The days are getting longer and nights are getting cooler. Soon school buses will be en route as classes begin at St. Anthony’s School.
Principal Celeste Schrock tells the Mail enrollment at the K-12 school continues to increase.
“We have growth in our Junior High with two of each grade. We are still accepting registrations so anyone interested in enrolling is still welcome to do so,” she said.
The school is welcoming three new teachers. Kelvin Li is coming from Ontario and will teach Junior and Senior High math and computer science. Samuel Eneje is also coming to teach Junior and Senior High math, science, and various options. Eneje is originally from Nigeria and most recently taught in Northern Alberta. Claire Heistad is from Innisfail and will be teaching grade 3.
“We are excited to welcome these new teachers to our school and our community,” said Schrock.
The school is also welcoming Raelene Maunula in the role of receptionist. She and her family are long-time residents of Drumheller and come to the school with years of experience working in a school office.
Schrock explains the school will be implementing the new Alberta Kindergarten to Grade 6 curriculum, and four teachers spent two weeks this summer working in teams to create curriculum support documents.
The Junior High is implementing quarterly options this school year. Schrock says this “has doubled the number of options for students and allows for a wide variety of experiences. Both our teachers and students are excited about this change.”
Christ the Redeemer School Division will continue its focus on faith, academic excellence and healthy schools.
“We are beginning a new three-year Faith Plan, Faith Seeking Understanding, with this year’s theme being Encountering Beauty Through Faith & Science. Teachers will continue to work in teams on Friday afternoons to review, examine, and improve student learning. Healthy Schools will focus on intellectual, mental, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing for staff and students,” said Schrock.
“What we look forward to the most, is September 5th when our students walk through the doors. That’s when our building comes alive!”