St. Louis School Sets Forth on New Direction

St. Louis School Sets Forth on Exciting New Direction
Posted on 06/19/2020
Girl looks into planter boxThe St. Louis School community is excited to announce that starting this fall they will be moving forward with new programming as they begin the journey of becoming a Living Arts School.

St. Louis School has long been recognized in Keewatin and Kenora for its commitment to the arts, having a strong relationship with the local community, as well as an outstanding academic history. With a staff that is passionate about creating a vibrant school life and who are open to bringing current practices and ideals into a fuller fruition, the seeds have already been sown for this new direction.

Moving forward with the Living Arts School designation means families can expect comprehensive and creative programming in art and design, food sciences, gardening and animal care, performance arts, instrumental music, traditional crafts, outdoor education, and much more.

Curriculum will be boldly brought to life through rich experiences, which would be carefully planned and sequenced to align with grade-level expectations. Specific experiences would be offered in each grade in order to increase complexity and avoid repetition. For example, in Preserving, a Grade One Class might dehydrate fruit, while a Grade Six Class may harvest wild rice.

Specific blocks of time will be dedicated to these experiences and months will have different themes, September being "Harvest" with experiences in preserving, soap making and baking using different grains; while March will be "Building", with learning opportunities in woodworking, pottery and building shelters.

The school will be accessible to groups and individuals who want to offer workshops and classes which embrace the culture of a Living Arts School. One classroom will be designated as the “Community Classroom” and would be designed and furnished to be suitable for Living Arts learning opportunities for the local community - for adults, seniors and children.

St. Louis School will continue to be a vibrant learning community, where experiences and opportunities are available for all ages. By engaging in this way of learning and being, our students actively live the Catholic Graduate Expectations.

Principal of St. Louis School Maureen Frankcom
“We are enriching the already strong academic focus of St. Louis School, by embracing a call to responsive education, one where our students learn through experiential opportunities. Our students already benefit from our community partnerships through the Down to Earth Nature Club, our Learning Festival, and our Catholic partnerships. This vision, the Living Arts School, is the embracing of the Catholic Graduate Expectations and Catholic Social Teachings; is a commitment to Ecological education; and is the embodiment of high academic standards and relevant, engaging learning opportunities.”

“I am excited by the opportunities that this provides to all of our students. Our staff is united in the belief that the St. Louis Living Arts School is a community school in which each staff member sees him or herself as a leader, and that the focus on the Living Arts will ensure that every student sees him or herself in the learning.”

Karen Smith, teacher at St. Louis School
“St. Louis School has always been like one big family. The sense of community here is felt by everyone through the loving and supportive nature of the staff, students, and families. Bringing a Living Arts curriculum to St. Louis will only deepen this sense of community by inviting even more people to be a part of our family; whether it is volunteers, parents, or special interest clubs, I want students to understand that learning occurs through everyone they meet and we all have something to learn from one another. I feel like we have always been a unique school that focuses on being “real” in the sense of allowing students to be themselves, allowing them to discover and strengthen their God-given gifts, and allowing them to work with their head, heart, and hands. I pray our school continues to be one of love, community, and inquiry as we move in this new direction.”
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