Student Life

Student Life

Whether inside or outside the classroom, students at Holy Ghost enjoy a wide variety of opportunities to learn and grow academically, physically, emotionally and spiritually. At Holy Ghost, we are committed to helping students reach their fullest potential beyond academics. Our programs encourage students to expand their skills and interests, and excel in other areas such as leadership, athletics and community service.

Our staff and faculty are dedicated to creating an environment where students feel confident, safe and supported.

School Hours

The school day begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. There is a Before and After school program available for families who require their child(ren) to be supervised outside of these hours. For more information, click here.

Dress Code

Holy Ghost School has a school uniform for all students from Kindergarten to Grade 8.  The uniform consists of grey dress pants, (or culottes, and skirts for the girls), a white polo shirt with the school crest, and a maroon sweater with the crest.

 

All school uniforms are purchased from the school supplier to ensure that they are consistent in colour and style.

Extracurricular Activities

Holy Ghost School is proud to provide a variety of extracurricular programming for students to participate in.  These activities include sporting events such as volleyball, basketball, badminton, flag rugby, track & field; and school field trips including ski trips, camping trips, youth retreats, and other trips planned throughout the school year.

Ski Trips

The grade 7 and 8 students participate in an overnight ski trip in Russel, Manitoba. The trip takes place every two years and alternates with the grade 5 & 6 camping trip. Each student has the opportunity to go on one camping trip and one ski trip.

Camping

Grade 5 & 6 students participate in a two-night camping trip. The trip takes place every two years and alternates with the grade 7 and 8 ski trip. The next ski trip will take place in the spring.

Debate Club

The Holy Ghost Debate Team is a popular program that teaches good public speaking skills, grace under pressure and critical thinking. Debate provides practice in developing sound and logical arguments and it gives students an opportunity to practice speaking in front of an audience. Students also learn to think on their feet, gain leadership skills and hone their ability to do good research. Students also have the ability to qualify for tournaments and travel across Canada to participate in national level competitions.

Social Justice Club

At Holy Ghost, we emphasize the significance of putting faith into action. Our Social Justice Club is a group of student volunteers who are passionate about giving back and trying to make the world a better place. The Social Justice Clubs leads important community service initiatives that teach our students compassion and love for all of God’s creations. Throughout the school year, several initiatives take place where the entire school community gets involved to help local and global charities and organizations. Examples of activities include bake sales, food collections, sock collections and pie the teacher. The students are always coming up with new and exciting ideas to “help make a difference!”

Science Club

The Mad Science Program is an after-school, eight-week program that is available to students in Grades 1-6. Each week, students explore new and exciting hands on science lessons and activities. The program focuses on science and engineering practices, which are aligned with STEM objectives. Activities are led by trained, qualified and dynamic instructors who follow professional lesson plans, and use unique equipment and original materials in their teachings.

Dance Lessons

This unique modern music and dance choreography after school program is ideal for Grade 3 and 4 students (hip-hop lessons are available for Grades 4-8 in May). The dance program is built around a particular area of dance (Hip-Hop & Disco) which includes different movements and styles. Students explore dance through various exercises and learn skills such as coordination and musicality. A trained and qualified dance instructor leads the classes.

Music Lessons

Private piano and guitar lessons are available at Holy Ghost through the Academy of Music. Lessons are 30-minutes weekly, during school hours (teacher approval required) or afterschool. The cost is $20 per lesson ($80 per month). You can register your child for lessons through the Academy’s website at www.academymusic.ca. For more information, email academymusic@shaw.ca or call 204-786-1704.

Heritage Language Classes

Currently, we offer Polish Heritage Language Classes to students during the Before School Program, which runs from 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. five days a week.

Workshops and Courses

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of workshops and courses for our students including junior achievement, certified babysitting courses, robotics, coding, science workshops (through the University of Manitoba), and artist in the school residency.

Other programs

Through their involvement in various activities or projects at school, students at Holy Ghost also have the opportunity to join in other programs offered throughout city. Depending on the nature and success of the students’ activity or project, students have participated in events such as the Manitoba Science Symposium at the University of Manitoba, the Bison Regional Science Fair, the Heritage Fair at the University of Winnipeg, the McNally Robinson writing contest and an oratorical contest.