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Update | Prep co-curriculars

This year’s co-curricular program, much like the entire school program is starting off very differently than any other. We’re thrilled to be offering a combined athletics and arts-based program for students in Years 4 to 7 during the games period. Our intention is to create programs that are engaging, entertaining, and offer a chance to socialize with peers within a cohort. This fall, there is an opportunity to allow our class forms to work together through a series of skill-based rotations. We are confident that this opportunity to work through co-curricular challenges will strengthen group dynamics and offer important social cohesion during this unique year. 

Athletics

Students will rotate through the different sports offerings this fall. Please click on this link to see the rotation for your student. The focus of the sports offerings will be to provide modified game activities that are safe, fun, and engaging. Equipment will be sanitized between use and students will be reminded to use the hand sanitizing stations before and after each class.

Theatre

Students from Year 5 to 7 will participate in a session of improvisational workshops with their form cohort, led by one of our passionate and experienced theatre coaches. Students will be led through a series of active and often hilarious warm-up games and exercises with the goal of building their fluency with, and ability to adhere to the rules of improv. There are numerous benefits for all learners participating including increased communication and creative abilities, staying focussed in the moment and confidence using and expressing oneself through body language. 

The sessions are off to a great start! Coach Peter Labancz shared this about a Year 7 form he recently worked with, “It was amazing to see how engaged the students were with zero equipment. They were so into it! So many emotions were expressed. They were literally begging for more at the end of the class!” 

Thank you to our fall improv coaches, Dominic Rossi (Year 5), Rachel McHolm and Brent Evans (Year 6) and Peter Labancz and Nancy Preston (Year 7).

Music

Co-curricular options will be introduced as the term progresses. Under consideration are Percussion Ensemble(s) in November and African Drum Circle(s) in late January.

Learning in the Garden

In the place of our usual after-school garden clubs, Dianne Jojic has developed a schedule to maximize opportunities for Prep students to spend time in the Learning Garden. Curriculum-linked garden sessions will be offered to each form from SK to Year 5 at least once per cycle. In addition, many teachers are using the Learning Garden space to teach lessons from other disciplines, maximizing the number of times students are able to be in the outdoors. 

Sincerely, 

Nigel White
Director of Athletics

Monika Kastelic
Prep School Arts Coordinator

Paul McGarr
Prep School Arts Coordinator