Turnbull School has received the Outstanding Intramural Achievement Award each year since 2008 from CIRA Ontario (the provincial level of the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association). We are one of only approximately 50 schools across Ontario chosen for our strong program of promoting physical activity and for involving senior students in a leadership capacity within intramural programs.
Turnbull School is the only Ottawa private school to have achieved both PHE’s Quality Daily Physical Education Award (see Athletics) and CIRA’s Outstanding Intramural Achievement Award.
Our Senior School has developed a unique program which demonstrates the high value we place on physical education and athletics. Our Grades 7 and 8 students have a specific sports period built into their weekly schedule during which each student has the opportunity to be coached and to participate in an activity representing the school through athletics, whether by playing on a minor or major school team.
All minor sports programs are designated ‘minor’ not because they are less important, but rather because each of these activities requires a smaller time commitment. Minor programs are still considered to be of great value. They are run one period a week and may include an off-site activity at the end of the season.
Major sports are activities that require a greater time commitment. Major sports also are run one period per week as part of the physical education program, as well as at least once a week after school until 4:30 p.m. and occasionally at lunchtime. These teams participate in the Ottawa Independent Schools Athletic Association (OISAA) competitions, as well as in a number of exhibition games against other Ottawa and Montreal school teams.
Our sports programs take place as follows:
November and December:
Minor Sports: Touch Football; Outdoor Games
Major Sport: Boys and Girls Badminton and Basketball (tryouts)
January to March Break:
Minor Sports: Cross-Country Skiing; Outdoor Games
Major Sports: Hockey; Boys and Girls Basketball
Post March Break to Late April:
Minor Sports: Flag Rugby; Ultimate Frisbee
Major Sport: Volleyball
May to End of Year:
Minor Sports: Ultimate Frisbee; Flag Rugby; Track and Field
This schedule is achieved while still ensuring that all students receive a forty minute period of physical education each day. As a result, all students have ample opportunity to develop and engage in a wide variety of activities.
In addition, two lunchtime sessions per five day cycle are set aside for intramural leagues within each division. Students participate in a wide array of both individual and team activities. Our intramural program allows students of all abilities to compete in a friendly and spirited environment. Senior students are provided the opportunity to organize, coach, officiate and mentor their peers. Over the years our intramural sports program has proven to be a unifying force within the school community.