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Educational Clubs

This is a catalog of clubs offered. Please note all clubs listed here are not offered every term. Please see the ASP schedule to identify which clubs are currently being offered this session.

Chess

Join our world-class Chess Institute of Canada curricular chess program. With highly trained and experienced instructors you’ll learn about chess as much as you will build character and learn about life. New players are welcome. No previous experience with chess is necessary.

FEE: $210

Debating

Interested in developing strategies to make an effective argument and think on your feet? Sign up to learn the fundamentals of debating during debating clubs. Teacher-coaches use a variety of engaging activities to teach age-appropriate skill development in debating. This program is offered to boys in Form 3 to 7.

FEE: Co-Curricular (FREE)

Sprout and Green Team Clubs

Students will spend time in the Learning Garden exploring where food comes from and discovering what is means to live sustainably. Healthy snacks made using ingredients from the garden will be prepared together and enjoyed. Activities will include digging, weeding, harvesting, planting and eco-crafts. The activities of the club support the inquiry-based approach of the Primary Years Program.

FEE: Co-Curricular (FREE)

Mad Science – Crazy Chemworks

As real Mad Scientists, students will learn to manipulate laboratory equipment, slide down the colourful pH scale and create a tiny world of atoms. Students will be wowed by polymers in our popular SLIME class! They will probe the properties of light as well as explore unusual applications of glow-in-the-dark technology. Children will stick it to the walls as they explore super-sticky stuff. Topics: Lab Works, Jr. Reactors, PH Phactor, Slime Time, The Glow Show, Super Sticky Stuff, Matter of Fact, Chem in a Flash.

FEE: $210

Creative Writing

This club will have boys explore different techniques to write poems, plays, short stories and film scripts, etc. Students will also practise editing and proofreading their own work to create a final writing piece of their choice.

FEE: $180

Mad Science – World Of Wowology

We’ll examine the world children interact with through fun and hands-on experiments, discovering the scientific principles behind it all. Your young scientist will be wowed by amazing activities and quality projects every week, exploring topics ranging from airplanes to oceans, electricity to illusions, bridges to baking, and so much more.

FEE: $210

French Game Playing Club – Club de jeux

Come and play in French! The Club de jeux is a primary after school program designed to engage students in French interactions through the use of different games: Scrabble, Taboo, Hangman, Boggle, Simon Says…

FEE: FREE

Public Speaking

Without a doubt, public speaking can be very intimidating for most people. Certainly, some people are born with the natural talent to speak in front of an audience while the rest tremble from just the thought of having to give a speech. It surely does not have to be that way. With these tips and some practise, students will find that public speaking should never be anything harder than a simple conversation with friends. This public speaking program will provide students with tools to overcome the most common public speaking problems as well as teaching about speech writing, using persuasive language and improving quick thinking skills. During the eight sessions students will learn about and present different types of speeches from calls to action, humorous speeches, reviews as well as a place to practise in class presentations. The ability to confidently convey information in a clear and concise manner is invaluable. Providing an opportunity to hone your skills with constructive feedback, while encouraging a passion for communication is integral to the long term success of students.

FEE: $210

Photography

In Photography club, students will capture and share their life at UCC. From the most minute details, to vast outdoor expanses, participants will be instructed in photographic techniques, camera usage and characteristics and Photoshop. Students will leave the club with tangible proof of their involvement, with photos that can be framed and cherished as lifelong keepsakes from their time at UCC.

FEE: $180

“Wild Things” Art Club

Join the Form 3 and 4 Wild Things Art Club this winter. We will experiment with a variety of techniques to create art that is inspired by nature, art for the garden, and art to raise awareness about environmental sustainability. Participants will have the opportunity to display their creations during the Earth Week Eco-Exhibit held in April. Space is limited to 10 participants. Please ensure that your son is able to attend at least six of the seven sessions before signing up.

FEE: FREE

Dinosaur Club

Come explore the awesome world of dinosaurs! In Dinosaur Club, we will learn about dinosaurs through fun activities and games. We will look at how dinosaurs lived, what they ate, how they evolved, how they died and how fossils are formed. We will participate in a small mock fossil dig to see how paleontologists find and remove fossils from the earth later in the term once the weather permits. Get ready for some prehistoric fun.

FEE: $180

Drama Club

Boys will learn basic drama and acting techniques. They will explore topics such as improv, clown and tableau. Throughout the session, students will work towards creating a short play that they will write with the help of club leaders.

FEE: $180

Woodworking

Join U Can Do It! Participants will build and create wooden objects, while developing skills and an appreciation for working with tools. For the older boys the program will be driven by what they would like to make. They have complete control over what they make with guidance and assistance offered in how to create their project from the U Can Do It! Program facilitators.

FEE: $210

Scrabble

School SCRABBLE® is a popular activity taking place in numerous primary and secondary schools across the country. This educational pastime has its roots in classrooms in the United States, where thousands of students play the game, many of whom continue on to organized tournaments and even the annual U.S. National School SCRABBLE® Championship. Now students, parents and teachers have come together to organize School SCRABBLE® programs in Canada. Through the game of SCRABBLE®, students are able to increase their vocabulary, strengthen word knowledge, and apply math and analytical skills. It is a game that fosters friendships, cooperation, healthy competition and teamwork. Best of all, it is an activity enjoyed by people of all ages, skill sets and backgrounds.

FEE: FREE

Cooking

Have you ever dreamed of travelling around the world and tasting all kinds of different foods? This year the Grade SK to Grade 1 cooking club will be exploring foods from around the globe. Come and join the ASP staff and learn how to cook recipes from different countries. After cooking each class, all participants will get to taste and enjoy their foods. Get ready to start filling out your food passports and have the ultimate tastebud experience.

In Grades 4 to 7 boys will learn to make a taste of a variety of foods from different cultures, including sushi, poutine and crepes. They will also be introduced to basic cooking skills and table etiquette. A recipe booklet will be given to each boy to help with cooking at home.

FEE: $180

Wacky Science

Learn different and fun science experiments on why and how things happen. Learn why Mentos causes a chemical reaction when mixed with Coca-Cola or what causes volcanoes and earthquakes to happen by doing your own experiments. Location: Room E102 (SK)

FEE: $180

Dinosaur and Fossils Club

Using actual fossil materials, hands-on demonstrations and take-home projects, the budding paleontologists will uncover a world forgotten by time, the realm of the dinosaurs.

FEE: $210

Exploring Science

Young explorers will exercise their natural curiosity through a curriculum of themed play centres, experiments and take-home activities. Each week we take on a new topic such as magnets, gears, the senses, and insects amongst several other exciting themes!

FEE: $210

Film Club

Action, drama, comedy, horror. What do the best films have in common? They influence our emotions, and remain with us for years on end. We all love movies, but have you ever made one yourself? Well now you can. During the eight weeks of this program, students will learn basic elements of film craft, including concepts, characters, and conflict, script format, and camera placement and movement, all while creating short film pieces that will be presented and project at the end of the session. Students will write, direct, shoot, and star in all own their films, staring a new generation of amateurs and independent filmmakers.

FEE: $180

Mad Science – Academy of Future Space Explorers

We’ve teamed up with NASA to take children on a voyage of discovery! With unique hands-on activities, amazing demonstrations, and fun experiments, this experience is truly out of this world. In every class children will build a fun and educational take home project to fuel their future explorations!

FEE: $210

FINANCIAL LITERACY (level I)

Extra Ed has turned learning basic financial literacy upside down – from boring and tedious, to fun and inspiring!  Be warned, however, that this program will also turn your home life upside down – from “Mom, Dad, give me money” to “Mom, Dad, give me money for my RESP!” We have created an empowering financial literacy curriculum that features interactive group activities, easy-to-understand visual presentations, a “net worth” tournament, and highly charged discussions.  Major topics include savings (Why should I save?  How much can I save if I start now?  How do I save?), and debt (What is it?  How does it all work?  Who exactly do I owe money to?).  We also cover what it really costs parents to keep their little darlings fed, clothed, and educated for one year, as well as an outline of life’s big expenses, like education, real estate and retirement. In an era filled with unrelenting consumer advertising, false images of financial success, and easily accessible credit, this course teaches students how to be financial leaders, not financial victims; to be true to who they are when they manage their finances; and to understand how their financial choices impact not only their own lives in the short and long term, but also the world around them. It is never too early to learn these materials, but it can be too late.  Register now!

FEE: $210

FINANCIAL LITERACY (level II)

By popular demand, the exciting continuation of the Level 1 program is here! If you thought the questions your kids were coming home with were awkward the first time around, you’re in for a wild ride now.  Here’s a quick look at what we cover:
– a new profile and net worth competition featuring our “fantasy draft” format – very fun!
– a “How to” guide to registered accounts:  What are the types of investments that one can have in them?  How do they work?
– a “How to” guide to influencing the world the way each child wants through money management and consumer choices.
– a “How to” guide to banking – avoiding fees, negotiating, and making sure they get what they want…or they’ll go somewhere else!
– a close examination of the language and tactics of aggressive marketing – they will never be fooled by anyone! And much, much more
In an era filled with unrelenting consumer advertising, false images of financial success, and easily accessible credit, this course teaches students how to be financial leaders, not financial victims; to be true to who they are when they manage their finances; and to understand how their financial choices impact not only their own lives in the short and long term, but also the world around them.

FEE: $210

Advanced Robotics

(Logics Academy) Learn the physics behind how robot sensors gather information from the environment. Create algorithms to make real-time decisions with multiple inputs. A split second decision could mean the difference between winning and losing! Get your game face on and join us in the ultimate match up, robot vs robot!

FEE: $210

Mad Science

EXTRAORDINARY LABORATORY: We’ll examine the world children interact with through fun and hands-on experiments, discovering the scientific principles behind it all! Your young scientist will be wowed by amazing activities and quality projects every week, exploring topics ranging from chemistry to magnets, taste buds to sound, lightning to rainbows, and so much more! Weekly Topics: Watts-Up, Magnetic Magic, Optical Illusions, Lights…Colour…Action, Chem-Mystery, Sonic Sound, Tantalizing Taste, and Harnessing Heat

FEE: $210

Cooking 101

If you enjoy getting into the kitchen and unleashing your creativity, this class is for you! In Cooking 101, students will prepare a variety of recipes while improving basic kitchen skills and developing leadership both inside and outside the kitchen. By the completion of the term, students will be able to independently have prepared assorted appetizers, entrees and desserts – and enjoyed tasting them too!  With the help of Cooking 101, you’ll be entertaining your family and friends in no time!

FEE: $210

Mad Science – Imagination Investigation

Students test their forensic skills as they become super sleuths in our Detective Science class. We explore the amazing world of insects, learning how these fascinating creatures live. Each child will construct a propeller-driven race car as they learn about the power of mighty machines. We raise the curtain on the mysteries of movie making and special effects. Students explore the wild world of weather, investigating the power of wind, thunder, lightning and make an ultraviolet light-sensitive keychain.
Weekly Topics: Bugs, Detective Science, Earthworks, Kitchen Chemistry, Science of Toys, Movie Effects, Mad Machines, and Walloping Weather

FEE: $210