Principal Looks to Transform Rural St. Andrew Primary School – Ontario News

Principal Looks to Transform Rural St. Andrew Primary School – Ontario News

Woodford Primary and Infant School principal, Jennifer Gordon, could hardly contain her joy.

After months of planning and preparation, the school was able to successfully stage its first literacy fair on February 23.

“It was a success; literacy was shining through everybody’s pores. Although it rained, the competitions happened, the students were engaged in all the activities the entire day,” she gushed to JIS News.

Miss Gordon, who has been at the 60-odd-year-old institution since September 2015, says the fair was to showcase the work of the students to the rural St. Andrew community.

Calling on her experience as a former member of the national literacy team, charged with providing direct support to teachers in order to raise literacy standards, Miss Gordon and her staff set about organising the event.

She notes that she had planned similar activities for schools she worked with as a literacy specialist.

“These literacy fairs were very successful. They really brought the community together, created the opportunity to showcase what the schools are doing and engaged parents by giving them the chance to be part of the change process. It worked then, so I thought this is something I should replicate in my school,” she reasons.

Miss Gordon says she is hoping that the fair will become an annual event as she undertakes the task of transforming Woodford Primary and Infant School, making it the institution of choice for residents of the area and surrounding communities.

The school, nestled in the cool hills of the Blue Mountains, has a population of 172 students, with 13 teachers and six support staff.

According to Miss Gordon, up to four years ago, the school…

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