Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, your one-stop source for news about your son’s upcoming activities and events.

Message from Derek Poon, head, Intermediate Division

Sunday, Sept. 14: Terry Fox Run; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.derek poon

Monday, Sept. 15: Principal’s assembly; Laidlaw Hall; 8:30 a.m.

The boys, faculty and staff in the iDiv are settling in to our newly renovated space. As with all renovations, there are issues to resolve but we’re improving daily. Those of you who attended Curriculum Night on Tuesday got a firsthand look at the iDiv’s new state-of-the-art, high tech classrooms, with mobile furniture, hardware and software to increase student engagement. All of our research has shown these are the classrooms of the future. We have them today. Our boys and faculty are excited to be in them and we’ll continue to explore all the ways in which their use can be maximized to create great teaching and learning environments.

By the time you’re reading this, the selections for school sports teams will have been made. Fortunately for those who really want to play a sport and represent the College, there are two no-cut teams that iDiv boys can commit to, cross-country and football.

As for other co-curriculars like the arts and clubs, your sons should check noticeboards and websites, and listen for announcements in assemblies. The school-wide Clubs Fair was held today during lunch time and boys had a great opportunity to shop around and discover club options for the term and the school year. Club membership is a requirement so I hope they find at least one club that piques their interest. If you or your sons have any questions, they can be directed to advisers, known program leaders or to me.

Dealing with disappointment, setbacks and failures the right way are an important part of developing resilience. As stated by renowned child clinical psychologist Dr. Alex Russell, as long as these disappointments, setbacks and failures are non-catastrophic, work with your child to get him/her through it in positive ways that promote self-growth and build resilience. If he’s cut from a team, doesn’t get a part in a production, doesn’t get first chair in a band or fails a test, ask the question, “So how can I help you to get through this?” Dr. Russell advises adults to help children respond to these negative experiences themselves, but with appropriate guidance and support. For more insight, you may want to read his book entitled Drop the Worry Ball: How to Parent in the Age of Entitlement, available in book stores and online.

Looking two weeks ahead, I want to draw your attention to the Y1/Y2 parent information evening on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 7- 9 p.m. in the student centre. I’ll provide agenda details in next week’s iDiv Heads Up.

Thanks for reading.