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How students find their passion

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.

“My post-secondary plans are to attend university and further my education. I have been fortunate enough to have been accepted into all of the programs and schools I applied to,” said Avery L., Grade 12 student at Blyth Academy Etobicoke. “Blyth Academy has allowed me the opportunity to take classes in a variety of subjects including both economics and environmental science, which has allowed me to determine which topics interest me most, ultimately supporting me in discovering my passions for both the environment and business.”

Teachers and guidance counsellors play a big role in helping students uncover their passions. With small class sizes, our staff really gets to know each student. They challenge them to try new things, leading them to develop new interests and build character. 

“At Blyth Academy Etobicoke, I have developed my educational skills, but it is also a place where I have grown and developed as a person. When I came to Blyth Academy, I was not the best student but since then I have become someone I am proud of. The community at the school provided me with the support and encouragement that I needed to work hard and overcome fears such as public speaking, and most importantly, building my confidence. I am now the Student Council Vice President,” said Avery. “I truly believe that Blyth Academy has the most outstanding and supportive faculty that allow everyone to feel heard, safe, and welcome. It is not just a school where you learn; it is also a place where individuals can grow and develop.” 

Tina Pace, Guidance Counsellor at Blyth Academy Etobicoke, witnesses and helps foster this growth every day. 

“Avery is an excellent representative of the transformation that is possible for students at Blyth Academy.  During her time here, Avery has developed the desire and confidence to explore her passions and found her place as a leader in our school community. Since Avery joined us in Grade 10, she has grown both academically and personally and has become a remarkable success story,” said Tina.  “As her Guidance Counsellor, I am extremely proud of Avery’s growth, particularly how she uses the knowledge and skills that she has learned at Blyth Academy Etobicoke and is able to apply them to her academics and her personal development.”

 

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