Spirit Assembly Launches Team Building

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I hope you enjoy the long weekend. A friendly reminder that there’s no school tomorrow, however our staff will be hard at work on the School Improvement Plan for this academic year.

Today was our first School Spirit Assembly, launching the House System of Balmy, Kew, & Woodbine. All students and staff are in a House Team & today was the big reveal to find out which one they belong to.

We have structured the House Teams to support our Buddy Program, BFFs 4ever – Big Friends Forever. Survey results last June revealed Buddies to be or students’ favourite and most valued school initiative. This promotes caring relationships, camaraderie, and helps to prevent bullying as students look out for each other and prioritize the importance of having a safe & inclusive school.

Students cheered and smiled widely in response to our staff created video revealing the House Teams and during the distribution of bracelets created for every student and staff in the school. Thank you to Izzy, Jamie, Camille, Lyla, Mya and crew for making each bracelet. We are donating the funds raised through their efforts (sore fingers!) to help a young girl in Uganda who requires surgery. What an amazing effort and example of “thinking globally and acting locally!”

If your child came home with a braided bracelet in any of the following colours – please know it is very special to them.


This year our BFFs under the guidance of Student House Leaders will explore: global competencies through Robotics, math games to promote foundational skills, the promotion of student wellness, intramural athletics, and culturally relevant and responsive literacy through the arts. We are excited as a staff to implement and lead this programming in our school.

Our message today and every day is: You Belong Here. IMG_0747

Best Wishes,

Ms. Gillan




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