Foot­ball is back at Holy Redeemer

The McLeod River Post - - Education Matters -

Aug. 23 meet­ing

Grande Yel­low­head is proud to an­nounce that their new­est el­e­men¬tary school, Mary Berg­eron El­e­men­tary, will be open for learn­ing for the 2017-18 school year as sched¬uled. Al­though there will be some work that will need to be com­pleted over the fall, the di­vi­sion will be work­ing closely with the con­struc­tion con­trac­tor in or­der to main­tain a pro­duc­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment dur­ing the com­ple­tion of the last con­struc­tion phases.

GYPSD’s Board be­lieves that con­struc­tion of new schools as well as the mod­ern­iza­tion of other fa­cil­i­ties are vi­tal to en­able chil­dren to re­ceive the ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices to which they are en­ti­tled. How­ever, in or¬der to limit any learn­ing dis­rup­tion that th­ese projects can cre­ate, and to pro­tect the health and safety of the staff and stu­dents that use a school set­ting un­der­go­ing con­struc­tion, the di­vi­sion has pro­ce­dures in place to en­sure that health, safety and ed­u­ca­tional stan­dards are main­tained dur­ing any school cap­i­tal projects. Over the last few months, con­struc­tion on the MBE site has been go­ing at full steam ahead to en­sure that the core school is ready to wel­come stu­dents on Septem­ber 5.

“The weather this sum­mer put us a lit­tle be­hind on some of the ex­ter­nal work that needs to be com­plet¬ed, but our goal is for the project to be com­pleted be­fore win­ter hits,” noted Carolyn Lewis, Su­per­in­ten¬dent of Schools. “In­side the school, class­room floors are freshly waxed and wait­ing for ex­cited stu­dents to en­ter on the first day of school.”

Al­though the ma­jor­ity of the school will be ready, com­ple­tion of the gym­na­sium and the new learn­ing com­mons (li­brary) will not be fin­ished un­til the end of Septem­ber/ Oc­to­ber. The school will have two play­grounds in­stalled on site: one is sched­uled for the last week of Au­gust, and the other af­ter the dem¬oli­tion of the A.H. Dakin fa­cil­ity. The new bus lane will then be con­structed af­ter the de­mo­li­tion along­side 46th street. Un­til built, the bus drop-off lane will be tem­po­rar­ily lo­cated on 8th Av­enue. Par­ents can use the lane in the front of the school be­gin­ning Septem­ber 5th but ev­ery­one is cau­tioned to watch out for buses and other traf­fic on 8th Av­enue as this area will be very busy in the morn­ings and af­ter-school un­til the sep­a­rate bus lane is con­structed. The school will have ex­tra bus su­per­vi­sion dur­ing this pe­riod as well to help all our lit­tle ones stay safe.

“To ac­com­mo­date the stu­dents, fenced path­ways will be put in to keep kids safe and out of re­stricted ar­eas to en­sure safe pas­sage as they travel back and forth from the school build­ing to the play­grounds and fields out­side,” Lewis said. “This is our third ma­jor cap­i­tal project in the di­vi­sion over the last few years with the com­ple­tion of the new Jasper Joint

Fa­cil­ity and the ma­jor mod­ern­iza­tion of Grande Cache Com­mu­nity High School which is just wrap­ping up its fi­nal phase this month. We know that work­ing dur­ing con­struc­tion can some­times be chal­leng­ing but our staff have been

ex­em­plary in ac­com­mo­dat¬ing any in­con­ve­niences. We’re just so happy and pleased with the ap­proval of th­ese great new learn­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Our stu­dents de­serve it.”

Photo sub­mit­ted to The McLeod River Post

The Holy Redeemer Foot­ball team is pre­par­ing for an­other sea­son with their biggest team yet. Twenty grade 10 to 12 stu­dents are ready to take the field in what is set to be an­other suc­cess­ful year. Their first game is on Septem­ber 8 in Cold Lake, while their home opener will be on Septem­ber 15. Kick off will be 4 p.m. on the field be­hind HRH.

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