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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta How would you like to go to school in another country for a few years? By CATHY IIETI Herald SMI Writer How do schools and ways of life compare in other countries to that of the Canadian customs we know so well? In a Herald interview, sev- eral students who originally at- tended .schools in other coun- tries and now go to Lethbridgc schools, told of Die differences they have experienced. Robert Hhines, a Grade 11 student from Hie Lethbridgc Collegiate Institute, originally from the state of Washington in the U.S.A., said that basical- ly the students in the States are more involved in almost everything. Grace Sung, who is in Grade 10 at Catholic Central High School was born In Taiwan, and Jived there for Jo years before she moved to Iran, where she to school for five years, years. She said she finds the stu- dents here get along better to- gether than they do in Iran. She said the Iranians group to- gether and the foreigners group together there, an'l do not asso- ciate with each other. Irene and Dominique Leu, Grade 12 students at Winston Churchill High School original- ly come from Hong Kong. They said that in Canada the students get to know the teach- ers better as persons. In fifing Kong the teachen are very strict, and the students must stand up and chorus, "Good Verhoef, a Grade 12 at Winston Churchill when the teacher comes into the room. In fact, they have to pay much respect towards their teachers. Andy student originally comes from the Netherlands. He said that in the Nether- lands, each religion can set up its own school as long as there is the required number of stu- dents. Thero is also the ordin- ary public school. All schools are subsidized by the govern- ment. Irene Mannlai, originally from California, is now a Grade 11 student ai Winston Church- ill. She said that here the stu- dents have a choice once they get to high scnool as to er they want to go on a matri- culation program, or whether they want to go on a business program. In California she said, there is an academic course for those who have the capacity to learn fast, a general course which is similar to a business course and is for those with average abilities, and a basic course for those who are below average. The students are put into one of the three programs, and they have no choice as to the pattern of studies they will then work at. The students were asked to compare the schools they orig- inally attended to those that they now go to. Some require early specialization Aiidy said in the Netherlands Ihe students go to school for six years, as the elementary stu- dents do here. Then the stu- dents pick one of several schools teaching different sub- jects, depending on what they to do later in life. For example, there is a where different languages such gs Latin, Greek and French are taught. He said speaking different languages is necessary, since from the centre of Holland to bordering countries such as Germany and Belgium is only about an hour's drive. There are other schools for theology studies, for academic studies and schools for trades such as carpentry. H3 said each of the schools teaches a course for three, four or five years. At the end of the course, depending on the num- ber of years it runs, the stu- dents are given a final exam on taken throughout those years. The exams are partly written and partly oral, and if the stu- dent passes the final exams, he graduates from the school. In Taiwan there is a lot of c o m p e 11 especially in Grades 10-12 to get the academ- ic standing for a good univer- sity, said Grace. Therefore long hours, in fact most of their school lives, are spent study- ing. Irene said in Hong Kong stu- dents must study in the same manner. She said "here, kids have more time to do their own thing." Grace said In Iran, language has the most emphasis placed on it. Here she said, it appeals to be chemistry and biology. In the US-, Robert said, the subject content is about the same as in Canada. But he said one can start to specialize in one area in high school, where- as here, students take a general program of studies and start to specialize in colleges and uni- versities. He said there are also more courses one can chose from in Washington. For example, one can take individual reading or a film seminar, and get the same credits as for taking an English course. Irene and Dominique Leu said In Hong Kong the subjects are taught in Chinese first, and then in places, English must be studied More students can get into a secondary school. After the first six years of primary school, if the student Uniforms, discipline required In Hong Kong students must wear uniforms to school, raise their hand if they wish to speak or speak only If spoken to, and they pay much respect to their teachers. Andy said In Holland there Is less emphasis placed on art and cports than here. He said the languages here are easier to take, because the students aren't graded as hard, or taught as thoroughly. In Holland more emphasis is placed on grammer. Irene said students at the Catholic schools In California must also wear uniforms. She said she noticed they don't have to do so in Canada. In Holland there are no large school libraries, said Andy. The libraries they do have contain only a couple of hundred fic- tion novels. He said the students have no special projects to work on. All they have are certain text books to work from, and these they must study thoroughly and prepare from for each day's lessons. He said there are also many more lec- tures. He said the students in Hol- land are less independent than Canadian students because they have only to know certain things, and these they must know, and know thoroughly. Robert said in Washington there is a semester system, but the same subjects are taught to the same students In both semesters, whereas In the Ca- nadian school ha DOW attends, eac'i semester offers different subjects. He said there Is a final exam at the end of each semester here, but only one big exam at the end of the whole year there. Both Robert and Irene agreed that the people in the States are much mord patriotic and that patriotism is stressed much more there than here. They said each school mor- ning begins with at least the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag which must never, never touch the ground. Andy said In Holland there Is not too much patriotism, but the students are taught songs in school about their forefa- thers. Student governments, sports, and other activities of students were also discussed. Andy said In Holland most students spend their time with books and reading, but he said that he noticed that here there are a lot of dances and social) activities to go to. As far as student gov- ernments in schools, Robert said in Canada it seems to be a privilege to have one, where- as in the U.S. it is a right. He said In the States the teachers organize teams for sports activities, but the stu- dents keep up the fields. If new equipment is needed, the Issue Is voted on by the students, and If passed, the money Is raised and supplied by the students through the student council. He noticed that here, students seem to get their own teams together more, and that equip- ment and facilities are part of Ihe expense of the school boards. In Holland there are very few sporting activities, and about the only one played is volley- ball, raid Andy. Any tourna- ments are set up by the stu- dents. Irene commented that the rules for girls' and boys' sports are different In the States, but here the girls play the same things as boys by the same rules. Dominique said In Hong Kong, because of the lack of facilities and limited areas even for playgrounds, there are not many sporting activities. But he said some soccer is played. gets good marks, he can get into a public school, which is of less cost to the student's parents. But if the parents still want their child to attain a higher education, and their child has not achieved good enough marks to get Into the public school, the student can attend a private school, but this is much more expensive. Friday, July 7, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGC HERALD 17 PARK PROGRESSING Bridge Villa Estates, the mobile home pork at 20th Ave. N., west of 13th St., Is scheduled for completion early in September. Patrick Pipelines of Saskatoon now is installing feet of water and sewer line in Ihe 120-unif pork. Par- sons Electric is to start inslalling the electrical service this month end Westside Construction is to start soon on tho service building. Installation of nalual gas linei will bo followed by asphalt paving of roads and The two-car parking pads for each mobile home lot, plus landscaping. Some lots will be ready for occupancy by Sept. 1. Groenen Pholo. RCMP air patrol increases activities J By LARRY BENNETT Herald Staff Writer To keep in pace with increa ed traffic accidents on southern Alberta highways, the RCM has increased the density of i air and highway patrols durin peak traffic periods. RCMP say the number Q( tral fie collisions to the end of April this year totalled 527, up fro 387 during the same period las year. It is believed the increase patrol density has played major role in reduction of fat accidents by helping to kee people alert and aware of tra fie law and Its enforcement Thirteen persons have bee fatally injured in traffic dents In southern Alberta this year, a reduction of six deatl from the 19 recorded during tl same period last year. 'While It Is encouraging note the number of fatal traffl accidents has decreased, our statistics Indicate that 50 pe cent of fatal accidents Invesb gated hava involved liquor, said Sgt. Ray Sales, RCMP traf fie supervisor for the Let bridge subdivision. "One of the most Useful too In traffic law enforcement has been the patrol said. Tho aircraft provides with extremely good highwa coverage and provides the patrol observer with a reac indication of any Hazards i traffic flow caused by ace dents, road conditions or erra tic he said. The advent of aircraft patro In southern Alberta has prove :o be useful for more than Jus increased traffic control. During the Canada Day holl FOREIGN CAR (LETHBRIDGE LTD.) SPECIAL OFFER FREE TOTAL VALUE With purchase of a new 1600 Model at regular price 1-RADIO 1-BLOCK HEATER 1-EXTRA UNDERCOAT 1-PROTECTIVE SIDE MOULDING COLORS AVAILABLE ON THIS OFFER BASQUE BROWN SAUTERNE ANTIQUE GOLD BUTTERFLY SPANISH GOLD BUTT6KFLT- SUMMER GREEN YELLOW MIDNIGHT BLUE This Special Offer Is on Selected New 1972 Datsun 510 2 and 4 Door Models Only FOREIGN CAR (LETHBRIDGE LTD.) 1103 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-9651 day Lhe Lelhbridge based air- craft was credited with locat- ing a six-year-old hoy missing from a Hutterite colony four miles north of Wrentham. A night long ground search did not recover the missing child and the RCMP was called into the search with no suc- cess. Several small ponds In the area were dragged for a body, but nothing was found. An RCMP service dog from Cal- gary was pressed Into the search, but bad weather the previous day prevented the dog's effective use. As a last resort next day, the patrol aircraft was called i n and the nissing child was lo- cated in a field about a mile from the colony farm buildings in less than a half hour. The search party was direct- ed to the child by the air ob- server. The air patrol aircraft was also used in May to help locate two juveniles and a truck they had stolen from Marshall's Auto Wreckers in Lethbrldge. Y OPTICAL CO. LTD. wishes to announce they will bo closed from JULY 8 to JULY 22 INCLUSIVE Re-Opening Monday, July 24th GWelcometo Heidelberg begins with Canada's pure spring water to give it a naturally refreshing taste a bright, satisfying taste you'll find in np other beer. And the refreshing taste of Heidelberg is so easy to it's the one brewed from pure spring water. LIMITED ;