Our Focus

2020-2022 School Focus

This year we are working on developing a cohesive school-wide approach to Social Emotional Learning. We have applied for and received an Innovation Grant to continue to investigate our two key inquiry questions:

1. If we develop a cohesive SEL framework, will it positively impact the social, emotional, and intellectual engagement of students?

2. How can we support the growth of our students in the area of Personal Awareness and Responsibility?

The staff at Ferris has identified SEL as a main professional learning area to explore in 2021/22. This is connected to our School Story and Focus which centres on the Core Competency of Personal Awareness and Responsibility (self-advocacy, self-regulation and well-being). In 2019/20, our staff identified explicit SEL instruction and authentic parent partnerships as the key areas to focus on. In 2020/21, we added staff and student well-being as key focal areas to acknowledge the impact of the pandemic. In 2021/22, we continued working with Connie Easton and dove deeper into strategies that support SEL in our classrooms.


2018-2020 School Focus

How can we support the growth of our students in the area of Personal Awareness and Responsiblity?

Personal awareness and responsibility includes the skills, strategies, and dispositions that help students to stay healthy and active, set goals, monitor progress, regulate emotions, respect their own rights and the rights of others, manage stress and persevere in difficult situations. Students who demonstrate personal awareness and responsiblity demonstrate self-respect and express a sense of personal well-being.

1. Self-Advocacy          2. Self-Regulation         3. Well-being


2017-2018 School Focus

The Core Competency of Social Responsibility

Helping our students to build more personal connections with both students and adults in the school, and to develop a stronger internal motivation and understanding of our HEART Matrix.