North Perth’s new school Transition Committee, organized to ensure the successful integration of students, parents, staff and community members into the new school setting, held a public information session last week to review the details, process and parameters for its work.The new school, being built just west of Listowel, will encompass the students from the current Listowel Central and Wallace Public Schools.
The Transition Committee is comprised of representatives of the communities and staffs representing the closing schools, the Avon Maitland District School Board and the municipal council, and will, in a public meeting format, work through the details required to bring two schools and cultures together in their new setting. To inspire a strong sense of student and community ownership of the new site, the committee will assist in the development of orientation programs, acknowledgement and celebration events for both closing schools and a grand opening celebration event in September.
The Committee is currently looking for very specific and creative input from North Perth residents to get the ball rolling, launching a school naming survey earlier this month as a first step in creating the identity of the new school. The Transition Committee is looking for names that reflect the two communities as well as the ideals of character, citizenship, and high academic standards that they feel have always been the pillars of their schools.
“I feel very strongly that the ‘real’ work was to build a welcoming, positive ‘home’ for students, staff and the community”, states Principal Kathy Boyd. “Now, with that well underway and opening in September, we need to give a worthy name to the accomplishment.”
The submission deadline for the naming survey is set for January 8, 2016. All of the suggested names for the school, and for the teams/clubs will be presented to the new school’s Transition Committee for deliberation and short-listing. The Transition Committee will then present these to the school board trustees, who will make the final decision.
The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CTDJ557 or in hard copy from the school offices.