With kids going back to school, Barnwell School has plenty to look forward to over the next several months. Barb Arend, principal of Barnwell School, gave a rundown of what’s new for the school this year.
“What’s new?” asked Arend. “We have adjusted our bell times this year and we are now running a nine-block day instead of an eight-block. This shortens periods slightly, but allows us to have lunch closer to noon and it creates time for us to have more flex- ibility with classroom programming. We are doing a project-based program in junior high called CTF (Career & Technology Foundations). With this curriculum, we will be looking at shorter-term projects where students can explore skills and innovations related to a variety of occupations.”
In the new school year, Barnwell School sees over 200 kids within their walls.
“We currently have 204 students enrolled from Pre-K to 9.”
Arend also introduced two new teachers that will be working with their pre-existing staff.
"We have two new teachers this year. We are welcoming Mr. Matthew Hawke into a junior high science position and Mrs. Annie Leray as our new Kindergarten teacher.”
She also provided an update on some of the projects that were completed over the summer.
“This summer, our playground had two slides replaced that were broken and kids were unable to use with thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Barnwell Society for purchasing the slides and Horizon School Division for installing them,” said Arend. “We also had a beautiful new mural of our logo installed on a wall close to the entrance of the school to welcome everyone to the ‘Home of the Trojans’ to help display our school pride.”
In the first month, Barnwell School also has some fun things planned to welcome families back.
“We are looking forward to hosting a welcome back BBQ on September 8 so that families can visit classrooms, meet their kid's teachers for this year, and reconnect as a community. We will also be hosting our Terry Fox Run on the afternoon of September 21.”
Finally, Arend shared the excitement that the school has for the new school year.
“We are looking forward to a great new school year and the possibilities that it holds.”
Ian Croft, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Taber Times