Peterborough's Karan Leal Has Been Selected One Of Canada's Outstanding Principals

St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School Principal Karan Leal has found herself in some prestigious company, having been selected by The Learning Partnership as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals of 2017.

A group of staff, students, parents, clergy and fellow educators nominated Mrs. Leal for the award, which is among the highest honours for a principal in public education.

Principal Karan Leal with school prime minister and Grade 8 student Jodi Overwijk.

Principal Karan Leal with school prime minister and Grade 8 student Jodi Overwijk.

“I was extremely touched by the nomination,” Mrs. Leal says about hearing she had been selected. “When I found out, it warmed my heart deeply.”

Now celebrating its 13th year, The Learning Partnership’s Canada’s Outstanding Principals program recognizes the unique and vital contribution of principals in publicly funded schools. The 40 principals, nominated by parents, colleagues, and community members, and chosen by a national selection committee, are being celebrated for demonstrating innovation, leadership and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities within their school communities.

They will be awarded for their accomplishments at the annual Canada’s Outstanding Principals gala on February 28th at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

Mrs. Leal has been an educator in the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board for more than 31 years and has been principal at St. Patrick CES for five years.

“The staff here at St. Patrick are incredible—they all have special gifts, so my role in many ways is to empower them to go out and explore their gifts to the fullest,” Mrs. Leal says. “And because of that, we have the ability to offer an incredible wide range of opportunities for our students.”

Under Mrs. Leal’s leadership, St. Patrick has been recognized as a gold-level Ontario EcoSchool and the school offers a wide-range of extracurricular activities for students such as a robotics club, math and problem-solving teams, school musicals, talent shows, spelling bees, public speaking competitions, Skills Ontario teams (robotics, videography and cardboard boats) and an array of sporting opportunities.

Mrs. Leal also helps organize the school’s annual Christmas hamper campaign, where gifts and food are collected and hand-delivered to underprivileged families in the community.

Those who nominated Mrs. Leal talked about her ability to inspire students and staff alike, her collaboration with the local parish and parent communities, and her strive to create a welcoming, inclusive school environment where students have ample access to technology.

St. Patrick CES hosted the first ever Board-wide Robotics Competition in November 2016. Principal Karan Leal said her role as a Principal is to empower her staff to take chances and to embrace their talents and interests. Students at the school benefit from an array of extracurricular activities as a result.

St. Patrick CES hosted the first ever Board-wide Robotics Competition in November 2016. Principal Karan Leal said her role as a Principal is to empower her staff to take chances and to embrace their talents and interests. Students at the school benefit from an array of extracurricular activities as a result.

“Karan has a strong commitment to the growth and wellbeing of her staff and students, which makes her an outstanding educator and leader," says Maria Kennedy, Parent Council Chair 2011-2016. "She takes time to celebrate student and staff achievements and she creates a school environment in which parents are welcomed and respected."

“Perhaps the greatest testament to Karan Leal as an outstanding principal is found among the students of the school," says Rev. Msgr. Michael Heffernan, of Our Lady of the Assumption in Keene. "One finds a great love and respect for Mrs. Leal by the pupils. And…I have found her to be supportive in my role as pastor as we work together, educating and strengthening the students in their faith and moral development."

The winners of the Canada’s Outstanding Principals program will benefit from an exclusive five-day executive leadership training program at one of Canada’s top business schools, the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The program will introduce them to leadership and management practices presented by business, government and education leaders as well as Rotman faculty.

The 2017 winners will join the prestigious ranks of the National Academy of Canada’s Outstanding Principals, which now boasts over 400 members. The National Academy offers principals ongoing networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities so they can enhance their leadership skills.

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Fleming College Has Highest Winter Enrollment In Its 50 Year History

Great news for Fleming College—and Peterborough—as the college has kicked off 2017 with record winter enrollment. Overall, first-semester intake was 1,238 students, the highest in the College’s 50-year history. The previous record high for winter start-up was 1,081 students in 2013. Winter enrollment for all students—both new and returning—is up three percent over 2016.

FLEMING ALSO WELCOMES RECORD NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
 
Fleming also announced a record number of international students to its campuses. More than 460 new international students—including 135 students at Frost Campus in Lindsay—started at the College this January, an increase of 130 percent over January 2016. This increases the total number of international students by 70 percent to 874, with students attending from more than 25 different countries.

“We are absolutely pleased to welcome all of our new students to Fleming College," says Fleming College President Tony Tilly. "Our campus communities are thriving, diverse and collaborative—key aspects of an inspiring learning environment."

The College experienced growth across a broad spectrum of programs—and most of Fleming’s academic schools saw a surge in new students.
 
More than half of Fleming’s 100-plus full-time programs offer a January start. Students can study through the summer and start third semester with the fall cohort. This intake ensures a flexible option for students of all ages.
 
For students interested in starting at Fleming this fall, the deadline for equal consideration is approaching. Prospective students are encouraged to apply by February 1st to secure a seat in the program of their choice for fall 2017.

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UPDATED: Peterborough Teacher Wins Canadian Family Teacher Award

UPDATED: August 15th, 2016

St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School’s Sylvie Copland has won the 2016 Canadian Family Teacher Award. Copland wins $2,500 for school programming and supplies in the 10th Annual Canadian Family Teacher Awards, courtesy of program sponsor Johnson Inc.

A 26-year veteran educator, Copland was recognized for her kind and loving nature. Her teaching philosophy focuses on encouraging her students to take risks, be charitable, and to love and respect all. Her caring nature is also demonstrated through her annual fundraisers where she raises awareness and foreign aid funds for children threatened by malaria.

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ORIGINAL POST: May 17th

Canadian Family magazine has announced that Peterborough’s Sylvie Copland of St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School has been nominated for a 2016 Canadian Family Teacher Award.

Copland along with 11 other educators—shortlisted for their accomplishments in education—will participate in an online vote to determine the Top 3 winning teachers in Canada. The three winners will each be awarded $2,500 for programming and supplies.

Sylvie Copland

Sylvie Copland

From a pool of nominations, the judging panel was tasked to define keynote characteristics and skills that they felt separated the top 12 finalists as truly extraordinary.

Sylvie Copland is nominated for her selfless and caring nature, through which she treats each student. Her charitable nature also extends beyond the school community, as she is commended for her fundraising initiatives to support children in developing countries. Specifically, Copland has empowered her classroom to sponsor four children in Africa. Further, each Spring her class raises funds to provide mosquito nets to children threatened by malaria.

Let's have the Peterborough community rally around Sylvie. Vote for her here, and spread the word! 

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An End Of Year Love Note To Peterborough Teachers

Time and time again, we hear about awesome things local teachers do for their students. Teachers are unsung heroes.

Teachers have a profound influence on the lives of students. They are everything to students, and a great resource and sounding board for parents and administrators.

Teachers are the lifeblood of schools.

Great Idea: Peterborough teacher Wendy Thompson's wordie bookmark/freezie bundle year end gift to her students was a hit: Kind words that were written by classmates about each other (the more people to write the same word, the bigger the word is)

Great Idea: Peterborough teacher Wendy Thompson's wordie bookmark/freezie bundle year end gift to her students was a hit: Kind words that were written by classmates about each other (the more people to write the same word, the bigger the word is)

A great teacher can change a child's life—whether it's empowering them to make a choice in a career direction, be a nicer person, and inspire them to go out and change the world locally or globally.

Oftentimes, it's as simple as inspiring a child to have hope and stay positive, no matter what adversity that child is facing in their lives.

It's about saying, "Keep their chin up. I'm here for you."

Peterborough teacher Wendy Thompson's year end gift to students

Peterborough teacher Wendy Thompson's year end gift to students

Teachers are teachers but they are also caregivers, social workers, listeners, friends, confidants, motivators, mental health advocates.

Have a great summer teachers. You deserve it.

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Collaborative Conference Model EdCamp Comes To Peterborough October 18th

Photo via EdCampPTBO.ca

Photo via EdCampPTBO.ca

EdCamp, a popular new user-generated conference model built on collaboration—it's basically an "unconference"—is coming to Peterborough October 18th at Fleming College. EdCamps are free, and are designed to provide participant-driven professional development. They have a primary focus on technology, education and computers/mobile devices—as the world of learning and teaching is changing dramatically in a connected world. You can register here, follow @edcampPTBO on Twitter and check out their website here. More deets below on this innovative approach to learning, including a "101" video lesson on EdCamp (no homework, we promise)...

Register here!

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