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Golden Hills Schools Relaunch Guide 2020/2021

Golden Hills Schools Relaunch Guide 2020/2021 is available HERE, this document reflects the most recent information provided by Alberta Health Services and Alberta Education. 

Message From the Golden Hills School Division Board of Trustees

The Motto of the Golden Hills School Division is “Powering Hope and Possibilities” and never has this been more evident than in the past two weeks. As we all struggle to deal with the challenges we are facing, the employees of Golden Hills have focussed their efforts on providing hope and possibilities for our students and parents.  Our board would like to recognize and thank all of the pe...

Classes Suspended in all Alberta Schools - March 15, 2020

Dear Parents, As per Alberta Chief Medical Officer Deena Hinshaw’s recommendations, Alberta Education has now suspended classes at all Alberta schools indefinitely. Effective immediately, regular classes in all Golden Hills’ Schools are suspended, no buses will be running and all students should stay at home. Though we do not know how long classes will be suspended, we want to provide...

Semester 2 Orientation!

Semester 2 has started and we are happy to welcome our second intake of students. Orientation took place on February 8 and students were informed about medical insurance, dorm and homestay guidelines, how to become involved in international program activities and what school is like at Golden Hills. It was a great opportunity for students to meet each other and prepare for their Canadian edu...

HAPPY CHINESE/LUNAR NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

Another Successful Annual Winter Retreat

The 2020 Winter Retreat has come to a close and everybody who participated is happy and tired! This year there were 40 students from Strathmore, Drumheller and Three Hills who journeyed to Banff and Canmore for three days of fun and exploring surrounded by the majestic Canadian Rockies. Some of the activities included pizza and glow-in-the-dark blacklight bowling, and cross country ski lesso...

A slippery slope to remember!

On Friday, December 13 students traveled to Mount Norquay for a ski adventure. They had skiing and snowboarding lessons that were tailored to their ability/experience. After the fun-filled ski workout they had lunch at the lodge then continued back onto the slopes for practice time to perfect their new skills! It was a day on the slopes to remember!  ...

Three Hills School celebrates International Education Week

International Education Week takes place every year during the third week of November and is celebrated by more than 100 countries. The week highlights programs and activities that give students and educators the opportunity to see the world through an international lens. This year Three Hills School started each day throughout the week by playing a different national anthem on the intercom eac...

Having a spooktacular time carving pumpkins!

Halloween is just around the corner and students at the DVSS dorm got into the spirit by having a pumpkin carving party! Carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns is a common practice on Halloween. You cut the top off the pumpkin, scoop out the middle, carve a face, image or word into the pumpkin and pop a candle or light of some kind in the pumpkin and watch it glow. Some of the students chose t...

Orientation 2019 was a blast!

Welcome everybody you will have a super fantastic time at Golden Hills! That was the message throughout the 2019 orientation that took place on September 7, 2019. Students from all dorms and homestays were excited to meet each other and friendships were forged on the spot!  It was also an opportunity for students to get information about our expectations from them as students at school and...

WELCOME to Golden Hills International!

A big welcome to our new international students and welcome back to everybody who has returned for another great year! This will be a fantastic year and you'll be at great schools learning more than you can imagine and making the best of memories that will last a lifetime. Golden Hills is made up of many safe and beautiful communities where new friendships can be made with warm, welcoming peop...

Soccer Victory!

The Three Hills boys’ U19 soccer team beat the Olds soccer team to come away with the gold medal in their district playoff tournament June 15th. This is particularly notable for the international program since international students from Prairie Christian Academy and Three Hills School make up half the team!  Michael Uwalaka and Taro Arano both scored goals in this game to help their tea...

Drumheller Valley Secondary School Graduation 2019

High school graduation is an incredible milestone to reach and on May 23, 2019 students from Drumheller Valley Secondary School threw their caps in celebration of reaching that milestone.  The Class of 2019 had 77 graduates and 24 of those students were from our international program. Highlights of the event were musical performances by international student Kate Guo on piano and Erin Bert...

Golden Hills Homestay Families - Meet the Cornett Family

Being a Homestay family with Golden Hills International is a unique and rewarding experience for all members of your family. Our international program welcomes students from all over the world and your hospitality can make all the difference. It isn't just about giving them a place to live and eat, you become a vital part of their experience here.  For first-hand information about being...

Celebrating International Students' Day at Drumheller Valley Secondary School

Drumheller Valley Secondary school held an International Students' Day on March 22, by taking a trip around the world right in their own school. DVSS students gave a shout out to their international student friends and celebrated the knowledge and experiences they gained across cultures, showcasing food, music, and performances. Golden Hills International hosts more than 300 students which...

A Tale of a Strathmore High School International Student

Canadians are some of the most welcoming people in the world, which is one reason international students are attracted to Canada for studying abroad. Still, a student moving across the globe all by themselves is a pretty big deal. There are challenges to be faced once they are here BUT they will conquer these challenges. Read this story that one of our international students, Upneet Kaur from...

2019 PCA Mission Trip to Ross River

  The 2019 PCA mission trip to Ross River Yukon was a fantastic time!  The team flies to Whitehorse and then drive 5 hours north and east to the 400 people metropolis of Ross River.  They are hosted by long-term missionaries who have lived there for 17 years.   They were very excited to have two of their international students join the team. They experienced the incredible scenery a...

Golden Hills Homestay Families - Meet the Maningas Family

Being a Homestay family with Golden Hills International is a unique and rewarding experience for all members of your family. Our international program welcomes students from all over the world and your hospitality can make all the difference. It isn't just about giving them a place to live and eat, you become a vital part of their experience here.  For first-hand information about being...

SHS Choir Wins Award at Strathmore Performing Arts Festival

The Strathmore Performing Arts Festival celebrated the end of its week-long festival on April 9 with a showcase and awards night at the Strathmore Alliance Church.   Among the selective few who were asked to perform an encore performance was the Strathmore High School Choir. There were a number of International students who were proudly singing with their Canadian choir members The...

Celebrating Chinese New Year at PCA Girls Dorm

There's nothing like a celebration and the girls in the dorm at PCA agreed! They celebrated Chinese New Year with decorations, envelopes, food, treats and a lot of fun!      

Happy Lunar New Year

Wishing you joy, prosperity and success this New Year and always.

Hockey Night in Calgary

Hockey - a symbol of Canadian culture.  Who doesn't want to explore that cultural tradition?! Well, our international students certainly did so tickets were bought and the bus ride to Calgary began! The Saddledome was a sight to behold and it was jam-packed with Calgary Flames fans. Their excitement was contagious and by the time our students reached their seats they could hardly contain...

2nd Annual Winter Retreat was a .... treat!

Our second annual winter retreat was an incredible opportunity for students who did not return home for Christmas break to have a once-in-a-lifetime winter experience in the Canadian Rockies. It snowed quite heavily from the time of our arrival to the time of our departure, so it was quite the winter wonderland! The retreat took place from January 2nd through January 4th in the world-renowned tour...

Three Hills School International Celebration

Three Hills School got in on the action of celebrating International Education Week. The cooks cooked, the servers served and the presenters presented all in the name of their home countries. Presentations included geographical information, flags, and a demonstration of cultural cues like when to bow and what it means. It was a great day and everybody had a blast. Can't wait for next year...

Strathmore High School and Prairie Christian Academy International Education Week Celebrations

This year Strathmore High School ramped up their International Education Week celebrations. Students participated in a food fair, sharing dishes from their home country to share with visitors. Some of these visitors included elementary students from neighboring schools. Presentations were given in the theater by students who celebrated their heritage with visuals on the big screen and a speech...

Helping Hands from PCA

Christmas season is a time of giving and students from Prairie Christian Academy started their season off by collecting food for the local Food Bank. Grade 11 students including international students, made the trip to the Food Bank and helped prepare food hampers for struggling families. These hampers help provide families with essential food items to boost the supplies at home when times g...

Annual Education Results Report and Education Plan

The Board is pleased to release the new Annual Education Results Report (AERR) and Education Plan. Annually, Golden Hills prepares these documents to inform our stakeholders and the public about the progress the Division is making and the measures it takes to ensure our students are receiving the best education possible. The document includes information on student achievement results, Golden Hill...

Achievement Up in Golden Hills Schools!

With upward trends in achievement over the last three years, Golden Hills continued to see improvement in a number of areas on the 2017-2018 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Examinations. Annually, these assessment results are measured in the Provincial Accountability Pillar, where indicators, such as dropout rates, high school completion, post-secondary transition rates and a variety of s...

Deb Hinds-Nunziata Wins U of C Award

We are very excited to announce that Deb Hinds-Nunziata has been awarded the 6th annual Werklund School of Education Practicum Supervision Award from the University of Calgary. Amongst many nominees, Deb was selected to receive the award, and was celebrated for her commitment and dedication to supervising psychology interns across Golden Hills.  Our Division psychologists make it possible to p...

Remembrance Day in Canada

Our veterans pass the torch of remembrance to us, to ensure that the memory of their efforts and sacrifices will not die with them, and that an appreciation of the values they fought for will live on in all Canadians. November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada. Many countries around the world celebrate their own "Remembrance Day" - some on different dates and some have different names. Find...

Cross Country at Strathmore High

Cross country is a great way to meet new friends and show off how far you can run! Congratulations to the Strathmore High cross country team who made it to the provincials this year, and bigger congratulations to the four international students (Shion, Riku, Keito and James) who made the team and did a fantastic job! The competition took place in Vermillion BC and it was a fierce competitio...

Three Hills International Student Council Hosts Get-together

The Three Hills International Student Council decided a great way to promote socializing of international students at Three Hills School and Prairie Christian Academy was to organize a friendly and fun campfire get-together.  Everybody had a great time getting to know one another better and the treat of the night was the S'mores made over the campfire!  ...

Remembrance Day in Canada

Our veterans pass the torch of remembrance to us, to ensure that the memory of their efforts and sacrifices will not die with them and that an appreciation of the values they fought for will live on in all Canadians. November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada. Many countries around the world celebrate their own "Remembrance Day" - some on different dates and some have different names. Find...

Achievement up in a number of subjects in Golden Hills

With upward trends in achievement over the last three years, Golden Hills continued to see improvement in a number of areas on the 2017-2018 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Examinations. Annually, these assessment results are measured in the Provincial Accountability Pillar, where indicators, such as dropout rates, high school completion, post-secondary transition rates and a variety of s...

Heritage Park Adventure

One of the first adventures in Calgary took our international students to Heritage Park. There they did everything from riding a thundering steam train to riding antique midway rides to exploring beautifully preserved heritage buildings and homesteads. Heritage Park is Canada'slargestliving history muse with hundreds of exhibits, rides, shops, restaurants and daily demonstrations and activities....

Orientation 2018

Golden Hills International Orientation 2018 was a big success. International students from all GHSD schools joined together for a day of fun and information gathering.  

WELCOME TO GOLDEN HILLS!

Welcome to our new international students and welcome back to those that are joining us again! We are so excited to begin another year of learning and new experiences with you. Golden Hills is made up of many safe and beautiful communities where new friendships can be made with warm, welcoming people. This is your chance to experience our beautiful prairies, dramatic badlands and rolling hills...

Awards Night at Strathmore High School

It's awards season and Strathmore High School celebrated by honoring the hard work and talent of many of their students. The Golden Hills International program is proud to recognize all of our graduates, amongst whom there were winners of some of the top honors at the SHS graduation ceremony. Golden Hills International has a track record of developing high achieving, dedicated students who g...

When it comes to sports our international students are golden!

Golden Hills International is extremely proud of our international students who have shown their talent in a number of sports teams at Strathmore High School (SHS). Joining a sporting team, association or club provides great benefits for international students aside from the simple pleasure of the sport itself: Any opportunity to speak English is great practice. Culture is one of the b...

George Freeman K-9 School to Open September 2018

Strathmore's new K-9 school is set to open September 2018! Things are moving along quickly and the new school and recreational center will be a fantastic addition to the Golden Hills school family. Watch the video below to find out more about our great new school!  

Sawade Pee Mai 2018 - Happy Songkran!

As the New Year begins, wishes for happiness,  prosperity and peace are flowing your way. HAPPY SONGKRAN!  

Happy Easter!

Wishing you a Happy Easter that is just as bright  and joyful as the springtime air around you.

University of Lethbridge Visits Strathmore High School

  International students come from around the world to study at Golden Hills International, hoping to sharpen their skills in English and get a head start on post-secondary education in Canada.  One of our university partners, the University of Lethbridge (U of L), recently visited international students at Strathmore High school. There were presentations about the academic program, ca...

International Short Video Contest

  Announcing Golden Hills International’s First Ever Short-Video Contest!   Golden Hills International (GHI) is calling on all international students to enter our first short-video contest. We are looking for original short videos that showcase “International Student Life”. Create a fun video showing your best moments, your friends, your favorite activity/hangout, most memora...

Chillin' at a Great Winter Escape

We've had an interesting winter in Alberta so far - we were walking around in +15 weather at the beginning of December only to plunge to -40 at the end of December! Thank goodness for Chinooks which brought us back to -5 degrees again! Despite the ups and downs of this winter in Alberta, some brave souls journeyed out to rural southern Alberta to the Southern Alberta Bible Camp for a few days o...