Over the past 25-plus years Port School has evolved from the relatively simple idea of an alternative community-based education, to a multifaceted, wrap-around service for our community’s most vulnerable and at risk youth.
The teenage journey can be challenging for any young person. Navigating adolescence, coupled with difficult home circumstances, limited opportunities and, for some, the lack of strong adult role models, creates a disorienting experience for our young people who, in many cases, fall into a spiral of rejection, failure and isolation.
Port offers a learning environment that is an alternative for students needing a different kind of school. We value community to build a sense of belonging, empowerment to engender a strong and positive sense of self, diversity to ensure there is a valued place for everyone and growth that helps to map a pathway toward personal success.
“It takes a village to raise a child”. This African proverb suggests that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children, in order for a young person to experience and grow in a safe environment.
We often refer to our school as a village, a family of carers looking out for one another, uncovering talents, discovering gifts and sparking a lifelong love of learning and purposeful engagement, in the quest for meaningful life journeys.
Anne M Gee B Ed, ECE, Dip Teach, ECE/HPE
Port School Chair
Education and Strategic Planning Consultant