Letter from the Head of Morven
Academic Year 2014-2015
June 19th, 2014
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.
We are all eagerly looking forward to the opening of the new Morven school building and are keen to explore and use the new classrooms, triple gymnasium, grand foyer, fitness centre, Learning Commons, and so much more! The Morven Campus is a lively and engaging place, and this will be even more true in our new teaching and learning space. 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 school community at Morven’s New Student Day on September 2nd – 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 ordering books on line and having uniforms 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 on-line for the 2014/15 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. We will be providing this link to our families over the summer. We ask all of our families to complete these forms no later than September 30th.
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, therefore, is greatly appreciated.
I wish you all a happy and relaxing summer break and look forward to meeting and working with you in September.
Head of Morven (Grades 8-12)