Our school, in the community of Bowness, partners with groups to support parents and students in social and family issues that are outside the realm of classic education (BowWest Community Resource Centre and Bow Wellness).
We partner with groups to make sure kids get a great care experience when they are outside of school (Kids Love Bowness OOSC and Bowness Montgomery Child Care).
We partner with groups that help us connect with experiences outside the school, such as mentorship programs with Olympic athletes and mathematicians (Classroom Champions and Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary).
We also greatly partner with our parents. Our Belvedere Parkway School Council and our Parent Fundraising Association centres around creating and developing the best learning opportunities for all students. For example, we are implementing our “Food for Thought” program with healthy snacksavailable without stigma to those students who need healthy food. An amazing group of parents run an early morning exercise program called BOKS for all interested students. We have a school garden program lead by awesome parents where students just finished harvesting and utilizing the plunder in tasty ways!
If I had more room, I would share even more examples of partnerships that develop our students. As a principal, these are some of the great possibilities of work that I get to set up for our school!
Derek Rakowski (@derekrakowski) has been a CBE student, teacher, and principal. He thinks he has the best job in the world, and is learning more every day…