The students do participate in intramural activities, including basketball and track & field but the School does not have the same variety of sports teams as others schools. That being said, most children are already enrolled in a number of extracurricular activities outside of the school. Given the community feel amongst the parent group, a number of children participate in sporting activities together outside of the school. My children, who left the school over a year ago still continue to play hockey, baseball and soccer with their friends from the Giles School.
The Giles School has co-curricular programming, giving opportunities for students to learn more knowledge and skills such as playing chess, drawing, and languages. In fact, the elements of helping students to develop an all-round character are incorporated already in the curriculum, e.g. Grade 1 students have started to learn about science through observation. We are quite satisfied with that.
The school does make an effort to provide the children with extracurricular opportunities. For example, my children are involved in chess, SSAT prep, and stamp club. My older son participated in soccer and basketball tournaments as well as a track and field meet. In the context of this being a small school, I am happy with the options that are available.
The school participates in the "small schools" track meets and sports tournaments, giving the children the opportunity to engage in sports with other schools. Both my children enjoyed this and I don't feel they would have had this opportunity to be part of a "school team" at a larger school. Different opportunities have been provided for after-school activities and their availability has depended on family participation/engagement. As they are a small school, it is sometimes challenging to have enough students sign-up for a specific after-school activity on a specific day of the week. As the students get older many students participate in activities outside of school at a high level (e.g. hockey or dance teams) and with diversified interests, so there is less engagement in after-school activities then. That being said, with new Principal Dr. Smith - there have been several very exciting new extracurricular programs - including a science of sound club (where the kids are learning and building a soundproof music recording room), a music club, stamp collectors club, and a chess club (with a teacher of chess award winners- my kids love his class) to name a few! The students also, fortunately, have a study period afterschool and this has been WONDERFUL - as they have an additional opportunity to ask teachers questions if they are unsure about homework, they can work on assignments, and finish some of it before they get home.
The topic of extracurriculars at the Giles School is a tricky one. There are no sports teams that go and compete with other schools on a regular basis but there are yearly competitions and tournaments. I do wish the school had things like a basketball team that would practice regularly and compete with other schools. With that being said, the school does offer a number of extracurriculars that kids can participate in during lunch time and after school. Things like chess, reading club, music club, spanish club, etc. In addition, I know that there are plans for even more extracurricular opportunities for the next school year.
Probably the one weakness of a small school is fewer extracurriculars. The school has made more of an effort to add some additional activities, but it is limited by student numbers and sheer physical space. The school does participate in some small school tournaments, as well as a couple of overnight trips at the beginning and end of the school year (beginning in grade 4) that the kids love!