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School choirs performing during 48th annual Noon Festival of Carols

festival of carols4 news.jpgEach year, children's choirs from across Saskatoon perform as part of TCU Place's Noon Festival of Carols, a free-to-attend winter festival celebrating the joy and warmth of the holiday season.

This year is the 48th Annual Noon Festival of Carols that runs Dec. 9-12 and Dec. 16-19 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. each day. Bring your lunch and join in to hear children's choirs sing festive favourites and welcome in the holiday season.

Students from Saskatoon Public Schools will be part of four, noon-hour performances as part of the festival. Performances will also be broadcast on Shaw Spotlight, channel 10/105, at the noted times.

Monday, December 9

  • École College Park School Holiday Band & Senior Choir 
  • Brevoort Park School Christmas Team 
  • Broadcast: Friday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m., 11 p.m.

Wednesday, December 11

  • Holliston School Choirs 
  • Mayfair Community School Choir 
  • Saskatoon Christian School Grade 3-4 Choir 
  • Broadcast: Sunday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m., 11 p.m.

Monday, December 16

  • Ernest Lindner School Senior Choir 
  • Brunskill School Choir 
  • Lakeridge School Senior Choir
  • Broadcast: Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m., 11 p.m. 

Wednesday, December 18

  • Roland Michener School Choir 
  • École Victoria School Choir 
  • Ernest Lindner School Junior Choir 
  • Broadcast: Friday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m., 11 p.m.
Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)12/5/2019 10:21 AM
Families have big role in encouraging regular school attendance

BeHere 425 x 325.jpgSaskatoon Public Schools believes every student has potential. But in order to succeed in school and in life, students need to show up. Regular attendance is a strong predictor of student success. Being present fosters engagement, builds relationships and creates a sense of belonging — elements that fuel a learner's confidence and drive to finish. 

Saskatoon Public Schools #BeHere to Succeed Here attendance campaign is designed to encourage students to show up for school every day, on time. 

Parents and guardians can help their child succeed in school by building the habit of good attendance and demonstrating the importance of school. Community partners, such as United Way of Saskatoon & Area, are joining us in this campaign. 

We believe every student belongs here and learning goes hand in hand with good attendance! Being present at school has a huge impact on a student's academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school.

Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.

Download tips for how parents can support good attendance for their elementary student

Did You Know?

  • Missing 10 per cent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read and can drastically affect a student's academic success.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days per month.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  • By Grade 6, absenteeism is a strong indicator that a student may drop out of high school.
  • By Grade 9, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than Grade 8 test scores.
Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)12/4/2019 2:45 PM
Little Shop of Horrors, Tarzan upcoming high school musical productions

horrors_news.jpgMusicals being staged at Bedford Road and Evan Hardy collegiates will  introduce you to a bloodthirsty plant and swing you through the jungle.

 Little Shop of Horrors and Tarzan the Musical are the productions taking place during  December. Each production sees dozens of students involved on-stage or in technical and support roles, all under the leadership and guidance of teachers.

Additional information about each production and advance ticket sales is available by contacting the respective collegiate directly. In addition to public performances, each school will also host weekday matinee shows for students from neighbouring elementary schools.

Little Shop of Horrors at Bedford Road Collegiate, Dec. 6-7

The classic horror comedy rock musical follows  meek florist shop worker Seymour who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. It attracts a great deal of business to the store, but Seymour must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.  Shows Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $2 for children.

Tarzan the Musical at Evan Hardy Collegiate, Dec. 10-14

Based on the Disney animated movie, the musical featuring songs written by Phil Collins follows the plot outlined in the film version. The orphaned Tarzan is raised by gorillas, meets the young English naturalist Jane, and falls in love. Tarzan's loyalties are tested when Jane's entourage plans to kill the gorillas. Shows nightly Dec. 10-14 at 7 p.m.

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)12/2/2019 9:03 AM
School partnerships with Care & Share highlighted for Board of Education

boardnov26_news.jpgThe support provided to schools and students from the businesses and community organizations through Care & Share Saskatoon was highlighted during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the Nov. 26 meeting of the Board of Education.

Care & Share helps to identify and match partners with schools. Community partners respond to requests in a variety of ways including volunteering their time and energy at school events and by raising and contributing funds to support programming.  This collaboration allows schools to more effectively meet the needs of students.

Staff and students from King George Community School, along with a Care & Share representative, told trustees about the long-term relationship between the school and Saskatoon B'Nai Brith, which has resulted in the provision of many positive student experiences and supports.

Trustees also received an update on the school division's Arts Education program. Instruction in the four disciplines of music, dance, drama, and visual art arts plays a valuable role in helping students to achieve their potential as learners in relation to the four student goal areas of academic excellence, character, engagement, and well-being. Highlights of kindergarten to Grade 12 Arts Education programs, partnerships, and professional development opportunities illustrated how Saskatoon Public Schools' strategic plan is actualized through the arts.

Reports and information presented at board meetings can be found at The next meeting of the Board of Education is Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)11/29/2019 3:15 PM