This past month has marked a shift in our schools and in our communities. We are now freer to gather in person and participate in activities, events and day to day learning face to face. And still, we have the benefit of virtual communication and technology skills acquired over the past two years and so two very different kinds of experiences are available to us - the in-person and the virtual.
Being with others in person can bring joy and a sense of community where care and compassion for others is more easily fostered. This was the case when younger students searched for “baby chicks” at Adam Robertson Elementary while accompanied by older students. Together they learned how to care for their pretend chicks and to show compassion and empathy for others.
Virtual gatherings can be equally powerful as our Indigenous Education “Aunties” demonstrated throughout four weeks of Indigenous learning and celebration across the district that will culminate in the 2022 SD8 Pow Wow Day on May 20. Students, staff and community members danced, drummed, sang, set up teepees and celebrated Indigenous culture and the Earth.
I feel fortunate to have witnessed care and compassion across our school communities this spring. I am also pleased to know that whether we’re gathered in a room together or on a screen remotely, we still know how to connect and learn. Read on to see for yourself.