Mini farm: chickens and rabbits take up residence at Sainte-Anne Academy!
Dorval, June 28, 2017 — For the end of the year, the students of Sainte-Anne Academy saw the arrival of chickens and rabbits, new occupants of a mini farm located in the inner courtyard of their school. In the fall, other animals will be added to this farm, a project launched by Aline Boisjoli, who is responsible for the horticulture, entrepreneurial and mini farm projects at Sainte-Anne Academy.
“It’s a project that allows students to learn even more and in a different way. They take care of the animals, develop new skills and become more sensitive to nature,” Boisjoli explained.
The mini farm has garnered a lot of enthusiasm from parents. Some were involved in the construction of the mini farm. Others have given materials.
To carry out this project, a great deal of research has been done by teachers and other staff of the Academy. For example, McGill’s Farm to School program helped them decide which type of henhouse was the most suitable. Two teachers also received training from Poules en ville. The project team also developed a business plan and approached the City of Dorval to obtain the necessary permits. A Mirabel farm is acting as a partner and will house the animals during the summer and winter.
“The Academy dares to do things differently. This mini farm will be an excellent educational tool that is expected to evolve, but we are already extremely proud of it,” said Véronique Lemieux-Boyer, Principal of the Academy.
To find out more about Sainte-Anne Academy: primaire.sainteanne.ca/
Founded in 1861, Collège Sainte-Anne is recognized for its boldness and innovation in education. The institution offers an active learning environment and exclusive programs of study. Known for its international component, it has also been building ties with partner schools on the five continents since 2007. To stimulate young people’s creativity, Sainte-Anne has developed Next Generation Learning, an innovative pedagogical model that places students at the centre of the learning process. Sainte-Anne includes three levels of instruction: kindergarten-primary (Sainte-Anne Academy), high school (Collège Sainte-Anne) and Cegep (Collège international Sainte-Anne).
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Source: Sainte-Anne Academy
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