Compassion is the foundation on which we build connection and positive relationships. It is through these relationships that learning occurs. It makes me proud to see our students and staff demonstrate kindness and understanding with one another as we continue to adjust to our new school year. I am most grateful for the opportunity to observe this occurring at each school I have visited this fall.
Prior to the 1st National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th, we were honoured to have the Honourable Murray Sinclair speak to us at our first Professional Development Day on September 24th. Honourable Sinclair provided our school district wisdom about the impact of residential schools and the importance of continuing to learn the historical truths of Indigenous people to continue to focus our efforts on reconciliation.
Compassion is also key for honouring the diversity that exists in all of our unique communities and in each student and staff member. As part of our focus on equity, October is LGBTQ2S+ History month in SD8. Each day in October, a new LGBTQ2S+ important figure is featured with a video, biography, and other resources for staff and students to access.
October 5th was World Teachers’ Day, allowing all of us to remember the important work that happens each day in our schools as we build communities that focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment. In SD8, although not everyone of our staff has a teaching degree, everyone is an important role model to our students and plays a role in their learning. Thank you all for the incredible work you do to make our schools an important and positive part of our communities.
Please enjoy a few of the highlights from SD8 over the last month.
Trish Smillie, Superintendent of Schools
- Inclusive Education - Meeting Mighty People Podcast
- Early & Elementary Learning - Literacy Workshops
- Aboriginal Education Department update
- October is LGBTQ2S+ Month
- International Education Department update