Bear Creek Secondary School
|Bear Creek SS|
|100 Red Oak Drive
Barrie, Ontario, L4N 9M5, Canada
|School board||Simcoe County District School Board|
|Area trustee||C. Williams|
|Team name||Bear Creek Kodiaks|
|Colours||Red, Blue, Green and White|
Bear Creek Secondary School (known as BCSS) is a public secondary school (grades 9-12) located in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 2001, and currently has an enrollment of more than 1600 students.
- 1 Facilities
- 2 Academics
- 3 "Commit to Character" campaign
- 4 Extracurricular events and clubs
- 5 In the news
- 6 Notable faculty
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Bear Creek was completed January 2001 by Bonfield Construction for Simcoe County District School Board, costing $18,100,000. It was designed by Zawadzki Armin Stevens Architects. The school has two storeys and has 167,570 sq. ft. Athletic facilities include a small and large gymnasium, exercise room, as well as a running track on the second floor. The school also features specialized classrooms, a round cafetorium, a food court area and a large forum. Exterior features include a large parking area, an outdoor track and a large sports/football field. In 2010, more expansion included a new tech wing, dance studio, and additional classrooms.
Students from grades 9 through 11 who have achieved honours standing in all eight of their credits participate in the "Night of Excellence", during which students receive certificates and academic medals. The Kodiak Achievement Awards are awarded to recognize the top achieving student in each course, from Grades 9 through 11.
The Cooperative Education department at Bear Creek offers a multitude of placement opportunities for students. For the 3rd year, Bear Creek offers a Mobile Heavy Equipment 4-credit program. A new 4-credit Bear Creek Support Worker (BCSW) program will be offered this year, in the second semester. This program will be of interest to students considering post secondary paths in health care, childhood education, geriatric care and developmental support. In both specialized co-op programs, opportunities are available for students to earn industry specific certifications and to make relevant connections with business and community-college partners.
"Commit to Character" campaign
The "Commit to Character" Campaign is a deliberate effort across Simcoe County District School Board to nurture universal attributes that transcend racial, religious, socio-economic and cultural lines. It is a whole school effort to create a community that promotes the highest standards of student discipline and citizenship.
The ten Commit to Character attributes were selected through a series of consultations with community leaders, organizations and school communities to reflect what the communities of Simcoe County consider important. The traits are: integrity, responsibility, cooperation, caring, respect, optimism, honesty, empathy, courage and inclusiveness.
The Commit to Character committee at Bear Creek selects and recognizes students who have demonstrated the Commit to Character characteristics over the course of the year at an assembly held in May. In recognition of their good character, the students are awarded with a certificate and a prize. In the 2005-2006 school year, the students were rewarded with a trip to Canada's Wonderland.
Extracurricular events and clubs
- Anime club
- Classics Club and Certamen Team (Latin "Jeopardy" style competition)
- Concert band, Jazz band, Woodwind Ensemble
- Concert Choir, Jazz Choir
- Dance Team
- Fashion Design Club
- Gay-Straight Alliance
- Green Team
- Hospitality Club
- Improv Club/Team, Sears Drama Festival
- International Club
- Link Leaders
- Prom Committee
- Math Club
- Social Justice
- Student Council, Music Council
- Tech Crew
- Weight Training Club, Yoga Club
The Students’ Council at Bear Creek consists of representatives of the student body and appointed positions. Students’ Council hosts a fall dance and a semi-formal dance, as well as United Way week. Other activities that the Students’ Council hosts include Battle of the Grades week, the Holiday Assembly, and the year end assembly. Specific Students’ Council members also organize the Morning Music, and the Morning Announcements.
The Coffee House is an event where students can show their musical talents to their peers, who pay about $5 to watch the variety of talents at Bear Creek. Assorted drinks and snacks are also available for purchase. Money collected from Coffee House is usually sent to a charity group or organization, which helps the school become more connected with the community.
The following sports programs are offered at Bear Creek:
- Athletic Association
- Cross Country
- Flag Football and Football
- Hardball and Softball
- Track and Field
The Kodiak Rugby teams travel on a bi-annual tour of the United Kingdom, visiting and playing against schools in Scotland, England, and Wales. This year, they will take their 3rd tour to the United Kingdom. They will be hosted by Brynteg Comprehensive School, Bishopston Comprehensive School, and Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College (DSFC), the British Forces Officer College. They will also have a chance to watch International Rugby between England and Wales.
|School Year||Opponent||Final Score||Championship Title|
|2004/2005||Eastview Wildcats||35 - 14||GBSSA Championship|
|2004/2005||Pickering Trojans||40 - 28||Central Bowl|
|2005/2006||Eastview Wildcats||13 - 0||GBSSA Championship|
|2006/2007||Eastview Wildcats||20 - 8||GBSSA Championship|
|2010/2011||Eastview Wildcats||15 - 8||GBSSA Championship|
- On November 04, 2006 Bear Creek played St. Mike's in the quarter finals for the Metro Bowl title and lost 40-32.
- On October 26, 2006, Bear Creek hosted the very first "Thursday Night Lights" as a match between Bear Creek Secondary School and Innisdale Secondary School.
The team won GBSAA championships in 2003 and 2005. The team also won back to back GBSAA championships in 2007 and 2008.
Life Skills hockey tournament
Special needs students from Life Skills programs across Simcoe County participated in the 5th Annual Life Skills Floor Hockey Tournament that took place Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at Bear Creek Secondary School.
The Bear Creek Kodiak Varsity Cheerleading team is made up of 30 student athletes, male and female, from grades 9 through 12. The team practices 3 times a week and adds an additional practice during intense competition season. Bear Creek Secondary School also runs a Junior Varsity Cheerleading Team. The J.V. team consists of 25 athletes, male and female, grades 9 and 10.
Both teams competed on December 4, 2005 at White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville. The varsity team competed in the U.S. Nationals competition in 2006 and 2007, placing second both years. In 2005 and 2006, the Bear Creek Kodiak cheerleading team earned the title of Canadian cheerleading champions when they won the hardest category at the Canadian Nationals.
The cheerleading team also offers a cheerleading program for students in grades 4-8, called Kodiak Kubs. It is an 8 week camp, and at the end of the 8 weeks the team will competes at the school in the local competition.
The Senior Boys Volleyball team has won three of the last four GBSSA 'AAAA' Championships and has attended OFSAA on behalf of the GBSSA for the past two years.
The Boys Varsity Hockey team had two current and one former member selected in the OHL draft in May 2008. The 2007-08 season marked the first time the Kodiaks made it to the GBSSA 'AAAA' Championship final, where they were defeated by St. Peter's, 3-1 (EN).
In the news
Ontario Workplace Safety Student Video Awards
For the 3rd Annual Ontario Workplace Safety Student Video Awards Contest in 2004, two of Bear Creek's students achieved awards of merit in the category of Public Service Announcement.Missing Reference
- Lance Chomyc, former Toronto Argonaut and football record holder (In 1991, he set a record of 236 points))