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April 2014

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rugby team takes down GCVI Young Women’s Discussion Group Westside club of the month

HIGH SCHOOL R E V I E W

Westside Secondary School Edition (Orangeville, ON)

Westside concert band The Westside concert band prepares for their Canada’s Wonderland performance

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Westside Westside’s Young Women’s Discussion Group

What is it? It’s a safe space for Young Women to gather. It is a place where ideas are heard, thoughts are expressed, and relationships are formed. It is a group where female students at Westside Secondary School have the opportunity to meet weekly to discuss anything and everything that comes to mind. Our conversation topics flow from real life to fantasy, from personal to societal perspectives, from how best to paint ones nails to how to stand up for your beliefs. This group is

Secondary an opportunity for self-identified female student voices to be heard regardless of external influences such as: gender role expectations, female stereotypes, prejudices and social pressures. This is a group where young women in the school can create relationships with other students across all grades, and express their opinions that otherwise may not be heard. I identify as being male, but I am a feminist, why can’t I join? It’s great that you support the equality movement of women in society. It is great to know that women have your support. The purpose of this group is to create a separate space where selfidentified young women can talk about anything and everything away from their everyday life. In general, women’s voices are not

adequately represented in today’s society. Women do not have a representative presence in most business, government, and general decision making positions in our society. It is important, like with other minority groups, that women have a safe space to be themselves and address issues that are a concern to them. Do you always talk about really serious things? Absolutely not! At the beginning of the meeting a jar is passed around where members can contribute a discussion topic of their choice. Therefore the topics are representative of what the group members are interested in discussing. Here are some examples: Music preferences, opinions on TV shows, media, school uniforms, peer pressure...etc. contributed by Mme. Farley Staff Advisor for Young Women’s Discussion Group

Junior and senior badminton teams compete at district 4 tournaments Westside’s junior and senior badminton teams recently competed at their respective district 4 badminton tournaments in Shelburne (CDDHS) and Erin (EDHS). Both teams represented Westside well, putting forth a strong effort in each game, and qualified to play in five semi-final matches: Emily Marfleet & Daniel Berceanu (junior mixed doubles), Steven Gallagher & Marcus Lengyel (junior boys doubles), Naomi Aroca (junior girls sin-

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gles), Ethan Harland & Brad Horn (senior boys doubles) and Kami Sidhu & Jessica Thompson (senior girls doubles).


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Go Thunder! Club of the month

Girls rugby team opens season with convincing win over GCVI in Guelph

Magic: The Gathering Club Westside’s ‘Magic: The Gathering’ club competed in a tournament against ODSS on Thursday, April 17. Westside came away victorious against the crosstown rivals and were presented with the trophy seen here. Congratulations!

The Westside girls rugby team opened their season in style scoring 5 tries en route to a dominant 17-0 victory over GCVI at the University of Guelph. The girls fought hard in their second game of the day but lost to a very difficult team from ODSS.

Westside Concert Band The Westside Concert Band recently formed in February under the direction of Mrs. Padgett. They rehearse regularly every Wednesday after school with students from grade 9 to 11. We are small but mighty! We are rebuilding the music program at Westside with big plans for the future. We also have a Jazz band that meets every Friday morning and we are starting up our junior band this May for beginner band students. Let the music making begin! contributed by Mrs. Padgett


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