200 students and 'something for everyone'
EVENTS | By Adrian Hanna and J.M.
On May 12 , two hundred students from five different feeder schools will attend their Dartmouth High School orientation.
The school is hyped for the visit. As a result of the somewhat overwhelming number of students expected, the school tour portion of the orientation has been cancelled and a performance by the boys' hip hop group from fashion show added instead.
Dartmouth High will host students from our three feeder schools — Prince Arthur, John Martin, and Bicentennial — as well as French immersion students from Caledonia and Ellenvale.
The students can expect to learn what it's like to be in high school and how to differentiate fun from work — how to have fun and enjoy the best three years of your life while still keeping up with your education.
Students will hear about all the different sports teams in our school and clubs they can be a part of, about all the opportunities to meet new people and to travel around Canada and even the world.
The grade nine orientation is very important to the success of the 'rookies.' It gives students a little exposure to the high school life and what high school kids are like. Shows can exaggerate and stereotype the challenges, but high school is actually a safe and fun environment to be in.
When asked why grade nine orientations are important, our co-president said: "I remember my grade nine orientation, when they talked about needing leaders to step up and run for grade ten reps. I have never been a sports guy but I was always engaged socially with everyone.
"The grade nine orientation helped expose me to the right people to pursue a high school lifestyle that fit my personality. I feel like high school has something for everyone, and the orientation helps identify the types of things you can be a part of to help you ease into the transition of the high school world.
"It's so much fun."
High school is a confusing time for any teenager. The process of picking your courses and meeting your requirements, being popular and playing on sports teams — it can seem very overwhelming and place a lot of pressure on young minds. The orientation is meant to ease that anxiety so that once you begin high school you are calm and collected — and can be the best student you can be.
With speeches about sports, discussion about clubs, comedy slideshows, department heads talking about all the different courses offered, and even a rousing and hilarious performance by the boys' hip hop group, this year's orientation will be an experience no ninth grader will want to miss.