True to the theme of their Comprehensive School Health presentation, Principal Shawn O’Shea of Clairmont Community School and Principal Barb Arend of Teepee Creek School got the nearly 65 attendees out of their seats for some moving and shaking at the General School Councils Meeting held at Sexsmith Secondary School on March 24, 2015.
Last spring, PWSD secured a $50,000 Wellness Grant from the Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund, and formed a Comprehensive School Health team, consisting of staff from around the Division, to build a plan to enhance health and learning outcomes of students under the guiding principles of the Comprehensive School Health Framework. The project will also celebrate and build on the successes of existing health-related school-based projects, including School Wellness Action Teams (SWAT), healthy eating and active living initiatives, and emotional wellness programs, while drawing from the expertise developed through these programs.
Dana McIntosh, Board Chair, presented an update from the Division highlighting new developments and staff and student achievements from the 2014-2015 school year. To read the update online, visit http://bit.ly/PWSD-Update-March2015.
Tyla Savard, Provincial Director for the Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA) encouraged the group to attend the upcoming ASCA Conference and Annual General Meeting on April 24-26 in Edmonton. In her presentation, Ms. Savard noted that PWSD was the first in Alberta to cover Division-wide membership in ASCA, spurring a trend which is now reflected by all but one member School Division. She also emphasized the value of PWSD’s free busing to and from the event, calling it “a time of energetic sharing of ideas on what works and doesn’t work in education.” For schools not sending a delegate to the event, Ms. Savard stressed the importance of utilizing the allotted 10 proxy votes per School Council.
On behalf of the Board, Chair Dana McIntosh (l) presented Ms. Savard (r) with a gift for her presentation and 18 years of service on PWSD’s School Councils.
Katie Douglas (r), a Grade 11 student at Beaverlodge Regional High School and member of the Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council, presented on PWSD’s Student Leadership Initiative which will see students from across the Division come together to offer their voice on education issues.
“When students feel their voices are being heard, they actually want to participate. When students find out that they can affect change, and those changes are happening at a local level, they get excited,” said Miss Douglas.
The first meeting PWSD's Student Leadership Team will take place on May 5, 2015. Chair Dana McIntosh (l) thanked Miss Douglas (r) with a gift from the Board for her presentation and two years of service on the Minister’s Student Advisory Council.
At the end of the evening, attendees were asked to submit one issue, topic, or speaker for consideration for upcoming School Council Meeting agendas.Ideas were entered into a draw for a PWSD prize package which was won by Principal Lynda Miller of Helen E. Taylor School. Nearly 20 new ideas were suggested for upcoming meeting agendas.
To view photos from this event, visit PWSD's Facebook page.