The York Catholic District School Board offers an Elementary Regional Arts Program for students in Grades 4 – 8 who want to develop their artistic talents and enhance their interest in the arts. The Elementary Regional Arts Program (ERAP) is offered at St. Michael Catholic Academy in Thornhill, and any student who qualifies for admission to a York Catholic elementary school can apply to the program.
St. Michael Catholic Academy will host a public information session about its arts program on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. This information session will provide families with details about the program, its rotary class schedule, and subjects offered including: instrumental music, visual arts, drama, and dance, which are all taught by specialist teachers.
Information about how to apply to the program will be provided, and staff and students will be on-hand to answer questions. Auditions are not required for admission to the Elementary Regional Arts Program. The information session will also give visitors a chance to tour the facility, which was recently rebuilt, and includes specialized instrumental music classrooms, an arts hall for gatherings and displays, as well as a large dance classroom, which opens directly on to the stage.
“At St. Michael Catholic Academy our students' spiritual development thrives through the support of a great relationship between the home, school and Church,” says Susan MacDonald, Principal. “Our arts program gives students a great opportunity to discover their passion for the arts and develop their skills, as part of a complete educational experience.”
Consistent with all Ministry of Education curriculum requirements, St. Michael CA offers Full-Day Kindergarten to Grade 8 academic curriculum. It provides a wide-range of co-curricular activities including: various bands, choirs, athletics teams, and student clubs. The school also hosts an annual band concert, art show, a theatrical production, and various special events throughout the year.
“St. Michael students have so much pride in their school, and it is a privilege to help give them a deeper appreciation for the arts, says MacDonald. “I invite all elementary students and their families to come visit us, and find out what St. Michael Catholic Academy is all about.”
St. Michael Catholic Academy is located at 41 Simonston Blvd., in Thornhill.