Student Experience

Student Experience

Beyond the classroom, exciting programs in music, drama, art, and athletics ensure a well-rounded educational experience for every student.

From a vibrant arts program, thriving sports teams and a plethora of academic courses and special interest clubs and councils, there is a lot that makes up student life.

At HTS, some of the best learning occurs outside the classroom. On any given day you may hear the Senior Band practicing for their international tour, see field hockey and soccer games playing outside on the field, see the latest designs from our Fashion Forward club or the Robotics Team improving their latest robot for an upcoming competition.

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Co-Curriculars

The extensive co-curricular program is embedded into the life of the school and offers a variety of teams and clubs in each division. Students are expected to participate fully in school life. Breakaway trips, team sports, field trips, musical and theatrical productions, student clubs, leadership opportunities and community service programs provide mind-broadening, skill-building and horizon-expanding experiences. By venturing out of their comfort zone, our students learn to adapt to different situations, rise to new challenges, take on new responsibilities and discover new passions — skills that will serve them well beyond HTS.

At HTS, students participate in the co-curricular life in many different areas; music, drama, athletics, community service and leadership are the pillars of our co-curricular program and students often participate in most, if not all of these areas. Students also have an opportunity to take their classroom knowledge and extend it during our after school clubs. There are Science Olympics, public speaking and creative writing contests across all divisions. There are camp trips to Kilcoo, Bark Lake and Wanakita and language trips to St. Donat. Cultural city trips include Ottawa, Quebec City, Boston and Washington. Community service opportunities abound as far away as Tanzania and Belize and as close as our own backyard.

Student leadership comes in many forms, including our school Prefects, House Captains, Club Leaders and Student Council. Under the guidance of experienced teachers and advisors, HTS students are encouraged to challenge themselves, try something new and pursue their strengths. The unique opportunities that are available at HTS allow our students to personalize their journey.

Lower School Co-Curriculars

Fall Term

Mad Science, Outdoor Adventure, Visual Arts, Drama, Computers, Arts and Crafts, Cooperative Games, Kindergarten Outdoor Play, French Extra Help, Lower School After Care, Mandarin, Peer Tutoring, Tennis, Fitness, Minecraft, Lego and VEXX Robotics

Winter Term

Arts Club, Ball Hockey, Built It, Outdoor Play, Hockey, Skating Lessons, Board Games, Yoga, Glee Club, Fitness, Junior Engineering, Robotics, Babysitting – First Aid, Musical Theatre, Fashion Forward

Spring Term

Robotics, Multi-Sport, Soccer, French Play Club, Babysitting, Mad Science, Computers, Spring Crafts, Feel Good Running, Tarmac Games, Charms for Charity, Dance, Music Thursdays, Exploring Design Technologies

Middle School Co-Curriculars

Fall Term

Soccer, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Art Club, Drama Club, Pop Ensemble, Rock Band, Choir, Jazz Band, VEXX Robotics, Exploring Design Technologies, Fashion Forward

Winter Term

Basketball, Volleyball, Fitness, Pop Ensemble, Rock Band, Choir, Jazz Band, VEXX Robotics, Exploring Design Technologies, Fashion Forward

Spring Term

Rugby, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Track and Field, Soccer, Badminton, Tennis, Pop Ensemble, Rock Band, Choir, Jazz Band, VEXX Robotics, Exploring Design Technologies, Fashion Forward

Senior School Co-Curriculars

Fall Term

Soccer, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Co-ed Fitness, Tennis, Art Club, Tritones, Intermediate Band, Jazz Band, Euro Band, Senior Band, Yearbook, Debating, Model UN, DECA, HIVE Internship Projects, Fashion Forward

Winter Term

Basketball, Girls Volleyball, Ice Hockey, Co-ed Fitness, Squash, Drama – Play Production, Tritones, Intermediate Band, Jazz Band, Euro Band, Senior Band, Community Service, Yearbook, Debating, Model UN, DECA, HIVE Internship Projects, Fashion Forward

Spring Term

Rugby, Softball, Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee, Tennis, Co-ed Badminton, Track and Field, Drama – Student One-Act Play, Co-ed Fitness, Science Olympics, Tritones, Intermediate Band, Jazz Band, Euro Band, Senior Band, Yearbook, Debating, Model UN, DECA, HIVE Internship Projects, Fashion Forward

C0-Curriculars

The extensive co-curricular program is embedded into the life of the school and offers a variety of teams and clubs in each division. Students are expected to participate fully in school life. Breakaway trips, team sports, field trips, musical and theatrical productions, student clubs, leadership opportunities and community service programs provide mind-broadening, skill-building and horizon-expanding experiences. By venturing out of their comfort zone, our students learn to adapt to different situations, rise to new challenges, take on new responsibilities and discover new passions — skills that will serve them well beyond HTS.

At HTS, students participate in the co-curricular life in many different areas; music, drama, athletics, community service and leadership are the pillars of our co-curricular program and students often participate in most, if not all of these areas. Students also have an opportunity to take their classroom knowledge and extend it during our after school clubs. There are Science Olympics, public speaking and creative writing contests across all divisions. There are camp trips to Kilcoo, Bark Lake and Wanakita and language trips to St. Donat. Cultural city trips include Ottawa, Quebec City, Boston and Washington. Community service opportunities abound as far away as Tanzania and Belize and as close as our own backyard.

Student leadership comes in many forms, including our school Prefects, House Captains, Club Leaders and Student Council. Under the guidance of experienced teachers and advisors, HTS students are encouraged to challenge themselves, try something new and pursue their strengths. The unique opportunities that are available at HTS allow our students to personalize their journey.

Lower School Co-Curriculars

Fall Term

Mad Science, Outdoor Adventure, Visual Arts, Drama, Computers, Arts and Crafts, Cooperative Games, Kindergarten Outdoor Play, French Extra Help, Lower School After Care, Mandarin, Peer Tutoring, Tennis, Fitness, Minecraft, Lego and VEXX Robotics

Winter Term

Arts Club, Ball Hockey, Built It, Outdoor Play, Hockey, Skating Lessons, Board Games, Yoga, Glee Club, Fitness, Junior Engineering, Robotics, Babysitting – First Aid, Musical Theatre, Fashion Forward

Spring Term

Robotics, Multi-Sport, Soccer, French Play Club, Babysitting, Mad Science, Computers, Spring Crafts, Feel Good Running, Tarmac Games, Charms for Charity, Dance, Music Thursdays, Exploring Design Technologies

Middle School Co-Curriculars

Fall Term

Soccer, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Art Club, Drama Club, Pop Ensemble, Rock Band, Choir, Jazz Band, VEXX Robotics, Exploring Design Technologies, Fashion Forward

Winter Term

Basketball, Volleyball, Fitness, Pop Ensemble, Rock Band, Choir, Jazz Band, VEXX Robotics, Exploring Design Technologies, Fashion Forward

Spring Term

Rugby, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Track and Field, Soccer, Badminton, Tennis, Pop Ensemble, Rock Band, Choir, Jazz Band, VEXX Robotics, Exploring Design Technologies, Fashion Forward

Senior School Co-Curriculars

Fall Term

Soccer, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Co-ed Fitness, Tennis, Art Club, Tritones, Intermediate Band, Jazz Band, Euro Band, Senior Band, Yearbook, Debating, Model UN, DECA, HIVE Internship Projects, Fashion Forward

Winter Term

Basketball, Girls Volleyball, Ice Hockey, Co-ed Fitness, Squash, Drama – Play Production, Tritones, Intermediate Band, Jazz Band, Euro Band, Senior Band, Community Service, Yearbook, Debating, Model UN, DECA, HIVE Internship Projects, Fashion Forward

Spring Term

Rugby, Softball, Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee, Tennis, Co-ed Badminton, Track and Field, Drama – Student One-Act Play, Co-ed Fitness, Science Olympics, Tritones, Intermediate Band, Jazz Band, Euro Band, Senior Band, Yearbook, Debating, Model UN, DECA, HIVE Internship Projects, Fashion Forward

House System

Every student, faculty and staff is assigned to one of six HTS Houses: Rose, Thorne, Bishop Mountain, Champlain, Langton and MacDonald. The school year sees many friendly competitions. Our house system fosters a close-knit atmosphere, helps instil a sense of belonging and is a fundamental part of life at HTS.

Every House is led by a House Captain, who is chosen by a vote. House Captains take on strong leadership roles and many House Captains go on to become Prefects in their final year of school. Captains are responsible for getting House members in every division involved and active in the events by organizing the production of signs and encouraging House mates to dress up and show all-round school spirit for every House competition.

“The house system at HTS provides students with the opportunity to become involved in and to foster school spirit, leadership, and friendship,” says Senior School English teacher and house organizer Katie Young. “Many graduates comment that house activities such as Trinco Day are the kinds of events they remember for years. By engaging in activities that foster unabashed fun it helps to build our strong sense of community.”

House System

Every student, faculty and staff is assigned to one of six HTS Houses: Rose, Thorne, Bishop Mountain, Champlain, Langton and MacDonald. The school year sees many friendly competitions. Our house system fosters a close-knit atmosphere, helps instil a sense of belonging and is a fundamental part of life at HTS.

Every House is led by a House Captain, who is chosen by a vote. House Captains take on strong leadership roles and many House Captains go on to become Prefects in their final year of school. Captains are responsible for getting House members in every division involved and active in the events by organizing the production of signs and encouraging House mates to dress up and show all-round school spirit for every House competition.

“The house system at HTS provides students with the opportunity to become involved in and to foster school spirit, leadership, and friendship,” says Senior School English teacher and house organizer Katie Young. “Many graduates comment that house activities such as Trinco Day are the kinds of events they remember for years. By engaging in activities that foster unabashed fun it helps to build our strong sense of community.”

Environmental Stewardship

As educators, it is imperative that we surround our young people with the wonder and awe that is nature, and more importantly, teach the value in protecting the very life systems that sustain us.

When people come to HTS, we want them to see colour, life, evidence of learning in nature, information that provides them with a sense of place and the significance of that, evidence that we ‘think globally and act locally.’

We are proud to share that we have achieved official environmental designations, that we have environmental education infused in our curriculum, that our policies and procedures are environmentally friendly, that we are committed to protecting and restoring the health of our campus and environment. We are a Platinum EcoSchool Certified school, a Ducks Unlimited Wetland Center of Excellence and a partner of Ontario Streams and Friends of the Rouge.

HTS is fully committed to environmental sustainability. Our social, economic, and environmental issues remain interconnected for the benefit of current and future students and stakeholders and we take ownership in the responsibility to protect an area of ecological significance in particular the Oak Ridges Moraine. Our location on a coldwater stream habitat on a tributary of the Rouge River lets us prioritize environmental studies, and learners benefit from the opportunities.

Environmental Stewardship

As educators, it is imperative that we surround our young people with the wonder and awe that is nature, and more importantly, teach the value in protecting the very life systems that sustain us.

When people come to HTS, we want them to see colour, life, evidence of learning in nature, information that provides them with a sense of place and the significance of that, evidence that we ‘think globally and act locally.’

We are proud to share that we have achieved official environmental designations, that we have environmental education infused in our curriculum, that our policies and procedures are environmentally friendly, that we are committed to protecting and restoring the health of our campus and environment. We are a Platinum EcoSchool Certified school, a Ducks Unlimited Wetland Center of Excellence and a partner of Ontario Streams and Friends of the Rouge.

HTS is fully committed to environmental sustainability. Our social, economic, and environmental issues remain interconnected for the benefit of current and future students and stakeholders and we take ownership in the responsibility to protect an area of ecological significance in particular the Oak Ridges Moraine. Our location on a coldwater stream habitat on a tributary of the Rouge River lets us prioritize environmental studies, and learners benefit from the opportunities.

Breakaway Trips

As part of our long-standing start up programming, HTS offers students in Grades 5 to 12 the opportunity to “Breakaway” in the second week back to school in September. Grounded and guided by our Student Life Framework, a program of activities and experience has been designed for each grade in order to build community, foster new friendships and set each student up for a successful year of learning.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Important waivers and forms have been sent home with your child and need to be completed and returned to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, June 3, 2022.

For new students starting at HTS for the 2022-2023 school year, please use the links below, print and sign forms, and send to appropriate division head by June 3:
Ms Heather MacDonald, Head of Lower School
Mr. Rob Thomson, Head of Middle School
Mr. Greg Rose, Head of Senior School

Please take the time to read the accompanying information and to fill out the appropriate forms. Each Grade has its own set of unique forms. Thank you for your attention to the timely completion of these forms and for supporting the HTS Student Life programming.

If you are missing any forms or waivers, please use the links below to access the documents so you can print out at home.

Grade 5 Breakaway Waivers and Forms:
ALIVE Outdoors Parent Info Package
ALIVE Outdoors Waiver and Health Forms (print and sign)
HTS Grade 5 Informed Consent Form (print and sign)

Grade 6 Breakaway Waivers and Forms:
Kandalore Parent Info
Kandalore Waiver (print and sign)
HTS Grade 6 Informed Consent Form (print and sign)

Grade 7 Breakaway Waivers and Forms:
ALIVE Outdoors Parent Info Package
ALIVE Outdoors and Health Forms (print and sign)
HTS Grade 7 Informed Consent Form (print and sign)

Grade 8 Breakaway Info:
HTS Grade 8 Parent Info Letter 
(Please note that the Informed Consent for Grade 8 trip is located on School Cash Online and needs to be reviewed and completed by June 3, 2022.)

Grade 9 Breakaway Waivers and Forms:
Canadian Ecology Centre Medical Information and Consent Form (print and sign)
HTS Grade 9 Informed Consent Form (print and sign)

Grade 10 Breakaway Waivers and Forms:
HTS Grade 10 Informed Consent Form (print and sign)

Grade 11 Breakaway Waivers and Forms:
ALIVE Outdoors Parent Info Package
ALIVE Outdoors Waiver and Health Forms (print and sign)
HTS Grade 11 Informed Consent Form (print and sign)

Grade 12 Breakaway Waivers and Forms:
ALIVE Outdoors Parent Info Package
ALIVE Outdoors Waiver and Health Forms (print and sign)
HTS Grade 12 Informed Consent Form (print and sign)

Info on Student Charges for Grade 6-12 trips:
Please submit your student charge payment information through School Cash Online before Wednesday, May 31, 2022. This will ensure that you are set up for the first installment fo Student Charges, which will be paid electronically on the morning of August 1, 2022.

Breakaway Trips

As part of our long-standing start up programming, HTS offers students in Grades 5 to 12 the opportunity to “Breakaway” in the second week back to school in September. Grounded and guided by our Student Life Framework, a program of activities and experience has been designed for each grade in order to build community, foster new friendships and set each student up for a successful year of learning.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Important waivers and forms have been sent home with your child and need to be completed and returned to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, June 3, 2022.

For new students starting at HTS for the 2022-2023 school year, please use the links below, print and sign forms, and send to appropriate division head by June 3:
Ms Heather MacDonald, Head of Lower School
Mr. Rob Thomson, Head of Middle School
Mr. Greg Rose, Head of Senior School

Please take the time to read the accompanying information and to fill out the appropriate forms. Each Grade has its own set of unique forms. Thank you for your attention to the timely completion of these forms and for supporting the HTS Student Life programming.

If you are missing any forms or waivers, please use the links below to access the documents so you can print out at home.

Grade 5 Breakaway Waivers and Forms:
ALIVE Outdoors Parent Info Package
ALIVE Outdoors Waiver and Health Forms (print and sign)
HTS Grade 5 Informed Consent Form (print and sign)

Grade 6 Breakaway Waivers and Forms:
Kandalore Parent Info
Kandalore Waiver (print and sign)
HTS Grade 6 Informed Consent Form (print and sign)

Grade 7 Breakaway Waivers and Forms:
ALIVE Outdoors Parent Info Package
ALIVE Outdoors and Health Forms (print and sign)
HTS Grade 7 Informed Consent Form (print and sign)

Grade 8 Breakaway Info:
HTS Grade 8 Parent Info Letter 
(Please note that the Informed Consent for Grade 8 trip is located on School Cash Online and needs to be reviewed and completed by June 3, 2022.)

Grade 9 Breakaway Waivers and Forms:
Canadian Ecology Centre Medical Information and Consent Form (print and sign)
HTS Grade 9 Informed Consent Form (print and sign)

Grade 10 Breakaway Waivers and Forms:
HTS Grade 10 Informed Consent Form (print and sign)

Grade 11 Breakaway Waivers and Forms:
ALIVE Outdoors Parent Info Package
ALIVE Outdoors Waiver and Health Forms (print and sign)
HTS Grade 11 Informed Consent Form (print and sign)

Grade 12 Breakaway Waivers and Forms:
ALIVE Outdoors Parent Info Package
ALIVE Outdoors Waiver and Health Forms (print and sign)
HTS Grade 12 Informed Consent Form (print and sign)

Info on Student Charges for Grade 6-12 trips:
Please submit your student charge payment information through School Cash Online before Wednesday, May 31, 2022. This will ensure that you are set up for the first installment fo Student Charges, which will be paid electronically on the morning of August 1, 2022.

High Performance Athlete Program

The High-Performance Athlete Program is designed to offer greater support and increased flexibility for students who are regularly involved in an individual or team sport at an elite level outside of school.

Components of the Program:

  • Students will enroll in a physical education course at their grade level (Grade 9: PPL1O, Grade 10: PPL20 and PAF20, Grade 11: PPL30)
  • Students are responsible for maintaining and completing a Student Learning Portfolio
  • Coaches, students and parents must understand that this portfolio is done in collaboration with the school, the student athlete, and the coach. The Ministry of Education inspects the Portfolio, as the student will obtain a high school credit in Physical Education (PPL) if they successfully demonstrate and meet the overall expectations in the course. Hence, their Student Learning Portfolio is integral to a student being successful in the course.
  • The course will appear on their schedule as it normally would, however, during that time slot they are given independent work time to do other course work. Of the 110 hours of course time allocated, a minimum of 95 hours must be completed through the student-athlete’s training and competition outside of school. Of the 110 hours of course time allocated, a minimum of 15 hours are earned from the successful completion of the health units as a regular member of the class. During the health units, the student must return to the class and successfully complete the unit.
  • In order to provide the support and flexibility for the student, monthly meetings (or more if required) with the High-Performance Athlete Program advisor to discuss overall academic performance, time management, school work and sport balance, and other issues that may arise over the course of the year.
  • As a participant in this program, the student-athlete will have to complete work related to their sport outside school (ex. maintain a log and journal of their sporting activities). This material will be reviewed throughout the year.
  • Students may be required to remain in class for any part of the curriculum that the teacher determines is integral to the learning goals.

Learn more about the program and download an application.

High Performance Athlete Program

The High-Performance Athlete Program is designed to offer greater support and increased flexibility for students who are regularly involved in an individual or team sport at an elite level outside of school.

Components of the Program:

  • Students will enroll in a physical education course at their grade level (Grade 9: PPL1O, Grade 10: PPL20 and PAF20, Grade 11: PPL30)
  • Students are responsible for maintaining and completing a Student Learning Portfolio
  • Coaches, students and parents must understand that this portfolio is done in collaboration with the school, the student athlete, and the coach. The Ministry of Education inspects the Portfolio, as the student will obtain a high school credit in Physical Education (PPL) if they successfully demonstrate and meet the overall expectations in the course. Hence, their Student Learning Portfolio is integral to a student being successful in the course.
  • The course will appear on their schedule as it normally would, however, during that time slot they are given independent work time to do other course work. Of the 110 hours of course time allocated, a minimum of 95 hours must be completed through the student-athlete’s training and competition outside of school. Of the 110 hours of course time allocated, a minimum of 15 hours are earned from the successful completion of the health units as a regular member of the class. During the health units, the student must return to the class and successfully complete the unit.
  • In order to provide the support and flexibility for the student, monthly meetings (or more if required) with the High-Performance Athlete Program advisor to discuss overall academic performance, time management, school work and sport balance, and other issues that may arise over the course of the year.
  • As a participant in this program, the student-athlete will have to complete work related to their sport outside school (ex. maintain a log and journal of their sporting activities). This material will be reviewed throughout the year.
  • Students may be required to remain in class for any part of the curriculum that the teacher determines is integral to the learning goals.

Learn more about the program and download an application.

Extended French Certificate

HTS offers an Extended French Certificate to students entering Grade 9 from a French Immersion or a French-language school. Our goal is to develop French-language knowledge and skills at a high level while continuing to provide an understanding and appreciation of francophone culture in Canada and around the world. By the end of the four-year program, students will not only have gained the ability to converse freely on familiar topics, but will also be able to speak, read and write in French confidently across a wider range of disciplines and subject areas.

Extended French Certificate

HTS offers an Extended French Certificate to students entering Grade 9 from a French Immersion or a French-language school. Our goal is to develop French-language knowledge and skills at a high level while continuing to provide an understanding and appreciation of francophone culture in Canada and around the world. By the end of the four-year program, students will not only have gained the ability to converse freely on familiar topics, but will also be able to speak, read and write in French confidently across a wider range of disciplines and subject areas.

Private Music Lesson Program

This music program provides musical enrichment through caring and individual support to foster personal growth, self-discipline and a lifelong skill.

The Private Music Lesson Program is open to students in Grades 1 to 5. Each student enrolled in the program will receive a weekly 30 minute private, one-on-one lesson in either voice or piano. Students in other grades may also be accepted into the program by special arrangement with Ms Georgette Marshall.
To take part in our Private Music Lesson Program, students must be enrolled at HTS and must be in at least Grade 1 for piano lessons, and must be in Grade 4 or above to begin private vocal lessons. The student may be at any level of musical knowledge; both beginners and advanced musicians are welcome.

Lessons will run from mid-September and run until June in three sessions. Students will be assigned a weekly lesson time slot between 9:00am and 3:15pm. The design of the school schedule means that students will rarely miss the same class and the overall impact will be minimal. Students will not miss Chapel, assembly, lunch, lunch recess, co-curriculars or other activities to attend their private lesson.

To register, please contact Ms Georgette Marshall or Ms Lyndsay Promane to be added to the waiting list.

Music Program Contact

Ms Promane welcomes contact with parents and will arrange to meet or talk with you to discuss your child’s musical goals and aspirations. She is available to discuss your child’s needs, outline the details of the Private Music Lesson Program and answer any questions.

Ms Lyndsay Promane
Coordinator of Instrumental Music
lpromane@hts.on.ca
905-737-1114 ext. 391

Private Music Lesson Program

This music program provides musical enrichment through caring and individual support to foster personal growth, self-discipline and a lifelong skill.

The Private Music Lesson Program is open to students in Grades 1 to 5. Each student enrolled in the program will receive a weekly 30 minute private, one-on-one lesson in either voice or piano. Students in other grades may also be accepted into the program by special arrangement with Ms Georgette Marshall.
To take part in our Private Music Lesson Program, students must be enrolled at HTS and must be in at least Grade 1 for piano lessons, and must be in Grade 4 or above to begin private vocal lessons. The student may be at any level of musical knowledge; both beginners and advanced musicians are welcome.

Lessons will run from mid-September and run until June in three sessions. Students will be assigned a weekly lesson time slot between 9:00am and 3:15pm. The design of the school schedule means that students will rarely miss the same class and the overall impact will be minimal. Students will not miss Chapel, assembly, lunch, lunch recess, co-curriculars or other activities to attend their private lesson.

To register, please contact Ms Georgette Marshall or Ms Lyndsay Promane to be added to the waiting list.

Music Program Contact

Ms Promane welcomes contact with parents and will arrange to meet or talk with you to discuss your child’s musical goals and aspirations. She is available to discuss your child’s needs, outline the details of the Private Music Lesson Program and answer any questions.

Ms Lyndsay Promane
Coordinator of Instrumental Music
lpromane@hts.on.ca
905-737-1114 ext. 391

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