I am writing this letter to let you know that Ryan has just graduated from The York School and will be off to Queen's University next year, taking Life Sciences. His goal is to study medicine as soon as he is eligible to write his MCAT in a couple of years.
As I reflect back on his childhood and his more recent adolescent years, I cannot help but think about the true gift that Montessori gave him. Interestingly, Ryan does not recognize how special the Montessori learning methodology is, because to him it was normal, as he did not have a traditional school experience to compare it to. I wish it was the norm for all children, because it teaches them so much academically, socially and spiritually.
RyanÃ¢ÂÂs strong foundation for learning and his love of school was fostered during his nine years at Bannockburn. I recall so clearly his
work with the golden beads, the stamp game and the exercise to understand pi. Math has been his favourite subject ever since, and his fascination with science has been all encompassing . Ryan has excelled in school because he goes beyond expectations and sees the world in a very interrelated way.
When your child is in the Montessori program it is often difficult to see what they are learning and how it will impact their future. I want to share with you that Ryan received an IB Diploma from The
York School with a 95% average, and accepted at his university of choice. This past year he was also Captain of the Senior Boys Volleyball Team, Captain of the Ultimate Frisbee Team, competed
on the Ontario Freestyle Mogul Team and continued to lead fundraising events to support kids with cancer at Camp Oochigeas.
Bannockburn gave him the foundation for learning and the skills in time management and leadership, to help him reach his full potential.
Looking back, we absolutely made the right choice to send Ryan to Bannockburn School (or as you may recall, he chose Bannockburn himself). ...