There are a number of clubs for students to be involved in at Pickering College. In Junior School, clubs are offered on an informal basis during the recess time after lunch or during the sports period. Clubs that are offered vary from term to term, and from one year to the next as they are based on the interests of both students and faculty. Clubs could include chess, crafts, cooking, video-making, photography, astronomy, computer, games and knitting.
In the Senior School, some clubs are considered part of the co-curricular program, while others are on a more informal basis.
The Green Team
The Green Team focuses on promoting environmental awareness and improving the environment within the school and local community. Some of the initiatives this year are:
- Running a Green energy audit for the school.
- Green actions such as planting and banning plastic water bottles.
- Green Week; a week of activities to raise awareness for environmental issues.
Pickering College has made a concerted effort to ensure green initiatives and environmentally-focused education is embedded into our culture. For the second year in a row, Pickering College has been awarded Gold Certification by Ontario Eco Schools for our sincere and effective approach to increasing environmental awareness and to decreasing our school's environmental footprint.
Overseen by Grade 12 student Saniya Islambekova, the challenging application invites the school to comment and collect data about our teamwork and leadership, waste minimization, energy conservation, school group greening, curriculum and environmental stewardship. The Gold Award will soon be added to our Ontario Eco Schools plaque which hangs outside the staff lounge.
To learn more about Ontario Eco Schools, please visit www.ontarioecoschools.org
Youth Action Organization (YAO)
A student driven club, those with an interest in social justice and environmental issues gather to raise awareness and improve the school, local and global communities.
A student driven club, those with an interest in social justice and environmental issues gather to raise awareness and improve the school, local and global communities. YAO educates the student body on various issues and has participated in campaigns such as:
- The Vow of Silence which raises awareness about those who have no voice in the world
- Chocolate Candy Grams which raises money to support a local charity.
As part of YAO, the Amnesty International Club educates the students about human rights issues that are happening in other countries. Over the year, they lead the students in participating in actions such as:
- Write for Rights, on December 10th. Students write letters to support political prisoners and to governments that commit human rights violations.
- A Taste for Justice is a campaign in which students sell fair trade chocolate, hot chocolate and coffee to raise awareness about fair labour practices.
Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. Amnesty’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.