The core academic program is complemented by an extensive array of extra-curricular activities and events. Exposure to a wide variety of life experiences helps to broaden students’ perspective and to make school life fun.
Character Building: Many initiates are undertaken throughout the school year that help to reinforce good character, responsible citizenship, and a global perspective. These have included food, toy and clothing drives, community clean-up initiatives, recycling programs, sponsorship of a child in a developing country, and charity fund-raisers such as the Terry Fox Run and Jump Rope for Heart.
Skills Development: Starting in grade one, students participate in weekly swimming lessons during the fall and spring terms. These are replaced by skating lessons during the winter months. By the time students graduate from Trillium, they also will have completed our alpine ski program and participated in an outdoor skills and group development program.
Experiential Learning: The core curriculum is supported by numerous field trips which are designed to bring an experiential component to what students learn in class. Students, for instance, have taken part in a mock parliament at the Ontario Legislature, cheered on their favourite knight at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, spent the day attending school in an authentic one-room school house (complete with pioneer day rules!), and hung upside down from a trapeze bar during a visit to the School of Circus Arts. The highlight of the year for senior students is their year end overnight trip. Students in grades 4 to 6 enjoy a three-day outdoor education excursion, while the students in grades 7 and 8 spend a week in Quebec City or Ottawa.
Leadership Training: Other elements of the senior elementary program include formalized leadership training. The program features direct in-class instruction, proper role-modeling, leadership opportunities and assignments, evaluation and feedback.
Personal Development: While most components of the extra-curricular program are compulsory, there are many opportunities available to Trillium students on a volunteer or selective basis. In addition to the clubs offered after school, students can sign up for a number of intra-mural sports leagues, try out for one of the school’s rep teams, join the ‘We Schools in Action’ Team, help with the Yearbook Committee, or be a Library Helper during recess or lunch.
Our extra-curricular program merges seamlessly with the core academic program. Learning opportunities in their own right, the extra-curricular activities help to foster important life skills such as independence, self-discipline, teamwork, and leadership.