As a member of the Blyth Academy Admissions team, I watched as students flipped between in-person and online learning, with little warning, throughout the pandemic. As a result, I began hearing similar stories from our families. Each student is unique, yes, but they are showing the same set of fears and concerns
It is no wonder that Blyth Academy The Glebe science teacher, Mr. Boudreau’s, earliest influence was Bill Nye the Science Guy. Much like the beloved tv scientist, Mr. Boudreau is passionate about, well, science. With a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience he is qualified in biology, chemistry, physics, and math and he brings the same amount of enthusiasm to each high school subject.
The Globeducate Model United Nations (MUN) event took place from March 30 to April 1 and was hosted by ISN in Nice, France. It is one of six global events on the Globeducate calendar that brought together students from across nine countries including those from Blyth Academy Etobicoke, Blyth Academy Mississauga and Blyth Academy Burlington. The event was an opportunity for students to develop their skills and to learn the difference they can make as global citizens, to shape the world.
The lines of communication are always open at Blyth Academy Lawrence Park. Parents play an important role in their children’s academic story and the teaching staff makes sure that they are regularly in contact about grades, assignments, and overall performance.
If you were to walk into Ms. Zawawi’s classroom at Blyth Academy Downsview Park, you would see a lively and colourful room with tables of students working cooperatively. You would hear a hum of students' voices engaged in active learning and the occasional joke that would diverge the entire class into laughter. In this classroom, you would feel a sense of belonging. Small class sizes allow teachers like Ms. Z to offer a personalized approach to learning and classrooms that create community. Each student has a place and feels heard and seen.
The term “experiential” is not just a buzzword in education – it's a lived reality.
There is nothing more enjoyable than going to school on a designated field trip day; heading out and departing for what is to come – both as a student and an educator. As special and sporadic as they were in a pre-pandemic world, nothing rings truer than the nostalgia of a trip to the local museum or attending a performance at the Stratford Festival.
High school is a time of growth and exploration and it takes a supportive environment for students to have the confidence to push themselves outside of their comfort zones to uncover their interests. Our smaller campuses allow us to expose our students to a variety of new and exciting subjects, giving them opportunities to develop new passions and define their pathways.
As someone who grew up in a rural community where Phys Ed classes routinely involved a hike in the woods, canoeing on the river, or simply a class on the grass or in the trees, I am lucky to have experienced the value of outdoor education from the perspective of both the learner and the educator.