Educating the whole person is part of Hawthorn’s philosophy of education. Extra-curricular sports provide opportunities for students to develop their physical capacities, as well as providing balance to the rigor of academics and an arena for character development. School teams compete in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) and comply with the CISAA Constitution and Sport Guidelines.
Objectives of Hawthorn’s Extra-curricular sports program are:
- to acknowledge the importance of participation in extra-curricular sports as part of the development of the whole person and to provide students with the opportunity to experience this participation.
- to provide opportunities for partcipants and spectators to develop in character through good sportsmanship and through school spirit.
- to provide a program where students may develop their knowledge and understanding of a sport, improve their technical skills and pursue excellence in that area while maintaining an acceptable standard in other important areas of life.
2018-2019 Team Sports
- U14 Cross-Country (Gr. 4-8)
- Sr. Basketball (Gr. 8-12)
- U13 Volleyball (Gr. 5-7)
Sr. Volleyball (Gr. 8-12)
- U14 Track and Field (Gr. 4-7)
- U14 Badminton (Gr. 5-8)
- Sr. Track and Field (Gr. 8-12)
- Sr. Badminton (Gr. 8-12)
The main goal of the Lower School Health and Physical Education Program is to foster a love of wellness and physical activity that will continue beyond a student’s years at Hawthorn.
Students are introduced to and participate in a wide variety of team and individual activities spanning beyond the common team sports. They are also provided with the tools to make healthy choices in terms of nutrition and personal wellness.
The curriculum is enhanced with activities such as skating, swimming, gymnastics and dance that give students opportunities to use facilities outside of the school and to have the benefit of learning from specialized instructors.
As part of the Lower School Health and Physical Education curriculum enhancement program, during the first week of school all Lower School students attend an outdoor adventure camp where they are challenged to develop themselves both physically and socially. Camp activities may include archery, canoeing, cooperative games, low ropes/high ropes challenge, hiking, swimming, nature study, etc.
By the end of grade 7 students will:
- have a good knowledge of health and physical activity practices that will help her to care for and to respect her body
- have had the opportunity to learn about the history and the rules of many sports
- have participated in a wide variety of physical activities
- will have the skills required to participate confidently in a recreational game of common team sports
Athletics is a big part of life in the Upper School, and an important area for the development of character.
The Upper School Health and Physical Education Program is geared towards fostering a love of physical activity and health that will continue beyond a student’s years at Hawthorn.
Upper School students build upon skills already acquired in the Lower School, with continued opportunities to enjoy playing sports and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
As part of the Upper School Health and Physical Education curriculum enhancement program, during the first week of school all Upper School students attend a three day, overnight, outdoor education camp in Muskoka. At Camp students are challenged to develop themselves both physically and socially. Some activities at Camp include high and low ropes courses, canoeing, archery, cooperative games, orienteering, wall climbing, and nature hiking, as well as overnight tent adventures for the grade 12.