Literacy, numeracy and other curricula come alive for students with the Learning with the Arts program at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Bringing the excitement of high quality theatre, music and dance to children and providing students with inspiring and rewarding experiences that support their creative development. Geared toward elementary and secondary school curriculum.
Claudia Stampone, Box Office Administrator
905-338-4161, ext. 3212
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre is a unique multi-purpose recreation, arts and culture facility that includes fine art, ceramics, woodworking, theatre and dance studios, as well as a gallery, museum space, aquatics centre, rock climbing wall and gymnasiums.
Through your visit, students have an opportunity to explore diverse exhibitions and gallery spaces and experience a studio environment first-hand. Our School Programs meet Ontario Curriculum objectives through creative experiential learning outside the classroom.
We offer many learning experiences as listed in the Curriculum Companion. Some sessions are accompanied by lesson plans outlining curriculum connections:
- JK/SK – Clay Sculpting – Insects (PDF, 135 kB)
- Grade 1 – Woodworking – Playground Architect (PDF, 405 kB)
- Grade 1 – Clay Sculpting – Flower Vase (PDF, 165 kB)
- Grade 2 – Printmaking – Insect Collagraph (PDF, 110 kB)
- Grade 2 – Clay Sculpting – Insects (PDF, 140 kB)
- Grade 3 – Drawing and Painting – Flowers and Plants (PDF, 135 kB)
- Grade 3 – Clay Sculpting – Planter (PDF, 150 kB)
- Grade 4 – Clay Sculpting – Greek Masks (PDF, 155 kB)
- Grade 4 – Clay Sculpting – Medieval Masks (PDF, 170 kB)
- Grade 5 – Clay Sculpting – Superhero Masks (PDF, 155 kB)
- Grade 5 – Woodworking – Wood Wobots (PDF, 205 kB)
- Grade 6 – Drawing and Painting – Still Lifes (PDF, 130 kB)
- Grade 6 – Clay Sculpting – Patio Lantern (PDF, 170 kB)
- Grade 6 – Digital Lab – Environmental Photo Montage (PDF, 115 kB)
- Grade 7 – Printmaking – Pop Culture Collagraphs (PDF, 155 kB)
- Grade 7 – Clay Sculpting – Pop Culture Masks (PDF, 150 kB)
- Grade 8 – Clay Sculpting – Superhero Masks (PDF, 155 kB)
Book a teacher professional development program in our art studios! Choose from our existing two-hour visual arts programs to complement your curriculum. We will teach you visual literacy as well as new techniques to complement your classroom activities.
For Groups and Clubs
Learn and earn! Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts are welcome to book an evening of art, music or drama to work towards badges. Through fun activities, we promote cultural understanding across the arts.
Preeya Nayee, Cultural Assistant
905-845-6601, ext. 4608
Once home to Oakville’s founding family, the historic Erchless Estate is now the setting for Oakville’s community museum. Through historical artifacts, hands on activities, stories, and interactive presentations, the museum’s education programs help students immerse themselves into historical experiences that offer unique opportunities to experience our shared living heritage.
The Oakville Museum offers both onsite and in-class education programs with specific curriculum links to a wide variety of subjects and grade levels. We are committed to offering inquiry-based learning as outlined by the Citizenship Education Framework. Museum programs for early learners are based on learning through play. All programs can be adapted for Kindergarten students.
Susan Crane, Learning and Community Outreach Officer
905-845-6601, ext. 5019
Oakville’s recreational programs focus on providing essential physical literacy experience as well as embracing the fundamental movement skills for quality learning throughout our swim and skate programs. We invite you and your students to get active with the Town of Oakville!
Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death in Canada for those 55 years of age and under. The Lifesaving Society’s Canadian Swim to Survive® standard defines the essential minimum skills required to survive an unexpected fall into deep water.
Swim to Survive classes are provided as part of the Grade 3 public school and the Grade 4 Catholic School curriculum. Students are bussed to a Town of Oakville pool for three in-water lessons focusing on the sequence of three skills: roll into deep water; tread water for one-minute; and swim 50 metres.
Swim to Survive Plus builds on the skills taught in Swim to Survive and is geared toward presenting real-life situations for children in Grade 7. Participants will learn:
- How to roll, tread and swim with clothes on.
- How to help a friend in deep water without putting themselves in danger.
- Basic physical fitness concepts through interval training and a fitness swim.
Jonathan Brooker, Aquatics Coordinator, White Oaks Pool
905-845-6601, ext. 3466
Zooming around the cool ice is a fantastic way to embrace winter (or warmer temperatures) and get active. Oakville’s Recreation and Culture department is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all skaters and invite you to get on the ice with your students.
For your convenience, a limited supply of free skate and helmet rentals are now included in our school recreational skates at Maple Grove Arena, River Oaks Community Centre, and Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.
Halton Public and Catholic Schools
We remind both Halton District Public and Catholic school board teachers that ice can be rented through the Reciprocal Agreement.
Schools with CORE status should advise staff at time of call for current rates.
Town of Oakville Facility Booking
Our youth centres provide a positive way for children and youth to develop fundamental skills through recreational programs and services. The Town of Oakville is proud to hold Play Works’ Gold Youth Friendly Community designation for its outstanding commitment to providing young people with opportunities to play, participate in and contribute to their community.
The town operates three youth centres that focus on positive Asset Building. Youth in grades 6 to 10 are welcome at QEPCCC Youth Centre.
Lesson plans will be enhanced by hosting a special program or field trip for your students to enjoy the variety of activities. Supplies and capacity differ slightly at each centre.
Planning Your Visit
Contact the appropriate Recreation and Culture School Programs staff member, as listed in the School Curriculum Companion. Specific booking information will be discussed. The town will send an email confirmation for the reservation to the person booking the workshop.
A minimum of two weeks booking notice is recommended.
Please note: All prices, policies and program offerings are subject to change without notice.
School Programs payment is due on the day of your visit. Payment methods accepted are: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, interact, cash or cheque (payable to The Town of Oakville).
Programs for participants 14 years and under are tax exempt. HST (registration #12174 2456 RT0001) will be added to program fees for participants ages 15 and older.
On the day of the program, the client will be issued an invoice reflecting actual attendance that day. Payment is due upon receipt of this invoice.
Changes and Cancellations
Changes and withdrawals from School Programs are permitted up to two weeks before the date of the scheduled visit.
Notice of cancellation must be sent in writing to the appropriate Recreation and Culture School Programs contact person via email. Requests left on voicemail will not be considered sufficient notice.
Teachers and adult supervisors are required to stay with students at all times and are responsible for appropriate student behaviour and discipline. Teachers and parent supervisors attend free of charge.
A minimum ratio of adult supervisors to students is recommended as follows:
- 1:8 for JK and SK; and
- 1-12 for Grades 1 to 12
Lunch and Breaks
If you are planning a full day of activities, a lunch space may be provided if available. Lunch and refreshments are not available on location but participants may bring their own.
Please note: These are nut-free programs.