Oct 03
A Message from the Principal

03 October 2019

It is amazing how quickly time can pass.  Students began at William Roper Hull School on August 15 this year, and we have now been in session for over six weeks.  In this time students and staff have become acquainted and re-acquainted with one another, and our school continues to bustle with learning, energy, and growth.

Our students have enjoyed cultivating (quite literally) the fruits of their springtime labour, as our one-of-a-kind school greenhouse and garden are yielding incredible amounts of kale, broccoli, and a multitude of other vegetables of every shape and size.  Included in the bounty are pumpkins – many, many pumpkins – that we are sure will come in handy as the Halloween season approaches.  The greenhouse, horticulture, and Outdoor Education programs, alongside our terrific automotive and wood shops, exemplify the exceptional applied, practical learning opportunities that our students enjoy each and every day. 

Another highlight early in our school year is our groundbreaking skateboarding program.  We are grateful at WRHS to have access to (and permission to use) Hull Services very own Matt Banister Memorial Skatepark, and all the therapeutic and learning opportunities that come with it.  The park is seeing significant student use, through an options program that is highly popular amongst students.  There is significant evidence that identifies skateboarding as an activity that promotes healing and self-regulation in people of all ages, in addition to being an excellent source of exercise. 

All of our outdoor pursuits are equalled by the vitality, energy, and passion for learning that is taking place under the roof of WRHS, as well as in our satellite classrooms at Acadia Elementary, Sherwood Middle, and Central Memorial High Schools.  We are engaging in new Literacy initiatives in the classroom, continuing to focus on functional Mathematics, and enjoying rich debate and discussion with our students about any number of current events.  Our Fine and Performing Arts programs continue to provide a creative outlet and inspiration for our students, and our Learning Commons remains the hub of the school and a venue for literary exploration, chess contests, or just a break from the typical busy-ness of the school.

The Annual Terry Fox Run fundraiser at WRHS was a terrific success.  We are all very thankful that we enjoyed gorgeous Fall weather for the event.  Students and staff of all ages jogged, walked and interacted, carrying on the vitally important and inspirational legacy of one of Canada’s iconic heroes.  And, though recent weather turned snowy, our students are excited as they realize that with snow comes the imminent return of our hockey program, where students hit the ice each Friday to enjoy Canada’s game.

As we head further into Fall, I would like to pass on a few updates and reminders for parents, guardians, and caregivers:

  •          We have joined the “Twitterverse” and now have a Twitter account.  Please follow us at https://twitter.com/HullSchool or keep up to date with the Twitter feed that will be up on our school website soon.
  •          Our first Talent Show of the school year will take place in the school gymnasium on Thursday, October 10 at 10:30am.  As always, we encourage loved ones to join us to enjoy the always high-energy performances that our students will share with us all.
  •          We do not have school at WRHS on Friday, October 11 (Non-Instructional Day), nor during the week of October 14 – 18 (October Break).  This is due to our school being on the Modified School Calendar.  Classes resume Monday, October 21.  This does not apply to our satellite classrooms, as the host schools follow the Traditional School Calendar.   
  •          Our annual Celebration of Learning is upcoming.  Please set aside the evening of Thursday, November 21 to visit our school and see what your child has been up to during the early parts of this school year.  The evening events will run from 4:30 – 7:30pm, with dinner provided for students and their guests beginning around 5:00pm.  We hope to see you there!

It is an honour and a privilege to work alongside the resilient, passionate, dedicated young people who make up the William Roper Hull School student population.  It is an equal honour to serve as a member of the tremendous staff team that supports, teaches, counsels and guides our students through this phase of their journeys.  William Roper Hull School is an environment that brims with kindness, goodness, respect, and care.  Thank you for entrusting your child to us.  Please call or email me directly with any feedback, questions or concerns that you may have.  We welcome parent and guardian engagement always.


Joe Sturgeon

Principal, William Roper Hull School





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