• Minister kicks off Education Week

    ​Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan was at St. Frances School earlier this week to mark the start of Education Week in Saskatchewan.

    St. Frances is home to Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools' only Cree bilingual program. A total of 550 students from across the city—up 77 from last year—attend the school; 413 students are enrolled in the Cree bilingual program, while the remaining 137 students are in given English-only instruction.

    After a brief tour of the school, Morgan spent some time in a Grade 1 classroom to sit in on a Cree lesson and read a story, The First Beaver, to the students.

    Morgan then went to a Gr. 4/5 English classroom where students were learning strategies to increase reading comprehension by making connections with characters within the story. He and Board of Education Chair Diane Boyko read a short story to students.

    In both classrooms, Morgan thanked teachers, educational assistants, principals, administrators, maintenance staff—all people in education—and encouraged students to do the same. Because it was also Bus Driver Appreciation Day, Morgan reminded students to thank their bus drivers when they went home at the end of the day.

    Education Week, celebrated October 16 – 22, provides an opportunity to celebrate student success and recognize our dedicated education professionals across the province. This year's theme is Celebrating Today. Preparing for Tomorrow. Schools across the division have a variety of activities planned to celebrate Education Week. 

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