Beyond the Classroom

Outside of school hours, Boarders take full advantage of the multitude of opportunities that living in a city as culturally rich as Toronto has to offer. Boarding can participate in the Residential Curriculum during their free time, which includes many trips to local tourist attractions and programs planned by residence staff and student leaders.

Boarders may choose to participate in a variety of recreational programs including fitness and swimming, outdoor education, cultural events (museums, concerts, galleries, theatre, sporting events), hip hop dance classes, long-weekend trips to Canadian landmarks, and ceramics and pottery classes, movie nights, to mention just a few. Students are frequently asked to suggest activities of interest and the Boarding School staff work hard to ensure that a full social schedule is available for students based on their requests! Each Boarder also has the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program through specially designed activities.

At Havergal, boarders will develop their independence, self-reliance, confidence and leadership skills while being supported in a family setting (each Boarder is in a smaller family led by a Don). Outside school hours, Boarders can take advantage of the multitude of events and activities developed exclusively for them, including recreational programs (fitness, swimming), outdoor education, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, cultural events (museums, galleries, sporting events), trips to Canadian landmarks, creative classes (ceramics/pottery), study skills and time management workshops, health and wellness seminars, to mention just a few. Student leadership opportunities are plentiful within the boarding and school community.