Our Philosophy

At Sunningdale we provide a learning environment that goes beyond just developing academic knowledge and skills but also to develop a social awareness within our school, community and world.  We believe that students who play an active role to become local and global citizens understand the purpose and need to develop a positive culture. We are fortunate to work with two humanitarian organizations that help to support our philosophy.

Look After Yourself, Look After One Another...
Sunningdale Public School as well as being a Tribes School, also promotes the values and mission statement of Right To Play and the “Red Ball” initiative.  Right to Play believes they can improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace.  Right to Play’s vision is to create a healthier and safer world through the power of sport and play.  Using the same philosophy within our school community we are encouraging "Look After Yourself, Look After One Another" and promoting the importance of teamwork and co-operation.

Right To Play
Right To Play evolved out of an awareness and fundraising organization called Olympic Aid, which was conceived in 1992 by the Lillehammer Olympic Organizing Committee (LOOC) in preparation for the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. The focus of Olympic Aid during these Games was to show support for people in war-torn countries and areas of distress.  Olympic athletes were chosen to be Ambassadors of Olympic Aid to assist in the fundraising efforts. The lead Athlete Ambassador was Norwegian speed-skater and four-time gold medalist Johann Olav Koss, who donated a large portion of his winnings to Olympic Aid and challenged fellow athletes and the global community to donate money for each gold medal won. An unprecedented $18 million US was raised. The funds supported five main projects in 1994: building a hospital in Sarajevo; building schools in Eritrea; supporting a mother/child program in Guatemala; supporting refugees in Afghanistan; and a support program for children living with disabilities in Lebanon. With its incorporation in late 2000, Olympic Aid (which became Right To Play) made the transition from “fundraising vehicle” to implementing Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
 
Today, Right To Play has a permanent presence in the field of Sport for Development. In addition to its sport and play programs, Right To Play is established as a pioneer in international advocacy on behalf of every child’s right to play, and it is actively involved in research and policy development in this area. 

The Red Ball
Right To Play uses the Red Ball as a symbol. The Red Ball is in play in the field; it is a teaching tool to every school, every community, and every refugee camp.

Written in different languages on the Red Ball is the philosophy -- LOOK AFTER YOURSELF, LOOK AFTER ONE ANOTHER. This message embodies the best values of sport, such as the importance of teamwork, respect, inclusion, and fair play. Through games and resources we strive to empower individuals to look after themselves and look after their community. 

The Red Ball symbolizes the humanitarian potential of sport to promote health, development and peace and to make the Red Ball a universal symbol recognized everywhere – a symbol of hope, of the power of play and of connection, of people’s capacity to overcome hardship, to join together to make life better. Kids rally around the ball locally, in refugee camps and villages and schools. But so do their sports heroes globally. Champions in the world of sport who know what sport can do, the strength and inspiration it can give to kids, and who want to be connected to sport as a force for good.” Today, Right To Play’s Coaches, Leaders, and many other volunteers use the Red Ball as a teaching tool and program aid around the world.  This movement’s hope is that a global social movement for health will revolve around the Red Ball, and that it will be both a catalyst for change and a connecting symbol of health and community.

Sport and play are essential development building blocks, helping to foster healthy physical, social and emotional development. Nothing else has the universal appeal of sport—it crosses ethnic, cultural, gender, and linguistic lines. Sport has the power to reach and teach like no other medium.

Right To Play’s philosophy “LOOK AFTER YOURSELF, LOOK AFTER ONE ANOTHER” is written on the Red Ball. This philosophy embodies the best values of sport and reinforces that through sport we learn to take care of our mind and bodies, the importance of teamwork and cooperation and to look after those around us. 

Please ask you child(ren) about the little red ball!!! These little red balls are part of our Right to Play initiative to help students to develop an awareness of positive actions within their classroom that focus on the Right to Play tag line of “ Look After Yourself, Look After One Another”.  We have talked to every class about how they can track these positive actions in order to be rewarded the “Red Ball” at an assembly in late November.  Classrooms that can prove they are making a difference in or outside their classroom will be asked to share with Mr. Silvestri and Mr. Pritchard.  We will be taking photos and video from a particular classroom  and these will be shared with the whole school.  We believe that students need to be aware of what positive actions are happening in the school and learn more about other classrooms.  This is only one way we are continuing to promote positive culture within our school.

Tribes

Sunningdale on the TRIBES TRAIL!       
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TRIBES is a process used to create a positive learning environment and support a child’s social development. Many of our teachers are trained in using this process with our students.  A TRIBES school is a learning community where staff, students and parents all enjoy the mutual respect and caring which are essential for growth and learning.  

TRIBES is based on four agreements, which our students learn to use every day:  mutual respect, attentive listening, appreciation statements (no put downs) and right to participate/right to pass.  Teachers also use TRIBES energizers to help students focus and to reach students who learn in various ways.  In a TRIBES school children often work in groups and use the Tribes agreements to create and sustain groups that are able to work productively.

Ask your children about the TRIBES agreements and help us all to move along the TRIBES TRAIL!


Me To We
Free the Children and Me to We believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. WE can make change!  WE can make a difference! WE are the generation!

These were the messages heard throughout WE Day. WE Day was a truly inspiring event! Twelve members of Sunningdale's Me to We Club attended the event at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday September 27, along with 20 000 other students and educators from across the province. The grade 5 to 8 students at Sunningdale were also able to learn more about Free the Children and watch a portion of the days events through a live webcast. WE Day is an initiative of  Free the Children to inspire youth to make local and global changes in our world. The event certainly achieved its goal! After hearing passionate and influential speakers like Craig and Marc Keilburger, Rick Hansen, Patch Adams, Spencer West, Nelly Furtado and many more, the students couldn't help but be excited of what this year will hold for our Me to We Club.

Sunningdale is committed to being a WE School. Being a WE School means that we are working towards making local and global changes through raising awareness and funds for particular initiatives throughout the year. The message of WE Day will continue to be spread throughout Sunningdale as we work towards developing the Me to We Club and getting the whole school involved along the way. Please visit Free the Children website (www.freethechildren.com) for more information about We Day and other initiatives.