Blair Road Bandits
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11:25 – 12:05 Nutrition Break 1
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2:05 – 2:45 Nutrition Break 2
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Our school is located in the Galt section of Cambridge. The original school building was opened in 1963 almost in the middle of a pasture. Very few houses surrounded the school. The original school only had four classrooms. The Principal shared the office with the librarian, special education teacher and the secretary. Two additions were added in 1978 and this is the school building you visit today.
The school originally was built for the new community developed in the Blair Road subdivision. The school grew in population and demographics when in 1998, Dickie Settlement School (kindergarten to grade 3) and Cecil Cornwall School (grade 4 – 8) closed due to the provincial accommodation reviews. The board made the decision at that time, to bus the kindergarten to grade 6 students from the North Dumfries Township to Blair Road Public School. Students continue to be bused in from the west side of Cambridge, Browns Subdivision and part of the township.
Our Vision is…
Inspiring student learning through the focused efforts of all community members
Our Code of Conduct is…
Blair Bandits will:
Be Their Best
Our credo is…
Blair Road School – A Learning Adventure
Our student population remains steady most years at approximately 272 students from junior kindergarten to grade 6. All our regular stream students move on to St. Andrews PS for their senior school years, and then attend either Galt C.I. or Southwood S.S. Included in our population are students who are enrolled in two Special Education area classes.
When asked what makes Blair Road Public School a good place to learn, staff replies included:
“We have a supportive and collaborative staff who encourage each other and the students.”
“A positive attitude towards learning is displayed and we celebrate all student’s accomplishments big or small.”
“The respect staff have for each other and the students is enormous.”
Parents and Community
Blair Road’s School Council is an advisory body that functions within the parameters of the Ministry of Education and Board policy. Our School Council is a dedicated group of parents who provide advice to the principal on school policies, and through fundraising activities that enhance learning opportunities and sponsor special activities for our students and community. The School Council, through their fundraising contributes resources for off-campus excursions, classroom purchases and many special events such as Cambridge Skating Races, performers, author visits and much more.
The Fall Fun Fair in October has become a tradition at Blair Road that everyone looks forward to. The School Council has ensured our students enjoy a positive environment by playing an integral role in supporting the construction of a new primary creative playground, providing a new sound system for the gym, purchasing additional computers, rocks for the naturalization area, stage for our annual productions and providing ongoing leadership in our naturalization areas. School Council also looks after the collection of Zehrs’ tapes and Canadian Tire money, which generate funds or products for our school.
The support of our parents and other adult family members at Blair Road is outstanding. These volunteers are in our school daily, working in classrooms, supporting both teachers and students. The support they give to all of our fundraising events is tremendous.
We are continually enhancing the supply of our essential materials for hands-on learning materials. A book room with leveled texts is well maintained for both the primary and junior teachers. These literacy resources are continually being assessed and replenished by the staff. In addition, literacy is reinforced through the Strong Start program (Letters, Sounds and Words) for struggling students in kindergarten and grade one. Through the generous donation of time, volunteer parents organize and run the program. Teachers are enthusiastic about attending workshops, professional development sessions and act as lead teachers to enhance and share knowledge in all areas of the curriculum.
Students at Blair Road respect each other, learn from one another and demonstrate daily their enthusiasm for learning and cooperation.
Special Education Programs
At Blair Road children with special needs work both individually and in small groups with our special education teacher [SERT] and educational assistants. This may occur inside the classroom or in a withdrawal setting. We are fortunate to have two special classes at Blair Road. The first is an Developmental Education class. Students in this class are identified as functioning with exceptionalities that range from PDD (Pervasive Development Disorder) to Autism.
The second class is an Area Learning Disabilities class for students in grades 5 and 6. The students in this class are identified with a learning exceptionality in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Students in the class join us for two years from their regular home school. The teacher/pupil ratio in these classes is very low and the teacher and EA’s receive specialized training in order to enhance the learning opportunities for the students. Lastly, we have several itinerant staff members who visit Blair Road as needed to support students in areas such as English as a Second Language (ESL) and Speech Pathology.
Safe Schools Initiatives
At Blair Road P.S., students are expected to Stop, Think and Talk out their problems. They are coached on taking responsibility for their actions – making good choices, being accountable for their actions, willingness to cooperate and find solutions. Students understand that they should never quit or give up, deny wrongdoing, or lay blame. Our students are encouraged to be PAWS-I-TIVE and in doing so receive a Paw when they are caught ‘being kind to others, cooperative, responsible, respectful, showing initiative or persevering’. Each month, during our Recognition Assembly, all paws are put into a draw for a prize.
Our school has in place many measures to ensure student safety. For example, all visitors must report to the office, there is a visitor sign in book, badges for all volunteers, students use a sign-in/sign-out book, no dogs or pets are allowed on the premises and students are not permitted to leave the grounds without a note from parents.
Our population at Blair Road slightly fluctuates on an annual basis. Even a small change in student numbers causes the class organization to change. Usually, we have two sections of kindergarten, and with our smaller student population and mandated Ministry caps for class sizes, split grade classes are often the result.
Facilities and Resources
“What a calm, tranquil environment.”
“Your school is so inviting when you enter.”
Yes, the hallways of Blair Road are quiet, but lots of activity and learning is taking place in every nook and cranny. We have a wonderful facility and custodians who make it sparkle. Students vie weekly in the winter time to win the Golden Boot Award for keeping their coat hooks, boots, hats, and knapsack area tidy.
We have 15 classrooms, a special education resource room, a bright, cheerful library and pod work areas lined with the latest technology for students. Our large single gymnasium is well used and has a large storage facility for equipment and a boys’ and girls’ change room.
The playground area is large and borders on Heize Park. Our students have the privilege of using the large creative playground located on the city property as well as our own primary creative playground for our younger students. The field area includes two soccer fields, a baseball field with backstops and lots of green area for students to play. The tarmac area has been brightly painted with games for our students. We have two naturalization areas – Shady Hollow and the Butterfly Garden. The areas provide necessary shade during hot days, a play area, and a place for classes to gather. Both areas are ideal to begin to teach our students about caring for the environment.
Clubs and Activities
Blair Road students and staff support a variety of charitable events. We regularly contribute to the Cambridge Food Bank, Terry Fox Run, UNICEF, Jump Rope for Heart, and Together for Autism to name a few. Annually the activities and events change based on personnel and interest.
Each year different intramural and extramural opportunities are offered for students. In the past these have included a running club – fall and spring, floor hockey, track and field, volleyball, handball, Knitting club, primary and junior choir groups, recorder group and chess club.
Our young leaders in grades 5 and 6 take on the responsibility of helping our school run smoothly. Students work as safety patrollers, office helpers, kindergarten helpers, morning announcers, office helpers, bus buddies and lunchroom monitors.
Measures of Student Achievement and Success
It is important to recognize students for their participation, leadership and successes throughout the year. This could be an athletic win, academic improvement or success and student leadership. Each year, we have a Recognition Assembly.
At the grade 6 graduation ceremony, the Principal’s Award is given to a graduating grade 6 student who exhibits:
1. Strong academic performance (approaching or at provincial standards)
2. Good citizenship (helpful) and leadership qualities
3. Modeling positive behaviour for the younger members of our school
Blair Road students take pride in their academic achievements. Our teachers utilize the tools of Reading Records, Letter/Sound Recognition filters, and summative assessments to accumulate a variety of data on our students. Teachers will communicate their monthly academic focus to you through class newsletters.
Each spring our grade 3 and grade 6 students participate in the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Assessment. We are proud of the effort and students’ achievements.
Each year we set goals for our students and staff as part of our School Improvement Plan. She the office bulletin board for the most recent School Improvement Plans. Our School Improvement Plans continually focus on:
3) Safe and Caring Schools and Student Well-being