News from Sep 2018

  • How GNS Students are Becoming Global Citizens

    September 26, 2018

    "We must learn about other cultures in order to understand, in order to love, and in order to preserve our common world heritage." – Yo Yo Ma  

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    "We must learn about other cultures in order to understand, in order to love, and in order to preserve our common world heritage." – Yo Yo Ma
    As a Round Square school, staff and students at GNS are empowered to actively teach and learn about global citizenship—the concept that all people have rights and civic responsibilities as members of the world. Global citizens are compassionate, empathetic, courageous, open-minded, and respect diversity. These qualities resonate with the core values of our school and the attributes of our IB Learner Profile.
    As Sarah McKerlich, our Senior School Round Square Coordinator, puts it, "I am so thankful for the this program; it offers 200 schools around the world, the opportunity to learn about and celebrate other cultures, through our local student leadership program, the Round Square Committee, or our Round Square experience program that offers exchanges, global leadership conferences, and service and cultural projects."
    Ms. McKerlich and Round Square Prefect, Augustina Flores Pitton, recently organized a panel discussion in assembly where current students who have already taken advantage of some of these Round Square experiences shared inspiring recollections with their peers.
    Students spoke of the friendships and connections they made with people from around the world and the opportunities they had to try new and unusual foods. For some, the experiences allowed them to learn new things about themselves and how to cope in unfamiliar situations like how to communicate through language barriers. Others felt the way they viewed things was changed.
    "One thing that really changed for me was my view about school. In Peru, only about half the population is able to go school," said Ismay Macklin, who went on exchange last spring to Markham College. "When talking to people at the school who were lucky enough to be able to go to a school that had Round Square and IB, they said they put 150% into their school work and their school community because they felt so lucky to be able to go to school that it would be wrong of them not to."
    The students all felt the Round Square experiences they had were valuable and that their peers should consider taking advantage of what was offered even if it meant missing some school or co-curricular activities. "Don't worry about missing school," says Chris Graham, who has been on exchange and done service projects. "The teachers understand and help you catch up. And it is worth it."

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  • Stratford Hall Appoints New Head of School

    September 6, 2018

    Dearn Croy has been appointed Head of School at Stratford Hall. 

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    Dearn Croy has been appointed Head of School at Stratford Hall. 

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  • St. Michaels University School Welcomes New Head

    September 4, 2018

    The search for St. Michaels University School’s first new head of school in 20 years is complete.  

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    The search for St. Michaels University School’s first new head of school in 20 years is complete.
    Mark Turner accepted the position after a thorough search and arrived this summer with his wife Elizabeth, one of his two sons, Alexander (22), and Martha the flat-coat retriever. The family will reside on campus in SMUS’ Reynolds House.
    Turner’s last post was an eight-year tenure at Shrewsbury School in England where he oversaw its graduation into the modern era of co-education.

    Shrewsbury, like St. Michaels, is both a boarding school and a day school, something that’s still unique among private schools, he said. What brought him here was SMUS’ reputation. After 20 years, Bob Snowden retired from the head of school position at SMUS and, while interim Andy Rodford was at the helm, a recruiter tracked Turner down.
    “There are many similarities here,” Turner said. “Schools are about communities, the talented students and committed faculty, and here, the blend of day students and boarders from around the world, gives it a unique character.”
    An athlete and an academic, Turner even spent a short time acquainting himself with the rules of another unique piece of Canadiana, the Canadian Football League.
    “I’ve been studying the rules, and I noticed the league’s slogan, ‘Diversity is Strength,’” he said. “I have that in mind as I get to know the school’s community made up of 1,000 students, staff, parents and alumni. And to uphold SMUS’ reputation as a leading school in B.C. and Greater Victoria.
    “It’s very clear, everyone has been telling me that SMUS’ academic reputation is very high, and I will want to reinforce that reputation in the first couple of years,” Turner said. “To keep [SMUS] as a leading academic school in Greater Victoria is a key part of my job.”
    Of course Greater Victoria, more than any other region in B.C., is a holdout for English sports. Rugby is in most schools here, including St. Michaels, while American football is not. And St. Michaels is one of the few schools that are committed to cricket in addition to the local high school field hockey, rugby and rowing scene.
    In three weeks this summer Turner has held multiple meetings with Snowden and held a briefing with Rodford, as he continues to prepare for the coming school year.
    “Snowden deserves a lot of credit. Over his two decades as head of school, SMUS grew from 500 to 1,000 students and the facilities built on campus are shining examples of best practices,” he said. “I’m honoured to take over after what he achieved.”
    So far Turner and his partner have toured the Island, driving the route from Cowichan Lake to Port Renfrew, and flew to Haida Gwaii.
    Turner’s head of school contract starts with a typical five-year appointment.
    -- Saanich News

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