The Divisional Religious Education Team met for their first meeting of the school year on October 18, 2022. This team consists of a dedicated group of teachers committed to being faith leaders within their schools. Our team meets 3 times a year to work together on Divisional faith plans as well as staff and student faith formation activities. At this first meeting, we started to work on our new 3 Year Faith Plan that will start in the 2023-2024 school year. This plan will allow us to focus on building strong faith communities within all Living Waters schools. The Religious Education team also started to plan Student Retreat Days that will be held in each one of our 3 communities in the spring of 2023. It was certainly a productive day of planning for our Catholic schools!
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On October 17, 2022, Living Waters held its first day for aspiring leaders. Aspiring Leaders is a new initiative being supported by the Board of Living Waters. Teachers interested in developing leadership and understanding leadership within Living Waters have been invited to participate in a variety of activities, learning and research that will occur over the course of the 2022/2023 school year. The cohort had the opportunity to create presentations that focussed on leaders that have influenced their own desire to be leaders. Participants were given homework to design action research projects. It was a great day of learning!
This year we are implementing a new curriculum for K-3 English Language Arts/ Literature and Math, as well as a new K-6 curriculum for Physical Education and Wellness. We have established our curriculum teams and have created a Concept approach for implementation in our division. The teams will meet 6 times throughout the school year to continue working on developing pacing guides, provocations, illustrative examples, assessments, and resources that teachers can use in their classrooms that align with the new curriculum and our division goals.
On October 7, 2022, the Board of Living Waters had the opportunity to attend the Annual Results Presentations at Ecole St. Mary and Ecole St. Joseph School. Administration from the schools presented their 2021/2022 results to demonstrate their schools commitment to continuous improvement. Highlights included growth in literacy rates and the positive impact of learning supports. The Board of Trustees were pleased to hear about the successes that both schools are experiencing at this time, and look forward to hearing more from the school about their future achievements.
Living Waters was well represented at the Marked by Conference with our entire Religious Education Team attending to continue to learn on our faith journey. Our team was thrilled to support Sarah Whelen, as a keynote speaker. Sarah presented to the crowd of 275 Catholic teachers and leaders about her faith leadership and celebrated the feast of the Rosary. Sarah represented Living Waters so well and inspired others in the room. We are incredibly proud of the work that our Religious Education Team has done to build engaging and dynamic Faith Development Days. We can honestly say that we are thriving and modelling the way forward. We were grateful for the opportunity to attend as a team and feel renewed in our faith!
Mental Health Day 2022 is on October 10. It provides us with the opportunity and reminder to re-kindle our efforts to protect and improve mental health. Living Waters recognizes the need for all of our schools to have access to learning supports that includes mental health supports; therefore, it provides access to full time educational psychologists in every school across the division. In addition, all schools have created wellness plans and specific funds have been dedicated to support staff and students in activities and opportunities that enhance their mental health and well-being. We look forward to a happier, healthier future for all.
Living Waters School Nutrition Team Leads spent October 6th together discussing their roles and Nutrition programs; sharing menus, recipes and offering support to one another while engaging in some friendly baking and cupcake decorating rivalries. The Nutrition program is designed to introduce a variety of food choices in conjunction with learning about food and healthy eating. Time was spent talking about menus, recipes, and stretching budgets to offer great food experiences to students who choose to participate in the program. This opportunity to come together to work and learn as a team is a great example of Living Waters commitment to bring teams together to create a better tomorrow.
On October 5, 2022, the Whitecourt Board of Trustees had the fun of reading to the kindergarten students at École St. Mary School. They took the time to read, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?" by Eric Carle, and all students were provided a copy of the book to take home. Living Waters Schools is committed to ensuring that literacy is a priority in all schools across the Division.
Today we celebrate our teachers who play a critical role in making a difference in the lives of our children! Thank you for all you do!
The Physical Education and Wellness Curriculum Team held its first meeting. The team worked to deconstruct the units from the new Program of Studies and align them with the overarching themes of the Pacing Guide and Living Waters Framework.