I am Proud of You Benjamin


My son Ben is in fifth grade. We are mere months away from the admissions exam for High School.

Since kindergarden, we discussed our top three schools with him.

Collège Letendre with the added benefit of the Football Team…Les Empereurs and the proximity to grandma’s house as well as the convenient transport (it is located in Down-Town Laval)

Collège Laval with the added benefit of family history (dad and oncle attended the school) and the football team…Les Maraudeurs

L’école Internationale with the benefit of academic excellence and its gratuity.

Now, most of the time, Ben seemed intent on going to College Letendre.

Yesterday, my son and husband visited L’École Internationale and were quite impressed with …the Library, the importance of personal projects, the school’s vision, its high tech computer lab, the possibilities of travel and its after school program of badminton. So much so that this is the school he wants to attend. It’s become THE SCHOOL. He was over the moon about his new school.

He intends on playing football with the vikings outside school, badminton for his school and attending l’École d’Éducation Internationale de Laval. He even mapped out his secondary 5 project to be about Robotics, because he wants to build a robot.

He wants to participate in the International Robotics Competition. As exampled in this You Tube video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l2zpnKW2K8.

Now, normally, I would have liked him to attend private school but this seems like such a good school that all of my stereotypes have gone out the window. The school is part of the the International Baccalaureate®. The IB is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student.

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

On top of the academic activities, they have to be involved in the community by volunteering. They also have one personal project per year. They need to maintain their grade point average.

I am proud of you Ben for being who you are, for setting goals for yourself and for attaining them. You’re a great cousin to your baby cousin, Jonathan. You’re a great brother to your sister, Emilie. You’re a great son to your dad and I.

Keep at it! The sky’s the limit for you, baby.

ps: Ben, I hope your dream of visiting Atlantis, the lost city can come true. I hope the Island will emerge from the water and we will get to see it together.

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