How wellness and enrichment work in concert
Welcome to the new decade! 2020 promises to be another exciting year at MacLachlan and we’re looking forward to continuing our mission to make every student future-ready.
A big part of how we approach enabling everyone in the Mac Community revolves around ensuring that everyone participates in an enriched educational environment and that they are equipped with all of the tools necessary to achieve their full potential.
One of the ways we do this is by implementing processes and programs that provide students with the ability to embrace a conscious, self-directed and evolving approach to personal achievement. It’s how we bring the philosophy and practice of wellness into full bloom.
Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is vital in pursuing a high-quality life because everything we do and feel relates to our well-being. It is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to manage and reduce stress, minimize the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions with everyone who surrounds us.
In our experience, when a student is in a state of wellness they are more readily able to pursue the enriched education that we offer. By enrichment we mean providing a high-quality and valuable learning climate and environment in each of our classrooms.
There may exist a tendency to think of enrichment as curriculum and programs available only to a select group of students. I know when I was in school there were always a few students who were put into advanced programs or ‘skipped’ grades. Our view of enrichment is a little different and it is directly linked to strategies we employ to help children. These include physical activity to develop motor skills, introducing coherent complexity as opposed to chaotic complexity, social support in the school and the community and providing sufficient time for learning.
The direct linkage between wellness and enrichment practiced at MAC delivers many benefits to our students including:
- Discovering and developing their individual interests and talents.
- Developing their character, resilience, independence and confidence.
- Keeping physically and mentally healthy.
- Equipping them to be responsible, respectful and active citizens.
- Preparing them to be future-ready.
And, while we believe that our entire student body lives within an enriched environment we also developed the Everest Centre to enhance and build on the concept contained in the MacLachlan College Mission Statement that all students are unique and have something remarkable to offer.
Programs under the Everest Centre are designed to go beyond MacLachlan’s regular curriculum. Some are incorporated in the school curriculum framework, others may require a more intense application for a specific period of time. Everest Centre programs are not only fun, they complement and enhance students’ unique learning experiences.
Everest programs include:
- Extra-curricular Enrichment Programs
- Elite Athlete Program
- Empowered Reading Program
- Direct Instruction Modules
- Academic Coaches
- Tutoring Services
There are myriad ways in which young minds differ and the deeply committed and creative faculty members of MacLachlan College subscribe to the heartfelt belief that children learn best in an environment which values these differences. The Everest Centre is the affirmation of these beliefs and further evidence of our commitment to making each student future-ready.