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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Advantages of open area given to Fleetwood parents Wednesday, December 9, 1970 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Jgj, The functions and objectives of the new Fleetwood - Bawden open area school, scheduled to open Jan. 8, were outlined to more than 100 parents attending an information meeting at Susie Bawden School Tuesday night. The open area portion of the structure adjoining the present Susie Bawden School has a total of almost 18,000 square feet of floor space and was termed "the biggest in the world," by principal Joe Lakie. Mr. Lakie said it had several advantages over the traditional clarssroom setup: it is flexible, accommodating any size group; movement from one area to another is not difficult as in schools with doors and ball-ways; teachers will be in close proximity and will work together more easily. A feature of the opsn area classroom is the library - an 1,800 square foot area in the middle of the room, easily accessible to all students. There are no walls around the library; it is a part of the large classroom. There are also three smaller "back-up" rooms off the main area that can be used for ac-. livities that generate considerable noise, such as showing films. "The most beautiful room in Home-school meet in January A meeting to discuss the formation of a home and school or parent - teacher association for the new Fleetwood - Bawden School will be held sometime after the school opens in January. The subject was broached at an information meeting for parents at Susie Bawden School Tuesday night but little discussion took place and it was decided a meeting specifically related to home and school could be held at a later date. Mrs. Marilyn Krammer, past area co-ordinator for southern Alberta for the Home and School Council, outlined to more than too parents attending the meeting the functions of such an organization. Discussion from the audience was limited to two-suggestions. One was that a home and school group was needed because it was only through the pressure such an organization could wield that education problems could be solved. The other was that an individual approach could be taken by each parent to work out problems with teachers and that no "political campaigns" were needed. [ the school," said Mr. Lakie, is the music room, which faces into the stage and adjoining auditorium. Mr. Lakie warned the parents not to look for immediate changes in the curriculum after Central, Fleetwood and Susie Bawden students are amalgamated in the new complex in January. The first few months, he said, would be needed simply as a period of adjustment to the new surroundings. There was also a great deal of planning to be done before any program changes could be made. The staff, he said, had had only a few months to plan changes that other open area i schools had taken vears to de-j velop. Classes in the new school will be basically the same as before the move. Mr. Lakie said that after much discussion it was decided to keep . the students with their old home room teachers as much as possible, although they will be moving to new teachers for some classes. There will be 25 teachers in Fleetwood-Bawden, responsible for about 600 students. Of these, 200 will be in Grades 1 and 2 and will remain in the present Susie Bawden part of the complex, The rest, in Grades 4 to 6. will be in the new open area along with 14 of the teachers. In My inion By CHRISTINE PUHL Herald Staff Writer Status report takes 4 years OTTAWA (CP) - The seven-member royal commis sioii on the status of women made its report nearly four years after it was established in February. 1907. The commission, headed by Anne Francis, 62, an Ottawa broadcaster who is in private life Mrs. John Bird, was instructed to recommend steps the government could take to ensure women's equality with men in every area of Canadian society. If was set up by the Liberal government headed by Lester B. Pearson. Other commission members are: Elsie Gregory MacGill. 62, a Toronto aeronautical engineer: Lola L a n g e, svife of a. Clares li o I m. Alia., rancher; ' Jacques Henripin. 44, a (Jniver- i sity of Montreal demographer; Doris Ogilvie, 51, a Frederieton juvenile court judge; Jeanne Lapointe, 55. a professor at Laval University in Quebec City-' and John Humphrey, 65, a law professor at McGill University, Montreal, Prof. Humphrey submitted the only minority report. Women low on -wage totem VICTORIA (CP.) - The 1968-69 public accounts s h ow that women employed in the British Columbia civil service work on the low end of the wage scale. The report says only 78 of the 1,491 people earning more than $10,000 a year are women. There are 13 government departments, including the male preserves of highways and public works, which hav,e no women employed at the $10,000-plus level. Arthur Richardson, act-1 ing chairman of the Civil Sor- 1 vice Commission, says women : are interested in fitting them- j selves "for the executive jobs," I QIRLS chasing boys and boys chasing girls around that eternal soccer pole in the elementary school yard may seem cute to people watching but for the children it develops very rapidly into that frustrating period of early teen dating. I can remember even in Grade 6 how I felt when all the boys asked my best girl friend to skate and not me. Authorities say now children are maturing even quicker so in what position with peer groups does that leave students just turning 13? Many times I have had young teens ask me just where do they fit into the scheme of their own social world. They say their once closest friends are only interested in hobbies and the clique groups seem so self-centred and shallow in personality. What would you say to them, because after all it is an extremely important problem to them? I could tell them to join different clubs and participate in other activities because school surroundings offer such a variety of possibilities, but is that where they will fit in? IN MY OPINION, this is why at this period there are so many large groups of friends forming. Within this large framework, many young teens who would otherwise be on the outskirts of activity, can find companionship without actually being or expecting to be the centre of popularity. People now out of school or finishing high school may look back to those junior high school days and note the passing popularity of many groups and girls. The girls who made a hit in Grade 7 seemed to quickly wear out their fresh appeal and the next year would greet a new group which had risen to popularity. Who can say that those who were popular only for a short time lost because of moral values? Maybe it was just their own self-respect or verbal aggressiveness. Although in this day and age many people preach equality, in my opinion no law can tell a guy what he thinks of girls he is supposed to admire, when they are smoking, drinking and wrestling. Although no boy could say what the exact rules are by winch he judges, there certainly are some present. There is no way for a girl to tell what he is actually thinking when in most cases his actions and words say something else, especially at the junior high level. As young people grow older, they are treated in so many different ways that no wonder they seem confused and many times bitter. After the age of 12 a child thinks of himself as mature and able to make adult decisions, according to David Eastern, an American political scientist, A major crisis develops for junior high aged youth as they are faced with adult problems on dates such as money, alcohol, sex and human emotions; while on the other hand parents who realise their children need guiding may try and enforce too tight a grip. I could sit down and write in black and white what I think should, be set behavior in situations of first dates, going steady or just rules of activity but it needs to be said on a. personal level. People generally all seem to read advice columns and then laugh at the fun and games, but don't kid yourself, the people who write are serious and very much need a personal answer. They don't care if it also applies to hundreds of others, just; as long as it is addressed to them. Even as a reporter, 1 have at times received confidential letters of one sort or another. Why do these people write to me? We'll, it's because they think that someone will listen to them. If not help them in some small way, at least listen. ] was once told in a psychology class that the majority of people solve their problems themselves just by having someone listen to them so they can let everything come out THE BETTER HALF By Bob Barnes 'I'm supposed to ask if you wish to make a deposit or a withdrawal -that's just a formalify> you understand." Value-Village lOCAtlD AT JM COHNtt Of 'iftS JIKttl m* fHi AVINUI $. alue*VUlage TURKEYS Butter Ball over 20 lbs. lb. CROSS RIB ROAST c�" ch�'" ,, 89* SMOKED PICNICS ,, QQjf DINNER HAMS Swift's lb. 1 .29 BACON , Appiewood................,.lb pkg "JQt COCKTAIL SAUSAGE T ,, 75* LIVER SAUSAGE ck"b' 2 *. 65* ORDER YOUR CHRISTMAS TURKEY NOW \ *Value*Vmage GROCERY PHONE 328-1751 CHRISTMAS STORE HOURS Open till 9 p.m. Thur*. 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