Education Week in Newfoundland began on March 1 with an opening
ceremony at Holy Sprit High School in Manuels. Usually this would
not be a big ceremony and it would only take place in the Minster
of Education's office. But the people in Holy Sprit decide to
make a big deal by broadcasting it live over the Internet.
The theme for this Education week was "Let's Celebrate Education
-Yesterday Today and Tomorrow". This ceremony was set up
to tell us about are history of Education in Newfoundland. It
traced the history of education from the one-room schoolhouse
to Memorial University of Newfoundland and maybe even gave us
a glimpse of tomorrow.
The ceremony was a very big deal for the people at Holy Spirit
but it was also a big deal for the Principal Dave Lawlor.
"We must continue to dream to create the vision of were
we want are schools to be," said Lawlor.
There were many people at the ceremony such as Judy Foote, the
minister of education, and Fred
Andrews, the vice president of the Newfoundland and Labrador
The beginning of Education Week was a very big thing because
anyone around the world could watch it because for the first
time ever it was broadcast live via the Internet. The people
at STEM~Net, which is based in the education building in M.U.N,
brought this to you.
Foote was at the opening ceremonies to sign the proclamation
along with the vice president of the teachers association.
"I find it fitting one year before the dawn of the new
millennium is the very year that every student through the entire
province can participate of the opening ceremonies Via the Internet,"
She was also making a big deal on how Newfoundland was one
of the most plugged in provinces to the Internet.
Andrews says the teachers association has been around since
1936 and has helped in many ways with the education of young
"It is truly the time to celebrate education to all the
technology given to all the children of Newfoundland and Labrador,"
Some of the students in the school from the Improv team did
a skit, which showed education from the past, present and future.
They started in the one-room schoolhouse and went on to the high
schools of today. Maybe in the future we will be taught by robots,
After the Improv team was done, it was time for the reading
and signing of the proclamation of Education Week. It was read
by two young student in French and English. Then, Judy Foote
and Fred Andrews signed the proclamation and the ceremonies were