Congratulations to the London Knights on their Overtime Mastercard Memorial Cup win on May 29th, 2016, and to Blyth Academy London’s, Mitch Marner, on being chosen as the 2016 Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year, and 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup MVP.

Blyth Academy London is proud to be the home school and academic provider for the London Knights. Mitch Marner, Christian Dvorak, Brandon Crawley, Cliff Pu, Victor Mete, Robbie Thomas, and Evan Bouchard are just some of the players on this year’s outstanding London Knight hockey team that have completed high school, and earned their diploma at Blyth London. To accommodate for the balance of elite sport and schooling, the schedules of the players are arranged for back to back periods each day with a 1:15 dismissal time in order to make afternoon practice at Bud Gardens. With an academic calendar divided into four terms of 10 weeks each, the players can finish their classes at the end of April (end of Term 3) and focus entirely on playoffs.

Our Academic Advisor on staff works with the students to create schedules for assignments that may be delayed due to their game schedule, sits for once a week “study halls” at the arena, and communicates regularly with parents and billet parents about their progress. She is also their primary teacher and a big part of the network of support for these players.

Cliff Pu was selected as the OHL Academic Player of the Month this year for January and joins Owen McDonald and former Knight Drake Rymsha who have won this award in the past. Many of the players have achieved Ontario Scholar status as a result of their academic success. All eligible graduates will be pursuing their post-secondary degrees at Kings College in September.

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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