AB Daley students score with student-staff floor hockey tournament

Coy Pighin and Gianna GammieCoy Pighin and Gianna Gammie

Two students at AB Daley School in Nanton achieved goals in more than just sport with the successful planning and execution of a student-staff hockey tournament at the school on Friday, April 13.

Coy Pighin and Gianna Gammie, both grade 6 students, conceived the multi-school tournament back in December, and worked diligently to make it happen.

AB Daley teacher Sandra Gammie worked with the pair to bring the project to fruition, and says the two were very insistent on seeing it come to life.

"[They] persevered and asked me daily 'Can we plan that tournament? Have you asked the other schools yet? Have you asked the teachers? Did the principal say yes?'," says Gammie. "Once I got permission from my admin, we set a date, booked our gyms, then Coy and Gianna took over with planning."

AB Daley students were joined by others from West Meadow School in Claresholm, as well as numerous LRSD central office staff. 

"I sent out e-mails to find out if there was any interest and (Superintendent) Darryl Seguin must have caught wind of the idea and mentioned to me to count them in."

Students Coy and Gianna dedicated themselves to all aspects of the tournament, including chooing teams, making up tournament draws and organizing student referees who could get credits for their service. The two also created posters and a banner, took responsibility for scheduling and tracking games, reviewed rules with all the participants, came early to set up and stayed late to clean, and even made sure guest players had their own dressing rooms.

"Clearly they have taken notes of all the leaders in their lives like parents, teachers and coaches, because I did not have to tell them what to do," says Gammie. "They took care of all the details and thought of everything, without much guidance from me."

Richard Feller, LRSD Director of Learning - Support Services, was one of the Division staff who took part in the tournament.

"We would like to congratulate the students from AB Daley for putting together such an amazing event," says Feller. "It wasn't just about hockey. It was about bringing people together to celebrate community. We know that the leadership our students demonstrate is what makes our schools unique and special. We would like to thank all of the students and staff who participated and we look forward to next year's tournament. It's going to take a year for some of us 'oldies' to recover!"

Gammie echoes this sense of pride for the remarkable effort and work ethic Coy, Gianna and other students applied to hosting the tournament.

"All in all, it was a very fun, team-building, collaborative, unifying day between schools, staff, students, and Central Office," she says. "I am proud of the leadership of these students and look forward to see what the future brings for other student-lead projects in our schools."