Kirby school likely to close
Due to declining enrolment at Kirby Centennial Public School, School Board staff are recommending it be closed at the end of this school year. Pending board approval in March, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPRDSB) staff are recommending Kirby and Orono Public School be consolidated at the Orono site.
Council nixes rural event venue
Clarington councillors voted to deny the event venue portion of Mathias agri-tourism application at Monday night’s council meeting.
Spreading kindness one stitch at a time
With each clickety clack of their needles, the Kirby Knitters spread their charity near and far.
For 14 years the group of knitters have gathered in the basement of the old Kirby Church on Tuesday mornings, year round, to work on projects.
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Rural lifestyle under attack
With the demise of the family farm over the past generation, the rural lifestyle has taken a hit and continues to do so.
This week’s news that the school board is recommending closing Kirby Centennial Public School is another blow to the rural life style.
The school has had declining enrollment for the past number of years, with no uptick in sight. With the school board’s obligation to spend their dollars on education rather than bricks and mortar, the recommended school closing is no surprise.
It is upsetting to the school community no doubt, staff and families served by the school to know that their school will likely close at the end of this academic year. There is no denying small schools have certain advantages, especially when it comes to creating a close knit school community. Kirby school had a Christmas feast every year, where the entire student body joins in the gym just before Christmas holidays for a turkey dinner. Kirby school also had a “Clap out” ceremony for graduating grade six students where they walked out of the gym on their last day of school, with the rest of the student body forming a line to the door, clapping the graduates out. These are traditions unique to Kirby Centennial, and demonstrate how close the school community is.
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Jan 23rd - Midday Music at St. Andrew’s Church, 47 Temperance St. Bowmanville, noon to 12:30 p.m.
Feb 25th - Mayor’s Art Gala, 7:30-11 p.m. at the Clarington Public Library, Bowmanville. Tickets $50 at www. clarington.net/GalaTickets
Mar 12th - Granville Anderson free skate, 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Garnet B. Rickard Arena
Mar 14th - Granville Anderson free skate, 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the South Courtice Arena
Mar 16th - Granville Anderson free skate, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Scugog Arena
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