The Relevant School

Skills for a Joyous Life

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Welcome to The Relevant School !

We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you to The Relevant School's brand new website.  We are excited about the approaching school year because we know that there are children out there (and some parents too) who reluctantly push their children through a system that they know is not created to nurture the budding genius in their child. 

 At the Relevant School we believe that the seed of genius inside needs to be nurtured, needs to be taught skills that will enable that genius to express itself with the utmost of clarity and creativity. Not an easy match in the institutional classroom of today.  Schools are much more oriented toward the "socialization" of the child rather than toward the development of intellect and reasoning. "Acceptable behaviours" lead to pleasant "experiences" and feelings.  This is behaviour modification to a self-serving and often narcissistic end. Thus,  the emergence of a society blatantly devoted to self-gratification at the expense of responsibility and achievement, which are the cornerstones of a quality education.   Responding to bells and alarms, rewards and treats, and unquestioning obedience to those deemed to be authorities, is not teaching life enhancing skills, but rather is preparation for a corporate cubicle. The treadmill of consumerism awaits the graduate of this system. That endless cycle of debt and repayment is the reward for twelve or more years of schooling.  It's time to question that schooling and truly think "out of the box" rather than pay lip service to this cliche. There is more unhappiness, there is more mediocrity and far less excellence - even though opposite is touted in the system's propaganda. The bar has fallen far below where it belongs and the children are, in fact becoming less and less capable.  The evidence clearly demonstrates that our children lack the literacy expected of a child a century ago.  

School time should be more intensive learning time.  English grammar, cursive writing, reading, phonetic systems, memorization skills, reasoning, questioning, all of these things have suffered under our current system.  

We believe we can do better privately, in a small home setting, with more challenging and relevant criteria.  Thank you for dropping by to check us out!  We are the way to Skills for a Joyous Life.


Skills for a J​oyous Life

Ontario Teacher's College 

1986 Trained with a specialization in grades 4 to 13. Dramatic Arts, Music and English were areas of higher concentration and further specialists in the following years for Drama and Junior Music. She has many years of experience teaching in all three of these subjects in public and private school settings.

British Columbia 

In British Columbia she was head of the Musical Theater Program at Claremont Secondary, on Vancouver Island. She has  also taught in various elementary schools in British Columbia. The programs taught were mainly music K-7 and she also initiated a pilot program for developing successful Drama program for three different elementary schools in Powell River.

Executive Summary

A qualified Teacher in Two Provinces, trained in Ontario at the renowned Ontario Teacher's College, the most prestigious Teacher's College in Canada. Laurette Anderson has been a qualified teacher for thirty years and has experience not only in two provinces but also in China as both a teacher and an administrator. Her teaching experience ranges from Kindergarden through grade thirteen, (now first year university), with the majority of time spent with children from grade four to grade 12. 

While in China, Laurette focused on improving administrative systems of the school with a new western approach in cooperation with the Chinese staff and authorities.  A complex and challenging task with many rewards, including the high approval rating and gratitude of both students and parents.

Highlighted Teaching Experiences

During her tenure as teacher Laurette  directed and produced musicals ranging from "Godspell" to "Oliver!" and many other musicals and plays in between. She created an annual musical theatre dinner event opening with her own original musical theater production "In Service".  Laurette brought back to life a dying music program at a private college preparatory school in Toronto to the delight of the parent community and joined forces with Bishop Strachan private preparatory school to produce a summer musical production for teens. She has run music programs for entire elementary schools, run a pilot program for drama in elementary schools here in British Columbia imparting creative and imaginative skills based on great literature.