École Georges P. Vanier teachers and staff gathered together outside the school for a farewell photo June 28. With the transfer of the school to Sturgeon School Division in July, Principal Susan Coates will transfer to a St. Albert School. Other staff will make the move to Notre Dame, Primeau and MCHS. Regrettably, some teaching and support staff will not have a job to return to this fall. – Stephen Dafoe Photo
Alexander First Nation Kipohtakaw Education Centre Student Services Coordinator Kerri Trombley assisted in presenting the bike to Callen Susan-Auigbelle for the Elementary Level Student of the Year. Callen also received the Margaret Burnstick Memorial Award. The Burnstick Memorial Award was presented by Councillor Kurt Burnstick, son of Margaret Burnstick.
The Burnstick Award is presented to students and staff that demonstrate interest, skill, improvement and achievement in the Cree Language and Culture throughout the year. This was the highest award presented at the 2011/2012 Student Awards Ceremony held Thursday morning at the school. Also receiving the Burnstick Memorial Award was student Joshlyn Bull and staff member Cory Arcand. The Student of the Year was also presented to Briana Arcand in the Primary and Elementary Level and in the Junior and Senior High Jacob Auigbelle and Darian Daychief -Paul. The Athlete of the Year was presented to Joshlyn Bull and Carter Auigbelle-Arcand from the Elementary Level and Zoe Kootenay and Michael Arcand from the Junior and Senior High. Other presentations were made for Academic Achievement, Academic Awards in the Proficient, Excellence, Merit, Honours and Distinction Levels, Special Presentations by Bob Weir, Brent Burnstick, Verna Arcand and JoJo Campiou, awards for Most Improved, Cree Language and Best Attendance. – Lucie Roy Photo
The Kipohtakaw Education Centre at Alexander First Nation bid
farewell to Principal Ray Soetaert. Soetaert retires after 36 years. He said he did 33 years with Sturgeon School Division; five years as a teacher at Bon Accord, 24 years as a teacher at Camilla, four years as vice-principal at Gibbons. He now retires after three years as Principal at the Kipohtakaw Education Centre and says he looks forward to lots of hunting and horse riding. – Lucie Roy Photo
Morinville Public Elementary School(MPES) Principal Wayne Rufiange HOLDS the framed cross stitched dragons presented by Sturgeon School Division Trustee Liz Kohle to the school June 27 at the Book Awards Ceremony. The first Award of Merit for MPES was presented to Lucas Collins and the first Book Awards were presented to one student in each Grade Level for outstanding commitment to the school. The recipients were Jaxon Girard for Grade 2, seated, Ryan Lemoine for Grade 4, Sarah Kirsop for Grade 1 and Dominyk Gallatin for Grade 3.The students were also presented with Smarties Awards, student-nominated awards recognizing their classmates’ unique traits. Recipients received a certificate and box of Smarties. Parents were also recognized for the volunteer work they performed throughout the year. A PowerPoint titled When I Grow Up I Want to Be… featured every student and their career aspirations. – Lucie Roy Photo
Family life on the pond
Frank Koenig was trying his luck at fishing last week at the Morinville Fish and Game Association’s pond. His luck ran out on the fishing but he was lucky enough to snap this shot of a family of ducks. – Frank Koenig Photo