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See you at Glencoe Fair

Howard Vanderhooft urges us to mark this date in our calendar.  Have you ever thought about curling?  Beginners welcome.  Were you ever on the curling team representing GDHS?

February 14, 2015

11th Annual Funspiel at the Glencoe & District Curling Club

$ 100 per team for two 8-end games.

Two draws starting at 8:15 a.m. and 10:55 a.m.

Prizes for all.  Morning coffee, muffins.  Homemade soup & sandwiches for lunch.

For more information contact: Howard van der Hooft, (519) 289-5335

Submit registration to Howard at postal address RR4, 21720 Thames Road, Appin, ON N0L 1A0.


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Commencement 2013

by Marie Williams-Gagnon, Transcript & Free Press
For decades, Glencoe District High School’s graduates have travelled home early for Thanksgiving celebrations in order to attend commencement exercises. This year, however, due to a PA Day scheduled for October 11, the date of commencement was moved forward to September 19. Despite the change, the gymnasium was full of guests for the ceremony.
Following a processional and the playing of the  national anthem by the school band, opening remarks were offered by new principal Melanie Stanley who said she looks forward to working in a community “which honours academics and achievement.” Students’ council president Jacob Weber and vice-president Jordan Goddyn offered congratulations and best wishes. Thames Valley District School Board trustee Rob Campbell brought greetings on behalf of trustees.

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COPO Pete Simpson Class of 1980

At the University Campus of London Health Sciences Centre, at 2:30 a.m on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, after a strong and courageous 3 month battle following a heart transplant, Peter Frederick Simpson “COPO Pete” of Glencoe, passed away at the age of 50 years.  Beloved husband of Vicky (Johnston) Simpson.  Loving Dad of Eric and his wife Sarah and Owen and his girlfriend Madison.  Dear son of Betty Simpson and Stewart Simpson and brother of Mary and Ross Snider and Marg and Mike Mueller and brother-in-law of Gary and Sherri Johnston.  Uncle to Mike Jr., Matt, Nik and Paige Mueller and Shawn Johnston.  Peter will be loved and remembered by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends and especially for his passion of muscle cars and the impact he had on the classic car community.


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Reunion Group Portraits

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60th Reunion: List of Volunteers

Many names are missing from this list, but here are the names of many who worked to make the 60th anniversary such a great party: Continue reading

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A Community Proposal for the Glencoe Family of Schools

The draft document: A Community Proposal for the Glencoe Family of Schools has been written based on input from our previous community meetings. It is posted on the www.southwestmiddlesex.ca website under the Notice section. Printed copies are available at the Southwest Middlesex office.
Please join us on Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00 pm in the Glencoe Arena Auditorium for further discussion. After your comments, this  document will be proceeding through the Southwest Middlesex Municipal Council to the Thames Valley District School Board.
Comments on the draft document can be sent to dreycraft@southwestmiddlesex.ca until Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 4 p.m.
You are welcome to invite other community members, parents and neighbours to attend this meeting. Everyone is welcome.

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Carleigh McInnes: GDHS Alumni and Friends Scholar 2011

By Carleigh McInnes

Having the opportunity to win the GDHS Alumni and Friends Scholarship is an honour itself, but actually having it presented to me is like the school giving me a personal thank you for attending GDHS.  Many people think that, because we are such a small school, there are only small things to offer. Having experienced many different aspects of GDHS, I can say that they are completely wrong. In my five years at Glencoe District High School I have been able to take part in leadership groups like Students Council, Violence Prevention, Relay for Life, and my personal favourite: GALE FORCE. Each group allowed me to gain skills that I can now take on to use in my post-secondary career as well as everyday life. Each experience had its own way of becoming personal which helped me respect and cherish my time at GDHS even more. Continue reading

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The volunteers

Glencoe:  The alumni of Glencoe District High School are making travel plans for May 18 – 20, 2012.  They are returning to the halls of G.D.H.S. to reconnect with old friends and flames.  Teachers, staff, and alumni of all agea are coming back to pay tribute to a small school that has survived modern education policies driven by funding formulas and urban biases.

Reunion preparations started September 2010.  Some volunteers drive an hour each way to attend planning meetings.

Karen Aranha says, “Registrations are starting to flow in.  The early bird price for the entire weekend is $50 per person.  Great value.  Our goal is to break even and make a generous donation to the Alumni scholarship fund when the party is over.”  The scholarship fund was started with profit from the 40th Reunion twenty years ago. Every year, $1200 in scholarships is presented to students going on to post secondary training.

Many subcommittees and individuals are working out the details for the Reunion:

2012 Display at Ekfrid Township Museum.  Dunc Hodgson.

Accommodations/Transportation: Rick Cowell

Bar Committee: Howard vanderHooft, Wayne Fletcher.

Burger stand:  School students.

Car Show:  Jeff McCallum.

Catering: Rick Cowell.  Diane Lesak.

Decorating: Lori Watson, Alicia Nelms, Alex VanHeck.

Finance Committee: Karen Hodgson.  George Allen

Friday Night Pub Night: Kirk Patterson, John Wilson, Wayne McLean

History: Glencoe Historical Society

Music: Brad Rose and the Band Spirit.  Contact: Dennis Wilson.

Photography: Kirk Patterson

Promotion and Advertising: Mary Simpson, Karen Aranha, Jim Macfie, Samantha VanGeel

Registration: Karen Aranha, Karen Hodgson, George Allen, Marion Ysebaert.

Saturday evening: Dennis Wilson

School Liaison: Principal, Mike Moore

School Principal: Michael Moore.

School Program at GDHS on Saturday.  Barb Dobie, Bonnie Walls, Judy Gillies, Mary Coad, Larry McGill;

Social Media: Mary Simpson

Souvenirs: Jane Bowley, Sharon Wilson, and Mary Vanderlinde

Student Council Advisor: Jason Broderick, teacher.

Student Council Co Presidents: Taylor McLean and Emily Lilley

Sunday Church Service: Janice Bueckert and the Glencoe Interdenominational Committee

Sunday Golf tournament: Don Cunningham.

Teacher Reunion –Gord Leach

Rick Cowell, the President of the G.D.H.S. Alumni and Friends, says the event will be the biggest ever.  “Alumni from all decades are looking up long lost friends and planning a rendezvous in Glencoe for the long May weekend.”

Don Cunningham has organized a golf tournament on Sunday and is urging people to register.  Non-golfers are organizing smaller parties and class reunions Sunday afternoon.  The details are posted on-line.   By googling “GDHS 60th reunion”, the web-site https://gdhsalumni.wordpress.com/ comes up.  Registration forms are on-line.   Karen and Dunc Hodgson in Appin have opened up their phone line for calls at (519) 289-0605.  And Richard Cowell always answers at (519) 872-3741.

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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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