Oakville, ON | Grades PS - 8 | Shortlist
I would love to see more extra-curriculars offered at OCS for the younger grades. Sports are well-covered in the older grades but not enough in the primary grades. This year I feel more after-school programs have been added such as French classes, Mad Science and Bricks4Kids (STEM program) which is very handy to have right at the school. As my children are in the primary grades still, there aren't a lot of extracurriculars I can comment on at this time. I see Science Fair is a big thing at OCS which many students going on to a higher competitive level with their projects and often doing quite well. There are also public speaking opportunities (reciting scripture or speeches) at a fun and a competitive level. Perhaps it would be nice to see some art and music classes offered as extracurriculars for all grades.
There are many opportunities for children of all ages to take part in extracurricular activities, both competitive and just for fun. The students take part in intramural activities weekly, led by the older students. Students of all ages are encouraged to take part or to attend and cheer on their team. There are many athletic tournaments throughout the year that students from Grade 4 upwards can try out for. Soccer, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, badminton, softball and track and field are all arranged through three different athletic associations. It is of course not just sporting activities that are encouraged and well attended. There are different clubs run after school; lego, computer coding, Mad Science and French. In the Fall term the children have an opportunity to try out an activity that interests them. This group, or cluster, is made up of students from all ages and run by either a parent volunteer or a staff member. This last year there was cooking, sock puppet making, gardening to name but a few.
Oakville Christian School has numerous extracurricular activities for students to participate in both for competition and for fun. The student body is divided into four houses based on the students last name. These houses compete against one another throughout the year for points and the house with the most points at the end of the school year is awarded the house trophy. House points can be won through various activities including intramural sports, charity initiatives, participation in dress up days, and holiday activities. The wonderful thing about house competition is that it allows students in various grades to get to know one another and develop friendships that may not occur otherwise. Senior age students are chosen to lead the houses and are given an opportunity to show and learn leadership skills. There are also many clubs that students are able to join that meet during recess or after school. These include; bible club, circus club, dance, and OCS singers. There are many opportunities for the students to find something that sparks their interest. For students that enjoy a competition the school offers a number of sports teams that compete in tournaments throughout the year. These include, cross country, ultimate frisbee, soccer, volley ball, basketball, floor hockey, track and field and softball. The school offers both junior and senior divisions which allows students an opportunity to try out for teams beginning in grade 4. Oakville Christian school also offers programs including Mad Science, an after school french program, coding and brick building. There are many ways for children to get involved and have fun at school.
The school provides several extracurricular activities that can help to enrich any child's learning and interests. Most of the team sports begin around grade 3 and up but the school choir, enrichment clusters, Mad Science Program, Bricks for Kids, French program, etc offers more than enough choice for anyone looking for something extra.
I feel like OCS has a great spread of extra-curricular opportunities for the children - including sports, arts, and service type activities. We pulled our daughter out of competitive swimming so that she could fully engage in the many opportunities. We're glad we did as she has enjoyed a healthy balanced life playing on a number of the team sports. Our kids have participated in both intramural sports and have tried out for the competitive teams. I like the fact that they have experienced the disappointment of not making a team - what better place to process this than in a supportive environment where they know they are valued. It has also been fun to cheer them and their team on when they have made the school team. Our kids have not been as involved in the arts, although I wonder if they are being inspired as my son has recently expressed an interest in getting involved with the drama team.
Extracurricular opportunities are extensive at Oakville Christian School. From the first week in September until the last week of school in June there are extracurricular events happening. There are many sports teams for the children to be involved in at a junior and senior level as well as choir, bible club, circus club, mad science programs, hatch programs, french programs and so much more.