Here we are at the end of another school year and ready to welcome the summer break.
As I finish my first year as Director, I reflect on all the things that have happened during the 2015-16 school year that is now behind us. We experienced many challenges this year and worked on shared solutions. We worked together in a collaborative manner to find positive resolutions to these challenges. I commend our staff, our students, families and our communities for their willingness to come together to listen, to learn and to move forward in the spirit of maintaining positive relationships.
We also had many successes this year. I’m sure that all of you have highlights of your school year that come to mind. For me, the highlights of the year were found in my school visits where I saw learning in action and heard about the successes of students and staff. I would also highlight my own learning within new portfolios including First Nations, Métis and Inuit education and working closely with our Trustees on various issues. A major highlight from my perspective is the journey that began in January as we worked through the process of developing a new multi-year plan.
In May, Grand Erie Trustees approved our new strategic directions to guide our work throughout the next four years. In the centre of this multi-year plan is Success for Every Student. We will achieve this through a focus on students and staff and in a culture of high expectations. The indicators that will support our goal include Achievement, Well-Being, Equity, Environment, Technology, and Community.
As we complete one school year and plan for another, I hope you share my excitement for the important work that lies ahead for Grand Erie. There will be many opportunities to share in the Board’s new and exciting Multi-Year Plan starting in the new year.
I thank all of our students, families and staff for their continued efforts in making Grand Erie a great place to learn and work. I wish all of you a summer break where you can enjoy time with family and friends so that you can relax and recharge.
I look forward to moving away from the routine of the school year for a couple of months and to spending time with family and friends as I also reflect, relax and recharge in preparation for the next school year.
Please look for my next blog post in late August when the routine will start again as we prepare to welcome students and staff back to school.
Have a great summer!