.
I enjoyed my choice of movie, while hearing (enduring) a whispered commentary from my movie-watching neighbour (no hard feelings to said individual).
This year’s holiday experience was somewhat more low-key than past years, perhaps due to the present teachers’ strike, but in the end the collective emotion is purely relief and celebration on the student body’s part, as we put distance between ourselves and our books, and end yet another year, enjoying seasonal chow and good company as we enter into 2012.
Happy holidays, everyone!