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.
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.