Round Square is also starting to wrap things up, tidying up their final initiatives and sending out surveys to determine which initiatives students participated in.
This year, GNS’ Senior School Round Square has accomplished more than 17 initiatives and has supported over 10 different organizations!
The Fall Term began with an Invasive Species Removal at Cattle Point led by Katharine Morley ’25 and Chelsea Mak ’25. This was followed by a Hallowe’en Candy Sale for BC Children’s Hospital and a bake sale for the Red Cross Hurricane Fiona efforts. Throughout the term, there were multiple presentations in assemblies by Round Square members to raise awareness for the many humanitarian crises happening around the world and about endangered species through the World Wildlife Fund. Round Square also hosted an Our Place hygiene fundraiser to support local people who are experiencing homelessness.
In the Winter Term, there were multiple holiday-themed initiatives including the Winter Market chaired by Hannah Goharian ’24 and Sophie Pathak ’24, a Winter Gear Drive for Our Place, and hot chocolate sales where the proceeds went to support Erin Plecas’s ’25 Period Poverty project. GNS also participated in the annual Festival of Trees that was in support of the BC Children’s Hospital. Grade 9 students, Clementine Germaine ’26 and Jessica Hier ’26 helped hang the ornaments on GNS’ tree that was on display at the Bay Centre. The proceeds from Flowergrams, a fun Valentine’s initiative, went towards Wild Arc and involved students sending anonymous flowers to anyone of their choosing.
Grade 12 students Faye Dryden ’23, Emilia Giommi ’23, Eva Grand ’23, and Angelina Blum ’23 also offered Naloxone Training sessions where participating students also received free naloxone kits after their training. This was supervised by Nurse Susan, and students learned how and when to administer naloxone.
Finally, in the Spring Term, Round Square managed to finish off long-term initiatives and start many new initiatives. The actions that spanned almost the entire year included the Vital Youth committee and the Recycling initiative where students aimed to improve GNS’ recycling systems. Smaller but equally important initiatives included Pay to Paint in support of Wild Arc, Earth Week events, the Talent Show, weekend bottle drives, and more bake sales where the proceeds went to Aboriginal Coalition To End Homelessness (ACEH) and Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs (RAVEN).
The 2022/2023 school year has been a huge success for this committee, and all the returning students are planning to be a part of Round Square again next year! We want to say a big thank you to Ms. McKerlich, Ms. Thijs, and Senor Reeves for providing support and guidance with all of the initiatives. Without them, none of these initiatives would have been able to run so smoothly and successfully!