Halifax Grammar School
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|Halifax Grammar School|
|945 Tower Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 2Y2
|Motto||Inito ad discendum, Exito ad serviendum
(Enter to learn, Exit to serve)
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. Approximately 500 students attend the school. At the high school level students take the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. The school's headmaster is Steven Laffoley. All prospective students undergo entrance testing before being admitted. The school offers merit-based scholarships, in academics, community service, and athletics.
The school is divided into the Prep School (Grades Junior-Primary through Grade 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 teaching staff.
The Halifax Grammar School currently 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, and the Silver Art Studio. 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 Homburg Centre for Health and Wellness gym facilities at Saint Mary's University for some of its gym classes.
Halifax Grammar maintains a high level of academic achievement. The school has offered the International Baccalaureate program, which provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education, in its Senior school since 1993. Students may choose the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program or they may choose to complete one or more of the International Baccalaureate diploma courses. The Junior Primary (JP) grade uses an emergent curriculum with its students and is divided into two classes - JP3 for three-year-olds, and JP4 for four-year-olds.
The school's arts program is run by three teachers, including the painter Renee Forestall who 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 may participate in the school's seven bands, learning repertoire from jazz, popular, and classical music. Prep School students must 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.
The school has a performing arts studio, funded through donations and fundraising efforts, that was completed in 2012.
The school has run a Senior musical for several years. Actors, lighting technicians, and stage staff are all students. The school hires independent directors, band members and sound staff. The musicals that have been produced are:
- 2017 (Winter): Grease
- 2015 (Fall): Guys and Dolls
- 2015 (Winter): Sweet Charity
- 2014: Anything Goes
- 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
Boys and girls teams at Middle and Senior School levels compete in the primary athletic league of secondary schools in the province, the NSSAF. The school competes in a variety of sports including: soccer, basketball, hockey, golf, track and field, cross country, skiing, badminton, and touch football. 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:
- 2006-2007 Season: NSSAF Division 1 Provincial Champions
- 2007-2008 Season: NSSAF Division 1 Provincial Bronze Medalists
- 2008-2009 Season: NSSAF Division 1 Provincial Bronze Medalists
- 2009-2010 Season: NSSAF Division 1 Provincial Champions
- 2011-2012 Season: NSSAF Division 1 Bronze Medalists
- Russell Smith - novelist
- Jay Ferguson - musician, member of Sloan
- Jared Paul Stern - former New York Post gossip columnist
- Ellen Page - actress
- Steven Laffoley - author
- Nigel Chapman - musician, member of Nap Eyes
- Brendan Croskerry - musician
- Howard Epstein - MLA Halifax Chebucto
- David Goldbloom - psychiatrist, author, mental health advocate
- Bill Black - former president of Maritime Life and Contender for Leadership of Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia
- J.J. Gould - journalist, editor of The New Republic.
- "HGS Financial Information". Archived from the original on 2014-02-26.
- "Renee Forrestall, Secord Gallery". www.secordgallery.com. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
- "Russell Smith: Biography". www.russellsmith.ca. Archived from the original on 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
- "Jay Ferguson - Sloan". www.exclaim.ca. Archived from the original on 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
- "Thought Rock Fish Scale". www.pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
- http://www.hgs.ns.ca - official site