Upper School

Student Life

Get involved, explore your strengths and passions, and make a difference—at school and in our local community!

As a Hudson student, you’ll be encouraged to participate in all kinds of clubs, sports, trips and leadership opportunities each year. These activities foster school pride and help everyone to build a strong, positive sense of self beyond the classroom.

Hudson Houses

Rockies, Prairies, Great Lakes, and Maritimes—it’s not all geography, they’re Hudson Houses! Everyone in the Upper School is sorted into a House, electing four House Council leaders each year to pave the way to victory and the Discovery House Cup. Students show responsibility and spirit while collecting points through food drives, fundraisers, intramural sports and special events.

Great Lakes

Great Lakes surges into the gym with a wave of blue and is considered the most competitive House by many. Responsible for initiatives during Mindfulness month, they know how to go with the flow and always follow their motto: “Just keep swimming!"

We don’t know why their mascot is a shark, but after recently losing the Cup following a two-year winning streak, they’re determined to be this year’s CHOMP-ions!

The Maritimes

Impetu Maris Maritima – “The Fury of the Maritime Sea”

The Vikings were some of the first peoples to briefly setltle in the North Atlantic, and The Maritimes are famously known for the same boisterous spirit. They storm into the pep rally like thunder, beating on their giant drum sporting their crimson colour!

The Maritimes are responsible for starting the annual House Olympic Games and the Snow Bowl competitions, and are the current Cup champions.

The Rockies

"Rockies, Rockies, we aim high; Rockies soar where eagles fly! The air we breathe is rare and thin; people say we’re born to win!”

The original Rockies chant remains true today. They’re a force to be reckoned with, always on the hunt for the Cup! The Rockies are responsible for starting the annual Cultural Festival. Energetic and full of ideas, they may indeed be the most creative House. 

The Prairies

Branded in green! Distinguished in character! Corn as a mascot?!

Passionate and positive, Prairies is the most celebratory of Houses. Responsible for June Day celebrations, they’re also the original winners of the Discovery Award Cup and set the spirit bar high for all to follow. Whether engaged in athletics or activities with their mascot, Cornelius, Prairies is as “strong as the view of the endless plains.”

Leadership Opportunities

Leadership takes many forms—here are some of the ways our students build relationships, empower others, and contribute to our community.

Mentorship

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

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Justice League

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Hudson Ambassadors

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Student Council

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House Council

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Clubs

Hudson graduates always share the same advice for new students: join as many clubs as you can! With over 25 clubs and activities throughout the year, it’s the best way to have try something new, develop skills around your interests, and form friendships across grades. Write for the Husky Herald, find peace with the Mindfulness Club, build strength in CrossFit, practice sutures in Science Club, seek homework help at Math Cafe, extend your skills in Math Power, get creative with Fibre Arts and Robotics—or just have fun playing chess, cooking, dancing or learning improv. You can also start your own club with teacher guidance; Dungeons & Dragons and eSports are two recent student-led additions.

Events

School life wouldn’t be complete without Homecoming, pep rallies, the Terry Fox Run, Spirit Week, Halloween costume contests and pumpkin carving, Frost Week, Valentine’s Dances, House Olympic Games, Artists in Residence, Prom, June Day, and much more! Students also come together throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for important events including Pride and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, as well as initiatives like anti-bullying for Pink Shirt Day.

Athletics

With a competitive league and intramural programs featuring 13 different sports, students of all skill and experience levels can enjoy athletics at Hudson. We’re a proud member of the Small Schools Athletic Federation (SSAF), a league of 65+ independent schools across the GTA. Hudson Huskies have celebrated championship wins in volleyball, basketball, track and cross country, and we’re always working toward the next banner!

Camp Week

We welcome fall each year with a week of outdoor education at Camp Wenonah. Activities include canoeing, team-building games, archery, fishing, fire-building and polar bear swims. Discover new talents, build friendships, and develop your leadership skills and confidence!

Trips

Co-curricular field trips occur throughout the year for different courses and clubs, with visits to festivals, historical sites, nature conservatories, art galleries and museums. Students can also join annual trips to Blue Mountain and Wonderland.

Spring Break Abroad is a two-week international trip open to all grades, with eye-opening new destinations each year. Students have toured Iceland, Greece, Eastern Europe and more, and will visit South Korea and Japan next March.

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