Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Springing Into Action

There are a whole lot of great activities happening across our district this spring. This week, I'll try to catch up on some events that have already taken place and keep up with others that are about to!  

I recently had the privilege of being invited to Taylor Schools Meet The Author event.  Students in every class had written or contributed to books of their very own making. The annual event has been a labour of love for teacher Donna Lee Cooper. Her efforts have inspired the students and community to hold a gala like event to celebrate the arrival of the books, complete with formal attire, much fanfare and celebrity readings. My favorite book was the combination effort from Mrs. Frankham's kindergarten class, celebrating penguins and the letter P.

Last week,  CM Finch's Mrs. Gilbert hosted the annual elementary district public speaking contest at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Public speaking is often ranked as one of the most feared activities by many adults but you would never know it from watching elementary contestants from schools all across the district take the stage. Students from Baldonnel Elementary swept the individual medal podium with Clearview and Ambrose taking silver and bronze in the team competition.

This week is also filled with big events. The AVID class from NPSS is on its annual tour of post secondary institutions. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. With its goal of closing the achievement gap and fully preparing students for post secondary opportunities, AVID aligns nicely with the district's goal of improving life opportunities for graduates. 

On Wednesday, Bert Bowes celebrates its 50th anniversary. The school officially opened on November 27th, 1964. The public are invited to a celebration from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, May 27th at the school. Come out to visit the school, connect with alumni and former staff, and re-live some old memories. 

On Thursday the Doig River Reserve in partnership with the district Aboriginal Education Centre and Upper Pine School will host Doig Day. Grade 4 students from across the the district will have the opportunity to visit the Doig and see and partake in a variety of cultural based activities and celebrate the diversity First Nations students and their families bring to our district. 

Finally, this is the week for Project Heavy Duty. District Principal Richard Koop in partnership with local industries oversee a week long opportunity for selected secondary students to gain hands on experience with heavy duty machinery.

 Its clear that spring is a busy time here in Peace River North. In the weeks ahead students will be preparing for even more end of year activities including final exams, district track meet and graduations and grade to grade transitions. If you get the chance, get out and take in some of these activities either as a spectator or volunteer. You'll get to see our students at their best, enjoying their learning, celebrating their successes and demonstrating how learning matters.

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