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Kirby tours Burin Peninsula to hear educators’ concerns

Students in Ms. Foot’s music class at Sacred Heart Academy put on a performance of the Brass Button Man during a visit by Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dale Kirby, and Placentia West-Bellevue MHA Mark Browne.
Students in Ms. Foot’s music class at Sacred Heart Academy put on a performance of the Brass Button Man during a visit by Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dale Kirby, and Placentia West-Bellevue MHA Mark Browne.

MARYSTOWN, NL – Inclusive education and all-day kindergarten were two topics staff at Sacred Heart Academy brought up during a visit from Dale Kirby, minister of education and early childhood development. Kirby said many of the issues he heard during the visit have been echoed in other schools across the province.  

“A lot of the themes are very much the same,” he said. “The whole issue of inclusive education and the challenges of accommodating students with diverse needs – it’s a common thing we’ve heard, and I understand a common thing the premier’s task force (on education) has heard as well, so it will have to be a priority area for us.”
He also spoke briefly about the future of schools on the Burin Peninsula, and the positive economic development occurring in the area.
“We’ve got new jobs now with the work that’s (going on) up at the fluorspar mine in St. Lawrence,” he said. “We’re very hopeful there will be aquaculture development in this area soon, and shipyard activity that will (be an incentive) for other spinoff and secondary economic development, so I’m really optimistic.”
Having grown up on the Burin Peninsula, Kirby said he hopes to see growth in economic development on the peninsula.
“If we can get growth down here and opportunity, then there will be jobs –
that means people will come here, stay here and have their kids here.”
Kirby said he received some positive remarks from Kindergarten teachers about the all-day program.
“It is really reassuring from the Kindergarten teachers that full-day Kindergarten has been successful and they’re seeing the benefits of it here at Sacred Heart.”
Kirby also visited St. Joseph’s All-Grade School in Terrenceville and Christ the King School in Rushoon during his time on the Burin Peninsula, joined by Placentia West- Bellevue MHA Mark Browne.
 

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