Earl Haig students into clubbing

Willowdale area high school offers more clubs than any other in Ontario

[size=14pt]High school is a time to take a step forward in our education while meeting and making new friends. What better way to make new friends at a high school than to join a club? At Earl Haig Secondary School there are over 93 clubs that students can join. You name it, we have it. In fact, Earl Haig has the most clubs that a student can join of any high school in Ontario.

At Earl Haig, signing up for a club is as easy as just showing up to a regular meeting. Creating your own club is just as easy, but students must find a teacher to get on board.

“The key element is to find a staff advisor,”says Andrew Fair, Earl Haig’s assistant curriculum leader of clubs and council.“If you find a staff advisor who can sign your registration form and find a room for your club to meet, then you can fill out the paperwork and submit it tomyself or the student on SAC (Student Activity Council) in charge of clubs and council.”

For a school like Earl Haig, clubs play a very important role in how the school works. For starters,Earl Haig is one of the largest schools in Ontario and with “the sheer number of our population, we can offer so many more clubs than any other school,” according to Fair.

“We also have a very caring, compassionate group of students who wish to be involved in extracurricular activities,” he says.

The best thing to do is to just get involved and meet new people “Get involved and stay involved!”

And get involved is exactly what one of the four editors-in-chief of the Delphian Yearbook and grade 12 graduate Karen Young did.

“I joined clubs to immerse myself into the real world, life that will continue after academic studies,” she said. “At the same time, it was also the purpose of some of the clubs that really clung to my interests; I joined the Character Counts Committee (currently one of the three committees comprising the FACES of Earl Haig), Student Leadership Council, the Canadian Red Cross Committee, Food for Life, DECA, the Mckee Elementary Tutoring Club and the Badminton Club.”

Being a leader of an Earl Haig club comes with its responsibility and duties, Young says.

“I oversee the Clubs section and I document the 85+ clubs that Earl Haig has to offer,” she said. “I also collect all the grad comments and I try to make sure that no errors are made with around 400 of them. We also have to meet all of our deadlines set by our publisher, Jostens.”

As co-chair of the FACES of Earl Haig, Young focuses her attention on promoting safety with the Empowered Student Partnership committee, promoting character with the Character Counts committee, and promoting fairness with the Equity Council.

“We also host discussion sessions where teachers and students alike share stories of struggles of their youth to bridge a human connection,” she said. “It is my job to help my fellow executives to make this happen.”

Many of the Earl Haig students are involved in clubs and it shows how offering a wide variety clubs can help out students in the long run. However, when it is all over, will they miss it? According to Karen she won’t.

“I believe that a thriving legacy demonstrates a sort of immortality for the work you’ve imprinted on the club,” she said. “That’s the beauty of leadership.”

— Lazar Odic is currently completing his grade 12 year at Earl Haig SS

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By: Lazar Odic
Posted: May 27 2011 2:09 pm
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto