Re: “Trafalgar, Thriving students in happy halls” column from February 21.
Great column Kirsten Hildebrand and I totally agree. Both of my kids have attended Trafalgar middle school and it’s not nearly as bad as its reputation. Middle school by its very nature is challenging, but both of my kids have had very positive experiences with excellent teachers and great support services.
One thing I would add is that by the time kids are in Grade 8 (which my daughter is currently), they want to move on and are looking forward to the much bigger step of attending Grade 9 at L.V. Rogers. I think in the Grade 7 to 9 model, it’s the Grade 9s who cause most of the serious problems.
By not allowing them to be seniors at a school at such a difficult age when hormones are going crazy, it helps the overall picture. Putting Grade 9s in high school keeps them humble and less likely to push boundaries.
Thanks to Kirsten for her excellent analysis of the situation and bringing her own experiences as a student into the mix to provide more of an interesting read.