Tri-Jurisdictional Transition Project: Land-Based Learning

Tri-Jurisdictional Transition Project: Land-Based Learning
Posted on 06/02/2017
Tri-Jurisdictional Transition Project: Land-Based LearningFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

High Prairie, Alberta – Students from within the tri-jurisdictional region are attending land-based learning at Marten Lakes. This is part of the joint transition project aimed at improving the transition process for students coming from NSD to both HPSD and HFCRD. Land-based learning is one of 3 key strategies that the school authorities are implementing to enhance the student transition process.

The land-based learning opportunity that occurred this week at Marten Lakes was attended by students from Northland School Division and High Prairie School Division. Due to short notice and a change in the scheduled land-based learning opportunities led by Northland School Division, students from High Prairie Elementary and St. Andrews School were not able to attend as was originally planned. This is especially unfortunate as Betty Turpin, Superintendent of Holy Family Catholic Regional Division, has been the driving force behind the land-based learning project. That students from her jurisdiction were not able to attend is something that will be addressed at the next meeting so as to prevent similar circumstances from occurring in the future. Students from Joussard School were able to attend as a day trip to observe the activities; this has allowed staff from the tri-jurisdictional project to carefully evaluate the current practices and determine how to best proceed with future land-based learning opportunities. High Prairie School Division and Holy Family Catholic Regional Division are disappointed that this opportunity was not able to successfully accommodate all of the intended students. Both authorities look forward to future opportunities for land-based learning.

Transition projects supporting the 3 strategies will continue over the coming year and plans for the 2017-18 school year will be discussed at the wrap-up meeting this June. All three jurisdictions will continue to foster and grow the project as more grade levels are included in common writing prompts, ongoing supports and community engagement address students’ sense of belonging, and land-based learning opportunities are developed to provide year-round learning for different grade levels.


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