Yearly Archive: 2015

Dec 30

Chris Smeaton

Will you open the door?

It is pretty easy these days to initiate a conversation or more accurately an argument by simply bringing up the Syrian Refugee crisis. Very quickly there are two polar opposite camps that debate, why we should or why we should not. Some will contend that it is simply the right thing to do while others, will …

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Dec 13

Chris Smeaton

Making the decision on international travel

Board Policy #10- Board Delegation of Authority states the following: The Superintendent has been delegated the authority to approve out-of-province and international field trips. This means that at the end of the day, it is me who decides whether field trips abroad are allowed or not. It is irrelevant to debate whether this is right …

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Dec 03

Chris Smeaton

Team Lethbridge 2015

The following article was published in the Lethbridge Herald on December 02, 2015. Last week, I travelled to Edmonton to participate in Team Lethbridge. Holy Spirit is one of 19 diverse partner organizations that make up the membership of Team Lethbridge. Every two years, the group organizes a “mission” to Edmonton to meet with MLAs, …

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Dec 02

Chris Smeaton

From the Desk of the Superintendent- December 2015

Three months of school complete and less than three weeks before Christmas vacation. It always amazes me on how quickly the school year passes. Each month I read in the newsletters about the many activities that occur in our schools and the tremendous learning opportunities afforded to our students. I continue to be very grateful for …

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Nov 22

Chris Smeaton

Vimy Ridge Tour: A journey not just an event!

It has been over a week now since I returned home from France. Given that I was in Paris during the terrorist attacks, most of my conversations and interviews have been about my experiences around those events. Lost in many ways, was the purpose for my trip to France. In 2017, we will celebrate the …

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Nov 01

Chris Smeaton

From the Desk of the Superintendent- November 2015

Happy Catholic Education Sunday! I hope you appreciated the message that was read at masses in our local parishes today. It was written to inform our parishioners, many of whom have no direct connection with education, of the many successes of our division but, it also carried a slightly political message. While I do not believe …

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Nov 01

Chris Smeaton

Catholic Education Sunday 2015

Below you will find the message read at all masses this weekend celebrating Catholic Education Sunday. Holy Spirit is a regional division that serves students in Bow Island, Coaldale, Lethbridge, Picture Butte, Pincher Creek, Taber, and surrounding communities.  Today, we celebrate Catholic Education Sunday.  Each year we set aside this special day to celebrate the …

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Oct 21

Chris Smeaton

Getting to Excellent

The following post was published in the Lethbridge Herald on October 21, 2015. Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the University of Lethbridge’s Scholarship Breakfast, featuring John Herdman, head coach of the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team, as the guest speaker. His message focused on the ability to get to excellent and, although it …

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Oct 12

Chris Smeaton

FNMI Success

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the 1st annual First Nations, Metis & Inuit Education Symposium in Edmonton. The conference theme was Listening, Understanding and Moving Forward Together. Our Division sent a team of 10 including two of our highly respected elders. It should come as no surprise that a central theme to the symposium was …

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Oct 04

Chris Smeaton

Edcamp: A conversation on learning

A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of opening #edcampPSD at Greystone Centennial Middle School in Spruce Grove. While those who know me, understand it is easy for me to talk in front of groups, it was a little intimidating speaking in the infamous George Couros territory and having Discover Education guru Dean …

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