Early this year it was volleyball season at Selkirk. This year numerous intermediate students are playing on the school's Grade 6 and Grade 7 teams.
"They have been working hard and spending a lot of time training, learning leadership skills, engaging in sportsmanship and cooperative spirit and having a lot of fun," says Doug Roch, VP at Selkirk.
Roch says historically Selkirk has done well at volleyball, thanks in no small part to PE teacher Terry Johnston. Johnston organizes and oversees the volleyball program at Selkirk and has been supported by teacher-coaches Josephine Wong and Brian Ee. Together, the Selkirk coaching squad has taught students skills such as how to engage in friendly competition. Roch says a season highlight was the recent student vs. staff and secondary student volleyball games.
Throughout the season, Selkirk students played friendly games against their coaches, a number or teachers and school principal Darrell Cavanagh as well as senior students from Gladstone Secondary.
"It is always nice to see Selkirk staff, Gladstone students and Selkirk alumni, and of course current Selkirk students coming together. I call it 'old-schooling'. We have been hosting Volleyball every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday," says Johnston. "The coaches and I facilitate and monitor, but it is really the students who set up and run the show. It's great leadership all around."