Direct from the Director, a weekly series from Linda Staudt, Director of Education:
It is not every day that we literally have hundreds of students at the Catholic Education Centre. This past Tuesday was one of those great days. We had Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 students who are part of our Enrichment Opportunities Program with us for the day. In addition, student leaders from each of our Catholic high schools came together for our LDCSB Student Senate Leadership Conference.
For our secondary students, the day began with Mass celebrated by Fr. John Jasica who spoke to the theme of “Who is my neighbour?” Thank you to Fr. John for leading us in prayer and worship. We also thank Mr. Geraghty and Mr. Melito for sharing their music ministry with us. The Student Senate Leadership Conference provides an opportunity for the members of our Student Parliaments to share their ‘student voice’ to board initiatives being undertaken. In addition, it provides an opportunity for our student leaders to share amongst themselves initiatives taking place at their individual schools.
Thank you to our Student Parliament Prime Ministers: Ben, Mia, Elissa, Justin, Charyda-Andrea, Nora, Vanessa, Cassidy, Tyler and Bruce. Thank you, as well, to our dedicated Teacher Advisors for their ongoing work with our student leaders: Ms. Maloney, Mr. Reati, Mr. Aidoo, Mr. Welsh, Mr. Steer, Mr. Hasson, Ms. Dundas, Ms. Thompson and Ms. Tedesco. A special thank you to Mr. Gillen, Ms. Bechberger, Ms. Evans, Vanessa, Megan (Student Trustee) for all their work behind the scenes planning the day’s activities.
I had the opportunity this week to visit a number of schools including St. Mary’s Choir School, St. Michael (London) and St. Mary’s (West Lorne). From these visits I always leave impressed at the creative and collaborative work taking place in our classrooms to support our board improvement goals. Thank you to the students and staff for sharing the work you are doing in this area with me. I also thank our parents along with our many community partners who contribute much to the many and varied activities taking place within our schools.
Friday provided an opportunity for Superintendent Holbrough, Senior Administrator Desjardins and I to meet at the new L’Arche Gathering Place in Lambeth. We met with Marietta Drost, Executive Director of L’Arche and her team to explore possibilities moving forward and as both our Board and L’Arche grow TOGETHER in new ways.
This past weekend I came across an interesting article, Ten Things Pixar Can Teach Us About Creativity. Worth sharing are a few of the things that Pixar can teach us about creating cultures of creative collaboration.
Creativity isn’t a solitary endeavor. The best creative ideas are often solved by entire teams.
Critical feedback doesn’t have to crush creativity. When trust and transparency are present, critical feedback can fuel creative thinking. This is what happens when we trust each other enough to be vulnerable and share our work with one another.
There is power in pivoting. Pixar has one foot on an idea, concept or value, and then they keep trying new things until it works. Pivoting doesn’t mean you’ve failed, it means you are being flexible and willing to improve.
You can’t value risk-taking unless you allow for mistakes. Having a growth mindset and knowing that experimentation means mistakes will occur.
Art and science are complimentary. STEAM vs. STEM. Recognizing the artistry in science and the science in the art of storytelling.
People are more important than ideas. Ideas come from people. Therefore, people are more important than ideas. Ultimately, the success of a group isn’t the product they create so much as the way that they relate to one another.