Not All Learning Happens in the Classroom
Inspired by the Jesuit value of educating the whole person, St. Bonaventure’s College offers dynamic extracurricular programs that foster leadership, extends the classroom experience and builds community. Skills and experiences that may not be gained through the prescribed provincial curriculum – such as time management, social and life skills and cooperation – are addressed in these programs to help students strike an important balance between their academic and social lives. Additionally, students have the opportunity to try something new or explore and expand their interests and talents. These programs are offered in a nurturing environment where friendships flourish.
Clubs are subject to student participation and new clubs are formed based on student interest. Each year there are opportunities for teachers as well as students to propose new extracurricular club ideas. In addition, parents are always welcome and encouraged to share their talents and knowledge by volunteering to run or help out with different extracurricular initiatives.
Our K-6 teachers offer a variety of extra-curricular programs which run Monday through Thursday. This year we will have two sessions. Session one will take place October 21 until November 29, 2019 and session two will take place February 3 until March 6, 2020.
We have attempted to offer programming which encompasses all grades for each term. The following programs will be offered this year:
- STEAM (Session 1&2: Grades K and 1)– Students imagine and create through play, ingenuity and innovation using science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
- Yoga (Session 1: Grade 2; Session 2: Grade 3) – Yoga techniques promote self-health, relaxation and inner fulfillment so children can navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at a young age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that is non-competitive. It enhances children’s flexibility, strength and coordination. A nutritious snack will be provided at the start of each class. (Note: Students are expected to bring their own yoga mats and keep them in their lockers.)
- Art Club (Session 1: Grade 3 and 5; Session 2: Grade 4 and 6 )– An art program that includes a variety of art activities as well as seasonal crafts which spark imagination and creativity.
- Homework Haven (Grades 4-6)– Under teacher supervision, Junior and Senior high students help elementary students with their daily homework and studies.
Junior and Senior High students can avail of programs such as:
- Social Justice Committee – Students engage in charitable works and strive to create awareness of global injustices.
- Student Council – Students are elected to represent the entire student body and encourage the development of school spirit through participation.
- Debate Club – Participants work to develop skills in persuasion, speaking, reasoning, synthesis, research, writing, listening and leadership skills.
- Drama Club – Students are offered a positive learning experience in the dramatic arts, culminating in a spring production.
- Dungeons and Dragons Club – Students participate in storytelling as they develop decision-making skills in this team-building game of imagination.
- Gardening Club – All aspects of our school garden – which provides organic, locally-sourced produce to a food bank and our own weekly salad bar – are maintained by this group of students.
- Choir – Students with an interest in choral performance have the opportunity to join any of several choirs which perform both in the school and the community.
- Instrumental Band – St. Bon’s band program allows students to learn a new instrument or build on their existing instrumental skills while developing discipline and responsibility. Our bands perform both locally and internationally.
- Student Ambassadors Program – Volunteers from grades 7-12 help to make new students feel welcome as they join our community as well as assisting the Admissions Team by providing tours to prospective families.
- Duke of Edinburgh Award – Our school supports and offers the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Program, which encourages youth to develop positive skills and lifestyle habits.