Tecumseh Annex is all about their students being ROCK stars. The new code of conduct stands for Respect, an Open Mind, Community and Kindness and is plastered all over school walls. This semester the focus for the school is on the C (community) of ROCK star with students and staff kicking off the focus with a special celebration on April 21.
That Tuesday, parents packed into the annex gym to hear a clever and lyrical musical aimed at celebrating Earth Day. For 25 minutes, students (led by music and kindergarten teacher Laura Bird), took turns dancing, acting and singing original songs proclaiming the importance of being good custodians for the Earth.
All 110 children were involved in the production. But what Tecumseh Annex VP Risha Golby says is most exciting, is the sense of community that permeates throughout the school.
"The best thing about Tecumseh Annex is that we don't have to fake community, it is what the whole school is about," she says. "We have parents looking out for their neighbours and neighbours' kids. There is a reason that it was standing room only today. It really makes it into a special place to study and work here as well.
Golby says her kids are already hard at work planning the more activities. So far the school has a brand new green team who've taken the lead on lobbying for composting and promoting Bike to School week, including organizing prizes for young riders. She says her students are also redesigning the school garden to harvest plants during the school year.