Branlyn Community School is dedicated to providing a safe, positive, effective learning environment for all. Our Code of Conduct, collaboratively developed by students, staff and parents, is designed to help our students to:
As well as curricular considerations, the code of behaviour is intended to assist in the prevention of physical, verbal (oral or written), sexual, or psychological abuse; bullying; or discrimination on the basis of race, culture, religion, gender, language, disability, sexual orientation, or any other attribute that may not be part of the majority at hand.
The code draws from the Education Act to summarize the rights and responsibilities of students, teachers and parents. A graduated system of discipline is outlined for possible school action, based upon the severity and ongoing nature of the problem.
In the message to the students, it boils down to two basic rules: Safety first and the Golden Rule. As well, respect for self, others, and the school environment.
There are many benefits noted in schools which operate under a Balanced School Day, such as larger blocks of uninterrupted instructional time, greater length of time for nutrition, less time lost through transition, greater task completion, and improved student focus.
The school day is divided into three equal instructional segments totaling 300 minutes. The segments are separated by 40-minute nutrition and recreational breaks instead of two 15-minute recess breaks and a one-hour lunch break.
Every Classroom in the school will have large blocks of uninterrupted time for literacy programming (reading, writing, oral and visual communication) during each school day. This is an excellent opportunity to implement the Board's Literacy Guidelines.
Research supports a balance of learning, physical activity and nutrition throughout a school day. To maximize learning for children, the Balanced Day Schedule provides a significant block of uninterrupted teaching/learning time. We are expecting academic benefits for all our students.
Research indicates that children, unlike adults, need more frequent food breaks each day. The Balanced Day will provide two times during the school day for students to eat a nutritional lunch or snack. Students who are nutritionally satisfied concentrate better and learn more effectively.
9:00-11:00 am Instructional Block
11:00-11:40 am Nutrition Break/Active Time
11:40 -1:20 pm Instructional Block
1:20-2:00 pm Nutrition Break/Active Time
2:00-3:20 pm Instructional Block