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Great News from Strathmore High School and International Student Hanna Knop from...

Congratulations to the Strathmore High School Spartans Cross Country team for winning the 3A Cross Country provincial championship for the first time in school history! The top 18 runners in six different categories (junior, intermediate and senior boys and girls) from zones advanced to provincials. It is the first time the Spartans have sent runners in all divisions. Hanna Knop, a grade 11...

Congratulations Kezia Vang from Prairie Christian Academy!

GHSD congratulates grade 11 Danish student Kezia Vang from Prairie Christian Academy on winning the Kacy Nelson Memorial Scholarship valued at $1,500. The scholarship is in memory of Kacy Nelson who was a student at Prairie Christian Academy. She had an infectious smile and was an active member of the PCA community. She lived in residence, played on the Academy’s provincial champion bask...

Meet Prabhjot Singh from Strathmore High School

Prabjhot Singh is an international student from Dubai who has just graduated from Strathmore High School, and is about to embark on an exciting journey to the University of Toronto where he will pursue studies in Medicine. Prab was excited about studying in Canada and found that adapting to life here was easier than he expected, crediting the people in the town being so welcoming and approac...

International students recommend homestay experience

One of the very unique aspects of Golden Hills’ schools within Strathmore is the extensive international study program, which harbours several students from approximately 15 countries across the world each year. Many students have lived here between eight months and five years, an extremely long time to be away from their family. In response to the need for homestay families for these students,...

Employment Announcement for the International Office

Golden Hills School Division is pleased to announce appointments to the International Office.  Effective July 1, 2016 Floyd Cotton will be joining the team as International Student Services Coordinator. He comes to us from Prairie Christian Academy where he was Executive Director looking after daily operations of the PCA society and has a strong background with international education whic...

Loving Golden Hills and Canada!

The following is an interview with Kornelia Hutnan from Drumheller Valley Secondary School: Hi there! Let me introduce myself at first. My name is Kornelia Hutnan (Kornélia Hutňanová) and I'm all my way from small European country Slovakia. I have decided to visit Canada as an international student a few months ago. The main reason of my journey was simply to learn another language from nati...

Working hard towards the career of his dreams.

Kevin Lin is a grade 12 student currently attending Strathmore High school. As a matter of fact he has been with us at Golden Hills since Grade 9! Kevin is a talented artist whose artistic ability has always been evident. Kevin says he first became interested in art during grades 3 and 4 and continued his interest throughout his schooling. Now in grade 12 he is finalizing his plans for a career wh...

Looking back on success at Golden Hills

It's nearly impossible for Heaven Berhe Sium to make it to her classroom without being stopped by her peers numerous times in the hallway. The scenario was almost inconceivable three years ago for the warm-hearted and now outspoken international student from Uganda, who in the past could often be found by herself with nose in book at the junior high school library. However, through encouragement f...

Golden Hills Sees Continued Improvement in Student Achievement

Press Release - Golden Hills sees continued Improvement in Student Achievement ----- Students in the Golden Hills School Division are performing well and continue to improve in many areas according to the most recent results on the 2014-2015 Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Examinations. “We are very pleased to see continued increases again in this year’s student achievement resul...

Discovering life lessons and friendship where least expected

17 year old Eddie Lam came to Strathmore High School (SHS) in Alberta, Canada with the goal of graduating with an Alberta diploma. Along the way he found life lessons and friendship where he didn’t expect it – rugby. Eddie has always loved rugby and started learning and playing before coming to Canada. It was during his second year at SHS when he noticed there was a high school rugby team at a...

Strathmore High School Grad Pow Wow

High school graduation is a time of celebration. Often this includes a formal graduation ceremony in cap and gown, dinner, dance and an abundance of photos with family and friends. Strathmore High School has a unique celebration in addition to the traditional graduation ceremony – a Grad Pow Wow. The Grad Pow Wow is designed to honor the achievement of all Strathmore High students and Siksika...

GHSD Report to the Community - June 2015

We are pleased to share our Report to the Community & Interim Education Plan with all of our parents, staff, students and communities. Please click here for the link to the document.  Enjoy!

Trochu Valley School Grand Re-Opening

For 93 years, Trochu Valley School has served thousands of students.   Now, with the completion of the Trochu School Modernization Project, the school continues to provide excellence in education in its newly transformed building. The original school building was constructed in 1922, and has undertaken a journey of improvements through the years as we continued to find new and better ways to...

Doing what she loves in Canada

Natsuki Hirota (Natty) has been a student at Drumheller Valley Secondary School (DVSS) for almost a year, but once she arrived it didn’t take her long to rediscover her passion for skating. Since she was six years old, Natty had been figure skating in Japan, winning her first competition in 2009. Because of her many successes as a young skater, in 2010 NHK Trophy, an international senior level f...

Strathmore High Bisons Going to Nationals!

Golden Hills School Division is proud of the remarkably successful partnership between the UFA Bisons and Strathmore High School. “It is a partnership that really is in the best interest of the student/athlete” claims Associate Principal and Assistant Coach Doug Raycroft.  “We have taken a situation where students were driving 8-10hrs a week in the winter evenings and changed it into a prog...

Jr. High International students learn about education in Canada

The "International students partnership" between Crowther Jr. High School and Wheatland Elementary School was off to a great start in November. The junior high international students ventured to Wheatland Elementary to learn about elementary education in Canada. The afternoon began with a visit into a Grade 2 classroom where each international student was paired with a group of Grade 2 students to...

Grade 3 Student Learning Assessment Pilot

Grade 3 students participated in the pilot administration of the Student Learning Assessment. The primary purpose of the Student Learning Assessment is to improve student learning. The SLA is also intended to enhance instruction and assure Albertans the education system meets the needs of the students and achieves the outcomes of the Ministerial Order on Student Learning. While every effort wa...

Proud to Stand UP! to bullying

Family Channel's annual Bullying Awareness Week is back and the network is promoting the message of bullying prevention with an entire week of dedicated programming. This year's lineup features brand new bullying-themed episodes, special messages from musicians and stars depicting their own experiences, and exclusive footage from the 2014 Rally Tour. Bullying Awareness Week runs from Monday, Novem...

It's International Education Week 2014!

International Education Week (IEW) is an annual, week-long event celebrated during the third week of November by over 100 countries around the world. IEW is an initiative under the Council of Minister of Education, Canada  and is recognized by other provincial/territorial governments and various non-governmental organizations active in international education. IEW provides an opportunity to...

Honouring international student achievement at DVSS

Drumheller Valley Secondary School (DVSS) continues to recognize students who are a credit to their school, the community, their classmates and themselves. The staff of DVSS has each been asked to nominate one student per month per grade that they instruct to be named as “Student of the Month” for that grade. Risa Ishiguro, one of our international students from Japan was one of the nominee...

Golden Hills Sees Growth in Student Achievement

October 9, 2014 PRESS RELEASE - Students in the Golden Hills School Division are performing well and are improving in many areas according to the most recent results on the 2013-2014 Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Examinations. “We provide students with the tools they need to be successful 21st century learners” said Bevan Daverne, Superintendent of Schools. “This is made p...

International Program going strong at DVSS

Check out how the new school year started off for our DVSS International students!

We're looking for Homestay families!

Golden Hills International is looking for Homestay families for the 2014-2015 school year. Become a home away from home for an international student!  

Award winning international students at DVSS

Graduation is a proud moment for any student, but it is a particularly special day for international students. It is the culmination of hard work at school in a new country, the achievement of transitioning from their native schooling to a new education system and many do this while learning English at the same time. This year at Drumheller Valley Secondary School three international graduates...

Graduating as an Elite!

From the age of 15, Clark Cai knew that he wanted to be a scientist or an engineer. From that moment, his hard work and serious approach to his studies led him to be an outstanding student, and an acclaimed graduate of the Golden Hills School Division Elite Program. Clark was born in Shiyan City in Hubei province of People’s Republic of China and attended school in his home city, living with...

New Golden Hills ESL program in Runzhou China

On April 15, 2014 two educational worlds officially united to make a mark in Zhenjiang China’s history. A celebration was held for the grand opening of the Children’s House for ESL of Runzhou School Division including the introduction of a fantastic new Canadian English learning program for their students. The program, which was developed by Golden Hills School Division International program,...

Come on, be a SHOW OFF!

Everybody loves to be a show off but how many students can say their teacher actually asked them to be a show off? Well that is exactly what happened to Bow (Apirata) Kuantana, a grade 12 student from Thailand who is attending Strathmore High School. Her art teacher, Brandy Roberts, recognizing the accomplishments of her talented students, helped them apply to have their artwork showcased in th...

Alberta students among the world's best on international test

An international study reveals Alberta students are among the best in Canada and the world when it comes to solving complex problems.  On the computer-based problem solving component of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Alberta students tied for top place in Canada and fourth best in the world. A total of 53 jurisdictions across the globe participated in this component...

Canada confirms new student visa regulations

Canada has just published revised regulations for its International Student Program (ISP) effectively concluding a process of consultation and regular reform that had unfolded over the past year. The new regulations come into force in June 2014. Read more about the new student visa regulations.

Making a difference in the world

“Youth are the foundation of tomorrow, the building blocks of society; in order to ensure success we must evoke the available talents to mould and create empowered, confident youth who maintain a voice to change the world for the better.” These wise words come from an extraordinary student from Drumheller Valley Secondary School, Maria Patterson. Maria is a passionate defender of human ri...

Welcome to our 2nd semester international students!

A heartfelt warm welcome goes out to our new students who have joined us for the second semester of the 2013-2014 school year. This semester we have 22 new students from Malaysia, China, Japan, Nigeria, Rwanda, Korea, Mexico, Ghana and Germany. New international students may have a lot of questions about school and student life in Canada. Don’t worry though our International Program staff are...

National Child Day in Strathmore

The Town of Strathmore has declared today, November 20th as National Child Day. Celebrations in town include: A Teddy Bear Picnic for children ages 0-6yrs. from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 at Parent Link A Blue Ribbon Campaign- ribbons can be picked up at the local library, Parent Link or Daycares prior to Wednesday. Bookmarks to be given out at the Library. An encouragement for people to watch...

International Education Week

International Education Week (IEW) is an annual, week-long event celebrated during the third week of November by over 85 countries around the world. This year it will be celebrated November 18-22.  IEW is an initiative under the Council of Minister of Education, Canada and is recognized by other provincial/territorial governments and various non-governmental organizations active in internation...

DVSS gets top marks for community service and student empowerment

Students at Drumheller Valley Secondary School have been recognized by the Alberta Government as a Healthy School. Lynn Hemming, an English teacher and student counsellor at the school, describes what makes DVSS unique in their vision of building student empowerment and community service at the school. Read the story at Drumheller Valley Secondary School: Comunity Service and Student Empowerm...

Crossing cultures at Crowther Memorial Jr. High

Making new friends always takes time but when you’re a student in a new country with a new language and culture, time can seem endless. Staff at Crowther Memorial Junior High School in Strathmore; understand that a student’s sense of belonging is largely built upon feelings of acceptance as an individual and as part of a community. It is this sense of connection that impacts the quality of lea...

Excelling at Drumheller Valley Secondary School

Graduation is an unforgettable experience, especially for our international students. Not only have they achieved the requirements for graduation in Alberta, Canada they’ve accomplished their goal of learning and studying in English while many are learning the language at the same time. We admire their hard work and commitment to studying in a country far from home and are proud to congratula...

All Drumheller international students safe and secure

As you may be aware several communities in Alberta have been devastated by extremely high levels of flooding. Most recently the town of Drumheller was put on high alert due to the threat of high water levels on the Red Deer River. In response to this threat the Golden Hills International program staff had emergency preparedness plans in place to ensure the safety and security of all students....

Drumheller school is open but exams are still optional

International students in Drumheller will find DVSS open today, Tuesday June 25 but they won't have to worry about writing final exams.   Because so many Drumheller and area students and their families have been impacted by the evacuation, all DVSS final exams scheduled for the remainder of the year are optional. This decision was made in consultation with Alberta Education.  ...

International student shines at mathematics contest

When Alex Kim joined the Golden Hills International program In January 2013 little did he know it would only take him a few months to make his mark as a mathematics star.   Alex, a grade 9 student at Crowther Memorial Junior High School in Strathmore, recently took part in the Calgary and District 37th Junior High School Mathematics contest.  The contest takes place every spring...

Only book flights home after exams!

Reminder to agents and parents We are now nearing the end of the semester and high school students will be writing their final exams. Please have your students check their exam schedules before booking flights home for the summer. All flights should be booked after exams are done.   Since final exams are secured it is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to change the dates the...

International Program - Host Families Needed

Host Families Needed!  We are looking for loving, supportive, active families, retired or working couples or individuals who are interested in sharing Canadian Culture with students and learning about cultures from around the world. We need immediate and future homes for elementary through to high school age students. For more information contact: Caley Deeg caley.deeg@ghsd75.c...

New On-line Access to Marks and Attendance for Your Child

Golden Hills is excited to provide access to parents to their students learner profile on-line.  With this new tool you will be able to access your child's attendance, marks and other additional information.  Please see below on how to access this new resource.  Learner Profile process: There are two parts to the new Learner Profile; one part is the actual paper copy that will be sent ho...