Na­tional award for All Hal­lows?

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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

JOY BROWN:

• 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.”

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

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.

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