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Family Night at Star Academy

In Blog by Julie Benneyworth

Star Academy celebrated ‘Family Day’ by inviting families to participate in an evening of food, fun, and inspiration.  Tyler Collymore from ‘United Play’ was inspirational talking to us about how to ‘change the world’ one step at a time.  ‘Did you recycle something today?… Did you stand up to a bully today?… Did you turn off the lights today? Then …

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What is the difference between rude, mean and bullying?

In Blog by Heather Rees

In recent months there has been significant news coverage related to incidents of bullying in schools. Without downplaying these reported incidents of bullying, it is my experience that the term ‘bullying’ is being used incorrectly by both adults and children to describe situations that are rude or mean. It is important for adults to use these terms correctly so that …

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Health and Wellness Day at Star!

In Blog by Julie Benneyworth

Health and wellness day at Star featured many exciting activities! We had a special guest visit from St. John Ambulance, therapy dog ‘Tux’! Tux told us ‘his’ story, and even offered to read stories with us – one of his special talents! Star staff incorporated many facets of wellness into classroom activities for the day, including yoga, brain research, healthy …

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What do children need to be successful later in life?

In Blog by Heather Rees

As an educator, there is nothing I like more than seeing children Learn to Love to Learn™. As a parent, I want my children to wake up each morning wanting to go to school because it is a fun, safe place to learn and teaches children academic curriculum and the skills they need to be successful in life. A growing …

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Star Academy and Compass Food Bank

In Blog, News & Events by Julie Benneyworth

Star’s Academy’s Leadership Club held a food drive the first week of October for the Compass Food Bank. We exceeded our goal of donations and were proud to be a part of helping our community. Students learned about the need for food banks in our community and the importance of helping others.

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Terry Fox Run at Star Academy

In Blog, News & Events by Julie Benneyworth

Star Academy students participated in the Terry Fox School Run on Friday, September 28th. Children aged 3 to 13 ran alongside teachers, wearing badges to show their support for Terry and others who have fought cancer. Students were encouraged to “Be Like Terry”, and united as a school, demonstrating a great sense of community and high spirits. Empathy, respect, honesty, …

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Giving Back and Our Pillars

In Blog by Julie Benneyworth

The back-to-school season brings with it much enthusiasm, somewhat like the ‘new year’.  At Star, we find it an important season for working on values with our students, as well as developing a sense of belonging and encouraging everyone to be a contributing community member.  These traits draw on our Global, Social and Emotional Pillars and together help to develop the ‘whole child’. Our …

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Kindergarten, Something for Everyone!

In Blog by Julie Benneyworth

Kindergarten is a magical time for a magical age.  But just because we have ‘grown up’, doesn’t mean we can revel in the enjoyment of that formative time in our education, there is something for everyone in the Kindergarten room! Arts and crafts –  Music and drama –  Reading, writing, and arithmetic? – , , and ! But these days Kindergarten …

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Happy? It’s a Mindset!

In Blog, News & Events by Julie Benneyworth

How do you measure success for your child?  Report cards?  Friendships?  Awards of merit?  Happy? Yes, that’s right-happy! Ask yourself – are my kids happy? If the answer is ‘yes’ then well done.  Because happy kids are successful kids, go-getters, and they spread happiness. What if when we were asked ‘How are you?’ we replied ‘Happy’.  I’d like to start …

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Summer Fun at Star

In Blog by Julie Benneyworth

Star Academy has learning AND fun underway this summer.  Our July programme is a part of our 11-month school year and children are staying cool in the heat with fun, integrated, project-based learning and STEAM activities.  Daily PE is only a part of the fun – the gardening club is busy enhancing the green space, children are enjoying games from …