|Each year, students are offered a choice of extrcurricular activities and clubs. These clubs vary from year to year, but some extracurricular activities such as Robotics, Jazz Band, Debating, Public Speaking, and the Middle and Senior School plays are fixtures. Some of our extra curricular activities are outlined below.|
The Debating and Public Speaking Programme at Selwyn House School begins formally in Middle School where all students, other than those participating in Jazz Band, rotate 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each year, the Elementary, Middle and Senior Schools each stage a play. In recent years, our Elementary School Players presented The Jungle Book, Oliver, and The Wizard of Oz. The Middle School players produced plays such as Hamlet, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Sherlock Holmes. The Senior School players have produced such plays as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Sly Fox, Catch-22, A Flea in Her Ear, The Mouse That Roared and The Rhinoceros.