District 60 Board Gets Update On Pilot Program At Dr. Kearney Middle School


FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At Monday night’s School District 60 Regular Board Meeting, the board of trustees were given a presentation and update on one of the pilot programs being offered at Dr. Kearney Middle School.


A presentation on the Frontier Horsemanship was given by the Program’s Instructor Shauna-Marie Phillips. Phillips, who is a certified teacher came up with the idea of the program along with Dr. Kearney Principal Wes McKnight. The education program encompasses students learning horsemanship, modern survival, and outdoor education skills both inside and outside the classroom.

40 students split into four groups were nominated by teachers at the school to participate in the seven-day program. The target groups for the program were: those students who were perceived as being at-risk or having behavioural or transitional issues, as well as those students who occupy leadership roles at the school, allowing students who may not normally socialise to get the opportunity to address and challenge each other. Speaking at Monday night’s board meeting, McKnight, along with Phillips and District Superintendent Dave Sloan say that the program has already seen incredible success with the students involved.

The pilot program, which has already seen the completion of two of the four classes is set to wrap up at the end of the school year, with a follow-up presentation to be given before the end of the school year.