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Letter from the Head of Morven

Academic Year 2013-2014

June 17th, 2013

Welcome to New Students and Parents Entering the Morven Campus!

Although our summer holidays have not yet begun, we are already well underway in our planning for the next school year. When September comes, we hope that you, too, will be ready for the excitement of a new year and the opportunities awaiting you here at Collingwood.

The Morven Campus is a lively and engaging place, filled with opportunities for students in Grades 8-12. Life will be busy with activities that cross all four strands of school life: academics, arts, athletics and service. The faculty will be working closely with all of the students, getting to know them as individuals and drawing forth their best efforts. We look forward to meeting the new members of our Morven campus community at New Student Day on September 3rd – a fun and friendly way to kick-off the school year!

In order to be prepared for life in Grades 8-12, I encourage all new students to come with an open mind and a desire to try new classes, sports or activities. Mentor teachers and student “buddies” will be assigned to help ease the transition into our school. Being a member in the House System will also create connections between students across the grades, and help foster a sense of fun and school spirit throughout the year. The real goal, however, is to stretch and move outside one’s comfort zone – to really challenge our sense of self. I urge new students to be ready to communicate with teachers and peers, to ask questions and learn why and how we do things, and to feel comfortable and confident within our school community. Wearing a school uniform makes us part of a group; it is our individual traits that make us unique.

I urge new students to explore our website, to read course outlines, and to stay on top of important details like having your uniform ready for the beginning of the school year. Being organized and feeling confident about the small details will help make the opening days that much more enjoyable.

One task that we ask all Grade 8-12 students and parents to do at the beginning of the school year is to complete our required forms – these will be available on-line for the 2013-2014 academic year. Specifically, we ask you to complete forms related to Student and Household Information, Emergency Contacts, and Student & Parent Consent for Morven field trips and extra-curricular activities, as well as Morven Student Life and Expectations. You can complete these forms by clicking on this link: http://www.collingwood.org/backtoschoolforms. We ask all of our families to complete these forms no later than September 30th. You may want to go on-line now to check these forms – we would like to answer any questions that you may have before the summer holidays begin. Please note that failure to complete the required on-line school forms will mean that your son/daughter will not be able to participate in some field trips or school activities, and access to report cards and other school documents will also be blocked until the forms are completed. Your help in getting this information submitted before September 30th is greatly appreciated.

I wish you all a happy and relaxing summer break and look forward to meeting and working with you in September.

Sincerely,


Lisa Evans
Head of Morven (Grades 8-12)

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