Middle School Round Square Wrap Up
Ayden Kuo ’26
This year, the Middle School Round Square completed many initiatives in support of issues affecting the world such as hunger and climate change.
Hallowe’en for Hunger was their first initiative and involved collecting non-perishable food and donations for the Mustard Seed, a local food bank.
After the winter break and during a very rainy season, Round Square members started building and digging up a Bee Garden. This garden is dedicated to planting flowers to help bees with their pollination. This idea was inspired by the garden at the Beach Drive Campus and some of the Grade 5 Beach Bee Garden club members came to Pemberton Woods to help with digging and planting!
In April, Round Square decided to organize two initiatives: the Victoria Humane Society Initiative and the Hygiene Initiative. The Hygiene Initiative began as an action against Pink Tax, a gender-based pricing practice, but Round Square members decided to make it more inclusive, resulting in the Hygiene Initiative. This initiative focused on providing personal hygiene and care products to those who cannot afford them themselves. The community helped by donating unused hygiene products and by purchasing treats during a candy sale that lasted over a week but was hugely successful. All of the money and donations went to Our Place. The Victoria Humane Society Initiative was aimed at encouraging people to adopt puppies and other pets that had been previously abandoned during flood season. Funds were raised through a raffle. In the end, Round Square members received a warm cuddly thanks when they got to hang out with the puppies from the Victoria Humane Society.
To support Ukraine, Round Square members hosted a Ukraine Meal Day where people could order Ukrainian food from the cafeteria and add a donation on the side. It turned out to be very successful!
As one of their last and final initiatives of the year, Round Square hosted an Alternative Transport Week where students—and teachers—were encouraged to get to school in ways other than just riding their own car. There were 56 entries and an ice cream surprise was provided to the winning Grade 7 homeform.
Finally, a huge thank you to Ms. Waugh and Ms. Simpson for helping to organize all of these great initiatives! The Middle School Round Square looks forward to another successful year. Have a great summer!
We wish to acknowledge and respect the Lekwungen-Speaking Peoples on whose traditional territory we stand, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and Wsáneć Peoples whose historical relationships with the land, where we live, work, play and learn, continue to this day.