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Assistant Principal’s Message | March 2018
In school, as in life, small decisions can sometimes hold great impact.
Earlier in the fall, an SPB school family donated a 100 year-old Canadian
heirloom piano. Thank you, again, to the Kilchner family! We were thrilled
with the gift and immediately began to use it, giving it a resounding
inauguration at the Student-Led Talent Show in December. Thereafter, Ms.
Benfield wondered where to should be stored. She wondered about opening
a sing-along club at lunch in the Drama Room. She wondered about keeping
it safe and out-of-reach behind the closed door of the Climbing Wall area.
She finally settled on a daring proposal: make it as available as possible for
Over the last month the hallways of SPB have resounded with music.
Sometimes accomplished players slide up and shyly shake out an exam
piece they have until now only been practicing in the privacy of their family
piano rooms. Often novice players will come and teach a friend a little, easy
duet (that one that we all seem to have learned once upon a time, played
with one’s knuckles!). Increasingly, students are downloading a piano app
on their cell phones to experiment with playing for the first time. The
Japanese Community School that uses SPB facilities on Saturday sounds as
though it has been converted into a music school. Always, during nutrition
break, lunchtime and especially before and after school, large groups of
students and teachers have begun to gather around the piano in the main
foyer. It has become like the new watering hole, the equivalent of the coffee
machine in a corporate office environment.
Come and experience the cacophony of happy playing yourself one of these
We have spent a lot of time attempting to lure students away from their everpresent
cell phones. We have even considered banning them at lunchtime in
order to coax students back into the land of the living. Now, with one small
change, we have created a new and interactive social experiment in the main
foyer. It has served as a powerful reminder of a creative approach used in
solving complex problems in the learning environment. This is the sort of
recklessness sometimes needed in education – the ability to think outside of
the box and then carefully observe the subtle impact that occurs as a result
of an educational decision.
“Creativity is contagious; pass it on.” -Albert Einstein
Sra. Krickhan, Principal/Directora