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The An­nual Bury Track Meet was held on June 17th at Pope Me­mo­rial. Join­ing the Bury stu­dents were stu­dents from North Hatley Ele­men­tary, Cook­shire Ele­men­tary and Sawyerville Ele­men­tary. Sawyerville stu­dents won with a to­tal of 150 points. The Col­legium, a satel­lite class­room of Alexan­der Galt High School, won the $10,000 prize in the Cham­pion cat­e­gory of the CST Inspired Minds Learn­ing Pro­ject with their pro­ject “Aha, Now I get it!”

On June 2nd, the Len­noxville Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Cen­tre held a spe­cial Blood Drive to not only col­lect blood, but also to raise aware­ness about stem cell do­na­tion. The Drive, spear­headed by teacher Me­lanie Thompson, sur­passed its goal of 150 donors with a to­tal of 170 donors, set a record for high­est num­ber of donors in the first hour at 92, and also set a record in new regis­tra­tions for stem cell do­na­tions with a to­tal of 30.

In Chair­man Michael Mur­ray’s ad­dress at the ETSB Coun­cil of Com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing on June 23rd, he spoke about “change”, is­su­ing a call for even more change in school­ing in the fu­ture. Cit­ing a mul­ti­tude of ex­am­ples of how com­puter tech­nol­ogy is rapidly chang­ing the world (men­tion­ing Wikipedia, iPad, iPhone, Ama­zon, on-line bank­ing, Uber taxi etc., etc.), Mr. Mur­ray com­mented: “Our role is to pre­pare stu­dents for the world they will in­habit, not the one we live in now or lived through in the past. Ed­u­ca­tion will not be spared the painful process of rein­vent­ing it­self.

Yes we al­ready have in­ter­net in ev­ery school, stu­dent iPads de­ployed one-to-one, marvelous lessons on YouTube and so on but still, many of our teach­ers stand in front of stu­dents at­tempt­ing to teach in the time-tested ways. It is no longer good enough! If we don’t change, the emerg­ing al­ter­na­tives will re­place us…We can­not cling to tra­di­tional prac­tises and be­liefs.”

The ETSB will hold another meet­ing on July 7th for the adop­tion of the 2015-2016 School Board bud­get and the ap­proval of the 2015-2016 School and Cen­tre bud­gets, af­ter re­ceiv­ing the fi­nal bud­getary rules from the gov­ern­ment.

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