National award for All Hallows?
The Compass has learned that All Hallows Elementary in North River has received a significant national award, and details will be revealed during an event at the school on Thursday, Feb. 14.
The kindergarten to Grade 6 school has an enrolment of some 425 students, with a catchment area that includes eight communities from Marysvale to North River.
When asked Thursday about the award, Principal Kevin Giles said he was unable to give any details.
“Let’s just say there will be plenty of excitement at the school at 2 o’clock,” Giles said.
The school is planning to stage a series of winter activities throughout the day, culminating with the big announcement near the end of the school day.
In addition to parents, the school is also inviting community, religious and business leaders to share in the big news.
Later in the evening, Giles added, a draw will take place to select the grand prize winners of a “Sweetheart Lottery” ticket sale.
On Twitter: @AllHallowsE event this week as part of staff appreciation week.
Brown joined the staff at Coley’s Point Primary in 1993, and is now in her sixth year as principal. She said she was humbled to have her coworkers nominate her for the honour.
“Almost all the paperwork was in place before they let me know about it,” she laughed. “It was very humbling.”
The K-3 school has an enrolmenet of 336 students, and Brown describes them as a “eager learners.”
SOME NOTABLE QUOTES FROM
• On retirement — “I’m nearing the end of my career, but I love it so much. I ‘m having a really tough time trying to decide if I can retire or not. That sounds strange to say, but I do enjoy my work.” • On efforts to replace Coley’s Point Primary — “I’m not sure I can hang on until a new school is built, but I would be satisfied enough to hear it being announced and perhaps get a chance to help turn the sod.” • On being a school principal — “You’re only as good as the team around you, and I’ve been blessed to have people around me who are willing to catch my vision, and work towards a common goal. I’ve had some fatalistic experiences watching teachers grow. I think that’s the difference now. For a while I was watching children grow. Now I’ve adjusted my sights to watching teachers grow. The part I love is helping people realize their potential and the gifts they have.”
Coley’s Point Primary Principal Joy Brown has been recognized as one of Canada’s outstanding principals for 2013. Brown is one of 51 school principals recognized during a gala dinner event and awards ceremony on Feb. 26 in Toronto.