Jun 18, 2014
The 2013-2014 year is winding up and as students make their summer plans, teachers plan to make next year awesome! In addition to adding Drama, Construction, and ESL to the Fall course schedule, we are looking forward to all the new faces who will be joining the student body. New grade 10 students will get to enjoy campus life alongside all those enrolled in grades 11 and 12. Prospective students and their families have been coming on their own to visit the school and our annual invitation for June 8-10’s Open House was well attended.
The PAA Days program increased our numbers by a solid third, if only for a day. We welcomed more than 30 students into the dorm and classrooms to see what life at PAA looks like. Families came from Saskatoon, Sylvan Lake, and everywhere in between to join us on Sunday.
At registration, students chose a class to attend from some of our more popular courses. Staff coordinated efforts to offer a Photography/Video Challenge, Art, Science, Soccer, Volleyball, Woodworking, and Praise Band sessions so students could see the variety of opportunities offered by PAA.
To kick off the program, PAA students led out in a Sunday night Chapel worship and many of our guests stayed in residence. Monday morning started with worship and orientation, where Mr. Jamieson and Ms. Bishop shared information about courses and credits before the campus tours.
Prospective students were partnered with enrolled PAA student team leaders, who showed them around the points of interest here on the Hilltop. From the Acros Centre to the Cafeteria, the Dorm to the Gym, PAA Days guests were amazed by all the resources and excited about life on campus.
Lunch was prepared by the Foods class and served by student Hospitality volunteers under the supervision of SA sponsors, Ms. Fernandez and Ms. Egolf. The afternoon breakout sessions were a lot of fun, but ended with a bit of stormy weather. PAA’s Parent Advisory Council provided supper for everyone before CUC staff Ron Schafer led the group in team-building challenges. The games saw students creating human knots and playing body-snatcher tug-of-war! More than just entertaining, the class challenges really illustrated how much fun it is to spend time with uplifting, Christian youth who bring good attitudes to their sportsmanlike play.
Following the games, the scheduled program concluded with worship and more than $5000 in scholarships given away by draw. Everyone enjoyed ice cream back at the dorm, and PAA students made friends with guests they look forward to seeing in September. Even though the rain came and went throughout the day’s programs, the smiles on everyone’s faces weren’t just for fair weather! It’s such a blessing to see how God leads people to PAA and uses our students and staff to make such a positive impact on the lives of others. We look forward to the start of a new school year and welcome your prayers for all who will be joining us for 2014-2015.