This page has all of the registered clubs for Marc Garneau’s 2020-2021 Semester 2.

The clubs are separated by the following categories: Awareness and Funding; Arts, Culture, and Hobbies; Councils, Committees, and School Services; Academics. Don’t be afraid to try new things and visit different groups! The clubs in each category are ordered by meeting day from Monday – Friday. Additional club info can be found here, or at the MGCI SAC Clubs Page.

AWARENESS and FUNDING

MGCI Key Club

Key Club provides leadership and volunteering opportunities for students at the school. During meetings, we discuss upcoming events and fundraisers. We also run small service projects and workshops.

There’s never been a better time to get involved in the community. We hope that our club can provide a platform for students to make meaningful change and spread awareness about issues that matter to them.

Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 4.00PM via Google Meet.

Gender and Sexuality Alliance

We educate students on various topics about the LGBTQ+ community, including identities, sexualities, discrimination, inequality and homophobia. During meetings we discuss these topics and work on projects to spread awareness in the school.

We aim to provide a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ+ students and to educate all students about the community and how to support it.

Meetings are held via Google Meet. Specific date and time to be determined.

Relay For Life

Relay for Life is an event that celebrates and aims to remember how far we have come and how much further we must go to defeat cancer. It’s a way for our school to support brave survivors and those who are fighting cancer. The event helps people in our school connect with others who have also battled cancer and learn from each and every person we will host during our event. Moreover, through fundraising efforts, we are hopeful in thinking about a future where cancer doesn’t exist.

We will be holding an event to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society this year. In this event we will invite survivors of cancer to talk about their experience and play games to raise money for cancer research. Our ultimate goal is for the student body to learn about and empathize with those who have lost their lives or are battling cancer. During meetings we will be planning this event.

Meetings are held on weekdays in the evenings via Zoom. Specific date and time to be determined

ARTS, CULTURE, and HOBBIES

Art Council

Art Council has always been a place for art-lovers to join, enjoy themselves, and make new friends!

Art Council revolves around art. If we aren’t making murals, we are working on projects on a smaller scale, like making cards, bookmarks, and maybe even masks this year! None of our projects are considered “homework”; it’s all pure fun.

Meetings are held on Mondays at 3:30PM via Google Meet

Origami Club

Members are led, step by step, through the creation of each week’s origami model by club executives.

Meetings are held on Mondays at 4.00PM via Google Meet.

3D-Printing & 3D-Modelling Club

Our club strives to teach students how to make 3D computer-assisted design models that are suitable for 3D printing. At meetings, students will learn how to use TinkerCAD, a 3D modeling software, and every day we will make a certain object either for fun or for practical use. Students may also learn how to use 3D printer software. A 3D printer will not be provided. However, students may choose to print their own creations at home if they own a 3D printer, or rent a 3D printer at a library as most are still available during COVID-19.

Meetings are held on Thursdays after school, from 3:20-4:20PM, via Google Meet.

Comedy Club

The purpose of this club is to help people laugh, relax, and have a good time, while understanding the role comedy plays in our lives.

Each meeting will be centered around a topic. Members of the club can contribute material that relates to the topic, which they will submit through a google form ahead of time. Then we will look at an example, showcase the members’ contributions and vote for the best one. There may also be games or other activities like improv, depending on the topic of the week. Material shared by members will be posted on Instagram and Facebook.

Meetings are held on Fridays from 3:30-4:30PM via Zoom or Google Meet.

Diplomacy Club

The Diplomacy Club plays the game known as Diplomacy: a geopolitical board game set in the early 20th century. Players play as different countries in Europe as they try to conquer the continent through alliances, backstabs, and war. A Diplomacy game takes many weeks, so a few years in the game take place each week.

Meetings are held on Sundays from 6.00-7.00PM via Discord.

Bridge Club

Our club aims to teach people how to play bridge and host tournaments. During meetings, we either have workshops or play in tournaments.

Meetings are held via Zoom and Bridge Base Online.

Improv Team

We practice improv theatre conventions and practice those conventions in preparation for the Canadian Improv Games and the National Improv Competition.

Meetings are held via Discord.

Chess Club

Chess Club is for all MGCI students who play chess. It gives students a place to hold friendly matches and learn chess. MGCI also has a chess team, which participates in TDSSAA tournaments every year.

Chess Club is for anyone, chess player or not. During meetings, chess team members will train for upcoming tournaments. Anyone can drop by to play against their friends, or observe games. As we cannot have in-person meetings for now, we will host online chess tournaments via chess.com.

Meetings are held via Discord and chess.com.

French Club

The French club focuses on learning about French language and culture through society games and the internet. We will be learning new words each week, playing games in French, and taking virtual visits of museums in France using Google Maps.

It is important to remain aware of Canada’s bilingual heritage and learning another language and culture helps to foster greater understanding and connection. This club will enable students to learn French in a relaxed, fun, and informal environment.

Meetings are held via Discord.

The Reckoner

The Reckoner is MGCI’s student-run newspaper. We cover school and community happenings as well as world news. We also produce creative pieces of writing, art and photography. Articles are published on our website and in print editions, which will be in a digital format this year.

Various boards meet at different dates and times.

Cubing Club

Cubing Club is a hobby club for students who enjoy cubing or want to learn. All of our leaders are passionate cubers who want to share their passion with other students by teaching and having friendly competitions.

As cubing is primarily a physical activity, in-person tournaments will not happen until we are given clearance. For now, we will post tutorials and host online tournaments similar to the Monkey League tournament.

Meetings will be held via Discord and Zoom.

MASHQ

The club assists with promoting the culture of pen amongst the youth. As we are aware, technology has invaded our daily life and writing has become the internet of the minority. Every day we spend more than 4 hours using technologies such as Phones, Ipads, and laptops/desktops and very few people may use pens in one day. This club aims to introduce the culture of the pen and encourage students to avoid the use of more technology and typing and to instead start WRITING. Writing also helps individuals with managing their emotions and leaves positive impacts on mental health. We also want to show the secret talents of those students who never realized their own skill or if they did, no one else noticed. 

Meetings are held every Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

Book Club

MGCI Book Club is a closed group club where it strives to connect like-minded readers. If there’s a book you don’t want to read you can skip for the month and rejoin in the next. The club wants everyone to enjoy themselves!

Meetings are held bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

COUNCILS, COMMITTEES, and SCHOOL SERVICES

Kardia - Christian Fellowship

Kardia aims to create a space for Christians to meet others who share their faith. We want to foster a loving community where everyone feels welcome and supported. During meetings, we hold Bible studies, sing worship songs, play games, and pray together.

Meetings are held on Fridays at 3:30PM via Zoom.

Tech Squad

Tech Squad is Marc Garneau’s frontline technology team, established in 2017. Working under the school’s Technology Department, we address and resolve technology-related issues encountered by staff and students.

Our tasks range from data-basing to managing e-waste to improve MGCI’s technological infrastructure. Last year, we started the Chromium Project to refurbish old school laptops and distribute them among needy MGCI students. We worked as a team to toubleshoot, re-image, and deploy a CloudReady program in computers for students to take home to use. Tech Squad also keeps inventory of MGCI’s computers and supports staff upon request. This year, the technology department is implementing a new virtual, ticketing system that will be used for tech support. This shifts our usual in-person services online, providing an online IT Service for Marc Garneau CI.

Meetings are held via Zoom on an on-call basis whenever there is workload available.

Best Buddies

We want to help students who have disabilities and are struggling to make friends by giving them a chance to make friends and build connections with others. We want to create an environment at MGCI where no matter what kind of disability you have, you’ll be accepted.

Our club pairs up students with a disabilities with students without a disabilities. They will then remain paired for the rest of the quadmester. Every week, there will be games and activities that will encourage club members to come together and interact.

Meetings will take place via Google Meet. Specific date and time to be determined.

EcoTeam

We plan, create, and execute initiatives that encourage an environment-friendly lifestyle in Garneau and in our community.

Meetings are held weekly via Zoom or Google Meet.

MGCI Tutors

We help pair mentors and mentees to provide an in school tutoring service for Math, Science, and English for all four grades.

The majority of the meetings will be one on one and will take place weekly, with the exception of one general info/recruitment meeting in November.

Muslim Student Association

We aim to support and help students, especially of the Muslim community, by making them feel welcomed. During meetings we will discuss issues of relevance to Muslims across the world.

Meetings are held weekly via Zoom. Specific date and time to be determined.

Black Student Association

The club’s aim is not only to educate MGCI about Black voices throughout history and currently, but to also empower the Black community at Garneau. The club will be working to try to represent the Black students of MGCI to ensure that their voices are heard.

Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.

Undercover Kindness Club

The club’s primary goal is to make the world a better place, one community at a time!  They run a bunch of different kindness initiatives and are always open to new people and new ideas.  The club meets every other Tuesday to discuss ideas using the google meet code “undercoverkindnessmgci”.

Virtual Health and Wellness Talks

MGCI Talks Virtual Health & Wellness Group is a space dedicated to students to engage in discussions about mental health and well-being, share knowledge, and learn strategies and skills to support your overall health. 

Meetings will be held weekly between (March 9 – 30)  from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm via Zoom.

Don River Law Society

The club discusses and engages in things related to the law.  The club also prepares for various competitions, like the OJEN Charter Challenge or OBA’s Law Day. 

Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month.

ACADEMICS

FBLA MGCI

FBLA is the largest student business career organization in the world. By bringing FBLA to MGCI, students have more access to opportunities in preparing for their careers. With clusters in not only business but also healthcare, coding and programming, accounting, economics, and more, students will be able to access a plethora of competitive events, networking opportunities, cash prizes, scholarships, and even a chance for international travel.

Our club trains and prepares students through workshops, practices, and providing resources for the national FBLA conference. Students who do well will advance to the international competition.

Meetings are held on Mondays from 8:30 to 9:00 via Zoom or Google Meet, on weeks when we have meetings. There will also be one-hour workshops on other weekday evenings.

Computer Science Club

We host in-club contests, lecture on competitive programming strategies, discuss solutions to complex problems and help with computer-science-related homework.

Meetings will be held Mondays or Wednesdays via Discord.

Astronomy and Rocketry Club

We want to inspire a passion for astronomy and aerospace engineering in students at MGCI. As there has been no space-science related club in the last three years at our school, we aim to revitalize interest in this field of study.

We will be hosting star parties and workshops about astronomy and rocketry, and we may even be designing and building a model rocket.

Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 4:30PM via Discord or Google Meets. Date and time subject to change.

CodeHers MGCI

Our club provides instruction on a variety of coding languages and concepts. Club meetings usually involve a presentation on a particular language aimed at a certain difficulty level accompanied by a project for the members to complete as we proceed with the presentation.

Our goal is to make coding accessible to students and close the gender gap in Computer Science.

Meetings are held biweekly on Fridays from 3.30 – 5.00PM via zoom.

Universal Finance Organization

We aim to provide financial education to all youth, regardless of age, background, or level of opportunity. Our dream is to create a world where every student is financially literate.

More info can be found on our website: https://www.ufinanceorg.com/

We write articles for our website and host online events for prizes. We also host live speakers from across various branches of finance. During meetings, we brief our members about our upcoming events, plan for new content to be posted, and host workshops.

Meetings are held on Fridays at 4:30PM via Zoom.

TedxYouth @MGCI

The [email protected] Club is about sparking meaningful discussions and improving our members’ creative thought process, writing skills and public speaking skills. These skills are vital for communication in the future and we help members excel at communication and gain confidence in their abilities.

Our goal is to have everyone become more comfortable with writing and presenting speeches. This will culminate in a 4 minute TED Talk presentation at our end of year conference where members can compete for prizes, if they so choose. We will also be inviting several guest speakers to join us throughout the year. Our meetings consist of watching and discussing a TED Talk, a skill building activity and individual development and coaching.

Meetings are held biweekly on Saturdays via Discord.

CaYPT

Our purpose is to encourage participation in the Canadian Young Physicists Tournament (CaYPT) among students of MGCI and to support participants in the upcoming tournament.

The club prepares team to represent the school at the Canadian Young Physicists Tournament (CaYPT). During meetings, participants will be provided with information and support to aid in their progress.

Meetings are held weekly on Sundays from 7.00-9.00PM via Google Meet.

MGCI Robotics

The purpose of our club is to fuel interest in STEM and engineering. We strive to teach students the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in today’s increasingly automated society.

Our club participates in a variety of robotics competitions and does workshops to help students. Usually, students are working on their robots or receiving guidance during meetings. This year however, meetings will be online and we plan on doing workshops and lessons through discord and zoom etc.

Meetings are held via Discord.

Biology Club

We lecture and conduct experiments about topics within biology. Come to our meetings to learn about biochemistry, separate DNA from strawberries, perform dissections, and more!

Meetings are held via Discord.

Neuroscience Club

We lecture on topics in neuroscience and help students engage with lectures at UofT.

Meetings are held via Discord or Facebook.

Math Club

We hope that MGCI Math Club will be able to promote mathematical problem solving in our community. We also want to break some of the stigma about math being boring.

Executive members hold meetings once a week to lecture on interesting topics, discuss problems, or help members prepare for math competitions. We also help organize math contests.

Meetings are held via Discord.

Capture The Flag

We run workshops and contests to provide a medium for teaching various CTF techniques. CTF is a escape-room like set of puzzles, done on a computer, typically with a focus on computer security. At meetings, we go over past problems and techniques to succeed in CTFs.

Meetings are held bi-weekly via Zoom. Date and time to be determined.

Physics Club

There are many students at MGCI who look for opportunities for involvement in physics. Others are there just to learn and do something they enjoy. Physics club aims to provide those opportunities.

During meetings, we lecture on various topics in Physics, hold friendly competitions to practice and host contests.

Meetings are held via Discord or Facebook. Specific date and time to be determined.

HOSA MGCI

We aim to give students interested in health sciences a way to explore their passions and potential career paths.

Our club prepares members for the annual Spring Leadership Conference and International Leadership Conference. At meetings our training coordinators go over event materials, workshops and planning.

Meetings are held monthly via Zoom or Discord.

Aeronautical Engineering Club

We aim to promote the incredibly interesting field of aeronautical engineering, through CAD design, virtual aerodynamic testing, and building physical working aircraft models by way of 3D printing.

 Meetings will involve presentations about the fundamentals of aerodynamics, how they apply to aircraft, and info on how members can create their own working remote control airplanes.

Meetings are held via Zoom or Google Meet.

Homework Club

Supporting students with school homework after school. Sign up as a tutor or a tutee.

Meetings are held from Monday-Thursday (volunteer training/leadership certification from L2L/SHSM) 

Writer's Guild (Creative Writing)

The club consists of a group of poets and writers who gather to read beautiful writing and create some of their own. They share their words and help each other to workshop ongoing projects, as well as helping each other to submit to various writing competitions.

Meetings are held every Monday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Debate Club

The club teaches efficient debating skills and practices debating on various topics. The club also takes part and competes in various debating competitions.

Meeting date and time varies according to the situation.