Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, clubs and extra-curricular activities at the District look different this year, but thanks to volunteer teachers and the will of students to come together, clubs and activities remain an integral part of the secondary school experience. Students are seeking out ways to stay active, learn a new skill, socialize and contribute to their important causes, all while adhering to provincial health guidelines.
Britannia’s BIPOC Club
At Britannia Secondary, there is a new Black, Indigenous and People of Colour club, where students can discuss topics such as racism, culture and politics that relate to their everyday experiences. Currently, the group is busy preparing an anti-racism workshop for late May.
Nekita Garcia-Gravel, club sponsor says, “Teachers really take a back seat and are only there to facilitate. The students take the lead on discussion topics and event planning.”
“The BIPOC Club has become a safe space for me where I can fully express myself and always feel validated about my experiences, which has significantly improved my mental health and self-esteem. Being involved in your community and with your peers is such a valuable connection, especially during a pandemic, because it helps us stay on track and be more optimistic,” says Grade 11 student Nazifa N.
Killarney E-sports League
“We didn’t let COVID stop us” says Seema Ali, a teacher sponsor of four clubs at Killarney Secondary..
One of the clubs is for E-sports. More than just video games, the popular hobby is akin to playing in a sports league. Core skills include resilience, strategy, communication and innovation.
This year members have done well in competing in leagues.
“As grade 12 students, these competitions have been a great way to end off our high school experience, giving us many memories to remember for years to come,” says student Dian Y.
Gladstone’s Hiking/Biking Club
Many club activities also encourage students to get outdoors.
Recently Gladstone Secondary’s Hiking/Biking club had a fun and relaxing time cycling from the school to Queen Elizabeth Park, where they enjoyed a picnic lunch. The purpose of the trip was to assess student’s readiness and preparedness for longer outings.
Jacob W., a Grade 9 student, says “The biking trip is a much needed break from my usual routine of being online from dawn to dusk! The trip has reminded me to take my bike out more often for a ride.”