Ask anyone to describe a great school and “commitment to continuous improvement” will be one of the qualities on their list. The immense success of The Country Day School graduates in their post-secondary programs and careers is clear evidence that we offer a superior educational experience.
At the same time, we are deeply committed to continually improving our approach. The School's commitment to research and innovation is a driving force in our ongoing professional growth and support of the parent community.
The Growing Mind
In providing education with balance, The Country Day School focuses on three key areas: challenging the student, developing the mind and strengthening the character. In reality, these three spheres of change and growth are inseparable: they overlap in a mutually supportive manner as they contribute to the development of the whole person.
There is a regular feature inside The Link – the CDS community magazine – entitled The Growing Mind, which may at first glance appear to belong to the “developing the mind” sphere. However, like anything to do with how our minds grow and change, the articles you will find there are focused on what Aristotle called eudaimonia – human flourishing. We flourish when our needs and interests are connected and in balance. The accessible and engaging articles on topics of current research in child growth and development you will find in The Growing Mind provide knowledge that can help you and your children thrive.
Adolescent Stress and The Great Outdoors
Getting into nature can help your teen manage stress while increasing their happiness and capacity to learn. While not all teens experience dramatic ups and downs in their lives, there is good reason why adolescence has been described as a period of “storm and stress.” From Middle School through to Grade 12, a lot happens in the social, emotional and intellectual realms of a teen’s life. In addition, brain development at this time of life makes it all the more difficult for teens to manage rapid change and complex challenges.
Every parent, school and caring adult can help teens during this sometimes tumultuous stage. A close connection to family, eating healthy food, sleeping eight or more hours each night, and enjoying positive relationships with teachers and school counsellors make it easier to manage setbacks and strains. In addition, recent research has revealed that where – and not just how or with whom – teens spend their time can have a significant impact on their ability to cope with storm and stress.
Put simply, if your teenager spends more time outdoors in a natural environment, he or she will experience its restorative effects: reduced stress and mental fatigue along with improved concentration, problem solving and mindfulness. Families and schools that provide ample – or even adequate – outdoor time for adolescents help to alleviate the pressures and worries of life while boosting learning and wellbeing.