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Through visual, dramatic, musical forms, and dance, students are encouraged to explore, create, perform, and discover what they love. As specialists in their artistic fields, teachers engender an appreciation for the arts, respond to students’ individual interests and levels of development through programs that foster self-awareness and self-expression. Our arts program is an integral part of the Montcrest experience.
Students develop both vocal and instrumental skills in the program. Music highlights at Montcrest are showcased in two main concerts. In our December Concert the students have their first opportunity to display their musical and dramatic talents in front of the Montcrest Community. We welcome spring with a celebration of vocal and instrumental music in our Spring Music Festival. Members of our Junior and Intermediate choirs perform every other year at Roy Thompson Hall in the annual Independent Schools Music Festival along with many of our Grade 7 and 8 students chosen to perform in the Intermediate band section.
The Montcrest Singers are an auditioned choir with extensive performance experiences, ranging from the University of Toronto, to venues in Belgium, France, and England. In July 2004, The Montcrest Singers became the signature choir at the International Society for Music Education Conference in Barcelona, Spain, where their CD quickly sold out, and was featured at the closing ceremonies. Their songs are now being heard in universities, colleges, and schools all over the world, as an example of choral excellence!
Dramatic Arts goes beyond the classroom experience. From Grades 1-8 the students happily engage in the fundamental skills of process and performance with a focus on communication and critical thinking. Theatre games, role play, movement exercises, literature, historical events, multimedia, scripts, puppets and curriculum themes are used as the tools to explore and respond in a variety of dramatic modes.
For the lovers of the dramatic, The Young Company (Grades 3-5), and the Montcrest Players (Grades 6-8) are auditioned co-curricular clubs providing students with the opportunity to gradually enhance their skills and to take part in theatre company experiences. Since 1993, The Montcrest Players has developed, rehearsed, and performed high quality, entertaining productions for our own community, as well as for other schools. Working along side creative staff and other professionals, the students are employed behind the scenes, building props and sets, costume design, stage management, lighting, sound, and filming the production.
At Montcrest, visual arts are integrated into the curriculum and structured to allow for learning of various eras and styles and for individual expression. The goal is that a child learns to see beyond looking, to make imagination tangible and the tangible imaginative, to express thoughts, dreams, and ideas.
Dancing is doing what comes naturally; rhythmic body movement is instinctual, a mode of personal communication. The dance clubs offered at our school by trained teachers combine to teach technique, steps and body positions, and the joy of movement to create an effect. Through the various traditional and contemporary styles and forms offered: ballet, flash mob and jazz, tap and pop rock, and musical theatre, students learn how to convey stories, ideas, and understand how to create an abstract effect the way music does, culminating in an artistic presentation before an audience.
The physical education program is focused on active and healthy living. Students work independently and cooperatively to increase their fitness levels, improve their knowledge and performance skills; teamwork and team spirit, and enjoyment are major focuses. Physical education classes are held every other day in our spacious gym or outdoors. Intramural activities are offered every day for differing age groups (Grades 1-3, 4-5, & 6-8) throughout the year. Some highlights: during gym classes curling is taught in the fall and rock climbing is offered in the spring. A majority of our students participate in one or more intramural or inter-school teams.
School teams at Montcrest foster a sense of cooperation and team spirit. Our teams compete in a variety of sports against other independent schools within the Conference of Independent School’s Athletic Association (CISAA). Our teams have had many successes and have been awarded CISAA banners for their achievements.
|Fall Teams||Winter Teams||Spring Teams|
|Girls' Basketball, U12 & U14||Girls' Volleyball, U12 & U14||Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee, Gr. 7-8|
|Co-ed Field Hockey, Gr. 6-8||Boys' Basketball, U12 & U14||Boys' Softball, U12 & U14|
|Cross Country, Gr. 3-8||Co-Ed Basketball, U10||Track and Field, Gr. 3-8|
|Boys' Soccer, U10, U12 & U14||Curling (Grades 6-8)||Girls' Soccer, U10, U12 & U14|
|Co-ed Tennis, U14|