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Feature: Ecole Hammond Bay Elementary Expansion

Published: April 29, 2020

Ecole Hammond Bay Elementary will be increasing the school's capacity from 225 + 40 Kindergarten students to 457 + 60 Kindergarten students, thanks to the new addition and expansion project.  The school will receive an addition of 13 rooms, a parking lot upgrade, a relocation of four existing portables and improved accessibility with consideration for diversity. The project will address the demand for French Immersion spaces, capacity issues at surrounding schools, district growth and the loss of spaces to French Immersion programming due to class size and composition.... Read More

Feature: Indigenous Land-Based Education

Published: March 6, 2020

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools recently hosted a land-based education conference on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nations.  More than 100 people from school districts up and down the Island, attended the sessions.  The conference focused on Indigenous land-based education which is an environmentally-focused approach to learning.  Some of the teaching included the history of the land, traditional medicines, how to be good stewards of the land as well as recognizing the deep connection and relationship of Indigenous peoples to the land. Participants enjoyed a performance by the Snuneymuxw Dancers and a Keynote from Carey Newman.  One of Carey's many influential works is the Witness Blanket which deals with the subject of Truth and Reconciliation. The Witness Blanket is part of the collection at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.  It is made up of items collected from residential schools, churches and government buildings across Canada.... Read More

Feature: UPDATE: Ecole North Oyster Fundraiser

Published: February 28, 2020

We are very excited to share an update on developments at Little Angels Educational Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.  Ms. Kamau and her staff received the $2,000 we contributed several weeks ago and got straight to work spending it! They have now purchased two 5,000 litre water storage tanks, along with gutters to collect additional rainwater. This will allow them to secure enough water for a full 12-week school term!  As an added bonus, they were able to connect the storage tanks to two washbasins within the school building.  In addition to helping deal with their huge water challenges, our funding also allowed the school to purchase a new fax machine, and “new curriculum” textbooks for students from Grades 1-4. The staff at Little Angels Educational Centre has asked that I pass along their immense gratitude for the support received from our École North Oyster community.  It has “settled their water challenge”, improved efficiency, and greatly enhanced their ability to provide higher quality educational experiences for their students. Miss Fall and I would like to express again our heartfelt appreciation to all those families who contributed to our fundraiser during Family Literacy Week.  We can be very proud of the way our actions directly and positively affected the lives of our fellow readers in part of the world less privileged than our own.     From Mme Patrice and Miss Fall, in the library... Read More