Physical activity is an important part of the Fern Hill experience. As longstanding members of the Ottawa Independent Schools Athletic Association, we ensure that all our students have the opportunity to strengthen and develop their bodies while exploring their physical abilities.
Fern Hill’s regular gym program is enhanced by several additional activities offered through our Extended Gym Program, including:
We also participate in a variety of competitions. Our student athletes proudly embrace their title as Fern Hill Hawks at soccer games, cross-country races, and track and field meets, throughout the Ottawa area.
Art & Music
Art and music are integral to Fern Hill’s curriculum. We introduce our students to music in Preschool, and build on that foundation as the children progress through Kindergarten and into Grade School. Proficient Fern Hill music teachers lead our students in performing several concerts during the school year.
Our art teachers skillfully impart their expertise to students of every age, instructing them in the elements of colour, texture, form, space, line and shape. Fern Hill children experiment with painting, drawing, sculpting and creating mosaics. They also learn about artists through the ages, and take part in multicultural art studies.
We enhance our art and music curriculum by exposing Fern Hill students to cultural institutions and events within the city. Field trips include visits to the National Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Canada.
Preschool Program: Children will be introduced to the French language each day through songs, nursery rhymes, stories and games at circle time. Children will explore the seasons, colours, numbers and shapes. The children will enjoy learning familiar songs in a new language!
Kindergarten Program: JK and SK students will receive French instruction every morning. JK and SK students will also enjoy two French afternoons where they will participate in a variety of games, songs and activities, as well as practicing their printing.
Primary/Junior Program: Grade 1 – 4 students will have 45 minutes of French daily. The French component will include oral and written skills, spelling and verbs, presentations and mini research projects.
Junior/Intermediate Program: At the Junior/Intermediate level (for Grades 5 to 8) there are two levels for French – Core French and Advanced French. Students in both levels will continue to further develop their skills in speaking, reading, writing, spelling and verb conjugation. The Grade 5 & 6 students, and the Grade 7 & 8 students will be combined for French. Each student will be evaluated at the beginning of the school year and will be placed in the appropriate level (Core or Advanced).
At Fern Hill, we integrate technology into the overall learning experience. Classrooms are equipped with the latest resources, including interactive Smart Boards and a school set laptops and iPads. Students in Grades 5-8 are required to have their own laptop.
From Grades 1 to 8, Fern Hill students enjoy engaging activities and assignments that introduce them to computers, iPads and the Internet, developing essential skills that will help ensure both their success and their safety. Topics include typing, coding, use of various Microsoft programs, and responsible use of the Internet.