Daily Operations

Breaks & Lunches

Elementary children have scheduled breaks during the day and are expected to go outside every day for fresh air and exercise (weather permitting). This time is considered a very important part of the school day. 

Grades 7 – 12 students take a 10-minute break in the morning when suitable. Students can leave during lunch hour (7-9 with permission only). There are no breaks in the afternoon. 

There is no cafeteria at Banbury Crossroads School. All students are to bring their own lunch. We have a microwave and kettle available to use


School Office Hours of Operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. We are closed on weekends, Statutory Holidays. Office hours may vary during winter, spring & summer breaks.

PreK – Grade 6

Start: 9:00 am

Break/Recess: 10:40-10:55 am

Lunch: 12:00-12:55 pm

End: 3:30 pm

Friday: End: 2:30 pm

Grade 7 – 12

Start: 9:00 am

Break/Recess: 10:30-10:40 am

Lunch: 12:00-12:55 pm (except Fridays)

End: 3:35 pm

Friday: End: 1:45 pm (no lunch break)

Cooking-Class Recipes

Banbury's cooking classes create wonderful dishes


We wish to encourage individual expression and development. Therefore, there is no uniform for students. Clothing should be neat, clean, and appropriate for a multi-aged learning environment.

Suitable sportswear, particularly shoes appropriate to the activity, shall be worn in all Physical Education classes.

Recess, physical education activities, and field trips can occur outside all year round, so appropriate clothing such as hats, mitts, snow pants, sweatpants/sweatshirts, sunscreen, etc. may be required from time to time.

Computer use

Each classroom has computers for teacher/student use. Personal laptops may be brought to school for appropriate student use. 


Students are transported to and from their excursions by the school vans or by city transit. When riding in school vans, all children less than 40 pounds are secured in a properly fastened, 5 point harness car seat. All children 40-80 pounds ride on a booster seat unless parents give permission for them not to.

Field-Trips & Extra Curricular

Field trips are an important element of the School’s program. 

All students will have off-campus education opportunities. In the elementary grades, these endeavors will likely be done as a group or a whole class. These projects would address student interests, would have a direct connection with an organization in the community and would have the idea of helping, of giving back/paying forward or of solving a problem at the forefront of its creation. Examples:

  • class volunteerism
  • fundraising or raising items for a charity
  • working with an organization on a specific project/campaign
  • developing new ideas for an organization
  • appealing to organizations for help or for change, etc.

In the secondary grades, these endeavors are generally individual projects. At this level they are considered a personal interest project or an internship and involve a major time commitment (minimum 75 hours for high school credit) working with a community mentor to obtain valuable real world skills. While in the internship, students are to design and carry out a project that benefits the organization that they are working for. The internships are only limited by the imagination of the individual and of the local resources. Examples:

  • assisting in an office and helping to design a new waiting room
  • volunteering at the SPCA and making a photograph album of successful adoptions
  • assisting mechanics in a garage and implementing new computer software
  • working for a radio station
  • doing carpentry work on a shed for teaching installation of solar panels

All projects should contain the following elements:

  • some research/investigation
  • some application with curriculum outcomes
  • on-going documentation of learning
  • a cumulative exhibition of learning
For further details, see the Off-Campus Excursions Policy.indiv

Through the course of the year, a variety of extra-curricular activities and clubs may be offered to students in all grades. Examples are ski trips, camping trips, out-of-province travel, chess club, arts and crafts clubs, student council, music lessons and clubs, cooking classes, sports, games, or outdoor education. These programs will run outside of school hours, or through the lunch hours. Fees may be applied for materials and off-campus costs.

Our Cooking-Classes: Throughout the year, Banbury’s cooking class creates wonderful dishes for the whole school to enjoy.

Course Time Requirements

Academic work is achieved by all students at a pace appropriate for them. Therefore, the curriculum is covered as quickly or as slowly as each individual student requires. The goal is to ensure that progress is competency-based and that the various aspects of a course of study are mastered to an appropriately satisfactory level before the student is encouraged to advance to a more difficult level. It is important to recognize that the amount of time taken by individual students to complete courses will vary according to the motivation, abilities, attitude, effort, work habits, English competency, prior knowledge, and needs of these students. 


Policies & documents