As I write this, it is already August 2, and as many of you are off having a relaxing vacation, there are several of us hard at work at The Mabin School getting ready for the new school year. If you were to visit us right now, you would see Dayana creating this new website, Graeme doing the work required … Read More
We are excited that Lisa Sherman will be joining us to teach Grade 5 in September. Lisa is a veteran educator who was most recently on secondment at the Jackman Institute of Child Study at OISE/UT. Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her but never stops learning. Currently, she is enrolled in Jo Boaler’s Mathematical Mindsets online … Read More
The Green Team continued their efforts to find ways for our children to become more environmentally conscious. Numerous initiatives were conducted over the year, including, an e-waste and battery drive, community cleanup, and our annual Earth Day celebration. As well, the ever popular ABC (Anything But Car) day was held on the first Wednesday of each month.
We continued our tradition of holding the Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread House event which raised over $10,000, once again exceeding all expectations. Our students were given the opportunity to show empathy and generosity as we again collected winter outerwear for those in need. We focused on helping kids in Toronto, and contributions were made to Queen Victoria Public School.
Our annual event roster saw the return of many favourite Mabin traditions, namely the Annual BBQ, Skate Day, Movie Night and The Annual Book Exchange. These events are consistently well attended and supported strongly by our parent and staff volunteers. The current events at our school are fantastic, but we always welcome new opportunities for inclusion, community building and fun! … Read More
In June, we had a contingent of 32 educators from a province in South Korea visit. They were astounded by the quality of the students’ work, and their ability to ask questions and solve problems. This year, we have had visitors from China, Denmark, and Finland as well. Our visitors always comment on how articulate, polite, and friendly our students are, … Read More
Next year Mabin will have a resident storyteller on Friday mornings. Dan Yashinsky is a storyteller, writer, and teacher. He founded 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling in l978, which turned into the world’s longest-running storytelling series. He has been a storyteller-in-residence at Toronto Public Library, Queen’s University Education Department, UNICEF Canada, The Stop Community Food Centre, Institute for Child Study, and Baycrest … Read More
Mabin Graduation Ceremony Recently, I experienced my first Mabin graduation ceremony. What a proud moment that was. Although I have only known these young men and women for a year now, they have impressed me as a remarkably cohesive and compassionate group, and exemplify the principles of changemaking: empathy, leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving. As I reflect on my own first … Read More