On Friday October 9, two hundred Physical Education, Health and Recreation professionals from across New Brunswick gathered at Miramichi Valley High School for a full day of professional development activities. The day included presentations from educational leaders, participation in exemplary classes and the sharing and discussion of ideas about engaging today’s students in healthy active lifestyles.
New Brunswick's Education Minister, the Honourable Roland Haché, paid a visit on Tuesday Sept. 29th to School District 16, first visiting the district office before spending time with pupils and teachers at Ian Baillie Primary School. In addition to talking individually to several educators at the school the Education Minister sat with a number of the children at their classroom tables asking questions about their lessons and interacting enthusiastically with the young learners, much to the children’s delight. The classroom visits included those of Grade 1 teacher Mrs.
In recent weeks fourteen of District 16's twenty-three schools have launched new school websites using software that enables school staff to conveniently keep their school's community informed without having to become highly trained web masters. News, coming events, notices to parents, published student work and much more can be shared not just within the school but with the wider community.
A sod turning ceremony was held on Wednesday September 24th for the new Eleanor W. Graham Middle School in Rexton, New Brunswick. Taking part in the ceremony were: NB Premier, Shawn Graham; NB Minister of Supply and Services, Ed Doherty; Mayor of Rexton, David Hanson; Rob MacPherson, President, Scotia Learning Centres Inc., the projects private partner; and EWG School Principal, Danny Scully. To view more photos from the event visit http://www.district16.nbed.nb.ca/gallery/ewg-sod-turning-ceremony .
Saint Andrew's Elementary School held the official opening for its new soccer field on Monday Sept. 21st. There was a great deal of enthusiasm shown by the school children and the appreciation for the new facility was obvious. The setting for the soccer field is very picturesque, being located on the bank of the Miramichi River. Representatives from the sponsoring organizations; S’cool Life Fund ®, the Royal Bank (Chatham) , and the Retired Teachers’ Community Project Fund, attended the ceremony. The Chatham Lioness Club also supported the project as did many members of the St.
School District 16 will be hosting 21 students and three teachers from St. Canisius School in Almelo, Netherlands from October 12 – 19. This will be the first visit to Canada for the 21 Dutch students who will be guests of Miramichi Valley and James M. Hill High School students. The exchange, which will have District 16 students visiting the Netherlands during their March Break, is part of an ongoing collaboration between District 16 and St. Canisius that was begun six years ago.
A dinner was held recently to welcome 35 International Students to NB School District 16 at the Rodd Miramichi River Hotel. Representatives from various agencies and supporting governing bodies were on hand to offer a warm welcome to the secondary school students from Germany, Slovakia, Mexico, Colombia, Korea and China.
On Sept 8, high schools in District 16 implemented the Boomerang Project for the second consecutive year. The program helps with the transition of grade 9 students to the high school program. This year the WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) program was implemented to assist grade 6 students entering middle school. Seven schools in District 16 participated in these two programs, the aim of which is to help new students succeed by focusing on peer mentorship and leadership.
On the last day of August District 16 educators received a well delivered and enthusiastic talk on the topic of school discipline and classroom management on their first day back for the 2009 – 2010 school year. The guest speaker, Mr. Ronald Morrish, gave an engaging and heart-felt delivery that emphasized the need for educators to develop expectations for student behaviour in schools, and to teach those behaviours so that students are disciplined in them. The teaching of these expectations must be accomplished early in the new term and be reinforced consistently throughout the school year.