Stelly’s Secondary staff and students are gearing up to showcase the school’s strengths in an open house being held in February.
“It’s the second year we’ve done the Stelly’s Showcase and the reason we like to do it is we like to connect as much as we can with our community,” explained Ryan Braun, a teacher at the school.
“There’s so much going on in this building under one roof, it’s great for people associated with the school, as well as those who aren’t, to get a feel for what goes on in their community.”
During the open house, staff, teachers and students will volunteer their time to showcase the school’s programming and facilities.
“All of our programs will be represented during the showcase,” explained the school’s principal, Peter Westhaver.
“People will be able to get a feel for all the opportunities we offer as well as the facilities we have here at Stelly’s to offer that programming in.”
Westhaver added that the focus of this year’s open house is really on bringing in the community.
“The Saanich Peninsula is a busy community but I don’t think many people realize just how much goes on at our schools,” he said.
The school will have all their various programs doing demonstrations, including things like fibre and visual arts and dance, and facilities like the climbing wall and the science labs will also be up and running.
Visitors are encouraged to do a self-guided tour of the school, and Bayside Middle School parents will also be on hand earlier in the evening to get a feel for the school before the Grade 8’s transition next school year, Westhaver added.
“The open house is not only about people coming out to get a feel for what goes on here at Stelly’s but it’s also a great way for the current students to showcase what they’re working on,” Braun added.
The Stelly’s Showcase happens Thursday, Feb. 13 at the school from 6 to 8 p.m.
A Stelly’s Spirit basketball game is also scheduled for the evening at 7:30 p.m. when the Stingers will take on the Parkland Panthers.