Club Showcase 2018
There is an extensive range of co-curricular activities on offer to students at Wenona. This week’s Club Showcase was an opportunity for new students to find their niche, whatever their particular passion, talent or ability.
Student representatives and teachers from more than 17 clubs, including Cadets, Amnesty International, the Car Restoration Club and the Environment Group, were on hand to talk to students from Year 7 about what they do, when they meet up and the different ways to become involved. Year 10 students also came along to provide guidance and advice or just a kind word of encouragement.
The Production Crew gave a lively, thespian-like pitch about the merits of working behind the scenes on rock concerts, the School play and at the Halloween Haunted House, learning new skills and enjoying the obvious camaraderie. But the clincher for some students was the fact that the club is designing some “really cool” black Production Crew t-shirts. Watch this space!
The poster for the Craft Club, ‘If you’re arty, come and be crafty’, piqued Dr Scott’s interest, while it was the chance to play Jenga at the Tabletoppers Club that attracted Ms Dudgeon.
Perhaps it also helped that Sarah was walking around with a hexagon on her head and Mr Gove was shamelessly bribing students with the promise of free stickers!
It was heartening to see so many young women sign up for the Gender Equity Club, with its bold statement: ‘We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back’. One of its initiatives this term is a concert to raise awareness about domestic violence, featuring songs about women through the ages.
As Director of Community and Service Learning (K-12), Ms Seale and the Community and Service Learning Prefects, Rebecca Karnarni and Sophie Keddie, were responsible for organising the Club Showcase. Ms Seale said, "It was fantastic to see such a great turnout. We have an extensive range of clubs on offer to students of all ages - whatever their interests. This year students can choose from 17 different clubs offered throughout the learning cycle. Clubs are usually student-led with dedicated teacher mentors, based around the students' enthusiasms and abilities, but we are always happy to introduce new ones where there is demand. It's a great way for our students to indulge their curiosity, creativity and passion, apply their learning within real community contexts, while building confidence and encouraging socialising both within and between year groups."
The hall was a hive of excitement as students found out more about the different clubs and activities that interested them. As the girls circulated around the room, it was clear that clubs are a great way of breaking down barriers and encouraging friendships across the School community.
What’s more, many of the clubs enable students to make a real difference and uphold our School motto Ut Prosim, that I may serve.