By Emily Wei, Columnist
Hello fellow newspaper readers! For those new to this section of the Parkview Newspaper, my name is Emily Wei and I am a grade 12 student at Halifax West High School. I had the privilege of being a columnist for this section last year and words can’t express how glad I am to return as one this year! “Out of the West” is meant to inform the community of the things happening in our wonderful local high school, Halifax West, each month and is written either by me or another columnist depending on the month. On the other hand, for those of you that are returning readers of this section, welcome back and I hope you didn’t miss us too much over the summer break! September has finally rolled around again and you know what that means, school has officially started again for the 2021-2022 school year! Freshmen are now Sophomores, Sophomores are now Juniors, and Juniors are now Seniors! The two months of summer we had, sure didn’t slow us down at the West at all, and we drove full speed into the new year!
To start off with, the West made sure to make the first week of school as memorable as possible for everyone and gave out free cotton candy, hosted spirit games and made an information booth. Pink day came fast this year since it was on the first Thursday of the school year, but the West made sure to spread the message. Student Government sold pink t-shirts, hosted conversation tables to meet new people, and a video was shown to all classes that described what pink day is for. Just a week after this, it was time to choose our Grade 10 representatives for this year! All of the newcoming grade 10s who campaigned did a fantastic job, and at the end of a tiring 3 days, Josh Eboigbe and Jane Elliott were voted in! It’s always nice to have some fresh faces on Student Government and I know they’ll do a great job! Speaking of grade 10s and Student Government, we wanted to make them feel as welcome into their new school as possible. This is why we compiled a video showing all the Student Government committees, some school clubs/teams, some upcoming events, and introducing our office administration/ guidance counselors, just to name a few. This video was shown to all Grade 10 classes on September 23rd for their “Frosh Block” and was followed by a school-wide bingo game with the hosts being our Vice-Presidents, Sierra Jordan and Emily Wei (that’s me!) and there were multiple different prizes such as; cake, candy assortments and candles. The frosh block didn’t end there though… At lunchtime, Student Government volunteers hosted a free barbecue and served hot dogs and pop to whoever wanted some! This was obviously a big hit because who wouldn’t want some free lunch? Like I mentioned before, some school teams and clubs have officially started and some of them include; Breakfast Club, Yearbook Club, K-Pop Club, Chess Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club and Math club. To finish off September, Halifax West commemorated Truth and Reconciliation week to honour those who survived Residential Schools and remember the children who did not. This included some events such as Orange shirt day, lessons to recognize what has happened in our past, and various paintings and posters around the school.
Not only did some clubs begin, but also some of our wonderful sports teams! September was a busy month for all our athletes and some of their new accomplishments include; winning the boys football home opener, winning the baseball home opener, and our girls soccer team currently being unbeaten at 4-0! Not only did we manage to do these, but our Boys soccer team was able to manage a first place finish against King’s-Edgehill, and our girls volleyball team tried their hardest and came close to beating Citadel at their first game! With all that said, I think that completes the month of September at Halifax West High School so I’ll hopefully see you all again in 2 months!