Elizabeth Ballantyne offers many extra-curricular activities to its students during class time, at lunch and after-school.
Chess club meets once a week with Chess masters from Association Echecs et Math. They give a 12 week course to a beginners and an advanced group. They accompany our students to local tournaments, at which our students have enjoyed some success.
Students will participate in the Canadian Geography Bee in April. The three finalists will represent the school at the Sacred Heart Competition later in the year, where we have placed second and third in successive years.
This year we have 2 robotics clubs. Our "Robotics for beginners" takes place on Monday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm. This course provides students with an introduction to basic design and programming. The students will compete with each other in school.
Our second, more senior team, meets on Friday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm and is a selected group of students who will be representing our school at the Junior Robotics Competition in April. Our school has won the gold medal in soccer for the past 2 years, so we are looking forward to the competition once again this year.
With both teams, we have about 50 students participating in the after-school Robotics program. This program is led by EBS Alumni, Steven and Nicholas Dahdah, as well as Luka Beaudette-Nagai.
Sadly , Canspell lost its corporate sponsors, and so is no longer in existence. We decided to continue our tradition of training great spellers by holding our own invitational Spelling Bee in April. We have challenged students from St. Monica and Merton schools.
Every year, the grade 6 students create a committee to work together with a volunteer parent and teacher in order to create a special memory book for graduation. This is a lasting keepsake for the graduating students filled with writing, drawings and photographs.
Sports and Physical Activities
All these activities are held at lun chtime and supervised by our Phys Ed teacher, M. Fortin. For each sport, there is a league with teams, a schedule and a playoff. As a reward for the winning teams, they get to compete against staff members, in front of a huge crowd in the gym.
- Floor Hockey
Skating Activities (January & February) & Skate-A-Thon
EBS is fortunate to be able to use the Montreal West arena which is situated near the school. Every Friday for several months, teachers are invited to skate with their respective classes. A Skate-A-Thon is held (beginning of March), to raise funds for the Montreal West Children’s Library.
Art, Music and Drama
After several weeks of rehearsals, students from grades 3-6 displayed their talents in a presentation of the “Wizard of Oz”, as adapted by Ms. Garland. Students entertained parents and friends at a performance on Thursday evening, February 28th. Another performance was held for the whole school on Thursday, March 14th. Colourful costumes and simple props helped to bring the story to life. The students are already asking what we will present next time!
Our school is committed to offering a program of quality education that focuses on the community’s diverse needs. This celebration of cultural diversity of the student population is an important ingredient of our program, both in the academic areas as well as in the cultural aspects of the curriculum. We value the individual child’s right to develop in an educational environment that is free from fear and prejudice.
Our goal is to create an environment whereby all children are given the tools, support and life-skills needed in order to reach their full potential. We aim to foster a spirit of harmony with the help of teachers, support staff, parents and community resources and thereby supplying all the necessary resources for the children to become life-long learners.
Elizabeth Ballantyne School is located at 15 Park Place in Westmount. We serve the communities of Westmount: south of Sherbrooke Street, Little Burgundy, St.Henri, Ville Emard and the downtown area of Montreal west of Peel Street. We are an inner city school composed of diverse linguistic and ethnic communities.
The school has gone through a number of changes since the cornerstone was laid on November 29, 1913. Originally it opened as a high school. Following World War II, it became Westmount Junior High housing Grades 7, 8, and 9.
In 1961, the building opened as an elementary school. In the 70’s and 80’s the school first welcomed students from Little Burgundy and Pointe St.Charles and expanded to its present size.
The building originally opened under the jurisdiction of the Westmount School Board and later became part of the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal. In 1998, it became part of the English Montreal School Board.