Linbrook School, Oakville’s only Independent Boys’ School, has created a name for itself as an exceptionally positive environment.
For families whose sons are enrolled, the school’s strong sense of community is greatly appreciated. Linbrook’s administrators and teachers have built a culture that emphasizes active participation and effective leadership among its students within a kind and caring atmosphere. Many engaging activities, such as sports days, intramurals, sports tournaments, charity drives, field trips, reading buddy time, special theme days and evening socials contribute to the boys’ sense of belonging and love of school. Furthermore, under the guidance of homeroom teachers, weekly assemblies are run by the boys in each grade and attended by the whole school; these special presentations aim to
teach important messages in a fun and engaging manner while allowing the presenters to hone their public speaking skills. These intimate studentled assemblies are also often supported by visits from community organizations that further enhance the ties to the local community.
Following in the school’s energetic footsteps, the dynamic and supportive Linbrook Parents’ Association works hard to provide the students and their families with ample opportunities to show their school spirit and remain involved in school life. In fact, the PA takes its role as “community builders” seriously and hosts a variety of special events throughout the school year. They kick off the year with a “Welcome Back BBQ” that gives families an opportunity to meet all of the teachers and staff, explore the facilities, experience some of the clubs that occur at the school, and enjoy fantastic food. During the year, the PA hosts a new parents’ social, a family movie matinee, two Scholastic book fairs, a Kris Kringle shop, donut mornings for moms and dads, and a staff appreciation day. An enthusiastic group of parent volunteers conclude the school year with a well-attended Family Fun Fair that is complete with rides, music, prizes and delicious treats! Everyone who attends the PA events experiences the school’s strong spirit, warm sense of community and appreciation for its students and their families.
The Linbrook community is extensive when you consider the educators, administrators, parents, volunteers and local organizations, but the foundation of this strong community is the boys. Their fellowship, shared interests, positive energy and eagerness to learn are palpable and can be felt as soon as you walk into the beautiful school. At a time where the disengagement of boys and schooling is a real concern, creating an environment that entices boys to want to come to school each day is crucial to ensuring their academic and social success. Together, Linbrook’s staff, students and families work to create a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable educational experience.
Read the full Perspective Oakville Fall 2017 feature here.