Forest Heights Collegiate Institute

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Forest Heights Collegiate Institute
Forest Heights Collegiate Institute is a high school located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada that was established in 1964. The school is often colloquially referred to as FHCI or Forest Heights by the students and other Kitchener locals. It was named after the Forest Heights neighbourhood in which it is located. The school draws many of its students from the adjacent neighbourhood of Forest Hill. The school motto is " sit tuum tollere", meaning " Yours to hold high". The mascot is a Trojan. The official school colours are gold and brown, but black is used in the sports uniforms and school clothing because brown pigments are not regularly used for such products. In recent years, Forest Heights has become a magnet school for English as a Second Language (ESL) students, as a result of the restructuring of Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) schools. Each district school functions as a magnet for a specific aspect of schooling (ie. design & technology, ESL, creative arts). Locally, Forest Heights is known for its annual variety show called Journey, which traditionally features music, dance, and dramatic sketch components. Journey has been produced annually at Forest Heights by staff and students, since near the school's inception. Each year's show features a specific theme which guides the song choices for both the musical and dance components. Recent years have had problems finding staff sponsors.

2006 Lockdown
On October 4, 2006, Forest Heights was put on a Code Red (lock down) when several students barged into the school wielding weapons. Six youths ran through the school, two with steel pipes. This started just about 20 mins. before 11. An adult saw the students and followed them into the school to notify the staff. The police were notified and responded immediately. It was broadcast live on CKCO-TV, the local news station. It took police 3 and a half hours to search the school for any immediate threats, or dangers, and to evacuate any remaining staff and students. The footage of the cameras inside the school was viewed after the school was emptied, and from there the identities of the parties involved were obtained, resulting in charges against unidentified minors of uttering threats, assault with a weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon. A seventh student who did not appear on the video footage was charged, but the charges were subsequently dropped.

Activities
  • Embers (Yearbook)
  • Student Activity Council
  • Student Athletic Council
  • Coffee Houses
  • Chess Team
  • Computer Science Contest Club
  • Dance Clubs
  • Poster Club
  • Dance Team
  • Vibe
  • DECA
  • Knitting Club ("Knit Happens")
  • Federal-Provincial Simulation Team
  • Battle of the Bands (School musical talent show)
  • Diversity Club
  • Sparkplug (school newspaper)
  • Sears Drama festival
  • Tech Crew
  • Torch
  • Book Club
  • Reach for the Top
  • Junior/Senior Instrumental Bands


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