Dear St. George's Families,
As another wonderful school year comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for your ongoing commitment and support. There have been significant milestones along the way for both your children and the school, and I am pleased with the accomplishments of our students and St. George’s as a community.
This year we celebrated our First Annual Tribute Dinner and opened our new Fitness Centre at the High School. At the Elementary School, we continued to envision our outdoor classroom and made significant strides to make that space a reality. Our numerous academic initiatives included hosting the World Scholar’s Cup competition for a second consecutive year, and teaming students, faculty and staff to develop a collaborative definition of student leadership at St. George’s.
Of course, there have been many important activities throughout the year. However, one that I would like to highlight is our school-wide sustainability initiative, with a focus on responsible waste management. At both campuses, our students, faculty and staff initiated many complementary projects to minimize St. George's global footprint.
Here’s what we accomplished:
- Environmental sustainability is incorporated in the planning of all events held at St. George’s. Ensuring that the by-products are either reusable, compostable or recyclable, we are striving to meet the "waste-free" objective at every one of our events.
- At the High School, student-led waste audits and action campaigns resulted in a 45% drop in our cafeteria garbage production. With a goal of 100% participation, the Students Opting to Reduce Trash (SORT) campaign created a shift in how students dispose of their waste at lunch.
- The Elementary School has continued to “green” its playground with more edible landscaping as well as naturalized habitats for pollinators and other wildlife, including local endangered species. The local and organic harvest from our school gardens allowed us to serve a delicious lunch salad to more than 200 community members. As well, harvest surpluses were shared with our school community in exchange for a donation to support our Tanzania Project.
- The Elementary School Green Team offered very popular nature workshops and games at recess. As well, this team went “on the road”, assisting the Priory School in developing their Green initiatives.
- Our High School Student Leadership Team collaborated with the High School Green Team and introduced “Our Table”, a successful student-led initiative that changed systemic processes in the cafeteria to encourage responsible waste management.
- A “Use a Refillable Water Bottle” campaign reinforced our no disposable water bottles policy dating to 2010.
- The entire school is going more digital to save paper, minimizing the impact on natural habitats.
Our students, faculty and staff are clearly interested, passionate and engaged in embracing a decision-making perspective that benefits the planet and its people while creating prosperity for all life. This is the basis for a strong and positive shift towards building a thriving culture together.
In closing, I would like to thank you for the support you have demonstrated for these important initiatives this past year. Parent engagement in this school community is reflected in our many successes, and is truly valued and appreciated by the students, faculty, staff and administration alike.
Have a great summer!
Head of School
This is the first of two summer emails you will receive to help prepare you for the 2017-2018 school year. You will receive the second in mid-August, giving you time for your remaining back-to-school preparations. Below is a variety of important information that you may find useful at this time. Just click on each title to view the document.
IMPORTANT: There have been several changes to the 2017/2018 school calendar. Please find a revised list of important dates attached. For your convenience, changes have been highlighted in yellow.
Important Dates 2017-2018 (Revised)