Halifax Grammar School
|Halifax Grammar School|
Inito ad discendum, Exito ad serviendum
Joined to learn, go ye forth to serve
|945 Tower Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 2Y2, Canada
|School type||Private co-educational|
The Halifax Grammar School (HGS) is an independent, coeducational day school in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is located in south-end Halifax, near Saint Mary's University. It has a student population of approximately 500, and at the high school level follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. The school's current headmaster is Blayne Addley. All prospective students undergo entrance testing before being admitted. The school offers merit-based scholarships, in fields from pure academics to community service to athletics, and numerous combinations thereof.
The school is divided into the Prep School (grades Junior-Primary through 4), the Middle School (grades 5 through 9), and the Senior School (grades 10 to 12). Each school has its own head of school and teachers.
The Halifax Grammar School occupies two campuses, one located on Atlantic Street, and the other on Tower Road. A building at 420 Tower Road was the original location of the school before they purchased the building on Atlantic Street, which they soon decided to expand. For two years, the School rented the "Bethany" building on the corner of Tower Road and Inglis Street from Saint Mary's University (it is now used as an ESL building by the university), before purchasing the closed Tower Road School building from the City of Halifax. The Tower Road Campus (TRC) houses the Middle School, the school's administrative offices, the Silver Art Studio, the Performing Arts Studio and the Meinertzhagen Theatre, a multi-purpose converted gymnasium which is used for everything from school assemblies to dances to musical performances. The Atlantic Street campus houses the Prep School (downstairs) and the Senior School (upstairs), as well as a large gymnasium and acre-plus field. The school also uses the "Tower" gym facilities at Saint Mary's University for some of its gym classes.
Since being founded, HGS has consistently maintained a high level of academic achievement. The Grammar School has offered the International Baccalaureate program, an advanced university preparatory curriculum, since 1993 in its Senior School. Students may choose the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program or they may choose to complete IB diploma courses. The Junior Primary features emergent curriculum.
Both boys' and girls' teams at Middle and Senior School levels compete in the primary athletic league of secondary schools in the province, the NSSAF, in soccer, basketball, hockey, golf, track and field, cross country, skiing, badminton, and touch football. Despite being a small school, HGS achieves consistently high level results in many of its sports. In particular, Halifax Grammar's Senior Varsity Girls Basketball team ranks highly in Division 1 among the best high school teams in the province. Past achievements include: 2009-2010 Season: NSSAF Division 1 Provincial Champions; 2008-2009 Season: NSSAF Division 1 Provincial Bronze Medalists; 2007-2008 Season: NSSAF Division 1 Provincial Bronze Medalists; 2006-2007 Season: NSSAF Division 1 Provincial Champions; 2011-2012 Season: NSSAF Division 1 Bronze Medalists.
The school has an arts program. Artist Renee Forestall teaches visual arts in the Prep and Middle Schools. At the high school level, students have the option of taking IB Standard Level or High Level Art. Students regularly have their art exhibited throughout both school campuses. Students perform in one or more of the school's seven bands learning repertoire from jazz, popular, and classical music. A new performing arts studio was completed in 2012. Prep School students may sing in the school choir, which performs several times each year in the community. Middle School students mount an annual dramatic production, often Shakespeare, while Senior School students produce an annual musical.
- 2013: She Loves Me
- 2012: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
- 2011: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
- 2010: Urinetown
- 2009: The Boyfriend
- 2008: Into the Woods
- 2007: Bye Bye Birdie
- 2006: Guys and Dolls
- 2005: Fiddler on the Roof
- 2004: The Pajama Game
- 2003: Grease
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- http://www.hgs.ns.ca - official site