A New School, A New Year and New Opportunities

MRE-Opening Students across Huron and Perth Counties made their way back to Avon Maitland Schools on September 3, 2013 following the summer break ready to be engage and inspired while always learning. Director of Education Ted Doherty remarked, "With a new year comes new opportunities and new challenges." The Director told staff, "Our Strategic Plan reminds all of us that we are "Always Learning". This learning may involve making more students feel more included in our schools. This learning may involve new ways to incorporate creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem solving into daily activities. For students, the learning may be about one or more of our character attributes."

History was also made that day in Avon Maitland with the opening of the new North Huron School, Maitland River Elementary. This state of the art facility for students in JK to Grade 6, was built with the environment in mind and to be bright and inviting. 340 of the schools 475 students attended today for an opening assembly and a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The remaining students are in Kindergarten and will begin their school year on Friday. Over in Stratford today was opening day for the iCASE Baseball Academy at Northwestern.

Opening day is special for all students, staff and parents. We took our cameras out to get a feel for that excitement so we could share it with you. The following video also includes highlights of today's Maitland River Elementary opening.

CHSS Principal McEwan made reference in the video to the higher number of international students arriving at Avon Maitland schools this year. In fact, more international students are attending than at any time in the history of the Avon Maitland District School Board and its predecessor Boards in Huron and Perth. This week 62 students from countries around the world join with over 15,000 local students to kick off the 2013 - 2014 school year.
Also on opening day Goderich Public School re-dedicated the Detective Constable Robert Plunkett playground equipment that had been moved to the school from the former Colborne Central Public School. Detective Constable Robert Plunkett, a native of the Goderich area, tragically lost his life in the line of duty in 2007. He was an accomplished police officer, gifted athlete, husband and father. In 1994, he won the coveted title of Toughest Cop Alive in the Ontario Law Enforcement Games in Ottawa and was known throughout the province for his work with Special Olympics. Members of Detective Constable Plunkett's family, and local OPP officers, were on hand to cut the ribbon to officially reopen this wonderful piece of equipment.

Goderich Public School is grateful to the former Colborne School Community for their vision and endless hours of fundraising that resulted in Detective Constable Robert Plunkett being memorialized this way.