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I believe that the term, "it is what it is," is overused.Far too often I hear individuals, and sometimes students, use this expression. The term, "it is what it is," should be reserved for unique situations where external stimuli or behaviour have little or no chance of making a difference. If you are half way up a steep hill of which you need to summit, then "it is what it is," and you have no choice but to march on and complete your climb. Other "it is what it is," examples might include a scorching hot day, a terrestrial downpour or an unfortunate health diagnosis. Even in those situations,…

A Vibrant and Inclusive Academic Community"Carefully watching as we grow..."When I arrived to Kelowna and Aberdeen Hall in 2006, we were located in a little, defunct public school building about a kilometer from here.  It was the beginning of the summer, and the list of 90 committed students had tapered off to about 70, so I spent my first few weeks calling families and working to convince them to give the school one more year. At the time, we didn't have impressive facilities, nor did we have any history behind us.  What we did have was a compelling vision, and an unwavering commitment to building…

Aberdeen Hall's spirit-of-service is incredible! It is amazing how our community has been able to create such a tremendously positive atmosphere.In 20+ years of working at independent schools, the "12 Days of Cheer" is one of the most powerful volunteer initiatives that I have ever seen.  For the third year in a row, approximately 30 parent volunteers have organized morning treats for over 90 faculty and staff.This volunteer effort is second to none.  Over the past two and half weeks, volunteers have arrived every school day well before 8AM and provided items such as fresh fruit, pastries, chocolate,…

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,…