Extra and Co-Curricular Activites

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  • To see Arts Concerts and Showcases, please visit the Arts Department page.
  • Open Studio: Visual Arts students (Gr 9 - 12) can participate after school every Wednesday in Ms. McDavid's room 161 from 3:00-4:15
  • Art Club: Open to any student who enjoys art and is interested in collaborating on art projects with other artists. Every Thursday in Ms. McDavid's room 161 from 3:00-4:15.
  • St. Mary Singers: Practices are Mondays after school in Room 167. All are welcome! See Mrs. Yukich for more information. 



  • To see St. Mary Monarchs Athletic Teams, please visit the Physical Education and Health Department page.
  • Student Athletic Association: The objective of the S.A.A. is to promote athletics, school spirit and Monarch Pride. The S.A.A. is involved in running the annual dodge ball tournament, sport buyouts and home games. See Ms. Breaugh for more information.
  • LOSSA and OFSAA: All secondary school sports at the Durham Catholic District School Board are governed by the Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletics (LOSSA) and the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA). LOSSA and OFSAA are non-profit organizations that are responsible for the rules and regulations of all high school sports in Durham Region and Ontario. To access information for specific sports, visit the LOSSA and OFSAA websites.
  • Student's safety and sports: For the protection of your child, the Ministry of Education has mandated that every student that wishes to try out for a specific sport must have his/her parent and/or guardian complete the following forms prior to team tryouts:
  • Concussion: If a child has experienced a previous concussion, then the following form must be completed:

For more information, read our Board's Concussion Management and Prevention Policy. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's safe participation in sports activities please contact our school office.  


Beyond the Classroom: Overnight Field Trips

  • DCDSB Travel for Credit Summer Courses (Summer 2019)
    • Italy & Spain: World Religion HRT3M1
    • France: Food & Nutrition/Food & Culture HFN2O1/HFC3M1
    • Italy: Archeology IDC3O1/IDC4U1
    • Costa Rica: Environmental Science SVN3M1
  •  Commemorating the Liberation of the Netherlands (May 2020)


Breakfast Club


Outreach - We are called to love and to serve 


SHSM (Specialist High Skills Majors)

  • Arts and Culture
  • Business
  • Non-Profit
  • Transportation


Special Interest Extra-Curriculars

  • Alliance for Compassion: Meets Fridays after school in the Chapel. See Mr. Valookaran, Ms. Tyler, Ms. Spiers and Ms. Zeenaeme for more information.
  • Ambassadors
  • Anime Club: We are anime and manga united here at St. Mary! We share many different types of anime and manga and provide lots of opportunities to watch, connect and create! We are more than happy accept anyone who wants to add to our anime family! We will be having contests and share prizes as well. We hope to have you join us on Thursdays in the Library Learning Commons after school! See Ms. Frysztacki in the Library Learning Commons for more information.
  • Black History Committee
  • Eco-Club: Are you passionate about the environment, conserving energy, reducing waste, and/or interested in earning community service hours? Please see Ms. Burke for more information regarding meetings and planned activities.
  • First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI) Committeewill be begin meeting the week of Sept 24th to prepare for an awareness week beginning October 22. If you are interested in helping see Mrs. Hudson in Room 207 or Mrs. Hyland in Room 243. 
  • HOSA Canada (Health Occupation Students of America): HOSA meets weekly to connect students interested in a career in health science, hear from guest speakers, visit health care facilities and post-secondary schools (when possible), and prepare for both team and individual academic challenges in the health science interest of your choice at the annual HOSA Student Leadership Conference in March.  HOSA meets every Tuesday after school.  See Mrs. McAdam in room 265 before or after school for more information.
  • Law Club: Do you like debating controversial legal issues, watching crime based dramas, visiting the courthouse or discussing current cases in law? Then join a great group of like-minded students for law club in room 244 starting this October.   We are also putting together a team to compete in the 2019 Kelly Cup mock trial competition. See Ms. Allore in room 244 for more information.
  • Model UN: Are you interested in politics? St. Mary Model UN Club gives students the opportunity to develop public speaking and diplomacy skills by debating local and global issues such as gun control and climate change. More important, students will represent St. Mary at a Model United Nations conference. For more information on the club see Mr. Ellsworth in room 123 or Ms. Cote in room 229.
  • Outdoor Education
  • Retreat Leaders 
  • Robotics Club: Meetings will begin in the fall - listen to announcements or see TV screens for start date. See Mr. O'Connor in room 257 for more information.
  • SMART (St. Mary Reach Team): The St. Mary Reach team meets weekly during the season to practice our skills at fast paced questions and answers quiz format games. Teams of four compete against others. In February there is a Durham Region tournament where we face teams from all the Durham Region High Schools. The winner of the tournament goes on to compete at the provincial level with dreams to compete against the best teams in Canada. We end the season with an exciting game against teachers. The teachers must work very hard to beat us! Come and join us in room 233 on Thursdays and have some fun! See Ms. Murphy for more information.
  • Student Council
  • TEDxStMary
  • Unity: The mission of this student group is to raise awareness about the needs of racialized students in our school community, to bring about positive change through education and acceptance through compassion and to celebrate diversity! See Mr. Valookaran, Mr. Chadee, Ms. Minardi, or Ms. Walton for more information.
  • White Pine Book Club: Students are invited to join our St. Mary White Pine Book Club! Read a great selection of books by Canadian authors, join in lively book chats, attend a Battle of the Books competition, and have fun at our final school board White Pine Celebration. All are welcome! Visit the Library Learning Commons for more information.
  • Writers' Club: Are you interested in any kind of writing? Do you have a desire to share your work and your time with other like-minded people? Come join us at the St. Mary Writers' Club every other Wednesday after school in the Library Learning Commons. See Ms. Frysztacki in the Library Learning Commons for more information.


Students who participate in extra-curricular activities must represent the values of St. Mary Catholic Secondary School. Our students must show exemplary behaviour and respect for all persons or property at school or any other location where they represent the school. A student's participation in any extra-curricular activity is at the discretion of the administration.


Alternative and Enrichment Education

  • Academy for Student Athlete Development (A.S.A.D.): The Academy for Student Athlete Development (A.S.A.D.) is a unique high performance athletic program that is designed for student athletes in grades 9-12 in conjunction with Durham Catholic District School Board, Provincial and National Sport Organizations, Neurochangers and Elite Training Systems.To be eligible for the A.S.A.D, student athletes must be currently participating at the national or provincial levels of competition in their respective sport, or be identified by the relevant Provincial (PSO) or National (NSO) Sport Organization as having the potential to do so.
  • Deep River Science Academy: Advanced public understanding of science and engineering developed by engaging students across Canada in research and development in partnership with educators, industry and government.
  • Explore: Explore is a five-week intensive summer language-immersion program. Participants in Explore receive a $2,200 bursary (taxable income) that covers tuition fees for the programs, instructional materials, meals and accommodations, workshops, and other mandatory activities. Discover another region of Canada while learning French. Enjoy five weeks of learning and adventure, friendship and discovery!
  • International Student Exchange - Ontario (ISE): ISE a registered not-for-profit corporation, has a proud tradition of providing exceptional reciprocal exchange programs for Ontario elementary and secondary students with France, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Germany & Quebec! In cooperation with Ontario school boards, ISE ONTARIO is pleased to offer Ontario students the opportunity to invest in their future as they develop and improve their language skills, discover exciting cultures and places, and make friendships abroad.
  • Hamilton Health Sciences: High School Health Research Bursary Program - An invaluable opportunity for top high school science students in grades 11 and 12 to apply for a seven-week summer internship placement program working alongside Hamilton world-class researchers and team members in July - August. Applications are due in April
  • Ontario Science Centre - Science School: Spend an enriching semester at the Ontario Science Centre Science School and earn Grade 12 University Preparation science and mathematics credits!
  • SHAD: Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 600+ students from across Canada and internationally to attend a month-long summer program, in-residence at one of our Canadian host universities, focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering & math).
  • Toronto Zoo Summer School: Earn your Grade 11 Biology, University Preparation (SB13U) credit at the Toronto Zoo! This unique learning experience engages students through interactive learning opportunities, behind-the-scenes tours, career discussions with Zoo staff, and formal classroom lessons.
  • University of Toronto - Summer Mentorship Program: The Summer Mentorship Program (SMP) gives high school students of Indigenous or African ancestry a chance to explore health sciences at the University of Toronto over four weeks in July. Students get hands-on experience through lab work, lectures and special projects, discover university education and professional careers in the health sciences, and earn a credit towards your high school diploma - GLN4O - Navigating the Workplace.
  • University of Toronto - Faculty of Law's Youth Summer Program: Every summer, high school students are offered a unique law school experience by the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law. During the Law YSP, students in grades 10 - 12 spend between one and six weeks at the University discussing legal concepts, learning about the realities of our legal system, and applying their knowledge in a variety of engaging interactive activities. The Law YSP features six week-long modules in the areas of Criminal Law (offered twice), Law & Politics, International Law, Corporate Law, Trial Advocacy, and Entertainment & Sports Law. 
  • University of Toronto - Faculty of Medicine's Youth Summer Program: Every summer, high school students are offered an exclusive glimpse into the world of medicine and medical research by the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine. The Med YSP features four one-week-long modules in the fields of Physiology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Pharmacology & Toxicology, and Microbiology. These modules are open to students in grades 10 and 11. Our fifth module offers students the unique opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to do research in a scientist's lab! This three-week Research Module is open to students currently enrolled in grades 11 and 12.


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