Beamsville, ON | Grades 9 - 12 | Shortlist
I was able to participate in a lot of extracurricular activities at Great Lakes. With the small size, they are very accessible. There are a lot of activities that are available that are 'just for fun' and a lot of school community activities that engage students - providing opportunities to be involved in non-academic pursuits. There is a keen focus on a well-rounded student. Any student who wants to be involved in extracurricular activities will have great access to these opportunities.
The extracurricular activities at Great Lakes are a big part of what made me enjoy going to the school so much. It was so easy to get involved with several different activities. Because of the small size of the school, it is not very competitive to become involved. For example, I joined the volleyball team even though I am not very athletic, where this opportunity would not likely have been available to me at a bigger school. Great Lakes has excellent music extracurriculars, specifically the chorus. We learned to sing in 4 part harmony and had the opportunity to travel around Canada and the US to perform at different churches. Going on Chorus Trips was certainly a highlight of my time at Great Lakes. Great Lakes also has several extracurricular activities that are spiritually-focused, such as groups for girls/boys, devotions, and worship nights. There is dedicated staff for spiritual life who do an excellent job of mentoring the students, especially international students.
The school has some extracurricular opportunities like drama, choir, community activities etc. However, I find that most of them are actually linked to the academic assessment of the students. There is hardly any activity that I remember except maybe the sports activities that are not linked to academics. For instance, my daughter played the saxophone prior to enrolling in GLCHS and it was my wish that she would continue while in the school. To my disappointment, I found that the school has no facility for coaching students who are interested in playing a musical instrument.
While Great Lakes is a small school, there are quite a number of extracurricular opportunities offered. My daughter has been involved in the Chorus (choir) since she joined the school. In the chorus, they did a lot of trips, traveling to different churches to sing. I also know that they offer a lot of sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross country, badminton, etc in different seasons. In each sport, they compete with different schools as well and are part of the OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association). They also have clubs for photography, arts, etc. With this variety, every student can find what they enjoy, and even try new things and become a well-rounded student.