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January 25, 2020

How Wellness and Enrichment Work in Concert

How Wellness and Enrichment Work in Concert

A big part of how we approach enabling everyone in the Mac Community revolves around ensuring that everyone participates in an enriched educational environment and that they are equipped with all of the tools necessary to achieve their full potential.

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Brentwood College School Field Hockey

Brentwood College School Field Hockey

This season, field hockey had more of an on-campus profile thanks to the donation of the artificial turf by a former player and her family. This enabled us to train occasionally at the school and play 7-aside interhouse matches. The majority of our games and training, however, were on Duncan’s turfs alongside the 1st X1. As a result, some of our players graduated to that team and we acquired Development team players to replace them.

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Branksome Hall Student Advocates for Women in STEM

Branksome Hall Student Advocates for Women in STEM

“It’s not about intelligence, it’s about believing you can,” says Zainab Azim, a Grade 12 student at Branksome Hall. Zainab has become a fierce advocate for the next generation of young women to pursue their passions and get involved in STEM. In reflecting on the lower participation rates of women and girls in the field, she notes, “It’s not because women aren’t smart enough, it’s the cultural norms we have created…”

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Acts of Kindness QMS Junior School

Acts of Kindness QMS Junior School

The other afternoon when I returned to my office, I was surprised to find a little goodie bag with a tag attached that said, “With Love, From Elf.” Inside the goodie bag, I found some ginger snaps and a candy cane. A heart-shaped card was also enclosed with a note that read “I like you!” Based on reports from witnesses around the school, apparently, a small band of elves wearing red and green elf hats and QMS uniforms had been popping in and out of various buildings dropping off treats and cards. If the other recipients were anything like me, I am sure they found the bag of treats and the note to be a true pick-me-up and a thoughtful gesture at this busy time of year.

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Dual Diagnosis Program Mental Health Treatment

Dual Diagnosis Program Mental Health Treatment

If you feel that your teen is struggling with troubling behaviours, you may have come across information about dual diagnosis programs online. You may be asking yourself, “What is a dual diagnosis program?” Our dual diagnosis treatment program works to provide mental health care in addition to treating the problematic behaviours that cause turmoil to many familial relationships.

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Faculty Friday St. Margaret’s School

Faculty Friday St. Margaret’s School

Every couple of weeks we feature an SMS staff member as a way to showcase the amazing people we have working at SMS. A very special position at our school, and one that plays a pivotal role in the lives of our boarding students are the house parents.

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ACADECAP International School Bone Bridge Challenge

ACADECAP International School Bone Bridge Challenge

Students from JK to grade 2 received a limited amount of supplies and were asked to build a bridge as long as possible, using only what was in their bag of materials. Other constraints included building the bridge at least one inch tall, and having the planks across the bridge close enough that a penny wouldn’t fall through.

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Jack Chapter: #BeThere Initiative

Jack Chapter: #BeThere Initiative

It was an awesome day at our #BeThere initiative. This initiative really highlighted the importance of being an ally in relation to people struggling with mental health and people in the LGBTQ+ community or both. Research has shown that LGBTQ+ people have higher rates of mental health challenges because of societal prejudice, verbal/physical abuse from peers, the use of derogatory terms, and/or institutional discrimination.

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Service Learning Reshaping Education

Service Learning Reshaping Education

The process of teaching and learning in schools is continuously evolving to better align with personal, professional and environmental factors. As the world becomes more interconnected, education must do more than focus on traditional academic achievement.

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Demystifying Dyslexia

Demystifying Dyslexia

These mountains you were carrying, you were only supposed to climb. -Najwa Zebian Kids with learning disabilities work hard. In fact, they are working too hard. Their brains, built to learn, are working infinitely harder than the brains of peers without learning…

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Hudson College All the Buzz about Bees

Hudson College All the Buzz about Bees

The Hudson honey bees have been very busy. A few weeks ago, the bee keepers from Alveole came to collect the frames of honey from our hive. In a few weeks time, the bee keepers will visit the Grade 1 and Grade 2 students to teach them how to extract honey from the frames. Our Hudson honey will be available for sale soon.

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Fresh Year, Fresh Start, How Ridley helps students forge their own paths.

Fresh Year, Fresh Start, How Ridley helps students forge their own paths.

A new school year is just around the corner, and it is holding out hands full of promise. It is time for another fresh start, time to discover the wealth of untapped potential among our magnificent community of learners. Who can say what great new friendships will be forged in the Houses of Ridley College, what tests of courage, commitment, and collaboration will be faced on our sports fields, or what giant steps will be taken on the path of success?

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Gaining New Insights Through the New York Times Summer Journalism Program

Gaining New Insights Through the New York Times Summer Journalism Program

The summer between two school years is a critical time that presents an opportunity to enrich your day-to-day life, whether it be with the wisdom gleaned from novels, with that new trick you’ve taught your dog, or, in my case, with the love of learning and inquisition gained from a two-week summer journalism program in New York City.

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Imagine the Class of 2030, will your child be ready?

Imagine the Class of 2030, will your child be ready?

In 2019, the ways we communicate and socialize with each other, as well as the ways we work and play, are vastly different than they were ten years ago. Now fast forward eleven years to 2030 when our grade one students will be graduating from high school and imagine what the class of 2030 will need to be ‘life-ready’.

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IPS founder Ted Spear’s Education Reimagined: The Schools our Children Need

IPS founder Ted Spear’s Education Reimagined: The Schools our Children Need

Spear’s ideas have been crafted through decades of work in the education field. He did a bachelor of education and a master and PhD of philosophy of education. He taught in Northern Manitoba, in Haida Gwaii and at Columbia College, becoming more and more impatient with the mainstream education system. So in 1995, along with a few other people, he started his own school. Spear was head of IPS on and off before retiring in 2017.

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Empowering Girls in the Process of Self Discovery

Empowering Girls in the Process of Self Discovery

During the 128-year history of St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, one golden thread has run throughout the tapestry of our approach to educating girls. This school always encouraged its students in a direction that superseded expectations for women at the time.

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This is the Best Day Every

This is the Best Day Every

“This is the best day ever!” These words are music to the ears of any educator who puts considerable time and effort into thinking about and planning for the daily success of the children in their care.  In our Junior Primary program, we hear these words a lot!

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Youth Exchange Canada: Tobique First Nation

Youth Exchange Canada: Tobique First Nation

I was very excited when Ashley McLellan, a dynamic young educator who had been spending some time with me helping me think about impact and learning, introduced me to the resource The Third Path: A Relationship-Based Approach to Student Well-Being and Achievement.

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Six Relationship Rules for School Teams

Six Relationship Rules for School Teams

At The Mabin School, we have committed to really working on our relationships with each other as well as our relationships with our students, their families, and other community members. Relationships between students are a large part of our curriculum and always have been.

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Day in the Life of a Student at a Learning Differences Boarding School

Day in the Life of a Student at a Learning Differences Boarding School

When families make the decision to send their child to a boarding school that focuses on their learning difference one of the top things we hear is “what is their day going to be like?”. It is an adjustment for everyone in the family, so we wanted to give you a glimpse into what a day in the life looks like.

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