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Year: 2002 – Province: Manitoba
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
Amanda Tétrault , Christopher Roe
School: John W. Gunn Middle School
351 Harold Avenue West
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2C 2C9
Principal: Peggy Hobson
School Telephone: 204-958-6500
School Fax: 204-222-4967
School Website: www.jwg.tssd.mb.ca
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 6-8, outdoor education, social studies and physical education
- Middle-years students need to be actively involved in their learning; physical activity is just as important as academic learning and the development of a strong self-concept.
- "Make it real."
Fine-tuned an exemplary environmental and outdoor education program to:
- make effective use of classroom facilities, schoolyard and nearby community Bioreserve, a 47-hectare parcel of reclaimed industrial space
- introduce key issues of responsible citizenship, climate change and environmental stewardship to students
- blend elements from science, social studies, mathematics, language arts and physical education and health curricula.
- provide first-aid training, water safety instruction, and cooperative and community activities.
Inspire staff and students at the school to participate in environmental awareness activities. The school is consistently recognized for its participation in Walk to School Day. The E-Team (E for Environmental) supervises the disposal and recycling of lunchtime waste. Mural project students painted large murals tracing the history and development of the Bioreserve. These panels, though hung at the school, can be transported to other locations for environmental presentations. Grade 6 students participate in the school's naturalization project to plant and maintain flower beds, trees and paths on school grounds.
"Ms. Tétrault brings an enthusiasm and passion to her teaching which encourages the students to become involved not only in their school, but in their community." Parent
"Chris Roe is a talented teacher and educator who, through his positive disposition and demeanour, make a parent confident that a program like the outdoor education program will be introduced and taught with dedication, passion, enjoyment which, in turn, ensures student interest, participation and development." Parent
"They are role models for a future generation of leaders." Colleague