Boundary Park Elementary School is set in a beautiful, well established neighbourhood. It is surrounded by trees and trails that teachers use for outdoor education so our learning extends beyond the classroom. There are also large trees in our school yard that the students love playing around at recess and lunch.
Just down the road is the Boundary Park Pond where we do ourTerry Fox Run. The community takes a lot of pride in taking care of our school and reports anything that needs attention or that may pose a risk to our students. This includes neighbours that don't even have children enrolled here.
Boundary Park Elementary has a has a great sense of community. The staff have been here for several years. They know all the students and their families well and support each other. They wrap around all of our students to help them academically and social emotionally. Our parents trust us and are very supportive and appreciative of what our staff does. Our Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is very passionate and works hard to fundraise and create new opportunities for our school.
Our learners come to school happy and ready to learn. We begin each school year with a school wide activity that we turn into bulletin board that shows all our learners and what makes them unique and important.
We want all our students to feel safe, respected and have a sense of belonging so our school focus is on Social Emotional Learning. We were fortunate to be funded for a SEL Lead Teacher this year that facilitated SEL meetings with teachers and provided support and resources for them to teach SEL in their classrooms. Each class is using second STEP with their students and creating a common understanding and language for them to help themselves with challenges.
For our cohort we focused on a Grade 6/7 class and followed them throughout the year to see how they progressed. We also focused on the Gr 7s with their transition to high school and their thoughts around that.
Social Emotional Learning is found in the Physical and Health Education curriculum. Social and Emotional Learning is the important process through which young people acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions; set and achieve goals; demonstrate empathy for others; establish and maintain positive relationships; and make effective decisions.
The implementation and support of quality social and emotional learning through research-based processes and practices, have been shown to enhance the well-being of learners, overall achievement and positive life outcomes.
The Big Ideas connected to SEL are:
- Having good communication skills and managing our emotions enables us to develop and maintain healthy relationships.
- Our physical, emotional, and mental health are interconnected.
The Curricular Competencies connected to SEL are:
Healthy and Active Living:
- I can identify opportunities to make choices that contributes to health and well-being.
Social and Community Health:
- I can describe and apply strategies that promote a safe and caring environment.
- I can describe and assess strategies for responding to discrimination, stereotyping, and bullying.
- I can identify and apply strategies for promoting mental well-being, for self and others
- I can identify personal skills, interests, and preferences that positively influence mental well-being and self-identity.
The teachers are explicitly teaching Social Emotional Learning using secondSTEP. We are excited to continue our SEL learning next year having school wide connections and commucation with our students that include morning messages and assemblies that incorporate SEL.