Dr. Helen Bochar, accompanied by a phalanx of principals and other Board people, visited our school on the 18th of March. Dr. Bochar is an educational diagnostician; she evaluates schools and systems and offers suggestions for improvement. What she wants schools to be reflects the Ministry view: Schools should be learning organizations that focus on developing higher order thinking skills in students. She advocates high expectations for all students.
Although she had suggestions for improvement, Dr. Bochar was pleased with what she observed at Holy Rosary. She saw us as being on the right road and well along it. She liked the environment of innovation and the obvious willingness of teachers to adjust on the spot to ideas that might improve their practise. We want to get better. We saw her visit as an opportunity to get better faster.
I write this under some duress as I have been told I have a second reader who, like the first, expects greater output that I have generated recently. I too will try to do better.