A Principal’s Reflection on the Joy of Learning

A Principal’s Reflection on the Joy of Learning

“We’re entering a revolution of ideas while producing a generation that wants instructions instead.” – Seth Godin, #stopstealingdreams   Dear Headwaters Community,   I had some time over the holidays to reflect upon the art and joy of...

Excellence – Again & Again

Headwaters Academy is extremely proud to announce three results from this morning’s Georgian Bay Coyotes meet. 1st Place – Rae Chapman, Grade 1-2 Girls 1st Place – Cooper Loblaw, Grade 7-8 Boys 5th Place – Danica Usdenski, Grade 1-2 Girls This...
How Children Learn at Headwaters Academy – a Vignette

How Children Learn at Headwaters Academy – a Vignette

Dear Parents, One of the ongoing challenges of our wonderful school has been finding a way to communicate the learning that happens here at school. The Living Report Card was initially designed to show student progress and how it ties to the Ontario Curriculum.  It...
The System is Failing Our Kids

The System is Failing Our Kids

For as long as I remember I have wanted to open a new school, one founded on the premises that:   Children belong in the world, not cordoned off from it. A community really is the strongest teacher. Children learn best from people who understand them.  ...
While We Were Sleeping

While We Were Sleeping

I’ve always been drawn to music with a strong piano component, be it Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”, Elton John’s anything, or even pure piano such as my mother plays at Christmas from Frank Mills.   One such song, with a beautiful piano,...

The Chinese Bamboo Tree and the Culver Military Academy

This evening I was reminded by Les Brown (video here) of both the Chinese Bamboo Tree and an experience I had at the Culver Military Academy (www.culver.org). The Chinese Bamboo Tree starts its growth after not one, not two, but five YEARS of nurturing and tender...
Cooper Pitches to Hawk’s Nest

Cooper Pitches to Hawk’s Nest

Last evening Cooper pitched his ‘Coop’s Coops’ business to the SEDC’s Hawk’s Nest Dragon’s Den inspired business event.  Cooper appeared alongside six adults as one of the seven finalists chosen to pitch.  Cooper’s primary...