It has been my pleasure to serve as Principal in our Salmo schools this year. And thank you to everyone who has made my first year a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. I have found the community to be warm, hospitable, friendly and open to new ideas, all of which have been very helpful as we do our work.
My focus coming in this year was to help create a safe, caring and orderly school, ensuring the foundations were in place for teachers to do their work and for students to learn. As a newcomer, it’s always important to assess a situation and see what’s working already before moving forward with any changes. So this focus ensured we’d have a solid base to work from, and give us the time as a team to assess where we’re at and make plans for the future.
Many of you may have attended our Community Symposium April 16th, at which we continued the vision building process which started last year. What we heard was a desire for learning to be experiential, hands-on, meaningful, and with a community focus. This is a message we hear often, and which our students also shared with the School Board on March 4th when they hosted a Student Voice conference for our whole district. We have also been grateful for the wise and helpful input from our Parent Advisory Councils, who’ve continually reminded us of the importance of community and connections with our kids as much as possible. We are building a vision for student learning with all these inputs, and welcome your contribution at any time.
Three big celebrations this year, among many that have happened. First, a culminating event of months of work took place last night when students performed in the drama production “Check Please” in the Salmo Secondary Gymnasium. Students in the Drama, Stagecraft and Music exploratories collaborated on this project, with amazing results. A video of the performance will be available shortly if you were not able to attend. Second was our Salmo Elementary Christmas Concert, which was attended by almost 400 people on December 17th. It was a wonderful show, and a great opportunity to see our community come together for a celebration of our students. And finally, many of you may have seen the beautiful canoe which was created by the Salmo Secondary boys’ group, under the guiding hand of Shamus Birkel. It is on display in the foyer off and on throughout the year, and we hope to create a more permanent display to show off this amazing creation.
I hope this gives you some idea of the new directions we’re exploring as a learning community, and stirs some excitement for our school as we move forward on our journey together. We have a remarkable team here, and are enthused to take the next step along the path of teaching and learning in this very exciting time.
All the best for a safe and happy summer break
Mr. Ron Sherman, Principal