We give students opportunities to express their creativity, experience Canadian culture and have fun.


A professional music tutor visits SOC to conduct lessons in piano and violin. We will add more instrument options as requests arise.

Physical Exercise

There is a full-size gym on campus. Here, students often play soccer or basketball between classes or at the end of the day.

SOC has preferential membership to the local YMCA. Here students can use the centre’s excellent amenities including Olympic-size swimming pool, weight rooms, exercise machines, basketball courts and more.

To learn more about the “Y” click here.


We believe that part of the students’ education is to become acquainted with Canadian life, Canadian values and Canadian culture. As such, we arrange a several excursions and holiday-themed activities through the year:

  • September: Ontario University Fair held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • October: Pumpkin Patch
  • Halloween: Students are given the opportunity to dress up and we often have Halloween candy in the office for “Trick or Treat”
  • Thanksgiving Feast with traditional Canadian Food (Turkey, ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce)
  • Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • February: Valentine’s Party
  • Winter: Chicopee tube park:   http://chicopeetubepark.com/summer/index.html
  • Canada’s Wonderland
  • Christmas Concert followed by a traditional Feast
  • Graduation ceremonies:
    • Mandarin
    • Scottish Rite



Enjoying Hamilton

We also would love our students to explore the city of Hamilton. Given our great location in downtown Hamilton, students are have access to art galleries, sporting events, shopping malls, cinemas,

Hamilton Public Library

SOC is just a few minutes walk from the Central Branch of Hamilton Public Library.  We help students complete the Library membership and the Library has small group tours specifically for SOC students to make them aware of the wide range of resources available including:

  • private study spaces and reading rooms that the students can use for group assignments or more concentrated work.
  • special programs and opportunities for ESL learners
  • a maker space with 3D Printing
  • music recording studio
  • film studio
  • computer stations
  • photocopy/printer/scanner stations
  • thousands of books as well as music and films ready for download