Full-day Kindergarten students at Queen Victoria School in Belleville visited with The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education today. Dombrowsky was at the school to experience the new full-day Kindergarten classrooms.
While at Queen Victoria School, Dombrowsky read to students, toured three Kindergarten classrooms, and also visited the Junior Adventure Program.
“Children and families are truly benefiting from full-day kindergarten here at Queen Victoria. Students are provided with more chances to engage in hands-on learning activities alongside other children, their teacher and an early childhood educator. Ultimately, being an active learner in the full-day program at Queen Victoria ensures that students have more opportunities to explore the world around them so they will be better prepared for Grade 1 and for life,” said Chad Harvey, Principal.
Queen Victoria is one of four schools in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board offering full-day kindergarten this year to more than 200 children.
“Full-day kindergarten will help prepare our children for a stronger future and helps meet the needs of Ontario families. This is the next step in our education plan; a plan that is already working, increasing test scores and graduation rates, and providing stability in our schools.”
New programs, smaller classes and school improvements are helping students in Prince Edward-Hastings develop the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Students who achieve early success in school are more likely to go on to postsecondary education and embark upon successful careers.
Queen Victoria School , the oldest operating school in Belleville and located on the east side of the Moira River, serves approximately 300 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. The school is a Healthy Active School Community. Facilities include a library resource centre with computer lab and a well-equipped resource room. The shaded, spacious playground has many facilities and equipment for all ages. At QVS, the “Together We Light the Way” Respect Program assists students in developing respect, appreciation and understanding of their uniqueness. The school promotes home and school partnerships with parental involvement in the breakfast club, family activity nights, Kindergarten Welcome Bag program, class and school newsletters and book fairs. Learning celebrations include Science Week, the annual musical and the Belleville Bulls Role Model Program. The school is also home to the Adventure Class programs.
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Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]