On Sunday July 5th 2009, 256 students from schools throughout the Miramichi region completed the last 2.2 kilometer stage of their 42 kilometer marathon started in the spring at their respective schools. Students from School District 16 as well as others from districts 9 and 11, ran or walked through the blocked off streets of Miramichi West to the cheering of spectators and with the support of family and friends. This annual event is promoted by MANGO with the support of local schools, to encourage the youngsters to adopt active and healthy lifestyles.
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Hundreds of enthusiastic children from grades three to five recently participated in the annual District 16 SUBWAY Elementary School Track and Field meet at James M. Hill High School under sunny summer-like skies. This ambitious event held over two days was made possible by local educators and a dedicated cadre of volunteers from the community, all of whom drew on experience gained from previous years to ensure a smooth running mass participation event that was greatly enjoyed by the youngsters.
Mrs. Beth McCarthy and Mrs. Paula Hache of Ian Baillie Primary School, recently involved all the school’s students in publishing and launching a series of five children’s story books that they wrote and illustrated called Promise for Peace. The project although started previously with the writing of one of the books, was completed with the help of a New Brunswick Department of Education Learning Innovation Fund grant.
Each year Baby Celebrations are held to honor and thank the babies and parents who have participated throughout the school year in Roots of Empathy classes. Approximately 100 people including 13 babies and their parents from the District 16 Roots of Empathy program gathered to celebrate the “World’s Youngest Teachers” on Monday, June 15th. These teachers , babies ,who spent one class per month since October 2008 in a classroom in District 16 were celebrated along with their parents and community supporters.
The Miramichi Council of the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers recently made a generous donation of library books to two District 16 elementary schools, Croft in Miramichi West and St Andrew’s in Miramichi East. These two schools are just the most recent beneficiaries of the efforts of the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers over the last several years to support literacy in schools of the Miramichi region. The library assistants at both schools were able to carefully choose books to add to their schools’ collections to help fill needs not already being met.
On Wednesday May 27th District 16 held its first Elementary School Drama Fest and had enthusiastic participation from five area schools. The audience, comprised of fellow actors, responded keenly to each play and the performances were adjudicated by Mr. John Bosma and Mr. Andrew Clark. The intermissions between plays were hosted by the MVHS Drama Club, under the direction of Mr. Jason Howe and Mr. Chris Matheson. Drama workshops were held following the performances. Participating schools were Croft, Gretna Green, Harkins, Nelson and North and South Esk Elementary Schools.
Pirates treasure was the theme for the geocaches that had grade 3 students from Nelson Rural School recently spend a morning scouring the woods and trails surrounding French Fort Cove . Using GPS (Global Positioning System) receivers, the children had the opportunity to apply math and geography knowledge while working as team members, problem solving and benefiting from several hours of vigorous physical activity.
On May 25th & 26th students from District 16’s Broadcast Journalism class travelled to Halifax to experience first hand what it takes to produce television news. Students were treated to a tour of CTV’s news studio and had the opportunity to speak with CTV reporters, anchors and reporters.