Nov 10
Remembrance Day 2020

I would like to share a few words with you today as I believe there is no day more important than November 11, Remembrance Day.

Given events across the globe and to the south of us, we are reminded every day that must never take our collective peace for granted.

Around the world, Canada is recognized as a world leader when it comes democracy, safety, diversity, tolerance, health, freedom and peace.  This didn't just happen my friends.  We got here on the backs of those who sacrificed so much as well as those who continue serve Canada in times of war and peace.  

Who were they?  Sometimes these soldiers were our Indigenous brothers and sisters and sometimes they were second or third generations Canadians.  Often they were recent immigrants fighting for a country that they only were just coming to know.  They did not fight as individuals.  Rather they were united in their sacrifice to make the world a better place for all of us.

Imagine, soldiers often just 18 years old (sometimes younger) sent off to the horrors of war.  Like our students, they had futures ahead of them.  In a moments notice, that gave all of that up so that Canada could be the beacon of freedom that it is today.

Think about that for a second.  Would we do the same?  Sacrifice so much for the good of future generations.  Thankfully, that is not being asked of us today.  Instead, we are being asked to take a moment today to really remember, think about and show gratitude to the heros that ensured our peace.

As your Principal, I have another ask of you.  Never take your world for granted.  Show gratitude and always lead with your heart.  You are not in a war, but every day, you have opportunities to choose between conflict and peace, between love and hate.  Always remember these sacrifices and do your part to make our community, country and world a better place.

​Thank you​,​

Mr. Sagriotis

Principal



Apr 24
Message to Students and Families

We hope that you have been keeping safe and healthy during this challenging time. As you know, our first priority as a school is the health and well-being of our students. With that in mind, our teachers have reached out to all of our students and we hope that these lines of communication continue to remain open. If you are feeling overwhelmed and are looking for tools to support your child through this situation, resources are available on the CBE website.

The Term 3 reporting on Monday, April 27 summarizes achievement up until the cancellation of classes on March 15. While learning at home, no students will see their grades go down from what they were pre-pandemic. However, students will have a variety of opportunities to engage in their learning and improve their grades. Weekly Learning Plans are being posted by teachers each Monday in your D2L course shells.

To our students - we miss seeing you each and every day. We are here for you and encourage you to continue with the learning opportunities that are available in all of your classes. Please know that you can reach out to any of your teachers, success advisors and/or administration at any time.

On behalf of our entire staff, we thank you for your patience during this challenging time. Even though we are physically apart, we hope that you feel as we do - connected and United!

Mr. Sagriotis

Principal

Jan 10
Welcome To Another Amazing Year

The opening and first few years of Nelson Mandela High School were truly an amazing experience for staff, students and parents.  It was nothing short of incredible and it was a year filled with so many ‘firsts’ both exciting and challenging.  These events helped shape the culture of Mandela – that of truly being ‘United’.  As we embark on a new year, with a full complement of students we know that our staff and students are proud of the school we have created and the culture we have begun to establish.

At Nelson Mandela High School, we believe in personalizing learning for each and every one of our students.  Through a culture built on the power of strong relationships and really getting to know our students we believe we are able to challenge our students to be forward thinking and creative in the work they are undertaking while maintaining high standards of rigor and excellence.  We believe that high school should be a time of excitement and curiosity for students as they learn more about who they are as learners, take on new challenges and experience so many of the new courses that are available to them.  The choices are indeed abundant.

The key to high school success is to become involved and really try out new things, finding your passion, and taking advantage of the many unique opportunities that become available to students – really the sky is the limit.  Athletic teams are available in all sports at the junior and senior levels. Coaches are eager to engage and encourage you to develop your skills. Excellent sportsmanship, genuine enthusiasm and a strong work ethic exemplify the athletic experience. Involvement in school doesn’t end there…there are so many clubs and other activities to be involved with.  We truly encourage every student to find something that helps to define and enhance their high school experience at Mandela.  Whether it is academics or extracurricular opportunities you are seeking – Nelson Mandela High School has so much to offer. 

On behalf of the staff of Nelson Mandela High School, we welcome you to our school.  We know that by working together, collaborating, sharing ideas, listening to one another, and offering feedback we will continue to create an amazing school.  Welcome to Nelson Mandela High School – we truly are United!

Dec 22
Welcome to Nelson Mandela Home of the United

We are pleased to be opening a state of the art facility that offer students access to some amazing opportunities including such things as culinary, aviation, fine arts, languages, CTS offering such as robotics, electro technologies to just name a few. 

Along with the amazing facilities we want our students to be forward thinking and creative in the work they are doing all the while building strong relationships with their teachers and with other students.  Teachers will be creative in the tasks they are designing for their students as well as the way they will be assessing students.  By building strong relationships with their students, teachers will really get to know who their students are as learners and be able to truly personalize the learning for their students. 

Our goal is for all students to be successful and this personalized approach to learning is just one way we hope to accomplish this.  We cannot use a one size fits all system for our students and we really do need to look at each individuals needs and their learning styles.  Our challenge will be for students and teachers to work together to design those meaningful learning experiences.  If we are able to be successful in doing this we really believe that we will achieve the goal of all students being successful.  We are united.

See the video of Principal's message from Mandela United TV on Vimeo.​

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