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Principal's Message

Adversity Can Strengthen Community Life

Mine is the privilege to be writing a short reflection from the vantage point of our noisy, energized school gym.  Despite not being permitted spectators at this time, teacher coaches and volleyball teams are raising the roof.  Nothing stops their positivity and intense efforts to recover skills lost from almost two years of severely restricted physical education programming.  The benefits I receive from witnessing this personal growth and school pride serves as a vaccine against despair. 
Schools have endured very difficult times.  However, we know that sometimes adversity can actually serve to strengthen aspects of community life.  We need each other more than before.  Social activity and physical fitness is more treasured than it used to be. Positive connections with teachers outside of the classroom and the context of the curriculum is medicine for our adolescent learners.
In public education there can be scrutiny about whether or not basic academic skill building is progressing as it should. We attempt to measure gaps and progress as if learning was an exact and measureable science. Almost every school activity,  such as clubs, option classes and athletic programs, has been stripped from the middle school experience.  During this time, what could we focus on? Reading, writing and arithmetic instruction abounded – online, in straight rows, without facing each other, and well masked.  What we observed in the process is that the joy of learning was becoming alarmingly drained from the lives of our students.  Our learners were not thriving.
With the small, yet vital liberties that we are now being extended, students are becoming revived.  One Woodman teacher who has spent two consecutive, 14-hour days as a volleyball referee said to me tonight: “In all my 30 years of coaching, I have never seen the level of energy in our students as I’ve seen tonight!”  Could what I am witnessing only be measured in the same way as a Math lesson might be, I would classify it as a “high impact strategy”.
I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the teacher-coaches who see value in this work that is voluntary, yet life altering, for our young people.
M. Krickhan, Principal

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Woodman School

8706 Elbow Dr SW Calgary, AB, T2V 1L2
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School Contacts

Principal
Marlene Krickhan
Assistant Principal
Krista Bartlett
Education Director
Martin Poirier
Trustee
Julie Hrdlicka

School Information

Grades
05-09
Enrolment
485
Programs
Early French Immersion Late French Immersion Regular
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School Hours

Morning Start
9:10 AM
Dismissal
3:40 PM
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