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Principal's Address to the School

    • Sarah Bruce speaks with students after an assembly

      Sarah Bruce speaks with students after an assembly

The entire student body and faculty at Greenwood gathers together on Mondays for weekly assemblies. Sarah Bruce gives an address to the school each week, summaries of which can be found here.

List of 83 news stories.

  • Be Kind To One Another

    Erin Taylor, Communications Officer
    In today's assembly, Sarah Bruce spoke about the importance of treating one another with kindness and respecting our shared humanity, especially in the face of hatred and division.
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  • What Creates A Sense of Community?

    Erin Taylor, Communications Officer
    In assembly today, Sarah Bruce talked about the ways communities can define themselves and how that identity can create pride in the community.
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  • A Fresh Start

    Erin Taylor, Communications Officer
    Each new week is a fresh chance to try again at whatever we are working on.
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  • Welcome Back to Greenwood

    Erin Taylor, Communications Officer
    In her second official assembly address, Greenwood’s new Principal, Sarah Bruce, welcomed students back from OE.
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  • The Beliefs Behind Personalized Learning

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    In his final assembly address, Principal Hardy spoke about his beliefs about the importance of personalized learning, and how they have driven his career in education.
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  • Arts and Athletics

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Historically, some people see a rivalry between sports and arts. Today, I spoke to students about showing their support for both athletes and artists at Greenwood. 
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  • Casting Your Vote

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    I spoke about the upcoming student leadership elections, and what to think about when students cast their votes. 
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  • Commemorating the Victims of the Humboldt Broncos Bus Accident

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Today, I spoke about the tragic bus accident that occured over the weekend, in which 15 people were killed, and the effect it has had on the Humboldt community and Canadians across the country. I encouraged students to participate in school-wide efforts to commemorate the tragedy and raise funds for the community.
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  • Where The Magic Happens

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    I spoke about the meaning behind "venturing further" and how when we push ourselves outside of our comfort zones, we can accomplish things we never thought possible.
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  • Be True To Your School: Term 2

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    As the second term comes to a close, I reflected on everything Greenwood students have accomplished and the ways in which they had shown great school spirit.
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  • Making Space for All Voices

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    I spoke to the students about the life of Zora Neale Hurston and what her story illustrates about the importance of voice and its relationship with Black culture.
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  • An Aspirational Approach

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    We want our students to be aspirational in everything they do. Today, I used the example of our Girls’ Volleyball program as way of illustrating this point.
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  • Talking About Loneliness

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    With our annual Bell Let’s Talk Day approaching, I reminded students of how this event has made it acceptable to talk about a wide range of mental health issues.
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  • Classroom Survey Results

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    I shared some of the results from the recent student survey of their classrooms and used the results as a means of encouraging them to double down on supporting the learning of others.
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  • Thanks for Being True to Your School

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    As a way of closing out a very successful fall term, I commended the students on several different ways in which they had shown great school spirit, and in doing so, had “been true to their school.”
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  • Remembering the Taber-Gardner Family

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Scott Taber, his brother Andrew, and his parents, Jacquie and Geoff died less than a year ago. We took some time at today’s assembly to remember them.
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  • Who You Become is Infinitely More Important Than What You Become

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Throughout the fall we have had a number of speakers and events that have emphasized the importance of doing the right thing.
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  • Learning and Improving With Feedback

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Management expert Ken Blanchard observed that “feedback is the breakfast of champions.” The release of the first progress report of the year gives students an opportunity to use feedback from their teachers to help them move forward.
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  • Building Strong School Spirit

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Today, I commended several groups of students who are helping to improve school spirit and student participation in our spirit houses.
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  • The Origins of Pride Week

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At this morning’s Assembly, I shared a short video about the Stonewall Riots, which were a pivotal moment in the LGBTQ movement, and spoke about Brenda Howard, who is credited with creating Pride Week.
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  • The Friday Song

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At today’s assembly, I spoke to the students about how playing a pop song to start the day on Friday helps build house spirit, community and hopefully, is a nice way to end a school week.
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  • Be True to Your School

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At today’s assembly, I welcomed students back to school and reminded them of the many ways that can show they are proud to be a member of the Greenwood community.
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  • Reflecting on 13 Reasons Why

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    As part of Mental Health Week here at the school, I used my assembly remarks to comment on the popular Netflix show 13 Reasons Why.
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  • Losing Yourself in the Service of Others

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At today’s assembly, I thanked our current Head Girl, Izzy Farag and Head Boy, Owen Smith for their commitment to the school throughout this year and reminded students that serving the needs of others is an important dimension of leadership.
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  • Looking Out for Each Other

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    During today’s assembly, I shared with students some examples in which Canadians have looked out for others and in doing so, inspired us to exhibit the same moral character.
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  • Winter Term: How We've Ventured Further

    Allan Hardy
    By Allan Hardy, Principal

    Earlier this term, we installed a Venture Further sign in the Lodge. At today’s assembly, I congratulated students and staff on some of the many ways they had successfully “ventured further” throughout the past two months.


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  • A Year of Important Anniversaries

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At our first assembly of the New Year, I pointed out to students that 2017 marks the anniversary of a number of important historical and cultural events.
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  • Why Community Service Matters

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At today’s assembly, I illustrated for students that the issue of child poverty explored in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol persists in Toronto and consequently, their engagement in our community service initiatives matters.
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  • Passion and Determination

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At Monday’s assembly, I reminded the students that when a group of people are passionate and determined, they can overcome any obstacles or doubts. 
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  • Success: The Tip of the Iceberg

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    With the recent release of this year’s first student progress report, I reminded students that the habits we report on in the learning skills section of the report—personal responsibility, collaboration, engagement and perseverance—are important indicators of their growth as students.
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  • Remembrance Day Address

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    100 years ago in 1916, the First World War had entered its third year. As those of you who have studied this event in Grade 10 history recall, this war would last for another two years.
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  • Perseverance, Humility, and Fairness

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At this morning’s first school assembly of the year, I spoke to students about three important elements of character that I hope they will focus on this year: perseverance, humility, and fairness.
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  • Celebration Day Remarks

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At Celebration Day, I spoke to the Greenwood community about what it means to push boundaries and venture further in each of our lives.
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  • Leaving Class Ceremony Remarks

    Allan Hardy
    By Allan Hardy

    My earliest recollection of the Class of 2016 goes back to your first weeks at Greenwood as Grade 7 students. 
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  • The most important learning happens when the work you do is slightly more challenging than your readiness level.

    Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Nothing ventured, nothing gained is an old saying that means you can’t expect to achieve anything if you don’t take any risks.
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  • Pounding the Rock

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    I spoke to the students at today’s assembly about how the recent success of the Toronto Raptors serves as a great example of perseverance and trusting the process.
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  • Lessons from Shakspeare

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Head Boy and Head Girl elections are fast approaching. At this assembly, I reflected on what Shakespeare can teach us about what to look for in a great leader.
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  • Pride Week

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Our Diversity Committee organized a special assembly this week in honour of Pride Week.
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  • Visual Identity Survey Update

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At this assembly, I shared with students the result of Greenwood's recent visual identity survey.
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  • CAIS Accreditation Results

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At this assembly, I shared Greenwood's CAIS Accreditation feedback with students.
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  • Greenwood's Visual Identity

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    This week, Bob Hambly of Hambly & Woolley joined us to speak to Greenwood students about the importance of logos, and the process Greenwood will undertake to consider refreshing its logo and visual identity.
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  • A reminder about student behaviour at Greenwood’s Semi-Formal

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Friday’s semi-formal is a great opportunity for community-building. Students are also looking forward to taking a break from school work, dancing and spending time with friends. Over 330 students and guests are attending the event.
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  • Using the Rule of 3 to Achieve Our Goals

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Creating New Year’s Resolutions is a common practice. Research shows that the majority of people are not successful with their resolutions. During this morning’s assembly, I shared a tip from Chris Bailey’s new book, The Productivity Project, that in his experience has proven to help people succeed in making personal changes.
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  • Looking Back on the Fall

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    This week, I reflected on September's assembly address encouraging everyone to do what they can - based on our very successful fall, students and staff took it to heart.
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  • Stepping Forward to Do the Right Thing

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    In today’s assembly, I spoke to the students about the importance of collective and individual responsibility within our school community. I used a widely read short story to illustrate how though it is not always easy to do the right thing, doing so is an important part of being a person of good character.
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  • It's All About Teamwork

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    One of the key aspects of learning to lead involves recognizing the contribution of team members. Several examples from the past week prompted me to speak to the students about this important aspect of teamwork and leadership.
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  • Mindy Kaling: "It's okay to be quiet"

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At this morning’s assembly, I shared with the students television star Mindy Kaling’s observations about how the choices she made in high school paved the way for her show business career.   
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  • I am doing what I can

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    This year’s first full school assembly took place this morning. I shared with students “The Story of the Hummingbird,” which emphasizes how important it is that everyone works to the best of their individual capacity.
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  • Grade 11 boys on the dogsledding trip to Algonquin worked together to persevere through challenging winter weather.

    Celebrating Teamwork Throughout the Year

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    In our first assembly of the year in September, I spoke to the students about the importance of working together throughout the upcoming year. In today’s final assembly of the year I commended the students on achieving this goal.
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  • Leadership in student government provides an opportunity to serve others and experience personal growth.

    Serving Others through Leadership

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Over this week and next, the school is electing its grade reps for Student Council, as well as next year’s Head Girl and Boy. With this in mind, I spoke to the students about servant leadership and that first and foremost, student elections are about choosing leaders who will serve the needs of students and the school.
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  • Taking time away from our devices to rest and reflect can help with our overall wellness.

    Taking Time Away from Technology to Rest and Reflect

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Our students have been focusing on various elements of wellness throughout this week. I spoke to them today about how spending less time using their smartphones is one approach to wellness.
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  • Making Good Choices and Doing the Right Thing

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    I spoke to the students today about the difficulty of making good choices. I used a recent incident from Rochester, New Hampshire to illustrate my point.
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  • Critically examining our own implicit biases in order to learn and grow is part of being a whole person.

    Black History Month: Overcoming Stereotypes

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Greenwood’s student Diversity Committee launched Black History month during this week's Assembly. As a preface to the launch, I reminded students that Black History Month serves as a good way to help people overcome stereotyping and racial bias.
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  • Both Martin Short's and Clint Malarchuk's life stories offer insights on coping with adversity and remaining resilient.

    Life Stories Offer Insight on Adversity & Resiliency

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    In today’s assembly remarks to students, I reminded them about Mark Zuckerberg’s resolution for 2015, which is to read two books per month. I decided to make his goal one of my resolutions as well, and from time to time, share my progress towards this goal with students and staff at assembly. 
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  • One small action a day is sometimes a more effective way to make changes than setting big goals that are difficult to accomplish immediately.

    Setting Goals and Making Changes for the New Year

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At our first assembly of 2015, I asked the students to reflect on goals they hope to accomplish in the New Year.
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  • Project Impact is just one of the many ways that Greenwood students extend their learning beyond the classroom and into the community.

    Engaging Students Outside the Classroom

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Today’s assembly was our final one for the month of November, so I acknowledged several different ways that students are engaging in areas outside of the classroom over the next several weeks.
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  • Character is Doing the Right Thing When Nobody is Looking

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    At this week’s assembly, I reminded the student that one good definition of character is that character is what we do when no one is watching.
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  • Greenwood participated in the High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE) in May 2014. The results shows high levels of emotional, social and intellectual engagement among Greenwood students.

    Survey Results Show a High Level of Engagement In Greenwood Students

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    In May during the past school year, all of our students in Grades 9 to 12 participated in the High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE). At this week's assembly, I spoke to students about the survey results.
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  • Commuters in Perth, Australia work together to free a man trapped between the train and the platform. By working as a team and putting others first, we can achieve big goals.

    When We Work Together, We Can Achieve Big Goals

    Allan Hardy, Principal
    Throughout the past years, I have used assembly as an opportunity to speak with students about the school’s core values. During our first assembly of this year, I recounted for students an incident that happened in Perth, Australia during the summer to illustrate the importance of working together.
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  • A Tale of Two Schools

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager

    Real empathy, as Principal Hardy highlighted at our May 7 assembly, means truly putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.
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  • Student Leadership Season

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Being Greenwood’s Head Boy or Girl requires a specific set of skills and attributes. At our April 16 assembly, Principal Hardy outlined what students should take into consideration when casting their ballots.
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  • James Reimer's wife April endured angry attacks on social media following a series of Leafs losses.

    Making Smart Decisions on Social Media

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Recent Twitter attacks on April Reimer, wife of Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, teach us important lessons about decorum and dealing with disappointment.
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  • Being Kind to One Another - And To Ourselves

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Principal Hardy’s address at our February 19 assembly focused on courage – specifically, the courage it takes to accept and embrace who you are.
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  • The 12 Days of Fall Term

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    In the spirit of the season, Principal Hardy began our last assembly before the holiday break by recounting 12 memorable moments from the fall term.
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  • Sidney Crosby and Alice Munro, though very different, are both examples of Canadian heroes.

    One Hockey Player, One Writer, Two Heroes

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Alice Munro’s winning the Nobel Prize for Literature reminds us that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
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  • Our Wednesday Service Learning program provides students the opportunity not only to give, but to learn more about themselves.

    The Blessings of Giving

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    At our October 9 assembly, Principal Hardy touched on two examples of how giving at Greenwood blesses both the giver and the recipient.
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  • What Grade 12 student Sutter was missing throughout The Spectacular Now was that one trusted adult, who he could talk to about his plans.

    Why We Can't Always Live in the Spectacular Now

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Principal Hardy kicked off September 25's assembly with another lesson from the movies - in this case, why living in the now isn't enough.
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  • When writing an exam in a big arena, it can be tempting to look for an easy way out - and to avoid taking it shows character.

    It's the Journey, Not the Destination

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    As the year draws to a close - and our Grade 12s prepare to leave Greenwood - Principal Hardy focuses on the idea of finishing, and emphasizes that how we finish is incredibly important.
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  • We can still learn from The Great Gatsby's themes, even 100 years later.

    The Great Gatsby and Greenwood

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    May 10's release of The Great Gatsby marks the 6th time that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel has been made into a motion picture. So why is this story still relevant to Greenwood students today?
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  • Though it didn't end the way Leafs fans wanted, the gathering near the Air Canada Centre for May 13’s playoff game demonstrated how lucky we are, as Canadians, to be able to use our public squares as places of celebration.

    What We Can Learn from a Leafs Playoff Loss

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    The Toronto Maple Leafs’ playoff loss on May 13 was heartbreaking for many hockey fans, but as Principal Hardy explained at our May 15 assembly, their season still has many valuable lessons to teach us.
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  • Daniel Martin and Maddie Dalkie ('09) both brought a dramatic flair to the roles of Head Boy and Head Girl. (Click

    One Student, One Vote

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Principal Hardy discusses an important decision students are getting ready to make: the selection of our new Head Boy and Head Girl for the 2013-2014 school year
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  • Planting Peace opposed the hateful behaviour of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, by buying the house across the street and painting it in the colours of the Pride flag.

    Opposing Hate with Hope

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Rainbows are a universal symbol of hope, and at April 10’s assembly, Principal Hardy highlighted how hope (in the form of rainbows) opposes hate around the world.
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  • When one of her players loses a match, chess coach Elizabeth Spiegel helps them reflect on their play by replaying the entire game with them.

    Looking Back to Move Forward

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Principal Hardy explains how the strategies used by a middle-school chess coach reflect Greenwood's approach to encouraging student growth.
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  • Being Your Own Best Advocate

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Principal Hardy explores the phenomenon of helicopter parenting, and encourages Greenwood students to proactively manage their day-to-day school outcomes.
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  • Quiet examines the North American emphasis on extroversion, and how being an introvert can actually work to one’s advantage in many situations.

    It's Okay to be Quiet

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Principal Hardy discusses Susan Cain's bestselling non-fiction book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking. The message? Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, there's a place for you at Greenwood.
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  • Role Models & the Media

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    When role models in the media spotlight betray our trust, it can be devastating. But for every person who lets us down, we often learn about someone who unexpectedly does something wonderful
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  • Skill, Hope, and Reason - and Silver Linings

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Movies – more specifically, the lessons they can teach us – were the topic of discussion at Greenwood’s last assembly of 2012.
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  • Small, But Mighty

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Greenwood is known throughout Toronto as a small school, and that’s the way we would like to keep it. But as Principal Hardy pointed out at November 28’s assembly, small schools can still accomplish big things
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  • Student Voice at Greenwood

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Principal Hardy's address at November 14's assembly focused on student voice. Students do - and should - have a voice, but with voice comes the responsibility to use it reasonably.
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  • The world we live in has changed significantly since the 18th and 19th centuries, and will change even more rapidly as we move into the 21st century.

    Learning for the 21st Century

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Principal Hardy’s addresses over the first few assemblies thus far this year have focused on the different elements of character, a central concept here at Greenwood. On October 24, he discussed the fourth, and final, element: intellectual character.
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  • Big or Small, We Can All Make a Difference

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Principal Hardy's address at October 17th's assembly focused on the importance of using our gifts and privileges to make a positive difference in the world.
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  • The First Follower: Transforming a Lone Nut into a Leader

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    Lessons in moral character are everywhere - including at music festivals.
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  • Paula Findlay didn't win a medal in London, but she won the admiration of Canadians everywhere. (Tim Wimborne/Reuters)

    What the Olympics Taught Us About Character

    Kate Raven, Communications Manager
    At Greenwood, we know that developing character is even more important than a grade point average – but what exactly is character? The short answer: perseverance, resilience, and grit.
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