Dear BPS Families,
It is with great excitement that I welcome you to a new school year at Bayfield Primary School.Our theme for the 22-23 school year is Courage. A study of the word shows that the fundamental operational definition of the word courage in a number of languages is this: “heart as the seat of emotions.” The great children’s author, CS Lewis, who wrote one of my favorite series of books called The Chronicles of Narnia, once said this about courage: ““Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. ” In other words, all of the good we hope to accomplish begins with courage, with doing our jobs from the heart. It's with this understanding that I want to see this school year carried out.
At BPS we believe in providing every student with a safe and welcoming environment; positive, meaningful relationships; an enjoyable, engaging learning experience; and high quality instruction. At the primary level there is often tension between rigor and developmentally appropriate practices. Both can be done well together and it is my goal to guide the creation of classrooms that reflect each child’s learning capacity rather than their age. At BPS, learning how to learn is as important as academic content and skills, and sets our youngest learners up for long-term success.
I feel extremely fortunate to be the principal of a school with such wonderful children, a motivated and dedicated staff, and parents who work with us to create an environment that facilitates academic excellence and strong character. Effective and supportive school-family relationships are important to us here at BPS and we look forward to building a partnership with each and every one of you! I welcome your input and involvement in our school community and I truly appreciate your support as we journey through this school year together.
Jan Alderton - Principal