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 skilfully 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.
We introduce French to our Preschool children through songs and games led by Fern Hill’s talented teachers. Our Core and Extended French programs start in Kindergarten. Junior and Senior Kindergarten students benefit from 30 minutes of Core French instruction each morning, as well as two afternoons per week of Extended French instruction, including circle activities, art and academic programming.
Beginning in Grade 1, students enter our Core French program that includes 45 minutes of daily French study. Grade School students have the option of participating in our enriched Extended French program, which offers additional French classes to further develop their skills in speaking, reading, writing, spelling and verb conjugation. Students in the enriched Extended French program also create presentations and complete mini research projects.
Please note: The enriched Extended French program is designed for Grade School students who have good academic standing in English and Core French. Our Fern Hill French teachers will gladly consult with you to determine whether the program is a good fit for your child.
At Fern Hill, we integrate technology into the overall learning experience. Classrooms are equipped with the latest resources, including laptops, iPads and interactive Smart Boards.
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.