The community of Cumberland is in the midst of a very exciting adventure in education as Cumberland Community School continues its' journey towards becoming an innovative Strongstart-Grade 9 Community Learning Campus.
Listening to the feedback through the visioning progress over the last three years, we are excited to be expanding our outdoor, nature based educational offerrings. This includes not only continuing our Nature Kindergarten program this year, but adding a grade 1 Nature Cohort. This year also marks the introduction of a new curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 9. Please check out some of these changes: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum-updates. The changes are designed to better prepare your children for a rapidly changing world.
We are starting to settle into some of the major physical/structural changes over the last three years. We have renamed the buildings on campus. The old junior school building is now the Beaufort Building, the old elementary school building is now the Strathcona Building and the old medical Centre is now the Perseverance Building. A new library was also constructed last summer in the Perseverance Building, which allowed us to consolidate our two library collections and open some great new learning spaces in the other two buildings. We have created a learning commons space in the Beaufort Building and are developing a hands-on/play-based learning space in the Strathcona Building. Our Strongstart classroom has also relocated to the front of the Strathcona building to make it more accessible to parents and their young children.
School District 71 has also gone to an alternate week schedule that will eliminate PLC days and see a regular early dismissal of 12:11pm every Friday. At the school level we will continue to offer electives to grades 6-9, but grade 6/7s will go through a manditory rotation to expose them to all the different curricular areas. We will keep student choice alive on Wednesday afternoons with our grade 6-9 exploratory classes.
There is a lot still to be done and lots of important questions about what this means for kids, parents, teachers and the community. Over the next year there will be further exciting opportunities to be part of shaping the character of our school community. Please join our Parent Advisory Group and be part of this important work.
Dave Mayert and Tracey Croonen
Principals Cumberland Community School