We all share a common goal of ensuring that every St. Michael’s College School student has a positive, safe, and transformational experience. Thank you to everyone in our community who has taken time to share a thoughtful idea for how we can move forward together and strengthen the culture of respect at our school. Take a look below to see the ideas shared so far.
Rename and re-position the role of President
President vs Principal: I think having both positions is very confusing for kids and parents alike. At any level of governance, you need one person in charge, and in the case of a school, this is a Principal. The President…
More focus on consolidating school values in the grade 9 year
Integrating new kids: I agree with the suggestions around pairing new kids with an older kid who can act as a mentor. With the class year doubling in grade 9, it seems extremely important to focus on the grade 9…
Ban or restrict Mobile Phone use
Ban mobile phone/smart phone usage in locker rooms (standard practice now) and possibly on all school premises.
My elementary school age children have received anti-bulling training which included training and tools for bystanders so they will intervene and stop inappropriate behavior. I think these would be very good tools for SMCS students to have. They also need…
First Do No Harm
There are two equally important objectives with the values review SMCS is doing: • Do no harm – don’t destroy the culture and atmosphere that so many students have benefited from throughout the years • Ensure that SMCS lives up…
I don’t feel like the coaches or teachers have done anything wrong in the current situation given current expectations but moving forward expectations and accountability need to be tightened up. When I was a football captain many years ago, I…
Initiations are likely to happen with sports team but there is no reason they cannot be a positive experience. Medieval knights used to pray all night, swear an oath to chivalrous ideals, were tapped with a sword in a solemn…
Deepening Focus on Goodness
St Michael’s motto is Teach Me Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge but when you think about it, it is one of the areas we devote the least explicit focus on in the school. We hope it will be absorbed by osmosis….