With a youth and adult sector population of more than 37,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines. Our network consists of 77 schools and centres.
ELIZABETH BALLANTYNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VISITS INTERMIEL
By Jade Horner-Chinappi
On June 9, 2015 the Kindergarten and Cycle 1 students of
Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary School in Montreal West visited the extensive
grounds of the Apiary and mini farm of Intermiel in Mirabel, Quebec.
Learning about rabbits.
For over 20 years, this award winning company has not only
produced tantalizing honey based products, they have also made it their mission
to educate and enlighten the public, especially elementary school aged children
to the fascinating world of bees.
The first stop of the day was to a mini farm where delighted
students were treated to not only being able to view miniature horses, rabbits,
chickens, sheep and goats, but also to have the special opportunity to hold a
few of them, and even let a chicken stand on their head!
After burning some of their energy at the on site playground,
and fueling hungry stomachs at lunch, the children were off to meet the
Beekeeper of Intermiel. In an enthusiastic and informative show, she explained
to the children all about the various types of bees that make up a hive, and
how all the bees work together. Then, brave
volunteers donned special protective suits in order to meet the bees up close! As her assistants waited for her, the
Beekeeper, carefully held a hive frame, and slowly walked around showing
everyone (safe behind protective screening) the busy bees hard at work.
Following that excitement, it was on to the Extraction room where
eager hands reached for a taste of sweet honey and also chocolate with honey,
which was all prepared on site.
The beekeeper and her EBS assistants.
The last part of the day was a fun puppet show and
exploration of the Discovery Room, where the walls were decorated with insect
specimens and posters. The tables held lots of fun games and books about bees
and nature. The biggest draw of all though, was the wall of bees! Honey bees danced
behind protective glass panels while little faces stared in wonder at the show!
TRANSFER OF SCHOOLS: EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini is deeply disappointed with the decision by Quebec Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge’s to transfer two school buildings – John Paul I Junior High and General Vanier in St. Léonard – to the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Ile (CSPI). Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North will not be transferred. As requested by the Minister, a copy of the letter explaining his decision has been transmitted to parents and staff of the three schools. Ms. Mancini has announced that a Town Hall meeting only for parents, administrators and Governing Board members from John Paul I and General Vanier will take place next Tuesday evening, July 2 at Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard. At that meeting a contingency plan will be presented. Please read our full press release and the letter from the Minister. MAJOR SCHOOL CHANGE: The EMSB has formally launched its first Major School Change consultation since 2012 in an effo
NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL: Ann Marie Matheson has been appointed the new Director General of the English Montreal School Board, succeeding Robert Stocker who stepped down last month and now serves as a senior advisor. Ann Marie Matheson Ms. Matheson’s connection to the EMSB dates back to the beginning of her 23 year career in education. As a member of the Student Services Department of the former Montreal Catholic School Board (MCSC), she was directly involved with programs meant to reduce absenteeism and increase student success rates in all high schools, including St. Raphael, St Pius X and Paul VI schools. For three years, from 2011 to 2014, Ms. Matheson was an EMSB commissioner for Ahuntsic. Additionally, Ms. Matheson served as the International Baccalaureate Program Coordinator at Marymount Academy International in its founding years and was on loan-of-service to the Ministry of Education and had responsibility for the École Montréalaise Program in English schools – 19
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