Kalamalka Secondary instructor Ian Busfield (left) and Grade 10 student Anna Rinn log in to ChatterHigh — a program utilized in the Canadian Council for Career Development’s recent career month competition. Kalamalka Secondary was crowned Most Informed School in Canada in the AAA division. (Parker Crook/Morning Star)

Secondary school ranks first in national competition

A local high school’s work in post-secondary preparedness has garnered national recognition

A local high school’s work in post-secondary preparedness has garnered national recognition.

Coldstream’s Kalamalka Secondary was crowned Most Informed School in Canada in the AAA division, comprised of schools with populations of 500 to 999 students, in the Canadian Council for Career Development’s recent career month competition.

Hosted by ChatterHigh — a web-based learning tool designed to inform students about post-secondary opportunities — 115 of Kalamalka Secondary’s 506 students participated in the Canada’s Most Informed School Competition.

“I think it definitely contributed to the knowledge I have about the opportunities out there,” said Anna Rinn, a Grade 10 student who was involved with the program.

Students who participated took the 10 question quiz once per day, earning points for their school for each question answered and learning about both University and trades programs across Canada in the process.

“It was very balanced. All the schools that supplied questions are looking to make their institution more available to students,” said Ian Busfield, a Kalamalka Secondary teacher specializing in social studies and career education. “I like to think of it as a horse with blinders on — you take the blinders off and they can see what’s around them.”

The program also puts career opportunities in front of students earlier, giving them more time to plan for their future.

“A lot of the time, students don’t know how to access this information and this gives them the chance,” Busfield said. “It allows them to pre-plan up to two years earlier.”

Rinn agreed.

“It went well,” she said of the experience. “It was letting you see a whole bunch of opportunities.”

Vernon Secondary School also participated in the competition, ranking sixth in their division.

“Although it’s a competition per say, we (also) do this several times throughout the year. It was a perfect fit. We place a pretty high importance on having the kids prepared for post-Kal life,” Busfield said. “It’s about knowing that knowledge is power and for students to become empowered with that knowledge.”


@VernonNews
parker.crook@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon Vipers announce exhibition schedule

Snakes to play 12 games prior to December against Salmon Arm, West Kelowna and Penticton

Vernon’s Tolko Industries backs Orange Shirt Day contest

Art contest is open to kids from kindergarten to Grade 12

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

Smoky skies clearing throughout B.C. Interior

Environment Canada expects “widespread” improvement for all affected areas by Sunday

Temporary four-way stop added to Vernon intersection

Change at 43rd Ave. and 20th St. is designed to curb increased traffic during construction periods

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

Former Kelowna cop faces fourth lawsuit alleging sexual assault

Ex-Mountie Brian Mathew Burkett is also separately facing seven charges of breach of trust

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Reward offered for return of Okanagan puppy

An 11-week-old boxer-mastiff cross pup was allegedly taken from its Kelowna Friday, Sept. 18

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Stranger in truck grabs boy walking home from school in Kelowna

The 11-year-old boy escaped the incident, RCMP are investigating

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Most Read