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There is nothing more compelling than an excellent public speech. Over the course of the last two weeks, every student from Kindergarten to Grade 12 has prepared and presented a public speech, and I have had the distinct pleasure of observing many of them. Speaking in front of a crowd is not easy, and is listed as one of the greatest stressors for a significant percentage of the population. However, we know one thing to be true: the more you practice, the better you get. As is the case with any skill set, the keys to improvement are repetition and coaching.

When asked to explain what I do for a living, I often reply: "I safeguard students." It is the first thought that runs through my mind on my way to work, and it is the last thought I have on the way home. When we have sports teams traveling on the Coquihalla in the heart of winter, I toss and turn at night while thinking about their wellbeing. I think that Mr. Ozechowsky and Mr. Gareau share the same ongoing sense of responsibility, as they are often the designated Trip Safety Officers, charged with making some very important decisions. As faculty and staff, safety is instilled in our culture; it is what we do.

“I have no special gift, I am only passionately curious.” Albert Einstein.As a child, Albert Einstein was a quiet and reserved child. One day when Albert was ill, his father Hermann gave him a compass and, as the story goes, the behaviour of the compass needle amazed him, and created a great deal of curiosity. Albert could not understand, that regardless of what he did, the needle would point in the direction of true north. This made him ponder that perhaps there were greater forces “out there.” It had a significant impact on his curiosity and is credited for increasing his desire to learn.One…

​As a parent and educator, I believe that the best thing we can do for our children/students is to create an environment that develops fortitude. After all, one of our primary goals is for them to be happy in life, and I am convinced that happiness starts with balance and strength...

I was invited to San Francisco earlier this month to become certified as an instructor in a course called “Innovative Thinking". I also spent a day with innovation guru John Kao, whose company called Edgemakers provides the Innovative Thinking course.

For the past 10 years or so, it has been with delight that I have watched the students arrive to see a new addition of one sort or another all ready for them to explore. Most often it has been in the form of bricks and mortar. Yes, - beautiful new facilities for them to enjoy. In particular, it was great to observe our...