Our dormitory was built to respond to the increasing need of housing for students desiring a Christian education who live outside the local Halifax area. Comfortable living space is offered in each of the bedrooms, with a total of 20 students being accommodated. Each room will accommodate two students and are furnished with dressers, desks and chairs. All rooms are equipped with single beds. Girls and boys live on separate sides of the dormitory. Each side is equipped with a large washroom and a clothes washer and dryer. The dorm parents live in their own apartment within the dormitory. Common areas they share are the student kitchen and dining room, as well as the worship room and spacious living room.
During the school week, breakfast and supper are provided in the comfortably furnished dining room. Boarding students pack a sack lunch to eat at the school during the lunch period. On weekends, all meals are provided in the dormitory. A wide range of delicious and healthy vegetarian dishes are served. Students take turns helping to prepare the meals and to clean up after each meal.
Special meals are prepared to celebrate holidays and birthdays!
Routine Weekly Activities:
Students are encouraged to pursue physical activities, enjoying the outdoors in their free time. On Wednesday afternoons, they are welcome to join the planned volley ball game in the gymnasium. Some of the other activities students enjoy are skateboarding in the large parking lot and sledding on the steep hill behind the school in the winter. They may also choose to go for a walk to the point or go for a refreshing dip in the lake.
Shopping excursions to Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Sackville are periodically planned for the students.
Worship is held every morning before school and every evening before Study Hall. Students are expected to attend and participate in this special time.
In their free time, students may go to nearby shops like Sobeys, Tim Hortons, Lawtons, Shoppers Drugs and Subway.
Friday Evening Vespers is held at 7:00 p.m. at Sandy Lake Academy. It is mandatory for the dorm students to attend.
At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning we attend Grace Harbour Church, which meets at Sandy Lake Academy. Students have the privilege of planning and participating in Sabbath School and the Worship Service. This is an excellent opportunity for them to become competent in leadership positions. Occasionally we make visits to other churches and/or to a local park in the afternoon.
Daily Routine on School Days
Time Student Responsibilities
7:00 – 7:30 a.m. Wake Up and get dressed for school
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast – students sit together to eat breakfast. Students pack their lunch bags.
8:00 – 8:10 a.m. Worship – All students must attend.
8:10 – 8:20 a.m. Students prepare to leave for school.
8:20 a.m. Students must be out of the dorm. The dorm is locked at 8:45 a.m. Students must take all their equipment with them, as they will not be allowed back in the dorm until after school.
8:20 – 3:40 p.m. All students are in school.
3:45 – 4:15 p.m. All students must attend to their assigned duties for the day.
4:15 – 5:30 p.m. Free Time
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Clean Up
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Free Time
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Evening Worship – All students must attend.
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Study Hall
9:00 – 9:30 p.m. Free Time
9:30 – 10:00 p.m. Prepare for Bed
10:00 p.m. Lights Out. Everyone is expected to be in their own rooms on school nights.
All students must bring to school for their own use:
- Water Bottles
- Lunch Bags
- Small Containers in Which to Place Lunch Items