Matter of Principal - January

Matter of Principal - January
Posted on 01/01/2019

Measuring Success

Dear Parents,

"We know these words describe the kind of inclusive school climate we want for our children-an environment where students, parents and staff feel safe, comfortable, and accepted. It's a climate where students are encouraged to be leaders and positive role models speaking up about issues such as bullying. It's an environment with a culture of high expectations for students, but there is also a culture of high expectations for adults-staff, parents and community members.

Young people are constantly confronted with situations that can cause them fear, worry, shame, sadness, anger and confusion. Often our high school students don't know how to talk about these experiences and sometimes adults are unsure too. We suggest for parents to talk about their feelings, and their own experiences when discussing topics. If a young person hears a personal challenge you experienced and how you got through it, he or she will be more likely to come to you when faced with a challenge. Together you can also explore sensitive topics while becoming informed together.'

( https://inclusiveschools.org/a-safe-caring-school-environment/ )

One such topic may be discussing the apparent popularity of vaping and substance use.

This informative CBC video is a good jumping off point for a family conversation.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/health-canada-youth-teenage-vaping-smoking-hammond-1.4937593

Consider viewing together with your child and discussing your experiences and beliefs.

We values your thoughts and opinions. If you would like to chat about this or any other topic please contact us at 403-243-3316.

Bharati Singh

Josh Symonds

Susan Boyd