Letter From Home

December 20th, 1917

Dear Private Franklin Ryan,

Only a few days until Christmas but it doesn’t seem like it with you around. The children are hoping you will return before Santa arrives but I dont have the heart to tell them you wont be back for another until next Christmas.

Canada has changed a lot due to your efforts overseas. For the better and for the worse. Women can finally get in the game and help the soldiers so that’s what i have dedicated my time to doing. I quit my job as a teacher and now i help in manufacturing goods to be shipped to you and your brothers. I fill the shells you shoot and pack the trucks that will make their way over to you.

The pay is so incredibly unfair and the economy is falling apart. I am making less than i did as a teacher and i am working longer hours. I know that my job now is benefiting our country more but i still need to think about the children. I wish I could be there with you on the battlefield. I was so tempted to drop everything and go serve as a nurse alongside you and help out but i need to think of the children. I might just let them go stay with your mother for a while but they are young and i dont think they can handing being away from both their parents.

The boys are so excited for the holiday but I am having issues financially. The price of resources has soared through the roof and i cant make payments anymore. I do not mean this to worry you in any way but i just want you to think of the children. Please come home. We need you and i think we are more important than this stupid country.

I apologize, i wont let you chose what’s more important to you. Just please stay safe and write to me as soon as you get the chance.

Love you dearly,

Emilia Ryan

The Metaphor Essay

Have you ever felt like you belong so well in some place and only in a matter of moments, you felt like a total outsider. In this story “The Metaphor” by Budge Wilson begins with a 13 year old girl named Charlotte who has been thinking of an interesting Metaphor towards her mother. Charlotte is a student in grade 7 at a school in Charlottes Cove. Charlotte is most passionate about literature because of her amazing teacher, Ms.Hancock. She is a very outgoing character who is loved by her students because of her joyful and openly expressiveness who also has a dying love for literature. Charlottes mother on the other hand, also has a large impact on Charlottes life with her calm and collective ways of directing Charlotte to her interests and shaping her into a young responsible and mature woman. Her mother is not the biggest fan of Ms Hancock as she was seen calling her a “brassy creature”.

Ms. Hancock accepted Charlotte for who she was with open arms. However, Charlottes mother did not accept charlotte and made her feel like an outsider. She made her feel alone and like she had no one who loved her. She felt like she didn’t belong. Ms. Hancock made Charlotte feel accepted in her class and she felt comfortable with her. Ms. Hancock would often keep Charlotte after class just to chat and discuss what’s happening in Charlottes life. This made Charlotte feel like she could be herself in that class because Ms. Hancock was always so caring. Charlottes mother on the other hand, was a different story. She made Charlotte feel unimportant and that she is an over dramatic daughter. Charlottes mother has always been very strict and doesn’t like to talk to Charlotte about sensitive topics and that’s just the way she’s always been and because of this, Charlotte has enjoyed the loving and caring of her teacher.


Many events in charlottes life have shaped her to the person she is today and there are also many people who impacted her and her self esteem greatly. Ms. Hancock was so incredibly kind and caring for everyone in her class and would do anything she could to make everyone feel wanted and comfortable. She adjusted her teaching skills to suit the students and the atmosphere of the class but still managed to keep everyone interested in what she was teaching. There were instances where Ms. Hancock would push her students out of their comfort zone when it came to literature but never enough to where they felt uncomfortable. Despite being loved by all her students, Charlottes mother wasn’t the biggest fan. Her mother put other people down and had no regards to the feeling of others and she felt the same way about her daughter. She would talk bad about other people and wouldn’t care for their feelings.


As most people, Charlottes maturity changed as she got older and matured a lot to the person she has become. She became the ‘typical teenager’ and didn’t enjoy school as much and when she realized that Ms. Hancock was teaching her class, she kind of avoided her and strayed away from interacting with each other. Ms. Hancock’s ‘the Metaphor’ project was one that really opened charlottes up and it was something she loved doing. In a classroom environment it’s often hard not to notice someone but in Ms. Hancock’s case, She didn’t notice charlotte until 2 weeks into the school year. Charlottes began to not like talking to Ms. Hancock. She disliked the small talk and conversations and just ultimately wanted to avoid her. Ms. Hancock’s loving, caring and silly nature remained the same since when Charlotte was in grade 7 and that was difficult for Charlotte. Understandably, Charlotte changed and matured as she got older and she changed her likes and dislikes and Ms. Hancock was one of them. Her mother was very not supportive of her and always put her down and gave her responsibilities that she was not capable of doing and treated Charlotte as if she was a grown woman. Her father as well, wasn’t supportive of Charlotte during this time and he told her that her reaction was none sense.


Overall, people can be effected in the way they are viewed by others. It is very important to learn about a person before we chose to judge them. Ms. Hancock was heavily judged by many people but that didn’t effect her. When Ms. Hancock passed away, Charlotte regretted the way she treated Ms. Hancock and she didn’t know how to deal with it. Ms. Hancock and Charlottes mother both had strong influences on Charlotte from the atmospheres they created and to the ways they dressed.


Staying Safe At Work

3 things I will do to stay safe at work are…

  1. Refuse unsafe work. If I am assigned a job which I deem as unsafe, I will make sure I will never do anything I am not comfortable with.
  2. Make sure I receive the proper training I need to work safely. If I am asked to work a piece of machinery or is asked to do a job I am not certain how to do, I will ask to be properly trained.
  3. Learn the hazards of my workplace. I would need to know everything that is unsafe about my job and make sure I know how to safely do something or how to avoid injuries

2 things I will do to keep others safe at work are….

  1. Communicate with my coworkers if I am about to do a job I deem as unsafe, I would let them know what I am about to do so they are aware.
  2. If they are hired after me, I will make sure they are properly trained according to the guidelines of my workplace.

Multiculturalism in Canada

In Canada, there are so many different ways immigrants can enjoy their culture away from their homeland. One of the many simple things that can be done is cooking. The food from all around the world is so different and it’s so easy to whip up a batch of something to eat and you’ll feel like you’re at home again.

In Canada, we do not have discriminatory policies towards people of other races, ethnicities, gender or beliefs but unfortunately, we do have people who are discriminatory towards people of these groups. For example, just about a month ago on August 20th, 2017 an “anti-Islam” rally that was organized by a group of white supremacists. To counteract this, a group of over 4000 stood outside City Hall but in the same statement, the City has declared Vancouver has a zero tolerance for hatred, racism and discrimination. This event shows that these thousands of people know that rasicm isn’t tolerated in Canada and that we will always stick together

Grad Requirements

  1. Healthy Living
    1. This year, I am to meet DPA requirements (150 mins/week of moderate to vigorous physical activity).
    2. Next year, I will meet DPA requirements.
    3. Other than physical activity, I will also need a concrete plan for eating healthy and stress management in order to lead a healthy life after graduation.


  1. Course Credits
    1. I need __80__ credits to graduate. A typical course is worth __4__
      1. __48__ of them must be from required courses.
      2. __28__ of them must be from electives.
  • __16__ of them must be from Grade 12 courses.
  1. At the end of this year, I will have _40_


  1. Community Connections
    1. I need __30__ hours of work/volunteer experience. To show I completed this, I must show proof in the form of pay stub or reference letter.
    2. I can start accumulating these hours in Grade __
    3. My plan to earn work/volunteer hours is through getting a job working at taco del Mar.
    4. I will also need to complete a reflection that includes how you did, how you benefitted and employability. It will be __200__ typed words minimum.


  1. Career and Life
    1. In addition to updating my resume, I will also create a financial plan and career plan to show that I have a plan in place after graduation.
    2. When I graduate, my current plan is to travel to Hawaii for a year.
    3. To prepare for the interview, I can look at the questions ahead of time. They are found GT website.
    4. My interview will be with a staff member of Riverside.
  2. The 3 people at Riverside who are here to help with this process are:


  • Mr.Ahmelich
  • School counsellor


In Grade 12, I will find all the necessary documents AND submit them on the GT website.

I will complete Grad Transitions 12 whenever I have English 12. If I have it in 1st semester, I must complete everything except the interview before Winter Ball ticket sales. In 2nd semester, everything except the interview must be completed by the end of April.