Vanscoy School kicked off preparations for the World Education Games last Friday with a visit from the provinicial Minister of Education, Hon. Russ Marchuk.
Two pupils from the school were selected as student ambassadors to the Games, a global online competition that encourages students to hone their skills in mathematics, literacy and science. Braden Rein and Josh Kemp earned the title of student ambassadors after creating prize-winning videos in a contest.
Rein and Kemp participated in a student ambassador tour in early February to Alberta, where they were awarded certificates of acheivement and took part in activities in several schools.
“It was an amazing experience,” Rein told the school assembly during the kickoff to the World Education Games ceremony in the school’s gym. “We met Laurie Skreslet, the first Canadian to climb to the summit of Mt. Everest, and he gave a speech that inspired us all. It’s something I’ll never forget as long as I live.”
The World Education Games start on World Literacy Day March 5, followed by World Math Day on March 6 and World Science Day on March 7. Vanscoy School became involved in the World Education Games four years ago through the school’s use of the ‘Mathletics’ online math program. Mathletics was created by 3P Learning, an Australian-based company that also created “Spellodrome’ and ‘IntoScience’ – learning resources that promote literacy and science. The school is combining its involvement with the World Education Games with a parallel campaign to promote literacy, math and science in less-developed countries.
Rein said the school is collecting funds for the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) ‘School in a Box’ program – which provides packages of educational materials for classes of up to 40 students in developing countries.
After being chosen as student ambassadors, Rein and Kemp wrote a letter to the provincial education minister, extending an invitation to attend the formal kickoff for the event.
Marchuk accepted the invitation and said he was overwhelmed with what he saw at the school: “From the minute I walked into the school, I was very impressed with what I saw in every classroom,” said Marchuk. “This is a very warm and exciting learning environment. I saw first-hand the activity you folks are engaged in and being part of this worldwide opportunity shows how engaged the students, teachers, staff and community are in education.”
Kevin Derdall, principal of Vans-coy School, said having the school recognized as a “featured school” for western Canada in the World Education Games is rewarding.
“The students and teachers have worked very hard on these initiatives,” said Derdall. “It’s not only a good program to help improve students’ skill levels, it’s also a way of reaching out to students in less-developed areas of the world. The students here are organizing a penny collection campaign to raise funds for the Unicef ‘School in a Box’ program.”
Derdall said while the students will be competing online with millions of others around the world during the three-day World Education Games event, there will also be local prizes given at the school for participation within each class.
“We want to encourage everyone’s involvement,” he said.
Larry Pavloff, chair of the Prairie Spirit School Division (PSSD) Board of Trustees, said the school division encourages all types of programs that promote student and community engagement in learning. “This is a very worthwhile program,” Pavloff noted. “To see the level of involvement among students in their community and the world makes us proud. The staff have done a superior job working with the students and I think it’s also a reflection of the involvement of the community and the families as well.”
Pavloff said all the schools in the division are engaged in many different programs but all of them are designed to accomplish the same objectives.
Rene Burke, CEO of 3P Learning Canada, based in Calgary, said Vanscoy School has employed the ‘Mathletics’ program for the past four years. “All 160 kids in the school are using it,” she said. “They’ve shown great improvement in their math skills and we’re honoured to have this school as our featured school to represent western Canada.”
(courtesy of Clark’s Crossing Gazette : http://www.ccgazette.ca/wp/?p=932)
I hope all of you had loads of fun playing the World Education Games. I know that my friends and other fellow students at Trinity really enjoyed participating in the WEG. Congratulations to everyone who participated and to those who made it to the hall of fame.
I would also like to convey my special thanks to 3P Learning and Samsung for giving this unique opportunity to so many students around the world to participate in WEG and have fun learning.
I hope to see all of you competing again in the coming years.
Anand, WEG2013 Australian Ambassador.
We were delighted to have had Rachel Riley (our UK World Education Games Patron) as host for the exciting World Maths Day launch event on the 6th of March.
The event was held at the iconic Wembley Stadium in London. This is the third year we’ve been able to host events at the Wembley Stadium – this year was by far the largest, with hundreds of students involved. This was a very successful day and Rachel was on hand all day, launching the commencement of World Maths Day there as well as hosting a number of her own maths activities for the students.
Thank you for your support on this special day, Rachel! Also thank you to all the students, teachers and parents who came along and shared in this unique experience!
Take a look at this great video which showcases the activities from the day:
On Monday, the Australian teams behind World Education Games, Mathletics, Spellodrome and IntoScience held a special fundraising tea in the Sydney Head Office, to raise money for the UNICEF “School in a Box” campaign.
The morning was a tremendous success with many of the team baking and bringing in tasty treats for everyone to enjoy, whilst a donation pot was passed around. A speech was made as we all reflected on the magic, power and opportunities an education provides- and how lucky we all are to have received an education whilst millions out there do not have the same access or privileges.
We considered where we all might be today, had we not had access to an education. It was a scary thought.
We are proud to confirm that our Australian Team has raised enough money to purchase EIGHT “School in a Box” education packs.
This means that 640 kids will be able to attend school for one year- thanks to the kits we are able to provide. It was a great feeling and made for a very rewarding morning.
We also discovered some very good bakers in our midst and have even tried to make it policy that every fundraiser involves baked treats! We would include a photo of the cakes and biscuits however they were so delicious that they were eaten before any photos could be taken!
Go on! Have your own “School in a Box” fundraiser! It takes so little to give so much… and knowing that you are helping change lives of others is a remarkable gift in itself.
We are delighted to report that Spellodrome (the creators behind World Literacy Day) have recently launched a set of groundbreaking FREE Visual Literacy Teacher Resources. These resources have been designed to cover all age-groups between 4-18yrs and are intended for use all around the world. They have included images and themes from our charity partner, UNICEF, to bridge the subjects of literacy, visual literacy and values education.
As technology advances and society becomes more digital, children are getting exposed more and more frequently (and at younger ages) to images, making the need for visual literacy more and more important as time goes on. In turn, these children are also exposed to these increased images in a less controlled manner than before.
Visual literacy is the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image, extending the meaning of literacy, which commonly signifies interpretation of a written or printed text. Visual literacy is based on the idea that pictures can be “read” and that meaning can be communicated through a process of reading. (Source: Wikipedia)
To accompany these resources, Spellodrome is also offering a special FREE TRIAL offer.. click here to sign up for this free trial today!
See below a sneak peek: