One of the important components of a classical education at the grammar stage (see Trivium) is the incredible ability of children to memorize information and the accompanying desire to show this off. As such we hold an Advent concert just before the Christmas holidays and a June concert at the end of the school year. These are opportunities for families and friends to come and watch the students recite poetry and sing some of the beautiful songs they are learning in their music classes. Skipping demonstrations and Latin recitations are often also part of the agenda.
These are also prayerful times, as we gather in the church and pray and worship together, thanking God for His many blessings and asking Him to continue to guide our staff, parents and children in the day-to-day life of the school. The concerts are followed by a social time with refreshments.
We also host a special event every February called the Mid-Winter Festival. This is an occasion when our student share their love of history and literature with the rest of the school and dress up as a literary or historical character. Pippi Longstocking, Gollum, Genghis Khan, Laura Ingalls, Rapunzel and Athena are among some of the colourful crew that have made an appearance on our school stage! The children recite lines or give factual clues as the parent audience members guess their identities.
Family Social Events
We hold various social events throughout the year to provide opportunities for our school community to grow. These include a Ceili in the Fall, with parents and children keeping time to a live caller as they dance through merry tunes; and a special evening just for staff and parents, our “Classical Evening at the Improv,” – an elegant coffee house with a twist.