Dear Parent(s), Guardian(s), or Caregiver(s),
We welcome you and your child(ren) to Pelmo Park Public School.At Pelmo, we strive daily to build a culture of trust steeped in high expectations for all students. Our goal at Pelmo is to enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and to ensure each student develops the knowledge skills, and values they need to become responsible members of a democratic society.
Every student deserves a great education and student well-being, and learning must be at the centre of every decision we make. It is our goal, and responsibility, that every student feels connected and engaged in their learning and has the tools, resources, supports and opportunities they need to thrive.
Knowing who our students are is at the very core of this work. We must understand, about each student, what their strengths, interests and lived experiences are; what biases we might have that may affect their learning; and how we must, as the educators, counter these biases to ensure that the ways we are leading and teaching, are relevant and engaging for students. The responsibility is then on us, the adults to examine our biases, reflect on the impact of power and privilege in the classroom and school, and shift our attitudes and practice to meet the needs of our students.
To do that, we must first start with our deepened commitment to human rights, equity, anti-oppression, and antiracism.It will help us create a more equitable school system where the achievement and well-being of every student is fostered through rich, culturally authentic learning experiences in diverse, accepting environments where all feel included, every voice is heard, and every experience is honoured.
Equity then drives student achievement and well-being. When students see themselves reflected in their learning, feel that their voices are heard, have more opportunities, feel that they belong, know they have a caring adult to turn to, students feel good, engaged, connected and are ultimately successful.
Your partner in collaboration,
Mr. J. Wallace