Although my daughter is still in JK, she has music and french lessons.
Due to the small size of the school, extracurriculars are somewhat limited. However, the school's "Broader Horizons" program, which ran a few weeks every term, drew on the talents and resources of teachers, parents, and community members to teach various skills and run a wide variety of fun activities. I recall particularly enjoying a pottery course and also participating in indoor soccer, while some friends took a knitting class. Participation in theatre and music productions was embedded within the curriculum, and these productions were labours of love that were carefully produced and well attended. Winter and summer sports days were another source of excitement and involved getting together with students from a sister school in Kitchener. I know that today there is after-school care available, including various enrichment activities.
At Olivet there is a lot of extracurricular programs. They take field trips to different plays. They are encouraged to experience different cultures in our society. They participate in Jump Rope for Heart. Fill a shoe box with gifts Christmas program to name a few. There are many fun programs that the children enjoy. At Olivet the children go skating for gym. They are able to learn or catch up on their skills. They have yoga and have done swimming.
While the small class sizes at Olivet present so many positives, the downside of them can be seen when it comes to extracurricular activities. There are no sports teams or music clubs at Olivet. Instead, all of the students are involved in the choir and the sports at recess. When I was a student, there was the opportunity to participate in additional programs a few times a year. Some of the options were one day excursions such as horseback riding, others were a series of lessons such as bracelet making or cooking classes. These were organized by either teachers or parent volunteers and the sizes varied. The lack of extracurriculars at Olivet never bothered me because I was in various other classes outside of school such as piano lessons, dance and improv classes and language school. I think the addition of these programs in addition to my life at Olivet helped me acclimatize to new people and situations.
At Olivet, the students participated in many activities such as swimming and football as a school. These vast array of activities allowed the kids to try new things and discover what they like. In addition to sports, musicals and plays preformed biannually gave them the chance to develop their skills artistically. However, the small size of the school prevents competition between school as there were not enough students to form full teams. Despite this my child always had fun playing sports, performing, and just being a kid.