Extra-Curricular Activities

  • The importance of providing students opportunities to participate in activities at school, outside the classroom, has been well documented by educational research. Through participation in extra-curricular activities students can become more connected to their school community, increase their self-esteem, raise their status among their peer group, and this has also been connected to increased academic success. At St. James & St. Ann’s School we believe this research to be true, and provide a variety of extra-curricular activities for students to participate in ranging from the fine arts, to sports, to interest-based clubs. There truly is something for everyone to participate in!

  • Clubs and Activities

    At St. James & St. Ann’s School we recognize that children have a wide variety of interests and talents which are important to explore.  We offer a number of clubs and activities to meet these needs.

  • Chess Club

    This club runs from October to March for students in Grades 1 – 7.  This club takes place at lunch time and has the largest student participation of any extra-curricular club.

  • Readers Are Leaders

    This is a reading challenge sponsored by the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese.  Students in Grades 6 and 7 who love to read should consider this activity.

  • Photo Club

    The Photo Club is open to Grade 7 students who have an interest in developing their photography skills.  The club meets one Monday after school each month from October to May.  Students are presented with a photography assignment each month to be judged on a set criteria used by a number of photo clubs.  Student pictures are showcased on a school bulletin board display.

  • Reading Link Challenge

    This group is for students in Grades 4 and 5 and is sponsored by the Fraser Valley Regional Library.  Students who enjoy reading are encouraged to join.  They will be assigned a number of books to read and then enter a competition with other schools in the Fraser Valley answering questions on the various books.  This group runs from November to April.

  • Art Club

    The Art Club is open to Grade 3 and 4 students and runs for four weeks twice a year.  They focus on clay projects, water colours, oil painting and drawing techniques.  Students use materials and processes not available during school fine arts sessions.  Usually the Art Club is offered in the Fall and Spring.  The work displayed for all to enjoy.

  • Lego Club

    This club is open to all students in the school.  There are a wide variety of special pieces and parts that inspire the students to build creatively.  Students inspire and advise fellow club members.  High school students also come in to offer advice.  Lego Club is offered twice a year in the Fall and Spring for a four week period.

  • Robotics
    During the 2015-2016 school year, St. James & St. Ann’s School introduced a robotics club to the students.  There was an overwhelming interest in this club, and we had students who were brand new to robotics, as well as those who already had a very good understanding of coding, participate in this new club.  We can’t wait to offer this to students again through the technology curriculum at the higher grades, as well as this club.
  • Christmas Concert

    Each year the staff and students of St. James & St. Ann’s School present a Christmas musical complete with singing, dancing, acting and special effects.  Students in Grades 4 – 7 are invited to audition for acting roles.  Students in Grades 4 and 5 are awarded non-speaking roles and students in Grades 6 and 7 are awarded the speaking roles.  Those who have roles are asked to commit to practices during November and December.  All students wear costumes and present songs with their class, as well as participate with the whole school for the finale song.  

  • Sports

    At St. James & St. Ann’s School we believe the purpose of extra-curricular sports is to build skill development.  With an inclusive philosophy in mind, any child who wants to participate is welcomed to join the various teams.  We offer a wide range of extra-curricular sports including the following:

    • Soccer
      September/October
      for boys and girls in
      Grades 4-5
    • Volleyball
      October/November
      for boys and girls in
      Grades 5-7
    • Basketball
      January/February
      for boys and girls in
      Grades 4-7
    • Badminton
      March/April
      for boys and girls in
      Grades 6 and 7 (this is an intramural sport)
    • Track and Field
      April/May
      for boys and girls in
      Grades 3-7