Dear Centennial Families;

Here we are one month into the 2021-2022 school year and I cannot stress enough how excited we are to have students and staff back in schools! There is a renewed sense of energy as we all work together to provide a safe learning environment for everyone.

As you have heard, schools are starting this year with a cautious and optimistic approach. We are slowly working towards providing opportunities to students beyond the classroom in a staggered approach. For example, things such as cohorted intramurals, classes accessing our library, the use of stringed instruments and sports equipment for students to use will be brought back as we continue to follow COVID-19 protocols. Again this year, there continues to be COVID-19 protocols that schools must follow in an effort to keep everyone safe. We thank you for your support and understanding as we all follow these protocols.

We look forward to working in partnership with you as we support the learning and development of your children here at Centennial. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher should you have any questions or concerns.

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