We recognize the significant role the arts play in achieving our school’s mission: "Dedicated to the development of the complete man, the well-rounded citizen." It is for this reason that all Middle School students participate in our Tuesday Arts program. This program allows students an opportunity to explore areas of the arts that may be unfamiliar to them, or which they wish to explore further.
The boys may choose from the following programs: Visual Arts, Instrumental Music (Middle School Band, Drumming or Piping), Debating, Drama, Robotics, and Media. The program begins at 3:45 p.m. and finishes no later than 5:00 p.m.
The Tuesday Arts program is a great opportunity for budding artists to get extra time in the studio and explore all types of mediums. The students have fun experimenting during this time, and as a result, they usually end up with exciting results. We take advantage of all of the studio spaces and resources; the boys participate in ceramics, prints, paintings and drawings, three-dimensional sculptures, and sewing. Each participant gets to take home all of their masterpieces and start their very own portfolio of work. The Visual Arts program is run by Ms. Randi Berman, Middle School art teacher.
Middle School Band
The Middle School Band program is made up of students who excel in music and are excited to begin playing a band instrument. The more experienced players work on band repertoire that is both challenging and fun, and often includes theme music from popular movies and TV shows. This ensemble plays at An Andrean Christmas at Roy Thomson Hall, competes in MusicFest Ontario, plays in the St. Andrew's Festival of the Arts in March, and Middle School Music Night in May. The Middle School Band is directed by Mr. John Richardson, Middle School music teacher.
The Middle School Drumming program is available to any Middle School student interested in learning the art of pipe band drumming. Students learn the basic drumming rudiments and rhythms common in pipe band repertoire. Classes are designed to challenge the students at beginner and intermediate drumming levels. Drummers can continue from the Grade 5 program through to the Grade 8 program if desired.
This is where the journey to the St. Andrew's College Pipes & Drums Band begins! Aspiring pipers and drummers should begin to learn the bagpipes or the snare drum as early as possible. Many Middle School piping students go on to become part of the Upper School academic piping and drumming programs and graduate with a life-long hobby of piping or drumming.
Debating & Public Speaking
The Middle School Debating & Public Speaking program offers time for the boys to "speak on their feet." They are encouraged to think quickly, respond to prompts, and, in debating, to craft counter-arguments on the spot, working to effectively deliver such with style, clarity, and impact. Many boys participate in formal tournaments. Boys entering the Grade 9 program have the opportunity to join our Debating & Public Speaking teams, which compete regularly in local and international events.
The Middle School Drama program is an opportunity for any boy who thinks they would like to explore the world of acting. They participate in hilarious and engaging improv games. Team-work, confidence, stage-presence, stage-voice, learning to think-on-the-spot, and creating something from nothing are all skills that the boys will learn as a part of the Drama program.
This co-curricular program introduces our students to a variety of media, including audio, photo and video editing software, green screen filming, and various photo/video camera techniques. Boys will regularly create original works, both solo and collaboratively in cooperative groups. In the final term, we coordinate with the Drama program to help provide audio and visual support for their live plays.
The boys learn how to build and program robots using Lego EV3 to perform a variety of tasks and functions. There are opportunities to compete in robotics competitions, which is a nice introduction to the Upper School Robotics program and allows for some opportunities to travel.