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.
“When children are stimulated creatively they are more engaged in the learning process.” This is the philosophy that Croft Elementary School students embraced on April 22, when Learning Through the Arts (LTTA) came to visit the classrooms of Mrs. Krista Page, Ms. Mona Rousselle, and Ms. Susan Brown. Together with professional modern dance mentor Nicole from LTTA, the teachers and students integrated drama and dance into lessons on writing, math and science.
On Thursday April 23rd, dozens of young women from School District 16 participated in the Go Girl Festival at the Golden Hawk Recreation Center, Miramichi East. The event was held to assist the 180 participants in their pursuit of basic physical skill development which in turn would help them to take on active and healthy lifestyles. In addition to a very busy day of participating in a wide variety of activities there were opportunities to learn about nutrition and lifestyle choices, provided by MANGO, Addiction Services and the Healthy Learners in School Program.
A warm welcome was extended to twelve visiting Dutch educators by District Superintendent Laurie Keoughan and District 16 staff on Sunday April 5th. The visitors spent several days in schools of Districts 15 and 16 as part of a teacher exchange program that has the aim of further developing a three year old program of educational collaboration. While in the area, in addition to classroom visits, the very busy Dutch educators spent time exploring New Brunswick’s culture and heritage through an extensive program arranged by their hosts.
On April 3rd school superintendent Laurie Keoughan and District 16 technology mentors Rick Hayward and Joey Savoy hosted a delegation of four staff members from Colegio Williams, a well established private school located in Mexico City. The visiting educators were in Miramichi to explore opportunities for student exchanges and collaborative learning projects.
One hundred students participated in the District 16 2009 Science Fair at Nelson Rural School on April 1st. The students’ scientific thinking and knowledge, displayed over a wide range of topics, impressed both judges and members of the public . Top projects were identified at the various grade levels, but the selection was not an easy one for those making the decisions. “It was very satisfying to hear so many students using scientific vocabulary with such ease”, remarked one of the judges.
Miss Barrieau’s grade 6 classroom at Harkins Middle School will be the setting of a SMART Learning Environments Initiative this spring. It is one of five classrooms in the country chosen by the Canadian company SMART Technologies, maker of the inter-active white board, SMARTBoard, to take part in the study. The purpose of this undertaking is to investigate how SMART products support whole class interactive teaching, cooperative group work and individual learning.