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Every year we have many clubs that are run by staff

and students, covering a variety of interests. This

year we have 20 clubs, including clubs such as arts and

crafts, chapel, table tennis, gardening, music, math, and

photography and yearbook. In this issue, we wanted to

highlight three clubs and the work they have been doing.

bricks of Encouragement Club

by Annabelle Young, Summer Uy, and Odelia Lam, Grade 10

The excitement of a new school year is always accompanied

with the pressure of schoolwork, projects, and tests. In the

span of a six-hour school day, students rush from room to

room, frantically copying down notes, studying for exams, and

preparing for presentations. The school bathrooms are a place

where students take a minute to breathe in between classes. We

saw the school bathrooms as a prime opportunity to encourage

students through inspirational messages and posters, and from

there, the first idea for Bricks of Encouragement was born.

Bricks of Encouragement is a student-led club at John Knox

High School. Run by three Grade 10 students, our club

hopes that each small “brick” (posters, artworks, and weekly

challenges) can help to build up and encourage John Knox

students to cultivate a positive school environment centered

around building one another up.

Our club currently meets up every Monday during lunch in

Room 321. We welcome students from all grade levels to drop

in and volunteer for these projects! We hope that by the end of

this school year, the students of John Knox Secondary will have

adopted the habit of building each other up as second nature.


By Ethan Chan, Grade 9

Knoxvine is a junior student-led initiative that is designed

to help connect our school community. Once every two

weeks, Knoxvine will release a podcast episode detailing

news, reviews, and educational segments for the entirety of

the John Knox community. We seek to invite students from

all backgrounds onto our podcasts to develop their public

speaking skills and share their life stories.

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic, many students including

myself have felt disconnected with friends and the school as

14 | Knox News - December 2021

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