Leadership Recogintion

Leadership in the OCDSB is the demonstration of personal initiative to achieve a positive outcome.


Avalon students continue to participate in many leadership and community building opportunities. Intermediate students participate in Student Council. Last year the council collected food for the Gloucester Food Cupboard. Our students respond to world crisis situations: we have collected coins for Haiti, Japan and the Horn of Africa. Students across the school collected school supplies to support the efforts of an Avalon teacher who went to a refugee camp in Kenya in July 2010. Also, students act as Lunch Monitors and Milk Monitors and help to host sports tournaments in our gym and in the nearby park.


Our staff members are highly qualified in many areas: Special Education, Music, Science, Physical Education, the Arts, Technology and more. Our team brings a wealth of talents and interests to school and these enhance the learning environment and opportunities of our children. Our staff members have continually demonstrated leadership. Here are some examples: teaming to plan and order resources for all grades and subjects, unpacking and sorting new resources, taking empty classrooms and creating wonderful learning spaces, working together to plan all of the processes for children (entry, exit, fire drills, emergency procedures, etc.), setting up the Literacy Room and Numeracy Room, working together to plan extracurricular activities for children, working with School Council on school opening plans, working with children to prepare for the school opening, and above all, always demonstrating integrity, good humor and collegial support with one another! Staff Leadership is recognized in school newsletters, principal reports to School Council, individual notes of thank you, recognition in our weekly memo, etc.


Our School Council came together in March 2008 before the school was complete. The Council has advised the school in many areas such as our school name, logo, motto, opening ceremonies, resource planning, community events, setting up a hot lunch program for children and more. Our Council meets once per month on the third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in our school Staff Room. We acknowledge the great work of our Council through the school newsletter, personal thank you notes and in reports at Council meetings.


We appreciate the many parent/guardian, grandparent and community volunteers who support our students. Volunteers from OCRI also work in many classrooms to enhance student learning.

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