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Flying Bob Turns School into a Circus


From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

Kindergarten to Grade 5 students from St. Martin de Porres School spent the week of March 18-22 immersed in learning the special talents of circus performers.  “Flying Bob,” a local circus performer and his assistant Aton spent the week teaching students an assortment of activities related to circus performances.

Students learned how to juggle, walk a tight line, walk on stilts, diablo, peacock feather balances, spinning plates, etc. Flying Bob and Anton helped encourage students develop a growth mindset through taking chances and performing in front of each other. Students understand that the circus is a process and a place where they can always learn new skills.

“As a Catholic Fine Arts School we are passionate about providing a variety of unique fine arts experiences for our students. The circus residency has allowed our students to reflect humanness and sacramentality as they have journeyed through this new learning experience and have been given the opportunity to share their newfound God-given gifts and talents. What has been most poignant throughout the residency has been that students and staff have actively supported and celebrated the arts with each other throughout this whole week,” said Kristie McCullough, Assistant Principal at St. Martin de Porres School.

The culminating performance today was thrilling for parents and special guests to watch. Each grade performed at separate times throughout the day on March 22.


St. Martin de Porres School serves over 250 Kindergarten to Grade 5 students in Red Deer with a fine-arts focus. As a learning institution, the St. Martin de Porres School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.


High school students to unveil their sea-can house next week



The Design Studies, Building Opportunities and Landscape Design classes have been working together to design and construct a 40 foot sea-can house. On Tuesday, June 11 from 12:45 – 2:00 p.m. École Secondaire Notre Dame High School will host an open house in the learning commons to showcase the Design Studies 20/30 student work of the semester.

Working with professionals in the industry, the Design Studies students have been drafting layouts and building models of the sea-can house, while learning the requirements of residential construction. The Building Opportunities students had and continue to receive hands-on training working on the construction of the sea-can house, alongside a ticketed tradesman. The Landscape Design students are working with professionals in the areas of architecture, skills and project management to create a living roof for the sea-can house.

This project is in its second year. The project will continue for another school year until completion. 
The sea-can conversion brings an innovative project-based learning opportunity. It facilitates cross-curricular and inquiry-based learning by encouraging students in the pursuit of design and trade skills. 

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Camille Lerouge Athletic Director honoured for year round dedication



From Red Deer Catholic Schools

We would like to congratulate Dan Cormier, Athletic Director at École Camille J. Lerouge School on winning a Commendation Award through the Health and Physical Council (HPEC).

This award is given to teachers’ who have outstanding contributions to health and/or physical education.

Cormier is very involved in the school community. He coaches a variety of different sports, including badminton, basketball and track/field. Also, Cormier is the lead organizer of the ski club in the winter, cross country running in the spring and the school-wide aquathon in the fall.

“Dan Cormier is constantly thinking of new ways to keep our students active and have them find success in school and in life. We are so blessed to have him be part of our school community,” said Principal, Dorice de Champlain, at École Camille J. Lerouge School.

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