At Great Beginnings Montessori School and Durham Elementary Private School we offer a number of special features and services of which we are very proud.
We are extremely fortunate to have a Library and a librarian at our school. It is stocked with books appropriate for the non-reader up to the most advanced. Our librarian keeps the books well organized and each class spends time with her in the library each week. This is an opportunity for the younger children to listen to a story and for the older children to select and start reading his or her choice of book(s). Our library also contains reference materials used by the DEPS students for their research and project work. At this time we have 10 fully stocked library units. Books are up to date and new titles are constantly being added. Book donations are always welcome and parents often donate to our library.
Daycare provides a safe place for your child while you are at work. There is an opportunity for your child/ren to play with some of our sports equipment, do homework, play games, build structures with building toys and socialize. Daycare is offered in our gymnasium where there is ample space for these activities. The staff are warm and caring and will liaise with you regarding your child’s day if there has been something significant to pass on.
Daycare is available before school from 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and after school from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The cost is calculated per hour, charged in 15 minute intervals. Invoices are issued to families at the end of each month, based on the time used by all of their children. A minimum charge is levied for any invoice less than 2 hours. Our daycare is also open to non-registered students.
An optional Hot Lunch Program is available at the school including an optional pizza lunch every Friday.
Every year the multi-talented students of Great Beginnings Montessori School and Durham Elementary Private School put on three concerts — a Christmas Concert, French concert and a Spring Concert. The Spring Concert is always a big stage production held at a venue in Whitby. We usually play to an audience of approximately 300 people, generally populated by proud parents, grandparents, older siblings and other family members who are both anxious and delighted to see our highly entertaining shows. Some of our most popular productions include: Bugz, I Need a Vacation, A Night at the Movies, Once Upon a Rooftop and Music through the Ages.
Other Services Include:
- March Break Camp – Offered for two weeks based on interest.
- Program Enhancements – eg. theatre companies, zoos, science, music, guest speakers.
- Intramural Sports for grades 1 & up
- After School/Extra Curricular Clubs and Activities
- Dance, Chess, Arts & Crafts, Soccer, Drama, Floor Hockey and Mandarin (based on interest)
- Community Involvement – Our senior class visits St. Vincent’s kitchen 3 times a year
- Annual Skating Party
- Snow Day
- Monthly Dress Down Day
- Field Day
- Monthly Recognition Assemblies celebrating excellence
- International Students are welcome!
- ESL for children
- Private Piano Lessons are available to children ages 5 & up.
- Computer Instruction is provided to our DEPS students Grade 3-8