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Leadership Recgnition

“Leadership in the OCDSB is the demonstration of personal initiative to achieve a positive outcome.”

Students

At Dunning-Foubert, students regularly participate in initiatives to support others. Past initiatives include raising money for UNICEF, The Snowsuit Fund, The Education Foundation, The Terry Fox Run and Jump Rope for Heart. In addition, individual classes often collect canned goods or gently used snowsuits for worthwhile causes. Our junior/intermediate students elect class representatives to a Student Council and student co-chairs are elected in the fall. Our graduating grade 8 students are recognized for leadership and curriculum accomplishments at an end of year ceremony. Our older students support our younger students in both curricular and extra-curricular activities. We are training many of our junior and intermediate students to be PALS, engaging younger students in cooperative games and teaching them to use the games painted on the playground asphalt. Our students recycle to reduce garbage. Technology is a part of school life and most of our junior/intermediate students participate in a Science Invention Fair. Our “Tech Crew” is responsible for setting up necessary equipment for presentations, assemblies and workshops. Our mobile lab is used throughout the days and across the grades.

Staff

Our Dunning-Foubert staff is comprised of teachers, an office administrator and assistant, custodians, a library technician, educational assistants, early childhood educators, a vice-principal and a principal, all of whom are committed to making a positive difference for students every day. We pride ourselves in collectively working collaboratively as a team and as such, staff leaders often overlap, sharing and supporting a range of student activities. Collectively we have a wealth of experience and professional qualifications including Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Arts, Fine Arts, Physical Education and Sciences, as well as additional qualifications in Special Education, English as a Second Language, French as a Second Language, Music, Visual Arts, Guidance, and Computers in Education.

We actively participate in numerous Board-wide professional development activities in literacy and numeracy, and we continue to prioritize professional growth. We also recognize that many of our staff are leaders outside of school, as they support community interests and groups, present workshops, coach and participate in marathons and fundraising that demonstrate their commitment to being life-long learners. Newsletters are sent to parents electronically as we actively try to limit our use of paper. We have a very active “Environment Team Staff Leader’ who continues to present new initiatives, such as the “Boomerang Lunch”.

Parents/Guardians/Volunteers

Last year, our volunteers contributed many hours of support for the benefit of students in our school. Our dedicated School Council meets monthly and contributed over $20,000 to support school initiatives and improvements. Parents are encouraged to join our school committees and planning teams to support school events. We thank our parents, guardians and volunteers on an on-going basis, and we celebrate together at our annual Volunteer Appreciation event. We welcome new members to our vibrant group and share ideas and suggestions in a productive and collaborative manner. We have further created a spreadsheet to enhance participation in all areas of the school, enabling volunteers to participate in any capacity according to what they may be available to do as per their available times.

Community

Our larger school community enjoys the use of our school facilities after school hours through a Board-run leasing program. Many youth organizations like Guides and Scouts, as well as sports leagues and cheer-leading teams, have weekly or monthly meetings at Dunning-Foubert, and they enjoy the use of our gym. We also participate in a Terry Fox Walk with our neighbor school, Our Lady of Wisdom. This partnership brings our school communities together to support a very worthwhile cause. In addition, our parents support our school music efforts whenever students become actively involved in local music concerts and events. We share the building with Children’s Universe Daycare, which offers a preschool program and a school-age program. There are several other daycare's within our boundaries such as; the Cumberland Hub, the YMCA and the Queenswood Heights Community Centre. Some of our students are eligible for busing to these facilities.

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