St. Philip Fine Arts School

Our Centre

St. Philip is a Fine Arts School so TOPP KIDS carried this idea through the creation of this program and developed a sophisticated art program where the children have the opportunity to create by both themselves and as part of a team. Many of our projects are designed to incorporate ideas from the weekly themes. Coupled with the art program, the children at St. Philip participate in lots of free time for child-led play, clubs, and daily group games led by the daily leader. Our centre design allows for active play with half of the gymnasium left open for active play, sports, dancing, etc.

Centre Values

Using the “Bucket Filling” technique,  children learn and discover how they can experience the joy of helping, sharing, and giving. This approach focuses on positive behavior. The term fill a bucket is taught and its call to action is: What can you do to fill a bucket?  Imagination and creativity are valued, fostered, and encouraged.

Full-Time Kindergarten Program

In addition to our regular before and after school programming, TOPP KIDS is proud to offer full-day kindergarten programs for students at our St. Philip F.A. School. Our team has created a program that compliments what they’re learning in their classrooms, while still PLAYing, GROWing, LEARNing & LAUGHing with weekly themes based on their interests.

Jr. Leader & Mentorship Program

Who: Ages 9-12
What: Leadership development
When: During after-school care & day camp program hours

T.K.s Jr. Leader’s Program is a leadership development program for kids ages 9-12 during regular program hours of after-school & day camps. By learning skills and leading by example, our Jr. Leader’s grow in their own capacities for leadership, teamwork and creative problem-solving.

Availability of the Jr. Leader’s program is dependent on the number of kids enrolled. Please check for availability.

Jr. Leader’s Workshops
T.K holds Jr. Leaders Workshops activities 2-4 times per month during regular program time. Jr. Leaders also have their own separate space in the school dedicated to their work and community involvement.

Jr. Leaders activities are designed for our team to intentionally engage with kids through relational mentoring and community outreach. They will learn leadership skills with a different focus during each month for the duration of their time in the Jr. Leaders Program. Kids who have enthusiastically taken part of the Jr. Leader’s program are invited to apply for Mentor (Jr. Staff) positions during our Summer Camps, once they turn 13.

We intentionally make space for our Jr. Leaders to practically apply their leadership skills throughout regular T.K programming, not just during Jr. Leaders Workshops. Examples of this include Jr. Leader-led activities during after-school care, assisting younger children during activities, or helping to lead on PD and Camp days.

To learn more, visit: http://www.toppkids.com/leadership-program/

Lainey Lebo

Program Coordinator

Lainey is only beginning her journey in early learning and childcare, but ever since she was a young teenager, she has felt a connection to children and a desire to be a role model to young girls and boys. She finds so much fulfilment in providing children with love, support, and encouragement, as well as being a positive influence for the children in my care. "I could not imagine loving a job more than I love working at TOPP KIDS".

She is currently a 4th-year dance major at the University of Calgary. Soon she will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. Lainey hopes to one day become a professional choreographer and incorporate her love of guiding children into her career as well.

She has been working with children in a before and after school setting for 5 years, and have been a member of the TOPP KIDS family for three of those five. She also began teaching dance to children at the age of 14 and believes that this integration of her passion for dance and my passion for inspiring and caring for children really allowed her to develop an interest in both.

"I plan to choreograph and dance professionally for as long as I can after graduating with my Bachelor of Arts. My favorite thing about working with children is the chance to be a positive role model to kids. I truly think of my job as such an important responsibility - if I am able to be a role model to children, I am committed to being the most positive role model that I can be".

See the rest of our team HERE

 

APPLY HERE for the TOPP KIDS St. Philip Fine Arts Program