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Flying Bob Turns School into a Circus


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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

Kindergarten to Grade 5 students from St. Martin de Porres School spent the week of March 18-22 immersed in learning the special talents of circus performers.  “Flying Bob,” a local circus performer and his assistant Aton spent the week teaching students an assortment of activities related to circus performances.

Students learned how to juggle, walk a tight line, walk on stilts, diablo, peacock feather balances, spinning plates, etc. Flying Bob and Anton helped encourage students develop a growth mindset through taking chances and performing in front of each other. Students understand that the circus is a process and a place where they can always learn new skills.

“As a Catholic Fine Arts School we are passionate about providing a variety of unique fine arts experiences for our students. The circus residency has allowed our students to reflect humanness and sacramentality as they have journeyed through this new learning experience and have been given the opportunity to share their newfound God-given gifts and talents. What has been most poignant throughout the residency has been that students and staff have actively supported and celebrated the arts with each other throughout this whole week,” said Kristie McCullough, Assistant Principal at St. Martin de Porres School.

The culminating performance today was thrilling for parents and special guests to watch. Each grade performed at separate times throughout the day on March 22.


St. Martin de Porres School serves over 250 Kindergarten to Grade 5 students in Red Deer with a fine-arts focus. As a learning institution, the St. Martin de Porres School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.

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Third Aviation School coming to Red Deer Regional Airport

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From the Red Deer Regional Airport

The Red Deer Regional Airport is proud to welcome their newest aviation business to Central Alberta, the Canadian Aviation College!

The Canadian Aviation College is a designated training institution who currently operate from their main college in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, and are happily transitioning a secondary location to the Red Deer Regional Airport. This transition into Central Alberta with both single and twin-engine aircraft will allow students and instructors from the college to take advantage of the diverse landscapes of the region, while utilizing the consistent winter weather of Alberta.

As a student-oriented aviation training facility, the team at Canadian Aviation College focus on empowering their students to graduate with a higher level of experience and be better suited for employment in Canada. International students who graduate from their Commercial Pilot Program are also eligible for post-graduation work permits in select countries. The economic impact of students within Central Alberta is immense.

Students with the Canadian Aviation College will live within Central Alberta as they complete their studies, and this number of students will continue to grow year after year. These students are able to contribute to the local economy by eating meals, visiting sites, and contributing to daily activities and transportation. This addition to our local economy is vital in times such as these.

“Students are a huge economic driver for Central Alberta, and we are so happy to see upwards of 100 students here with the Canadian Aviation College as we look to the future”, says Graham Ingham, CEO of the Red Deer Regional Airport. “The Airport has continued to remain busy throughout 2020, with essential service business and VIP traffic, and this addition of the airport’s third aviation school is a fantastic benefit to that economic impact.”

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Living under Hitler. Liberated by Canadians. 2 Red Deer women share memories of World War II

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Dutch Liberation.  In this video by Todayville Red Deer, our students learned the story of two local women who were liberated by Canadian soldiers.

Red Deer Remembers: An incredible online tribute to our veterans from Red Deer Public Schools

Local artist records original song for Remembrance Day with video showcasing Red Deer’s military history


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