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Yesterday I flew to Shanghai with Elaine Crebo, our Coordinator of International Students, and today we will be taking a 400 kph bullet train to the city of Hangzhou (pronounced Hong- joe). On Sunday, I have been asked to be a keynote speaker on the subject of "Creating a Culture of Creativity and Innovation" at an international education conference for over 200 educators from over 10 English speaking countries, including 90 Chinese principals. We are also there to invite Chinese student summer groups to visit Aberdeen Hall in August and organize potential exchanges for Aberdeen Hall students and…

A recent submission to the 2016-2017 Yearbook: " Because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it is sent away." Julie Boehr Our 2017 valedictorian, Katie Van Kampen gave a speech in which she drew a wonderful parallel between the ocean and life.  It was so moving and powerful that she has influenced the theme of this yearbook. Using the metaphorical opportunities of the ocean is a welcome challenge. Like life, the ocean can be gentle, playful, ferocious, and mysterious.  It can be simple and serene on the surface,…

Head Of School's First Day Letter - Tuesday, Sept 5, 2017Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends,A Warm Welcome Back to our Students and ParentsWelcome to what will be another fantastic year at Aberdeen Hall. The school looks great and the teachers are very excited to start off the new academic year.   Our Fantastic FacultyThe entire faculty had a great week of professional development last week. We enjoyed workshops on Inquiry Based Learning and Technology in Schools and carefully examined the requirements of the new provincial curriculum.  I am glad to report that we have the best academic team ever,…

 The future is a mysterious and exciting place. Just about everything we do here at Aberdeen Hall revolves around the future of our students. One of my past Directors would often to say: "We do not see the student of today, but rather we visualize the individual or person he or she will become in the future, and it is our responsibility to take that very seriously." With regard to the future, there are so many considerations. Think about the accelerated rate of change in areas of information technology (due primarily to the exponentially improving speed of microprocessors). Other factors to contemplate…

Note to self -- Always be prepared with a good question. I had my chance to shine and I missed it!In January, I had the pleasure of spending the better part of a day with Sir Ken Robinson, one of the leading voices in creativity and innovation in education. Mr. Robinson also has the distinction of presenting one of the first TED Talks ten years ago. Some people say that Ted Talks made Sir Ken, however fans of Sir Ken will argue that he made TED Talks! His video has been viewed by an estimated 350 million people in more than 160 countries.As one English educator friend said to me:"What Paul is to…

Aberdeen Hall an accessible and inclusive community. Having enjoyed almost 20 years in independent education, I have occasionally found myself debating the accessibility of independent schools.  From the inception of Aberdeen Hall, the school’s administration and Board of Directors have designed a school that is accessible to a wide variety of students and families.A diverse population makes for a healthy population; this includes students with different ethnicities, religions, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Although, Kelowna can be a rather homogenous city when compared to larger urban…