Monday, May 28, 2012
Slipping Through The Cracks: Does School Size Matter?
Last week, we hosted our annual Graduation Dinner & Dance. This is an occasion where the community comes together to celebrate high school graduation. To start the evening, I have the distinct pleasure of introducing each member of the class as they enter the ballroom.
As I introduced each student, I had a rush of memories. With each student came a different story.
I realized that for this class, like the others before them, each person comes to end of high school with an individual story and coinciding journey.
For the some the journey is relatively smooth, for others the journey has been extremely bumpy - from turmoil, loss, disappointment and sadness to great joy, laughter and success.
Regardless of the type of journey, I was honoured, as a their principal, to have some insight into each students respective journey. To be invited along - so to speak.
I felt equally assured in knowing that the students had other teachers whom they formed even deeper relationships with.
As I reflected on this, I also wondered if our relatively small size, (just over 500 students in Grades 8 to 12) as a school, puts us at an advantage in our ability to foster meaningful relationships with our students? Our smaller size allows us, teachers and administrators, to intervene and respond to all situations (big & small) as they arise.
We often say that "no student falls through the cracks". This is a good and necessary reality for our community.
For what it's worth - I do think that school size matters.
I'd be interested in hearing from others and their thoughts on this.....does school size matter?