Senior School

Extracurricular Activities


Extracurricular activities for Senior School students ( Grades 9 to 11) are optional and include: Debating, Glee Club, Jazz Band, Photography, Public Speaking, Robotics, School Newspaper, Senior School Play, Social Justice and Development, Woodshop, and Yearbook.


Debating

The Debating and Public Speaking Programme at Selwyn House School begins formally in Middle School where all students, other than those participating in Jazz Bandrotate through four Arts Options, of which debating and public speaking is one. If they choose to continue in Senior School, they are welcome to join the Debating and Public Speaking clubs, which meet on Monday afternoons.  The purpose of offering these classes is twofold: to help boys develop the presentation and critical thinking skills that will be invaluable throughout their lifetimes and to prepare boys for the tournament circuit, which is active both at the provincial and national level. Selwyn House has a long and proud tradition of participating in these events and has produced a formidable array of competitors who have achieved success at the provincial, national, and even international level.  We welcome all boys who are interested in developing their skills, however, and we are delighted to work with both the novice and the seasoned professional alike. Selwyn House students have recently won top prizes in major international debating and public-speaking contests.

Robotics

Since 1995, Selwyn House has participated in national robotics competitions. In these competitions, students work with industry mentors to design, build, and pilot a robot that competes in a game. Selwyn House has done admirably in these competitions winning many prizes in several categories, such as innovative robot design, and website presentation. 

Photography

The photography class introduces students to the basics of taking good photos with DSLR cameras. Beginning with composition, and working through shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and focus, students are taught how to use the camera to take great photos for the yearbook and website as well as their own portfolio. Practice is required between classes, so only those who really want to learn how to take good photos should attend.

Jazz Band

Over the school year, the Senior School jazz band builds an impressive repertoire of contemporary jazz music. Over the last few years, our Jazz Band collaboration with Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's Vocal Ensemble has won national and international recognition in several competitions.

Yearbook

The yearbook is an annual production at Selwyn House. Under the direction of media teacher Bill Bedard, a team of students works closely with Jostens Canada to organize, design, and produce the Selwyn House Yearbook.