This year C-School tested out a new shortened school year, which ran from November 1, 2011 to April 13, 2012. It was very successful and a similar calendar will most likely continue for the new school year.
The different schools who participated in C-School were: Ardmore, Art Smith Aviation Academy, Bonnyville Home School Group, Duclos Elementary, Ecole Des Beaux-Lacs, Glendon, North Star Elementary and Notre Dame Elementary.
There were approximately 407 students who attended C-School during the 2011/2012 school year. This included 191 grade 3 students, 190 grade 4 students, 16 grade 6 students and 10 students from the Bonnyville Home School Group.
C-School could not continue to run without the help and support of many people and organizations.
To our generous financial sponsors, Cenovus Energy and Esso Imperial Oil, thank you so much for your support! C-School is a wonderful program that students look forward to every year and will remember for many years to come.
To the Centennial Center staff, who allows C-School to run out of the building, we would not be here without you! All the staff members are truly amazing. Thank you for giving students a great experience.
To the Bonnyville Junior "A" Pontiacs, thank you so much for agreeing to be a part of this program! Being a part of C-School was an entire team effort that not only included the players, but there also there was also a lot of behind the scenes scheduling that took place with coaches and managers. Taking the time out of your busy schedules every week to be a part of these children's C-School experience is genuinely appreciated. You are such great role models to these students!
To the Northern Lights School Division, thank you for setting up such a fantastic program. It is so rewarding to see how excited students are to participate in all the great activities that are offered at C-School.
A big thank-you also goes out to the members of the Bonnyville RCMP Detachment who consistently took the time to come and speak to students about the roles and jobs of the RCMP in the community. Your interviews were fantastic!
And last, but definitely not least, a HUGE thank-you goes out to all the teachers who brought their classrooms to participate in C-School. There is so much paperwork, forms, scheduling, and bussing to figure out, on top of your everyday work load. You guys are fantastic!
Thank you so much for an amazing year!
May the 2012/2013 school year be just as great!
Well C-School has been back in session for 5 weeks now and it has been a lot of fun! Grade three and four students have had the oppurtunity to do all kinds of neat things at the C2 including skating with the Pontiacs and creating individual hockey cards for them; making and eating bannock; playing an interactive Fur Trade Game while traveling the rivers of the C2; making Concadas (a Peruvian cookie); racing the running track and graphing results; and climbing the rock wall. Tune in soon to see some updated pictures and more news from what is happening here at C-School. Until then...
It's hard to believe we are already approaching Christmas break as we have had so much fun in the first half of the C-School year. I have enjoyed spending time with the grade 3 classes from Duclos and Glendon and also the grade 4 classes from Cold Lake Middle School and Art Smith. This last week I really enjoyed the "Customer Service" theme day with Mrs.Aessi'e grade 3 class. We were able to interview the Welcome Desk, act as Greeters to the C2 and then act out real comment cards that were left at the C2. I think all students walked away with an appreciation that every job in the world uses Customer Service and there is a good way and a bad way to go about doing it. I look forwrad to updating more after Christmas. Until then...
Well, even though the weather has been pretty chilly the last few weeks, C-School has been heating up again! The fourteenth group of C-School students have participated in activities this school year and pictures are updated. The grade three classes were able to create their own version of goalie masks and even meet some goalies who played for the Bonnyville Jr. A Pontiacs and the grade four classes have been busy making (and eating bannock) as well participating in an interactive "Fur Trading Game". The Bonnyville Pontiacs have been a wonderful asset to our program this year and I am so pleased at their involvement with students both on and off the ice! I look forward to updating soon on more grade four classes. Until then...
Mrs. Forster :)
Welcome to C School!
This year the C-School program has been up and running again! C-School is a Northern Lights School Division program run at the Centennial Centre for grades 3 and 4 and sponsored by Cenovus, Imperial Oil, Northern Lights School Division, the Bonnyville Pontiacs and the Centennial Centre.
C-School presents students in the Bonnyville area with the exciting opportunity of using the Centennial Centre to compliment and enhance their educational experiences. C-School is unique because it’s based on the idea of experiential learning, or “hands on” learning, which is a method that many students can learn easily and can feel success from. C-School gives students and teachers the opportunity to learn curriculum in a fun and exciting way that isn’t available to them in a classroom. All lessons are curriculum based and match the particular grade that is attending C-School for that four day week.
This year the program is in operation for twenty weeks, starting October 23, and running until April 11, 2013. There is a wide range of students attending from various schools in the area, including: Duclos, Glendon, Notre Dame Elementary, Art Smith Aviation Academy, Cold Lake Middle School as well as North Star Elementary.
During a typical week students will: race the track, which includes estimating, timing with a stopwatch, collecting and writing data, and also graphing the results in a bar graph. Students also get the opportunity to use the climbing wall, skate on the Cenovus ice arena with the Bonnyville Junior “A” Pontiacs and interview them afterwards, and also take part in a scavenger hunt of the Centennial Center, which incorporates timing, measuring, answering questions, recording data and team work.
Each grade has different lessons that fit into their respective curriculums. The grade four program contains a component where students have an opportunity to create Peruvian cookies called Cocadas and enjoy them. They also have an opportunity to use some of their new found multiplication and math arrays to figure out how many seats are in certain sections of the R.J.Lalonde arena.
The grade four program also brings curriculum to life and allows students to experience it “hands on”. In the “Fur Trading Game”, students get a chance to live the life of a voyageur and trade their furs to the Hudson Bay Company and the North West Company. During this process they learn the importance of teamwork, and also learn how to bargain and barter. Another authentic experience students get to explore while at C-School is the opportunity to put their baking hats on and prepare bannock, which is experiential learning at its highest.
There are many other activities that students participate in during their four day adventure at C-School. If you haven’t done so already, come and try experiential learning out!
Bonnyville Centennial Centre
Unit 1003 4313-50th Ave.
Bonnyville, AB T9N 0B0
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