At École Centrale, students are encouraged to participate in learning the French language and culture through daily classroom activities and announcements, as well as by participating in assemblies, clubs, choirs and other school activities. Students are also involved in school fundraising, as well as yearly fundraising campaigns for the Terry Fox Foundation and United Way(see the Projects section of this website).
Kindergarten students have two scheduled periods of P.E. per cycle. Grade 1 to 4 students have four scheduled periods of P.E. per cycle. This is in accordance of Manitoba Education standards. Students have the opportunity to enhance their physical activity throughout the year by participating in intramurals or after school clubs.
Students in Grades 1-4 receive two scheduled music classes per cycle, and each grade has one choir period each cycle. In addition, the music teacher offers a lunch-time choir for students in Grades 3 and 4 who love to sing. The choir works towards presentations at assemblies, concerts and community events.
Every year in our library, we hold a book fair as an opportunity for students, parents and staff to shop for Scholastic Books in person. The book sale is a fundraiser for the library.
Each year, all students in Grade 1-4 are divided amongst 15-17 "family groups," which are multi-age groupings of students, who are assigned to an adult staff member. Kindergarten students are added to the families in January of each school year. These family groups are utilized mainly during indoor recess time.
At École Centrale, we have an assembly every two weeks alternating between morning and afternoon. We sing O Canada, listen to the message of the week, hear from our gym and music specialists about the week’s activities. Special assemblies such as Thanksgiving Day and Remembrance Day are marked with special presentations by individual students, groups, classrooms, and of course, the choir. An Assembly for the Grade 4 Farewell in June always includes a special presentation by the departing Grade 4 students.
Field trips provide students with experiences outside their everyday activities. Each grade level will take at least one curriculum-connected field trip each year. Each grade level also takes one end-of year fun outing, with transportation subsidized by the École Centrale School Community Council.
Lunch monitors are Grade 4 students assisting lunch supervisors in their work.
École Centrale has an active bus patrol program, co-ordinated by a Grade 4 teacher. Patrols are trained by the transportation department to assist our students on and off the bus.
From time to time, students of École Centrale have the opportunity to perform in public, such as choir performances at seniors homes at Christmas, at Kildonan Place for Christmas or Remembrance Day. All Public Performances require a parent permission form, and involve reviewing students’ media clearance form for pictures or television recordings of public performances.
A leadership program is provided for our Grade 4 students by the Physical Education teacher. Grade 4 leaders learn to referee sports activities for the younger grades, supervise recess activities, help the Physical Education teacher in his office and in the storage area for grade level activities. Leadership students also serve as meeters and greeters when the public is invited to École Centrale, such as on election days.
Grade 4 Farewell / Au revoir les quatrièmes
A Grade 4 Farewell assembly is held at the end of June each year. Parents and family members are invited to join their grade 4 graduates, and a reception with light snacks is held in the library following the assembly.