St. An­thony’s adds hockey pro­gram for 2019

The Drumheller Mail - - News - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

St. An­thony’s School is ex­cited for its new part­ner­ship with the Drumheller Dragons de­signed to give young hockey play­ers more chances for ice time and skill devel­op­ment.

The school has de­vel­oped the Drumheller Dragons, St. An­thony’s School Break­fast Academy. Hockey play­ers from the Novice–Pee­wee age groups will get 18 skill devel­op­ment ice ses­sions with mem­bers of the Dragons and its staff be­fore school.

Prin­ci­pal JoAnne Aker­boom says there is great in­ter­est. With lim­ited space, the Dragons will be as­sess­ing the ap­pli­ca­tions and se­lect­ing the stu­dents who will par­tic­i­pate.

This year the K-12 school is con­tin­u­ing its di­vi­sion-wide pro­gram called #re­la­tion­shipsi­nadig­i­ta­lage. This pro­gram ex­plores healthy re­la­tion­ships in per­son and on­line.

“One of the things we are go­ing to do this year is from Grades 4-11, they will have seven to eight lessons that fo­cus on en­sur­ing their use of tech­nol­ogy fo­cuses on lov­ing one and other, con­tribut­ing to the needs of one and other and liv­ing peace­fully,” said Aker­boom. “We are stress­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions both on­line and in-per­son and that we want to be kind, ten­der-hearted and for­giv­ing. The stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the im­pact of tech­nol­ogy with the fo­cus of be­ing eth­i­cal, honourable and just.”

The school is wel­com­ing three new teach­ers.

Peter Jasin­sky come from On­tario and has taught in English in China.

“He loved it so much he came back and got his education de­gree and has been teach­ing up in North­ern Al­berta. We are very lucky to have him,” said Aker­boom. Jasin­sky will be teach­ing Grade 5. The school is wel­com­ing Matthew Reeves who will also be teach­ing Grade 5. He grew up in Strath­more, went to Sa­cred Heart and grad­u­ated from Holy Cross in the Christ the Redeemer School Di­vi­sion. Prior to com­ing to St. An­thony’s he also taught at Sa­cred Heart in Strath­more.

Emma Schonewill­e is also join­ing the teach­ing staff. She was raised in Cal­gary and com­pleted her education at the Univer­sity of Saskatchew­an. Last year she taught at Holy Trin­ity Academy in Chris the Redeemer School Di­vi­sion. She will be teach­ing Grade 1.

“We are very blessed we have these three phe­nom­e­nal peo­ple,” said Aker­boom.

Reg­is­tra­tion re­mains strong with about 440 stu­dents en­rolled, with growth across the board.

“We are higher than we have ever been and we hope that will con­tinue,” said Aker­booom.

The first day of school for stu­dents at St. An­thony’s is Thurs­day, Au­gust 29.

JoAnne Aker­boom… St. An­thony’s Prin­ci­pal

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