Montreal, QC | Grades 7 - 12 | Shortlist
The Sacred Heart School offers its girls a plethora of choices. Teachers and support staff work together to offer students extracurricular activities, either introducing new venues to explore, or bringing opportunity to continue to perfect skills in ongoing interests. Students can partake in activities ranging from art, robotics, entrepreneurship as well as many types of sports. Many activities are scheduled during different times of the academic year, allowing students to try out various activities, depending on interest and the current workload.
Sacred Heart has extracurricular programs for anyone. Whether you are the artsy type, musically-inclined, athletic, or like science, there is an activity for you. Programs range from sports to robotics to band/choir to drama, and much more. Each of the activities has its own scope, but all of them have one thing in common: they all allow the girls to apply what they learned in the classroom to real-life situations. Personally, I wasn't a very athletic type, but I loved music, so I was part of the concert and jazz bands throughout high school. Because of my implication in these bands, I got to play different instruments and today, 10 years after graduation, I'm still playing the saxophone, that I might not have learned if I didn't attend Sacred Heart. I also joined the robotics team at Sacred Heart and got to learn how to build robots to accomplish certain tasks. We even got to compete in annual competitions against other high schools and CEGEPs! Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a lawyer, but because I joined the robotics team, I developed a love for science and building something from nothing, and that is the reason why I am an engineer today.
Sacred Heart had many extracurricular opportunities outside of the classroom at the time and, to my knowledge, they have gained some since like Model United Nations participation. Sacred Heart also had various active sports teams. Personally, I participated in more leadership type initiatives, such as sitting on Yearbook and participating in public speaking/poetry contests. I felt as though extracurriculars had a true focus on setting aside academics and just having fun with each other, which I really appreciated.