Principal’s Message

Greetings!

A warm welcome to all new and returning Eastwood Rebels and their parents/guardians!  The staff at Eastwood is ready and looking forward to another exciting year!

Opened in 1956, this September marks Eastwood Collegiate’s 61st year of providing students with opportunities for academic and extra–curricular excellence.  With an enrolment of nearly 1400 students and over 120 teaching and support staff, we are a community that takes great pride in our rich diversity and commitment to helping one another.

Since the 2015-2016 school year, Eastwood has welcomed more than 200 newcomers to Canada by virtue of our English Language Learner programs!  The many students participating in our English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Development (ELD) courses represent greater than 60 different cultures. The rich diversity these new Rebels bring only enhances the Eastwood experience and contributes to the inclusive and acceptance environment that new staff and students have noted time and time again. Eastwood welcomed approximately 25 additional new Canadians that have arrived over the summer months and participated in the Newcomers of Waterloo (NOW) program held at the school. We expect this trend of new Canadian arrivals to continue into the fall.

Eastwood is also home to the Integrated Arts Program (IAP), a magnet program of nearly 500 students from across Waterloo Region as well as communities as far away as Elora, Fergus, Guelph, Paris and Drayton. The integrated nature of our arts programs is what makes us especially unique; teachers from Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, Music (Vocal, Instrumental, Strings, Keyboard), Graphic Design and Film plan and deliver this enhanced arts experience collaboratively.

All Eastwood students are extended the opportunity to participate in any of three Ontario Ministry of Education Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) diploma seal programs. These are currently offered in Arts and Culture, Sport, and Transportation Technology. For more information in regard to Eastwood’s SHSM offerings, please visit the SHSM tab on our homepage.

Working with our parent community is a priority, and I encourage you to be involved in your child’s education – whether it’s through Eastwood’s School Council, the Waterloo Region Integrated Arts Program Parent’s Association, by attending Parent-Teacher Nights, and/or by contacting your son/daughter’s Guidance Counselor, Vice-Principal or classroom teachers if you have questions or concerns. We need you, in order to make a difference with our students!

Ex Oriente Lux – ‘from the East comes light’,

 

Jeff Klinck

Principal