Principal's Message

What a different time to begin as your new principal…in the middle of the year! However, regardless of the time, I am very fortunate and happy to be here! In my short time here I can tell that the Briargreen team is a strong one, working hard to create the conditions for success for all of our students from kindergarten to grade 6.

I would like to take a moment to acknowledge that in the Spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, Briargreen Public School and all who learn here recognize the unique and enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. We know that we live and work on the historic unceded Algonquin territory of the Anishinaabe people. Our acknowledgement of this demonstrates our ongoing efforts to recognize, respect, and honour the Algonquin people whose lands and water we benefit from today and every day. At Briargreen, we thank the Algonquin People, and acknowledge that our learning, playing, and growing takes place on their unceded, and unsurrendered territory, and we recognize their enduring presence on this land.

My number one responsibility as an educator working alongside the Briargreen team, is to ensure that students are learning and feel safe physically, socially and emotionally. Students come first, and I truly believe that regardless of the difficulties of our realities during covid for our families and students, that home and school together can provide the pathway to success for our students. Children do well in school when they actively see themselves reflected in all aspects of learning. I am committed to working with the team here to foster a learning environment where the curriculum reflects diversity, is culturally relevant, and responsive. In an effort to support every child’s right to accessing opportunities that lead to success, we all endeavour to create an inclusive environment built on relationships with students, staff and families, that supports achievement, growth, and opportunity for success regardless of gender, sex, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, or disability attributes. Effective communication between the home and school is essential to developing a partnership which supports students.

Briargreen is home to a diverse community of learners studying in the Regular English Program with Core French from K-6. We draw from Briargreen, Centrepointe, Qualicum and Cedar Hill areas and operate under the jurisdiction of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. In alignment with our district’s Strategic Plan, Briargreen is focused on creating a culture of innovation, caring, and social responsibility. We champion students through setting high expectations for learning with an emphasis on creativity, collaboration and digital fluency while fostering an inclusive and caring learning environment. With a strong commitment to supporting the community both locally and globally, students learn valuable lessons entrenched in history which inspires passionate engagement in helping others.

Feel free to reach out to the school at any time for information.

Cynthia Willman, Principal
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