By Emily Wei, Columnist
We all have long days, but you never really realize how fast time is actually going until you take a step back. I say this because this is the last Out of the West Column for 2021 and it’s crazy to think that after this issue, I won’t see you all again until 2022! Anyway, enough thinking of the future, it’s time to think about the past month! There’s never a dull moment here at Halifax West High School and November was no exception.
From the very first day of November, our Community Involvement committee was busy with their annual winter clothing drive. Boxes were placed in each class and students or teachers were free to donate any of their winter clothes that they were no longer using. It was for a great cause and we were able to collect countless items to donate to the less fortunate. Only a few days after the clothing drive started, our Sports Promotions committee hosted a free throw competition with lots of prizes and all the money raised will be going towards Pink in the Rink for breast cancer research. This event was able to raise almost $300 for this important cause and we plan to raise even more with upcoming events! Sports Promotions kept themself busy this month and also hosted a very successful floor hockey tournament during the last full week of November. Remembrance Day is an important day for Canada and especially important for so many students within the school whose relatives fought to keep us safe. An assembly was held in the school on November. 10 to commemorate the veterans and soldiers who often go forgotten. On top of many performances and readings from guest speakers the Halifax West High School band participated as well. Another annual tradition in the West is our Mental Health and Wellness day, but this year, we were lucky enough to make it last a whole week! The theme for Warrior Wellness Week this year was: Refresh, Renew, Refocus and the Warrior Wellness committee worked extremely hard to make this week as impactful as possible and they did an amazing job. There were keynote speakers for different grades each day as well as activities at lunch such as; watercolouring, therapy dogs, and tea rooms! On November. 26, the whole school was invited to participate in a school-wide bingo! For the past couple months, we have only been doing bingo with one grade at a time but having all 3 grades involved was a big treat. In addition to this, the World Involvement and Environment Committee organized a Bowl-a-Thon for people to participate in with their friends if they raised $50! It was a big hit and many teams attended to win some amazing prizes.
To end November, what would Halifax West be without the much anticipated holiday decorating with the Executive Student Government team! I can personally say that I have been looking forward to this since Halloween ended and by the first day of December, the school will be full of holiday spirit and joy! Now, that’s just about everything that has happened in November at our local high school and I’ll see you all in the new year