REPORTING · 4th October 2011
It was a slow start but determined students left their schools and walked completely around Terrace as they attempted to demonstrate their disappointment with the cancellation of recess.
At Caledonia Senior Secondary some students were pulled back in by staff as students from other schools chanted attempting to encourage their Caledonia counterparts to come out. The students then walked down the streets to Skeena School and encountered the same lack of response.
The gathered group of 20 plus then turned towards the Old Skeena bridge walking through the streets of Terrace.
Another group had already reached the new bridge and were waiting for the Thornhill students there. The Thornhill students had already crossed the old bridge heading for Terrace and had turned back again to join their friends waiting at the new bridge. As they joined forces they headed into Terrace via Kieth Avenue heading for the School Board offices.
By this time the group who left from Caladonia and Skeena schools had reached the center of Terrace at Kalum Street and Lakelse Avenue still walking towards the old bridge. It looked, at the time of this writing, they were turning around.
Social media, ie. texting and facebook, might have provided a bit better communication.
Next stop the School Board. The students were alternating chants between “we want our recess” to “we want freedom”.
Video attached below. RCMP cruisers circled the schools as the protests were getting underway.
Students at Caledonia being called back in.
Students at Caledonia looking out the windows at the media and protesters
Students at Caledonia looking out the windows at the media and protesters
mental break for all children
Comment by concerned on 6th October 2011
I find it so sad that this is how the board has chosen to deal with this issue and thankfull that the older children in our community have stood up for them selves as the younger ones can not. Does the board not relize the effects this may cause to our students and how important mental breaks are for students of all ages I even give my daycare children outdoor breaks as it is crucial to thier brain developmental maybe our board needs to also be educated on the developmental effects of such a dissipointing disicision.
Comment by Janice P. Robinson on 5th October 2011
Yes, I did say that. If you do not have a fat butt, I still recommend all butts should be out there for a recess. I don't know what the answers are to this impasse. We had minimal recess supervision at King Edward Elementary, in Prince Rupert (1960's). But, Mr. Moore's office (Principal) overlooked the playground. He was an ex-military officer, with numerous fingers missing. We knew we were out of line, when hauled to his office for a sound strapping with a leather strap (like a leather "cowboy belt," without the buckle). I have faith this recess issue will be resolved.
To me, teachers are born, not made. Teaching is a calling. It is our art. No, I am not slyly maneuveuring for power or politics, nor am I using this to toot my own horn, nor for future employment gain. Believe me.
In our community, fat butts proudly walk/jog/play and eat themselves to health these days. We see them shamelessly doing the circuit around our village....morning, noon and night. This was started by a respected, non-Tsimshian (beloved) teacher, allowed to practice her art. Her classes used to run/walk marathons, in Vancouver, after raising their own moneys to get there, and achieve their Dogwoods too.
Our nation is on a mission: To embrace life. We will stand with our youth, wherever they lead us. I apologize for my sarcasm. It is in my nature.
Comment by Karen on 5th October 2011
Janice, I commend you on all you have done for your peers as a young student, our youth, your culture and in your own personal accomplishments. I admire anyone who can put the amount of unselfish effort, such as you have, into making others lives better.
Given your dedication to youth I find your comment on a previous thread suggesting that the teachers get their "fat butts out there for recess" not in sync with your values. Maybe, like me, you are gaining better knowledge of this situation as the details are made public. I hope, with better understanding, you will be more open to the value of the BCTF union in ensuring our youth get the education they deserve.
People, such as yourself, who give much of themselves to help others are extremelly valuable in making great communities. I hope you will come to understand that most of these teachers are your peers with the same values and dedication to children and they need our support, not our animosity.
If the student hasn't learned..the teacher hasn't taught.
Comment by Janice P. Robinson on 4th October 2011
Welcome to the classroom, "Karen," and others.
In the recent past, I have been honoured to do some work for School District #82. I have served students in many schools, and they call me "Miss Robinson." A big hello to The Clarence Micheal Multi-Cultural Drum Group, who went to Prince Rupert with me a few years back. Ask Robin Austin about that magnificent group. None like it before....none like it since. By the Grace of God, most of them are now in highschool or/and surprised, responsible parents. I see them all the time..... I must be true to me. They know me. I was their leader, and I followed them to Prince Rupert. What a treasured memory that will be for ever!
We knocked their socks off at the Jim Ciccone Centre, with large group drumming drill, singing and dancing. We got standing ovations and free tickets to see Susan Aglukark. All group work was done professionally. The groups were all colours of the rainbow, grades K to seven. Teachers loved it, and loved the breaks, and dress rehearsals performed in front of the staff room. We practiced silent, group movement throughout the hallways so effectively, the teachers never knew when we were practicing this.
My best friend, an accomlished MicMac(can never spell it properly) actor taught drama at Skeena, and various other schools. The kids used to hide in the bushes, and wait for her to come home. Now, I know she is much-loved my all the teachers, students, and parents. Teachers loved the breaks and the produced play.
They said it couldn't be done because we were all too difficult. I am a traditional Tsimshian teacher and have not ever belonged to a teachers' union. Do not berate me for that. I learned how to teach real fast, when contracted by Corrections Canada to develop programs to be delivered within federal prisons only. My students called me a teacher. I was given special status by students, brotherhoods, one Native Sisterhood and wardens. Everybody was happy .....except for the Indian gangs, pimps, unrepentent offenders and the union. Despite the wrath of some union bullies, necessity often produced wonders that walk our streets today.
Someone commented about a student's spelling abilities. A famous teacher, Father Joseph Martin, uttered the above words about that issue. Bring me the spelling teacher's head!
Whii Nea ach, BA (Psych.) UBC.
Comment by Roy Harding on 4th October 2011
You're right - the presentation of your protest as simply being a reaction to the cancellation of recess DOES trivialize your point.
Welcome to the world of public relations - it's the PERCEPTION that people remember, RARELY the totality of any given situation.
Remember that as you read articles (from ANY source) regarding other issues - the reality of the situation is rarely fully presented.
District 82 decision
Comment by Sandy on 4th October 2011
To take away the breaks is actually a board decision. Very few other districts have done this, they have found other ways to keep the breaks that the teachers are not supervising. Our board made this decision with very little, if any public consultation and the end result is the administration can sit in the offices at the board office, the teachers stay in the schools and face harassment from the uninformed public and the students sit in frustration.
I don't think that the teachers were stopping the students from leaving or calling them back. In the photo of the Cal students, that is Cam Mckay who is the principal of Cal.
I am very proud of these students, some of whom I know. I think it is great that they got informed and did something about it. I agree that parents should start protesting with them.
Comment by Anya on 4th October 2011
I was one of the protesters, and this is not about "recess", taking our breaks away was just the last straw. This is about our teachers, we walked out because they can't. Because they had no other choice, they stopped supervising our breaks, and instead of giving the teachers what they asked for, the provincial government took away our breaks. As a side note saying this protest is just about recess trivializes our position.
Comment by ENUF on 4th October 2011
I guess by walking out they did get their recess afterall.
We should join our kids
Comment by Rosie on 4th October 2011
I say if nothing changes the parents should go to the schools tomorrow at 11am and join their children in this protest! SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!! WALK WITH THEM!!!!
and as a side note if the teachers support the kids why are they making them go back inside and why are some not allowing the kids to leave? in fact, why don't they join the the kids in their walk and show their support for them?