April 8, 2009
SAINT-ANDRÉ (CNB) - The community schools movement is dedicating 150 more minutes to physical activity each week, Education Minister Kelly Lamrock announced today. Lamrock was attending the launch of the first structured ASSA (activités sportives et de santé animées) system at Régionale-de-Saint-André community school. These activities are in addition to time already spent on physical education.
"The health plan and the ASSA system being implemented by the francophone community schools are perfectly in keeping with our education plan, When Kids Come First, which encourages schools and their communities to play an important role in promoting an active, healthy lifestyle for students," said Lamrock. "It also fulfils Premier Graham's goal of giving every child 150 minutes of physical activity and education per week."
In 2007-08, Régionale-de-Saint-André community school in District 3 became the first school to set up the ASSA system. This year, the system is being piloted at different grade levels in the following nine community schools:
With the ASSA system, students perform 30 consecutive minutes of facilitated sports and health activities every day. Through this initiative, participating francophone community schools are helping improve the overall health of all students, as well as fostering their team spirit, sense of responsibility, leadership skills, and the desire to do their best.
"Régionale-de-Saint-André community school is very proud to have set up a health plan and ASSA system directly linked with the curriculum," said school principal Danielle Cyr-Poitrais. "These initiatives have been developed in co-operation with our community so that we can work together to improve the health of our children and families."
There are now 16 francophone community schools supported by the Department of Education.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of francophone community schools follows. MEDIA CONTACT: Johanne Le Blanc, Communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4714.
List of francophone community schools
École Samuel-de-Champlain, 211 Mill St., Moncton
École Abbey-Landry, 432 Centrale St., Memramcook
École Arc-en-ciel, 95 Drummond Dr., Oromocto
Régionale-de-Saint-André, 477 De l'Église St., Saint-André
École Ernest-Lang, 13 Bellevue St., Saint-François
École Saint-Joseph, 562 Toussaint Rd., Saint-Joseph
École La Croisée, 1341 Robertville Rd., Robertville
École Carrefour-Étudiant, 795 De l'École St., Beresford
Polyvalente Roland-Pépin, 45A Du Village St., Campbellton
École L'Escale-des-jeunes, 2930 Morais St., Bas-Caraquet
Centre scolaire communautaire La Fontaine, 700 Principale St., Neguac
École Terre-des-jeunes, 1191 Des Fondateurs St., Paquetville
Polyvalente Louis-Mailloux, 30 Cormier St., Caraquet
École Régionale de Baie-Sainte-Anne, 5362 Route 117, Baie-Sainte-Anne
École Blanche-Bourgeois, 29 Cocagne Cross Rd., Cocagne
École Soleil Levant, 45 Morgan St., Richibucto