In order to further the mission of the school, particularly to develop students who are responsible, productive, and contributing members of the global society, the Prep School provides numerous activities that push the students to think outside the box and move beyond their individual comfort zones. Many leadership opportunities are presented to the students in order for them to all experience moments of responsibility to something larger than themselves. Student Council, Me2We, Young Round Square, overnight leadership camps are but a few of the many activities that enable our students to be contributing members of society.
The Prep School Student Council (PSC)
The Prep Student Council (PSC) provides leadership opportunities and a voice for the students within our community. The council consists of members who are either elected or appointed after being interviewed. Within these roles, students take part in the organization of social events, house leagues, spirit days, the talent show, art initiatives, philanthropic opportunities, Young Round Square initiatives, environmental awareness building, and school-wide assemblies.
Prep Student Council members:
- are ambassadors to the school and are expected to uphold all school rules and maintain good academic standing
- wear the uniform with pride
- understand that great leaders inspire greatness in others
- engage committee members and chair regular meetings – part of being a great leader means sharing leadership
- work alongside faculty members to meet targets, complete tasks and run spirit-building events
The Prep School Student Council consists of:
- The Heads of the Prep Student Council
- The Assistant Heads of Prep Student Council
- The Athletics Committee Heads
- The Athletics Committee Assistant Heads
- The Arts Committee Heads
- The Arts Committee Assistant Heads
- The Young Round Square Committee Heads
- The Young Round Square Committee Assistant Heads
- Heads of Green Team
- The Student Life Committee Heads
- The Student Life Committee Assistant Heads
- Heads of House and House Captains
- Heads of Media and Creative Technologies
- Class Representatives (to be elected in September)
- Head of the Grade 8 Yearbook (by appointment, interview required)
- Heads of Theatre Booth (by appointment, interview required)
- Head of Ambassador’s Association
- Heads of Community Outreach
The Buddy System at Bayview Glen
The Buddy System at Bayview Glen is structured to make new students feel welcome – even before the first day of school. When students visit the Prep School as part of the admissions process, they are welcomed into a class and paired with a buddy. The buddy is there to answer questions and help our visitor feel comfortable.
New students and their families also come to an orientation before school starts to meet their teachers and new classmates. It is a supportive and exciting day geared towards easing the transition into Bayview Glen.
After admission, buddies remain paired with new students to help them through the initial school days. At the end of the first week the teacher will phone all families to confirm that all is well and that both family and children are off to a positive start.
Prep School Trips
The Grade 6 Trip to Quebec City
The four-day, three-night bus trip to Quebec City, which typically occurs in the first week of June, is a chance for students to experience the language and culture of Quebec. The trip is longer than those in previous grades, and this extended time away from home means that the expectations are higher for greater student independence. Highlights include a visit to the Musée du Fort which explains the six sieges leading to the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, followed by a re-enactment of the conflict between the French and the English on the Plains; a trip to Sainte-Anne de Beaupré along the Chemin Royal, the oldest road in Canada; and a walking-discovery tour of the old walled city and Place Royale in Lower Town.
The Outdoor Education Trips for Grade 7 and 8 Students
In the fall, students and teachers in Grades 7 and 8 participate in outdoor adventure camping trips. The purpose of these trips is to introduce students to basic survival needs. While staying on site in cabins and working primarily out of doors, students learn about responsibilities for handling outdoor gear, wearing proper clothes for the outdoors, and managing their own belongings. Part of the mandate is encouraging students to work effectively and co-operatively in groups through trust exercises and challenges. Activities include hiking, canoeing and high-ropes courses. While there are many other activities, another basic purpose is to help students prepare for future adventure and leadership excursions when they attend the Upper School as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme and the Round Square Programme.