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ParentsCanada Guide to Private School - Fall 2017

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ParentsCanada Guide to Private School | 2017 14 | CO-CURRICULARS PUSH STUDENTS TO FIND A PASSION, STRETCH THEIR HORIZONS GIVE IT A try Activities outside the classroom are no afterthought at private schools. Instead, they are an essential partner to the academic curriculum. Know what else is unique? Co-curriculars are not optional. Senior students may have more choice than juniors, but no one gets to take a pass on taking up something outside the classroom. Students typically have to play a sport. But there are recreational teams, as well as competitive – so everyone gets a spot. Kids have to explore non-sports activities, too. Sports and clubs are typically held on separate days to solve the scheduling conundrum. Even though many private schools are smaller than large public schools, they usually offer more teams, activities and variety. How? Because coaching, overseeing and supervising co-curriculars is mandatory for teachers. Options vary widely, depending on the school – where it's located and what its focus may be – as well as students' interests, teachers' skill sets, the season and facilities. In sports, offerings could be as diverse as badminton and basketball, rowing and equestrian, or squash and skiing. Individual sports and other physical activities might include figure skating, mountain biking, dance or yoga. Drama or drawing, concert band, music recording, visual arts, creative writing – these may be available as fine arts pursuits. And club possibilities may be things like stagelighting, woodworking, chess or robotics. Model United Nations, anyone? Plus, parents don't have to ferry their kids around to activities on evenings – and they know their children are playing with and being coached by people who share the school's values. Bayview Glen Independent School Stanstead College King's-Edgehill School

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