Extra-Curricular Programs

Extra-Curricular programs and activities are an extension to the basic school curriculum. Schools will offer a different variety of educational programs and activities depending on the community, location and volunteers and funding.

St. Gabriel benefits from programs such as the Inner-City Operation Renewal (ICOR) and Supporting Montreal Schools. These programs grant additional funding to schools like St. Gabriel for extra-curricular activities as well as additional speech and language support, social aid support, and a variety of other programs.

In addition, our school has a close involvement with community organizations such as the local YMCA and St Columba House.

Distinctive Programs


The Encore! Sistema (El Sistema) program helps inner-city youth through music education. The program provides young people with an opportunity for cultural and artistic enrichment and serving as a direct solution to problems such as bullying and violence.

At St. Gabriel, students are introduced to the violin and recieve four group lessons per week.

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Offered in partnership with McGill University. The Heart of the City Piano Program strives to enhance the lives of and learning opportunities for youth at-risk through music education. Students receive one private lesson and one group lesson per week.

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St. Gabriel School partners with a professional artist who works weekly with classes to develop innovative and creative art projects.

Working to foster a dynamic and engaging French Second Language and English Language Arts programs, students prepare and present a French and English language theatrical production.

Lunchtime and after school activities include traditional sports as well as circus arts such as clowning, juggling, stilts, tumbling and unicycle./p>

The Bernadette Short School of Irish Dancing provides weekly instruction in Celtic dance. Students participate in local competitions.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Constantly striving to open minds and broaden horizons, traditional academics are supported by supplemental and extracurricular activities that engage and challenge students. To the greatest extent possible, activities and supplements are made available at no cost or for a very nominal fee.


  • Concerts
  • Seasonal Activities
  • Christmas Activities
  • St. Patrick's Day Activities
  • Sports

  • Halo Run
  • Basketball Jamboree
  • Soccer Tournaments
  • Field Day
  • Academic

  • Science Fair
  • Literacy Week

Field Trips

St. Gabriel students benefit from a wide variety of outings and field trips:

  • Olympic Stadium
  • Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  • Museum of Fine Art
  • Theatre
  • Apple Picking
  • Maison St. Gabriel
  • COPA
  • Sugar Shack
  • IMAX

Special Interest Clubs

Multiple clubs are available to students. Offerings vary by year based on the skills and interests of staff and volunteers. Recent examples include:

  • Chess
  • Cooking
  • Drumming
  • Science
  • Line Dancing
  • Tap Dancing