By Emma Glasgow, Athletics Coordinator

It’s been a weird and wonderful couple of weeks on the St. Margaret’s campus. The snow and subsequent snow days was cause for cancellations in scheduled sports, but on the flip-side, we saw students engaging in play. Across campus, footprints and sled marks crisscrossed wide-open white spaces while snow-persons and forts could be found protecting our main entrance. Kids big and small got outside to explore the magic of snow. Adults took up the sport of shovelling!

Despite the changes, students continued to practice in both athletics and extracurriculars in preparation for a busy month of competitions!

FY/MY Swimming

The Swim team has been hard at work in the cold UVic pool every Tuesday. Their determination was evident as they competed at both the VISAA Championships and City Championship preliminaries this past month. Improvements from one event to the next were experienced by each swimmer as all swam either a personal best in an event and/or qualified for the City Championships! St. Margaret’s will be bringing a strong and proud contingent of athletes to Commonwealth Pool this Sunday, February 24th as they compete in City Championships. Good luck to all the swimmers and perhaps a few staff-parents bold enough to take the plunge in the fan favourite coach/parent relay.

MY Volleyball

Snow days didn’t keep this team down! Though a handful of practices and a highly anticipated game needed to be rescheduled, our teams were back in the gym this week to continue to build upon their skills. The season has been extended to ensure no gameplay is lost. Next up, the teams host their 2nd Jamboree at St. Margaret’s on Wednesday, March 27. All fans are welcome to come cheer these teams on!!

Clubs

I would be amiss at this time to not include the wonderful representation of our clubs during these busy Winter months. By no means is this an extensive coverage of all that St. Margaret’s has to offer in the world of extracurricular clubs, but rather highlights the amazing opportunities and depth available to our students.

Robotics

Robotics has been in full competition mode with our Grade 4-6 groups hosting the BC Regional First Lego League Tournament earlier this month. This tournament brought STEM to life on our campus as we played host to dozens of teams from across BC and the Yukon, and hundreds of passionate young problem-solvers! The FIRST Tech Challenge Grade 7-12 team has also been busy. This weekend they head to St. Michael’s University School for their annual competition. This long day of competition showcases many of the skills more often attributed to traditional sports: a high-pressure, head-to-head battle, where teams work together towards a common goal to score points, best their competition, and more importantly better themselves. It doesn’t take long to get caught up in the excitement! I encourage everyone to check out the matches this Saturday, February 23rd.

Model UN

Our MUN’ers, as they are more affectionately known, have been making the rounds this Winter researching, debating, and problem-solving their way around some of today’s most pressing global issues. In both their annual trip to Vancouver and the local Commonwealth Conference, our students are sharpening their minds to become the leaders of our future. Twenty-two MUN’ers are now preparing for their next conference in early April!

Outreach

The Outreach Club is hard at work in preparation for the highly anticipated, annual Outreach Benefit Concert. Auditions were held, videos have been submitted and talent selected over the past few weeks. With a stellar line-up, the breadth and depth of talent in the St. Margaret’s community continues to astound. Don’t miss this opportunity to not only support our students and community but the great causes that Outreach supports. This one-night-only event happens on Thursday, March 7th, you won’t want to miss it.