Monthly Archive: December 2014

Dec 31

Chris Smeaton

The Benefits of the Education System in Alberta

The following article was written for and published in the Lethbridge Journal on August 31, 2012. In Alberta, Catholic Education is publicly funded. This has been a constitutional right in Alberta since 1905. This same right is also provided in Ontario and Saskatchewan. For parents and families coming from locations where Catholic Education is not fully …

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Dec 29

Chris Smeaton

Why curriculum needs to change!

This will likely be my last post for 2014 so, I might as well go out with the proverbial bang and talk about the need to update, modernize, enhance or simply “slash: the current curriculum. It has served us relatively well in a knowledge economy but knowledge is easily attained and we now live in an innovation economy. In …

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Dec 16

Chris Smeaton

From the Desk of the Superintendent- Christmas Message 2014

The Christmas season is just around the corner. Friday, the 19th of December will mark the last day of work for many in the education system. Two glorious weeks of holidays are like a reward, a short reprieve from the lightning paced life we’ve experienced since the beginning of the school year. It may seem like a …

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Dec 07

Chris Smeaton

From the Desk of the Superintendent- Continuous Improvement Plan Reviews

This past week, over an intense 3-day period, members of senior administration and I visited all fourteen schools in the division to review continuous improvement plans (CIPs). This process occurs every 6-7 weeks and allows senior administration an in-depth view of the work occurring in the schools. It may sound a little intimidating (3-6 senior administrators descending …

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Dec 06

Chris Smeaton

The gift of giving

Once a week, the Lethbridge Herald publishes a column written by a superintendent of one of five school jurisdictions in the Lethbridge area. This week’s column is authored by Chris Smeaton, Superintendent for Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4 and was published on December 3, 2014. Now that we’ve hit December, experienced …

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