Reflecting upon yet another eventful year on our campus, following last year’s very exciting 50th anniversary year, there are many aspects of Dearcroft’s traditions that we continue to embrace and build upon. Since mid-way through our fifth decade, we have steadily developed into a comprehensive Toddler to Grade 8 program. We have pursued the development of academic space and teaching teams to serve the needs of families looking for a best practices, authentic Montessori experience for children, 18 month to 14 years of age. Our students are guided by wonderfully dedicated teachers who enjoy working together to create harmonious and productive classrooms. Learning environments where children are inspired and challenged. A great sign of a successful school is the atmosphere one encounters upon walking in the front doors. When visitors come to see our classes they are always amazed by the warmth of the atmosphere, level of focus and genuine degree of joy and happiness they observe. We hear this constantly as well as familiar refrains of praise from those who host our students on class trips and school outings. At Dearcroft, our students love school and being with their friends. They love the community they have helped create and they reflect it beautifully when they represent us off campus as well.
As we look forward to Dearcroft’s next 50 years, we will remain true to what has made our school great while also being vigilant in maintaining our place of excellence in an ever dynamic and rapidly changing world. Although Montessori education is timeless, many aspects that surround our school community are in constant evolution, driven by technology, changes in community dynamics and the general passage of time. When Dearcroft was founded by my parents in 1968, Oakville was a much smaller community with a population of just over 20,000. Dearcroft joined Appleby College and St. Mildreds on the independent school map that year and now, over half a century later we remain the third oldest Independent school in Oakville a community that is 10 times larger than it was then. Looking ahead, it’s an interesting exercise to project how everything from population dynamics and demographics as well as general infrastructure development, including the creation of municipal facilities, can influence where people choose to live. Certainly having a quality school in your neighborhood is a major draw for many.
As we have now been on our campus for over 40 of our 50+ years, we are looking forward to planned improvements to our facility, updating and renovating our original school building. As Oakville plans and carries out a massive re-build of it’s original downtown area, a little over a kilometer’s walking distance from our front gates, change and renewal will be in the air as 2020 approaches. The natural beauty and ideal location of our campus has served us well over the decades. Dearcroft remains a wonderful community tradition, highlighted by it’s natural beauty and perfect location in the heart of Old Oakville. We are so fortunate to be able to serve our families in such a naturally inspiring and carefully planned setting. In an environment that was designed carefully and with much thought, so many years ago. In the early years, my parents, Peter and Barbara had a wonderful vision for a unique and special school community. They followed their hearts and ambition without compromise. Along with our amazing team of gifted and enthusiastic educators and you and your amazing children we continue on this journey of learning together. We are thankful for the opportunity to carry on such a wonderful tradition and thank you for your part in making Dearcroft such an amazing place to live and learn. Thank you for another great year and your contributions to the very special Dearcroft story.