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What a Week! October 25, 2010

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When I sat down to write this week’s entry I realized how lucky I am to be a part of this school community. So many great things have happened over the past week that I will try to capture a few of the events I was able to take part in.

Last Sunday was the start of a very special 10 day cultural visit from Niigata Meikun High School. Sunday afternoon, after nearly 20 hours of travel, 80 Japanese high school students arrived with their Vice-Prinicipal, two teachers and a tour agent. This visit originated before my time here at South and it has involved a great deal of coordination from many people. All of this work has culminated into a visit that includes ESL classes for the students each morning followed by various activities in the afternoon. This week these activities involved 2 classroom integration sessions where the students from Niigata were partnered with one of our students to take part in Canadian High School lessons. There was also an afternoon highlighted by games of floor hockey and lacrosse. Their week ended with a trip to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and the students are returning from a weekend in Victoria as I write this. Next week the Niigata Meikun students will be hosting a cultural share fair on Monday afternoon where our students will have the opportunity to learn about some of the things that are culturally important to the Japanese students.

Also this week, I was also lucky enough to take 5 Burnaby South students to the School Completion & Beyond student voice forum earlier this week. This forum is organized and led by students, for students. Schools from across metro vancouver were represented as our students made up a portion of the 52 representatives from the Burnaby School District. After sharing a morning with John Abbott talking about 21st Century Learning, our students spent time preparing a project that will focus on strengthening relationships within our building.

The last event I wanted to share with you is regarding the quality of our Intramural Sports program. Currently there is a floor hockey league that runs at lunch hour and consists of 8 teams including a staff team. I enjoyed a quick game against a group of students on Wednesday and I have to say how impressed I was with the students’ sportsmanship and I enjoy observing the positive interactions that have resulted amongst opposing teams before and after games. The positive energy that these students generate each day amazes me.

I have undoubtedly missed talking about some of the other fantastic things that happened throughout the week but I wanted to share a small glimpse of all the great things that happen in our building and make me proud of the activities our students and staff share in.

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New Beginnings at South October 15, 2010

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So we have made it through the back-to-school rush of September and our students and staff have settled in to their classes. I have not taken the opportunity to update this blog as much as I would have liked in September but my intention is to make this a priority through the rest of the year.

I was asked recently by another administrator why I have this blog and I thought that was the perfect topic for this entry. Some of the reasons I feel this is a good way to communicate and an important tool include:

– I enjoy the process,
– making connections with people in our community is important to me,
– it is a great way to share ideas and get feedback with people beyond our school and district,
– I think it is important to offer different ways for people to discover all the great things that happen in our school,
– social networking is more than just socializing and this extension provides some of the benefits that can be gained from that practice.

These are just a few of the reasons I am motivated to blog. Of course there are obstacles but I see them as just that – obstacles that can be overcome. The first is dedicating time to getting my entries published. To that end I will try to make an entry each week – some with pics and others words.

I hope you enjoy the thoughts expressed – feel free to comment as I progress through this.

Mr. Tyler