By the time you bring your son or daughter to school for that momentous first day of kindergarten, you have been his or her educator for about five years.
Parents don’t often claim the title of teacher or educator, but think about it. You have taught, directed, encouraged, explained and demonstrated countless things in those first years when those little sponge-like brains soak up so much—and you will continue to be their primary educator.
When you entrust Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools with your little one’s education, it becomes a shared responsibility to educate children and youth. You’re not passing the baton, you’re choosing to share the responsibility to help your child grow and develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually. We’re grateful to be working and learning together with you and many people, groups and organizations.
Students spend a significant part of their day in a classroom, and teachers have a special vocation to foster growth and development. They use their gifts, talents and training to help bring out the best in each unique individual.
In addition to classroom and centrally-provided supports, teachers are surrounded by a host of people and groups to help educate students. Tops on the list is, you guessed it, parents. Parents help in the classroom, chaperone that field trip, serve on the Catholic School Community Council, fundraise, read at home and help with homework, and are pretty much saints in all they do to help ensure success in the classroom.
The other people and groups that support education in our schools are too numerous to mention. Educational partners like the University of Saskatchewan College of Education, St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon Tribal Council, Central Urban Métis Federation Inc., Gabriel Dumont Institute, and the Ministry of Education support learning in a variety of ways. School Resource Officers from Saskatoon Police Service help keep students safe and give important safety information to students. The Open Door Society and Global Gathering Place help welcome those new to our country and community. Service clubs, community associations, corporations and local businesses all help make the educational experience at our schools the best it can be.
The Saskatoon Roman Catholic Diocese and the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon are vital partners in providing spiritual guidance and growth for both staff and students.
We are thankful that we receive much from many. Healthy relationships mean we must also give. Working and learning together at our Catholic schools includes serving together, and that means that we act as good stewards of the many gifts we have been given. It’s important that students learn to put that into practice. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
At Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, we encourage students to see themselves as active and vibrant members of their community.
Whether that community is their home, classroom, school, local community, city, or globe, we want students to understand that their God-given gifts are to be shared to make the world a better place.
By visiting care homes, volunteering at the Friendship Inn, donating much needed food to the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, or the numerous ways students serve, we all learn how connected we are and the role we play to make stronger communities. (Shameless plug: if you have students come to your door collecting food for the food bank this Halloween, please give generously.)
During this Education Week, and throughout the year, we thank all of you who work and learn with us. Together we will remain rooted in faith, grow in knowledge, and reach out to transform the world.