Why Orangeville needs an IB School

May 7, 2014   ·   0 Comments


As many of your readers are aware The Maples private school has recently changed ownership and, with that, a fundamental shift in educational philosophy as we are now an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.

As principal of The Maples Academy I have been asked by parents, students and colleagues from both the private and public sector why an IB school is coming to Orangeville. The simple answer is we are both ready and in need of this type of affordable private education alternative in the greater Orangeville area.

An IB education isn’t a passing trend, but a leader in educational philosophy and ideals.  Over 40 years ago the IB pioneered an approach that to this day inspires students, teachers and communities. The International Baccalaureate is international education.  Students achieve at the highest levels and create a better world for everyone along the way.

We are different from other academic programs.  Our approach isn’t simplistic. Students grow to become life-long learners because of our holistic learner profile. The profile underpins our rigorous programs spanning from pre-Kindergarten, the elementary years and our eventual expansion into secondary education.

The IB develops the capacities of students, in keeping with the learner profile, so students become critical thinkers, risk takers, influencers and innovators. An IB education engages students in their own learning leaving them ready, motivated and prepared for the challenges of elementary, secondary, post-secondary education and their eventual career choices.

In summation, the time has come for an IB school to come to Orangeville and Dufferin County. It will enhance our community’s reputation as a leader in forward thinking and educational opportunities for our children.

Greg Playford


The Maples Academy


Thank you Hospice


I would like to publicly thank Hospice Dufferin for all the much appreciated support they have given me over the past 7 years, as I am  moving from the area.

I am a survivor of three cancers, first diagnosed in 2006, and then became the caregiver to my husband during his struggle with brain cancer throughout 2012. I am now a widow. Hospice Dufferin was there for me every step of the way. I attended the Breast Cancer Support Group meetings, enjoyed laid-back craft afternoons and bereavement art therapy with others “in the same boat”. Even rides to my treatments in Mississauga were available. I have benefited from all of these without being asked a fee to participate.

The communities of Dufferin County are so very fortunate to have this incredible resource, available to any residents who find themselves in need of guidance and emotional support while struggling with a health challenge or end -of -life situation.

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the staff: Maureen Riedler, Executive Director, Natalie Talma, Palliative Case Manager, and all the volunteers in front of  and behind the scenes.

As local residents, we can support the Hospice which requires 75% of its budget to be fundraised. Join me by pledging through their website: fundraising events .

I would urge all those faced with a life-threatening condition and their caregivers to contact Hospice Dufferin (519-942-3313) to receive the benefits of excellent care and support, in their own homes or at the Orangeville location; 30 Centre Street (Edelbrock Centre).

Chris Grubisic

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