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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12-THE LETHBRIDOE February fe 'Separate schools should offer more than academic education By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The Lethbridge separate school system must offer its students much more than an academic education, according to the four panelists who spoke Monday at the parent-teacher- student association meeting at Assumption School. The panelists all agreed the expectations of the separate school system should be different than those of the public schools but their opinions on how they should differ varied slightly. Panelist John Boras, chairman of the separate board, said he expected "very little" from schools" as far as their ability to improve a child's academic capabilities because surveys have shown that schools can only alter a student's ability to score on a test by about four per cent. But he claims schools can influence the development of character by reflecting the thinking of the church providing that they have been shown a similar example in the home. The school can't succeed with students who haven't been shown an example in the home, he insisted. Panelist Jim MacNeil, director of student services at the Lethbridge Community College, suggested that if the separate schools are not different then "we have been deluding ourselves for a long time." The best method of reaching the different expectations of the separate school system is to hire teachers who are not only "well trained" academically but are also able to present religious views and attitudes within their teachings, he said Panelist Frank Peta said he expects the separate school system to develop "the whole child." The separate school education must go beyond the realm of academic instruction, says Mr. Peta, also a separate school board member. "We have failed completely" if the separate schools are just training people for employment. When rating his expectations of separate schools he placed morality first, spiritual second, academic third and social forth. Mr. Peta said he rated academic training third because "academic is not that important. We can all get by without it." But he claims everybody must be able to interrelate with each other if "one happy community" is to result. Panelist M. F. Simpson, a physician, suggested the separate school system should be more flexible than the public school system because it is smaller. He says separate schools should offer supplementary pursuits to students and develop programs around a number of individuals. They should also be equipped to recognize learning disabilities and correct them, he adds. Dr. Simpson also suggested separate schools must recognize that students not only have a mind and a soul but that they also have a body. The schools should have programming that assists students to recognize the "true value of physical education" and a physically fit body. He said schools should not only teach Christianity in religious classes but the teachers should also make brief and informal reference to Christian beliefs when the opportunity arises to relate them to the curriculum. The separate schools should also provide students with a history of Christianity, he added. Dr. Simpson said during the years he spent in separate schools he found the history of Christian religions not only "sadly lacking at but also "very often suppressed" by the school system. However, later during the meeting's question period, he said he couldn't think "of any obvious backwards-step the system has taken since I left" and there have been "changes for the better." Dr. Simpson indicated that he puts more emphasis on how a student is educated in the schools than in the home because students spend more time in the school and in extra- curricular activities than they spend with their parents. So in time alone, he says, it is evident that the student is "more influenced by the environment" than by the home. During the question period, a parent said he expected his children- to be more loving and kind human beings as products of the separate school than if they were products of the public school system. Another parent said he expected the separate schools to produce graduates of the same academic standard as public schools. And in addition they should have what he called "a little plus." The "little plus" being the ability to communicate, understand and co-operate with other people. Town to organize anti-litter patrol COALDALE (HNS) council is seeking an energetic group of young people to form an anti-litter patrol here. Jim Taylor, public works supervisor, was named anti- litter co-ordinator. The town is following the advice of the department of environment in taking this action. Council appointed citizens to a management committee of the town and the Lethbridge County to apply for a senior citizens centre of self- contained units here. Members are: Steve Slemko, chairman, representing the Lethbridge County; John Gossen of town council; Rev. Peter Retzlaff, representing the Coaldale Ministerial Association; John Boon of the Barons-Eureka Health Unit social services department, Dr. James Farr, representing the medical profession, Miss Maria Janzen, health unit; Jake Janz, Coaldale Community Hospital, John T. Funk, hospital advisory board; and Miro Tomasta, health unit and Lethbridge County. Coun Earl Foxall's motion that the committee also be charged with studying the feasibility of establishing a senior citizens lodge was approved. He believes this kind of facility is also badly needed here. Council granted a temporary one-year licence to Royal Albert Bone China "Flower of the Month" MUGS 3 ONLY .98 Each Call China 327-5787 DOWNTOWN Wladislaw Rauch to open an upholstery business in his home. Mr Rauch agreed to locate his business in the commercial area as soon as a site is available. Walter Isaak was licensed to open an ornamental iron and repair shop in the former Citizens Lumber Yard premises. Council reaffirmed its decision not to allow Stan Parker to locate a four-unit motel building on his Flare- Inn motel site here. He appeared at the second consecutive council meeting to try to get permission to put the motel building, formerly at Lethbridge, with his business here. Reason for the rejection- Only 30 per cent of the land in a highway commercial zone may be used and the building would exceed this provision At the same time, council felt there is not enough space for off-street parking. Pension men plan visit Two federal pension officers, one from Calgary, will be in the field to assist Southern Alberta residents this week. Paul Bellman, a Calgary based old age security administration official, will be at the Lethbridge district office of the Canada Pension Plan from a.m. to p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. He will assist with filing applications for the old age pension and the guaranteed income supplement and deal with any problem cases referred to him. The Canada Pension Plan office is in Room 203 of the Professional Building, 740 4th Ave. S. Ron Viney of Lethbridge will be at the Administration Building in Taber Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to answer questions on the old age security, Canada Pension Plan and guaranteed income supplement, and to assist in filing applications. CUFF HACK. BLACK DENTAL LAB KMCM.OBmU.HN. LMMrUwl PHONE 327-2122 THURSDAY I BUCKET SPECIAL When you buy a budcet or barrel of KentadV well give you the fains, FREE! V Famrty Pack oT French Fraes V16 fl oz of Creamy Cote Slaw J A Joaf of Grecian Bread iitikm SVEN ERICKSENS FOOD AND PASTRY SHOP 3rf An. S. PtaM 3214161 mm. rim 328-7751 Home and school groups 'left out in the cold' on strap issue debate Mop-up crew Firemen mop up after a garage fire at the Linda Bird residence, 503 12th St. B N., Monday afternoon. Trash burning in a nearby barrel was blamed for the fire. About damage resulted. Panel hopes to establish children's bill of rights A bill of rights for children will be the hopeful result of the opening panel for the Canadian Mental Health Association's annual provincial meeting here Friday and Saturday. The opening panel topic Saturday Human dignity: The right to grow will hopefully provide guidelines for children's rights in the province, says CMHA regional director Jesse Snow. Three panelits will discuss children's rights for intellectual, cultural and emotional development. TheBa.m panel, which will feature Dr. Stan Perkins. U of L professor. Rhonda Blood native counsellor for the Standoff Blood Band and Dr. Enid Melville, child psychiastrist. will set the ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Sldf, 5 328-4095 focus for workshops to follow. The workshops, running from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m., will be divided in three categories: community services, education and information, and social action. Included in the sessions will be talks by Dr. George Hammerlenck. professor at the University of Calgary, Kent Mahony, guidance consultant, Calgary Separate School Board, and Joyce Irvine, social worker. A summation panel later in the evening will draw together the activities of the workshop sessions. Speakers have not been announced. On Friday delegates and public will register, elect the board of governors and hear reports from provincial committees. Lethbridge home and school associations feel they were left put in the cold when the public school board debated abolition of corporal punishment. The home and school associations were "totally Early study of languages recommended The sooner children begin studying a second language, the more likely they will achieve fluency in that language, separate school trustees will be informed Wednesday. A task force, formed by the separate school board to prepare plans for a continuous French program, also found that second language programs in schools will not produce bilingual students without some form of reinforcement from the community. The school programs can only prepare students for bilingualism. In its report to the separate school board, the task force recommends that French be taught daily for a period of about a half hour. The current twice weekly program schedule for French makes student recall difficult, the report states. French teachers should not teach more than one-half day of French because of the demanding nature of the new methods of teaching the language in the elementary grades, the report says Crash causes damage A collision between a car and a house Monday evening resulted in about damage. Richard Kenneth Saito, 26, 1717 6th Ave. N., was driving south on 12th Street A N. when he lost control of his car at 4th Ave. N. His car skidded sideways, jumped a curb, boulevard and sidewalk, went through a fence and ended up against the house owned by Sophi Rosiek. 401 12th St. N. Saito. who was slightly injured, was charged with driving with a blood-alcohol level of higher than .08 per cent. the president of the Lethbridge Council of Home and School Associations, Mabel Byam, told The Herald Tuesday during a break in a meeting. Mrs. Byam said the council would report to the board. Willard Soltys had earlier reported to the council's monthly meeting that he had not been able to speak at the school board meeting. Council secretary Nina Kloppenborg explained the group had not acted early enough to be placed on the agenda for the board meeting. But the trustees had not asked the home and school delegate any questions, said Mrs. Kloppenborg, as is permitted under school board procedure. In other business Mrs. Byam said the Canadian Federation of Home and School Association had asked what student records were kept by schools, whether parents had access to their children's records and whether anyone else had access to them. Schools should send their replies to the federation's Calgary office, she said. Council members were told briefs for the Alberta Library Study must be submitted by March 8 to L. W. Downey Research Associates if they are to be presented to the hearing in Lethbridge The study's Lethbridge hearing will be at 7 p.m. March 27 in the new Public Library Building. The council voted to send Oral Boychuk as its delegate to the provincial home and school convention in Fairview next month. Fifty dollars was voted for expenses. The reintroduction of departmental examinations is expected to be one issue at the convention. Fairview is 70 miles south of Grande Prairie. Advance registration considered by U of L The University of Lethbridge is considering an advance registration system, the registrar of the university said Monday. Jack Oviatt said the university has tried advance registration in the past but had dropped it as unworkable. Now that it has its own computer system on campus, he said, U of L would again consider such a program. Mr. Oviatt said details had not been worked out, but students would probably pick up registration packets at a central point and hand them in a day or two later. He said the system would be different from those at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, because forms would not be mailed in. Registration by mail would be too expensive, he said. The registrar also said U of L had traditionally kept registration separate from actual enrolment in courses. Students were allowed a week each semester to shop around and enrolment would probably still be delayed even with advance registration, he said. "The students seem to think this is a feature worth said Mr. Oviatt. A news report from School renovation project Trustees consider Paterson funds Edmonton said U of A will adopt an advance registration system based on that used at U of C. Students will have access to a procedure booklet, a university calendar and forms and will make out their own timetables. The forms will be mailed to the registrar's office by July 15, and course sections will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. 'Retain lots for playing9 A plea by Aid. Vera Ferguson for the preservation of empty lots for children to play on fell on deaf ears Monday. "I feel strongly the city should have empty lots here and there for kids to play said Aid. Ferguson as council considered a recommendation to sell such a lot at 33012th St. N. for But Mayor Andy Anderson contended such lots were not well maintained while Aid. Bill Kergan said they weren't much use for anything but growing weeds. Council approved sale of the lot to the owners of the neighboring land who plan to build a new home on it, with only Aid. Ferguson opposed. BERGMAN'S FUNM OpwiTfwrs. 1201 S. Public school board trustees will be asked today to authorize the spending of for the estimated renovation and addition project to the Gilbert Paterson School. The other sources of funds for the project will include the provincial government and the City of Lethbridge. The city entered a joint use agreement with the public school board for the community use of some of the facilities of the school, and its share is estimated to be about New construction at the Gilbert Paterson School provides for a foot library, a 6.240-square- foot gymnasium that includes physical education offices, showers and dressing rooms and an addition to the existing industrial arts shop. The renovations to the school will alter some of the existing rooms to suit the needs of the school. The money for the project, if approved by the trustees, will be allocated from a reserve account of that was set aside in 1972 for the Gilbert Paterson School project. Renovations and expansion were first proposed for the school almost nine years ago. The trustees are also expected to direct the architect to forward the final building plans to the school buildings board in Edmonton for final approval and to authorize a call for tenders. Tenders would then be submitted to the school board at its April 23 meeting. FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est1922 PHONE 327-4MS E. S. P. FOX, C.O.M. FOX LETMMKE DENTAL LM 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLOQ. School system goals may be decided The direction the Lethbridge public school system takes over the next few years may be decided tonight when the public school trustees meet. The trustees are expected to establish their educational goals for public schools and accept in principle the development of a planning system through which the new goals may be realized. Under the proposed planning system, the educational objectives for each year would be specified in writing by both administrators and teachers. A feedback system would also be developed to evaluate how adequately the objectives were being met. The roles of each person involved in working towards the educational would also be clearly defined. and The 7 30 p m. meeting at the central public school building is open to the public. FURNACES (IN STOCK) SHEET METAL WOW POWER HUMMERS 2214 4M8.S. 874118 ;