Lorna Jackson Public School Blog

New frontiers for new learning

New frontiers for new learning; then and now.

To our students, staff and community

Four years ago, I started as principal at Lorna Jackson Public School. Those years have passed very quickly but have all been wonderful.

Schools, are all about learning.

So what have I learned?

So much.

This, I know to be true:

  • We have wonderful students. Each one has inspired me in an different way. It has been amazing to watch our students learn and grow over this short time.
  • Our staff help make wonderful things happen each day. Our collective work has covered many areas over the past few years. What has impressed me most, however, has been working with staff who embrace learning that they then take back to their classrooms, to the students and to the work that matters most.
  • Our community cares deeply about its children and about our staff. The support of the Lorna Jackson Public School community has been unwavering and indeed inspiring. I also want to offer a special thanks to the community who joined us this year from Elders’ Mills P.S and helped expand our community even more. We came together, united in our work for our students. What a great year.
  • The work we do together is the most important work.

I am deeply grateful to the students, to the staff and to the community for four memorable years. My life has been impacted by the experience at our school in so many positive ways. Your words to me this past week and over the past few months have been most touching. It has been an honour to have met you, worked with you, laughed with you and celebrated with you. Parents and guardians, thank you for trusting us with your children and for supporting them in their achievements. I would also like to extend my appreciation to our area superintendents and our school board chair Anna DeBartolo,  all of whom have supported our work through the years.

It was 3 years ago, that we launched our blog that has helped us to capture our work, our learning and our accomplishments. I began then with a thought: “new frontiers for new learning”. Today, the line seems even more appropriate. Our journey never ends. Learning is always about new frontiers to explore and new stories to tell. And so, I now hand off this blog to Ms. Bongard who already has her first post drafted and her tweets ready to send. New stories await to be told. Ms. Bongard herself admits that blogging is a new frontier for herself. However, like a true learner, she has embraced the opportunity and looks forward to the journey ahead.

What is next for yourself?

Summer is an ideal time to pause and reflect on that question. Please enjoy time for yourselves, your families and the wonderful community you live in. To our students, please be safe, be kind and always reach for the stars.

I look forward to following your journey in the future.

Thank you again for your work with us through the years.

And, as always:

Onward.

Greg Collins

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