Breslau, ON | Grades 9 - 12 | Shortlist
Woodland is absolutely a community school and I definitely feel comfortable being in the school and engaging with the teachers and students. There are many events throughout the year where parents can come and either help out with extra curriculars or engage by seeing the school play, attending the concerts, going to sports events, going to Robotics events, and coming along on class trips. As our first year there I felt really welcomed and comfortable attending events, and frankly it gets pretty enjoyable at this level. My only area for growth is the involved parent network they have, which was never communicated overly clearly and still remains a bit of a mystery to me. Some of the fundraising activities could probably be a bit more community focussed in order to engage parents further. They do also hold a BBQ at the start of school for parents, teachers, and students, which is pretty cool from a community building perspective.
As I said before, the school does feel like a small community. Of course there are particular groups of people and or friends, but that is based on common interest. The different groups do not exclude the others per se, but it just naturally separates. If forced, the various groups can talk fairly well with each other. But again, we are teenagers and so we don't all constantly get along all the time. For example, my group is more of drama people and gamers, but I am able to enjoy conversations with people who are more of jocks. Even though I don't really have too much in common with them, I am still able to talk to them and enjoy talking to them when I do.