Priory School Traditions

Priory students takes great pride in our Priory School traditions and special annual events.


I Love To Read ~ J’aime Lire

As 2017 marks 150 years since Canada’s confederation, the focus of this year’s “I Love To Read/J’aime Lire” was Canadian Literature.  From November 24th to December 1st, the school celebrated the work of talented Canadian authors. Two authors, Lydia Lukidis and Catherine Austen, came to the school and presented engaging storytelling and writing workshops. Eric Michaud, a French “raconteur” kept his audience mesmerized with his lively storytelling. Grade 3 entertained the whole school with a wonderful theatrical adaptation of Phoebe Gilman’s book “Jillian Jiggs to the Rescue”. Grade 1 performed the poem “Alligator Pie” at one of the assemblies and create a beautiful slideshow presentation to accompany their recitation.  To kick off the week, the students were given the challenge to Read Across Canada, a distance of 5541km. Each page read corresponded to 1 kilometre. By mid-week, the students had read over 13 000 pages so the challenge was altered to “Read Around the World”, a distance of 40 000km. During the final reveal at the end of our special week, the children had surpassed the challenge. What an amazing group of enthusiastic readers!


Field Day and Family Spring Fair


In keeping with the school's sense of family, The Priory held its annual Field Day and Family Spring Fair on Tuesday, June 20th, where present, past and future parents and students experienced the essence of The Priory community in a fun-filled afternoon. Grade 6 students fulfilled their leadership roles superbly by writing and teaching the team songs and cheers, and led the field day activities supporting and encouraging their team members every step of the way. The students' team spirit, support of one another and participation in the event made them all winners! PPA did an outstanding job organizing the annual Family Spring Fair with the assistance of many Priory parent and staff volunteers. All Priory family members were treated to exciting games, fun prizes and a delicious BBQ. The children had a tremendous time rotating through stations of activities, including a giant crocodile inflatable slide, mechanical surfboard, inflatable sports court and back by popular demand, the Dunk Tank! Thanks to all the parent volunteers who helped with set-up, ran games and assisted with food and refreshments, and thanks to all who attended and shared in The Priory School spirit! 


For the Love of Reading!

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On Wednesday, June 7th, students and parents at The Priory participated in the 4th annual Book Swap just in time for summer reading. By bringing in gently used books from home, students and parents discovered “new” books while sharing their treasured books with their friends at school. Children were thrilled with their swaps and many became publicists for their favourite books, providing book recommendations and suggestions to their classmates. A heartfelt thank you to Mrs. Eley for organizing the event and for encouraging students to share in the love of reading.  Happy reading everyone!


Priory's Got Talent!

The Paré Howlett Hall was filled with excited children, proud parents and Priory talent on Tuesday, May 16th on National Denim Day. This year's annual Talent Show revealed once again how our school is filled with remarkably talented and confident children. Parents, classmates and teachers watched on as our aspiring artists from Grades 3,4,5 and 6 sang, danced and performed. Many thanks to Mrs. Rolnick, Student Council, and our DJs Michael Nudo, Marilena Sahlas-Roy, and Christopher Torabi who provided an afternoon of fun and enjoyment. Outstanding performances everyone! Also a big thank you to students and faculty who wore demin to support National Denim Day and helped raise $268.45 for the National Breast Cancer Coalition this year!


With the help of parents and teachers, Priory students laced up for the first time last week and enjoyed a favourite winter pastime with their classmates. This long-standing and beloved tradition of ice skating at The Priory started decades ago and is a highly anticipated and cherished annual winter recess activity. One couldn't help but notice the smiles on the children's, parents' and teachers' faces, as both junior and senior students made their way on the ice on a bright and sunny winter day. 

The Priory Winter Carnival


For Thursday's Winter Carnival activities, we were blessed with a perfect winter's day for friends, festivities and good old-fashioned fun. As is tradition at The Priory, the Junior Winter Carnival took place at The Priory. The children were grouped into five Arctic animal teams and participated in an afternoon of fun-filled activities including sledding on the hill, penguin egg relay races, sled relay races, parachute games, and ringuette relay races on the ice rink. With team posters in hand, Grade 3 captains led the teams from activity to activity. The Senior Winter Carnival took place on Mount Royal where children celebrated winter by tubing and ice skating at Beaver Lake with friends and teachers.  It was a true pleasure hearing the laughter and seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces. A big thank you to everyone for making this year's Winter Carnival a truly memorable event!


Franco-Fête: Les Francofolies!

La semaine de la franco-fête, qui a eu lieu du 16 au 20 mai 2016, a connu beaucoup de succès grâce au thème divertissant des « Franco-Folies ». Pendant la semaine, les élèves ont eu le plaisir de participer à de nombreuses activités amusantes et divertissantes. Ils ont pu être créatifs tout en apprenant et en s’amusant! Parmi les folies, il y a avait des virelangues compliqués, une journée à l’envers etune journée où tu pouvais montrer ta créativité avec tes cheveux, ta cravate et/ou tes chaussettes. Le point culminant de la semaine fut l’arrivée du cirque organisée par la classe de maternelle. Bien sûr, il y a eu notre traditionnelle foire du livre Babar. Un très grand merci à la famille Koutroubis pour les délicieuses poutines et bons hot-dogs. Cette semaine fut un succès pour petits et grands. Merci à tous pour votre participation! 


The Annual Priory Science Week

"Exploring Science through Experiments" was the exciting theme of this year's science week at the Priory. Each grade was assigned a specific science mission to complete by the end of the week that involved hands-on exploration resulting in interesting and sometimes surprising findings.  Priory students were also treated to a visit from the McGill Chemistry Outreach team where they witnessed some very awe-inspiring experiments and carried out a hands-on activity of their own. In addition, the Kindergarten children became expert paleontologists for an afternoon during a visit from the Redpath museum's science outreach program. The week ended with delightful presentations by each grade during Friday morning's assembly. The afternoon concluded science week with a bang as Grades 4-6 performed their Science Olympics and the Kindergarten and Grade 3 students collaborated to show off entertaining experiments to Grades 1 and 2. It was a wonderful week filled with scientific discoveries and fun research activities. Our budding scientists certainly took this chance to shine!

Christmas Sing-Along


To add to the ongoing holiday festivities, wearing their cozy Christmas pajamas, the entire school united joyously in song during our Sing-Along Christmas assembly. 


Weekly Priory Assemblies

The Priory's twice weekly assemblies are an important aspect of school life, offering children the opportunity to gather as members of The Priory family and share Priory news, celebrate achievements, acknowledge good deeds, reflect, pray, sing and experience the spirit of our community.  This past week, all classes presented a short skit on the Priory Principles: Smooth Movers, Priory Pride, Manners Matter, Healthy Choices, Respect the Environment and lunch etiquette. We look forward to a great year knowing that our faculty and students embrace our Priory Principles.

Ice Skating, A Beloved Priory Tradition

With the help of parents and teachers, Priory students laced up for the first time last week and enjoyed a favourite winter pastime with their classmates. This long-standing and beloved tradition of ice skating at The Priory started decades ago and is a highly anticipated and cherished annual winter recess activity. One couldn't help but notice the smiles on the children's, parents' and teachers' faces, as both junior and senior students made their way on the ice on a bright and sunny winter day. 

Family Christmas Craft Fair

On Friday, December 5th, the Paré-Howlett Hall was transformed into a sparkling Santa’s workshop. Children from Kindergarten to Grade 6 and their parents were invited to participate in the annual Family Christmas Craft Fair. Wreaths were made from strips of old Priory uniforms and Christmas ornaments of all sizes and shapes were glued and glittered with sparkles and tinsel. Snowmen were decorated with colourful ribbons and holiday stickers and sweet scented pomanders were made by piercing cloves into tangerines, while a team of dedicated moms and dads volunteered their expertise in gluing the children's ornaments. A heartfelt thank you to Dora Knez and her devoted PPA Christmas craft committee for organizing this spirited event and to our wonderful parent volunteers for their helping hands. It is evident by the smiles on the children’s faces that this annual Christmas cheer activity truly brings joy to their hearts.  


Earth Day and Science Week

Here Comes the Sun in all its splendor, resonated through the Priory gym to celebrate both Earth Day and Science Week at The Priory.

A shortened school week did not interfere with this year's experimental discoveries of Light and Sound. During the entire week, students from all grade levels, were encouraged to explore this year's theme in great detail. The students had many questions: What causes shadows? How does the shape of the ear affect hearing? How do we hear sound? Why is the sky blue? Can you bend light? How are different sounds created? As the week progressed, even more questions were asked and explored. On Wednesday, Grades 3 and 4 visited the Montreal Science Center for an interactive workshop on light and sound effects. The students were extremely engaged as they simulated different sounds and put on a light show while listening to a story about a wolf, a campsite and one dark and stormy night. On Thursday, Bonnie He from Let's Talk Science McGill, was invited to share her expertise. Bonnie expressed the following sentiment before leaving: "Thank you very much. I truly enjoyed working with the children. They were so knowledgeable. They made my job here so easy. I would love to return to The Priory!"

The fun doesn't end there. As is the longstanding tradition at The Priory, Grades 3,4,5, and 6 worked on completing their individual class challenges for the Mini- Science Olympics. The students gathered in the gym and playground and applauded each other's efforts and successes. Grade 3 students can't wait to complete the 'egg in the basket' challenge. While Grade 5 students hope to have better luck with the 'bottle rocket' challenge. And there is more. As a closing ceremony and tribute to Light and Sound, Kindergarten performed, "Savez-vous jouer de la guitare?" followed by a school-wide game of Sound Bingo. Congratulations to all the participants. Priory students have proven to have "Great Listening Skills". We offer a world of appreciation to everyone involved in making this week an absolute success.

Priory Pencil Awards

During Friday's assemblies, Principal Tim Peters awards children with a Priory pencil in recognition of their good deeds and acts of kindness. Children have been nominated for helping someone in need, cleaning up their environment and being kind to their peers.