HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS – -Most holiday celebrations are independently arranged within each class to suit the age of the students and their educational programme. Occasions for which students may make decorations or have a party include Thanksgiving, Halloween and Valentine’s Day. As a non-sectarian school we do not promote religious celebrations. We may recognize and discuss different religious and cultural customs, but will not highlight one over another. We aim o be inclusive at the Giles School so all students.. Third language teachers may celebrate cultural customs such as Chinese New Year within the class.
WINTER MUSIC CONCERT – The Giles School Winter Music Concert is an eagerly awaited show that is staged and performed by students in the last week of the fall term. Each class prepares songs and dances appropriate to their age level. Grade 4 and above each have a class band that perform, as well. Each class, performs in the show. The concert is a group project in which the members of each class work together. It ushers children into the exhilarating experience of preparing for and presenting their work to an audience. Parents and families are welcome to come and enjoy the performance.
SCIENCE FAIRS – To encourage interest in and facility with science, the school holds annual Science Fairs for all students. The scientists in Grades 4 to 8 present their inquiries in the winter term and our younger experts (Pre-K through Grade 3) share their research in the spring. While younger class projects are managed by teachers, students take on increasing responsibility as they advance academically. Pre-K through Grade 3 students gain the experience of the science fair with no formal judging but once students reach Grade 4, projects are more competitive judged with official certificates awarded in recognition of their achievement. A select group of older students go on to participate in the Toronto Sci-Tech Fair. The medalists from the Toronto Fair are invited to compete at the Canadian Sci-Tech Fair. Parents are encouraged to attend the exhibitions.
SPRING MUSIC CONCERT – A long anticipated seasonal rite, the Spring Music Concert in May is an afternoon of song and dance presented by all students. Recognizing the importance of performance, Mr. Giles noted: “the little ones depend on us to grow and become the wonderful human beings we want them to be.”
STUDENT OF THE MONTH – Mr. Giles passionately believes that “if there is one thing our society needs, it is leaders who are able, honest, intelligent, well-informed and compassionate.” Exemplifying what The Giles School envisions for all children, the Student of the Month recognition breathes life into the praiseworthy principles that responsibility is a necessary component for thoughtful and honorable leadership. The Student of the Month is not based on academic ability, but character building. Each month, one student is selected from each class spanning Pre-K to Grade 3. Teachers, childcare staff and classmates recognize children for caring and responsible contributions to the classroom community. Certificates are awarded and parents are invited to the presentation.