McArthur is a community school located in Wellington Community at 13535- 134 Street. We invite you to visit and see for yourself all that McArthur has to offer!
Each class at McArthur School participates in a project that will benefit others outside of that classroom. This may be a project for the school as a whole, within the neighbourhood community, or in support of a charitable organization. It provides students an opportunity to further develop citizenship and leadership skills, as well as a sense of empathy and support for others that are in need. Some previous community projects have included: Jump Rope for Heart, Youth Emergency Centre, Santa’s Anonymous, Christmas shoe boxes for seniors, care packages, and natural disaster relief.
At McArthur, our students meet in family groupings once a month to enjoy various activities. A few students from each grade level form a group of about 20 students. These groups rotate to different classrooms or areas in the school to work with each teacher in our building. Students build character traits such as being caring, helpful, trustworthy, and generous by working with and developing relationships with children of different ages. Teachers also benefit by getting to know more students at our school.
At McArthur School, we work towards all students having the opportunity to grow and learn without the interference of inappropriate behavior by others. We aim to develop self-discipline and self-confidence through helping students see how their actions may harm others and by helping them figure out how to “fix it”.
Restorative Justice is a positive approach focused on repairing harm when conflict has occurred. Often, the process includes small group or whole class Circles. During these Restorative Justice Circles, the victim, the offender, their support groups and a mediator get together to encourage a sense of responsibility by requiring that students accept the consequences of their behavior and work towards “making it right”. We have had excellent success when using this approach and our staff hope to continue being trained in R.J. so that we can consistently spread the same message from Kindergarten to grade 6.
Welcome to “The Zones"
Last year McArthur School introduced a new way for staff and students to be aware of their emotions and feelings in an effort to help them identify the signs and methods of dealing with them in a positive way to reduce negative behaviours and increasing the positive things students do to have more happy and productive days. There are four zones that the children can experience: the Red Zone, the Yellow Zone, the Green Zone and the Blue Zone.
The Red Zone describes the more intense emotions which lead to anger, rage, terror and others which indicate a student is “out of control”.
The Yellow Zone is used to describe such emotions as: stress, frustration, silliness, anxiety, the wiggles and other such behaviours but they are still showing some control over them.
The Green Zone describes those times when a student is happy, content, focused and alert. Students who are in this zone show us that this is when optimal learning occurs.
The Blue Zone is used to describe those times a student is in a low state of alertness like being sad, tired, sick or bored.
By teaching our students (and staff) how to recognize when they are in one of these zones and providing strategies to assist them to move past (or in the case of the Green Zone, maintain) their emotions, it is our belief that they will increase their learning opportunities and thus help them become more successful which will lead to increased happiness and well being. It is important for our students to realize that we are all in “a Zone” all throughout the day and there are ways to get through the difficult ones and enjoy the Green Zone more often. At McArthur we believe it is important to work through the zones NOT to ignore them.
Let’s all strive to “Be Green!”