The students at Maupeltuewey Kina'matno'kuom have been sorting the garbage, recycling, and compost in their cafeteria for years. However, last fall they found an great alternative to curbside collection of organic waste.
One of the school bus drivers asked if he could take the compost to feed his neighbour’s pigs! The school agreed, and throughout the fall and winter, the bus driver took the cafeteria’s compost to the pigs every night. The cafeteria staff said that everyone was extra careful to sort their waste properly so that the compost wasn’t contaminated with plastic or other things that don’t belong in the compost. The students liked that their leftovers were going to a good cause.
The school received photos from the farmer of ‘their’ pigs, as they refer to them. The experiment was so successful that the school is now looking for other farmers in the Sydney area who have pigs that need to be fed and are willing to pick up the compost every day. The students love knowing that their waste is being put to good use as food for other creatures.
For Immediate Release
Government Partners with Martin Family Initiative to Support Innovative Teaching Focused on Early Literacy in First Nations Schools
March, 10, 2017 Gatineau, Quebec Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Closing the gap in the education outcomes of First Nations children living on reserve is critical to improving their quality of life and contributes to stronger communities for the shared success of all Canadians. The Government of Canada believes there should be nothing preventing an Indigenous child from having the same hopes and aspirations as any other child in Canada and the opportunities to achieve them.
Today, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, congratulated the students of the six First Nations schools that have joined the Martin Family Initiative’s Model School Literacy Project for the 2016-17 school year. They are:
The Model School Literacy project undertook a rigorous evaluation that demonstrated the extraordinary gains in early literacy of the First Nations children in its two pilot schools. Between 2010 and 2015 the percentage of Grade three children who met or exceeded the standard in reading on the Ontario provincial assessment rose from 13% to 81%. Following the success demonstrated at Hillside School in Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and Walpole Island Elementary School in Walpole Island First Nation from September 2009 to June 2014, Budget 2016 invested $30 million over five years to support the growth of the model school network to 20 schools by 2020.
This funding will support ongoing targeted training of teachers and education assistants from Kindergarten to Grade 3, as well as the schools’ administration. Six schools will be added every two years, beginning with the schools referred to today and including the two pilot project schools. The initiative uses an innovative approach, providing and making use of technology such as video conferencing in the schools, to connect the schools to each other and to outside resources, and to enhance teaching and learning in First Nations communities without the barrier of travel costs.
“Working with First Nations to identify how we can innovate together to put education for First Nations on solid footing for the future is one of our top priorities. Congratulations to the six First Nations schools joining the Martin Family Initiative’s Model School Literacy Project. This initiative will help unlock student success and opportunity as well as provide the tools for Indigenous students to become tomorrow’s leaders.”
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
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Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
INAC Media Relations
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
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The school will be providing a light breakfast for students Monday – Friday in the cafeteria from 8:15a.m - 8:35a.m.
The prices for lunch is $3.00 if you purchase daily or $2.50 if you purchase the two week punch card for $25.00. Child/(ren) are able to bring their lunch if not purchasing from the cafeteria. No food or drinks allowed in the classrooms.
November 1 - November 30
Monday – Pizza, salad & drink
Tuesday – Beef sliders, fries & drink.
Wednesday – Lasagna, garlic bread & drink
Thursday – Shepherd's pie & drink
Friday – Chicken strips, fries & drink
Peanut Free School
We are a Peanut Free School and are reminding all staff & students, parents & guardians and visitors to refrain from bringing any products containing peanuts or peanut substances into the school.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school at 902 562 2205