On June 19th, 1959, thirty-five fishermen lost their lives in what has become known as the Escuminac Disaster. While they were at sea drifting for salmon, a sudden storm struck the fleet resulting in much heroic drama and the great loss of life. The students of Miramichi Rural School are recognizing the 50th anniversary of the tragedy in a variety of ways which will be showcased at the school on June 11th 2009 in the afternoon for students, and evening for the public at 6:30 pm.
District elementary school students had a unique insight into their heritage on May 21st. A Heritage Showcase organized and hosted by Croft Elementary School, had each K to 3 classroom choose a Miramichi heritage theme to research, present, role play and share with their classmates, visiting schools and members of the public. Presentations were also made by students from Harkins Elementary, Nelson Rural School and the Learning Center. Many of the children dressed in period costumes and enacted daily tasks that many of their ancestors once performed.
That was the theme of a Grade 6/7 project at Millerton School – and
celebrate they did. It was part of a provincial project, called Our New
Brunswick, initiated by a group called 21inc. The goal was to have
students research and discover their communities and then to share
The 2009 ATCON Turnaround Achievement Awards were held in District 16 at the Rodd Inn, Miramichi East on Thursday May 14th. One student from each District 16 school, the four local First Nations schools and, via digital video recordings, a school in China and one in Uganda, were recognized for having made remarkable changes in their approach to learning and their lives in general.
A Regional Heritage Fair on May 14th was a great opportunity for school students in the area to show just how important they consider their history. The fair, hosted by District 16 at Nelson Rural School, involving more that 100 young people and 75 projects, gave youthful insights into the past of Miramichi, of New Brunswick and of the Maritime Provinces. The students from grades 4 to 9 presented topics that interested them, were well researched and well exhibited to judges and members of the public.
The Premier's Awards of Excellence in Education has been awarded to District 16 educators Rick Hayward, Patrick Scully and the District 16 student services literacy team. Following are the citations and quotes published by the New Bruswick Department of Education. For the complete news release visit Recipients selected to receive Premier's Awards of Excellence in Education (09/05/01)
District Award: District 16 - Rick Hayward
On Wednesday May 6th grades 4 and 5 students at Napan School were warmly welcomed to the Chatham Public Library, Miramichi East, where they went to learn about the process of writing books from Canadian children’s author Anne Renaud of Montreal. Ms Renaud spoke to the students about the research she conducted when writing three non-fiction books for children all of which where on historical Canadian events. Her books are: A Bloom of Friendship; The Story of the Canadian Tulip Festival, Island of Hope and Sorrow; The Story of Grosse Ile, and Pier 21:Stories of Near and Far.