Ottawa, ON | Grades NS - 8 | Shortlist
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.