When You Get it Right

When You Get it Right

 When You Get it Right       “Something right is happening at that school”.   “They are such a wonderful group.”   “Impressive.”     We had a field trip today – something that has been...
Schools are for the Education of Children

Schools are for the Education of Children

How Excellence Happens   “Schools are for the education of children.” I was sitting in a 17th century church in Britain, just arrived off my overnight flight to start my Masters of Education. Our professor opened with this statement and then stood...
Success through Failure

Success through Failure

  The Everlasting Value of the Skating Rink that Wasn’t   “Too often, in our modern society, children and youth (and even young adults) are lead to believe, and in fact seem to live under the assumption, that success inevitably happens if you just try...
The Jays of ’92

The Jays of ’92

The Jays of ’92 I ran into one of our students’ favourite guests, ‘Museum Rob’ (curator at the South Grey Museum) the other day.  As many of our locals know Rob is always full of insight.  He referred to out school as the Jays of ’92, a...
Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding in Plain Sight

-“In a world that values divergent thought and innovative problem solving why do we label those who think differently as ‘disabled’? In short, how much talent is hiding in front of us in plain sight?”    A former student of mine tracked me...
“We Took Down the Fences”

“We Took Down the Fences”

We had the (absolute) pleasure of having Museum Rob, from the South Grey Museum, join us at school on Friday. We are just finishing a unit on governance (and government) and our students love the opportunity to get Rob’s input on how things were in the past....
Transformation

Transformation

TRANSFORMATION  One of the joys of having new students joining our community is seeing them transform.  For some students this is gaining confidence; for others, it is a respite for bullying.  Academically, this can take the form of either a chance to finally extend...

Small Class Sizes Aren’t New… They Were Best for Children Long Before COVID-19  Much ado has been made, recently, about the need to reduce class sizes to 15 children or less in the public school system to keep our children safe from COVID-19.  Mere months...