Tall Pines School supports the ongoing health and physical development of our students through a variety of sports including participation in SSAF (Small Schools Athletic Federation) activities. Each year particular sports are chosen. In 2009 / 2010, our students will be competing in cross - country running, basketball, floor hockey and other activities. Involvement with other private schools is also encouraged in sports such as soccer and track and field. The importance of sports is in the participation and the team spirit; not necessarily the winning of trophies. Our students play with body and heart and are winners in every area.
Chess (additional fee)
Tall Pines School's extracurricular activities include a wonderful Chess program currently led by accomplished Chess teacher Grazio Napolitano.
Grazio, with many years' experience as a special education teacher with the Toronto Board of Education, shares his passion for the game with our students here at Tall Pines School because of his strong belief in the extraordinary benefits it offers to children.
This year long program for children ages 5-13, is held after school, leading up to a tournament at the end of the school year. Students who are at the beginner level learn moves and strategies; students who already know the basics enjoy a competitive environment facilitated by the chess teacher, who encourages the students to improve their game.
Some of the benefits of chess are critical thinking, improved memory, visualization, patience, math skills, listening, concentration, making choices, problem solving, and determination. The game also helps develop tactics, self-esteem, poise, humility, sportsmanship, and confidence.
Grazio likes to emphasize the fun aspects of chess, even though it is considered exercise for the brain, develops mental focus and helps to organize thoughts and unleash creativity. In schools, chess often serves as a bridge, bringing together children of different ages, races and genders in an activity they can all enjoy. It also has been proven to contribute to academic performance.
Tall Pines School is pleased to be able to offer chess as part of a well-rounded school experience for our students.