News Archive

How on Earth am I Going to Survive a Winter in Alberta?

It’s that time of year again! Temperatures are dropping and you need to start wearing warmer clothes. A lot of students are dreading the colder months, however if you dress appropriately and participate in winter activities, you can embrace the season with a positive attitude. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for a Canadian winter!        ...

Fall Fun at the Calgary Corn Maze

The Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm brings a country experience to all who visit. It is dedicated to providing guests with a truly unique, down to earth, and memorable experience.  There were so many things to do everybody was overwhelmed with excitement. There are over 13 acres of corn mazes to wind through, jumping pillows - each one is bigger than most houses! the potato sack slide is o...

Model United Nations gives students a glimpse of global diplomacy

Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN is an extra-curricular activity where students typically roleplay delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. At Strathmore High School, teacher Mark Schweitzer has been running the club which is made up of an exciting mix of four international students and four local students. The group meets every Wednesday after school to...

Happy Dilawi

Wishing our agents, students and their families a Happy Diwali on October 19, 2017.

DVSS students enjoy Banff experience!

It was a beautiful fall day - perfect for a trip to Banff National Park. So off went about 60 dorm and homestay students ready for an exciting journey through the Rocky Mountains. When everybody arrived there were a few hours of free time, giving everybody an opportunity to find a place for lunch, do some shopping and explore the Banff townsite. After meeting everybody at COWS, the famous i...

Strathmore international students monkeying around at the zoo!

On September 23, international students from Strathmore journeyed into Calgary to visit the world-renowned Calgary Zoo. From the splendor of the Rocky Mountains to the heart of Destination Africa, The Calgary Zoo has almost 900 animals from around the world. From trekking through the gorilla’s rainforest, to a safari over the Savannah to watch the hippos swim, or climb the Canadian Wilds to...

What better way for girls to have fun!

Who doesn't like cupcakes? And who doesn't like to bake cupcakes....especially gourmet cupcakes! Accommodations Coordinator Michelle Wiley gave international students an opportunity to learn just that - how to bake gourmet cupcakes. On the menu were fancy Fall cupcakes and best of all these cupcakes were going to be served for dessert at the homestay parent orientation she was holding that e...

Accommodations hosted trip to Banff

On Saturday, October 1 Accommodations Coordinator Michelle Wiley and 44 students from Three Hills School and Prairie Christian Academy, as well as a few Canadian student representatives from both schools, went on a journey to discover Banff National Park. Banff is approximately 150 kilometers west of Calgary and is Canada's first national park. There are over three million visitors a year to un...

Crowther Memorial Jr. High School Welcomes International Students!

Principal Linda Tucker and Associate Principal Ryan Hunter hosted a pizza lunch at Crowther Memorial Jr. High school for our new and returning international students. Delicious pizza and drinks were had by all attendees including members of the International office team. Linda Tucker welcomed the students and explained that teachers and administrators of the school were there to help them wi...

Three Hills Movie Night

What fun! Principal Todd Hoover gave international students special nighttime access to the school for a MOVIE NIGHT! The movie was Cool Runnings - a comedy about Jamaica's first bobsled team. The movie depicts the team's comical transition to Canadian life, culture and cold weather! as they train for the 1988 Winter Olympic games in Calgary. The movie was a hit and so was the table full...

International Student Orientation Rocked!

In an effort to ease international students' transition to school at Golden Hills and life in Canada, a new student orientation program has been added to the Program. On September 9, 2017  international students in grades 7-12 from all Golden Hills' schools hopped onto buses and geared up for a fun-filled day. It was a great opportunity for students attending our different schools to get acqu...

Golden Hills International has a Facebook Page

Golden Hills International is excited to announce our incredible Facebook page! We will update our page with news and photos from exciting events in our schools and trips and events that take place with our students in our dorms and with our homestay families. Find out just how fantastic being a student at Golden Hills can be!...

International T-shirt Design Contest Winners

Congratulations to our International T-Shirt Design Winners!   Our winner is Akkiko Ishimoto!   Runner Up in second place is Lucinda He!   Thank you to everyone who submitted designs for our first ever International T-Shirt Design Contest! Your creative minds came up with some great designs. Akkiko Ishimoto is a student at Drumheller Valley Secondary School. For h...

Calling all international students to the t-shirt design contest!

Ready, Set, Design! Announcing Golden Hills International’s First Ever T-Shirt Design Contest The contest will run from May 9, 2017 through to May 31, 2017. The winner will be announced June 7, 2017. We are excited to see what you, the pulse of Golden Hills International, will create to showcase who we are. While there is no tagline or phrase that needs to be included as part of the de...

Happy Easter!

Wishing everyone a fabulous Easter break! School starts again on Monday, April 24, 2017.  

Game night isn't just for games!

Game night is an awesome social event that is held monthly for students at the Drumheller dormitory. It is a relaxed evening activity where friends get together to play Bingo and it is a good way to chill out, have fun, and win some prizes. So much fun in fact, that they don’t even realize how much it helps them improve their English skills. And if somebody chooses to be the Caller – the one w...

Great News from Strathmore High School and International Student Hanna Knop from Germany!

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...