New principal at Hebrew bilingual UNESCO school
October 16, 2012 | Rebeca Kuropatwa - Prairies Correspondent
WINNIPEG -Although Brock Corydon English/Hebrew Bilingual Nursery to Grade 6 School in River Heights is a fairly small, community school, it is definitely not lacking when it comes to big ideas.
As a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) school, Brock Corydon students learn about their immediate and greater global community (i.e., by fundraising to support underprivileged communities around the world, with special focus on human rights issues and drawing attention to environmental concerns).
As of Sept 4, Ara Morris, 40, has been appointed the new principal of Brock Corydon, following former principal Ira Udow’s retirement.
“I always wanted to become a principal and felt I was ready to take on a new challenge,” said Morris. “It was a bonus that it was at a Hebrew bilingual school that I had taught at.”
Brock Corydon has about 200 students, half of whom are in the Hebrew bilingual program.
“Brock Corydon (for 10 years now) has been part of the Living Bridge Partnership Together Program that builds a ‘living bridge’ between Jews in the Diaspora and Jews in Israel,” said Morris. “Students from Brock Corydon maintain contact with students at their partner school, Ramat Korazim.”
Over the summer, Morris participated in a Partnership Together conference in Northern Israel with representatives from Western Canada and Ottawa, working alongside other Canadians as well as Israelis.
“This summer’s conference was a terrific experience that opened my eyes to numerous possibilities...taking this excitement back to our teachers and students.”
As Brock Corydon principal, one of Morris’ goals is to increase school enrolment. “I believe this school offers high-quality academic programming for all students,” she said. “A multi-ethnic, enriching environment lends itself to producing well-rounded individuals.
“Many leadership opportunities exist through student council, UNESCO, eco-club, and garden club. There are also many extracurricular activities that get students involved. When students leave Brock Corydon, they have had numerous opportunities to excel, become leaders, strong community members and advocates.
“Students are taught to believe in themselves as individuals who can make a difference.
“I plan on continuing to help students meet their fullest potential and look forward to spending many years at an excellent school.”
A UNESCO conference is going to be held in Winnipeg, Dec 10-12, with some-100 students and teachers from Canada, the USA, Germany, and Israel. Brock Corydon students will be participating on Dec 12, with students dividing into villages.