Grass is greener at St. An­thony’s to start school year

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

It looks like there are greener pas­tures ahead for St. An­thony’s School as sod is be­ing in­stalled on the new field, just in time for back to school.

It has been a long time com­ing for the school to have its sports field com­pleted, and prin­ci­pal JoAnne Aker­boom is ex­cited to see the progress.

“It’s pretty ex­cit­ing the kids are com­ing back to a new field,” she tells the Mail.

She said the ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem is in­stalled the sod should be com­plete this week. Af­ter that, it needs to sit for a cou­ple of weeks, and should be ready to use af­ter the long week­end.

“They still have to put a fence up and then they are go­ing to start the as­sess­ment of the hill, where it is crum­bling a bit. This has to be done be­fore we can look into the track,” ex­plains Aker­boom.

Along with the new field, the school is look­ing at another great year. It has great num­bers pro­jected for its kin­der­garten in­take and is pro­ject­ing some growth at var­i­ous grade lev­els. Of­fi­cial num­bers will not be con­firmed un­til school be­gins, but it ap­pears it is on a pos­i­tive trend.

The school is wel­com­ing three new teach­ers. Evan­ge­line Mab­ley of Oko­toks is com­ing to teach kin­der­garten.

“She is very ex­cited, she is very mu­si­cal and she is go­ing to start a chil­dren’s choir!” said Aker­boom.

The school com­mu­nity is also wel­com­ing Kayla Clampitt who will be teach­ing Grade 2. She hails from Oyen.

An­ton Sioa­tong is also join­ing the staff and will be teach­ing math and sci­ences.

Aker­boom ex­plains that Sioa­tong, orig­i­nally from the Philip­pines, was at the Univer­sity of Saskatchewan work­ing on his PHD, when he dis­cov­ered his love for teach­ing.

“We have some pretty tal­ented teach­ers com­ing here,” said Aker­boom.

The school is ex­cited be­cause this year the have a unique plan for the mu­sic pro­gram. They have two piano teach­ers who will be sign­ing up stu­dents for les­sons. Chris­tine Bur­field and Shauna Mur­phy have signed on to teach.

“We are of­fer­ing the venue, the rest of it is up to the stu­dent, the teacher and the par­ents” said Aker­boom.

She praises the flex­i­bil­ity built into it new high school redesign and the sup­port of Al­berta Ed­u­ca­tion, with al­ter­na­tive de­liv­ery. “The Sky’s the limit!” She said.

She adds for ex­am­ple that this fall, a stu­dent will be trav­el­ling to Africa, and they are able to de­sign course work based on learn­ing out­comes so the stu­dents is able to earn credit. The school has made strong com­mu­nity con­nec­tion over the past few years. This in­cludes the Cham­ber of Com­merce, Ju­nior Achieve­ment, the ATB, ex­changes with the Ro­tary Club, an ac­tive role with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity and fundrais­ing ef­forts with West­ern Chev.

“I just feel we have made a lot for con­nec­tions with the com­mu­nity. It re­ally helps sup­port our stu­dents and our school and it is a per­fect ex­am­ple of our vil­lage rais­ing our chil­dren.”

Classes re­sume Tues­day, Au­gust 30.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

This week sod is be­ing in­stalled on the sports field at St. An­thony’s School just in time for the 2016-2017 school year.

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