It’s Saturday and our students are in class. Believe it or not, there aren’t even too many complaints about attending school on a Saturday. There is both a long history and a strong rationale behind our Saturday September programming.
With almost 60% of our students being boarding students, we know it’s essential to keep our students fully engaged in the first few weeks. When our students are in school 6 days a week, they are so busy learning, experiencing, and connecting with new friends and faculty there is no time for homesickness and the bonds they build are lasting. Even for our non-boarding students, there are tremendous benefits of ramping up quickly with an intensive introduction to the school year.
As you’d expect, from day 2 students are immersed in their regular academic programming—and getting support from teachers, the centre for excellence and their individually assigned academic advisors.
What you might not expect is that, in the first days of school, our students will also be fully enrolled in their sports for the term, their extra curricular activities, volunteering programs, music programs, Duke of Edinburgh for all grade 9s and other programs and clubs. In fact, our first field trip will be the first Saturday of school as our Grade 9s do their practice hike for their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
By week two our Grade 12s will be meeting with their prep groups and beginning the experience of university research and application prep. Our students will also be actively involved in the community with volunteering programs lined up and the entire school participating in the Terry Fox Run.
Some are surprised to learn that our students first written report cards are out by early October. Our students aren’t surprised at all – they know that amount of work they’ve covered by this milestone is worth reflecting and given our intensive programming in September, our faculty has had the opportunity to get to know our students in the classroom, on the sport field and hiking trails. So yes our students are in school this Saturday (learning a ton and making life long connections).
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