During December, Virden Collegiate celebrated Christmas by giving out a special Advent calendar gift to one student every school day. We also had a school-wide Christmas dinner on Dec.19 followed by a talent show for teachers and classmates.
Throughout December, Student Council President Abbey Tomlinson wore a dress every day to raise money for Dressember, an organization that works to stop human trafficking around the world. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, all students were invited to pay a small donation, to wear a dress or tie to help raise money for Dressember. To conclude the week before Christmas break, students and teachers gathered to watch the movie Home Alone, together.
Basketball began in December. VCI has four teams: girls and boys varsity and junior varsity teams. The JV boys, coached by Mark Keown, played only one tournament, Jan. 10-11 in MacGregor. Unfortunately, they lost all three games, but will play in Carberry, Feb. 7-8.
The varsity boys, also coached by Mr. Keown, played four zone games, winning all but one against Killarney on Jan. 9. They played at a tournament at Major Pratt high school, Jan. 10-11, winning three of four games, coming second in their pool.
The JV girls, coached by Regan Brereton-Waller, played two zone games in January, which they lost. Their first tournament was on Jan. 31- Feb. 1. They placed fourth in their pool with three losses.
VCI’s V girls are coached by Cody McPhee. They played three zone games in January, winning once. Their first tournament was in Neepawa from Jan. 10-11 where they won one of three games. They also played Brandon’s Vincent Massey high school on Jan. 17-18 but lost both games. On Jan. 31- Feb. 1 they played in MacGregor winning one game, losing two.
Our VCI Golden Bears hockey team was busy in December and January, playing six games in December and winning all. In January, they won four of the five games they played. As of Jan. 12, the Bears were second overall in the Westman High School Hockey League.
VCI curling teams competed against Elkhorn for a zone title on Jan. 16 at the Virden curling rink. The boys claimed the zone title. The girls lost and will not be representing our zone in future tournaments. However, they will continue to curl together on Wednesdays after school.
As we enter the second semester, we anticipate another eventful five months. One exciting thing to look forward to is VCI’s production of Freaky Friday which is being performed early in the month of May. Auditions took place in mid-December and practices for the principle characters began in January. February is shaping up to be another busy month and we hope to see VCI well represented at sporting events in the following months.