System Principal Eleanor Salmon, Human Resource Services Representative Katelyn Freiter and students Natalie Miller (South Huron DHS) and Abbie Newcastle (Goderich DCI) shared a presentation about Avon Maitland’s recent ‘Experience the World’ March Study Tour to Taipei, Taiwan.
Greeting the Board in Mandarin, Abbie (left) and Natalie (right) represented the 31 Avon Maitland students from grades 8 through 12 that departed Saturday, March 12, 2016 for the 16 day tour.
Guided by the International students of Ming Chuan University, students travelled throughout the city of Taipei and region.
The key learning opportunities for the tour were studying Mandarin and experiencing traditional cultural activities and food.
“For many of the students this was their first time out of Ontario so observing them experience so many new things for the first time was a joy,” expressed System Principal Eleanor Salmon.
Mandarin lessons occurred each morning at Ming Chuan University which included teacher and volunteer involvement through structured classes and daily excursions.
Their newfound language was ‘put to the test’ during the excursions and everyday interactions with the Taiwanese people.
“We were exposed to so many great things, great people,” Abbie and Natalie said. “Thank you for arranging this opportunity!”
“We try to arrange a variety of work study opportunities for as many students as possible,” stated Director of Education Ted Doherty. “We hope to offer more and more of them.”
“The students took home more than the souvenirs that sit on their shelves or the pictures on their phones,” concluded Katelyn Freiter. “They were able to take home countless hours of mandarin class, theory and knowledge of traditional routines, and expanded palates.”
Please contact Steve Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on upcoming work study trips.
School Theatre Shows
Communications Manager Wes MacVicar mentioned that over 5400 primary/junior students are being enriched through a Foundation for Education theatre experience. From April 18th – 29th a new stage adaptation of 5 of Robert Munsch’s stories is being presented at the Blyth Memorial Hall for school matinee audiences. The producer/director is Duncan McGregor who has presented young audience productions for the Foundation before including ‘Charlotte’s Web’ (2015), ‘Peter And The Wolf” (2014) and ‘A Bunch of Munsch’ (2013). Those performances were attended by over 15,000 school children and their teachers. This year it’s ‘Let’s Do Munsch’.
A company of 19 volunteers (including young people from local schools plus adult performers all supported by professional designers and director) are presenting the well-loved stories.
This production is being done in support of student enrichment in the form of workshops and grants through the Foundation for Education Huron Perth.
ICE Training Event
Superintendent Paul Langis announced the next upcoming ICE Training event this Friday at the Libro Community Centre in Clinton. Five secondary schools will combine for the mass event and in attendance will be Mayors, Trustees, MPs and MPPs.
ICE stands for:
- Innovation – the generation and realization of a new idea in the world.
- Creativity – the process of generating ideas, making connections and imagining what could be.
- Entrepreneurship – a set of activities for building and scaling an idea sustainably.
Designed to help students prepare for their future, ICE training equips students with a better understanding of the critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills that employers are now looking for.
Please see Avon Maitland’s video explaining ICE training:
Approval of Tenders
Mechanical Updates to St. Marys DCVI
As part of the ongoing infrastructure improvements to be funded through Ministry facility grants, a replacement of the large gym air handling unit was identified at St. Marys DCVI. The existing gym air handling unit is over 50 years old and has surpassed its useful service life. This unit is requiring continual repairs to keep it operational. The new air handling system will be more efficient and will improve the indoor air quality with the demand controlled ventilation feature. The Avon Maitland District School Board accepted the tender from Stratford Metal Products Limited for mechanical upgrades at St. Marys DCVI in the amount of $135,058.73.
Windows and Masonry at Milverton Public School
As part of the ongoing infrastructure improvements to be funded through Ministry facility grants, a tender was let for window and masonry repairs at Milverton Public School. Window replacement includes the 4 classrooms and workroom in the east wing of the school as well as two classrooms in the centre block of the school. The upper windows in the gym will be removed and infilled with concrete blocking and finished with ribbed metal siding. As well there will be masonry repairs to the north east corner of the gym. The Avon Maitland District School Board accepted the tender from Wayne & Harold Smith Construction. for window replacement and masonry repairs at Milverton Public School in the tender amount of $153,906.00.
Windows at Mornington Central Public School
As part of the ongoing infrastructure improvements to be funded through Ministry facility grants, a tender was let for window replacement to the entire west elevation and east elevation at Mornington Public School. The Avon Maitland District School Board accepted the tender from Elgin Contracting and Restoration Ltd for window replacement at Mornington Public School in the tender amount of $245,210.00.
Renovations to Central Huron Secondary School
The project at Central Huron Secondary School is to renovate six classrooms on the second floor into four new science lab classrooms, a science prep area, storage area and chemical storage. Work will include removal of existing walls, flooring, ceiling, doors, frames and millwork and replacing with new. Mechanical and electrical work include four new HVAC systems, exhaust equipment and new T5 lighting in the classrooms and corridors. Removal and replacement of the ceiling on the first floor directly below these classrooms will be required to install mechanical, structural and electrical components for the new science labs above. The Avon Maitland District School Board accepted the tender from Elgin Contracting & Restoration Ltd, for renovations at Central Huron Secondary School in the tender amount of $1,427,190.00.
Mechanical Upgrades to Goderich District Collegiate Institute
As part of the ongoing infrastructure improvements to be funded through Ministry facility grants, mechanical work was identified as required in the science labs in B hall at Goderich DCI. The work includes upgrades to the original 1992 ventilation and heating systems with two new HVAC units. These units will provide improved indoor air quality to meet current standards. The Avon Maitland District School Board accepted the tender from Brad Baker for mechanical upgrades at Goderich District Collegiate Institute in the amount of 235,902.35.
Mechanical Upgrades to Listowel District Secondary School
As part of the ongoing infrastructure improvements to be funded through Ministry facility grants, mechanical work has been identified as required in 4 of the classrooms in the centre of the east hall at Listowel DSS. The existing unit ventilators, which are over 20 years old and have surpassed their useful service life, were identified in the facilities review. The work is to replace these existing classroom mechanical units with new high efficiency units and controls. The Avon Maitland District School Board accepted the tender from Stratford Metal Products for mechanical upgrades at Listowel DSS in the amount of $126,531.75.
Future Board Meetings
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
- Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 5:45 p.m. Committee of the Whole – Open Session, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
- Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
- Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – 5:45 p.m. Committee of the Whole – Open Session, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
- Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- SAL: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – 9:00 a.m.
- Recognition & Services Awards Committee: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – 5:00 p.m.
- Excellence in Public Education Awards: Thursday, May 5, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. at Central Huron Community Complex, Clinton
- SEAC: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.
- Finance Committee: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
- GAFE Training: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – 5:00 p.m.
- Audit Committee: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 – 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
- Finance Committee: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 – 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
- Finance Committee: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.