Students in K-2 take part in a 10-session skating lesson program. As part of their PE curriculum, students are taught the basics of skating and rink safety through a variety of drills and games. Students are grouped on the ice into small groups ranging from 4-7 students per instructor and taught according to their skill level. More advanced students will be given more advanced drills which may include hockey readiness skills.
Excellence in Writing Program
The ELA programs throughout the school use the Excellence in Writing program. This program methodically teachers each student the skills for writing quality paragraphs by developing an appreciation for structure, beginning in Grade 1, creativity and a varied vocabulary. Students are expected to write paragraphs in older grades, on a weekly basis that “puts grammar into context” and emphasizes the skills learned that week.
Guided Reading Program
From Kindergarten through Grade 3, students develop reading skills in small groups facilitated by the teacher. Students are grouped according to ability and can flow between groups throughout the year as their skills advance. There are 40 levels of reading ability possible.
Totally Unbelievable Speakers Club (T.U.S.C.)
Created by Toastmasters International, this club prepares children for public speaking. As part the ELA program, students in Grades 3-5, prepare and deliver speeches, evaluate speeches, present impromptu speeches and organize meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order.
Students are taught cursive handwriting at the end of Grade 3 and are expected to develop this skill through Grade 5.
Private Music Lessons
Private lessons are available in voice, guitar, drums, piano, violin, and woodwinds. Teachers are highly skilled as performers and teachers. Lessons are scheduled through the Private Music Lesson Coordinator and occur during school hours.
Violin Enrichment Program
Students in Grades 3-8 are taught violin as part of their regularly scheduled music classes. Students may audition to join the Violin Ambassadors who represent the school at venues throughout the city.
St. Charles is a member of the Manitoba Catholic Schools Athletics Association. As such, we compete against other Independent schools in the city. Competitive sports include: Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball and Track and Field.
St. Charles offers a wide variety of clubs for our students, including crafts, choir, leadership, instrumental, running, walking, basketball, violin, chess, and cooking. The clubs meet during noon hours, before school or after school.
Extra-Curricular Physical Education
Grades 6-8 students are provided with leadership opportunities as coaches, referees, scorekeepers, and overall organizers. Throughout the year, students also participate in a variety of sports activities including Summer Camp (Gr. 5&6), Winter Camp (Gr. 7&8), downhill skiing (Gr. 6-8), bowling (Gr. K-2), and winter outdoor sports at Harbourview (Gr. 3-5).
Holy Childhood Association (HCA) | Pontifical Mission Societies
Each fall, all students are enrolled in the Holy Childhood Association. As members, they are encouraged to pray for children in other parts of the world, and to support children who are in need of assistance. The HCA focuses on a specific region each year. The students organize several fundraising and educational activities to support the annual focus of the HCA.
All students in Grades 7 and 8 are invited to participate in a Rome Tour which occurs over Spring Break on alternate years. This trip is aligned with the current MB Social Studies curriculum and explores our roots as Catholics as well as giving vibrancy to our Faith. It allow us to visit the homeland of our school Patron, St. Charles Borromeo, and enables students to further develop their leadership skills. More information will be provided throughout the year. Next scheduled tour is in 2025.
Other Enrichment Opportunities
Students have many other opportunities to “get involved” with activities throughout the year, including being a part of the annual School Musical, joining the Violin Ambassadors, Altar Servers, Student Leadership Ambassadors, speaking at churches or community functions, etc.