From time to time I wander about the Junior School playground while the kids are enjoying a break from their classroom activities. Playgrounds are great places for a number of reasons, many of which have to do with learning how to interact with one another in a safe, caring and ethical way. Sometimes excitement gets the best of kids, and that’s when mistakes (and learning) can happen.
On behalf of the Southridge community I would like to welcome you to our website. I hope the information contained within these pages will show you why Southridge is such an important place of growth, opportunity, and spirit for so many people – students, parents, and teachers.
Personal growth is central to our focus at Southridge. Our students are not only immersed in a challenging academic environment, but they are also expected to make a contribution to the spirit of their school through their character, and to engage wholeheartedly in school life.
Our Service, Arts, Athletics and Outdoor Education programs provide character-building opportunities and are a fundamental part of our well-rounded curriculum. At Southridge, students embrace and explore these opportunities, and through them, learn to respond meaningfully and with integrity to the choices they face on a regular basis.
As part of their personal growth, our students develop an understanding of the power of interdependence – and it is through interdependence, or relationships, that Southridge realizes its vision to Let Every Spirit Soar. When we engage with others with the aim of elevating their spirit, our own spirit soars, and when we live together with integrity, we make a positive difference in the world.
Southridge is a place of significance. It is a place where students grow academically and personally – exploring, embracing, and sharing their own unique qualities and gifts. It is a place of personal fulfillment and contribution to the greater good. It is a place where youth actively make an intentional positive difference in the world.
Head of School
Over the past few weeks I have been engaged in an administrative project that needed some input from my colleagues at other independent schools across the country – most of them members of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools organization (CAIS). Knowing that I would need to spend some time over the holidays sorting through my thoughts and coming to important conclusion about moving forward, I thought I would try to gather input during the week before the Christmas break.
I usually learn the most when I take a risk of some sort. I bet I’m not that different than most people in that regard – kids included. For our Remembrance Day assembly earlier this month, I came up with the idea to recite the words to a song written and composed by Mark Knopfler, of Dire Straits. You may know the song called Brothers in Arms.
Southridge reached an important milestone this year as we celebrate our 20th year as a school. Two decades ago, founding Headmaster Emeritus Alan Brown described Southridge as a light hearted place of serious purpose. I often wonder whether Mr. Brown knew the lasting influence he would have on our school.
I have been a parent of school-aged children for twenty-two parent-years, and have been in the fortunate position of never having to “let go” in September at the beginning of a new school year. That’s because both my children have attended the school where I work for their entire school-related careers. While I acknowledge that my unique situation has been ideal in many ways, it did not prepare me all that well to let go.