Friday, 16 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Yesterday we had our annual Christmas skate and pizza party. A number of families were in attendance to enjoy the festivities and celebrate the end of first term. A big thanks to Brenda Zakall for organizing the food, games and prizes! Congratulations to Charlotte for winning “The Most Christmasy, Christmas Tree” and Joel for create, well, “The Most Bizarro Christmas Tree”. With all of the learners, parents, secretaries and Caroline there, it was the first time all of us had been together all year. So often it’s easy to forget we are a community. Today, through laughter, smiles, songs and well wishes I felt connected and happy to be part of something so special. To everyone: thank you for including me so quickly as a part of Youlearn, and thank you for all of the generous gifts. May your break be filled with family, friends, good memories and peace.
~ Will

Monday, 12 December 2011

Winter Crafts

I enjoyed felting. I didn't know anything about it at first because I pretty much was new two the entire thing. My first thought was this is gonna be boring. Stitching and sewing, etc. has really never has been my thing. I've always enjoy drawing manga, a type of japanese cartooning such as Vampire Knight or Sailor Moon. Anyway, actually participating in felting was the complete opposite of what I first thought. It’s addicting. I went home and as soon as I found some foam I worked on my project that I had started in class until it was done. Thanks Naomi.

~ Samantha

Monday, 5 December 2011

Presenter’s Cafe

On Wednesday evening in the Oliver Elementary School library, six students presented a variety of topics to family and friends as part of YouLearn’s public speaking finale. Not surprisingly everyone did well. Reflecting on the evening, however, what was interesting was the fact that each presenter succeeded in their own unique way. From a teaching point of view this is most pleasing. It reminds me that learning is not about memorizing a formula then replicating it. It’s about understanding what’s important, weaving it into who we are then growing and developing. It’s quite beautiful, actually. Bravo to everyone and all who attended what was truly a memorable community event.

~ W. Eaton