On behalf of our close-knit community at Blyth Lawrence Park (LP), I’m excited to share that we have once again added…AND improved…our space and capacity.

We have taken over a bright, airy yoga studio space at 3300 Yonge Street, and some renovations both there and across the road at our East Campus have left us with several new, spacious classrooms. One will make for an ideal dark room for our ever-expanding photography programs, and others will provide natural light and cheerful, self-contained spaces where our students (and teachers!) can laugh, debate, challenge, and celebrate to their heart’s content!

 Just a week removed from our 5th Graduation Ceremony, Blyth LP remains a beehive, with close to 1000 students in our combined private, part-time, and full-time programs. We’re looking forward to our busiest summer yet, and then a great 2015-2016 year.

On tap for September? A wildlife photography course in Term One that will see our students tracking everything from moose to sunrises in Algonquin Park; sports, clubs, trips, regular full school assemblies, and a fuller and richer school life than ever before. Our 1:1 mentorship program will grow, our classes will stay small and personal, and our youthful, dynamic team of teachers will be back in force.

Thank goodness we’re ready for it all with the new and refreshed space!

Luke Coles

Principal, Blyth LP

 

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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