Ottawa, ON | Grades NS - 8 | Shortlist
The extra curricular program offered in late afternoon is fairly static and doesn't vary from semester to semester, and is mostly aimed at younger students. Having said that the program does provide kids with a variety of activities to have fun and learn at the same time, even if it's not in an academic context. From Aikido to arts & crafts, the kids get to try all kinds of stuff. Extra curricular sports activities with other schools present the kids with an opportunity to compete and test their mettle in a number of sports throughout the school year.
I particularly enjoyed the extracurricular programs offered at BHMS. I was able to participate in a wide variety, both athletically and artistically. Many of the opportunities led to me discovering hobbies that I then pursued more deeply outside of the school environment - for example, I enrolled in a musical theatre program at the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama after enjoying singing in choirs at BHMS, I continued painting lessons while enjoying art-making at BHMS, etc.
There were many extracurriculars to get involved in. I was a part of the select choir that would compete in music competitions yearly. I also participated in the musical that the older students would put on most years. Most extracurriculars were inclusive, welcoming all students, however there were a few that were competitive (e.g. badminton team). I think the school did an excellent job of providing opportunities for students to become well rounded in the arts, sports, etc.
The curriculum has included many strong programs that other schools do not offer or may take as extracurricular. The children both enjoyed very much the running and soccer games. The school at that time didn't have many other sports programs like other ball games etc. For want they have, it's a great environment that both the children always enjoyed. They were fun and also they provided students with lots of opportunities to participate and to compete.