They Came, They Did, They Learned

Posted: October 13, 2009

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.  In addition to such activities as canoeing, archery, dance and geo-caching a significant emphasis of the day was on Adventure Education, particularly climbing. The key note speaker, Professor Arnold  Dort of Temple University, Philadelphia PA, made a presentation on the educational use of climbing. The recent installation of a High Elements Challenge Course in District 16 made this topic particularly relevant and many of the conference participants found themselves atop the structure during the afternoon session, having prepared themselves during morning sessions.  Professor Dort clearly illustrated in his presentation that there are numerous educational opportunities created with the highly structured program he outlined, that has many redundant safety features built in.  District 16 hosted the conference on behalf of the New Brunswick Physical Education Society (NBPES). During the awards luncheon  the NBPES recognized Kevin Scully of Eleanor Graham Middle School as District 16 P.E. Teacher of the Year.  Miramichi native and former local teacher, Sandy Leland,  received the NBPES Physical Education Career  Award. To see photos from the conference visit .