CFIS offers a variety of activities to enhance the student experience, build leadership skills and increase responsibility.
CFIS offers a variety of extracurricular opportunities for your child to get involved with the school and enhance their educational experience. These clubs are usually run by teachers and/or parent volunteers during lunch time. They vary from year to year. Some of the clubs currently operating at the school are listed below.
CFIS students become involved in their school’s governance starting in Grade 4. Junior High and Elementary each have their own Students’ Council that contribute to organizing school events for their classmates and participate in some fundraising activities. The Elementary Students’ Council consists of representatives from Grades 4-6 and the Junior High Students’ Council is made up of representatives from Grades 7-8.
Each year in March, almost 1000 students from schools in and around Calgary gather to take part in Canada's largest science fair. The science fair is organized by the Calgary Youth Science Fair Society to encourage and promote ongoing interest in science. CFIS students starting in Grade 5 can participate in the Fair. Students spend months researching, compiling and preparing their presentations for this event. CFIS students attending the Calgary Youth Science Fair have received Honorable Mentions, Bronze, Silver and Gold medals for their extraordinary effort and achievement.
Each year, a group of responsible students from Grades 5 and 6 patrol the crosswalk in front of the school. These students give up their time and effort to ensure the safety of our many friends and students. Students are trained by an officer from the Calgary Police Service and know the proper procedures to safely manage a crosswalk. Students interested in joining the Safety Patrol should notify their teacher.
Music clubs usually practice during the lunch-hour and are for students from Grades 2-6. They may include Band, Choir and Handbells.
Starting in Grade 5, students continue their learning of music through performance in band. Students from Grades 5-8 can play in one of bands or jazz ensembles.
The art of debate is an important part of our school culture. Our debate club competes in numerous English and French events throughout the school year. In past years, CFIS students have qualified for both Provincial and National Debate Tournaments.
The idea behind debate is that there are two sides to every issue - the Affirmative and the Negative. The two sides of the debate have different jobs arising from their position with respect to the Resolution, issue or topic. Participants of the Debate Club benefit from developing public speaking, critical thinking, research and teamwork skills. We deal with the challenge of learning to be resourceful thinkers who can synthesize ideas and quickly articulate them. Students in Grade 6-9 interested in becoming members should notify their teachers.
The students in the Environmental Club are extremely involved completing various 'green' tasks throughout the school, as we try to become a 'greener' school. For Earth Day celebrations, they host 'GREEN WEEK'. Past activities have included making and displaying posters where students, staff and parents can write down ideas and things that they would do to help the environment for Earth Day; working with students to clean up the schoolyard to ensure we have a safe and clean environment; organizing a 'No-garbage Day' to help reduce the amount of waste we produce; having the parking lot be an 'idle-free zone' and having 'bike to school' day. These activities are things that should be done everyday. The Environmental Club hopes that you take action on a regular basis and help SAVE OUR PLANET.