Programs & Clubs
The Sandwick Technical Education Project (STEP) is designed to provide students with a realistic work environment. Students will cover the following WorkSafe topics:
* Lifting to save your back * Ladder safety
* Fall arrest * WHMIS
* Lockout * Employer expectations
The STEP Program is open to all students in gr. 10-12. It is directed toward those who plan to pursue a career in the trades industry. STEP will give students some background skills before entering a trade, and will give them an idea of what a work day will look like. Students must commit to 6 days for this program (1 day a week over 6 weeks). Students are asked to bring a lunch, appropriate dress for work and a positive attitude.
GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) is a club that meets every two weeks over the lunch hour. It is a safe space available to all students -- students who identify as LGBTQ, allies, or students who simply want to learn more. Snacks and refreshments provided.
Riding The Wave: Managing Intense Emotions
Small group work for students with a focus on breaking down the stigma of mental health and on personal skill development; based on Anxiety BC's curriculum. Support will be available for both morning and afternoon sessions.
Talking circles are held monthly after break for morning and afternoon students who wish to attend. The circles are facilitated by our Indigenous Support Worker and school counselor with a guest speaker invited to present a short topic alternating between Indigenous perspectives and mental health awareness. Students are invited to share their opinions and experiences to learn from each other as a group.
Changing It Up
This group is appropriate for older students (grades 10-12) who have some motivation to make changes around their substance use, such as abstinence, reducing use, or harm reduction. The participants may struggle with mental health issues, past and current trauma, and relationship challenges. Also, they may be impacted by others' substance use.
The participants' goals may include the following: to quit use of some or all substances, to abstain from use at school, to reduce frequency and quantity of use, and to find strategies for harm reduction or to reduce risk to themselves. Past participants in similar groups have reported other life areas have improved for them including school achievement/connection, relationships, emotional health, and physical health. Several youth have told us over the years that the groups have been a "lifeline" for them, helping them to stay connected at school and to go on to graduate/complete school.