Announcing our New Head of Blyth Academy Prato

Walter PiovesanWe are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Walter Piovesan as the Head of School at Blyth Academy Prato in Italy, opening September 2019. Mr. Piovesan has spent over 40 years in education, inspiring young minds both domestically and abroad. He brings with him invaluable experience managing the operations of international private education as the Head of School at the Canadian International School of Kunshan in China, and most recently as the Director of the Canadian International School of Egypt.

A LETTER FROM WALTER PIOVESAN

I am honoured and privileged to be the Head of School at Blyth Academy Prato.

We are a focused on building upon each student’s unique talents and strengths by providing a rich and engaging learning environment. Our teachers are facilitators of knowledge, fuelling student learning through the development of critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and entrepreneurial skills.

We have high academic expectations for our students, however, we also believe that placing equal value on physical and emotional needs leads to greater academic success. This is achieved not only through our curriculum, but also through our character development initiatives, clubs, after-school activities, and field trips.

Through this integrated approach, we strive to develop well-rounded citizens who are prepared for the 21st century and can adapt to an ever-changing world. We continually develop life skills including respect, responsibility, perseverance, collaboration, empathy, and integrity.

As an international school located in Italy, we embrace and celebrate our diverse cultural background while creating an environment in which students can learn from one another and accept each other’s differences.

Sincerely,

Walter Piovesan,
Head of School

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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