Caption: Students at Caledonia Centennial welcomed Sarah Westbrook with her inspirational UPower session and The Power of One group.
It has been an exciting start up in Caledonia.
Students came back to school ready to learn, and all students have been trying really hard to get along with each other in the classrooms and on the playground.
"Old friendships were rekindled and new friendships were formed," said Tom Fitzsimmons, principal of the school. "This doesn’t mean there haven’t been small problems, but the children are trying really hard to be good friends."
To help us along in our quest to become better citizens and better friends, Sarah Westbrook came to CCPS on September 21, 2016, to talk to all the students.
She spoke to the primary students first and then the older students. She sang and danced and entertained while giving the UPower message – You have the power to be the best person you can be! You have the ability to be a friend to others and help build a strong school community.
Sarah stayed for an evening session with the parents on how to raise resilient children.
Many parents attended the session and were given ways to help their children grow into strong, independent, friendly adults. Everyone had a great time that day, and teachers are continuing to remind the students of the lessons they learned that day.
A few weeks later, The Power of One group came from Toronto to remind us all that being a bully is never a good thing.
They also reminded us that being a bystander and not helping is a poor decision.
They used drama and masks to act out some real scenes of bullying and teach children the words to say to stand up to a bully.