Yearly Archive: 2012

Dec 31

Chris Smeaton

Not another New Year’s resolution

You can probably tell from the title that I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. It really doesn’t make sense to me to wait until the beginning of a new year to change some aspect of your life. Why is January 1st so important? Didn’t we want to have a healthier lifestyle, lose weight, …

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Dec 16

Chris Smeaton

A Different Christmas Message

The weeks leading up to the Christmas vacation are always hectic but extremely enjoyable. I’m in schools for Advent celebrations, Christmas concerts and far too many turkey dinners! It is heartwarming to see so many children (and staff) excited about this season. I recognize and can appreciate the tiredness in the adults’ eyes knowing full well …

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Dec 01

Chris Smeaton

From the Desk of the Superintendent- December 2012

November is a busy month for senior administration and the Board of Trustees with a number of local and provincial meetings. Catholic Superintendents get together for two days of meetings to discuss issues directly related to Catholic education. I welcome the opportunity to connect with my colleagues from around the province and engage in some …

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Nov 25

Chris Smeaton

Perspective!

Yesterday, I hit the gym as I’ve already put some pre-Christmas weight on and was feeling a little disappointed in myself. While riding a stationary bike, I noticed a young mother pull into the parking lot, get out of her car, into her wheelchair and then unload two small children. Perspective! Often my exercise regime …

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Nov 21

Chris Smeaton

Maintaining the status quo is falling behind!

Alberta continues to be recognized as one of the best educational systems in the English speaking world. Parental choice, high-quality teaching, centralized curriculum and significant government funding are examples of the many reasons for this recognition. Given that, it may be surprising to many of our public that Alberta Education and local divisions continue to …

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Nov 11

Chris Smeaton

Building a strong school community

There is an old saying, “It takes a community to raise a child” but what happens when the community in unable to do so? Unfortunately, I think many of our communities regardless of their location either cannot or worse choose not to be part of raising our children. Therefore, it is critical that we develop strong …

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Nov 04

Chris Smeaton

Playing at the outer boundaries!

A couple of weeks ago, Holy Spirit Catholic Schools hosted our annual division-wide professional development day that showcased many of our own teachers leading sessions and also included an open spaces concept. This year I offered both a morning and afternoon session entitled, “A Conversation with the Superintendent- Let’s talk about transformation!” It was an opportunity to share my …

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Nov 04

Chris Smeaton

From the Desk of the Superintendent- Catholic Education Sunday 2012

The following message was provided at each mass this weekend to celebrate Catholic Education Sunday 2012 in Holy Spirit Catholic Schools. Holy Spirit is a regional division that serves students in Coaldale, Lethbridge, Picture Butte, Pincher Creek, Taber, and surrounding areas.  Today, we celebrate Catholic Education Sunday.  Each year we set aside this special day …

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Oct 31

Chris Smeaton

From the Desk of the Superintendent- November 2012

The month of October always brings about the organizational meeting for the board. At this meeting, both the board chair and vice chair are selected and committee representation is decided. I am pleased to announce that Sandra Dufresne was acclaimed Board Chair and Terry O’Donnell was acclaimed Vice Chair. Both Sandra and Terry have demonstrated …

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