School spirit an individual effort

When it comes to school spirit, who’s really responsible? Is it administration? Should students motivate themselves? Or should both sides work together?
“Students and administration have to find a way to communicate more. That’s something we are lacking,” noted Allison Williams, the student council president at Fort Frances High School.
“This lack of spirit is a combination of a lot of things. We need a higher level of participation,” she stressed.
In fact, Williams said administration is co-operative, but that she felt students need to become more involved.
Another view came from Grade 12 student Shaun Egan, who believes students aren’t involved because they don’t feel they have any control.
“It seems like the principals won’t allow anything,” he said. “People are afraid to ask because it just seems like we don’t have any say in what goes on.”
Fort High principal Ian Simpson was alarmed to hear that students are afraid to ask questions. He stressed his door is always open to students, and that he had always felt students had taken advantage of that opportunity.
“Obviously if that’s the current feeling, then the administration has to change it,” he remarked.
Grade 10 student Drew Donald felt students don’t have any fun at school. “School needs to be more fun, and maybe that means sometimes getting out of class to do certain activities,” he suggested.
But is this up to students or administration?
“Administration has been very co-operative. They make decisions for the students so that high school is more enjoyable,” noted Williams. “It’s just hard to get students involved.”
Simpson also felt strongly that administration was doing it’s part. “The school administration has not said ‘no’ to anything,” he said. “I think there is lots of stuff going on in the school.”
And many would agree with that, given the NorWOSSA playoffs that took place here two weeks ago, the OSAID “Fear Factors” event last week, and the NWOSSAA championship coming up this weekend at Fort High.
But attendance seems to be another story. Some students are feeling they are not given the chance to show school spirit.
“Sure there’s a lot happening, but we’re not allowed to get out and see any of it,” argued Grade 12 student Sam Korzinski.
“If we’re stuck in class, how are we supposed to show any spirit?” echoed Grade 9 student Kelsey McLean.
But Williams felt this was not the only area where school spirit is lacking. She explained many events have been planned, but students tend to ignore them—or just choose not to participate.
Egan admitted students need to be more involved in coming up with and planning events.
“Students lack involvement this year. It seems like people are afraid they won’t fit in if they join the student council and try to make some changes,” he noted.
“But it’s needed. It shouldn’t be a question of if it’s cool or not,” he stressed.
In the end, what Fort High needs is more communication between students and administration. More suggestions need to be made, more concerns voiced, and more involvement on everybody’s part.
Administration and students have to work together.
Spirit is something that comes from within—and it is an individual effort that everybody needs to make.

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