Walden International School is dedicated to cultivating and preparing principled, compassionate and confident young women and men who will become globally responsible citizens. Our balanced world-class education, with a unique focus on wellness, fosters respect and harmony for self and with others; and, empowers students to imagine, explore and achieve a peaceful and sustainable future.
Proactive in fostering student achievement, we recognize wellness as an essential pillar of education. Students participate daily in mindfulness activities, which is a mandate of our program. Evidence suggests that introducing mindful meditation into the classroom is an effective means of improving attention and emotional regulation. We recognize the importance of encouraging and modelling a healthy lifestyle that includes mindfulness, which will prepare students for success.
Here’s what science* says about the benefits of this approach:
More Kindness - Grade 4 and 5 students who participated in a mindfulness and kindness program showed better social behaviour than their peers, were less aggressive and better liked.
Better math scores - The mindful group had math scores 15% higher than their peers. In a separate study, 41% of meditating middle schoolers gained at least one level in math on a state-standardized test.
Fewer ADHD symptoms - Even Grade 3 students can get Zen. Eight weeks of mindfulness and yoga resulted in fewer ADHD symptoms and less hyperactivity - and the effects last for months after the program ended.
Less depression - Just nine lessons of a mindfulness program led to lower depression scores, less stress and improved well-being in British kids aged 12 to 16 compared to students who did not participate in the program.
Improved focus - At an elementary school in California, teachers reported better focus, self-control, class participation and peer respect in kids who following a mindfulness program, compared with their levels before the program.
*Statistics Source: Mindfulness: The New Science of Health and Happiness, TIME Magazine Special Edition 2018
Service learning is an essential element for the development of student confidence, success, and leadership. We encourage and model for our Walden scholars the spirit of meaningful volunteerism through local and international projects, with the tenets of our philosophy as the foundation of all activities.
As an extension of our academic programme, Walden partners with Varsity Hockey School and Team Shutout Goalie School, to offer student athletes the opportunity to focus on furthering their on-ice skill development - specifically speed, precision, strength, balance and athleticism. If you’re interested in how your student may benefit from this program please contact our office.
Walden offers before- and after-school care for parents who require a little extra time. The service is available to families from 7:15 - 8:30 a.m. and from dismissal to 6:00 p.m. You can also use the service on an occasional basis when your life gets more busy. Ask us about our fees.
Welcome To Walden Summer Camps 2019!
Your kids will love the extraordinary themed programs during our summer camps and they’ll be learning all the time. Offered in one, two, three or four-week sessions, campers get to enjoy the sunny days of summer with friends – both old and new.
You and your camper can choose from four engaging programs and exciting themes listed below.
Grades JK – 5 (as of September 2019)
Featuring hands-on learning, experimentation and problem-solving challenges in language arts, mathematics and other curriculum-related subjects, campers learn while having lots of fun and building new relationships.
Grades JK-2 (as of September 2019)
This theme opens up a whole new vista on creativity with theme-based games, arts and crafts, drama, music and movement, sports, water play and dress up.
Grades JK-5 (as of September 2019)
Specifically created for kids in Kindergarten to Grade 4, we share theatre training in singing, dancing and acting. What the campers really love is presenting a big performance at the end of the week when parents and friends can celebrate their young thespians!
Coding & Maker
Grades 2-6 (as of September 2019)
Combining programming learning with hands-on making campers explore robotics, digital animation and innovation inspired by technology.
Frequently Asked Questions
How old must my child be to attend?
4 years old by the first day of camp
What is the camper/counsellor ratio?
JK-SK – 18 campers with 1 teacher/senior counsellor + 1 junior counsellor
Primary & Junior – 24 campers with 1 senior + 1 junior counsellor
Musical Theatre – 20 campers with 1 teacher/senior counsellor + 1 junior counsellor
Academic – 18 campers with 1 teacher + 1 junior counsellor
Coding & Maker – 15 campers with 1 teacher + 1 junior counsellor
If I cancel do I get a refund?
If you cancel your registration by June 1 you will receive a 50% refund. After June 1 all registrations are non-refundable.
If we want to register for all four weeks may we pay by post-dated cheque?
All payment must be made through our online payment portal.
Will we get a tax receipt?
Tax receipts will be issued automatically through the online payment portal.
What if my child requires an EpiPen?
Campers in Grade 1 and up need to carry their EpiPen with them at all times. Campers in JK and SK have the option to carry it themselves or have the teacher be responsible for it.
What if it’s raining or really hot?
We have an indoor, air-conditioned facility that will be used as required.
Is there swimming?
No. Every Wednesday (weather permitting) we offer water play activities (sprinklers, water games, wading pool [JK/SK]) for all campers . We ask that campers wear swimsuits, bring a towel, water shoes and a plastic bag. Please remember to apply waterproof sunscreen before coming to camp. For your child’s safety our teachers/counsellors are not permitted to apply sunscreen for them.
Is lunch included?
No. Students can bring their own lunch, snacks and refillable water bottle to camp or you may sign up for a catered lunch service from Axxis Catering. (More information and menu will be available soon)
*Please remember, all lunch and snacks must be nut-free.*