As a concerned parent, I looked into many different schools in the area and some other options a little further from our address. As soon as we arrived at Olivet, I could see on my daughter’s face how much she enjoyed Olivet School’s environment and how comfortable she felt (even as a shy girl) around the staff. They were not just friendly, but they had a special approach, that somehow treated her as an individual, not as a part of a statistic, or one more number. Today, she loves even more to school and we feel like we make the right choice.
School life is great at Olivet. Sometimes my children don't want to leave the school premises. We are allowed to stay on the play ground after school and the fun continues. Parents talk with each other while the children play. We feel safe and secure with each other. My children love going to school. They want to see their friends and teachers. They don't want to miss the days activity at school. They learn in a safe, friendly environment and the teaching techniques are fun. They keep up to date on some issues in society but not too much to overwhelm their childhood. They lower the flag when we mourn a life of a fallen hero.
For me, school life at Olivet was my WHOLE life! I was excited to go to school each morning and see my friends and teachers. Each student at Olivet stands out as an individual because of the small school size. Everyone knows each other's name regardless of grade level -- this makes for such a nice environment. One of the best parts of the school life at Olivet is the amazing variety of field trips the students go on. Theatre, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Medieval Times, hikes in conservation areas, camping, and when older, trips to Ottawa and Quebec are just a few examples of the fun excursions. To round out my social experience and meet a wider variety of friends, I was part of a choir and baseball team.
My daughter truly loved going to Olivet. When she would misbehave or wouldn't listen, all I had to say was, "If you continue misbehaving you will not go to school tomorrow" and that would work instantly. I knew how much she loved going to Olivet and staying home would be worse than any other punishment. For any prospective families what insights I can offer you in the life of Olivet is this: If having your children growing in a positive, secure, and loving environment where they also learn to love and respect God, themselves, and each other then Olivet School is where they should be.
I greatly enjoyed my time at Olivet, although I was ready to move on to a larger classroom with more peers when I left. The upper grade limit has decreased since my time there; the familial environment serves younger students particularly well, although it also gives older students opportunities for leadership that they might not experience in a large public school classroom. Students generally returned year after year because they enjoyed Olivet and were engaged in school life. I recall sometimes being stressed by the workload, but this could also have been due to my own expectations of my own performance. However, there were always special events to look forward to, including field trips and special projects. The more students discover what Olivet has to offer, the more it will be able to offer.