A Message from Head of School - Chris Grieve
The emotional and psychological well being of students at Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School is of utmost importance, and the Board, faculty and staff are fully committed to doing everything in our power to ensure we foster and maintain a safe, kind and inclusive community.
Last spring, I was having a conversation with an Aberdeen Hall father about a concern he was having with the dynamics of his daughter’s social circle, and he said: “I just wish the girls would try to be a little kinder to one another.”
We very much agree that learning to be a little kinder to one another can go a very long way towards improving relationships with those around us. With this in mind, the Management Team has been reviewing how the school could have a significant impact in this area. Our goal is to educate students, eliminate (or at least minimize bullying) and foster a kind community that our students will flourish in.
Actions we have taken include:
Are you aware of ERASE ? This is another excellent resource we use at School.
ERASE is a British Columbia initiative, and according to their website: “ERASE is all about building safe and caring school communities . This includes empowering students, parents, educators and the community partners who support them to get help with challenges, report concerns to schools, and learn about complex issues facing students.” ERASE has a robust website that is also worth reviewing.
We have a number of faculty with specialty ERASE training and will be increasing both the level and quantity of our trained employees next month when we host the Central Okanagan erase workshop for teachers.
Aberdeen Hall’s school based curricular and co-curricular programs for students are designed to assist students with their social-emotional well being.
Programs used in various grades in the Junior School:
Divisional and school wide programs that assist with wellness:
ERASE Training (see above)
Advisors and the Advisory Program
This program groups students in Grades 9-12 together for their high school years and has the same faculty mentor. Appendix.
Assemblies and Guest Speakers
School Tutors and Mentors
Aberdeen Hall employs a full time Registered Clinical Counselor
Moving Forward as a Community of Care
Our school is committed to being a safe school where students are cared for and practice care towards one another. As per the recommendations of the BC Government, “safe schools make a ‘big deal’ about ‘small’ incidents.” It is our intention that schoolwide programming, training and modelling reflects our commitment to developing as a community of care and our desire to maintain a safe school environment.
A school environment has thousands of daily interactions, and will include different levels of conflict. We rely on a proactive management based strategy (vs elimination based). We work to ensure that behavioral expectations are clear and to educate our student population proactively. When mistakes are made, we apply consequences when necessary. Our management strategies are not punitive in nature, rather the primary goal is to learn from the experience and eliminate future similar occurrences. On the occasion that students are not adjusting their behaviours accordingly, we utilize the school’s Code of Conduct to apply consequences.
We welcome your comments and questions at anytime and look forward to continuing to work with you in building our welcoming and vibrant community.
With warm regards,
Head of School