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Quality Daily Physical Education

In News & Eventsby Julie Benneyworth

Star Academy was proud to receive an acknowledgement for our Quality Daily Physical Education programme for the 2018-19 school year. Children from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 participate in daily classes teaching them the value of healthy living as a lifestyle.

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Will your child be ready for 2030?

In Blogby Heather Rees

In 2019, the ways we communicate and socialize with each other, as well as the ways we work and play, are vastly different than they were ten years ago.  Now fast forward eleven years to 2030 when our grade one students will be graduating from high school and imagine what the class of 2030 will need to be ‘life-ready’.  Although …

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Learn to Love to Read!

In Newsletterby Julie Benneyworth

With the April Break coming up, one question circulating around the school is ‘What are you reading?’.  It should be no surprise that many teachers are avid readers and enjoy sharing this love with our students.  Experts say, that modelling a love of reading is a key component to developing your child’s enjoyment of reading! One of my favourite roles …

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Microsoft, WE Foundation, Hacking Stem, and Micro:bit PD for Star!

In News & Eventsby Julie Benneyworth

This past weekend was full of inspiration as Heather and I attended the Microsoft TransformEd Class of 2030 Summit.  We were excited to meet so many innovative educators and sponsors, Microsoft, WE Foundation, Hacking Stem and Fair Chance Learning.  The day was filled with learning relating to the values and pillars that are important at Star Academy. Aside from being …

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Canadian Poet Doyali Islam visits Star Academy

In News & Eventsby Julie Benneyworth

Canadian poet, Doyali Islam, visited Star Academy last week and shared her passion with our staff and students.  We were excited to play poetry games, create our own poetry, and hear Doyali read some of her work.  Together we began a ‘poetry chain’ which will be displayed at our upcoming Art Crawl in May.  Doyali’s next poetry collection, heft,  is being released soon …

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Family Night at Star Academy

In Blogby 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 Blogby 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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From the WE Team!

In News & Eventsby Julie Benneyworth

We rang in 2019 at Star with guest speaker Mark Quattrocchi from ME to WE visiting our school. Mark is a motivational speaker, sharing with us ways to create change in the world by turning passions into action. Mark is inspirational and engaging when sharing his adventures. One day he got on his bicycle and embarked on a ride around …

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Health and Wellness Day at Star!

In Blogby 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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MindCALM visits Star

In News & Eventsby Julie Benneyworth

This week, Emma Fogel, a Clinical Social Worker with the Social Work Consulting Group and Manager of the MindCALM programme, visited Star and spoke to the Kinders and Primaries about emotions. During this workshop, students were able to make connections to the movie, Inside Out. Ms. Fogel referred to the Inside Out characters as friends and spoke about how they …