WGSS Student Council

Student Council is a group of elected student leaders that represent their grade to help manage and better how the school is run. They plan events throughout the year for the students of Walnut Grove. 

Student Council also oversees all other clubs and events in the school.  Clubs wishing to run an event or individuals wishing to start a new club can fill out an application form (above) and submit it in person to council every Monday at 3:00 pm in Room 242.

Where/When

Mon after school – Room 242

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. Kelly / Mr. Radford

Contact Email

wgssstudentcouncil@gmail.com

WGSS Grad Council

Grad Council is run by the Grad Council president and Vice President. The Council is made up of a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, Community Liaison, Student Council Liaison, Admin Liaison, Promotions, and project leaders. . The role of Grad Council is to bring forth ideas from the grad class and implement them to create a fun and successful year fo ALL grads.

Where/When

Tues at Lunch – 144

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. Kim
Ms. Neuscheler
Mr. Stephenson

Contact Email

jkim@sd35.bc.ca

Anime Club

Meet like-minded people with a passion for anime, manga, and the history behind the genre. We meet to watch films, discuss books, and learn more about the anime culture. See Mr. Janzen for more information.

Where/When

Tuesday 3:00pm-5:00pm – Library

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Janzen

Contact Email

cjanzen@sd35.bc.ca

Badminton Club

Badminton club in WGSS welcomes players at any skill levels. It is a friendly environment where everyone is willing to improve their athletic skills. Come learn new skills with the members and possibly compete with other schools!

Where/When

Fri 3:15-5:00pm – Small Gym/Main Gym

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. Phung

Contact Email

tphung@sd35.bc.ca

Chess Club

 Our focus is to learn more chess strategies and meet new friends who also enjoy chess. This peer run club is open to all grades and ability levels. We included ladder rankning and tournaments for our chess players. Talk to Ryan Zhang, Jeffrey Jiang or Mr. Janzen in the library for more information.

Where/When

Wed 3:00-5:00pm – Library

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Janzen

Contact Email

cjanzen@sd35.bc.ca

Coding Club

Want to learn more about coding in a friendly place? The Coding Club provides students an opportunity to learn the basics of computer programming in a team setting. The club’s main focus is on learning the basics and creating applications, websites, games, and other projects. Join us to learn practical skills, create cool projects, and enjoy a supportive, welcoming learning environment.

Where/When

Monday 3:00pm-4:10pm – Room 201

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Fleming

Contact Email

afleming@sd35.bc.ca

Creating Writing Club

Looking to join other like-minded inspiring writers and learn how to get published? Want to share your creative ideas and go deep into the writing process? Come to the launch of the Creative Writing Club to share stories, writing ideas, and ;earn more about how to write for the novel, gaming, social media, and other markets. See Mr. Janzen in the library for more information.

Where/When

Thursday 3:20pm-5:00pm – Library Annex

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Janzen

Contact Email

cjanzen@sd35,bc.ca

Drumline

This fun and energetic group likes to make some noise and get a rhythm. Drums are provided and no music experience needed. One of their major functions is to bolster school spirit. The ultimate goal for this group is to eventually have the drumline attend and perform at a handful of school events such as basketball games and/or Tuff Wally. Key student contact is Leo Xu.

Where/When

Monday after school – Room 111/Band Room

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Fawkes

Contact Email

sfawkes@sd35,bc.ca

Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons Club is a club where people of all ages can come experience the cultural phenomenon that is D&D. Learn creative narrative, problem solving, teamwork, and improve skills while you play through an adventure! Be a wizard, monk, barbarian or more with your class selection. Choose a race that reflects the type of person you are, some examples are elf, dwarf, orc, kobold, tiefling, and many more. Come and roll some dice with us in the library on Wednesdays afterschool. See Mr. Janzen in the library for more information.

Where/When

Wednesday 3:00pm-5:00pm – Library

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Janzen

Contact Email

cjanzen@sd35,bc.ca

Eco Team

 Are you interested in making a difference and taking care of our planet? Eco Team is a group of students passionate about climate justice and striving towards a healthy environment for our future. We have many volunteer opportunities such as community cleanups, bottle drives, and an environmental conference. Come bring your enthusiasm, passion, and help spread awareness for this important global issue!

Where/When

Wednesday Lunch – Room 146

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Stephenson

Contact Email

tstephenson@sd35,bc.ca

Engineering Club

Did you know that approximately 26 million tonnes of plastic waste enters out landfills yearly? The Engineering Club consists of students who are passionate about decreasing this statistic. To do this, our team took the initiative to design and construct a machine that will shred, melt, and mould plastic waste into useful and meaningful products.

Where/When

Monday after school – Room 146

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Stephenson

Contact Email

tstephenson@sd35,bc.ca

E-Sports Club

Like playing video games? Want to meet and compete with people just like you? Look no further, come join the WGSS e-Sports club now! We are a group of fun-loving, competitive gamers who love to have a good time! Spots are very limited.

Where/When

Monday 3:00-5:00pm – Room 208

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Fleming

Contact Email

afleming@sd35,bc.ca

Fitness and Wellness Club

Do you want to play competitive sports such as basketball, soccer and more on a regular basis, but can’t find an opportunity to play? If you do, then the Fitness and Wellness club is the perfect fit for you. There are no required sign ups, no responsibility to show up and no competition to get in. All you need is a passion for sports, competition and teamwork. If you want to relieve your desire to play sports, then join the Fitness and Wellness club and have some fun!

Where/When

Friday after school – Room 131

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Dickson

Contact Email

jdickson@sd35,bc.ca

French Club

Want to practice your French in a judgement-free zone? Talk with your peers without the pressure of school? If you have basic conversational French, this is your chance to take your French learning outside the classroom! We play games, watch movies, and talk about things from French food and music to culture and politics. This year, we hope to implement various volunteering opportunities, so stay tuned for that! Bring your french-speaking friends and we’ll see you there!

Where/When

Tuesday at Lunch – Room 260

Teacher Sponsor

Mme. Anastasiou

Contact Email

aanastasiou@sd35.bc.ca

Game Development Club

Do you have a passion for not only playing games, but also making them as well? Then join the game development club! Experience the behind the scenes of how games are developed with access to multiple departments such as asset making, programming, and designing. Come to room 206 after school on Tuesday to begin your game development journey.

Where/When

Tuesday after school  – Room 204

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Griesbeck

Contact Email

rgriesbeck@sd35,bc.ca

Gardening Club

Are you interested in learning to grow your food? Gardening Club members will design, plant, and harvest food from the school garden plot (located in the Walnut Grove Communty Garden). Learn about sustainable agriculture and help provide fresh food for the local food bank.

Where/When

Tues at lunch/after school – Room 141

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. Carnrite and Ms. Docherty

Contact Email

ocarnrite@sd35,bc.ca

Garden Bank

Garden Bank is a group for students who would like to experiemt in sustainable food production. This club is partnered with the Eco Team to create more opportunities for students who are interested in supporting the environment. Our main goal is to manage and maintain our two aquaponics systems in the school to demonstrate the modern technique of vertical gardening. We grow food and then harvest it to feed members of our school community.

Where/When

Tuesday at lunch – Room 146

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Stephenson

Contact Email

stephenson@sd35,bc.ca

Gator Gavel (Toastmasters)

This program will help you prepare for public speaking, but will also help build your confidence for interviews and job related activities. Evaluating your present speaking ability. Learning about your voice control and body language. Building your vocabulary. Organizing and giving speeches. Giving impromptu talks. Learning about providing constructive feedback to others.

Where/When

Wed after school – Room 240

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Lincke

Contact Email

plincke@sd35,bc.ca

GNN

Gator Nation News is the official student newsletter for the Walnut Grove Gators. Comprised completely of student writers, the informative GNN website has all the info you need to keep up with all the cool events at Walnut Grove. If you are interested in writing for GNN, feel free to drop in during club meetings as all new writers are welcome! Have your voice be heard and unleash your inner journalist. Mondays at lunch in room 206! Visit www.wgssgnn.com

Where/When

Wes\dnesday at lunch – Room 204

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Radford

Contact Email

rradford@sd35,bc.ca

Hanlon's Hockey

Hanlon’s hockey; if you enjoy the great Canadian game of street hockey, c’mon out after school on Wednesday for a bit of recreational hockey fun…outside the small gym on the blacktop.

Where/When

Wed after school – Outdoor Basketball Court

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Hanlon

Contact Email

ghanlon@sd35,bc.ca

Helping Hands Club

Are you someone who has a passion for helping people in need? Do you want to further educate yourself about poverty and the effect it has on communities? If so, the WGSS Helping Hands Club is for YOU! This is a student-led, non-profit club striving to help the less fortunate. Raising money in creative ways (who saw those minion twinkies??) will allow us to create care packages to hand out to those that are deprived of essential goods. Spreading love and awareness about poverty will make our community a better place. Come be part of the change! See Mr. Touzeau for more details!

Where/When

Monday at lunch – Room 143

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Touzeau

Contact Email

mtouzeau@sd35,bc.ca

Humanitarian Club

People may tell students they are just kids and can’t make a difference in the world, however, the Humanitarian club is your opportunity to prove them wrong! The Humanitarian Club focuses on a wide variety of issues in our community, including from tackling third-world country hunger to spreading awareness about our dangerous actions affecting the environment! Don’t be shy and get involved! Let WGSS’s biggest club be your way of making a difference and allowing your passion to be used to help others in need! New members are always welcome!

Here are some things we do…

  • Fundraise for Operation Smile, KIVA micro-financing, and Langley Animal Protection Society
  • Cut vegetables at Fraser Valley Gleaners to be dehydrated & shipped as soup mix to needy countries
  • Visit, play board games and make cookies with Langley seniors at Langley Gardens Retirement

Where/When

Thurs at lunch – Room 152

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. Bryant-Taneda and Ms. Porczek

Contact Email

jbryant-taneda@sd35..bc.ca

Intramurals

Every year, WGSS hosts recreation-based athletic tournaments. These are open to all students and everyone is encouraged to enter a team. Games are held in the various gyms of the school during lunch. Sign ups and tournament information is available on the bulletin board outside the PE office. The intramural events being held this year are:

  • Handball
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Indoor Soccer

Where/When

At Lunch – Gym

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. McKay

Contact Email

mmckay@sd35,bc.ca

Investing Club

Investing Club hopes to bring learning opportunities not offered at many other schools that will give students the ability to learn about investing and trading in markets such as the stock market and the crypto market. Investing Club plans on having the first few meetings as teaching periods while the rest of them discussion groups will be formed with fun activities.

Where/When

Thursday 3-4pm – -Room 210

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Demian

Contact Email

bdemian@sd35,bc.ca

Kimistry Club

“Do you like chemistry?” This club is for all science, especially chemistry, loving people to hang out and to work on various projects. This group will also participate in various chemistry contests throughout the year. Anyone interested in chemistry is always welcome to join us in Ms. Kim’s room!

Where/When

Wed at Lunch – Room 144

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. Kim

Contact Email

jkim@sd35,bc.ca

Langshare Club

With much diversity in our school, Langshare club provides a place for multi – cultural students to gather and learn about each others languages and cultures. Students can be exposed to many different languages and learn them from each other. Come join after school on Thursdays in the library!

Where/When

Thursday 3-4pm – -Library

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Janzen

Contact Email

cjanzenn@sd35,bc.ca

Leadership in Athletics

WGSS wouldn’t be the same without Leadership in Athletics bringing the hype! This club is for students that want to increase the school spirit at WGSS through activities such as intramurals, pep rallies, and Tuff Wally. Please note: activities may or may not run as we adjust and follow public health guidelines. This club is open to senior students only (grades 11/12).

Where/When

Mon Lunch – Multipurpose Room

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. McKay

Contact Email

mmckay@sd35,bc.ca

LEO Club

LEO Club is a branch of the world’s largest service club organization called the Lions Club. It stands for Leadership, Experience, and Opportunity, and remains true to its motto. The LEO Club presents teens with various projects, and ideas for them to develop into great leaders. If you ever feel like you are too small and insignificant to make a difference in the world, or you wish to develop the skills needed to become a leader, join us LEOs and find volunteer opportunities that also allow you to practice authority. This Club is a great way to be able to earn volunteer hours while having fun and making new friends!

Where/When

Wed Lunch  – Room 149

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. Henderson

Contact Email

shenderson@sd35,bc.ca

Library Advisory Council

Are you interested in contributing your ideas to the future direction of our Walnut Grove Secondary Library? Mr. Janzen, our teacher librarian, is looking for students to join the Library Advisory Council (LAC) to discuss library concerns, make recommendations for books or offer suggestions on ways to make our library an even better place. Interested in sharing your original ideas, book reviews, or wanting make change? We’d love to see you at the meetings.

Where/When

The first and third Thursday of the month at lunch – Library

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Janzen

Contact Email

cjanzen@sd35,bc.ca

Lightsavers

Want to take an active role to help others during the pandemic? Our mission is to promote awareness regarding the current COVID-19 crisis and support local healthcare workers’ mental health. We achieve this goal by holding fundraiserss and spending the money collected on small gifts for local healthcare workers who are currently helping patients fight disease.

Where/When

Monday at lunch – Portable 3

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. Beskau

Contact Email

rbeaskau@sd35,bc.ca

Literary Alliance

 This is NOT your momma’s book club! The Literary Alliance is a group of literary-minded, book-loving individuals who meet and discuss our favourite current reads – we aren’t all reading the same book! We enjoy learning about books of all genres, styles, and themes. Join us in the Library, P3, or the courtyard every two weeks (Mondays or Wednesdays after school). Message Ms. Beskau or Erin Docherty (student rep) if you would like to join. Make your momma envious with our flexible reading selections and vibrant dialogue!

Where/When

Monday/Wednesday after school (1-2 times per month) – Portable 3 or Library

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. Beskau

Contact Email

rbeskau@sd35,bc.ca

Love Our Seniors

Love Our Seniors is a club dedicated to designing and creating cards to various senior homes in Vancouver. Created to spread positivity and hope to seniors during COVID-19, we meet on Mondays after school in room 265 to write personal messages in any language. Artists, writers, and anyone who is interested in making a small, but impactful difference are welcome!

Where/When

Mon after school – Room 265

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. Stubbings

Contact Email

astubbings@sd35,bc.ca

Lunch Buddies

Are you interested in a career as a teacher, social worker, occupational or physiotherapist, speech and language, social work, medicine, etc.? If yes, then you may be interested in lunch buddies. Once a week, students grades 8-12 will meet to have lunch and socialize with the special ed. students from Gator X Program. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with some wonderful students and gain experience that may be helpful in future career endeavors. Lunch buddies is on Thursdays at lunch in room 229.

Where/When

Thurs Lunch – Room 229

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. Beston / Ms. Loughrey

Contact Email

aloughrey@sd35.bc.ca;  kbeston@sd35.bc.ca

Mathletics

Interested in challenging yourself in mathematics that you might not experience in a class? We prepare for several national and international math competitions that occur throughout the year. One particular competition for Gr 8, 9 & 10 students is the Math Challengers Regional held at UBC or SFU. Math Contests: Canadian Open Canadian intermediate/senior AMC 10/12, Fermat/Cayley/Pascal, Euclid/Hypatia/Galios/Fryer Gauss

Where/When

Friday After School – Library

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. Sharkey

Contact Email

Donna Sharkey on TEAMS 

Music for Wellness

Are you a musician who would like to make a difference in others lives? We believe in music therapy and how music may influence a patient’s mental and physical well-being. There are great benefits of music therapy. For instance, music can relive stress from mental, emotional and behavioural problems. Moreover, scientific researches prove the frequent use of music therapy in the treatment of depression or anxiety. Music therapy is also used to improve the conditions of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. Join us to share the gift of music through music fundraisers!

Where/When

Mon after school – Room 113/Choir Room

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Angell

Contact Email

mangell@sd35.bc.ca

Podcasting Club

Interested in learning how to podcast? What to launch your own show? Join the podcasting club and find out more about how to launch yourself on to Spotify, Amazon, and Apple. See Mr. Janzen in the library for more information.

Where/When

Mon 3:00-5:00 – Library

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Janzen

Contact Email

cjanzen@sd35,bc.ca

Power In Youth

A club primarily focused on alleviating food insecurities locally. We will do this through food drives, online/in-person fundraisers, etc. Doing something alone seems daunting, so we take the power in you to do good and pair it with other do-gooders

Where/When

Fri Lunch – Portable 3

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. Beskau

Contact Email

rbeskau@sd35,bc.ca

Pride Club

Pride Club is a safe and educational space for people of any sexual orientation and gender identity. Allies welcome. We aspire to teach our members about issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, as well as provide an inclusive space for open and respectful discussion. If you’re looking to learn more about LGBTQ+ identity and meet new people, then stop by Pride Club!

Where/When

Wed Lunch – Room 260

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. Anastasiou

Contact Email

aanastasiou@sd35,bc.ca

Ravine Team

If you are someone who truly appreciates the natural beauty and wants to play a part in some grass roots environmentalism, then the Ravine Team would love to have you. We are the stewards of the little creek and ravine that winds behind the school. This watershed, West Munday Creek, empties into Yorkson which hits the Fraser below Golden Ears Bridge. Mr. Stephenson and I, along with students…some from the Eco Team and Leo’s are passionate about looking after this ecosystem. If you want to get invloved come see Mr. Hanlon for more details.

Where/When

Once a month – West Munday Creek

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Hanlon

Contact Email

ghanlon@sd35,bc.ca

Relay for Life

Relay for Life is for everyone! We raise money through community fundraisers and all proceeds go to the Canadian Cancer Society. At the end of the year, we celebrate our achievements and contributions by gathering together with other Relay for Life Teams around Langley for one night of fun!! Complete with music, food trucks and laughs. We also take time to respect and honor those who have battled cancer

Where/When

Thurs Lunch – Room 155

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. McGovern

Contact Email

smcgovern@sd35,bc.ca

Rise Together Club

Looking for a way to help special needs children around the world? You are welcome to join Rise Together Club as we serve special needs children and their families for the renewal of body, mind, spirit, and community. We have many volunteer opportunities and are excited to fill you up with information about different countries as well. This year we have decided to help and sponsor children in Rwanda. Come join us and make a difference for those in need!

Where/When

Tues 3:40pm – On Zoom

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Touzeau

Contact Email

mtouzeau@sd35,bc.ca

Robotics Club

Interested in working with robots? Perhaps you are a savant at programming or want to flex your engineering skills. Maybe you want to put your hands to work building a cool machine. Whatever the case, the Robotics Club is looking for dedicated members enthusiastic about the idea of competing in robotics competitions all over BC. No previous experience required. The club meets Tuesday after school in room 132 with Mr. Moslinger as a teacher sponsor. With your help, we will build some awesome robots and help kick-start the robot revolution.

Where/When

Tues after school – Room 132

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Moslinger

Contact Email

rmoslinger@sd35,bc.ca

Rubik's Cube Club

Are you interested in solving a Rubik’s Cube in a variety of ways? Come join the Rubik’s Cube Club where students can be challenged to solve not only the Rubik’s Cube, but many types of it. Beginner solvers are also welcomed to join as there will be many members to help you out!

Where/When

Tues 3:00-4:00pm – LIbrary

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Janzen

Contact Email

cjanzen@sd35,bc.ca

Tabletop Gaming

The Table-top Minature Gaming Club features table-top gaming and painting for new and experienced players. Come join us to learn more about table-top miniature wargaming this upcoming Friday 3 pm in the Library. We support many games including Warhammer 40K, Star Wars Armada, Star Wars X wing, and more. Talk to Mr. Janzen in the library for more information.

Where/When

Fri 3:00-5:00pm – Library

Teacher Sponsor

Mr. Janzen

Contact Email

cjanzen@sd35,bc.ca

Ultimate Frisbee

The Walnut Grove Frisbee Club is focused on developing Langley’s first High School Frisbee Team! Students of all grade & skill levels are encouraged to contact Mrs Boehm to get connected with the Team! Practices are Tues & Fridays from 3:15-4:15 starting at the end of February to prepare for a season jam packed with spirited play in the Fraser Valley

Where/When

Tues & Fri  3:15-4:30 – TUrf Field / Room 145

Teacher Sponsor

Ms. Boehm

Contact Email

mboehm@sd35.bc.ca