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Programs/Activities

Programs & Activities
There are many opportunities for Dalewood students to become involved in school life. We believe it is very important for students to become active in school to help our students to develop as well rounded individuals.


Arts & Clubs
At Dalewood students can join a variety of groups whether it be to expand their artistic, logic or humanitarian talents. Club opportunities include:

Art Club

The Art Club is a way for GRADE 3-8 students to get involved in art throughout the year. The purpose of it is to provide students with more time (outside of the scheduled art class on their timetable) to create crafts and themed art using a variety of mediums and supplies. It is a supplement for students who can not get enough art and who enjoy projects that allow them to express their creative side.

Blue Spruce

Each year, the Ontario Library association nominates 10 fiction and 10 non-fiction books by Canadian authors to receive the Blue Spruce award. Students from across Ontario read these books and then vote on which ones they liked best. Students in grades 1-3 will be exploring these books during their library time, and at the end of the year will explore and celebrate with a book-themed activity day.

Dance Club

The Dance club is based on interest and commitment. It runs every Tuesday during first break for students in grades 2-5 . This year some students from the Dance club will be invited to be on a primary Dance team and will perform at the Dsbn Dance showcase as well as 1-2 competitions with the junior/int team.

Dance Team

The Dance Team is for students in grades 6-8 . There will be a tryout in December and students who are on the dance team will be going to AN Myer secondary school to collaborate with Grade 12 Dance students to learn their competitive dance routine. Students will be performing this routine at the DSBN Dance showcase as well as 1-2 Dance competitions.

Drama Club

The drama club provides students the opportunity to explore drama techniques in a fun and safe environment. the focus is on self-expression and exploring current issues. The grades invited to participate vary from year to year.

Chess Club

The Chess Club starts in December and is currently for students from grade 4-8. The Chess Club offers students a chance to learn the game through play against their classmates. We have a ranking system that allows 4 students per grade to attend the region competition. Student who are successful at the regional level will move on to the DSBN competition and winners will go on to the Ontario championship.

Choir

The choir is a group based on student interest and commitment. Any students grades 2-8 are welcome to join. Depending on numbers and ages, the students may be grouped into a junior and senior choir. Choir practice and performance times will vary from year to year.

Club de Puissance En Soi (PS Club)

The PS Club is intended for intermediate students. Our aim is to help to build acceptance of marginalized groups through creating and promoting awareness. Frequently, we initiate school-wide activities just to help boost the camaraderie of all Dalewood Dragons. Our regular meetings are during second break on Wednesdays, all year long, when we plan our student-led initiatives. We host drop-in meetings on Mondays and Fridays during second break for students who want to come for informal chat and colouring sessions. On occasion, we have guest speakers who provide information about topics of particular interest to the club members.

Green Team

Students in grades 2-8 are able to participate in the ECO School Initiative. Students promote various campaigns in support of our community, encouraging students to be more environmentally conscious. They are responsible for our recycling program and various special events throughout the year.

Lego Robotics Club

This club is offered to interested grade 4-8 students after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from January through to the end of February. We work with Lego NXT robots and use specific challenges to hone our collaboration and problem-solving skills. A team of four junior and four intermediate students is chosen from the club members to represent our school at the annual Robotics Competition in late February.

Me to We Club

Every year, the grade 7 & 8 students in the Me to We Club select one global and two local causes to support through various events throughout the year. This student led club comes up with fun and engaging ways to raise awareness about various needs in our local and global communities, while fundraising to support these causes.

Public Speaking/Speeches

Red Maple

Each year, the Ontario Library association nominates 10 fiction and 10 non-fiction books by Canadian authors to receive the Red Maple award. Students in grade 7 & 8 from across Ontario read these books and then vote on which ones they liked best. The students’ vote determines the winning book each year. Club members meet weekly to discuss books they’ve read and are currently reading, and spend some quality time curled up with their books.

Silver Birch

Each year, the Ontario Library association nominates 10 fiction and 10 non-fiction books by Canadian authors to receive the Silver Birch award. Students in grades 4-6 from across Ontario read these books and then vote on which ones they liked best. The students’ vote determines the winning book each year. Club members meet weekly to discuss books they’ve read and are currently reading, and spend some quality time curled up with their books.

Sound and Tech Crew

Selected students from grades 6, 7 and 8 are given this leadership opportunity to learn about and set up for various assemblies and presentations using the school’s technology and sound systems under the guidance of a staff member.

Student Council

Student Council is a group of students elected by their peers (grades 4-8) to address issues of concern and organize student event and activities. They also often fundraiser to help better their school community, support local and worldly community areas of need. This club is offered to students in grades 6, 7, and 8. We hold our election in Sept/Oct. It is a club that lasts the whole year. Students meet on a regular basis (2-3 times per month).

The positions students can run for are:

Prime Minister (grade 8 candidates only)

Deputy Prime Minister (Grade 7 candidates only)

Minister of Finance (Grade 7 or 8)

Communications Officer *One Grade 6 spot and one Grade ⅞ spot.




 

Athletics
Dalewood students have many opportunities to get involved athletically around our school. Our Intramural Sports run all year long and all students are encouraged to get active.

Badminton

Badminton is a sport that is offered to grades 7 and 8. The team is made up of 10 players and competes at a region tournament and a DSBN tournament that are both in April. Players are selected from those who try out in March.

Cross Country

Cross country is open to all grade 3-8 students, and is for students who enjoy running longer distances. Training begins in September for two St. Catharines races held at the end of September and beginning of October. Top finishers are invited to the DSBN meet after Thanksgiving

Gymnastics Team

The gymnastics team will tryout during the month of February and have a few months to prepare for the DSBN gymnastics meet in April. Athletes in grades 4 to 8 compete in different divisions according to their gymnastics experience ranging from beginner to competitive. Athletes can compete in events such as floor, bench, beam, mat or vault.

Intermediate Basketball

Our intermediate basketball teams (boys and girls)will tryout in mid January and have a few weeks to prepare for our first season games. The season normally runs from late January to early March.

Intermediate Co-ed Flag Rugby

The intermediate co-ed Flag Rugby season begins in May and is open to students in grades 7 & 8. Athletes learn the basics of Flag-Rugby rules, skills and sportsmanship. The season includes a one-day tournament held in mid-June.

Intermediate Co-ed 3-Pitch Team

Students in grades 7&8 are eligible to try-out for the intermediate 3-pitch team which usually consists of 7 boys and 7 girls. Students practice to participate in a 1 day tournament in St. Catharines in June.

Intermediate Co-ed Soccer Team

Students in grades 7&8 are eligible to try-out for the intermediate co-ed soccer team which usually consists of 20 players. Our Intermediate Co-Ed Soccer team will tryout in early September and have a few weeks to prepare for the one day DSBN tournament.

Intermediate Volleyball Teams

Intermediate boys and girls volleyball is offered to students in grades 7 and 8. The season begins in late September and students compete against schools within their area, ending with a championship. The season culminates with the DSBN tournament that takes place in November. Players also have the opportunity to participate in the John Haeni Invitational and the John Haeni Classic tournaments during the season to improve their skills.

Intramural Sports

Junior Basketball

Our junior basketball teams (boys and girls) will try out in February with the season running from late March to early April. The teams usually consist of 12 players and the games are equal play.

Junior Co-ed 3-Pitch Team

Students in grades 4-6 are eligible to try-out for the junior 3-pitch team which usually consists of 7 boys and 7 girls. Students practice to participate in a 1 day tournament in St. Catharines in June.

Junior Co-ed Soccer Team

Students in grades 4-6 are eligible to try-out for the junior co-ed soccer team which usually consists of 20 players. Students practice to participate in a 1 day tournament in St. Catharines in September.

Junior Volleyball Teams

Junior girls and boys volleyball is offered to students in grades 4-6. The teams will compete with other schools in St.Catharines after school throughout the month of November. Tryouts will begin after Thanksgiving.

Track and Field

Students in grades 3-8 participate in track and field events during PE classes culminating in a school competition at a formal track and field meet.