At St. Jude's Academy, the administration team is outstanding. Everyone is always ready to assist and help at anytime. Teachers and guidance counsellors are always available to talk and help academically and mentally. The level of discipline is remarkable, I have not encountered any situation where someone was disrespectful to anyone else. The school leaders incorporate values and education together to ensure that all the students are future global citizens (which is what the IB program offered is all about.) A positive and energetic environment seems to flow naturally at SJA. The students feel a sense of belonging to the school. The parents are also a part of the leadership; many of the families help in organizing extracurricular programs, meal plans, and sports teams.
All levels of staff at St. Jude's genuinely care about the student population. This translates into a very measured approached to leading that is readily noticeable by everyone. The culture within the school assimilates that of an upside pyramid, with staff acting as a support system for students. The teachers have an open door policy and students have mentors in each and every teacher to turn to for academic and personal support. As a member of the varsity soccer team for the third consecutive year, I am still amazed by the fact the headmaster finds time into his busy schedule to attend several soccer practices. The school also affords students a lot of freedom without compromising discipline. We feel like we have a voice, and our desires are always acknowledged, if not met.
At St. Jude’s Academy the teachers, head of school and administrative team are inspirational. When students see that they have the right leadership skills it only makes us want to be like them –leaders. They are always ready to help and to be there for students in need. They are kind, educated, and much more. These are qualities that a good leader has, and from what I have seen these past two years, all St. Jude’s teachers have these qualities within them. They each express it in a different way, which is great to see because we learn in different ways to lead and how to lead the right way. Parents are also part of helping students build their leadership skills; they have made a parents guild which allows parents to plan events for the students and get involved in school events.