Today, I spoke about the tragic bus accident that occured over the weekend, in which 15 people were killed, and the effect it has had on the Humboldt community and Canadians across the country. I encouraged students to participate in school-wide efforts to commemorate the tragedy and raise funds for the community.
Management expert Ken Blanchard observed that “feedback is the breakfast of champions.” The release of the first progress report of the year gives students an opportunity to use feedback from their teachers to help them move forward.
At this morning’s Assembly, I shared a short video about the Stonewall Riots, which were a pivotal moment in the LGBTQ movement, and spoke about Brenda Howard, who is credited with creating Pride Week.
At today’s assembly, I thanked our current Head Girl, Izzy Farag and Head Boy, Owen Smith for their commitment to the school throughout this year and reminded students that serving the needs of others is an important dimension of leadership.
Earlier this term, we installed a Venture Further sign in the Lodge. At today’s assembly, I congratulated students and staff on some of the many ways they had successfully “ventured further” throughout the past two months.
At today’s assembly, I illustrated for students that the issue of child poverty explored in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol persists in Torontoand consequently, their engagement in our community service initiatives matters.
With the recent release of this year’s first student progress report, I reminded students that the habits we report on in the learning skills section of the report—personal responsibility, collaboration, engagement and perseverance—are important indicators of their growth as students.
This week, Bob Hambly of Hambly & Woolley joined us to speak to Greenwood students about the importance of logos, and the process Greenwood will undertake to consider refreshing its logo and visual identity.
Friday’s semi-formal is a great opportunity for community-building. Students are also looking forward to taking a break from school work, dancing and spending time with friends. Over 330 students and guests are attending the event.
Creating New Year’s Resolutions is a common practice. Research shows that the majority of people are not successful with their resolutions. During this morning’s assembly, I shared a tip from Chris Bailey’s new book, The Productivity Project, that in his experience has proven to help people succeed in making personal changes.
In today’s assembly, I spoke to the students about the importance of collective and individual responsibility within our school community. I used a widely read short story to illustrate how though it is not always easy to do the right thing, doing so is an important part of being a person of good character.
One of the key aspects of learning to lead involves recognizing the contribution of team members. Several examples from the past week prompted me to speak to the students about this important aspect of teamwork and leadership.
This year’s first full school assembly took place this morning. I shared with students “The Story of the Hummingbird,” which emphasizes how important it is that everyone works to the best of their individual capacity.
In our first assembly of the year in September, I spoke to the students about the importance of working together throughout the upcoming year. In today’s final assembly of the year I commended the students on achieving this goal.
Over this week and next, the school is electing its grade reps for Student Council, as well as next year’s Head Girl and Boy. With this in mind, I spoke to the students about servant leadership and that first and foremost, student elections are about choosing leaders who will serve the needs of students and the school.
Greenwood’s student Diversity Committee launched Black History month during this week's Assembly. As a preface to the launch, I reminded students that Black History Month serves as a good way to help people overcome stereotyping and racial bias.
In today’s assembly remarks to students, I reminded them about Mark Zuckerberg’s resolution for 2015, which is to read two books per month. I decided to make his goal one of my resolutions as well, and from time to time, share my progress towards this goal with students and staff at assembly.
In May during the past school year, all of our students in Grades 9 to 12 participated in the High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE). At this week's assembly, I spoke to students about the survey results.
Throughout the past years, I have used assembly as an opportunity to speak with students about the school’s core values. During our first assembly of this year, I recounted for students an incident that happened in Perth, Australia during the summer to illustrate the importance of working together.
Being Greenwood’s Head Boy or Girl requires a specific set of skills and attributes. At our April 16 assembly, Principal Hardy outlined what students should take into consideration when casting their ballots.
The Toronto Maple Leafs’ playoff loss on May 13 was heartbreaking for many hockey fans, but as Principal Hardy explained at our May 15 assembly, their season still has many valuable lessons to teach us.
Principal Hardy discusses Susan Cain's bestselling non-fiction book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking. The message? Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, there's a place for you at Greenwood.
Greenwood is known throughout Toronto as a small school, and that’s the way we would like to keep it. But as Principal Hardy pointed out at November 28’s assembly, small schools can still accomplish big things
Principal Hardy’s addresses over the first few assemblies thus far this year have focused on the different elements of character, a central concept here at Greenwood. On October 24, he discussed the fourth, and final, element: intellectual character.