Bond Academy offers the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum at an enriched level. Small classes allow us to efficiently use our classroom time and maximize the opportunities for student and teacher interaction. Our goal is to deliver the curriculum in a manner that develops the child's skills as a learner. Skills such as problem solving, research, planning, organization, teamwork, presentation, interpersonal, and computer literacy will be developed. In short, through our smaller class sizes, our resources and professional development support for our teachers, we provide the optimum learning environment for your child to develop the skills and knowledge needed to maximize their potential. Finally, as a partner in the success of your child's education, each parent will be provided with direct access to their teacher's website. This will provide you with access to the classroom calendar, assignments, homework and teacher email.
At Bond Academy, we believe that our individual character is formed from the values, habits and virtues that we practice in every aspect of our lives. Every month is comprised of a different virtue that each class studies at their own grade level. Our program starts in Junior Kindergarten and carries on with them as they grow and mature. The children learn basic guidelines for proper behaviour that they are further encouraged to develop into lifelong habits. Positive habits are the foundation upon which we gain both personal and academic excellence.
Character Education (C.E.) is everything that we do that influences the characters of the children we teach. Our main point is that we identify behaviours, beliefs and attitudes that we admire in other individuals, and we gear our bahaviours to be like them. This is an idea that is not so new, but what Character Education is. It is the conviction that one of the most powerful tools in this process is the use of stories and situations to motivate us to think and respond appropriately.
At the core of our C.E. program is the idea that whenever any academic subject or skill is being taught, ideas of truth, what is right and what is wrong are being relayed to the students. The concepts that we teach on daily basis (month by month) are the foundations for developing positive ethics within a community. Due to the increasing need for something so important, schools are now being seen as important educators and reinforcers of such ethical behavioural attributes.
If we here at Bond Academy are ultimately preparing our students to become ethical students and principled members of the community, our educators know that our school must also become an ethical community itself.
Month by Month Topics for 2006 September - Resilience October - Respect November - Citizenship December - Compassion January - Responsibility February - Integrity March - Tolerance April - Commitment May - Perseverance June - Accomplishment
The Arts Program is divided into four main areas of study: Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts. Teachers specializing in these areas provide a solid program, introducing students to the basic principles and concepts. Throughout their elementary experience, students nurture a fondness for the arts.
DANCE & DRAMA:
Every aspect of the performing arts is covered within the Dance & Drama Program. Students demonstrate their understanding of the basic elements, interpret the meaning of literary materials, and create dance and drama pieces. They also learn to make comparisons between their own and professional works. Production and technology aspects are introduced to students in later grades.
MUSIC PROGRAM: The Music Program teaches students the elements of musical creativity and composition as early as Grade 1, continuing to Grade 8. Strong emphasis is placed on using and understanding basic terminology; reading, writing and performing various sounds. Students also learn to analyze and express their responses to music, drawing from cultural, historical and social references. Students in Grades 4 to 8 develop their singing and playing (instrumental) abilities.
VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM: Bond Academy's Visual Arts Program develops creativity and the ability to communicate through visual images. Students learn to use the elements and principles of design through a variety of media such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, arts and crafts, printmaking and architecture. Students apply their understanding of the elements and principles of design by verbally analyzing artworks from different periods, movements and their own work.
Our students will be evaluated using the expectations of the Ministry Curriculum. There will be three official Report Cards during the school year, using the Ministry of Education Report Card. This will ensure an easy transition between our program and the public school system. We will be issuing mid-term reports for each term.
In addition, we will provide the students and parents with specific criteria that will be used in evaluating our students, before a unit is taught. For example, should a project be assigned, the criteria for evaluating the project will be provided at the start of the project. This will provide students, parents and teachers with consistent, detailed and fair criteria for evaluating the assignments of our students.
For more specific details on your child's grade specific curriculum, please choose a grade.