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News about high school events and achievements.

Larry Came! Who else!

Larry Davenport:

  • he was born in Glencoe Ontario in 1952
  • learned to skate on frozen ponds at the age of eight
  • when the Glencoe arena opened he went there almost 24/7
  • last one to leave the arena and would even get rides home from the caretaker
  • at 15 he played for the Chatham Maroons
  • in that season alone, he scored 31 goals
  • youngest player on his team
  • two years before that, he played for Alvinston and scored 17 goals in a single game
  • was scouted by TorontoDetroit, and even Chicago hockey teams
  • he was signed to the Toronto Marlies into the Junior Metro Hockey League
  • coach would be the great Toronto Maple Leafs goalie himself, Turk Broda
  • sponsered by the Toronto Maple Leafs
  • he totaled with 154 career points which is currently ranking 15th in the programs all-time history
  • 1970, he won the E. Ray Speare award
  • Larry was inducted into the Boston University Athletic hall of fame in 2008

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Students return from France

Thirty-three students and four teachers travelled to Europe over the March Break and for all it was an amazing experience. One of the highlights for many of the students was the opportunity to speak French. Craig Lyons said it best when he quipped “If you ate today, thank a French teacher” after failing to find something to eat during our stopover in Bolougne!  Continue reading

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Crystal James, alumnus, wins the 50:50 jack pot.

Crystal James, GDHS 1995 – 1999, won the $1100 jackpot.  The other winner was the GDHS alumni scholarship funds.

Crystal owns Crystal’s Corner Cafe on Haggerty Road in Newbury.  She started in business when she was in Grade 3, helping out Judy Jones, a local entrepreneur.  In March 2009, Judy was ready to retire from her Newbury restaurant, and Crystal bought her out.

Crystal fondly remembers her GDHS years.  A highlight was working on a model of the Glencoe arena complex, finishing the project after exams when everyone else had disappeared.  She was the proud winner of the Communication and Technology Award in 1997.  Selected for a special class run by Mrs. DeVries in 1997, Crystal remembers learning life skills that helped her prepare for owning her own business.

Congratulations, Crystal!  Thank you for supporting the GDHS Scholarship Fund.

Crystal's Corner Cafe in Glencoe Fair Parade

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Student United Way Campaign raises $1053.88

By Jane Bowley, teacher.

Amanda Vollick Ross ran an extremely successful United Way Campaign raising $1053.88 for organizations in our community .Donations were made through dedicated staff and student activities.
Events for students included Tape a Teacher to the Wall (Mr. Baia and Mr. Wolfe), busking in the Cafeteria (music students), the Helping Hands Homeroom competition where students purchased helping hands for $2.00 which were posted in the front hall, and a Field Hockey buyout. Events for staff included dress down Fridays, a Staff luncheon, and a silent auction where staff had the opportunity to purchase Mr. Moore and Mr. Baia to teach a class.


On November 17th all grades 9 and 10 students participated in a TVDSB Violence Prevention play entitled “Cut” which addresses violence in relationship issues. After viewing the play, senior students facilitated activities designed to encourage discussion and skills with the goal of prevention of violent behaviour.


The Breakfast Program continues to serve 40-50 students each day, especially those athletes who have had morning practices! The group appreciates donations that are coming in and welcome everything that might be used for breakfast.


GDHS had its first music concert of the school year on Wednesday, November 9.   The next concert will be Wednesday, December 14, weather permitting.

On Monday October 31st the halls were filled with so many different faces and creatures as students displayed their Halloween costumes. The Students’ Council organized an assembly that allowed the student body to vote on the costumes they liked most. A JibJab video of staff acting ghoulish was a new addition to the assembly, as was a demonstration of a self-carving pumpkin by Mr. Broderick. Many of the Glencoe public donated canned goods that were picked up by Students’ Council volunteers on Halloween Night. A huge thank you goes out to all those who made this canned goods drive such a success.


The Students’ Council celebrated their hard work by attending The Black Light Harvest Dance on November 4th. Over 100 students supported this event organized by the Students’ Council Dance Committee.


On November 3rd the GDHS District Review Team welcomed several visitors to the school to introduce them to all that GDHS has to offer. On November 24th, the Ministry of Education-mandated District Review will take place at GDHS. These visitors will visit classrooms and will tour the school with the goal of learning what the school currently does well and giving feedback on areas of improvement.


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GDHS Sports News Nov 2011

The Student Athletic Association held its first fundraiser of the year. This was a 3 on 3 basketball tournament which was won by Graham Deller.
Both boys’ volleyball teams have entered the playoffs. On Thursday November 3rd the senior boys defeated St. Joes 3-1. They have advanced to the next round of playoffs to be held on Tuesday November 8th against Central Elgin in St. Thomas. The junior boys team placed 3rd in the league standings earning a bye into the second round of playoffs to be held at GDHS on Tuesday November 8th.

The junior girls’ basketball team ended its season on Friday November 4th by losing a playoff game against St. Joes. This team consists primarily of grade 9 girls who should do very well next season.
The field hockey team and the cross country team have both finished their seasons. On October 19th the field hockey team faced its nemesis, Medway, in the playoffs and played well but did not win.

In cross country, Garrett Salomons represented GDHS at WOSSAA placing 30th out of 87 runners in the Junior Boy’s Divisions. He ran 6km in 22:41. The team had a celebration lunch on Wednesday November 9th.

Tryouts for wrestling, boys’ basketball, and girls’ volleyball began November 7th.

GDHS Spirit Wear has been on sale this month. Students, staff and the public are encouraged to buy clothing to show their school spirit as well as their support of the upcoming 60th Reunion. Clothing is available through the school and at Mayhew’s.  All orders must be placed through Jane Bowley.

 Jane Bowley

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Breakfast Program a Hit

by Marie Williams-Gagnon
There is more than one reason to get to school before the opening bell at Glencoe District High School these days. Students are flocking to school for a breakfast program that has grown in popularity since the school year began.

Teacher Diane Zinkan and educational assistant Sharon White serve up a rotating breakfast menu to students who are in need of something to eat before the school day begins. Zinkan stresses that not all participants are eating at Breakfast Club due to financial need but instead many stop by for a bite after early morning sports or band practices while others are simply not interested in eating breakfast at home before catching the bus or walking to school.
The menu features a variety of items throughout the week including cereal, toast, bagels, smoothies, cinnamon buns, fruit and juice. Baking is done in the Developmental Education Program classroom or by Zinkan and White to ensure that no student need be hungry starting their school day.
A can is set out to allow students to make donations and both Zinkan and White are impressed with the manners of the students who stop by to grab a quick bite or meet with friends to visit at the classroom with a cafe ambience.
Having received funding to begin the program through Breakfast Clubs of Canada and Breakfast for Learning programs, GDHS is already serving approximately 50 students each day. It is well-known that students who are well-nourished perform better in class and are also better able to concentrate.
While funding has been secured for some expenses and the community has been generous, Zinkan says that donations of items like napkins, fruit, eggs or other supplies would be welcomed. Anyone with questions may call Zinkan at the high school at 519-287-3310.

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Back to School: Glencoe District High School

The GDHS school year is off to a very busy start. New Principal Mike Moore and Vice Principal Keith Baia have spent many hours touring the halls and classrooms getting to know the students and teachers. They are becoming familiar with all of the activities and programs GDHS and the Glencoe community have to offer.

GDHS has started a new breakfast program through Breakfast Clubs of Canada and VON Canada.

It is open to ALL students from 8:15am to 8:55am EACH day. Breakfast foods such as fruit, toast, bagels, smoothies, pancakes and more are being enjoyed by hungry students. Already, the Cheer team has discovered the benefit of being able to grab a snack after morning practices! Food and money donations from students and community members are always welcome. Please bring these to the office at any time.

The G.A.L.E. FORCE organizing committee has handed out registrations for the annual leadership camp being held at Pearce Williams Christian Centre. The camp runs from 12:00 on Wednesday September 28 until 2:30 on Thursday September 29th. This camp is open to all students in all grades and is organized and run by senior students. It is a great opportunity for students to interact with other students from all grades while developing communication and leadership skills.

Tryouts and practices have begun for several teams. This Fall, boys can play Junior or Senior Volleyball, Golf, and Cross Country. Girls can play Junior or Senior Basketball, Field Hockey or Cross Country. Students are encouraged to listen to announcements or ask a teacher for practice times. All are welcome to try out for a team. Games for most sports begin the week of September 19th. Check the website for game schedules.

Miss Currie was thrilled to have 28 students show up for the first meeting of the Social Justice League. This very active club arranges school events that educate students on social issues. This month, the League will be focussing on suicide prevention by showing special videos on morning announcements, handing out literature and hosting a “wear blue” day.

Students are being given the opportunity to tour backstage at the Festival Theatre in Stratford on October 20th. They will also be attending the musical Jesus Christ Superstar which has received rave reviews from the critics.

The Students’ Council hosted, Ian Tyson, a motivational speaker on the first day of school. Using humour, Ian encouraged students to get involved and to reach out to other students in an effort to make their high school years something to remember. The Council is hosting Niner’s week from September 12-16. All grade 9 students are invited to participate in daily activities such as a lunch-time Scavenger Hunto on Monday,  t-shirt Tuesday, lunch-time games in the gym on Wednesday, a Thursday night dance and Friday Fun-Day

Mr. Wolfe and Ms. Bowley are excited to revamp and reorganize the Student Athletic Association this year. Meetings will be held on Mondays at lunch. All students, athletic or otherwise are invited to get involved!

As the GDHS 60th Reunion approaches, students and teachers are beginning to plan activities with the very active Alumni Association. Keep reading in this paper for more details.

If you are looking for more information on Glencoe District High School, check out the website at

Jane Bowley

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Derek Zwambag raises $12K for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Miles for Minds.  Derek Zwambag cycled across Canada with his cousin and raised $12,405.51 in support of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.  Congratulations Derek!

Chatham Daily News article.

Marie Williams-Gagnon wrote a great article in the June 23rd issue of Transcript and Free Press.  (If you don’t subscribe, you should.)

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GDHS in Skills Canada Video Challenge

Amanda and Andrew Futcher

Amanda and Andrew Futcher did an excellent job representing GDHS in the Skills Canada Video Challenge. The Video Challenges offer Ontario students the opportunity to test their communication and video production skills in a lively, real-world environment. In teams of two, students film and edit videos that promote the Cardboard Boat Races. All footage is shot live at the Cardboard Boat Races. Teams then have one month to edit their videos. Videos from across the province are judged all together.

I am pleased to tell you that Amanda and Andrew placed ninth in the competition, which is a great achievement considering that they were competing with submissions from all across the province. Amanda and Andrew both show great promise in the field of Communications Technology. Andrew will be attending College this fall, pursuing a career in Computer Technologies, a field for which he is obviously well prepared!

Jane Bowley

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The GDHS badminton season has come to an end with five badminton players competing at WOSSAA this past week. Greg Gosnell and Nick Moxam placed an exceptional third, Erica and Tanner Findlay placed 5th and Greg Kendall competed but unfortunately did not place.

It has been a difficult start to the outdoor Spring season at GDHS with poor weather interfering with practices and games. Both the track and field and soccer teams have had to cancel events. The boys’ and girls’ soccer teams have played one game each being defeated by St. Joes. The track and field team will compete this Thursday in Sarnia.

The tennis team has not been able to practice yet but hopes to get some practice time in before their tournament on May 9th in Dorchester.

On April 18th Mosa and Ekcoe students participated in this year’s TVDSB Violence Prevention initiative at Glencoe DHS. Grade 7 and 8 students viewed the play “The Trial” which was performed by Westminster S. S. students. Following the play, high school facilitators from GDHS led the students through several activities designed to discuss issues related to bullying, cyber bullying and being an effective bystander.


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