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When A Highschool Hockey Program Goes Hollywood

Educators will tell you that having a winning sports team can inject efficacy and enthusiasm into an entire student body. There’s a buzz in the halls, and a new energy in the classroom, because it’s myth making and on some level each school victory makes everyone feel special. Kids remember where they were when it happened; they’re now part of their school’s  history forevermore.

Here in Canada, we praise hockey achievement above all other sports, yet having the proper facilities to train players, and funds to provide equipment and pay qualified coaches is usually more than most public schools can afford. That’s why some parents, the ones who just know, or have been told enough times that their sons have real hockey talent, often elect to send them to private schools. In this decision they ensure their boys get a good education, and the best possible access to hockey arenas and advanced coaching.

There’s a list of all hockey boarding schools in Canada on HF Hockey Forums and conversation has started there about which is the best and has the best reputation.

St. Andrew’s College (SAC), an all-boys’ school in Aurora, Ontario made a video to showcase their high school hockey program, and it’s downright heroic.

St. Andrew’s College, Varsity Hockey video on YouTube

The video debuted during the Toronto Film Festival at The Spoke Club at King and Portland (an approved TIFF venue) and for the amusement of many noteworthy benefactors, board members, parents, educators and administrators. There was all manner of snacks and a wide selection of beverages, accompanied by soft music, the setting supported superb conversation between SAC’s most preeminent people.

SAC video release, snacks, trays, Toronto, Spoke ClubHere’s a glimpse inside the festivities.  More information presented in Videos Launch on new St. Andrew’s College website including biographical data on William Scoular who directed the videos, and appeared at Spoke Club on Friday September 10th to shakes hands and answer questions.

The Producer/ Director, William Scoular , Head of Drama at St. Andrew’s College for the past 23 years, described the making of the videos during a private viewing at The Spoke Club in Toronto last Friday, September 10th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Last year, in an effort to differentiate St. Andrew’s from its competition, Scoular set out to illustrate the meaning of the School’s mission statement: “the development of the complete man, the well-rounded citizen.”

Scoular also maintains a professional life outside of St. Andrew’s as a director and writer for both stage and screen.

A glimpse inside the festivities surrounding the completion and release of great media for St. Andrew’s College during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). More information presented in <a href=”http://www.sac.on.ca/news/detail.aspx?pageaction=ViewSinglePublic&amp;LinkID=440&amp;ModuleID=89&amp;NEWSPID=1″ rel=”nofollow”>Videos Launch on new St. Andrew’s College website</a> including biographical data on William Scoular who directed the videos, and appeared at Spoke Club on Friday September 10th to shakes hands and answer questions.

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Technology makes Private Schools better than Public Schools

New technology like iPads, smart blackboards and sophisticated social networking applications have made Ontario private schools into awesome educational facilities.  I recently attended a theatre performance at a private school north of Toronto that was preceded by a walking tour of the facilities.  As many of you know from reading my posts here, I’m a science fiction fan, and I couldn’t help thinking about how much things have changed from back when I went to public school in rural Ontario. These high tech classrooms reminded me of the ‘school deck’ on board the Starship Enterprise – indeed private schools seem to be the Star Fleet Academy of our age!

Students in lecture hall with smart blackboard and instructor taking questions on laptops at St. Andrew's College in Aurora Ontario

A recent article on Lilith Galleries Technology eZine,  Five Reasons Why Private Schools Will Produce Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders nicely summarizes how Ontario private schools have adopted high tech gadgets as educational tools.  But more than just the equipment – which is almost always  less than two years old, it’s a well funded faculty’s willingness to experiment with innovation. And this same spirit of adoption is communicated to the students.

Globalization and Technology Are Changing Canadian Classrooms

Many of the printed textbooks in Canadian public schools, even if only a few years old, are already obsolete for the careers of tomorrow.  Most private schools require that their students use laptops the entire school day.  There are no textbooks to carry home, and no papers to mark as many reports are submitted via email – the instructor is just one instant message away, and so there is more accountability and a dynamic adaptation to today’s business technology.  This gives students a much different technological base than those who write and record notes using pen and paper.

International Students make Canadian Schools Special

Private schools are able to tap into a much more diverse array of academic and extracurricular programs than public schools. And the mix of international students is also something that adds to the charm of these institutions. Most Ontario private school offer a variety of exchange programs, courses with a global outlook, and more foreign language classes.

Private School Social Networking Scholars

St. Andrew's College has excellent computer science facilities for boysPrivate schools have always been unique in creating a sense of community, but now social networks encourage even closer-knit relationships between students.  Teacher / student relationships also improve as new communication systems promote mutual respect. The Journal of Educational Psychology noted that students are more likely to perform better on tests when they believe their instructors genuinely care about them.

Technology is changing classrooms all over Canada, but the public education system is less well funded.  They don’t have the budget to be bold.  Consequently they attract safe thinkers that are secure in what’s been tried, tested and true. That kind of thinking doesn’t produce innovation.