Can it really be that time of year when neighbourhood schools become noisy, bustling places again?
Students, teachers and support staff are all settling back in for the challenges and fun ahead.
The University of Manitoba has also come to life again with first-time and returning students alike attempting to find their classes, purchase books, connect with friends and find a preferred study spot for the upcoming year.
There are exciting things going on in Fort Richmond schools, including some new faces and projects that will make our schools even better.
Welcome to Cheryl Chuckry, who has replaced the recently-retired Gordon Campbell as principal at École St. Avila.
For 10 years, Gordon was committed to creating a school community based on respect, trust, co-operation and equality. He will be greatly missed by those at St. Avila and the larger Fort Richmond community.
Cheryl is coming to St. Avila from École Tuxedo Park. I know she will quickly become part of our community and St. Avila will continue to thrive under her leadership.
We all know the importance of physical activity, and I’m excited that École St. Avila has received funding to expand its gym. This will be an incredible addition to the school and will greatly enhance the variety of opportunities available to students and to the wider community.
Likewise, funding for bike cages at St. Avila through the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program will help the school support active living in our neighbourhood.
Fort Richmond Collegiate also has a new principal. I’d like to welcome Lisa Boles, who is coming to Fort Richmond from Oak Park High School. Lisa is a well-known educator in the Pembina Trails School Division and we are very fortunate to have her join our community.
The upcoming months will be very busy at Fort Richmond Collegiate, as it has received funding for both a new chemistry lab and a gym expansion.
Our schools in Fort Richmond are very lucky to have dedicated teachers, support staff and parents who work hard to support our students and our school communities.
In the weeks ahead there will be increased foot, bike and vehicle traffic around our neighbourhood schools and university, so please drive carefully. Let’s all work together to keep our residents safe!
Contact Kerri.Irvin-Ross@YourManitoba.ca or 204-475-9433.