Stratford Central Secondary School

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Stratford Central Secondary School
60 St. Andrew Street
Stratford, Ontario
School type Secondary
Founded 1844
School board Avon Maitland District School Board
Principal Kevin Mills
Grades 7-12
Enrollment approx. 1100
Language English and French
Colour(s) Red, green and white
Mascot Gunther The Ram
Team name Central Rams

Stratford Central Secondary School is a public high school in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. It is one of three main high schools in Stratford. Central is known primarily for its academics, arts and athletics programmes. It has wide selections of sports that are highly enjoyable for all grades, also has plenty of extra curricular activities that you can join that are very fun. Central also has lots of people to help you with your school work if you are struggling.

Extracurricular clubs[edit]

Stratford Central has a wide selection of extracurricular clubs to join.

Central Athletics Association[edit]

Central Athletic Association (C.A.A.) consists of Central's student athletes from grades 9 to 12. The student-run hierarchy includes executive and general members. Executive positions include Co-Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, Fund Raisers and Spirit Committees. Main activities are fund raising and operating school sports teams at Central. Members volunteer their time and effort to score keeping, organize tournaments, help officiate, and all other activities required to facilitate Central's team sport programs. Major fundraisers include the annual Hallowe'en dance and the Student-Teacher hockey game.

Environmental Club[edit]

The Environmental Club is a group of students at Central dedicated to thinking globally and acting locally. The Environmental Club is run by Librarian Kerry McManus, who also runs C.A.R.E Stratford,another grassroots environmental group.

Interact Club[edit]

Interact Club is affiliated with the Stratford Rotary Club and therefore is involved in a variety of service projects to help the school and the community. Fundraising projects include the Christmas Shoebox Campaign, the toonie week fundraiser, Amnesty International, soup kitchen, food drives, in-school mentoring, assisting at Rotary events, and sponsoring a child through World Vision.


RamCast produces videos that are put up on the SCSS website and YouTube every week, telling students, parents, and faculty what is happening at their school.


RamsChess meets every Tuesday in the school to play chess.The club is open to all ranges of player and new members are always welcome. They regularly hold tournaments inside and outside of the school and is an avid place for students to learn while having fun!

Reach for the Top[edit]

Reach for the Top is a Canadian game show in which teams of high school students participate in local, provincial and eventually national trivia tournaments. The club competes with teams from other schools, answering trivia on a broad range of topics such as history, pop-culture, math, sports, and much more. Reach for the Top is great way for students to develop their minds while learning collaboration and teamwork. Central's Senior Reach for the Top team has gone undefeated for two seasons, humiliating Northwestern, St. Michael's, and Mitchell.

Theatre Central[edit]

Theatre Central is a club at central that produces a variety of dramatic presentations, ranging from the works of William Shakespeare to Dylan Woodley.

Music program[edit]

The Music program at S.C.S.S. consists of several bands, each of which have won numerous awards at competitions.

Symphonic Band[edit]

Symphonic Band is the senior-level band at Stratford Central Secondary School. The Symphonic Band plays at various school functions such as Commencement, assemblies and concerts, as well as in the Stratford community and at music festivals. In the past, the Symphonic Band has toured Scotland, England, New York, Washington, Chicago, Boston and Montreal. In May 2005 the band members travelled to Scotland and England, and gave performances at Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and the Tower of London. The ensemble's repertoire includes some of the major works composed for band, in addition to marches, folk songs, show tunes and pop music.

Jazz Band[edit]

The S.C.S.S. Jazz Band was formed in 1990. Over the years members of the Jazz Band have performed and competed in New York, Washington, Montreal, Chicago and at various community events in Stratford. The group recently played at the Alzheimer Society's Soup's On at the Coliseum, and at the Winterfest Big Band Swing Dance at the Victorian Inn. The Jazz Band specializes in the repertoire of the big band swing classics, as well as modern pop tunes, jazz and rock. Students study the 12-bar blues pattern, and are encouraged to improvise and to play solos.

Concert Band[edit]

The Stratford Central Secondary School concert band consists of grade nine students. This particular band is under the direction of Paula Ortelli. They were originally called the junior band and the former concert band consisted of only grade ten students. However, when the grade 7 and 8 students joined the school they took the title of junior band, the junior band took the title of concert band and the grade tens in the concert band were promoted to symphonic band.

Central Singers and Vocal Chords[edit]

Central Singers and Vocal Chords are the choirs offered at SCSS, both currently led by Paula Ortelli. Central Singers, an open SATB choir for all those who want to join from grades 9-12, focuses on standard choral repertoire, and performs mostly at assemblies and one or two other events a year. Vocal Chords is a smaller, auditioned, 8 person ensemble, selected from the members of Central Singers. It focuses more on a mix of madrigals and other a cappella pieces, but will also perform other genres as well.

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