Ottawa, ON | Grades NS - 8 | Shortlist
The school community of staff, students and parents is very close knit. Communications have greatly improved over the last few years.
I remember the school leadership and administration being warm and friendly, creating a positive school environment. Everyone greeted each other as they passed the office in the morning, and there was a mutual respect between students and administration. Looking back, I think it is special that each teacher takes the time to say goodbye to every student at the end of every day, creating individual bonds. While there was certainly a level of authority amongst leadership, the staff was always approachable - I never felt afraid to wait by the teachers' lounge if I had a question, or to ask the office administration for any help.
The administration was very respected by everyone, however people were not afraid of the principal etc. There were not many instances where I remember people being sent to the office, however when it was a serious issue, the administration would deal with it appropriately and not let it slide. From what I can remember they communicated quite effectively through newsletter sent home to the parents on a regular basis.
As a student, during my time at BHMS, I felt the leadership and administration were very connected with the school and its students. It was always a priority for them to create a school community and that was shown through their involvement with the students. For example, each term they created a newsletter for parents that featured the activities of the students and showcased what they have been doing. Being able to foster a community was really a priority and as a student, I felt like I was a part of that. Besides fostering a school community, as a student, I felt incredibly valued and respected by leadership and administration. Having the members of administration all know my name when I took a trip to the office to hand in an attendance form or take a band-aid shows how personable they were and how important students were to them. At each school-wide Worship, the director would shake every student's hand - often knowing all our names. This really made me feel valued as a student and connected to the leadership of the school.
The children had not brought back any negative feedbacks on this. In one case, when one of their teachers left the school, they felt sad.