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Morinville News

Secular school plans moving ahead, GSACRD and province say

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Modular school units for a secular program will be in place no later than this December, Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division (GSACRD) Superintendent David Keohane said Tuesday morning. The superintendent refuted the notion a delay in their placement has anything to do with a dispute between his division and the province…. […]

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Local News

Back to square one, secular parents say

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Promises of a non-faith-based school in Morinville this fall have fallen apart, parents choosing the option were told Monday afternoon. Sturgeon school Division (SSD), who were selected by Greater St. Albert Catholic School Regional (GSCRD) to offer the program in Morinville, met with parents Monday afternoon to tell them plans had hit a snag… […]

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Arts & Culture

Primeau brings the music

By MorinvilleNews.com staff

Morinville – Georges H. Primeau Grades 6, 7 and 8 students put on a final concert for parents and friends Wednesday night, showing off the musical skills they learned this year… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Editorial: Survey results first step in community moving forward

Strutting across the stage like a chicken on ecstasy, Mick Jagger once sang about how we are not always able to get what we want, but how if we tried hard and persevered, we might get what we needed. Of course the preceding is nowhere close to actual song lyrics, but it does keep us from a run in with copyright folks… […]

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Local News

Reader suggests name for new Morinville school

Dear Editor:

June 2, 2011 marked a new chapter in the History of Morinville. Public education free of faith-based bias and permeation will be available to the public at large for the first time within the town in September.

I do not know if one can “name” a school consisting of modular classrooms, but I would like to put forward… […]

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Morinville News

Secular education coming to Morinville in September

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – On the very day when 5,000 students, teachers and parents gathered in St. Albert for an outdoor Mass hosted by Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division (GSACRD) schools, Morinville parents who have been fighting for a non-faith-based education for their children finally got the results of a survey that showed just how many likeminded families there were in Morinville…. […]

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Local News

GSACRD to hold outdoor mass in honour of St. Albert’s 150th anniversary

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools will celebrate an outdoor mass Thursday morning to commemorate the 150th anniversary of St. Albert Catholic Church and the City of St. Albert. Staff and students from across the school division will gather for the celebration along with parents, community members and special guests… […]

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GSACRD survey results to be revealed Thursday

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – After contracting Pivotal Research Inc. to conduct a survey of Morinville parents on the desire for a secular program in Morinville, the results are about to be revealed. The Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division (GSACRD) will be holding an info session at the Morinville Community High School Thursday night at 7 p.m. to discuss future education options in the community… […]

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Morinville parent delivers cookies to Dave Hancock

By Stephen Dafoe

Edmonton – Morinville parent Thomas Kirsop arrived at the Alberta Legislature Thursday morning with enough cookies to feed plenty of politicians and government employees as well. But the delivery of biscuits and cookies wasn’t intended as a coffee break snack, it was a symbolic gesture to advise Education Minister Dave Hancock that – in Kirsop’s opinion – he is not doing his job with respect to the secular education issue in Morinville… […]

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Public forum on public education provides answers

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – On the day Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division released their survey to gauge interest in non-faith-based education in Morinville, parents, residents and several people from outside the community filed into the Morinville Seniors’ Rendez-Vous Centre to hear a number of speakers talk about public education, what it is and how it can be achieved… […]

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GSACRD releases survey on non-faith-based education

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – The Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division (GSACRD) announced Thursday afternoon it had begun the research to determine interest in a non-faith based education in Morinville.

In response to a request for a secular school option from a number of local parents, and after discussions with Minister of Education Dave Hancock, the public Catholic school board entered into an agreement with Pivotal research Inc. to conduct… […]

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Schools and youth

Georges P. Vanier has much to celebrate

By Marlene Pelletier

DARE graduation
We would like to congratulate our grade five students for the completion of the DARE program. On Wednesday, Apr. 27 the students shared their essays on what they had learned during their weekly sessions with the RCMP officers. Students also chose two students from amongst their peers whom they thought demonstrated great citizenship skills in their classroom. We would like to sincerely thank the Rural Crime Watch for their… […]

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Local News

GSACRD receives premier’s award

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

St. Albert – The Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division was one of four Alberta school divisions to win the Premier’s Award for School Board Innovation and Excellence… […]

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Morinville secular option to be in place this fall

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Parents seeking a secular education for their children met with Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division (GSACRD) board members Monday night for two-and-a-half hours to discuss and debate how the division will proceed with short-term plans to provide a non-religious education for their children. What is certain is that those seeking a secular education will get it, but GSACRD will not be providing it.

“It wouldn’t be us who would be providing the program, said Board Chair Lauri-Ann Turnbull. “It will certainly be us who will be working hard to find partners who will provide that in our community.” […]