Kindergarten moved to HTA to make space

Education: Students will be at high school until Davisburg school opens

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 08:48 am

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There will be some much smaller students at Holy Trinity Academy until a new Catholic elementary school is built in the Davisburg area.

Good Shepherd School Kindergartens students will attend school in portable classrooms at HTA for the next two school years beginning in the fall because the Kindergarten to Grade 6 school being full to capacity.

Deanna Whiting, whose daughter will attend kindergarten in the fall at HTA, said her initial concerns about the move have been resolved.

“At first I was pretty anxious just over the idea that my baby will be going to a high school first — having five-year-olds with a culture that is assumed in a high school,” Whiting said. “But after being on the tour of the school, that has really helped.

“Seeing the location, the positive reaction of the (high school students) to the kindergarten kids, a lot of my concerns were dealt with.”

Four portable classrooms will be installed on the east wing of HTA for the 116 Kindergarten students projected to attend Good Shepherd School in September. Half of the students will attend class on Monday and Wednesday, with the other half attending Tuesday and ThursdayFull day? .

The move to HTA is due to Good Shepherd School having more children than the old lady’s shoe. The K to Grade 6 Good Shepherd School would have a projected capacity of 125 per cent in 2014-15 if the kindergarten students were not moved HTA. With the move of the students, it has a more manageable 113 per cent capacity.

However, unlike the old lady’s shoe, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools knows what to do.

The kindergarten students will have their own entrance to the four portables at HTA. Parents and bus drivers will have their own drop-off lane near the kindergarten entrance. The portables and a small playground will be fenced to provide further safety from traffic.

Good Shepherd principal Wayne Lorenz said its regrettable not having all of his students under one roof, but said the kindergarten’s students are part of the school’s flock.

“All of our liturgy and special events, the kindergarten students will be coming back to Good Shepherd,” Lorenz said. “We never want to see our kids taken out of the school, but there are some good opportunities available.”

He said some of the opportunities include unique mentoring programs with HTA students.

He stressed there will always be either an administrator or learning support staff from Good Shepherd School at the HTA facility to support the kindergarten teachers.

Carmen Ostafichuk, HTA principal, does not anticipate any problems. Because the classroom schedules for high school and Kindergarten and high school schedules differ for kindergarten and high school students, there will be minimum contact between the schools.

She said one issue which may arise now and then is high school students using foul language. If that issue does arise, it would be dealt with promptly.

There is already an HTA success story of Kindergarten students attending a high school.

Ostafichuk was a kindergarten student in a high school in central Alberta just a few years ago. Explain a little more.

Good Shepherd kindergarten students will return to the main campus in the fall of 2016 when the new Davisburg school opens. At present, kindergarten students north of Okotoks and in the Davisburg area attend Good Shepherd School.


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