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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think of these things. Philipians 4:8 NIV
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"Hot Off The Press!"
by Mr. Mallon - Friday, 30 May 2014, 06:49 PM

As I enter my final month as an educator, before I retire, I have some final thoughts and reflections. I have spent 50 years in education, 19 as a student and 31 as an educator. I have worked 9 years in the elementary panel, including my six as principal of Burkevale, and 22 years in the secondary panel. I have taught in every grade from 4 to 13, and worked in 5 different schools and 4 different school boards. I have wonderful memories from each stop along my career path.

For 21 years in York Region, I was able to teach at schools, and help my wife of 31 years raise our two boys, in an area that is rich in its cultural traditions and diversity. The last 10 years in Simcoe County and Penetanguishene, has enabled me to play a greater volunteer and leadership role in a close-knit community.

At each of my educational stops I have had the privilege of working with fellow educators and support workers, who were dynamic and inspiring. Once retired, I hope to reconnect with a number of them to rekindle our friendship.

I consider my last six years, as the principal of Burkevale Protestant Separate School, the pinnacle of my career. I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to be part of a school and board with such a rich history and fine reputation. There are few other principal positions like it around. And while working as a principal at a single-school board can have some unique challenges not found in larger boards, I have many fond memories that I will cherish forever from my time at Burkevale.

Some of my goals when I first came here were to bring energy and excitement to Burkevale, enhance its standing in the community and improve communication between the school and our parents. I feel that has happened as our multitude of special events, guest speakers, performances, and connections to our community partners, such as Bayfield House, the museum and library, illustrate. Academically, our students continue to excel as our steady rise in EQAO scores indicates. The last 6 years we have received regular recognition in the press and communication wise, the Bulldog Bulletin and synrevoice announcements have proven indispensible.

Without question, what I will miss the most about my career are the students. They kept me motivated over the years and positively influenced me as much as I have influenced them. Burkevale students now have a special place in my heart.

And finally, I am pleased to announce that Ms. Julia McLaren, current Burkevale teacher, will be the new principal starting in September. She is an excellent educator and individual who will ensure Burkevale remains strong and vibrant.

I look forward to “the bend in the road” that my retirement represents. I plan to golf, travel, and volunteer among things. I appreciate the support that the board, staff, students and parents have given me over the years. It’s been fun. Thank you.

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"Hot Off The Press!" - April 2014
by Mr. Mallon - Monday, 31 March 2014, 10:45 AM

According to the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, "Mental illness is a serious
disturbance in thoughts, feelings and perceptions that is severe enough to affect
day-to-day functioning.”

A common figure often given by health authorities is that 1 in 5 Canadians suffer
from a mental illness, with names such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety
disorders and eating disorders. Even young children can have mental health issues
and this is something that the Ontario Ministry of Education and school boards are
recognizing more each year, and working at addressing.

While teachers are not trained to diagnose mental health disorders, they are
receiving more information and training around recognizing symptoms of mental
illness in children. Once a child’s situation has been diagnosed by a health care
professional, they usually provide families and the school’s teachers with
strategies to help a child cope at home and in the educational setting. In addition,
at Burkevale, we often consult with community organizations, such as KINARK, to
receive extra mental health support for students and their families.

Finally, parents have access to excellent resources from the Canadian Mental
Health Association, on topics such as Children and …..Attention Deficit Disorders,
Depression, Family Breakup, Self-Esteem, and Fears, on their website at: .

Together, parents, educators and the community must work together to improve
the mental well being of society’s children. 

Tim Mallon, Principal


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Burkevale Google Drive is the site students use to save and work on their projects and assignments at home (password required).

Worldbook Student and Worldbook Kids is used by students to research topics for assignments and projects from a reliable up to date source (password required)

Glogster Edu is a site where student create inteactive poster projects for various subjects (password required).

BookFlix is a great site to read, listen and work with great books from scholastic for students in K-3 (password required). 

BitStrips is where our students use comics to improve their literacy skills (password required). is where our students work on their Math skills at their grade level (password required).

Sumdog is where students can work on their numeracy skills by playing fun games against their classmates (password required)

Spelling City is a fun place for students to practice their weekly spelling words (password required). (4-8) and (K-3) are both packed with educational videos and games starring the famous Moby (password required).