Archived—Mark Bonnell

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Year: 2008 – Province: Newfoundland and Labrador

Certificate of Achievement Recipient

School: Eric G. Lambert School
PO Box 40
Churchill Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador
A0R 1A0

Principal: Edmund Arnott
School Telephone: 709-925-3371
School Fax: 709-925-3364
School Email: MBonnell@nlh.nl.ca
School Website: www.k12.nf.ca/eglambert
Subjects and Grades Taught: Music in Kindergarten to Grade 12, computer technology in Grade 11, religious education and technical education in Grade 6 to 9

Teaching Approach:

  • Make music courses student-centred and student-driven: students give input into repertoire selection and performance decisions and all projects are treated as problem-solving exercises in which student input and direction is required.
  • Immediately saw the potential of new technology for teaching music.

Outstanding Achievements:

  • Approximately 15 to 20 students take the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations every year with a pass rate of about 97 percent; about half the students receiving honours.
  • Organized and led a variety of large projects, including 17 musicals, two musical plays in the larger community and twice yearly concerts and recitals. He also worked closely with the schools' drama teacher on seven plays.

Rave Reviews:

"Mark arrived at our school in 1987. Since then, interest in music education has increased dramatically. Approximately forty percent of the school's population volunteers in either band and/or choir. "Colleagues

"Churchill Falls must have one of the highest numbers of musicians per capita in the country. It seems to me that two out of every three citizens here sing and play guitar, piano or some other instrument. Mark Bonnell's influence is felt everywhere in our community!" Principal

"Mark Bonnell must be a very inspirational teacher because his students play in multiple classes and they play with motivation and confidence and, most importantly, with the joy of music." Music festival director