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.