Southern Ontario Division (SOD) Ski Team
Del has taught me the very valuable life lesson of having a proper balance between work and leisure. The amount of work assigned and the time I miss for skiing forces me to prioritize getting my work done efficiently and allows me to spend more time doing the things that I enjoy.
- 6:30 am My alarm rings to signal the start of a new day. After eating breakfast and packing my books, I’m ready to go. I leave the house just before 7:30 with my brother in grade 8 and my sister in grade 6. Once we get to our subway station, it takes about 30 minutes to get to Del.
- 8:00 am I arrive just after 8 and head up to my locker on the third floor where I get my books and stop to catch up with friends. From there it’s on to my homeroom class to drop off my books before making my way down to the auditorium for morning assembly. I remember that it’s the grade elevens’ turn to play O Canada this morning and so I quickly run to the music hall and grab my saxophone and make it back just in time for assembly. After playing O Canada, we go through a reflection and prayer led by a teacher as well as hearing the morning announcements ranging from recent wins from our sports teams to upcoming tryouts or events going on around the school.
- 8:45 am Pretty soon I’m settled back down in physics class. We are learning about sound waves and our lesson consists mostly of notes, examples, and questions. The class size of most of our classes is quite small which is nice because it makes it easier to ask questions and get clarification with concepts.
- 10:00 am I head into the biology classroom, admiring the pet snakes and turtles, when I remember that today is our dissection day! After getting geared up in goggles, an apron, and gloves, we receive a fetal pig to dissect.
- 11:15 am One dissection later, I head into religion class and talk to Mr. Gomes about the work I have missed recently. I miss a lot of school for ski racing, something I do as an extracurricular outside of school at a very high level and something I am quite committed to. In grade 11, the religion program focuses on church history as grade 10 focuses on moral theology and grade 12 focuses on philosophy. Today’s lecture is about the relationship between church and state during the Middle Ages.
- 12:35 pm Finally we're done class and I head to the cafeteria for lunch. I have late lunch today so I'm pretty hungry.
- 1:15 pm I head to music class, which is my last period of the day. I play the tenor saxophone, one of just ten different band instruments in our class. It is amazing to see the progress we have made from grade seven, when I first came to DEL, up until now, as we are finally starting to sound like a band. This class we are practicing our songs that we will be playing at the 2016 World Strides Heritage Festival in Orlando in almost a month! In grades eleven and twelve, we combine the band so that we have the numbers (almost fifty) to make up a full band.
- 4:00 pm After taking the subway home with my friends (and sister, of course), I decide to get my math and chemistry homework out of the way that is due tomorrow. After finishing the last of my advanced functions problems, I head downstairs and sit down for dinner.
- 5:15 pm Once a week in the winter, I head up to Mount St. Louis near Barrie to get in some slalom skiing night training. On weekends, we have a place near Collingwood that we go to, but tonight I am just heading up to train and returning to school for tomorrow. These nights can be quite busy (and exhausting!), but they are worth it.
the year the "Oaklands" campus opened
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number of students involved in Theatre De La Salle
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