3D Charity Hockey & Soccer tournament raises over $50K for seriously ill students
On May 6, students throughout the Division braved the wind and rain, and participated in the 20th anniversary 3D Charity Hockey & Soccer tournament. The tournament aims to raise funds for seriously ill students within PWPSD, Grande Prairie Public School Division and Grande Prairie and District Catholic School Division. Participants played 3-on-3 hockey and 4-on-4 soccer from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 7:00 p.m.
Through door prizes, auction items, and donations, this year’s tournament raised more than $50,000 for students in our region.
Indigenous Education Services hosts Culture Camps
Throughout the month of May, Indigenous Education Services hosted Culture Camps at schools across the Division. The team shared cultural, land-based learning activities with the students at Spirit River Regional Academy, Teepee Creek School, Rycroft School, Wembley Elementary School, and Penson School. The sessions included drumming, learning about plants as medicine, and traditional active games; they were well received by both students and staff.
Students participate in North-End PWPSD Declamation
Spirit River Regional Academy (SRRA), Savanna School, Bonanza School, and Eaglesham School participated in this year’s North-End declamation. Each school hosted their own school-based competitions, with the winners moving onto the North-End Peace Wapiti Public School Divisional Declamation, hosted by SRRA.
Winners had their names added to plaques that will be on display at each school until next year when new champions are crowned.
Taking his learning outside
Benjamin Edgington, a parent-directed homeschooling student, has been exploring his passion for learning about the outdoors. He had the opportunity to take several courses with Kaykima Wilderness Skills this past fall through the forest school program A Wilder Calm.
Harmony with horses
PWEC and PWA students explored the field of Animal-Assisted Wellness to gain a greater understanding of how intentional animal-human interactions are being used in a variety of settings to promote health and well-being. Over a series of workshops held at Evergreen Park, students experienced how horses can help enhance their own feelings of wellness, peace, empowerment, and self-confidence. Students also facilitated this experience for others. Students gained both skills and insight into how they could work and volunteer in this evolving and complex field.
Spring Tea with the community
On May 4, students and staff welcomed the Bonanza community to a Spring Tea hosted at the community hall. Students worked hard putting together a variety of performances for their friends and families. Thank you to everyone who supported our students!
For the love of trees
The Grade 1/2 students enjoyed a visit from CANFOR employees who taught them about the importance of trees and how to properly care for them. The students got to plant a tree together and then they each brought one home!
Frisbee Rob visits Elmworth
Frisbee Rob (Robert McLeod) with Mrs. Walker and Grade 5 student Hope Redmond
Motivational speaker Frisbee Rob visited Elmworth School to spend some time with students, teaching them some fancy and fun Frisbee moves. Using Frisbees to deliver positive messages about the importance of determination, perseverance, resiliency, empathy, and acceptance, Frisbee Rob was a hit with students in all grades!
Helen E. Taylor School
Students participate in Identity Day
All HET students participated in Identity Day, where they presented on a topic they are passionate about to their peers and partner class.
Music classes compete in Grande Prairie Music Festival
Mrs. Johnson’s Grade 4-6 music classes entered the virtual 2022 Grande Prairie Music Festival, and you can watch their performances on YouTube! The Grade 4-5 students delivered a winning performance and were awarded a Grande Prairie Music Festival Plaque in the Orff Ensemble category.
Hythe Regional School
Veresen Midstream donates $8,500 to Nutrition Program
Students and staff at Hythe Regional School are enormously grateful for Veresen Midstream’s extremely generous donation to their Nutrition Program.
Elementary students show off skills in air band competition
The elementary students at Hythe Regional School starred in their air band show and then wrapped up the event with their buddy lunch!
La Glace School
County of Grande Prairie’s Public Works visits La Glace
The County of Grande Prairie’s Public Works department stopped by La Glace School to congratulate Kay-Lynn on her Flag Competition win; her successful design won her a new drone!
While at the school, the Public Works employees presented to the junior high students about what their department does for the County, and served hot dogs, salad, and cookies to all the students and staff!
Jr. high students enjoy an exciting month
The junior high students had a lot to be excited about this past month. Their field trips to Bowling Stones and The Off Season gave them plenty of opportunities to get active and have some fun, while their old and outdated science lab got a much needed face lift. Their new, fully functioning kitchen provides all the equipment they need to learn about cooking and baking!
Students develop citizenship skills on Earth Day
On April 22 the whole school worked together to clean up the school yard and community.
Peace Wapiti Academy
Students work together for a cleaner school
Mr. Warkentin’s Grade 9 class enjoyed some much-needed fresh air while they worked together to clean up the school grounds!
Foods students create their own soda
The Foods 10 classes have completed a soda pop project! Each group created two unique beverages, chilled them overnight, and carbonated them the next day. Students had a variety of juice powders, juices, seasonings to simmer, and colours/flavours to work with. They considered the aspects of what makes a soda appealing and came up with refreshing (and sometimes more nutritious!) results.
Students band together for a great cause
The PWA Band has joined forces with the Grande Prairie Composite Band to create their own recording for a special STARS Air Ambulance event happening on May 25. The recording will be played as the new Airbus H145 helicopter is welcomed at the STARS base in Grande Prairie.
Hats on for Mental Health
On May 4, students and staff at RVS showed their support for mental health by wearing their hats to school.
RVS students Addison Moody and Grace Doerksen medaled at the district badminton competition, while qualifying for Zones, hosted in Falher. Well done!
Ridgevalley’s newest farming community
For their Needs of Plants and Animals science unit – the Grade 1 students worked together to create their own farms! They worked their dirt, prepared their soil and planted their seeds. Each student carefully counted out 30 seeds of barley, oats, wheat, and peas to plant their crops.
Sexsmith Secondary School
Students participate in town-wide clean-up
Students took to the streets (and fields and creeks) to help with the town-wide clean-up day.
Students place second at their first car show
After a long and exhausting day for a number of student volunteers, Sexsmith Secondary School placed "runner up" in the Young Guns category at their first ever car show! Several students took it on themselves to represent their booth and spend an entire day talking to the public about the school’s program and display vehicles. Not only did they have a ton of fun, but they made connections with a lot of local businesses for offers of donations and resources. Great job!
Students honour missing and murdered Indigenous peoples
For Red Dress Day, students and staff made a pledge to honour and remember missing and murdered Indigenous peoples by writing the names of women on red paper dresses hung throughout the halls. Red Dress Day is recognized annually on May 5.
- June is National Indigenous History Month
- Final Board Meeting of the 2021-22 School Year: Thursday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.
- Happy Father’s Day!: Sunday, June 19
- National Indigenous Peoples Day: Tuesday, June 21
- First day of summer: Tuesday, June 21
- Last day of school for students: Tuesday, June 28
- Last day of school for staff: Wednesday, June 29
- May 18, 2022 PWPSD receives $8,000 donation from Iceberg Tournament
- May 13, 2022 PWPSD staff, volunteers awarded with Excellence in Education awards
- May 10, 2022 Penson School, Wembley Elementary School welcome new principals
- May 05, 2022 PWPSD nominates Mckenna Wolstenholme for Edwin Parr Teachers Award
- May 04, 2022 Mrs. Penny Rose becomes PWPSD’s Director of Education Services
- May 04, 2022 3D Charity Hockey & Soccer tournament kicks off Friday, May 6
- May 03, 2022 Peace Wapiti Public School Division prepares for grad season
- May 02, 2022 School Bus Driver Appreciation Day – May 2, 2022
- April 29, 2022 Bezanson School welcomes Mr. Stephen Clark as principal
- April 26, 2022 Whispering Ridge Community School welcomes new assistant principals
Recent Media Coverage
- May 21, 2022 PWPSD accepts $8,000 donation from Iceberg Tournament, EverythingGP
- May 20, 2022 Over $50,000 raised for Ukraine in Saddle Hills County, EverythingGP
- May 18, 2022 More high school graduation ceremonies begin this Friday, EverythingGP
- May 16, 2022 Bonanza School volunteer honoured, The Central Peace Signal
- May 13, 2022 Local educators recognized with Rotary Excellence in Education awards, EverythingGP
- May 13, 2022 Peace Region educators honoured by 2022 Edwin Parr nominations, My Grande Prairie Now
- May 11, 2022 Three new principals announced in the PWPSD for 2022-23 academic year, EverythingGP
- May 06, 2022 Local nominees for Edwin Parr teacher award announced, EverythingGP
- May 05, 2022 Grande Prairie to observe REDress Day, My Grande Prairie Now
- May 05, 2022 PWPSD nominates Mckenna Wolstenholme for Edwin Parr Award, My Grande Prairie Now
- May 03, 2022 Peace Wapiti Public School Division back to in-person High School graduations, My Grande Prairie Now
- April 29, 2022 Seven local players going to Football Alberta’s U18 final selection camp, EverythingGP