REVIEW OF Blyth Academy The Glebe, Ottawa BY student, Hafsa Mankour
- Date of Review
January 23, 2023
Gr. 9 - 9 (current)
(4) Student Experience
I personally enjoy the school as it is and the school is very cozy and small. The one thing I would change about the school would be to have a longer lunchtime since 30 minutes is just not enough time for students to eat or go and get food. When I did an interview for this school and was shown around, I really liked how it felt. The people looked very friendly and welcoming and they still are. The only thing I noticed was I'm so used to big classrooms, having six or seven students wasn't very fitting for me. I just needed to get used to it and when I did, it became normal.
(4) School Leadership
I respect all school leaders, they are very sweet and understanding. They work hard every day to ensure the students attending feel at home and welcomed. They do their work to the fullest and they are in general very kind-hearted people. I don't wish they did anything more than what they do for us now. They already know how to do their work and they do what they can to ensure students are comfortable and are learning new things every day.
Most of the time I don't think my teachers are asking too much of me, I believe that what they do is necessary but it gets a bit tiring, so there are times when I do feel it. When teachers hand out work, they expect you to follow it to the best of your ability. The instructions for the work they hand out are clear and easy to read. When they talk about success, they are focusing on how they can help you achieve. They show you they want you to get a good job and succeed while feeling like you know what you're doing.
The work is just right. It's not too difficult like you're struggling to know how to do it so if you listen to the lectures, you'll find everything to be simple and easy. Since I don't strive to be someone who needs so much schooling to get into a specific job or position, I'm not sure how what I am learning will benefit me in the future. Math in question would be my least needed, as I want to become a doctor/veterinarian. I know that it involves a bit of math, but overall the main focus is science.
I do not partake in any specific activities but I wish I did. To my knowledge, the school doesn't offer much because it is a very small school. If the school did offer art or cooking clubs, I would most definitely try to be a part of the club.
I would describe the students to be lively and joyful. Everyone seems to enjoy going to school and they are always loud and having fun with friends. The people in the school are very open-minded and are always welcoming to new students. The school feels like a town since everyone seems to get along and it's a small community. The students that tend to do better are the students who are quiet and listen to the lectures. They tend to study a lot and they always do good on exams and work.
(3) School Life
If I were to take someone on a tour, I'd start at the bottom and work myself up to the top. I'd show them every room and explain which ones are which. I'd tell them about the school and how the students here work very well and the higher-ups do very well with their part. If I were to take them somewhere specific first, I would take them to the field. I would want to tell them that many people come here and use the field. The students and civilians aren't limited to others but everyone can use that field. I would show them around the field and let them explore for a little while until they have seen everything.
The school feels like home to me since everyone was so welcoming and the teachers were also very welcoming. They made sure to show us everything around the school. The school is small but cozy and I like the fact it is very comfortable and the chairs are very unique since they're connected to the desks. Everyone in this school opens their arms to anyone and they make sure that everybody is appreciated and comfortable. They ensure that everyone is happy and no one is left unhappy. They always look out for you and they always want to make sure you're doing well. Teachers are always concerned and willing to help you if you need assistance because they want you to be comfortable.
(3.5) School Location
I do go off-campus sometimes. It is mainly to walk around during breaks and to go hang out and eat with friends. Kids always leave campus, it's a natural thing for everyone since the campus doesn't have anything to offer for students unlike getting off campus, they can buy food and they can stretch their legs once in a while.
If someone wanted to go here, I'd tell them every little detail that they need to know. I'd tell them to pick the right choices in what they want to do and make sure that they really want to do it. Applying for admissions can be pretty stressful since you need to be professional and on time with everything but it can also become fun since you can pick what classes you want to do and doing the interview letting you know everything about the school can be entertaining since they are always lively and willing to help with any confusion. I know now that it isn't difficult if you know what you want to pick and if I didn't apply, I wouldn't have known.