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Baking for Madison House

Maple Leaf School
December 07, 2017
​ On December 5, students from Maple Leaf School walked up the street to McIvor Church and spent some time baking and decorating Christmas cookies with the church's outreach team.  While they did get to have a nibble, most of the cookies will be packed into paper bags decorated by Maple...

Treaty No. 1 territory

Angus McKay & Polson Schools
December 05, 2017
​ Both Angus McKay and Polson, along with other schools in our division, have done projects or posted information recognizing that their schools are on Treaty No. 1 territory.  In Angus McKay's case, the entire student body took part in a treaty project led by Leanne Smith, an RETSD Indigenous inclusion teacher....

Students 'Create Kind'

River East Transcona School Division
December 05, 2017
​ On November 25, a group of RETSD girls from Grades 6–12 gathered for the division's latest Empowerment Project called "Creating Kind." It was a free, interactive event during which they created kindness advent calendars to bring back to their schools and help promote positivity. Great job, girls!

Congratulations to Rajbir Singh

Kildonan-East Collegiate
December 05, 2017
​ Congratulations to Rajbir Singh, who plays football with the Kildonan-East Collegiate Reivers. Last week, at the annual WHSFL awards banquet, Rajbir was chosen to receive the John Potter/D'Arcy Bain Sports Physiotherapy Award. The award and bursary of $500 are presented to a graduating player based on their development and progress...

Deck the halls of RETSD

Administration Offices
December 01, 2017
​ December is here! And that means the RETSD Administration Offices are decorated for the season, courtesy of our receptionist, Charlotte Benedictson. She does a smashing job of decking the halls every year, and we're very lucky to have her.

Students ‘Care, Give and Share’

Angus McKay School
December 01, 2017
As a way to do something special for their school, teacher Calla Cooper's Grade 5 class at Angus McKay School created a "Caring, Giving and Sharing" advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas vacation. They researched and compiled a list of ways students can show kindness and then chose...

Students visit aviation museum

Bernie Wolfe Community School
November 30, 2017
​ On Wednesday, Grade 6 students from Bernie Wolfe Community School went on a field trip to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.  They toured real airplanes and learned about Bernoulli's principle, the four forces of flight and lighter-than-air flying devices.  (Photos by Norbert Iwan)

Percussion ensemble takes on CBC challenge

River East Collegiate
November 28, 2017
​ The River East Collegiate Percussion Ensemble—nine musicians from Grades 9–12—has submitted an entry for the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge. The winners will be announced on December 15. We wish them the best of luck! Listen: Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" by the REC Percussion Ensemble

Student chosen for Canada 150 forum

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
November 23, 2017
​ Juscenta Haligowski, a Grade 10 student at Miles Macdonell Collegiate, was selected to take part in the Canada 150 Youth Forum in Ottawa in July.  She was chosen for this all-expenses-paid opportunity as a result of the leadership she demonstrated at the Canada 150 Youth Forum on Human Rights held at the...

Gator Nation

Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary
November 22, 2017
​ Just inside the doors of Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary, there's a large map on wall with the words "Gator Nation" next to it (the school's mascot is an alligator).  It's marked with stickers (and a pin) showing where some of the school's students originally lived, and spans the globe from...

Little chefs prepare healthy meals

Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary
November 21, 2017
​ Today, fruits and veggies were abundant in Arusia Leskiw's kindergarten class at Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary. So were little chefs. For the past seven years, students in Ms. Leskiw's class have worked with Agriculture in the Classroom to learn more about the food they eat, and this year the class has partnered...

International student nominated for award

Kildonan-East Collegiate
November 16, 2017
​ Congratulations to Giorgia Di Tria, a Grade 12 student at Kildonan-East Collegiate, on being nominated for the International Student Award from the Manitoba Council for International Education. Giorgia is from Italy. Unfortunately, she didn't receive the award, but she had a wonderful time meeting Minister of Education Ian Wishart and...

Titan chosen as ‘Athlete of the Week’

Transcona Collegiate
November 16, 2017
​ Congratulations to Christine Kolbuck, a Grade 10 student at Transcona Collegiate who was highlighted by the Winnipeg Free Press as one of their “Athletes of the Week.”  Christine plays on the Titans volleyball team and has helped lead her team to titles in tournaments at Garden City, Maples and Calvin...

Veteran shares experiences

Valley Gardens Middle School
November 15, 2017
​ Stanley Mazur, a veteran of the Second World War, visited Valley Gardens Middle School on November 9 and spoke to students about his experiences as a new recruit and during the liberation of the Netherlands, often with self-deprecating humour. Mr. Mazur worked with mortars (cannons), though the army first suggested...

Wall of Honour and Remembrance

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
November 15, 2017
​ The Henderson Highway Legion has created a special Wall of Honour and Remembrance that includes the work of RETSD students, such as those from Miles Macdonell Collegiate who took part in trips to France for the 95th and 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (1917).

Two stories from Hiroshima

Sun Valley School
November 14, 2017
​ Last week, when students across RETSD were learning about the sacrifices made during wartime, students at Sun Valley School learned about the story of Hiroshima from two different perspectives. Armond Bourbonniere—the grandfather of two Sun Valley students—was a prisoner of war near Japan at the time the atomic bomb was...

A card for a boy's last Christmas

Harold Hatcher Elementary School
November 14, 2017
​ When Taylor H. heard the story about Jacob Thompson—a 9-year-old boy from New York with terminal cancer—she decided she wanted to help grant his wish to receive cards for his last Christmas.  Taylor, who shares a love of penguins with Jacob, decided to send him a giant penguin card signed...

Another successful Paint Night!

River East Transcona School Division
November 10, 2017
​ We had a great turnout for the Paint Night we held on November 7 and everyone enjoyed getting creative. Our next one will be in December 2017, so stay tuned for details. If you want to get on the waiting list for that event, contact Karina Walker at kwalker@retsd.mb.ca.

Students visit senior care centre

John G. Stewart School
November 10, 2017
​ Student leaders from John G. Stewart School are now volunteering at Kildonan Personal Care Centre, which is just up the street from their school. The students started yesterday, visiting and playing cards with the seniors. By all accounts it was hugely successful and the visits will be a weekly occurrence....

Honouring Remembrance Day

École Centrale
November 08, 2017
​ As Remembrance Day approaches, our schools each honour the occasion in their own way, paying tribute to Canadian service members who fought and died in the line of duty. RETSD board chair Colleen Carswell gave greetings at a service held at Kildonan Place on Nov. 6, organized by the Transcona...

Take Our Kids to Work

River East Collegiate
November 02, 2017
​ On the first Wednesday in November each year, Grade 9 students' learning doesn't happen at school but in workplaces across the country through the Take Our Kids to Work™ program. Take Our Kids to Work was developed in 1994 by a not-for-profit organization called The Learning Partnership. All Grade 9...

Family Fun Night

River East Transcona School Division
November 02, 2017
We had another great turnout for our Family Fun Night on October 27! The next one is Friday, Nov. 24. Click below for more details and don't forget to register. Family Fun Nights information

Award-winning teacher

Robert Andrews & Sherwood Schools
October 27, 2017
​ Congratulations to Matt Careless, music teacher at Robert Andrews and Sherwood, who was chosen to receive the Builders Award for New Teachers from the Canadian Music Educators Association. Mr. Careless not only inspires students at school; he has also struck up a community band in the RETSD area. He's great...

Athlete of the Week

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
October 26, 2017
​ Congratulations to Kerra Houde from Murdoch MacKay Collegiate on being selected as Athlete of the Week by the Manitoba High School Athletic Association. The 5-foot-9 middle player led the Clansmen women’s volleyball team to a pair of wins with 26 kills, only two errors and a hitting percentage of 96....

Kenyan Boys Choir performs at Chief Peguis

Chief Peguis Junior High
October 25, 2017
​ The Kenyan Boys Choir, who once performed at President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration, sang for an enthusiastic crowd of staff and students at Chief Peguis Junior High on Oct. 24. They were in town to perform at WE Day at Bell MTS Place on Oct. 25, and also took the time...

International Day of the Girl

River East Transcona School Division
October 20, 2017
​ We had a great turnout on October 14 for our first Empowerment Project of the year, which celebrated International Day of the Girl. The girls had a video chat with Breanne Lavallee-Heckert, who used to work in RETSD youth programming. She's now finishing her law degree at McGill University in...

REC ‘Runs for the Cure’

River East Collegiate
October 17, 2017
​ A round of applause for the 28 students and four staff members from River East Collegiate who took part in the CIBC Run for the Cure for breast cancer awareness on October 1! The group collected $7,780 in donations, winning the Winnipeg-area school challenged for the 13th year (5th consecutive...

Miles Mac students garner film award

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
October 05, 2017
Two Miles Macdonell students—Taryn and Shay Edgeworth—along with five other friends, formed a group called Lucky 7 Studios and made a short film recently to submit to the Winnipeg Film Group for their 48 Hour Film Contest. They won second place and the People’s Choice Award! Their film was also nominated...

First Family Fun Night of the year

River East Transcona School Division
October 04, 2017
We had our highest attendance ever at our Family Fun Night on September 29! This year, the events are being held in a gym, and the space will allow us to have more options and activities for families to participate in.
Don’t miss our next Family Fun Night—Halloween-themed activities on...

Day of learning for RETSD staff

River East Transcona School Division
October 02, 2017
River East Transcona students had the day off on October 2, as staff from all 42 division schools participated in a co-ordinated day of professional development. The theme this year was: “Empowering All Learners.” The staff members met at four locations in RETSD and had the choice of 44 different sessions...

Orange Shirt Day

École Margaret-Underhill
October 02, 2017
École Margaret-Underhill honoured Orange Shirt Day on Friday with guest readings, art projects, and discussions of the book “When I Was Eight,” which is about an Indigenous girl’s experience in a residential school. ​

Peace Days at Whittier Park

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
September 28, 2017
On September 22, Murdoch MacKay Collegiate students took part in a Peace Days event at Whittier Park called “Standing with Mother Earth.” They enjoyed Indigenous teachings about the four elements—earth, wind, fire and water—that were supported by western science.

Athlete of the Week

River East Collegiate
September 28, 2017
​ Congratulations to Ethan Topping of the River East Kodiaks for being singled out by the Winnipeg Free Press as an Athlete of the Week for his defence in the WHSFL Vidruk Division.  In a game against Kelvin, Ethan tallied up eight tackles, an interception return for a touchdown, and a...

International Day of Peace

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
September 26, 2017
Miles Macdonell Collegiate held its annual speaker and workshop series to celebrate International Day of Peace on September 21. Students were given opportunities to hear different points of view, and interact with each other and visitors on a wide range of subjects pertaining to peace, diversity and human rights. They welcomed...

Transcona schools unveil playground changes

École Centrale & Wayoata Elementary School
September 15, 2017
Two of our Transcona schools introduced exciting changes to their playgrounds on September 14. Board Chair Colleen Carswell, trustee Jerry Sodomlak, MLA James Teitsma, MP Daniel Blaikie and many families were on hand to visit the new naturalized playground at Wayoata Elementary School. As well, Trustee Carswell, along with city councillor for Transcona...

Reivers show gratitude to Eagles

Kildonan-East Collegiate
September 13, 2017
The Kildonan-East Collegiate Reivers football team showed their gratitude toward the East Side Eagles Football Club in a special presentation prior to KEC's first home game on September 7.
They presented the Eagles with a metal eagle sculpture created at Murdoch MacKay Collegiate. A plaque attached reads, "Presented to the East...

Culinary arts students feed evacuees

John G. Stewart School
September 08, 2017
Culinary arts students from John G. Stewart School, along with their teacher, Paul Lemire, volunteered their time and talents this week to prepare and serve food at an emergency shelter at the RBC Convention Centre.
The shelter residents were evacuated from Wasagamack, Garden Hill and St. Theresa Point First Nations at...

Construction officially begins on new Valley Gardens Community Centre spray pad

Valley Gardens Middle School & Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary
July 31, 2017
​ Nestled between Valley Gardens Middle School and Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary, the new Valley Gardens Community Centre spray pad is set to open summer 2018 to the delight of families in River East Transcona School Division. Dan Vandal, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface - Saint Vital, Councillor Schreyer, Councillor Wyatt, Councillor...

Province opens new child-care centre

Donwood Elementry School
July 20, 2017
​ Families in River East Transcona School Division now have access to more child-care spaces with the opening of the new Laugh 'N' Learn Early Learning Centre located next to Donwood Elementary School. Some of our trustees were invited to tour the facility, meet the staff and the children. Read more....

Congratulations to our graduates!

River East Transcona Graduates
June 30, 2017
​ Congratulations to this year's graduates for their accomplishment and all the hard work it took to achieve it. We're excited for what the future holds for you! The following ads will appear in the Wednesday, July 12th edition of The Herald : one congratulates all of our high school graduates...

Record number of international students graduating

International Education Program
June 29, 2017
​ RETSD has a record number of 23 international students graduating this year! Combined, our schools welcomed over 120 students from 21 different countries, attending grades 5–12 through our International Education Program.  When these students see their dream of obtaining a Manitoba high school diploma come true, they make their overseas...

KEC talents shine at mock wedding

Kildonan-East Collegiate
June 28, 2017
​ Kildonan-East Collegiate students from a variety of programs got to show off their talents at the annual KEC "mock wedding" on May 24. The wedding took place at the Via Train Station and the reception was held at KEC. The bride and groom are drama students and their drama classmates...

ERP celebrates Canada 150 with ‘Summer Games’

​École Regent Park School
June 22, 2017
​ École Regent Park School celebrated Canada's 150th anniversary in a big way yesterday. They participated in their own opening ceremony for the Canada Summer Games 2017, which will take place in Winnipeg from July 28 to August 13. Each of the 13 provinces and territories were represented by all staff...

Bernie Wolfe unveils new mural

Bernie Wolfe Community School
June 22, 2017
​ Bernie Wolfe Community School recently unveiled a new mural that's been in the making since June 2016. It was painted by four Grade 8 students under the guidance of local artist Lubko Kozak and with the encouragement and support of several Bernie Wolfe staff members, including principal Andy Zarrillo and...

Board chair and students sign Indigenous Accord

John G. Stewart School
June 20, 2017
​ John G. Stewart School was very excited to be one of the first organizations to sign the City of Winnipeg's new Indigenous Accord. Teacher Terence Hoorman took two students to Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks to sign the accord on June 20. As well, RETSD board chair Colleen Carswell...

Outdoor learning at Harold Hatcher

Harold Hatcher Elementary School
June 19, 2017
​ For the past two weeks, four classes from Harold Hatcher Elementary School took a break from the four walls of their classrooms and took their lessons outside, rain or shine—two combined Grade 3/4 classes and two kindergarten classes. Tarps were laid out under the trees for some shade, and the...

Trailblazing artist visits ERP

École Regent Park School
June 16, 2017
​ Local artist KC Adams recently spent a two-week residency at École Regent Park School, teaching students the fine art of clay-making based on the Seven Sacred Teachings. Students designed, sculpted and glazed their own one-of-a-kind art pieces under her guidance. They felt honoured to have an artist of her calibre...

Valley Gardens creates ‘wax museum’

Valley Gardens Middle School
June 15, 2017
​ The Grade 6 students at Valley Gardens Middle School came up with an interesting and interactive way to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary and learn more about their country's history. They staged an event called "The Great Canadian Wax Museum." Each student researched a famous Canadian, created a display about that...

German students celebrate success

English-German Bilingual Program
June 15, 2017
​ On June 12, the English-German Bilingual Program held an end-of-year award ceremony at River East Collegiate for students who earned their Deutsches Sprachdiplom (German language diplomas). Grade 5 English-German bilingual students from Donwood Elementary and Princess Margaret schools were also on hand to celebrate their own successes… and to enjoy...

Miles Mac student wins MCIC award

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
June 14, 2017
​ Congratulations to Marcus Matheson, a Grade 12 student at Miles Macdonell Collegiate (MCIC), for winning the Outstanding Take Action Project Award from the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation. He won this award for organizing and implementing the Mental Health Awareness Week at Miles Mac in January. Marcus spoke about his...

Murdoch wins Skills Canada tools

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
June 13, 2017
​ What happens to all the wonderful tools used at Skills Canada once the competition is over? They're gifted to a school in the host province (Manitoba this year) that writes a winning grant proposal. That winning school was Murdoch MacKay Collegiate! The proposal was written by teacher Tom Morley, and...

Boys Club pilot a great success

John W. Gunn Middle School
June 12, 2017
​ Last week, our community programming department wrapped up their first-ever Boys Club— John W. Gunn Middle School was the pilot school. The boys met once a week for eight weeks to discuss matters important to them (e.g. friendship, emotions, bullying and self-acceptance). The club was funded by a grant from...

New garden beds provide outdoor learning

Westview School
June 09, 2017
​ On June 8, the schoolyard at Westview School underwent some changes, just in time for the warm weather. Westview had been looking to expand their outdoor learning opportunities and reached out to the community for support. They were fortunate enough to receive a $500 grant from the Nutrients for Life...

Student chosen for national forum

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
June 08, 2017
​C ongratulations to Miles Macdonell Collegiate student Jessi Haligowski who has been selected as one of the 150 students from across Canada to take part in the "National Canada 150&Me Youth Forum" in Ottawa from June 24 to July 3. All expenses for this trip are covered by Experiences Canada, a...

REC singers perform in community

River East Collegiate
June 07, 2017
​ The talented student singers of River East Collegiate have been getting out and about in the community lately. The senior vocal jazz group Vocalease performed "You've Got a Friend in Me" and other songs with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra at the art gallery. And the chamber choir visited Donwood Manor...

REC student honoured for leadership

River East Collegiate
June 05, 2017
​ Congratulations to Anna Streu from River East Collegiate on receiving the McDonald's Leadership Award from the Manitoba High School Athletics Association. This annual award is given to 16 students (eight boys and eight girls) who demonstrate exceptional leadership in high school sport, school and community involvement while also maintaining a...

RETSD joins legion in honouring veterans

River East Transcona School Division
June 05, 2017
​ The Transcona Legion held its annual Decoration Day Parade on June 4 and RETSD trustee Jerry Sodomlak was there to take part and represent the division. It began with a service at the Transcona Cemetery to pay respects to our fallen veterans in the Field of Honour. Then, legion and...

John W. Gunn marks its 50th

John W. Gunn Middle School
June 02, 2017
​ John W. Gunn Middle School alumni greeted each other with hugs and handshakes, reminisced and roamed the halls as the school celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 31. Former and current staff, administrators and trustees were in also attendance, chatting about old times and looking through photos from across the...

Prince Edward students donate to Oak Table

Prince Edward School
June 02, 2017
​ Prince Edward School recently held a month-long toiletries donation drive and four students delivered the impressive amount of supplies they collected to the Oak Table Community Ministry at Augustine United Church in Osborne Village. Oak Table provides refuge, a meal and a place to connect for some of the more...

RETSD students compete in Skills Canada

River East Transcona Senior Years Schools
June 01, 2017
The Skills Canada competition is underway at the RBC Convention Centre and runs until June 3. Six RETSD students who won gold medals at the Skills Manitoba competition in April earned the chance to compete at the national competition, which promotes skilled trades and technologies to youth. Madlen Bowen and Travis...

REC golf team wins tournament

River East Collegiate
June 01, 2017
​ Congratulations to the River East Collegiate golf team on winning the 47th Annual Ledingham GM Golf Tournament in Steinbach! The REC team finished 12 strokes ahead the second place team, Dakota Collegiate. Riley Hall had the 3rd lowest round of the day with a solid 76. Well done, team! Photo:...

Bomber cheerleaders visit Jordan 411

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
June 01, 2017
​ Our favourite amateur sportscaster, Jordan Rogodzinski, was at it again on May 26, taping a segment for his YouTube show—"Jordan 411 Sports"—at Miles Macdonell Collegiate. Jordan is a Grade 12 student at Miles Mac and has made quite a name for himself in sports circles, interviewing former Blue Bombers Milt...

Students code, create virtual reality

Kildonan-East Collegiate
May 31, 2017
​ Some Grade 9 students at Kildonan-East Collegiate are developing their own virtual reality projects using a website and app combination called CoSpaces. The students are in a course called Information and Communication Technology and are creating escape room games, underwater challenges and retellings of fairytales, all viewable on iPods, phones...

Students receive Young Humanitarian Award

Bird's Hill School
May 31, 2017
​ Congratulations to the Bird's Hill School students who recently received a Young Humanitarian Award from the Manitoba Teachers' Society! The group of seven students were chosen for this honour because of the Dog House Canteen they run at their school under the supervision of teacher Krista Wasney (pictured with the...

Adult education student wins award

McLeod Adult Learning Centre
May 31, 2017
Congratulations to Houda Alkwatli, a student at RETSD's McLeod Adult Learning Centre and recipient of an award for the 2017 Starr Writer's and Video Contest, held each year by the Adult Secondary Education Council of Manitoba. The competition is open to students attending adult learning programs in Manitoba and contestants submit...

RETSD patrols earn awards for excellence

Sherwood School, École Centrale & Angus McKay School
May 30, 2017
​ Congratulations to the hard-working, dedicated RETSD patrol teams who were presented with School Safety Patrol Awards by the Winnipeg Police Service. Every year, the WPS School Education Section judges the patrols on their ability, professionalism and technique while on patrol. Sherwood School received 1st place for RETSD and were invited,...

Miles Mac celebrates Canada 150

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
May 30, 2017
​ Last week, the Miles Macdonell student council, students and staff held daily events for their Canada 150 Spirit Week, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada. They played street hockey and capture-the-flag, held a Red and White Day, and finished the week with a rooftop photo. 

First Paint Night a great success

Community Initiatives Department
May 29, 2017
​ RETSD's community initiatives department held its first Paint Night on May 25 and it was a great success! We had a combined 40 participants made up of both RETSD students and the L'Arche community, and they were guided by artist Hannah Picklyk. The event encouraged inclusiveness, socializing and exploring new...

AAA mentors honoured

Aboriginal Academic Achievement
May 26, 2017
​ A large group of RETSD students have put their time and hearts into serving as mentors to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students in the division. On May 26, they were honoured at the Aboriginal Academic Achievement (AAA) Mentorship Celebration at the Canad Inns on Regent, and trustee Michael West and MLA...

Angling Club catches and cleans

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
May 25, 2017
​ The Miles Macdonell Buckeyes Angling Club has been meeting regularly and fishing two evenings a week since the beginning of fishing season a few weeks ago. At the end of each evening, they’ve done a riverbank cleanup and hauled away many bags of garbage. Next week, they’re finishing off their...

Murdoch holds Integrity Barbecue

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
May 25, 2017
​ On May 16, Murdoch MacKay Collegiate students took part in an Integrity Barbecue. Integrity is one of Murdoch's core beliefs. Staff were asked to submit ballots to acknowledge students who have demonstrated integrity at school this year. Students who received ballots were congratulated, invited to the celebration barbecue, and asked...

Earth Rangers visit Emerson

Emerson Elementary School
May 24, 2017
​ Students got to meet some fascinating creatures at Emerson Elementary School on May 19, when they were visited by Earth Rangers, a kids' conservation organization. The students learned some important lessons about the role they can play in helping to conserve wildlife and the environment. They also met several Live...

Student represents Manitoba in gymnastics

River East Collegiate
May 23, 2017
​ Congratulations to April DeMeule, a Grade 11 student at River East Collegiate, on earning a place to represent Manitoba at the Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Montreal, May 23–29. April has trained very diligently to be able to represent her province at this prestigious event. We wish her the best of...

Infinitely Inspired fashion show

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
May 18, 2017
​ Students from the Murdoch MacKay Collegiate fashion technology program showed off the results of their creativity and hard work at the school's Infinitely Inspired fashion show on May 17. This is the 37th year the school has held this annual event, and groups of students from other Winnipeg schools were...

Library technician receives honour

John W. Gunn Middle School
May 16, 2017
​ Congratulations to library technician Denise Desrosiers from John W. Gunn Middle School, who received the Outstanding Library Support Staff of the Year award at the Manitoba School Library Association's annual awards ceremony on May 8. Ms. Desrosiers was nominated by John W. Gunn teacher Margo Gerus, who described her as...

Hampstead students make, awaken drum

Hampstead School
May 12, 2017
​ Students at Hampstead School worked together to build an Aboriginal floor drum this week, and were guided through the process by Robert Caribou. Classes did research and learning in preparation for the process, which took days and involved soaking the bison and moose hide to soften it before building the...

Transcona BIZ spring cleanup

Transcona-Area Schools
May 12, 2017
​ Many Transcona neighbourhoods were suddenly much tidier on May 5, after groups of RETSD students went on a trash-collecting spree for the annual Transcona BIZ spring cleanup. This is the third year the BIZ has held the spring cleanup, and all of our Transcona-area schools took part. The BIZ provided...

RETSD excels at provincial concours

French Immersion Program
May 11, 2017
​ Congratulations to students from RETSD who participated in the provincial finals of the Concours d'art oratoire, a French language public speaking competition. You did us proud, with 16 students placing in the top three in their categories. Eight of those students won first place in their respective classes. Best of...

Global Space Balloon Challenge

River East Collegiate
May 05, 2017
​ A team of students from River East Collegiate took part in the Global Space Balloon Challenge recently and captured some amazing images in the process. They built and launched a high-altitude balloon (a large weather balloon) with sensors and a camera attached that recorded video from the edge of space....

Paddles Across Canada

Munroe Junior High School
May 05, 2017
​ Some students from Munroe Junior High School were selected to take part in one of the Paddles Across Canada workshops that are being run throughout the country in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary. Over several evenings, with the help of Munroe teacher Charla Hum, they hand-carved and decorated a canoe...

Leading for Success

RETSD High Schools
May 04, 2017
On May 1, a group of students from all six of our high schools took part in an evening of conversation with the RETSD board of trustees, school administrators and the superintendents' department. This "Leading for Success" event was about a common understanding of "student success." Conversation covered what makes the...

Empowerment Project a hit for girls and role models

Middle & Senior Years Students
May 04, 2017
​ RETSD had another successful Empowerment Project on April 29 with the "For She ♥ I Am Me" event. This time, each of the girls was joined by a special person in her life, including moms, grandmas, aunts, cousins and friends. We had activities to help the girls and their role...

Transcona schools celebrate Music Monday

Transcona Areas Schools
May 03, 2017
​ May 1 was Music Monday, a national celebration of music and school music programs, and students from several schools gathered at Transcona Collegiate to celebrate the special day. Music students from Radisson, Bernie Wolfe, John W. Gunn, Westview and Joseph Teres all joined Transcona Collegiate band and choir students in...

Unity in Diversity Day

John Pritchard School
May 01, 2017
​ On April 28, John Pritchard School held their annual Unity in Diversity Day and this year's theme was "storytelling." The school invited 15 different people to share stories from their perspectives about a variety of topics, including indigenous issues, refugee issues, mental health, disabilities, cancer survival, and LGBTQ issues. One...

JT sing song for Canada’s 150th

Joseph Teres School
May 01, 2017
​ The entire student body of Joseph Teres School took part in an assembly on April 28 to sing a song celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary, along with local singer and songwriter Aaron Burnett. Mr. Burnett collaborated with some Grade 4 JT students to write the song. That group (pictured) gathered after...

REC goes to the dogs

River East Collegiate
April 28, 2017
​ River East Collegiate was visited by therapy dogs the past few days, as part of their Mental Health Awareness Week activities. Skye (a chocolate lab) and Trooper (a poodle/Australian shepherd cross) parked themselves in the library with their owners (Carolynne Pitura and Leanne Stoddart, respectively) and received a lot of...

Earth Day celebrated at Miles Mac

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
April 27, 2017
​ Miles Macdonell Collegiate hosted their 2nd Annual Earth Day Conference on April 25, allowing students and staff the opportunity to engage with several leaders and organizations in the environmental community. Presenters included climatologist Dr. Danny Blair from the University of Winnipeg, and Susan Lindsay and Curt Hull from Climate Change Connection. Students participated...

RETSD students show off their skills

River East Transcona School Division
April 26, 2017
​ The 2015 Skills Manitoba competition was held at Red River College on April 13 and saw 475 students from across Manitoba compete in 42 different contests.  We had 25 medal winners from RETSD and the following gold medalists have earned the chance to compete at the Skills Canada competition from...

Students ‘mummify’ vice-principal

Bernie Wolfe Community School
April 26, 2017
​ On April 26, teacher Sandy Fazenda's Grade 2/3 class from Bernie Wolfe Community School "mummified" their vice-principal, Ryan Francis, as part of an interesting hands-on learning experience about mummification in Ancient Egypt. The press came out in full force to take in the process, which was no doubt memorable for...

Sun Valley receives trophy

Sun Valley School
April 24, 2017
​ Sun Valley School's Grade 2 choir were chosen to receive the Sir Hugh Roberton Trophy for their performance at the recent Winnipeg Music Festival, and last week they were presented with it after they performed at a school assembly. Well done! Photo: (left to right) Barbara Trawon, Sun Valley music...

RETSD celebrates with Powwow

River East Transcona School Division
April 21, 2017
The gymnasium at Kildonan-East Collegiate was filled with pounding rhythms and swirling colours on April 20, as River East Transcona hosted the fifth divisional Powwow it's held since its first in 2008. These Powwows are lively and inclusive community events that attract traditional dancers and drummers from across the province. For...

Happy Ukrainian Easter!

English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program
April 21, 2017
​ Staff, students and parents from the English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program, along with guests, celebrated Ukrainian Easter at their annual traditional breakfast on April 19 at Springfield Heights School. Ukrainian Easter was on Sunday, April 16 this year. Students performed songs and dances, and both students and guests played Tsokannya (the egg...

Students excel at Concours d’art oratoire

French Immersion Program
April 21, 2017
​ The RETSD Concours d'art oratoire (French speech arts competition) was held April 11–12 at École Regent Park School. Students ranging from grades 4–12 represented their schools and competed in Basic French and French Immersion categories. Congratulations to the following first-place finishers who will present their speeches at the provincial Concours...

REC ‘Reaches for the Top’

River East Collegiate
April 20, 2017
​ River East Collegiate, after decades of absence in the Reach for the Top program, placed second in their region and advanced to compete in the provincials on April 17. All teams at the provincials were impressed with the REC rookie team and they placed fourth overall in the province. Congratulations! With another year...

Harold Hatcher cultivates kindness

Harold Hatcher Elementary School
April 17, 2017
  In recent years, students and staff at Harold Hatcher Elementary School have been focusing on learning about and encouraging kindness as a way to prevent bullying. Last week, they had different activities every day as a part of this project. They learned about "paying it forward" and about how small...

Province announces enhanced Respect in School program

Bernie Wolfe Community School
April 10, 2017
​ Bernie Wolfe Community School was a busy place this morning, as Premier Brian Pallister announced an enhanced Respect in School program for Manitoba schools, along with former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy, who co-founded the program. After the announcement, they took time to visit Meghan McOmber's Grade 7 class to chat...

Welcome to Coral the service dog

Bernie Wolfe Community School
April 10, 2017
​ We'd like to introduce you to Coral the service dog, a highly-trained companion who belongs to a student at Bernie Wolfe Community School. Coral assists in many of the routine activities that can pose challenges for this student. All the students and staff at Bernie Wolfe have been instructed in...

Students present mayor with carving

John G. Stewart School
April 06, 2017
​ Some John G. Stewart School students used their creative talents to make a gift for Mayor Brian Bowman, and it earned them a special visit to the mayor's office on April 6. The students put in many hours carving the plaque, made of laminated pine, with the help of educational...

RETSD schools earn awards at music festival

Angus McKay School & Sun Valley School
April 04, 2017
​ Music students from across RETSD put their talents on display between February 26 and March 19 when the Winnipeg Music Festival took place, and two of our schools emerged with awards. Angus McKay School's Grade 4/5 choir received the Anne Tate Memorial Trophy for the most outstanding performance by a...

School celebrates Canada's 150th with citizenship ceremony

Springfield Heights School
March 23, 2017
Students at Springfield Heights School celebrated Canada's 150th anniversary in a very unique way on March 23. Their studies about Canadian government and citizenship came alive when the school hosted a Canadian Citizenship Ceremony. As students in grades 3 to 5 looked on, 35 individuals from 17 countries became Canadian citizens...

Buddies ‘Hoop It Up’ at Murdoch

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
March 22, 2017
​ Murdoch MacKay Collegiate held their annual "Hooping It Up" free-throw competition on March 21 to raise funds for the school's Best Buddies chapter. Each person who threw baskets paid $2 to see how many they could make in one minute. Members of the University of Winnipeg Wesmen basketball team helped...

Sherwood students learn about farming

Sherwood School
March 17, 2017
March is Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM) and Sherwood School had some special guests drop by yesterday morning to mark the occasion. Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler and Education Minister Ian Wishart visited a Grade 3 class at the school, along with Sue Clayton, the executive director of Agriculture in the Classroom—Manitoba...

REC student chosen for Canada Games

River East Collegiate
March 16, 2017
​ Congratulations to Brett Hoogervorst, a Grade 12 student at River East Collegiate, on being chosen to swim with Team Manitoba at the Canada Games this summer! Brett is participating in the Canada Games Athletes with a Disability Program. He'll be taking part in the swimming competition at Pan Am Pool...

Education minister makes announcement at John de Graff

John de Graff Elementary
March 14, 2017
John de Graff Elementary students were excited to have special guests this morning. Education Minister Ian Wishart visited the school to make an announcement, along with RETSD board chair Colleen Carswell and president of the Canadian School Boards Association Floyd Martens. Members of the media attended, as well. Mr. Wishart announced...

Emerson students explore the world of bees

Emerson Elementary School
March 13, 2017
​ The Grade 3 students at Emerson School had a very special visitor on Thursday. As part of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month, Marg Smith, a local beekeeper, visited their classrooms. She read a book about beekeeping that the students got to keep and shared everything you need to know to be a good beekeeper....

Around the World in 60 Minutes

Kildonan-East Collegiate
March 10, 2017
​ An event called "Around the World in 60 Minutes" took place over the lunch hour at Kildonan-East Collegiate today. It was organized by teachers Andrea Gladu and Vanessa Romans, along with a group of hard-working students who prepared information booths for over 15 countries, including Somalia, Iran, India, Jamaica, Spain...

Westview students build robots

Westview School
March 09, 2017
​ Grade 5 students from Westview gathered at the school with their families recently to build robots. The students were asked to design their own robot and participate in all the steps to bring their design to life. They built the base, mounted the motors, wired the controllers, and soldered the...

KEC class enters nationwide video contest

Kildonan-East Collegiate
March 07, 2017
​ Kildonan-East Collegiate teacher Vanessa Romans shared this video created by her class for a nationwide contest called Here's My Canada. The contest invites Canadians to share what Canada means to them in a 30-second video, and marks Canada's 150th birthday. Ms. Romans' class chose the theme of "diversity." The video...

‘Batman’ visits Westview class

Westview School
March 06, 2017
​ As part of a writing project on bats, the University of Winnipeg's "Batman," Dr. Craig Willis, visited the Grade 1/2 class at Westview School. The professor gave the students a presentation on bats and the students had the opportunity to ask him a few questions… but they stopped short of...

Greenhouse put to use at JWG

John W. Gunn Middle School
March 06, 2017
​ Sue Grynol, an educational assistant, waters the plants she's growing with the help of a student she works with at John W. Gunn Middle School. The school's greenhouse, which they've had for many years, is just to the left when you walk in the front doors. Ms. Grynol and her...

Angus McKay explores FortWhyte Alive

Angus McKay School
March 03, 2017
​ The entire student population of Angus McKay School bundled up for the chilly weather on February 24 and made their way to FortWhyte Alive to explore the outdoors and learn about Aboriginal games. They experienced the seal crawl, tug of war, blanket toss, sled races and scavenger hunts, and learned...

Miles Mac wins provincial championship

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
February 28, 2017
​ Congratulations to the Miles Macdonell boys curling team who competed in the provincial championships over the weekend in Dauphin, and emerged victorious. They were knocked into the consolation side, but were able to claw their way back and defeat the A-side finalists twice to capture the title. Well done!  ...

Joyeux Festival du Voyageur!

Munroe Junior High School
February 27, 2017
​ Schools across RETSD celebrated Festival du Voyageur last week. It came with the almost predictable warm weather that melted the festival's snow sculptures and foiled the efforts of schools who planned outdoor curling activities. But schools were still able to take part in many other pursuits. Students and staff from...

Pink Shirt Day

Valley Gardens & Bernie Wolfe
February 23, 2017
​ On February 22, schools across RETSD marked Pink Shirt Day in support of anti-bullying initiatives. The students and staff at Valley Gardens Middle School (bottom) and Bernie Wolfe Community School (photo by Norbert Iwan) really got in the spirit, and posed for these wonderful group shots. For more information on...

Love is Grand

RETSD Preschool Programs
February 22, 2017
​ On February 13, at Joseph Teres School, many took part in the Love is Grand Valentine Party put on for RETSD parents/grandparents and their preschoolers. It was a great opportunity to play some games, hear heartwarming stories, and get crafty, making valentines and artwork. The event was put on by...

Love Your Selfie

Middle & Senior Years Girls
February 21, 2017
​ There was a great turnout on February 18 at Bernie Wolfe Community School for the division's most recent Empowerment Project. Thirty RETSD girls from grades 6–12 took part in a workshop called "Love Your Selfie" to explore topics such as mindfulness, positive body image, positive affirmations and self-love. This is...

EMU kicks off Festival du Voyageur

École Margaret-Underhill
February 17, 2017
​ This morning, École Margaret-Underhill held their kickoff to Festival du Voyageur, which takes place February 17–26. During a special assembly, students shared information about voyageurs, performed dances called "La bastringue" and "Les saluts," put on a fashion show and took part in sing-a-longs. There was a lot of "joie de...

Speaking tour stops at John W. Gunn

John W. Gunn Middle School
February 16, 2017
​ Two speakers visited John W. Gunn Middle School on February 13, as part of the Investor's Group Social Innovation Speaking Tour. Kelly Chessman and Nate Riley both spoke to students about environmental stewardship, outdoor education, their volunteer experiences, and their passion about the challenges young people face around the world....

I Love to Read @ Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret School
February 16, 2017
​ The staff and students at Princess Margaret School have been engaged in many special activities for I Love to Read Month—buddy reading, reading in different spots throughout the school and enjoying many guest readers. February 13 was an extra-special day as Mayor Brian Bowman visited the school and read students...

I Love to Read @ Wayoata

Wayoata Elementary School
February 15, 2017
​ Trustee Jerry Sodomlak dropped by Wayoata Elementary School today to read to kindergarten students for I Love to Read Month. He brought one of his favourite books with him; he told the students that it was a book he's bought for his own grandchildren — "G is for Golden Boy:...

Students hit the ice, learn to skate

Bertrun E. Glavin & Valley Gardens
February 15, 2017
​ RETSD students who take part in the Lighthouse programs at Valley Gardens and Bertrun E. Glavin took part in a free Learn to Skate program, held on the outdoor rinks at Valley Gardens Community Centre. Five RETSD schools offer after-school or evening programming for children and youth through Lighthouses, a...

I Love to Read @ Sun Valley

Sun Valley School
February 14, 2017
​ Trustee Peter Kotyk celebrated I Love to Read Month by visiting Sun Valley School on February 10 to read students in kindergarten to Grade 1, and Grade 3 to 4. February is always a very busy time for schools, as they receive a wide variety of guests to read to students, such as...

I Love to Read @ Bernie Wolfe

Bernie Wolfe Community School
February 14, 2017
​ RETSD board chair Colleen Carswell stopped by Bernie Wolfe Community School recently to read some of her favourites to the Grade 1 students. (Photo: Norbert Iwan)              

The Little Boy from Jamaica

Salisbury Morse Place School
February 07, 2017
    On February 7, students gathered in the library at Salisbury Morse Place for a special visit from retired Winnipeg police chief Devon Clunis. For the first time, he wasn't visiting them to talk about being a police officer; he was there as a children's book author. Mr. Clunis and...

I Love to Read @ Sherwood

Sherwood School
February 07, 2017
​ February is I Love to Read Month and schools across RETSD have invited a variety of guests to visit and share their love of reading with students. Recently, trustee Rod Giesbrecht stopped by Sherwood School to read to a few classes.                

Living on the Edge

Bertrun E. Glavin School
February 06, 2017
​ On February 3, while students were away for an in-service day, a professional development session was hosted at Bertrun E. Glavin School for their own staff and staff from Sherwood and Sun Valley schools. They took part in a poverty simulation workshop called "Living on the Edge" put on by...

Springfield Heights students ‘Have a Heart’

Springfield Heights School
February 02, 2017
​ The Grade 4 students in Colette Jorgensen's class at Springfield Heights School have been learning about the Canadian government and the rights of children in their country. After researching First Nations rights in Canada, they came upon a national campaign for First Nations children called "Have a Heart." They discovered...

REC students perform at New Music Festival

River East Collegiate
February 01, 2017
​ The Winnipeg New Music Festival kicked off on January 28 and students from River East Collegiate took part, performing in a gallery at the Centennial Concert Hall. The group, led by music teacher Jeff Kula, consisted of the REC Wind Ensemble and an Aboriginal drum circle. The annual music festival,...

RETSD girls explore ‘Dreams & Goals’

River East Transcona
January 31, 2017
​ The 27 grade 6–12 girls who attended the Empowerment Project event on January 28 paused to pose for some photos. They were taking part in a fun-filled, interactive day during which the focus was "Dreams & Goals." Special guests Alex and Madison from Ivivva Athletica brought each girl a goal-setting...

Bell Let’s Talk Day

John W. Gunn Middle School
January 27, 2017
​ The Girls Club at John W. Gunn Middle School shared some important messages on January 25, which was Bell Let's Talk Day (#BellLetsTalk). It was created by Bell Canada to start a conversation about mental health, reduce stigma, increase awareness, and change behaviours and attitudes about mental health issues. Several...

Ukrainian students celebrate Koliada

English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program
January 27, 2017
​ The evening of Jan. 26, the RETSD English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program held their annual Koliada (Ukrainian Christmas) celebration at Chief Peguis Junior High. In Ukraine, the tradition of Koliada involves groups of young Ukrainians going from home to home singing koliadky (Ukrainian Christmas carols). At Chief Peguis, students, staff, friends and...

JWG students keep it kind

John W. Gunn Middle School
January 26, 2017
​ On January 25, John W. Gunn Middle School's WE Day Club spread kindness around their school. They put a kind note up on every student's locker and posted quotes to think about around the school. Remember, one kind word can change someone's entire day!            ...

Grade 4 class publishes poetry book

Springfield Heights School
January 25, 2017
​ Recently, a Grade 4 class at Springfield Heights worked on an study about "home" and how it related to a variety of subjects, and the result was a hardcover book of poetry for their school. Teacher Lori Slota's class read and learned about the Aboriginal teachings of generosity and humility....

WSO experience captured on video

River East Transcona Schools
January 19, 2017
​ Students from several schools in RETSD performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra on November 8. The performance was preceded by many rehearsals and sessions with WSO mentors. Wayoata Elementary School music teacher Jeff McPherson created this video  using photos and audio of their rehearsals and performance. Enjoy!

International students hit the slopes

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
January 19, 2017
​ International students from Murdoch MacKay Collegiate got a break from learning inside four walls and got to take their lessons onto the ski slopes when they visited Stony Mountain Ski Area on January 17. For many, this was a new experience. Out of 31 students, 25 were first-time skiers and...

Kodiak honoured at tournament

River East Collegiate
January 18, 2017
​C ongratulations to River East Collegiate student Quiana Kumar! Quiana, who is in Grade 12 and plays on the Kodiaks basketball team, was given the Dennis Schrofel Award for leadership and community involvement at the John Taylor Collegiate Piper Classic this past weekend.                ...

Farewell to two RETSD principals

Lord Wolseley Elementary School & Maple Leaf School
January 09, 2017
​ Two of our principals retired this month, so we'd like take this opportunity to say farewell and thank you for a job well done. Kathy Chody and Judy Morgan were both at their most recent schools for six years—Ms. Chody at Lord Wolseley and Ms. Morgan at Maple Leaf. Both...

International students have Canadian experience

River East Collegiate
December 22, 2016
​ Some international students from River East Collegiate went on an excursion recently, visiting the Legislative Building and enjoying a holiday luncheon at the Old Spaghetti Factory. They exchanged gifts while singing Silent Night in various languages. After that, they made good use of the mild weather and hit the ice...

EAL students publish picture books

Kildonan-East Collegiate
December 21, 2016
​ Four newcomer students from Kildonan-East Collegiate will get to see their dual-language picture books published thanks to their teacher Vanessa Romans. The grades 10–12 students are all studying English as an additional language (EAL) and completed a unit on short stories. Now, they're in the process of writing their own...

Woodworking students embrace spirit of giving

River East Collegiate
December 21, 2016
The Grade 12 woodworking students at River East Collegiate took the initiative to mass-produce 30 toy vehicles for the Christmas Cheer Board. They set up stations with everyone playing a role in the production from cutting to finishing. The class did a great job and really embraced the spirit of giving!

Culturama at Miles Mac

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
December 21, 2016
Miles Macdonell Collegiate held its annual Culturama on December 20 and invited a diverse group of entertainers into the school to perform and teach students about their language, culture and music. The daylong event changes every three years and may take the form of a film festival in the future. This...

Culinary creation presented to superintendents

John G. Stewart School
December 20, 2016
​ A culinary arts student from John G. Stewart School stopped by the RETSD Administration Offices with her teacher, Paul Lemire, to present one of her pastry class creations to superintendent Kelly Barkman (far right) and assistant-superintendent Jason Drysdale. It's a delicious-looking shortbread confection stacked to create a Christmas tree. As...

Earth Rangers visit Joseph Teres

Joseph Teres School
December 20, 2016
​ Recently, Joseph Teres School was visited by the Earth Rangers, a conservation organization that educates children about biodiversity, sustainable behaviours, and the protection of wildlife and their habitats. The Earth Rangers visit 800 schools across Canada every year. At this stop, they brought a couple animal ambassadors along with them—a...

Robert Andrews spreads holiday cheer

Robert Andrews School
December 19, 2016
​ Some Grade 6 students at Robert Andrews School have been spreading holiday cheer, creating cards, hand-stitched Christmas stockings, and boxes filled with treats and necessities for newcomers to Winnipeg. The gifts will be sent to N.E.E.D.S. Inc., which helps local immigrant families, some of whom live in the RETSD area....

Students focus on giving during holidays

Dr. F.W.L. Hamilton School
December 19, 2016
Students from the "Be The Change Club" at Dr. F.W.L. Hamilton School met very early Sunday morning at Toys "R" Us, before it was open to the public, for a special shopping trip. The store kindly opened their doors early so the students—along with principal Tanis Ziprick and teachers Cheri Slater,...

John de Graff donates to Toy Mountain

John de Graff Elementary
December 15, 2016
​ Teacher Jennifer Korb's Grade 5 class at John de Graff Elementary has been very busy this holiday season, collecting toys for Toy Mountain, a joint effort of the Salvation Army and local fire stations to gather toys for the less fortunate at Christmas. Ms. Korb has her students take on...

‘Principal for a Day’ at Donwood

Donwood Elementary School
December 12, 2016
​ Donwood Elementary School principal Christine Anderson stopped by the RETSD Administration Offices on December 9 with a protégé in tow. Addison, a student at Donwood, had her name entered in a draw along with others who were "Caught Caring" (doing good deeds) and was chosen for the grand prize of...

EAL class sends holiday greetings

McLeod Education Centre
December 09, 2016
​ The festive season is upon us and while we prepare for Christmas and other holidays, many new Canadians are experiencing the carols, decorations and other traditions for the first time. A group of "English as an additional language" students from McLeod Education Centre offered their greetings to everyone for a...

Operation Radio Santa visits Radisson

Radisson School
December 08, 2016
On December 7, some of Santa's helpers stopped by for a visit to Radisson School. And they may not have been wearing pointy shoes and jingle bells, but they were all in green. A communications regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces set up a command post next to the school for...

‘No Time for That’ at JWG

John W. Gunn Middle School
December 07, 2016
​ The "No Time for That" Anti-Bullying Society dropped by John W. Gunn Middle School on December 6 to talk to the students about bullying, mental illness and how to overcome adversity, as well as encourage positive life choices and love for one another. These are messages that RETSD schools try...

Recycling and reusing is fashionable

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
December 02, 2016
​ The Fashion Design and Technology Program at Murdoch MacKay Collegiate held its first-ever clothing swap on November 30. They invited all the students and staff from the school to bring in gently used and clean clothing that is no longer wanted by its current owners. Fashion students organized all the...

Student design bags to make impact

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
December 01, 2016
​ Grade 9 and 11 art students at Miles Macdonell Collegiate discussed issues related to alcohol abuse during Addictions Awareness Week in November. Each student was given a blank paper bag from the Liquor Mart on Henderson Highway that they would design. They formed ideas from the discussion into images, words...

Reivers and Buckeyes raise funds

Kildonan-East Collegiate & Miles Macdonell Collegiate
November 29, 2016
​ On Friday, the Kildonan-East Reivers emerged victorious in a hard-fought game against the Miles Mac Buckeyes with a final score of 4–2. A great thanks to both teams and their families and friends who raised money at the game to support research and treatment of prostate cancer. Well done, Reivers...

Reivers congratulated by MLA

Kildonan-East Collegiate
November 29, 2016
​ The Kildonan-East Reivers football team were officially congratulated for their WHSFL championship win at the Legislative Building on November 25 by Concordia MLA Matt Wiebe, pictured here presenting head coach Jason Hawkins with a framed copy of his MLA statement about the team. You can read that statement here...

JWG students study adversity

John W. Gunn Middle School
November 25, 2016
​ Grade 7 students at John W. Gunn have been doing some learning about the topic of "adversity" recently, and they had a visit from John Janzen of Siloam Mission. Mr. Janzen visits schools to educate students about homelessness and poverty, and he wrote a play on the subject called "Blink's...

WSO quintet performs for John W. Gunn

John W. Gunn Middle School
November 25, 2016
​ Five members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra stopped by John W. Gunn Middle School on November 24, to both entertain and educate the students. The quintet—playing the flute, oboe, French horn, bassoon and clarinet—performed and interacted with the students as a part of the WSO's Bach to School program. They...

Home Sweet Home

RETSD Preschool Programs
November 24, 2016
​ Families from across RETSD kicked off the holiday season at Lord Wolseley School on November 23, when they took part in a preschool program called "Home Sweet Home." They made delicious gingerbread houses, sang songs, read books, made crafts and played educational games. A sweet time was had by all!...

Kodiak honoured by WHSFL

River East Collegiate
November 24, 2016
Congratulations to Grade 12 River East Collegiate student Stuart Campbell who plays for the Kodiak football team and was chosen to receive the Jim Foubister Memorial Award for sportsmanship from the Winnipeg High School Football League.

Author visits his old school with a new book

Maple Leaf School
November 22, 2016
​ Local author Tyler K. Morgan dropped by Maple Leaf School recently to read his new book to students, "The Big Ball of Mud." The book is about a character who feels he doesn't fit in at school and can't seem to do anything right, but in the end discovers what...

International student earns honour

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
November 18, 2016
​ Congratulations to Sarahi Cruz Salazar, a Grade 12 student at Miles Macdonell Collegiate, on tying for a first-place win of the International Student Award (Secondary Sector) from the Manitoba Council for International Education. Sarahi came from Mexico to study at Miles Mac in September 2015 for one semester. She discovered...

2016 STACK UP!

Prince Edward & Other RETSD Schools
November 18, 2016
​ On Nov. 17, several RETSD schools — Prince Edward, Dr. F.W.L. Hamilton, Bertrun E. Glavin, John Pritchard, Maple Leaf, Salisbury Morse Place and John W. Gunn — participated in 2016 STACK UP!, described by Guinness World Records as the "world's largest sport stacking event." Sport stackers from all over the...

Murdoch helps Red Cross with Pink Day announcement

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
November 17, 2016
​ A group of students from Murdoch MacKay Collegiate visited the Canadian Red Cross on Nov. 17 to help the organization announce their new campaign for Pink Day 2017 and to unveil the T-shirt designed for the occasion. The Red Cross will mark both the national and international Pink Days on...

Stegall interviewed for Jordan’s 411

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
November 15, 2016
​ Miles Macdonell student Jordan Rogodzinski interviewed former Blue Bomber Milt Stegall on Nov. 15 for his YouTube program, Jordan's 411 Sports Show. Stegall, a CFL Hall of Famer and TSN football analyst, flew in from Atlanta just to be interviewed by Jordan, who is becoming a seasoned local sports host....

Grand chief visits Arthur Day

Arthur Day Middle School
November 14, 2016
​ On Nov. 8, Sheila North Wilson, grand chief of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, visited Arthur Day Middle School to speak with students about Aboriginal creation stories. The Canadian First Nations have a rich mythology about the creation of Earth, and its animals and people. The students also shared some of the creations...

Students research and honour soldiers

John Pritchard School
November 10, 2016
​ A group of students from John Pritchard School took part in the official opening of a display created by The Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation to honour soldiers who fell in service. It took place at Polo Park Shopping Centre on Nov. 4 (and was on display until Nov. 8), and they...

Reivers celebrate first championship

Kildonan-East Collegiate
November 10, 2016
​ The Kildonan-East Collegiate Reivers football team celebrated their first WHSFL championship since the program began in 2006 with a 35–32 victory over the St. John's Tigers. Way to go, Reivers! If you want to read more about it, click here  for a story on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers website....

RETSD-WSO concert a crowd-pleaser

River East Transcona Schools
November 09, 2016
​ Music students from across RETSD got to experience the thrill of performing with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 8. After weeks of preparation, students from grades 4–12, along with members of the WSO, played to a packed auditorium. The concert featured an early years ensemble, three concert bands from...

No Stone Left Alone

Transcona Middle Years Schools
November 09, 2016
​ On Nov. 7, Grade 6 students from all four of our Transcona-area middle schools—Arthur Day, Bernie Wolfe, John W. Gunn and École Regent Park—took part in a new but growing tradition called "No Stone Left Alone." RETSD partnered with the Transcona Legion to hold the event, which saw students place...

Girls ‘Unlock Toolkit’ for trades, STEM careers

Bernie Wolfe Community School
November 07, 2016
​ More than 70 Grade 5 girls from RETSD had a chance for some hands-on exposure to the trades during an exciting event called Unlocking the Toolkit. It was held Nov. 4 at Bernie Wolfe Community School and brought the students together with women working in the skilled trades, as well...

Radisson teacher visits Parliament

Radisson School
November 07, 2016
​ Radisson School teacher Jennifer Paulsen was very fortunate to be chosen to spend a week in Ottawa in early November, participating in the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy. The theme of the Teachers Institute was "The Changing Face of Parliament." The group of over 70 teachers from across Canada,...

REC students battle it out in ‘Grade Wars’

River East Collegiate
November 04, 2016
​ River East Collegiate students were at war last week, but their battles united them for a bigger cause.  The students participated in a series of challenges for the school's first-ever "Grade Wars," which playfully pitted the grades against each other to compete for glory and to collect non-perishable food items...

VEHICUBE promotes healthy living at ERP

École Regent Park School
November 04, 2016
The Grade 5 and 6 students at École Regent Park School got a break from their daily routine on Nov. 3 when they were visited by the travelling VEHICUBE (large bus) from Quebec, which is touring Canadian schools to promote healthy lifestyles, courtesy of the organization Le Grand Défi de Pierre...

REC student’s ‘Journey’ published

River East Collegiate
November 03, 2016
Congratulations to Tiara Anderson, a Grade 12 student at River East Collegiate, on the publication of her poem entitled "Journey" in the Oct. 22 issue of Red Rising magazine (redrisingmagazine.ca). Tiara was also invited to read her poem at McNally Robinson and on Oct. 25 at the Indigenous Showcase hosted by...

KEC students celebrate Day of the Dead

Kildonan-East Collegiate
November 01, 2016
​ Kildonan-East Collegiate photography and hairstyling students joined forces to work on a project celebrating the Mexican Day of the Dead. Hairstyling students designed the makeup and photography students captured the beauty. They also learned and discussed the traditions of the celebration. The Day of the Dead or Día de los...

Lake Friendly launch at Chief Peguis

Chief Peguis Junior High
October 31, 2016
Chief Peguis Junior High students have been learning a lot about water conservation lately and their school was chosen as the launching site for a new schools certification program created by the Lake Friendly initiative. Lake Friendly is a collaborative awareness-raising effort between nine communities on the shores of Lake Winnipeg,...

KEC goes to the dogs

Kildonan-East Collegiate
October 31, 2016
​ On Oct. 31, Kildonan-East Collegiate students could be forgiven for thinking they were seeing spots, as dozens of Dalmatians were spotted (sorry) roaming the halls of the school. The staff at KEC have a reputation for Halloween hijinks. Last year, they dressed as Dr. Seuss's Thing 1 and Thing 2,...

‘Dress Like Mr. Grant’ day

Joseph Teres School
October 28, 2016
As part of Joseph Teres School's "We Care" campaign, which encourages giving back on a global level, they hold dress-up days for UNICEF. Today was "Dress Like Mr. Grant" day. Students brought a donation for UNICEF and dressed like their principal. While most sported their sharpest ties, if you look carefully...

Kodiaks raise funds for cancer research

River East Collegiate
October 26, 2016
​ The River East Collegiate Kodiaks hockey team hit the ice for their fifth game of the season on Oct. 24, all wearing bright pink jerseys. This is the fourth year in a row that the Kodiaks hockey team has worn the jerseys during a game to raise funds for breast...

REC principal receives ‘Outstanding’ award

River East Collegiate
October 25, 2016
​ Congratulations to River East Collegiate principal Diana Posthumus who was chosen to receive the 2016 Outstanding Administrator Award by the Manitoba Band Association! The award is given to an administrator who has made an outstanding contribution to music education in Manitoba.

Students win/donate Socktober socks

Chief Peguis Junior High
October 24, 2016
​ You may know that this month is October, but did you know it's also SOCKtober? Nadine Mooney, a Grade 7 teacher at Chief Peguis Junior High, introduced her students to this fundraiser that's taking Canada and the U.S. by storm. (Check out #socktober on Twitter.) People are challenged to collect...

Students visit Holodomor bus

Chief Peguis Junior High
October 24, 2016
​ A very special bus was parked in front of Chief Peguis Junior High for the entire day on Oct. 19 and was visited by students from the school's English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program. The bus is on a Holodomor National Awareness Tour and features the Holodomor Mobile Classroom, a state-of-the-art, interactive mobile...

Girls have a blast at Empowerment Project

RETSD Middle Years Students
October 21, 2016
​ RETSD held an International Day of the Girl workshop on Oct. 15 at Bernie Wolfe Community School and the 25 girls in attendance had a fantastic time! International Day of the Girl was founded by Plan Canada and it helps promote gender equality all over the world and bring awareness...

RETSD staff earn honours from MPETA

RETSD Phys-ed Teachers
October 21, 2016
​ RETSD has several new award winners among our staff who were recognized by the Manitoba Physical Education Teachers Association. We'd like to offer congratulations to: Philippe Chabot, phys-ed teacher at École Regent Park School, for receiving the Middle Years Award; Beverley Ilchena, RETSD phys-ed consultant and teacher at Donwood Elementary...

REC students ‘Run for the Cure’

River East Collegiate
October 20, 2016
​ For the 19th year in a row, students from River East Collegiate donned pink and participated in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's CIBC Run for the Cure. Over the 19 years, REC has raised more than $84,000 for the cause and has won the School Challenge Award 12 out of...

Student garners stars for sports show

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
October 20, 2016
​ Jordan Rogodzinski, a student at Miles Macdonell Collegiate, hosts a YouTube series called Jordan 411, an interview show featuring local sports personalities. On Oct. 19, he was featured on CTV News and a story about him was posted on their website. To check both out, visit: http://bit.ly/2ek9ntJ

KEC photogs up for furry challenge

Kildonan-East Collegiate
October 19, 2016
With pets truly being family members for many these days, the pet photography industry is growing, and the photography students at Kildonan-East Collegiate will be prepared to meet that need. They've been getting some useful experience working with furry family members, who present unique challenges. Photos: (left) by Kayla Ellis; (right)...

International students meet local deer

Kildonan-East Collegiate
October 19, 2016
​ International students from Kildonan-East Collegiate got to experience another Canadian-style adventure the other day when they paid a visit to Deer Meadow Farms. The students explored a corn maze, enjoyed a petting farm and interacted with deer. It was a very exciting trip for them, but a chilly one as...

Bilingual students co-operate to learn

English-German Bilingual Program
October 17, 2016
​ Grade 11 students from the English-German Bilingual Program made presentations on Oct. 17 in their school theatre at River East Collegiate. The audience was composed mainly of bilingual program students from Donwood Elementary and Princess Margaret. The younger students had played a part in the REC students' projects, which were...

German visitors teach and learn

Donwood Elementary & Chief Peguis Junior High
October 17, 2016
In the past few weeks, three German interns have been working with students in the English-German Bilingual Program at Donwood Elementary and Chief Peguis Junior High. The Grade 12 student interns visited from Essen, Germany, where they attend the Theodor-Heuß-Gymnasium. They led the younger students in a German culture project, which...

Dog House reopens at Bird’s Hill

Bird's Hill School
October 17, 2016
​ Bird's Hill School's Dog House canteen is open for business once again! The canteen, named in honour of the school's Bulldogs sports teams, is run by the same students who took on the initiative last year—a group of seven girls who are now in Grade 5. It will be open...

Sun Valley students get visit, seedlings

Sun Valley School
October 14, 2016
​ Some Sun Valley School students gathered in the school's music room on Oct. 14 for a special visit from Cathy Cox, MLA for River East and the minister of sustainable development (top photo, second from right). The province proclaimed October as Sustainability Month and Ms. Cox spoke with the students...

Families enjoy seasonal feast

Springfield Heights School
October 14, 2016
​ The gym at Springfield Heights School was filled with students, staff and families on Oct. 12, as the first seasonal community feast was held by RETSD's Aboriginal Academic Achievement (AAA) team to kick off the school year. Elder Ted Fontaine offered a feast blessing and a traditional drumming group from...

Students hit the field for flag football

Early Years Schools
October 12, 2016
​ Thankfully the snow held off as RETSD's 13th annual early years flag football tournament began on Oct. 12 at the Eastside Eagles Football Club field. Grade 4–6 students from schools across the division will bundle up and participate over the next three days in this event that is organized every...

RETSD staff model lifelong learning

River East Transcona Schools
October 11, 2016
​ On Oct. 7, RETSD students had the day off as staff from all 42 of our schools participated in a co-ordinated day of professional development. They met at nine divisional locations and had the choice of 36 different sessions to take part in, some of which were: Treaty Education K–8;...

Outdoor learning space officially opens

Bernie Wolfe Community School
October 06, 2016
​ Around 550 students and staff gathered outside at Bernie Wolfe Community School on Oct. 5 to honour and celebrate the official opening of the school's new outdoor learning space. The ceremony was led by Sherry Copenace, Elder advisor for the faculty of social work at the University of Manitoba. She...

RETSD marks Orange Shirt Day

River East Transcona Schools
September 30, 2016
Throughout Canada on Sept. 30, schools marked Orange Shirt Day, an annual event to honour residential school survivors. The colour was chosen because of the experience of survivor Phyllis Webstad, whose new orange shirt was stripped off her back the first day she arrived at a residential school, and symbolizes the...

SMP presents time capsule to police

Salisbury Morse Place School
September 30, 2016
Salisbury Morse Place School was honoured with a special visit from the Winnipeg Police Service on Sept. 29. SMP was fortunate to be randomly selected from schools across the city to decide on the contents of a time capsule that will go in the new police headquarters. Students chose items for...

RETSD bus drivers reach milestone

Transportation Department
September 29, 2016
​ Not many people can boast of having driven over 500,000 kilometres. And far fewer can say they've done so without a single accident—not a crash, bump, scrape or scratch. However, three of our fabulous team of bus drivers reached that mark this year and the RETSD transportation department recognized them...

REC hosts retreat for visiting students

River East Collegiate
September 21, 2016
​ This year, River East Collegiate is hosting six exchange students from Hamburg, Germany, and 19 international students from around the world. From Sept. 14–16, these international and exchange students joined some Canadian REC students to participate in a retreat-like outing at Camp Cedarwood in Lac du Bonnet. They enjoyed a...

Miles Mac marks Peace Days

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
September 20, 2016
​ Miles Macdonell Collegiate continued its tradition of welcoming interesting and engaging speakers to its school on Sept. 19, when it held a "United in Peace, Citizenship and Action" day in conjunction with the province's annual Peace Days, which run from Sept. 11–25. Students took in presentations by Yahya Samatar, a...

New outdoor space at Bernie Wolfe

Bernie Wolfe Community School
September 19, 2016
​ Bernie Wolfe Community School now has a beautiful new outdoor space with connections to Aboriginal culture, including a tipi structure, tables and seats, and an outdoor classroom painted with the four colours of the Medicine Wheel. An official celebration of its completion will be held Oct. 5, but in the...

KEC welcomes students from abroad

Kildonan-East Collegiate
September 19, 2016
​ Kildonan-East Collegiate is excited to welcome 18 international students for 2016–17! They have travelled from China, Vietnam, Germany, Spain, Peru, Mexico and Brazil to experience all the beauty of Canada. This year, RETSD has 100+ students from 20 different countries placed in nine of our schools; the youngest is in...

New teachers in RETSD

River East Transcona Schools
September 16, 2016
​ We didn't just welcome students back to school on Sept. 7. We also welcomed 49 new teachers who are taking their places in schools across the division. Katya Sokolowski, shown here, is one of 33 teachers who are in their first teaching position, while the remainder are experienced teachers who...

RU Buck Enuf?

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
September 16, 2016
​ Newly-arrived Grade 10 students at Miles Macdonell Collegiate got to know their school in a fun and creative way on Sept. 15, when the student council held their second annual "RU Buck Enuf?" event for the freshmen Buckeyes. It was a cross between The Amazing Race and Survivor, as teams...

Centenarian honoured for generosity

Transcona Collegiate
June 29, 2016
​ Transcona Collegiate hosted a very special guest during its graduation ceremonies on June 28 at North Kildonan Mennonite Church. Frances Kusner, who turned 100 this year, had a special front row seat at the ceremony and received a bouquet of flowers from principal Sandy Dzuba and RETSD board chair Colleen...

REC student receives prestigious award

River East Collegiate
June 29, 2016
​ Congratulations to River East Collegiate student Nicole Rogowsky, who was one of 54 exceptional young Manitobans presented with a Duke of Edinburgh Award by Prince Edward when he visited Winnipeg on June 22. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the world's leading achievement award for young people. Nicole spoke at this event...

Class of 2016

RETSD High Schools
June 28, 2016
​ Student council reps from RETSD's six high schools send their greetings to the Class of 2016. Click here  to view the video.

German Soccer Adventure Camp

English-German Bilingual Program
June 24, 2016
​ RETSD held its second annual German Soccer Adventure Camp from June 20–24, with coaches from Germany working with the English-German Bilingual Program students from Donwood Elementary School, Princess Margaret School and Chief Peguis Junior High School.

Harold Hatcher home to beautiful mural

Harold Hatcher Elementary School
June 24, 2016
​ Harold Hatcher Elementary School is home to a beautiful new mural. Students were fortunate to have the opportunity to work with muralist Annie Bergen who visited for three weeks in May as part of the Artists in the Schools Residency Program provided by the Manitoba Art Council. Ms. Bergen brainstormed with...

United Way Youth Day of Caring

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
June 23, 2016
​ Recently, a class taking global issues at Miles Macdonell Collegiate took part in the annual United Way Youth Day of Caring. Students spent the morning volunteering at a non-profit agency of their choice and in the afternoon they took a walking tour of the North End and worked collaboratively to come...

Students investigate, invent & innovate

John Henderson Junior High School
June 23, 2016
Grade 8 students from John Henderson Junior High School got especially creative recently, when they teamed up with The Learning Partnership to take part in a program called "Investigate! Invent! Innovate!" The Learning Partnership is a Canadian organization that collaborates with a wide variety of partners to support learning opportunities in...

Ukrainian banner presented to board

River East Transcona
June 23, 2016
​ Paulette Monita, president of Manitoba Parents for Ukrainian Education (MPUE), and Tami Kowal-Denisenko, MPUE vice-president, were on hand at the RETSD Board of Trustees meeting on June 21 to make a special presentation: a framed certificate that highlights the artwork created by students in English-Ukrainian bilingual programs in each school...

Drum presented on National Aboriginal Day

River East Transcona
June 22, 2016
​ The 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day took on special significance at the RETSD Board of Trustees meeting on June 21. The division's Aboriginal Academic Achievement (AAA) team and the division's Elder, Wanbdi Wakita, were on hand to present the board with the gift of a Powwow drum. Elder Wakita...

Women trustees honoured

River East Transcona
June 22, 2016
​ On June 17, board chair Colleen Carswell and trustee Eva Prysizney held an event to honour the women who have served as trustees in the many districts that have made up River East Transcona over the years. Thirteen former trustees and some relatives of those who have passed attended the...

New trustee sworn in

River East Transcona
June 22, 2016
​ The newest member of the RETSD Board of Trustees was sworn in at the board's June 21 meeting. Brianne Goertzen won a June 11 byelection and now joins Eva Prysizney in representing Ward 3. Board chair Colleen Carswell watches as trustee Goertzen signs the document that makes her trusteeship official. ...

Murdoch students visit Doors Open

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
June 17, 2016
​ A Grade 9 class from Murdoch MacKay Collegiate took time out of their weekend recently to take part in Doors Open Winnipeg . There are plenty of options on the tour, so they had to be selective. In these photos (clockwise from left), they're seen visiting Dalnavert Museum, the old...

KEC teacher wins culinary award

Kildonan-East Collegiate
June 16, 2016
​ Congratulations to Kildonan-East Collegiate culinary arts teacher Raymond Czayka, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Winnipeg branch of the Canadian Culinary Federation! The federation is an organization that represents chefs, cooks and hospitality suppliers in the Winnipeg area. If you're ever interested in getting a taste of what...

Miles Mac fishes for a cause

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
June 15, 2016
​On June 3, 24 students from the Miles Macdonell Angling Club braved high winds and rain to take part in the 7th annual Buckeyes Fishing for a Cure derby. The Miles Mac students caught, measured and released 32 fish during the derby—low numbers in comparison to past years, due to the...

BEG gets hot weather for annual event

Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary
June 15, 2016
​ Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary got hot, sunny weather for its annual walk-a-thon and field day on June 10, and the school was prepared with sprinklers and water guns to keep everyone cool. In the morning, the students took part in a fundraising walk-a-thon to support school activities, and in the...

Students visit Witness Blanket

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
June 13, 2016
​ Some Grade 12 Murdoch MacKay students, who are taking a course called Current Topics in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies , were able to catch the Witness Blanket project before it goes on tour. Click here  read about the Witness Blanket project.

Vote for Hampstead!

Hampstead School
June 13, 2016
Hampstead School has been chosen as one of five finalists for KidsVille 2016, a contest for $10,000 being held by 94.3 and QX104 FM. The money will go to an organization (or school!) that helps kids in the local community. Hampstead made a video about how they would use the money...

Bernie Wolfe washes and shines

Bernie Wolfe Community School
June 10, 2016
​Students at Bernie Wolfe Community School got some good weather for their annual car wash to raise funds for grad celebrations. Even some police officers stopped by to get their car shined up! Photos by Norbert Iwan

Murdoch students visit petroforms

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
June 09, 2016
Some Grade 12 students from Murdoch MacKay Collegiate visited Whiteshell Provincial Park on June 6 and took in the Bannock Point Petroforms. The petroforms are figures of snakes, turtles, humans and abstract patterns arranged on the bedrock. They're in a difficult-to-reach place that must be hiked to, and are estimated to...

‘Dog House’ opens at Bird’s Hill

Bird's Hill School
June 09, 2016
​ Bird's Hill School recently celebrated the grand opening of "The Dog House" canteen, complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The canteen was named in honour of the BHS Bulldogs sports teams. On the first day, the lineup of customers wound down the hallway! The school is very proud of the...

Miles Mac students share love of theatre

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
June 08, 2016
​T heatre students from Miles Macdonell Collegiate performed a children's play the other day for about 40 visiting grades 1 and 2 students from General Byng School in Winnipeg School Division. They wrote, directed and acted in this play and it was called Fairly Coloured Island.  After performing, they ran an...

Turning caterpillars into cash

Radisson School
June 03, 2016
Ellie, a seven-year-old student from Radisson School, attracted some media attention this week for her unique method of fundraising. Ellie is collecting and selling caterpillars! And for a good cause—to raise money for the homeless. She was interviewed by CTV about her initiative and when Virgin Radio deejay Ace Burpee heard...

Adult education students win awards

McLeod Adult Education Centre
June 03, 2016
​ Congratulations to Chris Galligan and Monica Cormack, students at RETSD's McLeod Adult Education Centre and winners in the 2016 Starr Writer's and Video Contest, held each year by the Adult Secondary Education Council of Manitoba. The competition is open to students attending adult learning programs in Manitoba and contestants submit...

Students take part in City Builders Camp

River East Collegiate
June 02, 2016
Cole Kostyra and Kyle Rak, both Grade 11 students at River East Collegiate, were chosen from numerous applicants to participate in a City Builders Camp organized by Urban Idea, a local group that was created to explore the relationship between the arts and city building. A faculty including artists, architects, a...

Miles Mac included on #MayorsDayOut

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
June 02, 2016
​ Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi were on a tour in Winnipeg on June 1 (see #MayorsDayOut on Twitter) and one stop on their schedule was Miles Macdonell Collegiate. Each of the mayors took a turn speaking to the students gathered in the theatre and touched on topics...

Fairy Tale Math at Dr. Hamilton

Dr. F.W.L. Hamilton School
May 31, 2016
Fairy Tale Math Day was a great day of fun and learning as students at Dr. F.W.L. Hamilton School enjoyed various fairy tale activities that reinforced math concepts they're learning in the classroom. This is their second year having Fairy Tale Math Day. This year, Dr. Hamilton incorporated even more technology...

Miles Mac holds discussion on refugee crisis

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
May 27, 2016
​ A group of distinguished guests visited Miles Macdonell Collegiate on May 25, when a panel discussion was organized by five International Baccalaureate students from the school—Sarahi Cruz Salazar, Marianna Pozdirca, Murtaza Jafri, Kathryn Flight and Jelynn Dela Cruz. The topic was the Syrian refugee crisis and each guest brought a...

MaryAnn Mihychuk visits Sun Valley

Sun Valley School
May 26, 2016
The leadership club at Sun Valley School gathered in the school's music room on May 24 for a special visit from MaryAnn Mihychuk, MP for Kildonan-St. Paul and the minister of employment, workforce development and labour. Ms. Mihychuk spoke with the group about leadership and being an MP, and answered questions...

A ‘Midsummer’ puppet show

Princess Margaret School & River East Collegiate
May 25, 2016
​ On May 24, Grade 9 students from Elizabeth Bourbonniere's class at River East Collegiate visited Arlene Merrick's Grade 2/3 class at Princess Margaret School to perform a puppet play of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.   The students had developed an adapted script from Shakespeare's original play and created puppets...

KEC student honoured by city

Kildonan-East Collegiate
May 24, 2016
​ Congratulations to KEC student Tyler Harper, who was chosen to receive a City of Winnipeg 2016 Youth Role Model Award! Tyler received his award at a gala event on May 19 at the RBC Convention Centre. Here he is with his parents and MLA Kevin Chief (top), and with Mayor...

Murdoch student honoured by city

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
May 24, 2016
​ Congratulations to Murdoch MacKay student Kyle Wittmeier, who was chosen to receive a City of Winnipeg 2016 Youth Role Model Award! Kyle received his award at a gala event on May 19 at the RBC Convention Centre.

Students spread environmental message

École Margaret-Underhill
May 24, 2016
​ On May 19, students from École Margaret-Underhill got to enjoy some of the spring sunshine that's finally come our way. They've been learning a lot about how to respect Mother Earth lately and they wanted to spread the news and find out from community members what they do to help...

ERP gears up for Rio 2016 Olympics

École Regent Park School
May 20, 2016
​ On May 18, École Regent Park School held the official ceremony for its Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which saw all of the students engaged, motivated and invested in the spirit of sportsmanship. It was a spectacular assembly.

True Sport lives in RETSD

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate & John W. Gunn Middle School
May 20, 2016
True Sport Lives Here Manitoba , an initiative aimed at responding to the negative public perception of sport, was launched in the province on May 17 and RETSD was there as one of seven organizations helping to get the organization off the ground. Creation of True Sport Lives Here...

Radisson receives very special letter

Radisson School
May 19, 2016
​ Students at Radisson School received a very special piece of mail recently—a signed letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau! One of the Grade 4 classes wrote letters to the prime minister in October 2015 to give their wishes to him as the country's new leader. He's been so busy that...

Fun in the sun at dance festival

Early Years Schools
May 19, 2016
​ A sea of children dressed in brightly coloured T-shirts dancing their hearts out in a park is not something you see every day. But in RETSD, that spectacle happens over the course of two days each May. When it's all over, 3,000 students have danced up a storm at the...

KEC student chosen for prestigious workshop

Kildonan-East Collegiate
May 18, 2016
​ Congratulations to Fatemeh Mirzai, a student at Kildonan-East Collegiate and one of only 25 students from across Canada chosen to attend a computer science workshop at the University of Waterloo from May 14–21. And Fatemeh excels at more than computers—she's currently maintaining 95 per cent in Grade 10 pre-calculus, despite...

REC student wins NUFSICISUM

River East Collegiate
May 18, 2016
Congratulations to James Klassen, a Grade 12 student at River East Collegiate, who is one of only five students from across Canada and the only student in Manitoba to receive a 2016 NUFSICISUM award. These awards are granted to youth who make a difference for music in their school and are...

Support worker receives national award

John G. Stewart School
May 16, 2016
​ Congratulations to Art Shaw for being chosen to receive the 2016 National Child and Youth Care Award from the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations. Mr. Shaw is a day treatment support worker from Knowles Centre who works out of John G. Stewart School. To read more about...

Sun Valley first stop for Big Daddy Tazz

Sun Valley School
May 13, 2016
​Local comedian Big Daddy Tazz made Sun Valley School his first stop on a tour of Winnipeg schools to spread a message to stop bullying. And he brought his new "NT Bullying Machine," a bright pink SUV, along for students to sign with markers as a pledge to not bully others....

REC fills out ‘Census at School’

River East Collegiate
May 13, 2016
​ Did you fill out your census? On May 10—the deadline day for the Canadian census—students at River East Collegiate participated in Census at School, an international online project that teaches students about statistics and census taking. The Census at School project began in the United Kingdom in 2000 and now...

Joseph Teres enters the Dragon’s Den

Joseph Teres School
May 10, 2016
​ Students from Joseph Teres School got to experience a kinder, gentler version of CBC's Dragon's Den on May 6, when they presented class-made products to three local business people—Trista Macfayden of Pepsico, Brian Hughes of Standard Aero Helicopter Division and David Zyla of Royal Bank of Canada. The students made...

International students volunteer at Siloam Mission

International Education Program
May 06, 2016
​Students from the RETSD International Education Program, along with Kildonan-East Collegiate educational assistant Nelia Resendes-Marques, regularly make a difference in our community through their volunteer work at Siloam Mission.  "Siloam Mission is a great personal experience that helps me see different spectra of living," says David Danhofer from Germany. "It allows...

KEC talents shine at mock wedding

Kildonan-East Collegiate
May 04, 2016
​Kildonan-East Collegiate students from a variety of programs got to show off their talents at the annual KEC "mock wedding" on May 2. The wedding took place at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory and the reception was held at KEC. The grooms are drama students and their drama classmates also portrayed roles...

Happy Ukrainian Easter!

English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program
May 04, 2016
​ Staff, students and parents from the English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program, along with guests, celebrated Ukrainian Easter at their annual traditional breakfast on May 3 at Springfield Heights School. Ukrainian Easter was on Sunday, May 1 this year. Students performed songs and dances, and a skit depicting a Ukrainian tradition called "Pouring...

Transcona schools celebrate Music Monday

Transcona-areas schools
May 03, 2016
​ May 2 was Music Monday, a national celebration of music and school music programs, and students from five schools gathered at Transcona Collegiate to celebrate the special day. Music students from Radisson, Bernie Wolfe, John W. Gunn, Westview and Joseph Teres all joined Transcona Collegiate band and choir students in...

Miles Mac students win eco-awards

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
May 03, 2016
​ Congratulations to Miles Macdonell Collegiate students Marianna Pozdirca and Madeline Mann for placing in the Top 10 at the Caring for Our Watersheds competition on April 30 at Oak Hammock Marsh.  Marianna took home second prize for her paper-reduction project and Madeline received sixth place for her idea of replacing one of...