Queen’s University Signs Blyth Academy Ottawa Graduate

On March 1st 2017, Blyth student Kieran Flannery-Fleck announced his commitment to Queen’s Football. The kicker/punter was named Third Team All-Canadian, AIA High school All Star game MVP and Bel-Air Norsemen Special Teams Player of the Year. Flannery-Fleck went 75 percent on field goals and had high averages on both punt and kickoff.

When asked Flannery-Fleck about his decision to attend Queen’s he said “They hold their academics to such a high regard and that was an important factor in my decision to come here”. He understands the importance of organization and the responsibility that comes with being a student athlete. Those responsibilities include being on top of school work, having time to study, commitment to health i.e. stretching and icing/heating, and being committed to the football team.

While at the signing, Kieran had the chance to meet some of his future teammates and coaches to which he said the whole experience was “overwhelming” Kieran explained that he will bring some excitement to the team and he is very confident in his abilities to make a positive impact on the team and help them win football games. He is also enthusiastic to have another kicker

on the same team because he believes it will bring some friendly competition and depth to special teams.

When being interviewed, Flannery-Fleck expressed his gratitude for everyone who helped him achieve his goals of making it to the next level and to attend his “dream school”. He thanked his teammates, family, friends, teachers, and coaches because he said “they all played a role in helping me get to where I wanted to be”. Working hard off the field is a major priority for Kieran. After the football season ended, Kieran committed all his free time to his off-season training program and his studies, increasing his average by a large percentage which allowed him to get accepted into Queen’s.

After only eleven months, Kieran Flannery-Fleck went from being a small, undersized wide receiver with two catches for twelve yards in a season, to being one of the nation’s most highly recruited kickers with a strong academic presence. Kieran hopes to play his first year at Queen’s and have just as much success off the field in his studies.

Kieran Flannery-Fleck


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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