Evolv­ing Cur­ricu­lum at Galt

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Len­noxville

Last Fri­day, Alexan­der Galt Re­gional High School’s prin­ci­pal, Serge Be­liv­eau, spoke to the Stanstead Jour­nal about the school’s “Sports Etudes” pro­gram and the di­rec­tion the school is go­ing in when it comes to spe­cial­ized pro­grams.

In its sec­ond year, there are three stu­dents en­rolled in the Sports Etudes pro­gram this year. “The stu­dents will be do­ing a com­bi­na­tion of three sports dur­ing the year: soc­cer, bas­ket­ball and bad­minton. Stu­dents do eight blocks of the con­cen­tra­tion per ev­ery nine day school cy­cle. They also go out to do spe­cial train­ing – it brings the stu­dents to an­other level in sport,” he ex­plained. Ac­cord­ing to the prin­ci­pal, the sports

pro­gram makes a big dif­fer­ence in the day of the stu­dent who is ath­let­i­cally in­clined or just en­joys phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, help­ing to keep them mo­ti­vated and fo­cussed. Stu­dents en­rolled in this pro­gram must keep at least a 70% av­er­age in Math­e­mat­ics and English.

The school is hop­ing to soon be able to of­fer a Sci­ence con­cen­tra­tion pro­gram sim­i­lar to the Sports Etudes pro­gram. “We’ve made a grant re­quest to help fi­nance a Sci­ence pro­gram. It would be for stu­dents who would do Sci­ence ev­ery day if they could – we want to reach out to them,” said Mr. Be­liv­eau. The pro­gram might in­clude part­ner­ships with lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties and hos­pi­tals and the pos­si­bil­ity of field­work for the stu­dents. As with the school’s Ro­bot­ics Club, the sci­ence pro­gram would bring sci­ence to an­other level. “We’re hop­ing to start that next year.”

Drama and Mu­sic con­cen­tra­tions are also be­ing con­sid­ered at the school with a high level of in­ter­est be­ing shown by the teach­ers. “We want to al­low the stu­dents to live their pas­sions more, do what they like to do more. By hav­ing con­cen­tra­tions is sports, sci­ence, drama and band, there is some­thing for ev­ery­body,” com­mented the prin­ci­pal. “We’ve al­ready seen an im­pact, of­fer­ing lit­tle ex­tras. We had an in­crease in level 1 en­rol­ment of fifty stu­dents this year when most high schools are drop­ping in numbers; our dropout rates are de­creas­ing; and we had a 95% suc­cess rate in the English Lan­guage exam of our level 5 stu­dents. Our pro­grams are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.”

Galt prin­ci­pal Serge Be­liv­eau, seen here giv­ing out Achieve­ment Awards on Spirit Day, is en­thu­si­as­tic about the di­rec­tion the school is headed in.

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