This Fall, we are excited to be able to reinstate our rich, dynamic co-curricular program, enabling each student to experience an exceptional array of activities carefully designed to provide just the right level of challenge, engagement and fun. 

At Elmwood, our exceptional co-curricular program is delivered by dedicated faculty and staff members or by experts from the wider community. To encourage balance and commitment from our students and align with the IB Programme expectations, we are classifying our offerings under four main pillars: Creativity, Activity, Service, and STEM. Students will be encouraged to participate in a variety of activities and be able to choose from different pillars. 

In Junior School (Grades 1-5), the active school day is enhanced with activities designed to enable our students to discover new talents and interests in a supportive environment.  Student agency and confidence are nurtured through the program, with an emphasis on participation, fun and skill development.  Enrichment and the Leadership4Learning programs are integrated into daily schedules, and additional opportunities will be offered after school.  More detailed information on the program and the opportunity to sign up will be provided later in September.  Most of these co-curriculars will start on October 1.  If you have any questions, please contact Christine Blackadar, Deputy Head of the Junior School.

The Middle Senior School will also offer many exciting activities to enrich students’ school experience.  

The Middle Years are the perfect time for girls to explore a wide variety of co-curricular activities. At a stage when many young people experience a lack of self-confidence, co-curriculars in Elmwood’s Middle School are designed to challenge, engage and celebrate the unique qualities that each Elmwood girl brings to the school community.

In our Senior School, students are encouraged to refine their interests and specialize in certain areas. The co-curricular program at this level allows them to develop mastery and focus on specific activities of choice. 

Some options will be available for Middle School, some for Senior School and some for all students in grades 6-12.  Examples of activities include Debate Club, Anti-Racism and Allyship (ARA) and Reconciliation Club, Climate Crew, Dance Club, Science and Robotics Club and Arts Council.  Students are also encouraged to bring forward ideas for additional clubs or activities.  

The final schedule and sign-ups for these activities will be sent out late next week, and our full program will begin the week of September 19th. Stay tuned to next week’s newsletter for that information!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me, Jen Walsh, Director of Student Experience