News & Updates
Lunch will be extended to run from 11:25am-12:25pm. This will allow Grades 6-10 to eat from 11:25am-11:50am, and Grades 2-5, joined by Grades 11-12, to eat from 12:00pm-12:25pm. Lunch for Kindergarten and Grade 1 is prepared by Sage and served in the classrooms from 12:00pm-12:25pm.
The Grade 3-5 Citizenship Club students are excited to announce a special project for our playground. The Buddy Bench will provide a place for students to go to meet new friends when they are feeling lonely or left out.
As part of the Building The Future capital campaign, the Gkioulis family made a generous gift and received the naming rights for the Design Studio located on the Fourth Floor.
The first phases of construction will begin shortly with staging, demolition and enclosure of the Fourth Floor outdoor deck. When opened in the early fall, the new dining hall will add over 8,000 square feet of multi-purpose space to Southpointe, along with state-of-the-art studios for Drama, Fitness and Visual Arts.
Southpointe is excited to launch its first comprehensive Summer Programme this July. The four-week Summer Programme, running from July 8-August 2, will feature high value, high interest programming for all ages. For Grades 10-12, students will have the opportunity to take for-credit provincial courses, taught by Southpointe teachers, in Law 12, Pre-Calculus 11, and Life Sciences 11. These for-credit provincial courses will run for four weeks, so that students have adequate time to cover the material. Receiving summer credit from Southpointe will provide students with additional flexibility in their course choices for the regular school year.
Omicron, the integrated development, design, and construction firm, and Southpointe’s Special Project Team have been very busy over the past few months working on the Fourth Floor project. This month, the construction of the structural steel and glazing began offsite. The main tenders went out last Wednesday and on Tuesday, January 22 there was a site visit for various trades that will be working on the Fourth Floor project.
A few weeks ago, I attended a guest lecture on The Gift of Failure by teacher and author, Ms. Jessica Lahey. Ms. Lahey spoke about the importance of allowing students the opportunities to make mistakes. She went on to explain that rather than jumping in as parents to complete tasks for children, we need to let them experience discomfort through something she called ‘desirable difficulties’. Desirable difficulties are opportunities for developing important skills that may require a lot of patience and practice.