Thursday, 25 May 2017

To Market, To Market


What better way to put your marketing skills to the test than by designing and pitching your own product? This week, we've got a guest post from marketing student Conor Alexander ('18) exploring what students learned from this experience.

As the academic year comes to a close and culminating activities are fast approaching, Greenwood’s Grade 11 marketing class is completing one final project of the year - the biggest one yet!

Students in this course were tasked with developing, marketing and pitching an original board game to a group of ‘stakeholders’; no simple feat to be completed in only 3 weeks! Recalling and applying skills acquired over the course of the school year, business teams of four selected a target market, performed primary consumer research, developed a business plan and, during the week of May 22, will pitch their product in a simulated “Dragons’ Den” to a mock-game-company CEO.

Students in this course were tasked with developing, marketing and pitching an original
board game to a group of "stakeholders."

"This project made me consider the challenges associated with taking a product from the conception phase to actually putting it on the market,” says Grade 11 student Jade. “I would have never believed just how difficult it would actually be to come up with a unique product idea, let alone develop an entire marketing plan and create a prototype from scratch. I’m really proud of my team; I think we have a great product and I’m confident we’ll do well during the Dragons’ Den on Thursday.”

From games about stocks and investments to those about lost museum artifacts, the student-created products instilled real-world commerce skills in Greenwood’s future business leaders. And hey, you may even see the products hitting game store shelves sometime soon.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

A Breath of Fresh Air

The rooftop terrace is an ideal way to bring a bit of the outdoors into the school while
optimizing our square footage.

Our new rooftop terrace reflects Greenwood’s commitment to the outdoors while creating an urban oasis for our community.

At lunchtime on the first truly hot day of spring, the terrace is filled with students enjoying the May sunshine. Most are eating lunch, while some are chatting quietly; later in the day, students on spares will head up to the fourth floor to study or read.

The rooftop terrace is an ideal way to bring a bit of the outdoors into the school while optimizing our square footage. Our LEED Gold certified expansion also includes a green roof, which covers 30% of our roof space.




Like all of the spaces in our new building, the rooftop terrace was designed with flexibility in mind. A variety of seating choices, including benches, picnic tables and cafe tables, give students options to match up with their use of the space. A sliding door connecting the terrace to our rooftop classroom turns the room into an indoor/outdoor space for science and Food and Culture classes. Teachers from other subjects have also used the ample seating on the patio to hold class outdoors.



Thursday, 11 May 2017

Maximizing Spare Time

Study bars and cruiser tables placed throughout the school provide additional options for
students looking for that perfect study spot.

The value of our new study spaces is more apparent than ever as final evaluations approach.


To a senior student in May, a spare is a precious gift: a whole 75 minutes that can be dedicated to completing homework and preparing for upcoming year-end evaluations. But to do that, students need spaces conducive to quiet study and collaborative work that are accessible throughout the day.

A quick tour through the school at any time of day makes it clear that our students are making the most of the new spaces Greenwood has to offer. The Learning Commons is as busy as ever - the booths, tables and soft seating are frequently in use, and the three breakout rooms are popular group study areas. The second-floor breakout rooms adjacent to the Student Success Centre are constantly filled with students reading, working on their laptops or chatting quietly in groups. The study bars and cruiser tables placed throughout the school provide additional options for students looking for that perfect study spot.


The booths in our Learning Commons are frequently in use.


Our second-floor breakout rooms are constantly filled with students reading, working on
their laptops or chatting quietly in groups.