Grade 5 Student
Meet Brooke Smithson. Grade 5 student at GAA and accomplished actor!
When she was younger, Brooke was fascinated with actors. She expressed an interest in trying out acting and her Mom found her an agent.
“I go to a lot of auditions”, explains Brooke, “it can be a little bit scary. You need to learn the script so quickly! But when you get there, you see that a lot of people feel the same way. They’re nervous too!”
Highlander Brooke Smithson
Typically, an audition only lasts 5 minutes. “It’s hard to show your best in only 5 minutes, but you have to give it everything,” says Brooke.
Brooke saw immediate success and was cast in the TV series “Broke & Famous” on the Reelz Channel, where she plays a young Lindsay Lohan. “I really like the movies Lindsay made when she was younger like the Parent Trap and Freaky Friday”.
Brooke likes the challenge of acting. “When you play a character, you have to get into the character but can add little hints of yourself. Even though you are playing someone else, you can express yourself with any emotion. The hardest part of acting is connecting with your character. You have to get into your character and have to know your character so that you come across as real.”
Brooke showing school spirit!
Brooke practices her scripts at home with her Mom and Dad. She balances her homework and memorizing scripts by prioritizing. She gets her homework done and then spends the rest of the night memorizing her scripts when she has an audition. ” It’s a lot of work, but I love it.”
Brooke hopes to make acting her career in the future but also kind of likes the idea of running a business like her Dad. Be sure to see Brooke on stage as the “Baker’s Wife” our full school production of Into the Woods.
Meet Namir Sarraf. Grade 3 student, mid fielder and sometimes striker for FCBEscola Toronto U9High Performance Team. An international affiliate of FC Barcelona, FCBEscola invited Namir to join their program after an intensive summer tryout session.
“It was a really fun experience,” Namir explained, “The coachs are really nice!”
Namir with his Coach
Namir began playing soccer at 6 years old in a house league and quickly moved to Rep soccer. “My friend told me about FCBEscola and suggested I try out!
Namir joined FCBEscola this Fall and enjoys learning new skills but loves scoring goals the most!
This summer he played in the FCBEscola Canada Tournament -Toronto against players form Vancouver.
Namir in action
Namir practises 3 times a week for 2 hours a day with games on Saturday. He balances his homework after soccer practice and sometimes before school in the morning.
Namir has played for GAA Tier 1 soccer and we are proud of all that he has accomplished.
One day, Namir hopes to meet some FC Barcelona players or perhaps his favourite player PSG footballer, Neymar
“Together, we can make a world of difference.” – Craig Keilburger.
Students participated in a Movember fundraising campaign.
Our program offers students many opportunities to give back to their local communities and communities around the world.
We are proud to partner with many different organizations so that Glenn Arbour keeps at the heart of its foundation: community minded citizenship.
Student Council delivering our food donations from the We Scare Hunger campaign.
Giving back is a way of thinking that is learned through modeled behaviour. We are fortunate to have such a community minded volunteer group in our Parent Teacher Association (GAAPTA). Students see their parents’ commitment to helping others and the effects are tangible. Thank you, GAAPTA!
A few of our GAAPTA members serving pancakes for our Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras celebration!
Our students participate in different awareness and fundraising campaigns for Me to We, Soles for Souls, the Terry Fox Foundation, Movember Men’s Health Awareness, Jump Rope for Heart, the Salvation Army, and many more.
Each campaign allows students to learn about worthwhile causes, how they can help and what they can do to make a difference!
Speaking at assembly!
Standing up in front of a large crowd is not easy! It requires confidence and skill and courage. Our daily student-led opening assemblies are designed to offer students a unique opportunity to develop their self confidence and public speaking skills.
Students take turns making announcements, demonstrating their French skills, sharing current events, and learning about the world around them.
Students presenting at a special assembly!
In addition to the public speaking, we are teaching our students to be compassionate and empathetic peers as audience members. Values that make great leaders! We are proud of our students and the courage they show every day.
We look forward to our annual Oratorical Competition “Stand Up and Say Something” that takes place in April where students will write and deliver their own speeches!
GAA recently joined the over 5000 Canadian students for the Hour of Code. This world wide movement takes place in over 180 countries around the world with the sole purpose of inspiring students to learning coding.
The Grade 1 class having fun learning coding on iPads.
An important and significant aspect of our program is to ensure that students are age appropriately taught to make responsible choices online, keep themselves safe and to understand the community connections of online actions.
Grade 7 students evaluating the authenticity of websites
Recently GAA and GAAPTA invited Paul Davis, renowned Social Media and online safety expert to come and speak to students in grades 5-8. Mr. Davis spoke to the importance of understanding the reach of social media and how to take steps to keep safe online. Parents attended an evening session and found his presentation very informative and useful!