The Afro-Heritage club provides a means for students of African-Canadian background to share and experience their unique heritage. The club has successfully held monthly Black Parents, Teachers & Students Association (BPTSA) meetings to support Black educational access initiatives. Black History Month celebrations in February each year, is the highlight of the club’s activities.
The Anime Club promotes and investigates issues and techniques of Anime.
This club looks after the Arts Festival week and the many arts displays that are mounted throughout the year.
Bengali Student Network (BSN)
The Bengali Student Network (BSN) is a group which serves to promote Bengali culture and awareness among the students at SATEC @ W.A Porter C.I. It aims to contribute positively towards the various causes in South Asia, especially poverty and child labour. The club provides opportunities for its members to develop leadership, cultural awareness and social responsibility in the process of representing their heritage to the broader student body.
The Breakfast Club provides students with a healthy breakfast.
SATEC has been competing in the Toronto Secondary School Chess League, East Region, for many years. Players travel to other schools, or we host games in a regular season that lasts for about eight weeks in the fall. Play-off games are in February and March. There is a Senior Division for students in Grade 11 or 12, and a Junior Division for Grades 9 and 10. Our teams have won first, second, or third place trophies in each of the last four years. Sometimes we also qualify to compete at the City of Toronto championships in April, and we often take students to the Ontario High School Chess Championships held each year in May. We are always looking for new Grade 9 players for our junior team. Students who like chess can play just for fun every day at lunch, even if they aren’t on one of the teams. More competitive players can develop their skills significantly over several years of experience.
Christian Student Fellowship
This group meets every week to interact, learn and support each other based on their Christian faith.
The debating club is a new activity at SATEC. Students must try out to be selected to represent the school. Preparation for debates requires research and practice. Teams compete against other schools in tournaments at York University, University of Toronto, and other locations. There is also a Model Parliament in the spring with a different format.This year our students placed fairly well even though it was our first year in competition. If you have a passion for current events, or you would like to develop or improve your speaking skills, this club might interest you.
DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)
DECA is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas.
DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition. Our student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.
By giving students hands-on experiences in the fields of marketing, business and entrepreneurship, DECA enhances the classroom experience by providing conferences and competitions that mould high school students into character-driven leaders. Separate programs and activities are conducted for the high school and the university division called DECA U.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Club
The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award Club allows students to work for a required time period in aspects such as service, skills, expeditions & explorations, and physical fitness to earn a highly recognized and very prestigious award.
Engineering Education Committee
The SATEC Engineering Education Committee promotes awareness of the importance of the engineering profession, professional ethics and engineering skills in the broader global society. By developing learning activities to promote engineering skills, committee members foster programs in which all students are encouraged to become better problem-solvers in our increasingly complex technological world.
Here in Porter’s Environmental Club, we like to do things differently. We utilize the wonderful green space around our school to our advantage! With our school’s pond and a naturalized area, students are certain to get a wonderful glimpse of a natural wetland ecosystem. In addition to our surroundings, there’s a lot that we do to further benefit our school. We manage and monitor energy usage, analyse the amount of waste produced, and also brainstorm methods of not only making our school a greener place, but helping the community around us. Every year the Eco Club raises money for environmental NGOs. We also take on the responsibility of distributing SATEC water bottles and educating grade 9 students on the environmental benefits of city water. Our newest initiative is to create an outdoor classroom where teachers can teach their students in a beautiful and natural environment. With our amazing and dedicated members, it’s no wonder why SATEC has been a Platinum Certified EcoSchool for the past 6 years.
Eco schools is a group of committed members of the Environmental Club and the student body who work towards the platinum eco status. Members meet weekly to discuss the future of the club and fill out the required forms to achieve platinum eco status. They also conducted waste audits and audits to assess the schools eco status. Members of Eco Schools also attend special Eco Schools Trips where they meet with other schools environmental clubs to discuss new ecological initiatives and improve upon old ones. The initiates of Eco Schools match those of the Environmental clubs and work to build upon them further. Eco Schools works very hard to influence the student body to be greener.
This group partners with the local communities and the Toronto Police Service to maintain a safe school and learning environment.
The French Club promotes and celebrates the French Language and culture.
The gardening club is composed of a group of interested students who plan and participate in keeping the naturalized areas of the school beautiful. As a club we look at the best way to improve the habitat of native plants and animals on the school site. Students receive both volunteer hours and an understanding of how nature works and how we are part of the bigger picture.
Girls to Women Club
Girls to Women Club (GtoW) is under the umbrella of Young Women on the Move (YWM). The club addresses one of the main priorities outlined in the TDSB’s Vision of Hope by identifying challenges that affect female learning experiences in school. Attention is given to the needs and interests of girls, through meaningful mentor relationships. These challenges will be addressed in fun and active ways. The initiative is aimed at girls in Grades 9 to 12 and will build on existing mentorship programs to develop a socially conscious network of young women and mentors. The four main areas of strengths that will be fostered are social competence, problem solving, autonomy and sense of purpose. GtoW is aimed at building self –esteem and self-empowerment for the individual young woman in a caring and supporting environment. GtoW is a place to unite around social issues allowing for critical thinking about who the young person is, in relations to the world around us. Overall GtoW is a program to change lives by caring and supporting the young person.
The Library Helpers assist in maintaining the Christine Webb Learning Resource Library.
This club runs a math peer-tutoring program throughout the school year as a service to assist all students with mathematics. In addition, the members participate in enrichment activities in mathematics, including math contests.
Model UN/Debating Club
This club meets once a week at lunch to debate topics in current events. We also send representatives to a Model United Nations held each year for High School students from across Metro. If you have a passion for current events or you would like to develop or improve your speaking skills, this club might interest you.
This club presents a Multicultural Talent Show each year. The club recognizes various important cultural events, traditions and holidays throughout the school year.
Muslim Students Association
The Muslim Students Association (MSA) meet, interact, learn and support each other based on their Muslim faith as well as create awareness of Muslim culture.
Peer Tutors are a group of motivated and academically successful senior students who are eager to help other students succeed. All SATEC students have the option of choosing to have one-on-one tutoring throughout the year or dropping into the Homework Club as a need arises. Peer tutors are accessible through the Homework Club: Monday through Thursday, from 3:30 to 4:30. Signing up for one-on-one tutoring takes place in the Student Success office. Everyone is welcome!!!
Photography & Graphic Design Guild:
The Photography & Graphic Design Guild captures school events through the lens and creates photo montage displays.
This club helps to run school events including Parents’ Nights, Curriculum Nights, and Grade Eight Information Nights. Students in this club offer their time to the school to help visitors and new students.
This club publishes a monthly student-written and student-edited newspaper which covers a variety of areas including sports, technology, arts, and current events. The editors, writers, and layout artists are some of the hardest working SATEC’ers you’ll ever meet.
The Stage Crew sets up and runs SATEC’s state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment for all school assemblies, rehearsals, performances, guest speakers, and plays.
Student Activity Council
The Student Activity Council (SAC) runs social events to promote school spirit, such as grade 9 orientation, school dances, the semi-formal, prom, and the year-end barbecue. Spirit weeks and food drives are also organized. Membership in the SAC requires a major time commitment.
Students Against Sexual Stereotyping, Yeah!
Students Against Sexual Stereotyping, Yeah! (SASSY) deals with issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender. The club works to tackle homophobia a, violence against women, and gender stereotypes in the school community and beyond while providing a safe space for all students.
Student-Teacher Athletic Council
The Student-Teacher Athletic Council (STAC) runs special activities and events related to sports and athletics in the school. They help organize and run the grade 9 orientation, school barbeque, lunchtime intramural’s, in-school tournaments, the athletic awards assembly/banquet, spirit assembly and game officials for a variety of interschool teams.
The Super Council brings together all clubs and organizations at SATEC to better understand the goals of each group. Our aim is to co-ordinate information to prevent conflicts and to increase attendance and participation at events. Our super council president’s responsibility is to document all events and produce a high quality monthly calendar found in the front foyer of the school and the corridor to the technical wing of the school.
Tamil Students Association
The Tamil Students Association (TSA) promotes and makes awareness of the Tamil culture and hosts an annual TSA talent show.
Theatre@SATEC is the extracurricular group that produces the school play. It is open to all students regardless of experience. In addition to the opportunity to participate and gain experience in the theatre outside of the regular Drama class context, students learn responsibility, teamwork, leadership, constructive criticism, dedication, social skills, time management, and a love of theatre culture.
Students with an interest in obscure factoids gather to add to their wisdom in a game show format. Our most talented members form a team that competes against other schools.
Volunteer Now (VoN)
Volunteer Now is a committee whose mandate is to promote social awareness, volunteerism and the belief that an individual can make a difference in the world. The committee develops leadership skills in individuals who show leadership potential and who want to be further challenged. Since its inception in November 2007, VoN and the generous contributions of other school groups have raised $27,000 to build a primary school classroom in Sierra Leone, to fund the Rachele Centre, a rehabilitation centre for child soldiers in Northern Uganda to support an alternative income project in Kenya, and to provide Mengquan, China with access to clean water and sanitation.
The Workout & Fitness Club
The Workout & Fitness Club meets three times a week to help students achieve their personal fitness goals through weight training, nutrition and fitness.
Led by a certified yoga instructor, the yoga club is open to ANYONE in the school who ever gets stressed or who wants to learn to manage the demands of a busy life. This includes boys, girls, and staff…basically humans of any variety! We meet once per week after school for an hour. Loose fitting clothing is recommended and a yoga mat is useful but a few are available to borrow.Beginners are welcome and while weekly attendance is not mandatory, it is encouraged. Please speak to Ms. McV in the Guidance department for further details.