Shambhala School

at 5450 Russell Street, Halifax , B3K 1W9


Shambhala School
5450 Russell Street
Halifax , NS B3K 1W9
Canada
Contact Phone
P: 902-454-6100
Website
http://www.shambhalaschool.org/

Description

The Shambhala School is a non-denominational private school in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It employs a creative curriculum, integrating both academics and art. It runs from pre-primary through grade 12.BeginningsIn 1993, parents of the Halifax Shambhala community were concerned with Nova Scotia's public school system and set out to create a school which would create a nurturing and delightful environment for learning. With this conceived, the school began as a private entity.Curriculum and learning stylesAlthough Shambhala School is not a religious school, the school does use eastern/Shambhala meditation techniques every day to encourage learning and expansion of the mind. For younger students (primary - grade 5) this includes simple breathing techniques, mind exploration and chanting. For the older grades (grade 6 - 12) this includes 5–10 minutes of simple yoga each morning and 10 minutes of Shambhala sitting meditation every morning and before dismissal. Usually on the morning returning from each major break (i.e., winter and March breaks) the entire upper school participates in an approximately hour-long yoga session followed by sitting meditation.Extracurricular activitiesEach year, the Upper Grades attend a camping trip in September to Kejimkujik National Park in South Central Nova Scotia. It is usually about a 3-day trip and includes bike trips, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, camp fires, swimming, large games of capture the flag/track down/manhunt, tenting, playing of musical instruments, and much more. The group usually consists of between 60-90 people and includes teachers, students and parents. The Group eats communally of 3 meals a day and smaller groups take turns cooking and cleaning. Many Students and Faculty members claim this is an excellent way to bring the school closer and creates a community.

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