Students who are interested in learning more about the courses and programs offered at the Academy Grande Prairie can learn more by shadowing classes throughout May.
The program, which is offered at eight Grande Prairie Public School Division schools, integrates athletics into students’ school experience starting for some in grade four. Director of Student Supports and The Academy with GPPSD Paul Therrien says the Academy was created with the knowledge students have a passion for sports or dance, and that passion can be used as a positive driving force for their education and character development.
“I believe families will be very impressed with the depth of knowledge, skills and passion our Academy directors bring,” Therrien says. “I hope students can take advantage of these opportunities to see what it feels like to merge their passion area with their education at school.”
Director of the Academy Dance program Carrie Robbins explains in some cases, like dance, the program creates the opportunity to bring students together in one place and even create lasting friendships.
“Most of our dancers dance at different studios but they come to our studio, and we create this beautiful, supportive community where they can focus on individual skill development,” Robbins says.
Director of The Academy Hockey Chris Schmidt adds once students get on the ice, and start to see their growth, and skill development the passion they have, spills over and drives their school day.
“We don’t worry about wins and losses. Instead, we focus on the individual and making them their best,” Schmidt says.
Students in grades four to twelve can shadow the dance classes on May 24th and 25th, while grade four to six students can shadow hockey classes on May 11th and 16th, and grade seven to twelve students can shadow on May 10th and 15th.
More information can be found on GPPSD website.