At Ermitage, children have the opportunity to discover music throughout their schooling. In 1st and 2nd grade, an Anglophone teacher visits students during English class and teaches popular English melodies and plays the guitar.
Beginning in 3rd grade, a Francophone teacher helps student learn to read music and develop an understanding of rhythm using primarily classical melodies (Peter and the Wolf, for example). In addition, every other year children participate in a musical created especially for Ermitage (Le Royaume des Deux Mondes in 2008, and Les Couleurs du Temps in 2010).
From 1st to 3rd grade students play sports twice a week for 45 minutes in the school gymnasium. They are supervised by our professional gym teachers who help children develop their physical abilities and coach them in group sports (basketball, volleyball, etc).
In 4th and 5th grade, students play sports once a week for 1 ½ hours at the gymnasium under the supervision of our gym teachers. They are introduced to track and field sports, and other group sports such as soccer, rugby, field hockey and softball.
Under the supervision of their teacher, children become familiar with basic drawing techniques and learn about classical and contemporary artists. After observation and discussion, children are encouraged to create their own works of art.
At lunchtime, children are invited to take part in a variety of short workshops organized by teachers, and sometimes parents! These workshops cover a wide range of activities that further enrich your child’s education: soccer, introduction to Chinese or German, Irish dance, weaving, yoga, reading club, choir, drama, Legos, badminton, rollerblading…and a very popular science club! Each child can choose to join at least one workshop that meets once a week, and can switch to a different workshop every semester.