Every year for the Key Event, we put together a video for the attendees to watch about our school. We know that we have wonderful teachers, a superior curriculum, and an amazing campus. This is without question. While talking to the students, we realized that it’s the extras that we offer that makes Stella Niagara so special to them. What are the extras?
Many of the students talked about our Athletic programs. They spoke of the fun they had while participating on the Swim Team, Basketball and Soccer. They shared memories of winning and losing, including the girls being undefeated in both JV and Varsity basketball this year. They spoke about their coaches, many mentioning how they loved having their parents involved in leading their team. Students told us that they weren’t necessarily athletic but they loved that they had the opportunity to play. We also heard from students that told us that because they had the opportunity to play at SNEP, they were able to play at higher levels in High School and in their community.
Our students also love our After School Clubs and Extended Care. At Stella Niagara, after school clubs are included in the tuition and most of our students participate. The students were jumping out of their seats to talk about Life is Good Club, Harry Potter Club, Lego Club, Age to Age, STEAM Club, Band, Chorus, and more. While you would think most children would want to go home at the end of the day, our students want to stay at school because our Clubs are simply awesome. There are often tears at the end of the day when parents pick their children up from Clubs or extended care because their children do not want to leave Stella!
Outdoor Education was another extra that students mentioned. They loved the fact that they are able to try activities like snowshoeing and are able to really enjoy the winter weather, instead of just watching it from their classroom windows. One student told us that their favorite activity this Fall was hiking down to the river while another enjoyed working in the garden. And all of the students love eating the fruits and vegetables from the garden that they harvest!
The Drama Club was definitely a favorite of our Stella Niagara students. We heard from many of the students how their favorite Stella memories, and life lessons, are from the Drama Club. Students spoke about joining Drama Club only because their friends were doing it but how they learned so much including public speaking, team work, and confidence in themselves. There is nothing quite like standing on a real stage, performing for an entire auditorium of people. A good reason why students get excited each year for the spring musical!
As you can see, Stella Niagara Education Park has many great activities that make our school EXTRA special!