Spring talent show that showcases all the talented and creative students at our school in many artistic forms (drama, dance, visual art, media arts, music)
Auditions are in May
One or two rehearsal days the week of the show
The show is on a Thursday or Friday evening from 7:00-10:00p.m.
Supervisor: Ms. S Smith
A musical play that is put on annually. Opportunities are available to act, or do backstage jobs. Last years musical was Mary Poppins.
Ms. Walsh – Director
Drama In the News
March 7, 2016 Oakville, Burlington high schools move on to regionals for Sears Ontario Drama Festival
March 10, 2016 Two Burlington high schools advance in Sears Drama Festival
Sears Drama Festival
A friendly competition held between high schools in both the public and catholic boards of student run, acted and (ideally) written and directed plays, that are between 15-50 minutes in length. The week long festival changes its venue every year and culminates in a banquet and award ceremony. The top plays move on to represent the Halton district at a regional festival to further compete. The plays are judged and adjudicated publicly and privately by an outside, experienced person in the field of theatre.
Supervisors: Ms. S Smith and Mrs. N. Laferriere (assistant)
Informal venue for students to present drama or play drama-based, or improvisational games. Sometimes the drama club will present drama in front of the school or at one of the talent shows.
Meeting times vary – This year the club meets occasionally – Listen for announcements
Supervisor: Ms. S. Smith
The Art Club provides a time after school when students may:
- work on art class projects if extra time is required
- learn how to draw and paint, etc. if not taking art as an elective
- do art projects different from what is done in class
- help create posters/decorations for school activities
- help design and paint sets for the school play/musical
- socialize and do homework/projects not related to art
Extra help and guidance by the art teacher is provided
Mrs. Paletta – teacher/supervisor
Thursdays after school in room 108 until 3:30
- To further develop and promote Arts based programs and talent within our school community.
- To help promote and sustain student voice and leadership through the Arts.
- To promote and sustain student well being and positive relationship building through the Arts.
- To organize opportunities to showcase artistic talent by offering venues and spaces to exhibit work.
Wednesdays in Room 108 from 2:30-3:30 pm.
Submit your Art for Artists of the Month
Send submissions to email@example.com by the end of the month to have your art posted on the Arts Council TV in the foyer.
Submissions can be paintings, photos, animations, dance or any other form of art to show your creativity.
Events Arts Council runs through the year:
Our first showcase of student artistic talent takes place at Java Jam in late Fall. Traditionally, this has been a show presented on our main stage featuring acoustic acts, monologues, dance numbers and other performances that are sure to keep you entertained. Our small foyer is transformed into an art gallery and we also provide coffee, snacks and other refreshments.
Assumption’s Rock Cafe
If you like to Rock, this is the show for you! Arts Council combines music, drama and dance to bring you a Rockin’ Good Time! The Rock Cafe occurs around March and attracts many talents from all sorts of musical backgrounds. Please be warned, it might get loud!
Arts night is an annual talent show held at the end of the school year, showcasing a cross-section of artistic talents of students and staff of Assumption. Students sing, dance, play instruments, act, show home-made videos, display artwork and even perform unusual acts. Front of house, lighting and sound are all managed by students. Auditions are open to everyone.
Assumption Life is a club dedicated to promoting respect for life at all stages, in all forms We believe that life is a sacred gift and that we are called to work for and with all vulnerable and oppressed people, from conception until natural death.
If you are interested in joining, please see the Chaplain, Ms. Taylor, for more details.
This Lent, choose Life! Sign up for 40 days of Life
Visit https://bestbuddies.ca/ for more information
Black History Month Planning Committee
Students meet weekly on Tuesday’s to plan, prepare and assist in the implementation of activities during Black History Month in February. New members are always welcome. Students will be awarded community service hours.
Location; Ms. King’s room across from room 107.
Supervisor: Ms. King
Breakfast Club ensures all students have access to healthy breakfast options and runs 7:20am- 7:50am Monday to Friday.
Volunteers set up the breakfast station, track supplies, and help with clean up. Student volunteers will be awarded community service hours.
Breakfast Club runs throughout the entire year, 5 days a week. Volunteers are usually only required once per week.
Supervisor: Ms. Chin
Canada and the World Club
Students new to Canada and students from Canada come together to learn about other cultures, have fun and make new connections/friends. All Assumption students are welcome to join this club.
This club meets weekly on Wednesday’s in room 114.
Supervisor: Ms. King
Crusaders Get Loud
New members welcome. This is an active club that educates Assumption students about mental health, mental health struggles and strategies to enhance mental health.
We meet in Ms. King’s room across from room 107 on Monday’s.
Supervisor: Ms. King
Attention Business Students!
Sign Up for DECA!
DECA is a non-for-profit career and technical student organization with over 215,000 members worldwide. Over the course of 70 years, DECA has been inspiring and shaping emerging leaders and entrepreneurs to succeed in the modern business world.
Assumption now has a registered DECA chapter that is planning to compete in multiple business competitions. If you have an interest in leadership, management, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, or marketing, talk to Mrs. Timperio, Mrs. Laferriere or Mr. Haley and join the remind by texting @g372eh to 705-243-4365 or registering under the Assumption Chapter here – https://register.deca.ca/v3/public/studentRegistration by Thursday October 11th at 11:59pm.
Students meet on a weekly basis to learn new choreography for the School Musical, Arts Night, and Our Competition Season.
Supervised by: Mrs. L. Verticchio and Mrs. M. Walsh
Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in 1956 by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T. to help young people develop a sense of responsibility to themselves and to their communities. The Award has become one of the world’s most prestigious youth programs internationally, known as The International Award for Young People.
Assumption Catholic Secondary High School is pleased to provide the opportunity to its student body to participate in this wonderful program. The “Duke of Ed” is an international program operating in over 143 countries around the globe and is a non-competitive program designed to encourage young people to develop positive skills and habits. Participants benefit through their own effort and develop self-confidence, motivation, and life-long friendships. The Award is about personal challenges and development, and is customized according to a participant’s interests and abilities.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award fosters self-discipline, enterprise and perseverance in all young people. The Award involves comprehensive individual development, self-training and personal achievement, and is based upon individual effort and improvement. To earn an award, an individual must undertake a balanced program of activities in four important areas of self-development:
- voluntary community service
- skill development (hobbies)
- physical recreation
- adventurous journey
Any young person between the ages of 14 and 24 can participate in the award program. There are three levels to the award: Bronze, Silver and Gold – each with an increasing degree of commitment.
Within each level there are four sections:
- Service – encourages participants to realize that, as members of a community, they have responsibility to others and that their help is needed.
- Adventurous Journey – develops self-reliance by undertaking an interesting journey of discovery.
- Skills – encourages participants to discover and develop personal interests and social and practical skills.
- Physical Recreation – encourages participation in physical activity and to learn to appreciate physical recreation as an important component of a healthy lifestyle.
For the Gold level, participants must also complete a residential project, which develops social adaptability through involvement with others in a group setting. The project requires participation in activities away from home for at least five days. This element can be completed at any time during the Award Program, but is only submitted for review at the Gold level.
Interested participants should contact:
Mrs. Laferriere – firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign up and become a member of the Assumption team just follow these click on the link below and follow the instructions
- Select your Division as “Ontario”
- Select Method of Sign up as “Digitally”
The next screen will pop up with the Right of the Screen asking “Not Registered?” Register a new account as: Award Participant” [Press Register]
The following drop down menus will need to be completed:
International Region – Select Americas
Country – Select Canada
Operating Authority – Select Ontario
Sub – Operating Authority – Select Central Ontario
Award Unit – Select Assumption Catholic Secondary School
And then on the next set of screens you need to provide your personal contact information
Gender and Sexuality Alliance
The Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at Assumption Catholic Secondary aims to create an inclusive and supportive community for LGBTQ+ members and allies through action, awareness and education.
As a Catholic School, we recognize and promote the inherent dignity of all people and believe that each and every student deserves to feel welcome, safe, included, and respected in their school. Fundamental to the GSA is the belief that peer to peer initiatives and support can have a significant impact in creating safe spaces in our school. As a youth led movement we can act as champions for equity and inclusion for all.
Context for the Gender and Sexuality Alliance:
- LGBTQ+ youth often face many challenges that contribute to putting them at greater risk for violence, abuse, isolation, mental illness, homelessness, and suicide. As a student led and adult supported group we foster a sense of belonging within a safe space by having access to other students who may offer support, connection and information about resources and services in the greater community.
- LGBTQ+ youth are approximately three times more likely to attempt suicide than other youth (Kids Helpphone)
- LBGTQ+ youth are more likely to report being discriminated against, verbally harassed, physically harassed or assaulted about perceived gender identity or sexual orientation.
- Studies show that 10% of secondary school adolescents reported being unsure of their sexual orientation (Williams et al., 2004)
Membership and Guidelines
Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is an official student run – group with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirited, queer, questioning (LGBTQ+) and heterosexual student membership. The group is supported by one or two Assumption staff who serve as faculty advisors. Membership is open to students and staff at Assumption anytime of the year.
The Mock Trial teams allow Grade 11 and 12 law students the opportunity to further develop and implement their public speaking and advocacy skills in a realistic courtroom setting. The Mock Trial teams compete against other schools at the Board, Inter-Board and Provincial levels.
Supervised by: Mrs. Wozniak, Mrs. Verticchio and Mr. Duffy
Model United Nations Team
Model United Nations (MUN) gives students an opportunity to investigate global issues in greater depth and with an awareness of the diversity of cultures and perspectives that are found throughout the world. Students step into the shoes of the ambassadors representing UN member states to advocate for those states needs and positions on any global issue. The student delegate will: make speeches, ask questions, and negotiate with allies and adversaries all in the hopes of developing a UN Resolution to a global issue. This team is a natural extension of the English, Geography, History, Politics and Law curriculum that enhances a student understanding of citizenship responsibility and global solidarity.
Assumption’s Model UN team continues to be invited to conferences hosted by some of the worlds best universities and our group is known as one of the most comprehensive and largest teams in the GTA. Assumption students have been recognized with the designations of best position paper, best delegate, and outstanding delegate at several conferences including Yale University’s YMUN Conference and the Southern Ontario Model United Nations Conference.
To see our students in action, review the following twitter links:
Assumption hosts AMUN for gr. 7/8 students: https://twitter.com/i/moments/994648931538735106
Assumption attends YMUN hosted by Yale University: https://twitter.com/i/moments/1011619511336882176
The club is open to any student wishing to participate in the music performances during school liturgies. The club consists of singers, guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion. This is an opportunity to obtain community service hours.
See Ms. Taylor for more information
Supervisors: Ms. A. Taylor and Mr. A. Sawzdargo
Social Justice League of Assumption
Students and Staff interested in learning about social justice issues, both local and global, and responding through awareness campaigns, petitions, fundraising, food drives and service projects are invited to be a part of the Social Justice League.
If you are interested in joining the Social Justice League of Assumption, please speak with the Chaplain and sign up through Remind by texting @4ahea6 to (289) 275 2067.
Supervisor: Ms. A. Taylor
Peer Ministry Crew
Students and staff interested in being a part of the chaplaincy team are invited to join the Peer Ministry Crew.
Students will assist with prayer, liturgies, and service projects throughout the school year.
Senior students can be retreat leaders for the grade 9 and 10 class retreats.
There will also be opportunities for leadership development.
If you are interested in joining our crew, please speak to the Chaplain and sign up through Remind by texting @ec2002 to the number (289) 275 2067
Supervisor: Ms. A. Taylor
Meeting once a week and open to music students who have completed grade 9 course. The band plays a variety of festival and pop music arranged for wind instruments.
Practices are Tuesdays after school
Supervisor: Mr. A. Sawzdargo
Senior School Reach – Grades 11 and 12
School Reach involves memory, speed, knowledge and lots of fun! It is a trivia based game where players try to buzz in before opposing players with the questions being across a wide range of topics including geography, history, sports, current events, music, art and much more. The Assumption team is perennially one of the top teams in Ontario, placing eighth of over 300 teams last year and qualifying for the Provincial Championships 12 of the past 14 years.
We meet every Tuesday in Room 224 from 2:30 to 3:45. Everyone is welcome! Students may come to play friendly games or choose to represent Assumption in tournaments.
Supervised by: Mr. Colterman
Intermediate School Reach – Grades 9 and 10
This year, our reach team consists of 25 players who practice trivia questions using a buzzer system. We have a weekly practice from Sept to March. The students compete in three regular season tournaments where teams of 4 play against other schools in Burlington. We also have a championship tournament at the end of the season where all the school involved in Halton meet to determine a champion for the year.
We meet every Thursday in Room 224 from 2:30 – 3:45.
Supervised by: Mrs. R. Colterman and Ms. P. MacDonald
Student Ambassadors provide support for grade 9 students and transfer students in their transition to high school. They offer information, advice and support around academic expectations, extracurricular and athletic activities, social adjustment, and how to access additional resources available to new students.
Student Ambassadors are also the face of the school to the community at large. They are present at school events to which members of the community have been invited and their role at these events is to answer questions, provide information, and support the interests of the different school groups being showcased.
Supervisors: Ms. C. Bedford, Ms. N. Laferierre
Promoting Leadership through Student Council:
Assumption’s Student Council creates unity among students, administration, faculty, clubs, and community, and gives an opportunity to students to learn the skills of leadership during high school. Students promote school spirit and positive club interaction and encourage an attitude of Christian values based on our school’s philosophy.
Students learn innumerable skills including those of resource allocation, confidence building, learning to establish goals, delegating responsibility, and giving direction to their peers when executing various tasks. They learn to become good listeners, effective communicators, and take on multiple responsibilities, including coordinating school dances, school barbecues, and activities surrounding creating a positive school atmosphere and community spirit.
Student Council is for those who are interested in their school community and student life at Assumption beyond academics. They are hardworking, dedicated students who are eager to make student life memorable. Those who are elected by their peers are usually students with charisma, enthusiasm, passion, and desire to bring about change.
Teacher Supervisor: M. Caruso, A. Henry, E. Walker, N. Mendola
Meetings every Monday 2:30 to 3:30pm
We are a running group which runs after school during certain times of the year (Fall and Spring) to promote mental and physical well-being. We are open to runners of all abilities and start off with a mix of running and walking. We train following a program until we are able to run a 5K run in the community with a larger group organized by CameronRuns.
Please see our school social worker Mrs. Crawford for more information.Clubs & Activities