Extracurricular activities provide a great opportunity for students to make new friends and develop a sense of belonging. We hope they will learn many meaningful lessons that come from being involved in a school club.
Every student in Ranch Park Elementary is fortunate enough to attend scheduled music classes. Joining the Ranch Park School Choir gives grade 3, 4, and 5 students the opportunity to sing and/or act in the Christmas Concert and the Spring Concert, as well as perform at local venues and in television and radio broadcasts. The Challenge Program has scheduled weekly classes for grades 2-5 and encourages its attendees to take part in District Challenge Programs. A formal student-run Public Speaking Festival occurs every spring, with performances from the top speakers in grades 3, 4, and 5 who are chosen following speeches at the classroom level. Our Buddies program consists of upper grade students reading or completing projects with children from the younger grades, promoting social and educational learning opportunities.
The Green Club’s goal to reduce Ranch Park Elementary’s ecological footprint involves a variety of environmentally friendly activities and challenges. The Student Leadership Program for grades 3-5 has Ranch Park’s student leaders planning and mentoring on a weekly basis. Other opportunities include regular workouts in the Running Club, cycling skill development in the Bike Club, the challenging and fast-paced Speed Stacks Club, and an After School program.
Volleyball and Basketball are offered during the standard sporting seasons on scheduled days. Much of the staff takes part in training our grade 4 and 5 athletes for the Como Lake Relays, holding practices all week long. The entire staff turns out to run the Track and Field program in preparation for the district track meet in late May. Ranch Park supports the Heart and Stroke Foundation by holding our yearly Jump Rope for Heart jump-off. Seasonal runs such as the Bunny Hop combine school spirit with athletic ideals. Students, staff, and interested parents participate yearly in the Terry Fox Run, which is held in Mariner Park in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.
The Action Schools BC Program is widely used in the school to promote fitness and good health. Some of the intermediate classes participate in the Junior Achievement Program, receiving a certificate upon completion. Our intermediate students are offered the opportunity to take part in a variety of writing contests ranging from the Royal Canadian Legion Literary Contest to the School District 43 Journal of Writing contest to the Lieutenant-Governor’s Literacy Project.