Located in the heart of Etobicoke, Olivet School is situated on a large property next to a right of way near Echo Valley Park. Organized trips to Mimico Creek or lessons out in the field contributed to a unique and FUN learning experience! In winter, the teachers would sometimes take us tobogganing at the nearby hill during recess. Outdoor time and nature is such an important part of childhood development and the teachers at Olivet know this. There were many art class projects that involved the nature resources nearby. I remember going out with my class to the ravine to forage leaves for prints or take pictures for a photography unit. While the street address is Burnhamthorpe Road, the parking lot and playground of Olivet face a quiet residential street and neighbourhood. The students are safe and protected within the property boundaries.
The school is in a good location near a natural areas with trails that lend themselves to organized hikes, sledding, and exploration of the nearby creek. Students did not venture off the grounds for lunch unless something special was planned and a teacher accompanied them. Going home for lunch was discouraged even for students who lived nearby, which I found helped to build community. The area is safe and pleasant, but unfortunately becoming too expensive for many young families to live nearby. I remember going on runs through the neighbourhood in gym class, and the neighbours did not mind seeing students. The location is near enough to downtown Toronto that field trips to the Ontario Science Centre and Young People's Theatre were readily possible, as were trips to natural areas to the west, such as Heart Lake, Rattlesnake Point, and Kelso conservation areas.