Catholic School Board releases sesquicentennial celebration video

by Lucie Roy

A commemorative district video looking back at milestones of Catholic heritage over the past 150 years in St. Albert, Morinville, Legal and area was released by the Greater St. Albert Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 734 during their Nov. 24 board meeting.

The video celebrates “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” and includes teachers, students, Oblate priests, and St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse to tell the story of a century-and-a-half of Catholic education. It can be accessed on the Division website, through school websites, and on YouTube.

Since 1864 they have grown from one school to 16 schools with approximately 6,000 students in St. Albert, Morinville and Legal. Two additional schools are scheduled for 2017 – one in St. Albert and one in Morinville.

Planning for the next three years

During the Nov. 24 meeting Superintendant David Keohane covered the Three-Year Education Plan with a focus on Faith Goal for 2014-15. The plan has four other goals: Excellent Start to Learning, Success for Every Student, Quality Teaching and School Leadership, and Engaged and Effective Governance. Keohane said the process used is coherence making, capacity building, collaboration to improve student learning and curiosity from initiation to evidence.

Out of province field trips next year will include an MCHS trip to the Balkans from Mar. 26 to Apr. 12, a trip by Georges H. Primeau students to Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City from Apr. 18 to Apr. 25, and a Legal School trip to Toronto, Ottawa, and Niagara Falls from May 22 to 27.

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Sean McGuinness, presented the Class Size Information Report, which will be posted on the District website for once it is confirmed by Alberta Education.

McGuiness also said MCHS and NorQuest College have partnered to offer a first year university course at MCHS and the District have committed $12,000 to support the partnership in 2014-2015.


Above: Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools Superintendent David Keohane and Division Chair and Morinville
Trustee Noreen Radford at Monday night’s board meeting.

– Lucie Roy Photo

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