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Arts Council

Advisor: Mr. Rothenburg
This student-run club promotes the arts at Barrie North. All Visual Arts, Drama, Music students, and students generally interested in supporting the arts are invited to meet every Wednesday at lunch in the Music room (172). They help organize school fund raising activities to support all arts departments. Students contribute to North's Moving Pictures film and media festival in November and ArtBeats showcase in May, as well as other arts-related events, such as the school musical, and Portfolio 2012 at MacLaren Art Centre.

Meetings: Wednesdays, lunch, all year, Music Room (172)

Arts Club

Advisor: Ms. Paul, Mrs. Legate

If you love being creative and having fun exploring and producing various visual art projects, this club is for you.  You will learn traditional art forms such as painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and so on.  In addition to creating individual art, you will have opportunities to contribute art throughout the school, at the Education Centre, and in the community.  Stay tuned for meeting times during lunch in room 230.​

Canoe and Kayak club

http://norcanoekayak.wix.com/canoeandkayak-barrienorth

Classics Club 

Advisor: D. Turnbull

Open to all Latin and Classics students, or anybody interested in the classical world.  We look at Classics in the world today, including movies, games, etc. We meet Fridays at lunch.

Concert Choir  

Directed by Mr. Rothenburg
If you love to sing in a group and want to learn many songs of various styles, come out every Wednesday from 2:35 to 4pm in the Music room (172). You do not have to be a music student or have any music reading experience. All you need is a good ear, a willingness to project and pitch your voice, and lots of enthusiasm. This choir performs at North's Remembrance Day service, Christmas Harmony concert, and May Melodies concert. It also competes at the Barrie Kiwanis Music Festival.

Meetings: Wednesdays, 2:35 to 4:00 pm, all year, Music Room (172)

WRESTLING:

Coach:  Mrs. Rowe

Season:  Practices/try outs start in early November and try outs will be for one month (names of those athletes making the team will be posted on the wrestling bulletin board outside room 102).  Coach Rowe is looking for athletes who will be committed to attending practices, are coachable (listen and follow through on instructions) and are both physically and mentally tough.  There will be 3 practices a week at Barrie North and athletes are also encouraged to attend K-Bay wrestling club practices on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  The season ends in early March after OFSSA.

Experience and Equipment:  No prior experience in wrestling is required to try out for this team.  At the beginning of every season the basics are taught and the senior wrestlers will help the beginners.  For try outs athletes only need shorts, t-shirt or sweat shirt, and clean indoor shoes.  If an athletes make the team, he/she will be expected to buy wrestling shoes and a singlet since both are mandatory for competition. 

Drama Club

Advisor: Mr. Shanks

Free the Children

Advisors: K. Kirkpatrick, B. Ellis, P. Ritchie
Free the Children is one of Barrie North's largest extra-curricular clubs.  For the 2015-2016 year, the club president is Tim Schmidt and the Vice Presidents are Mandi Genah an Dee Green.  We have a wonderful group of students involved in the club and we have had an exciting start to the year!  In September, we had the opportunity to send 30 students to WE Day in Toronto.  Students who attended this event learned a great deal about people who are changing the world for the better.  These speakers demonstrated to our students the many ways in which they can make a difference in their own world as well.  

Free the Children hosts many events and fundraisers throughout the year such as the bi-annual Coffee Houses where Viking students showcase their amazing talents.  Plans this year for fundraising ideas are Ice Cream Sundae sales, basket raffles, spirit days, Hallowe'en for Hunger, the Vow of Silence and much, much, more. Please visit the Free the Children Website and Me to We Websites for more information about this amazing club.

The goal for this year is to raise $10,000 to build a school in Nicaragua.  The club has been fundraising for this over the past three years and we believe that we can achieve this goal this year.  In order to do so, we are hoping to engage our local community leaders and businesses to become more involved in our fundraising efforts.  If you are interested in helping out in any capacity (donation of funds, supplies or offering fundraising ideas), please contact Ms. Kirkpatrick at the school: 726-6541 ext. 41175.  We are aware that our goal of raising $10,000 is ambitious, but we are determined nonetheless!

We encourage all students to come out to room 170 every Thursday at lunch.  The room is located inside the auto shop.  Our club members promote inclusivity and students can join the club throughout the year - just drop by anytime!  We welcome new ideas and fresh perspectives.  We hope to see you there!

Meetings: every Thursday at lunch in room 170

Gifted/Enriched Advisory Council

Advisor: A. Reesor
The Gifted/Enriched Advisory Council is comprised of students at Barrie North Collegiate who provide student input into the Gifted/Enriched program at BNC. Students meet once a month to advise staff on academic and social issues related to Gifted/Enriched programming.

Green Team

Advisor: TBD
The Green Team is a club that partakes in activities to promote environmental awareness.

Improv Club

Advisor: Mr. Shanks

If you love to perform and you are quick on your feet, but you don't like memorizing lines, the Improv club is the place for you. We just make it up as we go! The Improv Club meets every Friday after school. Interestingly, seven members from the club were selected to compete as a team in the Canadian Improv Games for the 2010-2011 season. Each team is required to perform 4 out of the 5 event. These events are:

Life Event
In the Life event, the team must present an improvised scene "honestly and sincerely." This may include "moments" in peoples' lives, or merely a realistic representation of an unrealistic situation. Events in a life scene must be dealt with truthfully. The premise of a scene can range from a first date, or family trauma to the car not starting.

Character Event
In the Story event, a team must perform "an original story in an improvised setting, including an aspect of narration." Forms of narration vary, but each improvised story must contain a beginning, middle, and end (not necessarily in that order). It is of utmost importance that these three sections are obvious to the audience, because it is those elements that define the scene as a story.

Theme Event
In the Theme event, the teams are "given a theme which they must explore in one or more scenes." Theme is quite unique and different from the other games as unlike the other events where the inspiration and suggestion comes from the audience, and its usually given to the team by the host. However, if the team wishes, they are allowed to ask for another suggestion from the audience. For example, this could be a location in which to explore the theme in.

Style Event
A Style event showcases the team's ability to portray a certain genre of media, usually from film, theater, or television. Mime, cheesy horror film, sports presenter, Disney musicals, Shakespeare, and infomercial are examples of different styles that have been seen in performances. Teams may put a lot of research into the style. Also, they are not meant to parody a genre but actually produce an example of that genre.

Jazz Band

Directed by Mr. Rothenburg
If you are experienced playing various jazz styles on flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, or drums and percussion, come out on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 in the Music room (172). Focus is on playing challenging pieces in swing, bebop, Latin, funk, rock, and ballad styles. Everyone will learn to improvise individually on their instruments. This band performs at the Christmas Harmony and May Melodies concerts, Grade 8 night, coffeehouse fund raisers, school assemblies, elementary schools, and the Georgian Bay Regional Music Fest in Collingwood. Occasionally it performs at community events at such venues as the MacLaren Art Centre and at the Simcoe County District School Board.

Meetings: Thursdays 2:30 to 4:30 pm, all year, Music Room (172)

Junior Band

Directed by Mr. Pethick
The junior band is a beginning level concert band made up of grade 9 music students learning a second instrument (woodwinds, brass, percussion). It starts in the spring and prepares a variety of concert music for performances at ArtBeats and Canada's Wonderland School Music Festival. This band is a stepping stone into the Symphonic Band.

Meetings: Lunchtime, weekly practices (TBA), April to early June, Music room (172)

Link Crew

Advisors: B. Ellis, A. Reesor
Link Crew is about student leadership and creating a positive school culture. Link Crew is a program that welcomes grade 9s and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Link Crew trains senior students to be Link Leaders. As positive role models, Link Leaders are motivators, leaders and teachers who guide the grade 9s to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school. Link Leaders organize and lead grade 9 orientation and activities for grade 9s throughout the year. If you are in grade 11 or 12 and want to gain valuable skills in leadership, communications, mentoring, and have fun, then join Link Crew!

Mock Trial Team

Advisor: R. Cobbett
Once given our case (defense or crown), students meet weekly at the court house with our lawyers (and during our short lunch) in preparation for the Mock Trial competition.

Meetings: February - April

Model U.N.

Advisors: A. Reesor
Every May, SCDSB students teams meet at the Education Centre to discuss and debate international issues as part of the Model U.N. program. Barrie North's Model U.N. team is comprised of students from Grades 9 to 12. After being assigned a country, team members prepare by researching the political, economic, social, environmental (etc) positions and perspectives of their country and take that knowledge to the General Assembly. At the Model U.N, students gather in small-group Regional Meetings to work towards meaningful change in several areas of focus and then later bring the results of those discussions back to the larger General Assembly. Barrie North's Model U.N. team meets weekly in Semester 2. 

Music Parents Association

To all parents and guardians of Barrie North Music students:
Do you have a child who has enjoyed or is currently a part of the music program this year at Barrie North? Did he/she have an instrument of good quality to play and a variety of music from which to choose? Opportunities to hear performances by outside groups, such as a cappella vocal group Cadence? A chance to perform at Georgian Bay Regional MusicFest and Canada's Wonderland School Music Festival? See a concert by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra? The opportunity to work with MIDI computers in the music computer lab? The possibility of going to New York City or Chicago on a music trip? The chance of going to Ontario Educational Leadership camp for the Arts?

If so, most of these opportunities are made possible due to the support of the Barrie North Music Parents' Association. This group of dedicated volunteers is responsible for providing support for the music teachers by financial contributions from fundraising, providing help at concerts and school musicals, providing chaperones for various group-subsidized field trips related to the music curriculum, and generally being a help to the teachers in providing a well-balanced and exciting music program.

The Music Parents' Association provides opportunities for the students to fundraise towards music event participation, thus offsetting their cost of travel, bussing, and tickets to concerts and workshops. Workshops, guest speakers and concerts are often funded fully by Music Parents, to allow teachers to spend their budget directly on classroom curriculum and resources. Music Parents also provide funds for updating annual music plaques and trophies and for monetary awards given to graduating Music students at Commencement.

Fund raising activities include Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery fund raising program, Drysdales Christmas wreaths, MacMillan's Gourmet Cookie and Muffin Dough.

As always, there is a turnover in the group, as students (and parents) graduate. So your help is desperately needed. Please consider coming to the meetings and supporting this very important group, and thereby helping your child gain a richer musical experience in high school.

For more information, please contact Mr. Rothenburg or Mr. Pethick (726-6541).

Ping Pong Club

Advisors: B. Ellis, P. Johnson, J. Vaz
The ping pong club welcomes players of all skill levels and from all grades. There are no fees.

Meetings: Tuesdays and Fridays at lunch, room 170

Photography Club

Advisor: Mr. Pethick
The Barrie North Photography Club is dedicated to the enjoyment of all aspects of photography. Members include students with a wide range of interests and abilities, and whether interested in digital or analogue, color or black and white, prints or slides, all are welcome to join. Club meetings are full of learning opportunities and are encouraged through member and/or guest presentations, image sharing and critiquing, and exhibition excursions.

Prom Committee

Advisor: S. Gibbons
Plan and organize Barrie North's Senior Prom and all the tasks that go with this project.

Meetings: Planning occurs all year, with heavier focus two months prior to the event. Prom will be held May 6, 2016.

School Musical

Directors: Mr. Horne, Mr. Rothenburg, Mr. Shanks, Mr. Pethick
Every other year, Barrie North students, staff, parents, and community members come together to produce a school musical. The last production was "Carry On," which had an original script written by retired teacher Jim Horne. This year's production is "Cabaret 2016," featuring music of The Beatles, a play called "At The End of The Day,"  and Broadway hits. Other successful musicals included "Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Story," "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Stories of Scheherezade," and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."  Rehearsals run at lunch times and after school for the cast and pit band.  There are opportunities for students and staff to contribute on and off stage (e.g., producer, set design, set construction, painting, costumes, makeup, stage hands, stage manager, audio, lighting, promotion, sponsorship, etc.).

Science Club

Advisors: J. Wiggins, R. Kadziorksi, C. Mills

The science club is a lunch time group that participates in a variety of activities related to the study of science.  It is designed for grade 9 to 12 students who are interested in exploring the science in their daily lives, and taking a leadership role within the science community.

Meetings: Late October to late March, usually Thursdays during lunch time.

Spoken Word Club to North's website

Teacher: Mrs. Turnbull

Spoken word is the art of performing poetry aloud.  This club is for students who are interested in poetry and performing their poems.  No experience is necessary.  All students need is an enthusiasm for poetry.

CAN - Christians at North

Advisor: G. Hamilton
This club provides an opportunity for students to meet and get to know other students in the school that share their faith. We watch Christian music videos and share in activities to get to know one another.

Meetings: Monday at lunch, beginning in late October.

Symphonic Band

Directed by Mr. Pethick

If you are experienced on woodwinds, brass, or percussion and want a challenge playing various concert music, come out on Tuesdays after school from 2:45 to 3:45 in the Music room (172). It performs at North's Night of Excellence, Remembrance Day service, Holiday Harmony concert, and ArtBeats showcase.  It also tours our elementary family of schools, competes at the Georgian Bay Regional MusicFest in Collingwood, and performs at Canada's Wonderland School Music Festival.

Meetings: Thursdays 2:30-3:45pm, all year, Music Room (172)


Tech Crew

Advisor: Mr. Emslie
The Tech Crew set up and monitor sound, lighting and projection for many school events. Learn to use microphones and computerized lighting.

Season: all year long, as needed