Evolving Curriculum at Galt
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.