Oh! The good ol’ Hockey game, is the best game you can name. And the best game you can name, is the good ol’ Hockey game.
It’s true, hockey is Canada’s game, especially across the prairies and for many students it is their favourite pastime.
Morrin School is hoping to encourage students to build on their love of hockey with a dedicated hockey option being offered in the fall.
“We are really excited about this program. Starting in September we are planning on running a hockey option in Morrin for students in grades 7 to 9,” said Don Yavis, principal of Morrin School.
“We will be teaching Hockey Canada skills, as well as doing dryland training, fitness, nutrition and power skating.”
Students will spend three afternoons a week on the ice.
Thanks to the Morrin and District Agricultural Society, the school has been gifted the ice time.
Yavis says they are still working out the details, but they plan to run the program during the first semester during the afternoons, which also allows students in Grades 10 and 11 to take part.
When the students are not on the ice they will spend their afternoons learning about nutrition as well as doing endurance, fitness and dryland training.
They will also be working on their Hockey Alberta Officials Certification.
All junior and senior high students take a variety of Career and Technology Foundation courses aimed to give students experience in a variety of fields
However, sometimes it is hard to come up with option classes in which junior high students are interested explains Yavis.
“This program will be more engaging for them; the students are super excited.”
The school will partner with the Drumheller Dragons who will help them whenever they can by having players or coaches come up for some of the on ice days.
This unique option will set Morrin School apart from the crowd—and students and staff are buzzing about this new opportunity.
In addition to developing students’ hockey skills, this one of a kind opportunity will help build school culture.
“It will be a program that is unique to our school and that in itself builds school pride.”
The hockey option is also a way to help boost enrolment at Morrin School, something all rural schools struggle with.
Yavis hopes the hockey option will generate interest from students from outside the school division.
The school will be holding an information session once they have more details finalized.