Category Archive: Principal’s Blog

Comments from Mr. Balcombe, Dover's Principal.

Oct 17

Please Choose Wisely

    Each day we are faced with a myriad of choices. Most are fairly simple in nature, the outcome of these choices, over time, helping to shape the routines of our lives. What to wear, what to eat, who to connect with through social media, whether or not to get some exercise? Other choices …

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Oct 15

I hate to be a P.E.S.T, but…

  A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak during our grade meetings with our students in grades nine through twelve. My message was positive, debunking some of the myths about today’s teenagers. I shared with them the sentiment that many members of the ‘older’ generations share about the youth who populate …

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Jul 05

 Year in review – 2017-2018

  The school year has come to a close. Our graduating class of 2018 is moving on to new opportunities and adventures and we wish them all the best in their post-Dover Bay learning. For the rest of us, the summer break allows us to reflect on the year, enjoy our ‘non-school’ life with family …

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Mar 06

Welcome to Dover Bay Parents of our Graduating Class of 2023

This evening we are hosting a parent session for our incoming grade 8 students, our Grad Class of 2023. The purpose of the meeting is to provide parents with an opportunity to learn about our grade 8 program, find out some information about secondary school, explore some of the challenges of being a parent of …

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Feb 14

99.4% of you may not need this information. Please do your son/daughter a favour and read this post anyways.

  Over the years I have hosted countless parent information sessions. Topics have ranged from academic rigor to the importance of extracurricular activities, from drug and alcohol awareness to scholarship preparation, from Fine Arts appreciation to supporting students around mental health. In each of those sessions, parents left with a better understanding of how they …

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Feb 05

Surviving and Thriving during the Teenage Years! Parent meeting February 13th 6:30 pm

Raising children during the teenage years is extremely hard work. And yet, it is one of the most important things you will ever do! Parents are invited to come join us on Tuesday, February 13th in our Multi-Purpose Room for a conversation on “Surviving and Thriving during the Teenage Years”. The session is from 6:30 …

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Oct 23

I Like Artists

I like artists. Not just their finished work that we marvel at, but the actual artists. Their stories, their struggles, their ambitions on display for us to criticize, judge, admire. I am sure that we are all artists in our lives, but most of us are not brave enough to publicize our craft. We live …

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Oct 05

Principal’s Perspective

Welcome to the “Principal’s Perspective”, a blog to inform our Dover Bay school community about some of the wonderful things happening in our school. I will endeavor to blog once or twice a month, perhaps more, focusing on activities, events, and learning opportunities that we are proud of and excited about. Some will be new …

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Oct 05


We welcome Mr. Don Balcombe to Dover Bay Secondary. We hope he has a fantastic school year.