Nancy’s Notes 10/6/2021

Taking Responsible Risks Requires Safe and Secure Relationships “If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.” (Alfie Cohn) In March, 2019, The Mabin School launched The Centre for Relationship-Based Learning. Based on the work of Dr. David Tranter, we helped to found a network of educators from across … Read More

Nancy’s Note 9/29/21

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun On Labour Day weekend, I moved my son into residence at university. It seems like yesterday that he was a little baby, lying in my arms as I gazed at him, besotted by his chubby, cherubic face. Many of you are having a similar experience as your children head into Grade 6, their last … Read More

Nancy’s Notes 9/22/2021

Learning on the Go One thing we are really good at at The Mabin School is learning on the go. A good thing too, since we are “on the go” so much these days! In our temporary space, our playspace is all off campus. We are making extensive use of the local parks and other nearby resources throughout the day. … Read More

Nancy’s Notes – 9/15/2021

What do our children need from us right now? “The brain does not like uncertainty.” These were the wise words of Dr. Jean Clinton, who spoke to our staff on Thursday, September 2 as we prepared to come back to school. Dr. Clinton is one of Canada’s preeminent child psychiatrists, and she spent some time with us thinking about what … Read More

Spring Has Sprung!

It is finally beginning to feel like Spring. Kids are ditching their coats as they run around at recess working up a sweat. There is a lot of energy in the building and out — and at times, emotions run high as Spring Fever plays its tricks on us. As you know, at The Mabin School, we see ourselves as … Read More

Six Relationship Rules for School Teams to Follow in Order to Lead by Example

I was very excited when Ashley McLellan, a dynamic young educator who had been spending some time with me helping me think about impact and learning, introduced me to the resource The Third Path: A Relationship-Based Approach to Student Well-Being and Achievement. As I read through it, I couldn’t believe how much the authors were getting right! And it seemed to … Read More

Communication – The Conversation Begins

Curriculum Night Communication: The Conversation Begins September is always an exciting time of year. One of the best things about working in a school is you get to start over, every year. Your future is never determined. You can always begin again. Learning is always a partnership between home, school, and student. We count on you to keep us informed … Read More

The Creative Journey Begins!

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Welcome back! We are all so excited to have children back in the building today. Our staff has been working hard all summer long to prepare for another creative, productive, fun-filled adventure at Mabin. Still, without your kids, the magic is missing. We never know in September where they will take us by June. It is our great pleasure to … Read More

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child!

It Takes a Village! As you know, one of our priorities as a school is to build community. There are several events and opportunities coming up over the next few months that I want to draw your attention to, as each will contribute to building our community in a different, specific way. Our final Moms of the World Unite Dinner … Read More