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Joseph Teres unveils new play structure

Joseph Teres School
September 09, 2020
Just in time for the start of the school year, and after years of hard work by the Joseph Teres PAC, the school unveiled their new play structure on August 31. MLA James Teitsma and city councillor Shawn Nason were on hand to celebrate the moment with the JT PAC and principal Arlis...

Winnipeg Harvest Fundraiser

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
June 22, 2020
​ Kudos to the automotive technology students at Murdoch MacKay Collegiate. They worked hard to restore a 2005 Mitsubishi Endeavor, which was then raffled off to raise money for Winnipeg Harvest. They raised $4,375! Pictured are the automotive tech students and teacher Lucas MacIntosh delivering the donation to Winnipeg Harvest.

Reverse Parade

École Neil Campbell School
June 03, 2020
​ École Neil Campbell School got some beautiful weather for their successful “Reverse Parade,” held on May 22. In this parade, the school staff stood on the sidewalk in front of the school while students and families drove by in their cars, waving and honking. It was nonstop cars for 30...

Canadian Concours d'art Oratoire

Kildonan-East Collegiate
June 03, 2020
​ Congratulations to Emily Kruk—a Grade 10 student at Kildonan-East Collegiate—on winning first place in the Grade 10 Core French Division of the Canadian Concours d'art Oratoire virtual contest. The title of the contest was "Ma vie Face au COVID-19" and students created 3–5-minute videos talking about how life has changed,...

Manitoba-Germany Exchange celebrates 40th anniversary

English-German Bilingual Program
June 02, 2020
The 2018/19 Manitoba-Germany Exchange students from Manitoba head off to Germany for three months of living in their exchange partners' homes.
By Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe
For the first time in the Manitoba-Germany Exchange's 40 years of existence, Canadian students will not be able to reunite with their exchange partners in Germany...

Boomerang Project

Transcona Collegiate
June 01, 2020
​ Woodworking students from Transcona Collegiate created boomerangs out of plywood using a Larken CNC router. The students then had to shape and decorate the boomerangs, and share videos of themselves testing it. As one teacher pointed out, it's a great COVID-appropriate pastime—a one-person game of catch!

Parade & Food Drive

École Margaret-Underhill
May 22, 2020
​ On Wednesday  the École Margaret-Underhill staff completed a 2.5-hour parade for the kiddos of their school.  They also did a food drive for Transcona Food Bank. They collected two truck boxes full! Enough to make 30 hampers for families of their community.  It was such an emotional experience, knowing that...

Schulich Leader

Collège Miles Macdonell Collegiate
May 20, 2020
​ Congratulations to Shubhneet Thind from Collège Miles Macdonell Collegiate on being selected to be a Schulich Leader at the University of Manitoba, winning $80,000 in scholarship funding! Shubhneet is now part of an esteemed network of national STEM scholars at one of Canada's leading universities. Way to go! 

Home Woods Projects

River East Collegiate
April 30, 2020
​ What a great way to make use of time at home – learning AND sprucing up the house! Braeden, a student at River East Collegiate, has completed several projects at home and used them for credit in Woods class. He finished some baseboards, built two workbenches (one for the garage...

Wolf TV

Arthur Day Middle School
April 24, 2020
​ A big RETSD shout out to the staff at Arthur Day Middle School who put on a weekly show called Wolf TV that keeps the students, staff, and community connected. The staff have been producing two to three shows per week with announcements, local celebrity shout outs, interactive games, kindness/respect challenges,...

Students Chat with Stratford Director

River East Collegiate
April 20, 2020
​ Last week, River East Collegiate drama students were fortunate to have the opportunity to take part in a video conference led by the Stratford Festival's production director, Simon Marsden (pictured). Mr. Marsden has been the production director not only in Stratford, Ontario, but also in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Also participating were...

Student Receives Humanitarian Award

John Pritchard School
April 17, 2020
​ Congratulations to Jessica Kakeeway-Catcheway, recipient of a Youth Humanitarian Award from the Manitoba Teachers' Society. Jessica is a Grade 4 student at John Pritchard and her teacher Katie Goossen nominated her for organizing a bake sale to support the school's breakfast program.  Jessica's class was learning about the UN's Sustainable...

Virtual Drum Circle

Indigenous Academic Achievement
April 17, 2020
​ RETSD's Indigenous Academic Achievement (IAA) team is inviting students to participate in a virtual drum circle with Lisa Aymont Hunter, Ishkode Obimiwidoon/Indigenous Community Networker. These drum circles will occur every Friday at noon via Microsoft TEAMS.
During the virtual drum circles, Ms. Aymont Hunter will share Indigenous stories and lead...

Nutrition Program

Valley Gardens Middle School
April 15, 2020
​ Valley Gardens Middle School officially started a Nutrition Program to support students and families during this challenging time.  Students and families can pick up food on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. at Valley Gardens; if they are unable to come to the school VG will drop it off at...

Poetry In Voice

Kildonan-East Collegiate
March 13, 2020
​Congratulations to the team from Kildonan-East Collegiate who earned first place in the regional Poetry in Voice competition!  Mariam-Jenlex Bockarie, Sydney Bear, and Makayla Estabrooks competed against seven other teams from schools around the province and it's the second year in a row KEC came out on top.
Poetry in Voice...

Black History Month

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
March 12, 2020
​ Murdoch MacKay Collegiate held a series of events in February to celebrate Black History Month, and one student stood out as a leader—Julleyne Sewell. Julleyne organized an incredible cultural feast for the BHM committee and community of Murdoch, assorted trivia and games, and a movie and discussion week for all...

Jazz Band Festival Award

Transcona Collegiate
March 11, 2020
​ Congratulations to the Transcona Collegiate jazz band directed by Dan Steinhilber (front left). They were presented with the Jazz Band Festival Award by the Manitoba Band Association. The award is presented in recognition of exemplary performance, mature on and off stage presence, commitment to the festival, and the development of...

Human Library

Bird's Hill School
March 11, 2020
​ Recently, Bird’s Hill School held a "human library" to wrap up I Love to Read month. Special presentations included an Indigenous drum group from Transcona Collegiate, iReuse2, the East St. Paul and Winnipeg Fire Departments, the Winnipeg Police, a smudge led by students and staff, 204 Parkour, a fitness instructor,...

Indigenous Learning

École Neil Campbell School
March 10, 2020
​ This year, École Neil Campbell School has been working with the division’s Indigenous Academic Education staff to increase knowledge about the importance of treaties. After some very purposeful teaching, every student in the school created their own treaty medal and students in every classroom collaborated to create their own classroom treaty....

I Love to Read Month

​École Neil Campbell School
March 09, 2020
​ École Neil Campbell School was a busy place throughout the month of February for I Love to Read Month. Some of their many guests included: Constable Boileau from the Winnipeg Police, an officer from the Canadian military, world champion curler Reid Carruthers, and Les Régnier—The Régnier family (the official family of...

Students Meet Bill Nye

Transcona Collegiate
March 06, 2020
Recently, four students from Ms. Buffie's science class at Transcona Collegiate took part in a contest that led to them meeting BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY!  They created a video on climate change and submitted it to a contest called Take 3 for Climate Justice. They won! As a result, they and...

Keeping Markers Out of Landfills

École Salisbury Morse Place School
March 06, 2020
​ Used up markers are getting a second life thanks to Ms. Burnett's Grade 1/2 class at École Salisbury Morse Place School. The students are collecting them to be recycled by Crayola's Color Cycle program, which saves them from the landfill and turns them into shingles, asphalt, and even electricity. The...

Looking After Our Earth

Angus McKay School
March 06, 2020
​ We'd like to give a shout out Ms. McFarlane's Grade 1 class at Angus McKay School—especially three enterprising students.  They were concerned about the Styrofoam trays they noticed the parent council was using for their Christmas bake sale. So, they did some research and found a company called Canada Green...

Chief Peguis 50th Anniversary

Chief Peguis Middle School
March 03, 2020

Yes I Can! Awards

River East Transcona School Division
February 28, 2020
​ Congratulations to the RETSD students and employees honoured by the Manitoba Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) at their annual Yes I Can! awards ceremony last week.
The awards acknowledge the achievements of children and youth with disabilities and encourage them to seek their highest potential. They were presented to: Joey...

Students Pitch Housing Ideas

École Munroe Middle School
February 27, 2020
​ Over the past month, the Grade 7 students at École Munroe Middle School have been focused and working on the challenge of the homeless housing situation in Winnipeg. They’ve been studying the needs of the homeless, as well as the other stakeholders involved. On February 25, they pitched the prototype...

DJ Visits Former School

Joseph Teres School
February 25, 2020
​ Joseph Teres School was visited by a radio DJ recently for I Love to Read Month—one who is a former student!  Tyler Magnaye, the afternoon drive announcer at Virgin 103.1, stopped by to read students the book "Giraffe and Bird" by Canadian author Rebecca Bender. He also talked to the...

Snow Sculptures

Collège Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau
February 21, 2020
​ As part of a Grade 9 cross-curricula project at Collège Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau, students selected an object that symbolized the origins of Manitoba in celebration of its 150th birthday and sculpted it in snow.  In social studies, the students needed to connect their object to Indigenous roots. In math, the students needed...

Raising Funds for Australian Wildlife

Angus McKay School
February 10, 2020
​Grade 1 and 4 students at Angus McKay School have been busy making and selling miniature clay koalas to help the animals of Australia affected by the devastating bush fires. The students were inspired by a six-year-old boy from the USA named Owen Colley. When Owen heard of the bush fires,...

Game Jam

Kildonan-East Collegiate
February 05, 2020
​ Recently, Kildonan-East Collegiate students took part in the GameOn 2020 Game Jam. A game jam is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games within a short span of time. The challenge was to take an incomplete space game and finish a...

Reading Takes Flight

Donwood Elementary School
February 05, 2020
​ Ms. Amy Northcliffe's Grade 1 class at Donwood Elementary School got a wonderful surprise on February 3 when they were visited by three Jets players—Anthony Bitetto, Cameron Schilling, and Jansen Harkins—who read "Whiteout: A Winnipeg Jets Story" to the class. The students earned the visit by entering a video in the...

Sigmund Brouwer Visits

Arthur Day Middle School
February 04, 2020
​ Arthur Day Middle School kicked off I Love to Read Month with an incredible presentation by author Sigmund Brouwer, whose novel Dead Man's Switch won the Arthur Ellis Award for Canada's best young adult mystery of the year. Brouwer has over 100 titles & 4 million books in print.

Indigenous Use of Bison

Bernie Wolfe Community School
January 31, 2020
Students in Ms. Bobychuk's class at Bernie Wolfe Community School learned all about the importance of the bison to the Cree, Oji-Cree, Ojibwa, Anishinaabe, and Dene people living in the Plains. They had a hands-on experience as they looked at the parts of a bison, and tried to figure out what...

Literacy Project

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate & Harold Hatcher Elementary School
January 28, 2020
​ Some Murdoch MacKay Collegiate students visited Harold Hatcher Elementary School recently to engage the younger children as part of a literacy project for their Grade 12 English class.
The Murdoch students were paired up with the younger students and read stories to them they had written. They had to plot...

Soup-y Sale

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
January 27, 2020
​ Recently, students from Miles Macdonell Collegiate's ESD committee (Education for Sustainable Development) held a delicious fundraiser. They sold homemade soup prepared from vegetables grown in their school garden, frozen after the harvest. In order to encourage sustainable habits, staff and students who brought their own bowls received a discount and...

Valentines for Veterans

Angus McKay School
January 27, 2020
C lasses at Angus McKay School have been busy preparing Valentine cards to share with veterans through the Valentines for Veterans initiative. They're hoping they can bring cheer to veterans across the country this Valentine's Day by letting them know they're appreciated. If you're interested in joining them, information can be...

Kolyada Celebration

English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program
January 24, 2020
These beautiful photos were taken at a celebration of Kolyada on January 23 at Bernie Wolfe Community School. Students, dressed in their Ukrainian cultural costumes, performed for family, friends, and special guests, and everyone enjoyed a meal together. The students taking part are in the division's English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program. (Photos by: Norbert...

Building & Coding Robots

Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary
January 16, 2020
​ Some Grade 5 students from Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary built a k8 modular robot all by themselves! They're now working on coding their micro:bit to control it. Teacher Chelsey Doerksen said the amount of independence and problem-solving that came out of this small group was incredible to see.

A Great Way to Start the Day

Murdoch McKay Collegiate
January 15, 2020
This morning, individualized students and staff served up delicious, free oatmeal with a variety of toppings to the folks at Murdoch McKay Collegiate. What a great way to start the day!

Wheelchair Basketball

River East Collegiate
January 13, 2020
​ Last week, the phys-ed staff at River East Collegiate ran a wheelchair basketball unit at their school. Students had an opportunity to learn just how difficult the sport really is! 

'Auntie Gwen' a Hit with Students

Sun Valley School
January 10, 2020
​ "Auntie Gwen" Sharp has been volunteering at Sun Valley School since 2014, and now helps with the Face to Face program—volunteers drop in to listen as Grades 1–5 students read aloud. Teachers have seen measurable growth in reading skills, social skills, and student confidence as a result. Mrs. Sharp is...

School Patrols in the Santa Claus Parade

Sherwood School
November 19, 2019
​ Students from Sherwood School's dedicated school patrol team, along with supervisor Kendra Borgford, were invited to ride the CAA Manitoba float and represent Winnipeg's School Patrols on Saturday, Nov. 16th during the Santa Claus Parade. 

KEC Culinary Program Hosting Christmas Luncheon & Featured in Herald

Kildonan-East Collegiate
October 31, 2019
​ The KEC culinary program will be hosting a Christmas gourmet luncheon on December 12 2019.
You can view the menu here. The program was also featured in this months edition of the Herald.
you can view the
article here. ...

Mountain Bike Club

Joseph Teres & Westview Schools
October 03, 2019
​ Two RETSD schools united to hit the trails with their bikes and their enthusiasm. Teacher David Markham from Joseph Teres School and teacher Patricia Tomczyk from Westview School (a former student of Mr. Markham) are leading staff, students, and their families in a mountain bike club.
Mr. Markham started the...

Orange Shirt Day

River East Transcona School Division
October 03, 2019
Schools throughout RETSD observed Orange Shirt Day with a variety of activities and ceremonies on top of the learning they did about residentials schools and their impact on Indigenous communities. Here's a roundup of just a few.
Bird's Hill School Last week, Bird's Hill students read several stories to learn about...

Golf Team Wins Provincials Again

Kildonan-East Collegiate
September 25, 2019
​ Congratulations to the Kildonan-East Collegiate boys golf team—coached by teacher Karl Zborowsky—on winning the provincial golf championship for the second time in a row! Wow, well done, guys. On the phone (above the banner) is their former coach and teacher, Curt Bauer, who FaceTimed with them to be in the...

School Support Staff Recognition Week

River East Transcona School Division
September 23, 2019
​ September 23–27, 2019, is School Support Staff Recognition Week! There are a lot of people who make the education of our students possible—among others, custodians, bus drivers, mechanics, educational assistants, clerks, library technicians, maintenance staff, community connectors, IT and AV technicians, attendance and safety officers, couriers, and food service workers....

Annual Cross-Country Races

Early & Middle Years Schools
September 20, 2019
​ RETSD held the first of its annual cross-country races for Grades 6–8 at Harbourview Park. The students had a great time and really worked hard. There are still races scheduled at Bird's Hill Park in the coming weeks for another Grade 6–8 group, as well as Grade 3–5 students. Best...

Student Council Retreat

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
September 18, 2019
​ On Sept. 9–10, 52 new and returning members of the Miles Macdonell Collegiate student council group spent time at their annual Camp Arnes retreat. Students worked on team-building, leadership skills, and goal-setting for the coming school year. It was fun, purposeful, and developed a sense of community.

Mayor's Youth Advisory Council

River East Collegiate
September 17, 2019
​ Congratulations to Alex Smolianytskyi, a Grade 10 student at River East Collegiate, on being selected to be a part of the mayor's Youth Advisory Council! The Youth Advisory Council is a resource to the mayor and ensures youth voices in Winnipeg are heard. Council members have the chance to give...

First Place at Concours Nationals

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
September 16, 2019
A belated congratulations to Shubhneet Thind from Miles Macdonell Collegiate, who— after winning a gold medal at the Manitoba Concours d'art oratoire (French competition)— went on to win FIRST PLACE in Level 1 at the national finals in Ottawa in June. Well done!

Vegetable Bounty in Schoolyard

Sherwood School
September 16, 2019
​ Sherwood School had a vegetable bounty in their schoolyard over the past few months, thanks to the hard work done by students and staff.  They grew tomatoes, basil, eggplant, leeks, onions, parsley, lemon balm, Buckingham yellow zucchini, potatoes, and two sunflowers.  Though much of the produce was used by families...

Embroidery Workshop

Angus McKay School
June 27, 2019
​ Recently, Grade 5 girls at Angus McKay School were led through an embroidery workshop with Toronto Art Therapy Institute student Rebecca Epp. The aim was to build self-confidence and self-esteem, and educate participants in mental health practices, mindfulness, and social awareness.
Through learning the slow art form of embroidery, the girls were...

Teacher Wins Rick Hansen Award

Munroe Junior High School
June 25, 2019
​ Congratulations to Tyler Bargen, a teacher at Munroe Junior High School, who was chosen to receive a prestigious award from the Rick Hansen Foundation — he's been recognized as one of only four Educator Difference Makers of the Year from across Canada!  Tyler set up a week of activities at...