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From the WE Team!

In News & Events by 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 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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MindCALM visits Star

In News & Events by 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 …

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Communicate, communicate, communicate!

In News & Events by Julie Benneyworth

Communication with your child’s teacher is an important part of their education. As an administrator, I enjoy reading our weekly notes that teachers send out. They provide parents with a snapshot into their child’s week, pictures of some of the activities they enjoyed, and develop the relationship between parents and their child’s teacher. Parents look forward to the weekly insight …

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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 …