Dear Centennial Families;

It’s hard to believe that here we are, rolling right into 2021!  Although we’re starting 2021 delivering programming to students in a distance learning fashion, we remain positive and optimistic that the weeks and months ahead will slowly allow us all to return to a more normal way of supporting our students.

This is my 22nd year in education with the WRDSB and I have had the pleasure of working in many spectacular schools across the region during this time. I started my teaching career at Park Manor Senior School in Elmira, then moved on to teaching at Lincoln Heights PS in Waterloo. From there I was appointed Vice Principal at Queensmount Senior PS in Kitchener, then I moved on to become Vice Principal at Silverheights PS in Hespeler. From there I was appointed Principal at Bridgeport PS in Kitchener, and then on to being the Principal of the Rosemount Family of Schools and Section 23 Programs across Waterloo Region. And now I am extremely happy to be serving the Centennial School Community as your Principal.

Despite being fairly new to Centennial, I am already extremely impressed by the dedication of the staff, support of the community, and most importantly the fantastic students we get to work with everyday.

My philosophies on education and teaching students include the following:

  1. Kids these days are amazing. Never in history has there been such a talented and global thinking wave of young people who are not only tech savvy, critical thinking problem-solvers, but are also immensely caring on a local and global scale and often take initiative to make our world a better place.
  2. There is no such thing as a bad kid. Kids these days will succeed when given the proper supports, praise, and encouragement to do so. It’s all about relationships! Of course kids will make mistakes from time to time (just as we did when we were kids), but I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of kids during my career so far and not a single one of them was a bad kid.
  3. Do what you love and love what you do. This is ultimately what motivates me every day. I absolutely love my job! Every day I get to help students learn and watch them grow. I have so much fun doing this every single day. It doesn’t get much better than that.
  4. Take risks and try new things. We live in a time of rapid technological advancement. To keep pace, I encourage staff and students to try new ways of teaching and learning so that we are all staying innovative. We are teaching students skills to succeed in jobs that don’t even exist yet. Be innovative!
  5. It takes an entire village to raise a child. Being a kid these days can be very challenging. Working together in partnership with school, families, and community resources will give children the best possible outcome for success.

Ways to stay informed:

Check out School Day and our school website for regular updates about what is happening at school You can also follow us on Twitter: @CNW_WRDSB 

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s education by calling the school (519-885-5660).


Mr. Steve Sherlock

Principal, Centennial (Waterloo) Public School