School campuses tend to be quiet places when students leave for summer break, but not at St. Andrew’s College.
The first week of July saw the continuation of summer school in Rogers Hall; training and skills camps in La Brier Arena and on Yuill Field; tennis court construction; and crews working on $1.1 million in summer maintenance projects.
In addition to the kick-off of SAC Summer Camp, the School also hosted the CAIS Summer Leadership Institute (LI) July 2 - 6. Close to 200 educators – representing 50 independent schools from across Canada – studied in CLIP classrooms, dinned in Cole Hall, and slept in Upper School residences.
Summer LI is held on a rotational basis among CAIS Boarding Schools, offering modules on key facets of leadership in independent schools. Upon completion of the three-year program, a Leadership Institute diploma is issued. It is run in conjunction with the Next Step program, for LI graduates and high-level administrators.
Greg Reid, Assistant Headmaster, Student Life, served as SAC’s host and conference representative, and was also a participant in Next Steps. Many SAC faculty and staff were involved in what Reid says was a “fantastic event” from start to finish.
Headmaster Kevin McHenry taught a session on academic administration, SAC’s CFO Beth McKay led a session on finance, and Sabrina D’Angelo, Director of Middle School, instructed a module on Women and Leadership. Teacher Len Gurr finished year-two of the program, while Trevor Biasi, Associate Director of Middle School, graduated and received his LI diploma, as have many SAC faculty over the past 15 years.
The conference also served as an opportunity to showcase SAC’s amazing campus and facilities.
“Everything has been over the top” says Anne-Marie Kee, Executive Director of CAIS, expressing thanks on behalf of CAIS. From the warmth and hospitality extended by everyone to the wonderful food and the support offered by IT, “SAC’s passion for excellence and positive culture was felt.”
Story by Cindy Veitch