All Saints Catholic School and École Centennial School officially opened on September 2, 2014 in Swift Current, as the city celebrated its Centennial year. These are unique schools in Saskatchewan. École Centennial (Pre K-8) in the Chinook School Division shares space with All Saints Catholic School (Pre K-8) in the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division. Each school has a student population of approximately 445 students in their own space, but are connected and share staff, a resource centre, band room, practical and applied arts rooms, grounds and bussing; a collaboration which is truly a first in this province between two school divisions. Throughout the design, building and operational processes of creating the joint-use school, the spirit of collaboration and commitment to the project has been evident.
The band room was built to easily accommodate 90 students from both schools, and band teacher Ross Kuglin has appreciated the opportunities a joint-use facility has provided to his students:
It’s given me the opportunity to bring the best of two band programs together for a shared opportunity for students to perform at the Grand Opening and Prince Edward’s visit. I have felt from the beginning that the music program is one of the key components that bring the staff and students together. Music is a strong connector at the joint facility.
Not only are the schools new, but also many of the members are new to each other. Five students from École Centennial School and five students from All Saints Catholic School share their thoughts about the transition and the cool design features in each school:
Right now École Centennial and All Saints Catholic are developing our school culture and identity, and we want to feel like we are unique schools. We are connected with All Saints students on the busses, in band and for some special events; and we hope to have more connections with them in the future.
Abby Murray – Grade 8 – École Centennial School
I like the bright colours, it is refreshing. The big windows allow us to see outdoors and provide natural light.
Abigail Petkau – Grade 8 – All Saints Catholic School
Features that stand out are our soft areas and our school colours; the cool chairs and desks in our library, with all of the new books. Also the outside of our school looks neat and welcoming.
Ali Rizwan – Grade 8 – École Centennial School
The school is awesome because it is new and big. I enjoy how much bigger the gym is. All of the new library books are sweet. All of the new teachers are nice and friendly.
Logan Friesen – Grade 6 – All Saints Catholic School
We love how they manage to give the higher grades freedom, as well as keeping the lower grades in their spaces. They have many great “hang out” areas, as well as cool classrooms with lots of windows so it has a very welcoming feel.
Danika Messer – Grade 8 – École Centennial School
I like the new desks way better. The library is much bigger than our old library and has more exciting books. I also like the bigger gym with more space and the garage doors to extend a class.
Karter Duclas – Grade 6 – All Saints Catholic School
Learning in a new environment takes some time to get used to, but at the same time it is very welcoming with the bright colors.
Katherine Doell – Grade 8 – École Centennial School
I like the vivid colours in the entryway, it wakes me up. I like the Chapel and the many different ways we can use it; the high ceiling in the gym and the basketball nets.
David Camarador –Grade 8 – All Saints Catholic School
School means learning. School also means making new friends, playing sports and doing new things. Our French immersion class has had almost the same class for 8 years! So it’s always nice to meet new kids and make new friends.
Madison Mortensen – Grade 8 – École Centennial School
I love the new school because the gym is amazingly big….I also love that everything is NEW! I also love the awesome furniture and the colours all over the place.
Kamryn Johnson – Grade 6 – All Saints Catholic School
Written by: Craig Harkema, Digital Projects Librarian at the University Library, University of Saskatchewan.
Digital resources are becoming more important in schools and libraries across the province. The Saskatchewan Digital Alliance is a group that was established to facilitate greater digitization of libraries, archives and collections in the province, and Saskatchewan History Online is one of their feature projects.
As the Digital Projects Librarian at the University of Saskatchewan, and a committee member with the Saskatchewan Digital Alliance, I wanted to share more about what SHO can offer to everyone across the province.
The Saskatchewan History Online (SHO) collection includes photos, videos, audio, textual material like letters, books, diaries, etc. from libraries, archives, museums and other institutions all across the province. You can use your computer, tablet or mobile phone to access Saskatchewan historical and cultural resources for free.
As Remembrance Day approaches, SHO has some great resources to use in papers and projects. The Saskatchewan Archives Board (SAB), in partnership with SHO, launched a new project that will digitize the weekly newspapers of over 100 communities in Saskatchewan. The first stage of the project focuses on newspapers published during World War I. Watch the unique YouTube video highlighting these resources created by the SAB, From the Prairies to the Trenches – Saskatchewan and the First Months of World War One.
“Sask History Online is such a good idea. There is such a wealth of history housed in small museums throughout our province. Few people have the time or opportunity to visit them all. This will bring Saskatchewan museum collections into homes and schools through the web.” Kathy Berg, Curator Lashburn Centennial Museum Inc.
Another fantastic site is The Saskatchewan War Experience, a powerful collection of images and text. You can find items from World War I, World War II, Korean War and Boer War. Discover original newspapers, pictures and diaries.
SHO is more than just Remembrance Day resources. It is the ultimate source of Saskatchewan #ThrowbackThursdays.
SHO also includes resources from the Our Legacy a digitization project that featured materials relating to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples, found in Saskatchewan cultural and heritage collections.
“Sask History Online is a valuable asset to us because it allows us to reach a broader and more diverse audience.” – Morse Museum & Cultural Centre
Another unique feature of SHO is the interactive Historypin map. Historypin lets you select a historical image from SHO and view the same location/building on a current Google map with Street View. Check out the changes in your hometown over the past century.
Saskatchewan History Online is funded by a three year grant from the Ministry of Education.