Friday, 4 December 2015


Congratulations to Grade 12 student Summer K who has been accepted into the Youth Mentorship program run by the Art and Cultural Industries  Manitoba (ACI). Summer will be mentoring with the Winnipeg Film Group.

Semester 1 exams

Grey Cup Winners!

Westwood Collegiate Safe Grad Committee
Grey Cup Fundraising Raffle
November 29, 2015

Thank you for your support of the Grey Cup fundraising raffle for the Westwood Collegiate graduating class of 2016. We raised $2110 which will be used to make their Safe Grad a memorable occasion. Congratulations to the following winners:

1st Quarter Score: East 13 West 10
            Correct Score: Unsold
            Reverse Score: Unsold

2nd Quarter Score: East 16 West 17
            Correct Score: Paul Bingham $200
            Reverse Score: Ken Demond $100

3rd Quarter Score: East 19 West 18
            Correct Score: Rich Gillis $200
            Reverse Score: Glen Johnston $100

Final Score: East 20 West 26
            Correct Score: Brendan Kavanagh $1000
            Reverse Score: Sandra Paquet $100

29-29: Michael Chryplywy $25
00-00: Unsold

Lottery License Number LGA-4755RF

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Congratulations Nicole!

 Grade 11 student Nicole N was awarded 2 silver medals for her short and long novice programs at Superskate, held at the Terry Sawchuk Arena. Congratulations!

Monday, 30 November 2015

Camryn D wins Gold!

Camryn D received the Gold Medal for the highest mark in Level 5 voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music at a ceremony at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Congratulations!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

WCAAG meeting

Please join the Westwood Collegiate Arts Advisory Group for their meeting on Thursday November 26th at 7:00 in our library. Any parent of a student enrolled in an Arts program is encouraged to attend.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

School Bus cancellations

Winter is here!

Metro superintendents check the weather in the morning and make a determination as to whether or not buses are cancelled for the day in the Metro area. -45 degrees Celsius or colder (with windchill) and or severe snowstorms are a couple of the determining factors.

Once a decision is made to cancel school buses, a synrevoice message will then be sent out to parents and principals.

The news media is also alerted to cancellations and Division websites are updated to reflect any announcement.

Parents of bussed students can then determine whether or not they want to send/drive their children to school.

Monday, 9 November 2015

English Conversation Groups

Congratulations Nicole!

Nicole attended the 2016 Skate Canada Manitoba Sectional Championship in Morris, Manitoba in the Novice Women category.

She has achieved a position on the Skate Canada Manitoba High Performance Team and 2016 Skate Canada Challenge Team.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Remembrance Day Service

Westwood will be hosting a Remembrance Day Service on Tuesday November 10th beginning at 11:00am. All are welcome to attend. If any military parents wish to participate, please contact Mr. Braun in the office.

Monday, 26 October 2015

IB Information Evening

Westwood will be holding a IB information evening on Tuesday November 3rd from 6:30-7:30. This session is primarily for the parents of current Grade 11 and 12 students who may have questions about the International Baccalaureate Programme.

Hear about the IB programme, its implications on scheduling, its curricular demands and its payoffs - you will get a meaningful picture of the programme and if is the right fit for your student.

The presentation will take place in the school theatre. We look forward to meeting with you!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Blood Donor Clinic October 30th

There will be a bus travelling to Canadian Blood Services on Friday October 30th at 12:30 and returning at approximately 3:00. Permission forms are available from Ms. Overby in Room 104. Students must be 17 and in good health to donate.

Mr. Stairs is pictured donating his 200th pint of blood. Thank you Mr. Stairs!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Parent Teacher interviews/Information evening

Representatives from the following organizations will be at Westwood during Parent Teacher Interviews (October 26th) to answer questions and give out information:

- University of Manitoba
- University of Winnipeg
- Red River College
- Booth Community College
- The Salon Professional Academy
- The Winnipeg Police Service
- Northwest Law Academy
- The Canadian Military

Arts Advisory Group

The Westwood Collegiate Arts Advisory Group will have their first meeting on Thursday, October 22/15 at 7pm in the school library. All parents with a student(s) in an arts program are encouraged to attend.

Minneapolis Arts Trip April 19-22 2016

The Minneapolis trip takes place April 19-22, 2016 and there are only 11 seats left on the bus! Those students enrolled in first or second semester Visual Arts, Graphic Tech, or Photography courses and are in Grades 10-12 can see Mrs. Teichroew or Mr. Cichosz for information. Deadline for submitting a deposit  is Friday, October 30th.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Halloween Dance October 29th

Get your tickets soon!

Our Monster Mash takes place in our school gym Thursday October 29th from 7:00-10:30. Tickets must be purchased in advance and ID (student card) must be presented at the door.

Tickets $10 and are available in the cafeteria at lunch.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes will take place the morning of Friday October 30th. Please remember to give your original proofs to the photographer, or there will be a $5 sitting fee (cash or cheque payable to Lifetouch). If you didn't have your picture taken on September 16th, there is no charge. 

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

OurSCHOOL Survey

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As part of our focus on school effectiveness, Westwood Collegiate will be participating in an online school survey for students – OurSCHOOL.

OurSCHOOL is an online survey that allows students to give their feedback and share their voices on their school environment, experiences at school, and any school improvement programs.  During the next few weeks, all students will be given the opportunity and time to participate in this survey during regular school hours. They are encouraged to complete the survey, but may choose not to as it is completely voluntary. Students who agree to complete the survey will be given a random username and password to access and complete the survey. Students’ names cannot be linked to their responses which allows it to be completely anonymous. Results will show all student scores combined together – it is not possible to single out individual students in the results. 

The student survey will be completed electronically and will require approximately 30 minutes to complete. The student survey measures include such topics as emotional and social well-being, physical health, and behaviours and attitudes linked to student success. The survey also allows students to give their thoughts and feedback in open-ended question responses.

OurSCHOOL was created by The Learning Bar, based on the work by Dr. J. Douglas Willms. Dr. Willms is widely known nationally and internationally for his work on educational monitoring systems, including the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Since 2004, OurSCHOOL has quickly grown to become Canada’s largest national school survey. 

If you would like more information, please contact school administration.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Our fall Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place Monday, October 26th from 4-8pm. The website will be open for booking appointments on Wednesday, October 14th at 6am. Please go to our website ( and follow the link.

Flu Season

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Drama Coffee House

Want to get out of the daily GRIND?
Need something to PERK you up?

Join us Thursday November 19th and Friday November 20th for the 
Annual Drama Coffee House.

Admission is only $2.00 or $1.00 with a donation to the food bank.

Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm, but please show up early as we have a limited number of seats...
After all, it is the GREATEST JOE ON EARTH!!!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Jostens Grad Rings

A representative from Jostens will be in front of the school office from 11:30-1:30 on Wednesday October 7th and again on Wednesday October 14th to display their Grad rings and receive Grad ring orders and payment.

Congratulations Alex M!

Congratulations to Alex, who is in Grade 11. She swims for the St. James Seals, and recently competed in the Canada Summer Games. She won and silver and a bronze, and broke the provincial record in the 200M Free Relay.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Late Start Tuesdays

Beginning  September 15th
 TUESDAY morning class times will be: Period 1 9:00-9:57, Period 2 10:00-10:57, Period 3 11:00-12:03. Afternoon class times are not affected.

Student Parking

Students requesting a parking spot should pick up an application in the office.

 You may access the online payment program on Saturday September 19th and pay for your spot. Students should report to the office on Monday September 21st with their completed application form, register their vehicle and have their parking stall assigned. 

Parking in the student lot will be "scramble" until September 21st.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Parent Council meeting

Our first Parent Council meeting of the year takes place Wednesday September 16th at 7:00 in our school library. All are welcome to attend. 

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Timetable pickup

Once they have paid their fees online, students may pick up their timetables:

Monday August 31st - Grades 11 & 12 (9:00am - 3:00pm)
Tuesday September 1st - Grades 9 & 10 (9:00am - 3:00pm)

Timetable changes may be made by appointment between 9:00am and 3:00pm on August 31st, September 1st and 2nd.


Please join us in welcoming the following staff members who are new to our school:

 Kevin Dueck - Principal
Christine Butcher - Resource
Steve Christie - Science
Bryan Enns - Phys Ed
Educational Assistants - Moses Atienza, Jackie Shaer, Evelyn Vince

Picture Day

Picture day will take place Wednesday September 16th. Information will be available to students when they pick up their timetable on Monday August 31st (Grades 11 & 12) and Tuesday September 1st (Grades 9 & 10).

Tuesday, 30 June 2015


Enjoy your summer everyone! The school office will be closed from Wednesday July 1st and will reopen Thursday August 20th. Please refer to the "Opening Day letter" attached to your student's report card for instructions to pay student fees online before printing their timetable for the 2015-2016 school year.  School begins Wednesday September 9th.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Westwood GSA

The Westwood Gay Straight Alliance attended the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 14th as Rainbow Warriors! The group marched alongside Sturgeon Heights and John Taylor,  and were very well received by the crowd. The GSAs were cheered on as alumni and staff called out their support, or joined in the march. It was an uplifting and positive experience!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Sports Awards banquet

Congratulations to Lauren F and Ethan D who were named Athletes of the Year.

Congratulations to Alicia P and Ryan L who were named Junior Athletes of the Year.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Band and Choir win GOLD at Nationals in Toronto!

What can we say that has not already been said?  Westwood Collegiate Band and Choral programs are a force to be reckoned with.  From May 12th - 16th, 26 students, along with Mr. Edwards, Ms. Russell and Mr. Wake attended the Nationals Music Festival in Toronto.  Both Nationals Vocal Jazz and Sr. Jazz faced some fierce competition, as everyone at this festival had to win a invitation by competing at their regional festival first.  Thus, Musicfest is a coming together of the top vocal jazz and Jazz ensembles in our country.

When the dust had settled, both groups had risen to the top of their respective categories and we each awarded a GOLD plaque to honour their achievements.  Adjudicators were "over the top" with their compliments.

Christine Jensen who directs a big band in Montreal was verbally adjudicating the band and was,"all in!" for our performance. She complimented the ensemble on masterfully dealing with some very difficult textures.  In the end, she came on stage and told the ensemble that they were the "hippest band" of the entire festival and complimented Mr. Edwards on bringing such a dynamic band to the festival... "it was a musical treat." She then presented an "Honour Award" chosen by the adjudicators to Evan, drummer with the Sr Jazz, in recognition of his outstanding performance at the festival.

 As for the vocal jazz ensemble, their audience rose to their feet in standing ovation..... which is not unheard of for this group, but what was absolutely phenomenal is that the ovation came after their expertly executed rendition of Pentatonix's Run To You mashed-up with Gravity...... THEIR 2ND TUNE.  An ovation after your 2nd song is unheard of, but we saw it happen with our very own eyes.  Greg Jasperse, member of the highly acclaimed Veritical Voices and educator at Western, worked with the vocal jazz after their performance and was absolutely on fire to have the chance to work with an ensemble of such high calibre.  He then recognized Lindsay with an "Honour Award"  chosen by the adjudicators in recognition of her outstanding performance at the festival.

After our performances, we were all over campus checking out: Concert Bands, String Orchestras, Concert Choirs and other Vocal Jazz Groups and Jazz Bands.  With everyone being at such a high level, it was no surprise that every performance we saw was fantastic.

On Thursday, the group was treated with a visit to the CN tower and to Ripley's aquarium.  I will let the photos speak for themselves on that one.  Epic vistas and "tiny purple fishes run laughing through your fingers and you want to take them with you to the heartland of the sun."  (Tale of Brave Ulyssyes - Cream).

Then we ended up at Chapters/ Indigo Bookstore where, through the genius vision of Ms. Russell, the Vocal Jazz ensemble was able to perform their a cappella set for none other than Heather Reismann the CEO, of Chapters/Indigo.  She was so impressed with the students from Westwood, that she told them all to pick any two things in the store at her expense.  Needless to say there were 26 kids wandering about Chapters with a crooked little grin on their face trying to decide what books to pick.

To wrap it all up the group spent all day Saturday at Canada's Wonderland where the weather was simply perfect at 26˚C and sunny.... a stark contrast to the 10CM of snow that was awaiting everyone on their arrival home.

What else can be said.  Fantastic teachers, wonderful principal and excellent students. ..... but we knew that already.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Blood Donor Clinic

The last blood donor opportunity for this year will be on Tuesday May 26th. The shuttle bus pick up will be at noon and will return at approximately 2:30. Donors must be at least 17 years old and in good health. Permission forms are in the office. Please sign up to save someone's life!