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List of 64 news stories.

  • Giving Thanks and Giving Back

    Sarah Bruce, Principal
    Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I reflected on the importance of the Service Learning work that the Greenwood community participates in. 
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  • Thoughts On First Experiences

    Sarah Bruce, Principal
    I am thrilled to be joining such a welcoming, vibrant, and positive community, and I look forward to working with staff, parents, and students to forward the values and goals that are important to us all. 
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  • Reflecting on Greenwood's Past, Looking Towards the Future

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    As Celebration Day and the Leaving Class Ceremony approach, I am reflecting on the changes and growth that the school has undergone over the past ten years. 
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  • Thank You To The Greenwood Community

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended the tribute evening and celebrated my past 15 years at Greenwood with me. 
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  • Quantifying Student Engagement

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    We want to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. By conducting surveys, we can make sure we are doing just that, finding out what is working well and where there is room for improvement. 
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  • Venturing Further in the Arts

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    The Arts allow students to explore their creativity and build confidence. We're continuing to enhance our arts programming with some big updates next year. 
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  • Letting Students Take the Lead Through Thematic Events

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Thematic events such as Earth Week allow students to take leadership roles while they contribute to causes that are important to them. 
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  • Working on Well-Being

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Teachers and staff have been working on marking micro-improvements to their overall well-being with the help of Dr. Greg Wells. As they become accustomed to Dr. Wells' program, they will pass along what they have learned to their students.
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  • A Note on Enrolment

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Greenwood is fully enrolled for the upcoming school year. Thank you to current and past parents as well as alumni for being positive ambassadors for the school.
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  • Managing Anxiety and Building Resilience

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    A timely talk by Dr. Alex Russell emphasized the role parents have in helping their children build resilience and manage anxiety in adaptive ways.
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  • Engaging Our Alumni Community

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    When the Class of 2018 graduates this spring, we will have over 900 Greenwood Alumni. They have chosen diverse paths, but happily maintain their connection with their roots at Greenwood.
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  • Personalizing Learning Through Course Selection

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    There are over 100 credit courses for students to choose from at Greenwood. Students have a great deal of choice when deciding on their academic path.
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  • Thinking About How We Use Technology

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Improvements in technology come with many benefits from improved student engagement to improved communication and convenience, but they can also lead to disruption and distraction. Careful thought about technology use can help you keep these negative side effects under control.
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  • Annual Giving at Greenwood

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    As we arrive at the end of the term, all of us at Greenwood have a lot to be thankful for – not least of which is the support and commitment of our parent body.
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  • Getting the Most out of Parent Teacher Conferences

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Parent-teacher conferences provide a forum for open, honest feedback. They’re a place to safely challenge ourselves and our kids to do better.
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  • Learning From Feedback

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    When students reflect on and learn from their experiences, they develop important intrapersonal skills, such as initiative, self-regulation and self-evaluation.
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  • Developing Healthy Digital Habits

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Smartphones and social media can be useful tools, but they can also be damaging if they aren`t managed appropriately. As educators and parents there are several ways we can work together to help students develop better digital habits.
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  • Practical Experience and Enduring Learning

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Over 200 Greenwood students have participated in our cooperative education program over the past 12 years, getting workplace experience and exploring potential careers.
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  • The Value of Volunteering

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Our Service Learning program is one of the cornerstones of our emphasis on character and provides a great opportunity for our students to build emotional intelligence and greater understanding of communities outside of Greenwood.
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  • Emphasizing Well-Being

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    We have begun a two-year program with the Wells Group to help staff and students raise their level of health, well-being, and performance. 
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  • Setting the Stage

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    How can parents avoid micro-managing their children's lives and instead "set the stage" for academic and personal success?
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  • Teaching Personnel Updates

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    This year at Greenwood, we are adding a few new teachers, we are also welcoming back several experienced teachers and saying farewell to some veteran teachers.
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  • Year 1 in Our Expanded Building

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    It’s hard to believe we have almost completed our first year in our new space.
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  • Remembering Scott Taber

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At last week’s assembly, I shared with students and staff how the school had chosen to honour Scott Taber and his family

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  • Speaking Out Against Hate

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Last week, UCC informed its community of an ongoing investigation into an incident involving the discovery of anti-Semitic images and messages on a student’s locker.
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  • Learning Outside of the Classroom

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Creating opportunities for students to learn outside of the school is a key part of our commitment to supporting student growth.
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  • Greenwood Teachers Headed to Klingenstein Summer Institute

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    One of our key aims here at the school is to help our teachers grow throughout their careers, as ongoing educational research continues to support the belief that teachers exert a powerful influence on student character and achievement.
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  • New Spaces Making a Positive Difference for Students

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Having spent two terms in our new building, it is evident that the new spaces serve the needs of students.
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  • Arts Integral to Educating the Whole Person

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    If you follow our school blog, you will know that we have been documenting how our new arts facilities have enhanced participation and created new opportunities for students.
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  • The Benefits of Physical Activity

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At Greenwood, being physically active matters.
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  • Finding Solace in the Face of Tragedy

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Yesterday’s memorial for Scott Taber and his family was an emotional day for the school.


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  • Reflecting On Our New Facilities

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    As we come to the end of the term, it’s worth reflecting on how our new facilities have been working over the last three months. 
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  • Listening to Student Voices

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    One of the strengths of Greenwood is our willingness to respond to student feedback. Our recent student town hall and tomorrow’s student learning survey are two good examples of this approach.
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  • An Evening with Dr. Leonard Sax

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Earlier this month, we hosted an evening with Dr. Leonard Sax, which a number of Greenwood parents attended. I have highlighted the key points of Dr. Sax’s message for those of you unable to attend the presentation

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  • Fall Sports Wrap Up: Engaging Outside of the Classroom

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Our fall sports season concluded this past weekend and once again our student-athletes played hard and challenged themselves and their opponents throughout the season.
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  • A Passion for the Public Good

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    As you would have seen in Week at a Glance, our community service program is in full swing. Ideally, we hope that all students will participate in the program during their time at Greenwood, as it is a great way to develop civic character.
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  • Student Survey Feedback

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Each spring, Greenwood students participate in a student survey conducted by The Learning Bar. This online survey, which focuses on the factors that drive social, institutional and intellectual engagement, provides us with good student feedback on what we are doing well and how we can improve.
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  • Venturing Further: Greenwood's New Strategic Plan

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Throughout last year, the school developed a new strategic plan. If you attended Saturday’s Grand Opening event, you received a copy of Where We All Venture Further. This booklet includes the foundational elements of our new plan. Presently, we are working with staff on the operational elements of the plan, which we will share with the community in November.
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  • Supporting Professional Growth Through Student Feedback

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Teachers are an integral part of Greenwood’s forward-thinking approach to education. The school supports the professional growth of our teachers by gaining feedback from students, providing time for teachers to collaborate and through financial support of teacher participation in various professional programs outside of Greenwood.
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  • Engagement in the Arts

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Student engagement in the Arts plays an important role in the development of the whole person at Greenwood.
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  • Student Leadership at Greenwood

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Student leadership is on everyone’s mind this week as we select next year’s Head Girl and Boy. I am thrilled to report that 17 Grade Eleven students have entered the race, which I believe is the highest number of participants in our 14-year history for this position.
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  • Building a Lifelong Interest in Staying Active

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Participation in our spring athletics program is off to a great start. So much so, we have added a co-ed Ultimate team and 13-a-side rugby team, both at the Grade 7-8 level.
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  • Venturing Further: Grade 12 Profiles

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    One of our key goals at Greenwood is to challenge and support students to venture further within themselves
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  • Enrolment for September 2016

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    I am pleased to report that the school is fully enrolled for next year.
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  • Brand Survey & Construction Update

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    This week, I wanted to provide the community with updates on two of our major projects.
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  • Considering Greenwood's Logo and Visual Identity

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    We’re undertaking a process to consider refreshing Greenwood’s logo and visual identity, and we want community input.
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  • Greenwood Earns Excellent CAIS Accreditation Report

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    I am proud to inform you that Greenwood received an outstanding report on our recent Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) accreditation review.
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  • Caring vs Coddling

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    For the past several years, I have hosted breakfast sessions about Greenwood's academic philosophy for prospective parents. Recently, when describing how our approach was rooted in teacher care and concern for students, giving students choice about how they learn and challenging them based on individual levels of readiness, a parent asked me at what point does care become coddling. It’s a great question and one we discuss often at Greenwood.
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  • Empathy, Trust and Respect

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Throughout the past week, our Advisers have used their group session with students to discuss some of our community’s important values such as empathy, trust and respect. 
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  • Athletics Contribute to Student Engagement

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Athletics play an important role in the development of the whole person at Greenwood. There is a growing body of research confirming that participation in school athletics has a positive impact on students.
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  • Staying on the Leading Edge of Learning Technology

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Ensuring that our teachers stay on the leading edge of learning technology is a vital part of Greenwood’s approach to personalized learning and plays a big role in our professional development program.
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  • Fostering Community and Teamwork

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    How can you foster community and team membership in a young person? At Greenwood, that question is at the heart of what we do. 
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  • Building Confidence and Independence Through Challenge

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Our recent Outdoor Education experiences offered students a unique way to start another school year.  While I hope the trips were enjoyable, I also know that they tested our students in different ways. 
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  • Demonstrating Mastery through Authentic Performance

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    One of the great things about high school is that it provides authentic performance opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery and virtuosity.
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  • Learning, Multitasking and the Teenage Brain

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    In recent years I find more parents asking about the impact of multitasking, which typically involves some form of technology, on learning.
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  • Using Technology to Develop the Whole Person

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    One of the commonly expressed misgivings about the growing use of technology in the classroom is its perceived negative impact on the development of the whole person.
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  • Fostering Community through Challenge

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    The attitude of Greenwood students flies in the face of some recent research about teenagers. According to an article published recently in The Globe and Mail, today’s teenagers may be less community minded and more individualistic than teenagers 20 years ago.
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  • Working Together to Strengthen Community

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    How students and staff work together and support one another is what makes Greenwood a special community. This important facet of our school culture has been evident on several different occasions in the past few weeks.
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  • Building a Growth Mindset

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    November is a good time of year to be thinking about how teachers and parents can work together to reinforce the key elements of a growth mindset in our students.
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  • Cultivating Choice and Critical Thought in Students

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    A few weeks ago I attended the CAIS Heads and Chairs Conference where Alfie Kohn, author of The Myth of the Spoiled Child, was one of the featured speakers.
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  • Postsecondary Life: Reconnecting with Greenwood Alumni

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    One of my favourite parts of the fall is when our most recent alumni touch base to let us know how they are doing with the transition to their various postsecondary endeavors.
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  • Resiliency in the Face of Adversity

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At next week’s assembly, Brian Banks will share his remarkable story with our students in Grades 9 to 12.
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  • Using Homework to Help Improve Learning Skills

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    If you follow the world of education, you know there is a lively debate about the merits of homework, with some school boards going so far as banning it altogether. At Greenwood, we feel homework is important, as it helps students learn to work independently.
     
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  • Outdoor Education as Character Building

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    I returned back to school on Monday after spending three days at Kilcoo Camp. If you have a moment, take a look at the Greenwood Outdoor Education blog written by our Grade 12 students and you will have a good sense of the wide array of activities experienced by students.
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