A number of special activities (which can vary from year to year) sprinkled throughout the school year help make GHCA an exciting place for children to learn. Upper elementary students (gr. 4–6) enjoy their annual fall retreat at the Zimmerman farm. Academic activities include the biennial ACSI Academy Day in Bangor and the annual spelling bee (gr. 5–6; winners compete at the county level and potentially the state). A favorite tradition for our elementary students each year is the “Pilgrim and Indians Parade” (gr. PreK–6) during Thanksgiving week. Students dress up in appropriate costumes and parade through the school before parading over to the Thanksgiving chapel service with the rest of the school.
Lower elementary students (gr. PreK–3) enjoy an annual Snow Fun Day with plenty of sliding and hot chocolate. Other activities include trips and activities such as the local Fall Nature Walk (gr. 1), Fall Nature Walk at a waterfall in Canada and “Colonial Days” (gr. 2), Kings Landing field trip (gr. 2–3), and the Pool and Picnic day in Woodstock, New Brunswick, at the end of the year (gr. 1–3). Upper elementary students (gr. 4–6) look forward to ice skating a few weeks each winter at the Millar Civic Center and archery in the spring.
All classes enjoy occasional parties and celebrations.
Elementary classes come together for weekly chapel services (gr. 1–3 and 4–6) and sometimes for other special activities. There are occasional school-wide assemblies and chapels (for example, at Christmas and Easter). Elementary students enjoy monthly visits to local nursing homes where students visit the elderly and sing for them. Fifth and sixth graders serve as “Reading Buddies” for the Pre-K and kindergarteners they read to each week.