Mor­rin School con­sid­ers hockey pro­gram

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

It is back to school for stu­dents in Mor­rin and area and they have a great year planned.

Prin­ci­pal Don Yavis tells The Mail that classes re­sumed on Thurs­day, Au­gust 30 and the school wel­comes one new teacher. Rachel Jay will be teach­ing high school so­cial stud­ies, sci­ence 10 and some ju­nior high op­tion cour­ses in­clud­ing a new drama op­tion.

“She ( Jay) is into mu­si­cal the­atre and drama and is go­ing to set that up,” said Yavis.

The school will con­tinue to run all its other op­tion cour­ses. It also of­fers daily phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion for all grades, and at the Grade 11 and 12 level, they have a dou­ble pe­riod of phys-ed for a se­mes­ter. There is also the CTS Lab that of­fers ev­ery­thing from wood­work­ing to weld­ing. The school has ac­cess to vir­tu­ally any sub­ject.

“No mat­ter what course any stu­dent wants to take, if we can’t of­fer it here as a class be­cause there is not the de­mand for it, we can hook them up through video con­fer­enc­ing with other schools in our di­vi­sion, we can also hook them up through Al­berta Dis­tance learn­ing, there are all kinds of op­tions,” he said.

He says what sets Mor­rin school apart is its cul­ture.

“It is a safe and car­ing re­spect­ful cul­ture, we pride our­selves on the re­spect and re­spon­si­bil­ity we teach the kids,” said Yavis.

“At Mor­rin School, stu­dents come first and they have a voice in the pro­grams and events we do.” Prairie Land Re­gional School Di­vi­sion also hosts a two-day lead­er­ship con­fer­ence an­nu­ally and all the ju­nior high stu­dents at­tend. This year it is in Delia on Septem­ber 27-28.

One project in the fu­ture they are look­ing to­wards is the pos­si­bil­ity of a hockey pro­gram. The close prox­im­ity of the rink in the com­mu­nity lends it­self well for spe­cial­iza­tion. The school also has an ex­ten­sive fit­ness lab with all kinds of train­ing equip­ment.

“We have staff mem­bers who have coached hockey in the up­per lev­els so we are think­ing it would give a lit­tle bit of ice time for kids that are in­ter­ested in hockey. We would fit it in as an op­tion and we would run the hockey part of it when the ice is in, and the other times we can do nu­tri­tion, fit­ness, and off-ice stuff.”

Other schools have had suc­cess in de­vel­op­ing spe­cial­ized per­for­mance pro­gram­ming.

“We are not at that stage yet but we thought we might take a baby step and test the wa­ters to see if there is a de­mand out there,” he said.

“This would be in the works for next year so if there are par­ents out there who are in­ter­ested they can give us a call,” said Yavis.

Don Yavis... Mor­rin School Prin­ci­pal

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