Dear Parents of Sibylla Kiddle School,
Common questions I heard when we first opened Sibylla Kiddle School were, “What’s your vision for the school? What will the foundational beliefs of the school be? What will make Sibylla Kiddle School unique?” Generically, those are easy questions to answer. We ascribe to the three values of the CBE. “Students come first. Learning is our central purpose. Public education serves the common good.” At the same time, answering those questions specifically, for our context, is difficult to do on day one. It almost feels like asking a new baby or toddler to describe what makes them unique and to have a sense of who they want to be when they ‘grow up’.
Over the past year, our staff have wrestled with these questions. We have taken time to deeply reflect on who we are as educators. We have dissected foundational resources such as the Alberta Program of Studies and the CBE’s Education Plan. We have critically observed our emerging school community and culture to note both emergent and key themes. We have sought inspiration from the life of Sibylla Kiddle. All of this has been done in order better understand who we are and who we aspire to be.
After compiling and synthesizing a mountain of qualitative data, we have written a document we simply call, “Who We Are”. We believe this document paints a picture of both who we are as a learning community and who we hope to become over the course of many years. Throughout the course of the coming year, I hope to take time in the Weekly Updates to highlight each section of this work. For now, I encourage you to simply read it as posted on our website. I hope it gives you a clearer picture of what we believe and what learning is built upon in our school.