Values & Vision - Under Development
We continue to be busy determining what we value most and what we want to strive for together in order to become the ideal school for our staff, students and parents. All of us are part of this work.
Staff have been involved since the Sept 6th NID.
Parents contributed during the Open House Evening and by participating in our on-line survey (which is still available). Next in-person opportunity will be during our Parent-Teacher Interview days in late November.
Last Friday, our students participated in a Values activity during our assembly with Ms. Lindstrom and Mr. Horton. There were 28 student groups, and they had to prioritize twelve values by agreeing by consensus (not by voting). Then, they determined what their group’s ‘Top 5 Values’ should look like student-to-student, student-to-teacher and teacher-to-student. Our students rose to the occasion and took a keen interest in the activity.
The value chosen the most by student groups as their #1 Value was RESPECT (accepting/admiring others for their differences, abilities, qualities and achievements).
Here are our Students’ Top 5 Values (most selected by student groups):
- #1 – Respect
- #2 – Trust
- #3 – Honesty
- #4 – Communication
- #5 – Equity
- Close behind is Teamwork and Growth
Central School Culture Survey
Our students recently completed our on-line culture survey during the Oct 23rd week.
Students were asked questions related to numeracy, literacy, learning @ our campus, personal & social responsibilities and school climate/culture. It’s our first way of finding out how we are doing as a school and how our students rate themselves individually with I CAN and I AM statements. The data will also assist us with our school planning.
Here are some results we are proud of:
- 79% of our students strongly agree/agree their teachers, Principal & VP care about them.
- 88% of our students strongly agree/agree their teachers treat them with respect and 73% for feeling respected while at school.
- 75% of our students strongly agree/agree they feel like they belong here.
- 83% of our students strongly agree/agree they feel safe at Central Campus.
- 82% of our students strongly agree/agree they like Central Campus.
- 83% of our students strongly agree/agree Central Campus is preparing them for Grade 9 or Grade 10.
The survey results tell us we're on the right track - caring about and supporting our students while working hard to make Central Campus a great school and community. Lots to be proud of. :)
On November 2nd, a large group of grade 9 science students took a field trip to Bear Mountain Wind Farm to learn about how these turbines produce electricity. Up on the mountain, students took part in activities, including a talk from a service technician who works on the windmills. This day turned out to be one of the coldest of the season so far, but our students remained in good spirits, representing the school very well. When we returned, students got the opportunity to build their own windmill rotors and test out their designs on our model windmill base. A wide variety of designs were made and most worked incredibly well. Students demonstrated impressive learning and I look forward to continuing our inquiry into how electricity is made.
This trip was also an incredible testament to the amazing community we have at this school. As a student teacher, planning a field trip was a valuable learning experience but also a daunting task. Luckily, I had the support of the entire staff to help me make this possible. From lending me supplies to accommodating my field trip schedule, from guiding me through paperwork to building me a windmill model, I owe a lot to this kind group of individuals. I am especially thankful for my mentor teacher and fellow POD teachers for their suggestions and contributions before, during and after this trip. Thanks to all this help, both me and the students received a rich, memorable learning experience.
Trevor Buller - AHCOTE Student Teacher
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