At Montcrest, our cocurricular program is designed to help students discover, develop, and thrive in athletics, the arts, leadership, and special interest areas. Our students explore their interests, embrace new challenges and risks, and learn resilience in equal measure.
Our balanced approach to cocurriculars encourages students to get involved in school life. It also recognizes that academics come first, and that students also need time to practise and build relationships during social times like recess.
Students are encouraged to participate in the cocurriculars of their choice during any or all of our three terms. Participation is voluntary and based on each student’s interests and comfort level. The Director of Performing Arts & Cocurriculars and the Director of Athletics work collaboratively with students, homeroom teachers, parents, and teachers offering cocurriculars to help each student identify new or existing areas of interest, and make a plan that best suits them.
Our cocurricular offerings are divided into four categories:
1) Commitment Clubs
Have a mandatory attendance component, usually meet more than once a week, and work towards a performance, competition, publication, event, or other visible goal.
Examples: Athletic teams, Montcrest Singers, Montcrest Players, Yearbook Club, Scratch Programming, Outdoor Cooking Club, Kids’ Lit Quiz etc.
2) Flexible Clubs
Have some attendance component but can be flexible, usually meet once a week, or meet periodically.
Examples:Jazz Club, Writing Club, Caribou Math, Senior Book Club, Cardboard Prop Construction Club, Forest of Reading Book Clubs, Costume, Hair, and Makeup Clubs for shows.
3) Drop-in Clubs
Students may drop-in as they wish, no attendance component, meet once a week or periodically.
Examples: Skipping Club, Garden Drop-in, Riverdale Scout Expeditions, Art Studio Drop-in etc.
4) Specialty Programs (Fee required)
Specialty Programs are fun, interesting, and interactive programs that are run and operated by outside experts. These take place at recess times during the school day. Information and pricing are shared in the Montcrest Mirror as well as on our website and the ParentPortal.
Examples: Private Music Lessons (drum, piano, guitar, and brass), Hip Hop, Action Potential etc.
Our athletic program at Montcrest fosters a sense of cooperation, development, competition, inclusion, and school spirit.
Montcrest teams are coached by our staff who have a passion for sport. We also bring in professional outside instructors to prepare our players for the upcoming season of team sports. Throughout the year, we continue to bring in outside professionals to develop our players as well as provide professional development for our coaches.
We offer our students three levels of opportunity to participate in our athletic program:
1) Intramural Program
The intramural program is open to all Grade 1-8 students and is meant to be a fun, competitive, skill-building, and cooperative opportunity that builds student relationships and school spirit. The activities offered will often coincide with the competitive and development teams that are occurring during that term.
2) Development Program
Our Montcrest athletic development program allows any student to participate and be part of a school team. Development teams focus on skill development, team play, sportsmanship, and fun. Students on a development team will have the opportunity to represent Montcrest in competitive team matches against other Conference of Independent Schools’ Athletic Association (CISAA) schools whenever possible.
3) Competitive Team Program
Montcrest teams compete in a variety of sports against other independent schools within the CISAA. Our competitive teams require a high level of commitment from our athletes. The amount of playing time a player receives will depend on the player’s skill, attitude, game experience, and the status of the game (league, exhibition, or playoff). Team practices take place two or three times weekly; some starting as early as 7:00 a.m. Students must learn to manage their time carefully, remembering that academics always come first. It is the expectation that if your child commits to a school team, that they attend all practices, games, and final tournaments.
Students who do not participate in our competitive team program will have an opportunity to participate in our development and/or intramural program.
After School Programs
Montcrest offers a variety of fun and interactive After School Programs for an additional fee.
The After School Programs run between 3:45 and 5:30 p.m. Students not picked up at 5:30 p.m. will be placed in Aftercare at no charge to parents. Registration for after school programs takes place each semester in our ParentPortal.
If you have questions about our After School Programs, please email Alejandra at firstname.lastname@example.org
Private Music Lessons
Montcrest students in Grades 1 - 8 can book private instrumental music lessons through the Beats and Bars Music School. Instruments for individual music lessons include: Guitar, Piano, Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium), Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone), Vocals and Drums.
In addition to individual lessons, they also offer group lessons for Guitar and Ukulele, as well as ‘Rock Band’. Rock Band offers your child the opportunity to develop ensemble skills while playing fun, popular music in a range of genres as a band.
Lessons will take place during recess times throughout the school day and after school.
Please note that this program is not operated by Montcrest School and Montcrest holds no responsibility for the programming or booking of Beats and Bars private music lessons.