How did Swedish student Greta Thunberg get the attention of students, governments and citizens around the world? She skipped school! As a Principal, this is about the last thing I want students to do, but I have to admit that it was an effective way to draw attention to the climate crisis.
This is my penultimate note for Life @ Greenwood. I’m not sure if a school year has ever seemed to go as quickly as this one. With only a few days left before Celebration Day, thoughts are turning to summer and even looking ahead to the next school year.
We welcomed acclaimed Canadian musician Peter Katz to Greenwood this past Monday. The opportunity to have Peter speak (and sing) with our students was thanks to the generosity of the Perelmuter family.
Earlier this year, I had the good fortune to listen to Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis speak. She shared highlights and lowlights of her life story, including the hardships she endured growing up in poverty and how acting changed her life.
I am currently reading Michelle Obama’s book, 'Becoming'. I find Michelle Obama inspiring and am enjoying learning more about her life story. She has a motto she uses when she feels like politicians are no longer being civil: “When they go low, we go high.” To me, this is such a great reminder to be respectful even when we disagree.
I have been observing Greenwood school spirit since my first visit over a year and a half ago, and this week is proving to be super spirited. School spirit is a demonstration of the sense of identity and community shared by our staff, students, parents and alumni.
January can be a difficult month in Toronto, with some of the darkest and coldest days of the year (and this week’s snow storm certainly didn’t help). When Mother Nature seems to be against us, it’s more important than ever that we take care of our mental health.
“Every mile is two in winter”, a quote from George Herbert, might explain the way some of our Grade 11 students felt during their expedition that had them snowshoeing and dog sledding through some very cold temperatures, with only expedition tents to sleep in at night.
I am thrilled to be joining such a welcoming, vibrant, and positive community, and I look forward to working with staff, parents, and students to forward the values and goals that are important to us all.