Principal's Summer Message

Principal’s Message  -  Mrs. M. McLellan                                                                                              July 4, 2017                                         

Aldershot School had a wonderful year! So many of our students received Honours for semester 2 and many of our graduates are Ontario Scholars and award winners this year!  Lydia Lauzon is our top grade 12 graduating student with a final average of 96.83%.

Both staff and students (elementary and secondary) learned much about our Indigenous people this year as we have increased our awareness of the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action. We also welcomed more English Language Learners to our school this year. We applied for and won numerous grants this year to support student learning.

We ran a significant number of sports teams and we were thrilled to have qualified for OFSAA competitions in Cross Country, Curling, Girls’ Rugby, Swimming, Track and Field and Girls’ Volleyball!. This would be a significant accomplishment for any school, but for a small school such as ours, this is exceptional!

Department Head Kerry Sagar won the OSSTF Inclusive Educator Award, our Junior band directed by Ms. Taylor, won Silver at Music Fest Canada in Niagara Falls and our Senior Band with Ms. Kang, won Gold at the Regional MusicFest competition earlier in the year. Mr. Bob Friesen and Mr. Paul White are both retiring from Aldershot School and I wish them the best as they move forward into the next stage of the life cycle!

Many clubs and organizations, such as the Well-Being Team, Link Crew, GSA (Gay, Straight Alliance), and Student and Athletic Councils (both elementary and secondary) had a great year.

School Council fundraised over $2100 and The Inside Ride brought in over $24,000 for children with cancer and their families. More memorable highlights are The Terry Fox Run ($1400), the dramatic production:The Crucible, the Halton Secondary Art Show, elementary trips to Camp Couchiching (grade 7's) and Ottawa (grade 8's), the French Exchange for Grade 10's, Music Concerts, ECO Studies Earth Day presentation, the Coffee House, Mathematics Contests, REACH team and the GSA Conference held here May 17 among many more memories.

Student special mentions are listed here:

Mackenzie Gaulton, grade 8, is our elementary Student of Excellence and  Megan Haley, grade 12, is our secondary Student of Excellence.

Michael Williams, grade 9, earned three gold and one silver medal at the Canadian Youth Bowling Championships in Kelowna, B.C. in June.

Josh Selway, grade 11, was honoured at the Burlington Sport Alliance annual celebration as the high school male athlete of the year.

Ben Wrixon, grade 11, took first place in the Stephen Leacock Humour Short Story Competition for his entry titled The Name Game. Brandon McWeeney, also in grade 11, was a runner-up in this very competitive annual contest.

Isabella Mancini, grade 12, has been ranked by Skate Canada as 3rd in Canada for “Next Gen” Novice and Pre-Novice figure skaters.

Alex Smith, grade 12, brought an increased awareness of Down Syndrome to our school and in so doing won $3000 for the school with her winning video entry.

Wow – what a year!

I wish all staff, students, parents and guardians a safe and relaxing summer!  Ms. Hudson, Ms. Botelho and I are all staying on at Aldershot for 2017-18!