Meet this year's School Captains!
Suhaana Bhatha and Ian Salh

 

This year's School Captains are Grade 12 students, Suhaana and Ian. Along with formally representing the school at events, they also serve as role models for students and share everyone's ideas with our school's leaders. We asked Suhaana and Ian some questions to get to know them better.

 

Suhaana Bhatha

Why did you want to become a School Captain?
I wanted to become a School Captain because of the opportunity I would have to help lead the school and my fellow peers. This year, it is such an honour to be able to contribute so many ideas and be seen in a leadership position.

What are you hoping to accomplish in this role? 
This year both Ian and I just want to increase the energy and positivity amongst everyone. Obviously, this year is going to be extremely different than past years, but we really want to keep up the happy vibes and good spirit through all the anxiety and nervousness others may be experiencing.

What do you see as the strengths of Southridge?
I have been at Southridge since kindergarten and have always felt it is like a second home, as cheesy as that sounds. But I think our school excels at being a community and being so welcoming to others. Since it is such a small school, we are very close and tight-knit, and I am looking forward to getting to know all our new faces.

What’s been the highlight of your time here at Southridge so far?
The biggest highlight for my time at Southridge has been the spirit of the school. Being a particularly loud and outgoing individual, I love being able to express my energy at different school events. All kinds of talents and skills are welcomed from the arts, athletics, services, and academics. Playing in different school sports and being in games, seeing the bleachers packed with fans of the Southridge community makes my heart so happy and it’s amazing to see that support and spirit in everything our community does.

What do you want your peers to know about you coming into this role?
I really want all my fellow peers to know that they can come to me about anything. I may be a little loud, but I honestly love talking to new people, and getting to know anyone. Please do not feel shy or scared to come ask me a question, or ask me for any advice because I promise it would actually make me so happy to be reached out to. I hope you all have an amazing year, and Ian and I are both going to put all our effort into making it a memorable one for you all! 😊


Ian Salh

Why did you want to become a School Captain?
Southridge has been a second home for literally all my life. I was two months old when my sister started here in Kindergarten and ever since, this community of students, teachers, and parents have had a profound hand in my growth not only as a student but as an individual. I wanted more than ever in my last year at Southridge to build on these special community connections and ensure every student’s voice was heard and try to make a small impact in strengthening the student body, creating and solidifying relationships. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and become a leader that I know I can be. I am a great example of a lesson that “anything is possible” and if even one student can see that, it would be worth it.

What are you hoping to accomplish in this role?
It is important to make sure everyone feels they are a significant part of Southridge. Overall, I believe that the community is one of our biggest strengths as a school. As such, I would like to improve upon that strength and facilitate more integration between the grades. Of course, COVID-19 has brought some challenges that we will need to overcome and still have a fantastic school year. It is especially important during this difficult time that the student body stay connected and feels they are being heard. For many, the changes to the school schedule and the limitation of what we are able to do has been difficult, and for me, it is important that everyone’s concerns are heard and that we still try to have fun this year.
 
What do you see as the strengths of Southridge?
Like I mentioned, the sense of community has always been our strength as a school. During these challenging times that is going to be even more important. We will have to find ways to continue to encourage, support, and inspire one another and create an amazing inclusive learning environment.
 
What’s been the highlight of your time here at Southridge so far?
There have been many highlights from developing and growing, to building lasting friendships, and to gaining valuable experiences on and off the court. Being able to connect with all students from different ages and creating special bonds with many, including the teachers, has been extremely rewarding. Of course, having the courage and finding the strength to run for school captain, which I thought in my younger years, not even a possibility let alone being successful at it, has been something that I will always be proud of. This opportunity to make an impact as my time here comes to an end has been a valuable lesson that anything is possible.
 
What do you want your peers to know coming into this school?
That this is a special place where sense of community and commitment is paramount. I would also want them to know that persistence and determination are traits that will help you be successful in all aspects of your life especially in an environment like our school where stresses of doing well academically as well as socially is so important. Have the determination to work hard to succeed no matter what obstacles might come your way. Understanding that you have the support of the students, faculty, and parents behind you is the spirit that connects us all here at Southridge.