Blyth Academy News

The Benefits of Our Four Term Structure

The Benefits of Our Four Term Structure

For the past 10 years, Blyth Academy high school students have followed a four-term, two course per term structure. When the Ontario Ministry of Education recommended this quadmester timetable as part of the re-opening plan for all Ontario schools, many semestered and non-semestered high schools across the province had to quickly adapt. School boards that usually operate on a traditional two-semester, four course model are now working feverishly to navigate faculty and students through a very different school year.

Back to School at Blyth Academy

Back to School at Blyth Academy

We are one week into back-to-school, and the nervous energy that first filled the hallways has quickly turned into excitement for a safe and successful school year.
Our campuses were well prepared for the return of students, with physical distancing and sanitary protocols in place across our 10 Ontario locations. Our signature small class sizes (with an average of ten students) as well as small school communities, have enabled our campuses to easily adapt to the safety protocols set out by the Ontario School Board.

Blyth Bruins Adds U14 Prep Bruins

The U14 Blyth Academy Prep Bruins are here! The newly expanded Burlington Prep hockey team will add to the already U16 and U18 existing teams.

Blyth Academy @CIHA Delivers 3200 Handy Hooks

Blyth Academy @CIHA Delivers 3200 Handy Hooks

Today, we delivered 3200 Handy Hooks to Embrun Ambulance Station who will then distribute them to nursing homes and hospitals in the region to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Blyth Academy Burlington partners with Spectrum Airways

Blyth Academy Burlington partners with Spectrum Airways

In an exciting new partnership unique to the Halton area, Blyth Academy Burlington is working with Spectrum Airways to provide high school students with the ability to earn their pilot’s licence and diploma at the same time!

Term Four Is Approaching

As we approach the beginning of Term 4, I wanted to reach out once again to our broader community and express my profound gratitude and congratulations for the work that is being done by our parents, students and staff in our new virtual environment.

Introducing Virtual Summer School

Introducing Virtual Summer School

New this coming season, we are proud to introduce Blyth Academy Virtual Summer School, which allows students to earn a high school credit remotely – from their house, cottage, or anywhere there is wifi.

Blyth Academy Campuses Will Remain Closed Until May

Following direction from the Ministry, all Blyth Academy campuses will remain closed until May. We will continue to follow the direction of the Ministry of Education and campuses will reopen once it is deemed safe and appropriate to do so.

A Peek Into Our Virtual Classrooms

A Peek Into Our Virtual Classrooms

Though our doors are temporarily closed, the minds of our students will remain open. Our students will continue their academic journey through virtual classrooms.

Important Update Due To COVID-19 Concerns

The Ontario government has made the decision to close all publicly funded schools for two weeks following March Break due to COVID-19 concerns. The safety of our students is Blyth Academy’s number one priority. All Blyth Academy campuses will also be closed from March 14-April 5.

Globeducate and WWF Announce Global Collaboration

Globeducate and WWF Announce Global Collaboration

An exciting partnership between Globeducate and WWF will impact on the education of more than 25,000 young people and their wider communities. The partnership will see all schools host screenings of the Netflix Our Planet series and educational activities associated with this for the whole school community.

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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