The grade 1 to 7 students just completed their two weeks of in-line skating lessons. Some were still learning to balance on two strips of wheels while others were working moving quickly around the gym. According to medical research, inline skating or rollerblading rank in the top 3 activities that improve or maintain physical fitness and general well-being. What a great way to get to and from school! Try rollerblading around the sea wall in Stanley Park or around your neighbourhood. It truly is great fun!
This year, nine grade 6 student leaders from Mr. Harrington’s class were fortunate to attend WeDay at Rogers arena on October 18, along with 20,000 other passionate students from around B.C. WeDay is an annual event that kicks off a year of action, where students commit to fundraising and public awareness campaigns dedicated to helping others in their communities and abroad. The students were inspired by the performers and celebrity guest speakers, and they are excited to learn about all the possible ways that they can contribute to making the world a better place. We look forward to hearing more about what this group of young people will accomplish this year!
Quite a few students from grades 3 to 7 took up the challenge of being part of the cross-country team this fall and learned the importance of training and conditioning for their races. Many faithfully attended morning practices, and we are thankful to Mrs. Reid for once again organizing and running this sport event. We also appreciate all the parent volunteers as well as Ms. Cowan’ and Ms. Holms’ help and support. Congratulations on a great season!
All three soccer teams came in second place during their district play days! We are proud of all those who showed up to practices and worked together on forming a team in a relatively short period of time. All three coaches were impressed with the level of participation as well as the good sportsmanship demonstrated among the players. There are clearly some amazing soccer players at Dr. F.D. Sinclair!
On Friday, September 30th, students and staff across the district remembered the legacy of residential schools by commemorating Orange Shirt Day. Years ago, the Canadian government believed that Aboriginal children should dress, speak, and act like all the other children. Aboriginal children were taken from their families and sent to live in schools where they had to conform.
Ms. Myles, together with some teachers, organized a wonderful assembly and wore orange shirts to remember those children. Some classes read stories about the residential schools and reflected on the experiences of the First Nations children. We learned that every child matters, and that it is important to respect our different cultures and traditions among us. At the assembly, we enjoyed a song (“Show Us the Way”) written, recorded, and filmed with elementary school students selected from Surrey
Orange Shirt Day was also the same day we had our Welcome Breakfast for our new students and staff. We truly have a wonderfully diverse community at Sinclair, and we can proudly say that every child does matter!
We started the school year with our annual Terry Fox Run at the end of September. The students were reminded of the great sacrifice of our iconic Canadian hero, Terry Fox, and participated in his dream to raise money for cancer research. Thank you everyone for helping raise $1,200 for this important cause. A big thank you to Ms. Bohonos’ intermediate students in leading the warm up and to the grade 7 students who demonstrated excellent leadership in helping organize and run this event.
At Dr. F.D. Sinclair, the staff remain committed to maintaining high academic standards while developing the students’ reading, writing, and numeracy skills because a good education is the key to a successful future. This year, there will be a big focus on developing our students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) with the idea of developing the whole child. Dr. Michelle Borba, an internationally recognized educational psychologist, said that “a child with a developed sense of empathy, violence is unthinkable!”
As parents, we all want our children to possess the moral character to be successful, kind citizens who are able to function well at school and eventually in the workplace. Moral intelligence is learned behaviour. SEL is a process through which we acquire the knowledge and skills needed to manage our emotions, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationship, and engage in responsible decision making processes.
From the Daliai Lama Centre for Peace and Education, this beautiful video “Educating the Heart” shares the importance of preparing our children for the ever changing world.