Breslau, ON | Grades 9 - 12 | Shortlist
Woodland holds some of my best memories and is truly a special place. The staff go above and beyond and in the face of online learning, gave their very best effort. Now, after finishing my first year of post-secondary at Dordt University, I see how Woodland prepared me so thoroughly - maybe even over prepared. Not only was I taught helpful course content, but how to be a good student in general which was integral to a smooth transition to university. At Dordt, a chapel speaker once said, "a church should be more concerned with its sending capacity than its seating capacity". Woodland is a place of education not a church, yet their sending abilities are what made all the difference in my experience. It was privilege to attend such a school for four years that set me up for such success for the next four years.
I love attending Woodland. The teachers are both engaging in the classroom and encouraging outside the classroom. There are clubs for everyone and every type of personality that are a lot of fun and help students connect with peers from their grade and other grades as well. There are biweekly chapels which are always a great time to connect with students through worship and learning about both God and current issues in our community. If I were to change anything I would probably ask for more spaces for quiet. Currently, we have the library, but I think it would be helpful if there were a few more spaces or a larger space for quiet, especially when it comes to exam season.
My son has found multiple and varied activities to get involved in. The opportunity to get involved is open to all and it has been a very rich experience. Everything from sports, to music and the arts, and robotics. Furthermore, he has been engaged in his learning and seems able to relate learning with his purpose in the world and to engage in critical thinking about this. I think he has most enjoyed the extra curricular activities and the fact that he could participate in a wide variety of these activities. I asked him if he found anything disappointing and he can't think of anything! I would say the only minor issue we had was the robotics team using so many varied systems for communication rather than one streamlined system, but on the other hand the Robotics program was probably one of the richest experiences of learning, fun, and exposure to new things.