Highlander Highlight

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.

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“It was a really fun experience,” Namir explained, “The coachs are really nice!”

Namir with his Coach

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 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

Community Minded Citizenship

Giving Back

“Together, we can make a world of difference.” – Craig Keilburger.

Students participated in a Movember fundraising campaign.

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.

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!

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!

Self Confidence as a Program Goal!

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!

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.

Making speeches!

Making speeches!

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!

Computers & Technology @ GAA

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.

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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

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!

Highlander Highlight

We are proud of every single GAA Highlander. This new feature will highlight some of our Highlanders and celebrate their acheivements both in and out of school.

Meet Sarah Gallagher.

UntitledGrade 8 student and recent two time Canadian Junior Golf Association tournament winner!

Sarah picked up a golf club at age 4 and began to play competitively only 2 years ago. “I love the challenge and the mental part of the game,” says Sarah.

Over the summer, Sarah played in 14 tournaments and has 2 more tournaments on the horizon before the end of the year. She will also be competing in the CJGA World Jr. Golf Challenge in December.

“GAA helps me to focus on the game. There’s not a lot of drama at school so when I leave school, I am already calm. I’m not thinking about what’s going on at school. I can focus on the hole and my game”.

When things don’t go as planned in her game Sarah’s strategy is “to forget the last hole, don’t think about the score and move on. You can’t be perfect. That’s the game!”
When the snow covers the golf greens, you’ll find Sarah ski racing. “My parents are either stressed for 5 hours (watching me golf) or 1 minute (watching me race)”.

As for the future, Sarah will be attending Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondrary School for grade 9 continuing her golf training through their Sports Programme.
Sarah golf

She hopes to earn a scholarship to a Division 1 school like Stanford. “I just need to work hard and keep my grades up,”says Sarah.

We have no doubt we will be seeing Sarah in the LPGA in the near future!

To read more about Sarah in the news, click here

Congratulations, Sarah!