Today (Aug. 30) is the last day of summer for a bunch of school age kids in the Drumheller area.
St. Anthony's School, along with Morrin, Delia and Hanna schools, go back to class on Thursday, August 31.
"We want to remind parents that if they are coming to school tomorrow, to please park in the parking lot and to leave the parent loop for drop off because otherwise, we'll have major traffic jams," noted JoAnne Akerboom, the Principal at St. Anthony's.
They're expecting enrolment of about 415 students, which is up slightly from last year. There is only one new teacher, Kelsey Magnan in the Kindergarten.
"We have our faith, as always, and literacy and this year, a new initiative is on numeracy," spelled out Akerboom. "We'll be focussing also on First Nations, Metis and Inuit in terms of creating more awareness around the truth and reconciliation of what happened to our First Nations people."
"We have another new initiative on physical literacy in school," added Akerboom. "We have things stuck down on the floors in the hallways to encourage movement in the hallways for the students, so that when they're moving between classes they'll get a little more physical activity as well."
The kids are back Thursday and Friday, then get a long weekend before returning to class next Tuesday, September 5, the first day of school for students in the Golden Hills Division, which includes DVSS and Greentree School.