Learning to Learn

Grades 9 & 10

Learning to Learn

Grades 9 & 10

Learning to Learn

Grades 9 & 10

A student’s Blyth Academy high school journey begins in the Learning to Learn program.

The Learning to Learn program is a full-year leadership and life skills program that runs daily during a dedicated time in the school day. Students come together to prepare for the academic demands they will face in their senior high school years by learning important practical skills and the ability to think independently, analytically, and critically. By the end of Grade 10, students will earn two extra credits, creating flexibility and opportunity to try something new in their senior high school years.

Academic Excellence

Emphasis is placed on developing practical skills and strategies through hands-on class activities. Students learn effective study skills, time management, organization skills, and financial literacy, all while setting attainable goals.

The program is designed using two courses from the Ministry of Ontario curriculum: Learning Strategies (GLS1O) for Grade 9 and Leadership and Peer Support (GPP3O) for Grade 10. These two extra credits open up time for more electives, the ability to pursue extra-curricular interests, and/or lighter workloads in Grades 11 and 12.

Resilience

We help students develop emotional maturity through mindfulness and self-confidence. We do this through nutrition and strength/fitness training, as well as meditation and wellness initiatives. In turn, students learn to approach challenges as opportunities for growth.

Collaboration

Our Grade 9 and 10 students cultivate a sense of community through mentoring relationships with their Grade 11 and 12 peers. Working together on projects leads to an understanding of group dynamics, and how to excel within them. Participants in the program will take an active role in contributing to student life through campus activities, as well as in the community through volunteer community service initiatives.

Leadership

Students will be given opportunities to explore their leadership skills by building strong and effective teams. Within these teams, they will develop creative thinking, and a personal leadership style that will serve them both in the next phase of their high school academics, and beyond. We also off er additional enrichment programs, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, High Resolve, Model UN, and Outward Bound.

Ready To Start?

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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