Big changes for Carbonear Collegiate system
Davis Elementary, Harbour Grace Primary closing as part of reconfiguration
The end of the 2012-13 school year last week was being met with a mix of emotions in the Carbonear area, with a significant reconfiguration of the school system to take effect when classes resume in September.
As part of this reconfiguration, a state-ofthe-art kindergarten to Grade 8 school will open on Valley Road, across from the Carbonear Swimming Pool and a stone’s throw away from Carbonear Collegiate. Teachers are expected to get the keys to the new complex in August, and some 440-plus students are expected to walk through the doors on Day 1.
Work will also continue this summer on a project to add four new classrooms to the asyet-opened school. The extra classes became necessary after it was realized the number of students in some grades exceeded the mandated cap for the student-teacher ratio. The new classrooms are not expected to be ready for September, board officials have stated.
“We ended up, for example, with two classes of Grade 3 with 29 students. You can’t have it,” Milton Peach, chair of the Eastern School District board of trustees, stated this week.
The new school also means big changes elsewhere, including the closure of Davis Elementary (K-5) in Carbonear and Harbour Grace Primary (K-5), the reconfiguration of St. Francis School in Harbour Grace from a Grades 6-9 school to kindergarten to Grade 8, and the K-9 Persalvic Elementary in Victoria will become a K-8 school.
Finally, Carbonear Collegiate will grow from a Level I, II and III high school when it welcomes Grade 9s in September, with its enrolment expected to swell to 522 students.
The four schools will have a combined enrolment of roughly 1,550 students.
On Thursday, teachers were busy packing up at Davis Elementary, preparing to turn a page on the venerable old school, which opened nearly five decades ago.
French teacher Patricia (Pat) Jayne spent more years at the school — about 16 — than any other member of the staff. She was feeling some nostalgia about the move to what will be known as Carbonear Academy, but also a sense of excitement about the prospect of enhanced programming, a modern new school, and being reacquainted once again with many students who previously graduated from Davis Elementary.
“We’re getting our Grades 6s, 7s and 8s back. That’s exciting,” Jayne, a Victoria resident, stated as she packed school supplies into boxes.
Patricia (Pat) Jayne, the staff member with the most years teaching at Davis Elementary, is surrounded by boxes in her classroom on Thursday, June 20.
Resource teacher Rhonda Whelan of Avondale makes her way down the hall at Davis Elementary on Thursday, June 20 carrying materials from her classroom. Whelan just concluded her first year at Davis, and is looking forward to her new surroundings at Carbonear Academy in September.