Since its founding in 1893, three elements have remained key to Olivet’s philosophical approach to elementary school education that set it apart from other private schools in Toronto.
A caring educational atmosphere is a vital part of learning in the primary grades. We intentionally emphasize qualities of safety, gentleness, innocence, kindness, and gratitude. Achieved through attentive, loving teaching, personal class sizes, and firm standards of behaviour, our hope is to give young children the experience of a gentle extension of the home. This atmosphere provides them with predictability and stability to form a base of confidence, honesty and considerate behaviour as they grow into adulthood.
Olivet School is a community of families and educators. We place great value on the role of parents in their own child’s education and we support this through frequent, thorough communication with parents. Though volunteering at the school is not a requirement, we find that most of our parents get involved anyway. Parents and family attend picnics, concerts and plays. They help out with field trips. They visit the classrooms for story time, baking or art. Or they contribute to the life of the school by sharing from their own professional backgrounds and favourite hobbies. Olivet’s rich community means that students form life-time friendships. Parents and teachers at Olivet share a love for raising principled children in an atmosphere of love and thoughtfulness.
Current Curriculum Integrated with Caring Christian Values
Christian values, such as kindness to others, are woven into everything we do at Olivet. We pursue studies in today’s Ontario curriculum within a context of how to use this knowledge to live a purposeful life. How does one truly care for our neighbours with integrity? What is hidden within the wonder of the created universe? These questions and others like them take the curricular knowledge and bring it alive as we explore questions of meaning and purpose at age appropriate levels. Through this enriched approach to curriculum Olivet has remained a leader in character development; the compass which guides a student throughout their life and beyond.