On Thursday, April 14, PWSD Trustees and Superintendent Sheldon Rowe visited PWSD’s most northern schools, located in the communities of Bonanza and Savanna.
Their first stop was Bonanza School where they were warmly greeted by Principal Randy Carlstad and Penny LePage, Administrative Assistant. The school’s 56 students were participating in the annual Farm Safety Day at the nearby Bonanza Agricultural Society building.
The group visited classrooms, including Theresa Simmonds’ Grades 5 and 6 homeroom which featured many fine examples of student artwork. Ms. Simmonds has been nominated by the school for an Excellence in Teaching Award, presented annually by Alberta Education. The school also houses a well-stocked library and large computer lab which serve both students and community members.
After a tour of the school building, the group made their way across the street to the Ag Society building to watch as students learned about farm safety through a variety of simulations. With the help of members of the local fire department, Mr. Carlstad brushed up on his fire safety skills and demonstrated to the group how to correctly extinguish a fire.
A drive north brought Trustees to Savanna School where families had turned out in droves for the school’s annual Spring Concert, Art Show and Sale. Spring was definitely in the air as the talented group of students sang, rapped, tapped, and danced their way through the afternoon. It was clear to see that students and staff had committed a lot of time and energy in preparation for this event. Local Trustee Sharilyn Anderson also shared her talents, providing piano accompaniment for one song.
After the concert, Trustees toured the school’s spacious art room, checked out the art show and sale, and watched a dry land canoe safety demonstration with members of the outdoor education class. Students in the animal care class talked about their recent school-based carnival and bake sale, resulting in approximately $450 which will be presented to the Grande Prairie SPCA during their field trip on Thursday, April 21. With the arrival of three Encana Traveling Trades Trailers earlier in the week, students are looking forward to learning the basics of junior construction, cosmetology and transmissions. The Kindergarten – Grade 12 school is made up of 107 students this year.
As the group bid farewell to staff, students from the foods class presented Trustees with red velvet cupcakes marked with a chocolate ‘S’ for Savanna.
To view more photos from the Bonanza and Savanna School tours, visit PWSD’s Facebook page.