We are a school focused on student learning and cultivating character. Visitors often comment that our school “feels like a family.” Our goal is to help our students to develop creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving skills; skills required for academic and social success. In 2012 we were awarded the Premier’s Award for Safe Schools. This recognition is given to only 10 schools across the province.
Eastdale is a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 school located in the growing community of Listowel, Ontario. We have approximately 285 students in the school, along with 24 dedicated and caring staff members. Our grade six students move on to North Perth Westfield Public School for grades seven and eight. We work closely with North Perth Westfield on character and conflict resolution strategies to ensure consistency in the community. We teach our students about social responsibility and the HOAP process (honesty, ownership, apology and plan). Check out our blog for more information on social responsibility and HOAP. We are also a member of the North Perth Community of Character.
We are a community school, sharing our facilities with other agencies in North Perth. The North Perth Day Care runs a child care program at the school before and after every school day. The Early Years Centre runs programs for parents and their children throughout the year and the North Perth Parks and Recreation Department provides community children with special programs during all holidays and on P.D. days. Many other community groups use our facilities to host their events as well.
We have many loyal volunteers and an active School Council who help enrich the educational opportunities for our students. Our volunteers run a snack program, and help with reading programs and classroom activities.
We partner with nearby Listowel District Secondary School. Students from the high school assist with reading programs for some of our primary students. This provides leadership and learning opportunities for the older students and reading and learning practice for the younger ones. We also have numerous community agencies working with the school to ensure a positive learning experience for all.
Our academic initiatives this year will be to continue to focus on achievement in numeracy and literacy. As a staff we will continue to develop our skills to provide our students with the best education possible while building character and citizenship skills.
Ross MacSorley, Principal.