Guelph Community Christian School is dedicated to its mission to “nurture, educate, and inspire students in Christ-centred learning and serving.” The staff at G.C.C.S. understand that each student is uniquely created by God and may require different approaches than their peers to help them learn to the best of their abilities.
Vice Principal of Learning, Tanya Pennings, says, “We work to help students understand themselves as learners and members of a community.” A community of learners works best when each student’s learning style is encouraged and incorporated both inside and outside of the classroom.
Sensory integration plays a significant role in the life of a student. It is a process in the brain that allows people to take information from their senses, organize it, and respond appropriately. The ability to regulate one’s mind and body allows people to feel better about their person, less concerned with things that are hindering them, and work to the best of their abilities. GCCS has recently incorporated two new Sensory Program options: The Path, and a Fitness Release space.
The Path is a guided course that leads students through a variety of purposeful movements. It is installed on the hallway floor and walls for simple access. Students can take a short break from their schoolwork, utilize muscle groups, and re-enter the classroom, re-energized and ready to learn within minutes.
The Fitness Release can assist students who are having difficulty focusing in class, students with self-regulation or anger management issues, as well as students with neurological differences, such as autism. The Link, G.C.C.S.’s Student Support Services Room, hosts the Fitness Release component of the Sensory Program. This component continues to grow and develop as tools are sourced. The Fitness Release component of G.C.C.S.’s Sensory Program currently has a treadmill, how-to fitness posters and mats, and other tools for high-intensity activity and cool down techniques.