Catherine Dume, Principal
MBA, M.Ed (Hons.)
I took my first tour of Signet Christian I was able to see up close and personal, greeted warmly by the children and staff. I was able to visit a class and talk to a teacher and I couldn't help but connect with their friendly faces and an atmosphere of peace.
I came because I knew of a few interesting stories, one was of a transfer student who had come there a few years ago running away from a bullying incident in another school. Now because of Signet, he was happy and energized again, loving life and school. I also heard another story of a young 3rd grader who changed schools to come to Signet and was a withdrawn child who was no longer afraid to make friends. Large crowds had made him uneasy. But I noticed Signet's secret, with its small 5 - 10 children classrooms, it was the best place for him to become socially alive and able to see life without clouds overhead.
I heard a story about some of the families who had started Signet from Kindergarten. After years of elementary school they were well balanced, god-fearing young people who were part of the core of this Christian School. An amazing story was about a teenage girl who came from a faraway land and had to slow herself down to learn English. Although it was not easy for her, she kept going with the encouragement of the Signet teachers and her peers, and now she is happy studying in English at her College in Toronto.
I came to visit Signet found secrets revealed. I came to find the secret is in Christian education, being guided by the values and principles in the word of God. I visited classrooms, where the secret to academic excellence was in the supportive system which children need. I came to see the secret in the life and passion in the classroom was due to every learning style being addressed and their special events, Science fair, Sports day, a FUND raising collection drive, a musical when the all-school cast performs catering to every student.
I saw secrets revealed in plain sight. I saw that it would be fun to learn in this environment, where innovative instruction is a foundation for students to get connected to life and each other.
The truth is, as I came to visit, I kept coming back, I found ways to volunteer and I eventually took a seat on their robust Board of Directors. Now I am the principal of this amazing place where children shine.
Come discover more as I did at Signet.
Catherine Dumé, MBA, MA Ed, (Honours), is an educator, ordained minister, and head of school since her appointment by the Board in 2014. Mrs. Dumé, an international education consultant, has held posts as a Director of a Bible College and teacher of a Special Education Unit. She was educated at Oral Roberts University, OK. and is a level 1 Educational Therapist with Certification from the National Institute of Learning Development in Toronto. She is a wife to Frantz and a mother of 3 and is passionate about child development.