Prairie Spirit School Division offers a dynamic, flexible, and academic superior educational opportunity situated in a beautiful and picturesque area of south central Manitoba located in the centre of Canada. The rolling hills and the glacially etched valleys add a tremendous beauty to the region. Although Prairie Spirit is definitely a rural setting most communities are situated within an hour of the two major cities in Manitoba, Brandon and Winnipeg. There are also two other cities, Portage La Prairie and Winkler, located within close proximity of most towns in Prairie Spirit School Division. There are two provincial parks located in Prairie Spirit School Division and one of those parks, Spruce Woods Provincial Park, is home to the only desert in Western Canada. Prairie Spirit School Division is located in an agricultural rural setting where farms are relatively large and diverse raising both livestock and a variety of crops.
There are several distinct cultural groups located in Prairie Spirit School Division. Those groups include thirteen Hutterite communities, French communities, one First Nations community as well as a variety of individuals with distinct cultural backgrounds. Each summer these different cultural groups come together in a celebration of their ethnic differences in a festival called "The Gathering of Nations." This festival is held in a different location within the region each year.
As well Prairie Spirit recognizes the importance of cultural exchanges and each year PSSD has had a number of foreign students attend our schools. These students come from countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Australia, Japan as well as others. The last school year there were thirteen students from some of the above mentioned countries who attended schools in Prairie Spirit.
Prairie Spirit School Division covers approximately 6000 km2 of south-central Manitoba. There are 29 schools, 13 Hutterite colony schools and 16 public schools 2 of which are French immersion. The sizes of our schools range from 10 students on one of the Hutterite colony schools to 250 in a Kindergarten to Grade 12 public school. Academic classes in Prairie Spirit take place Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. There are nine high schools situated in nine different communities. The class sizes are very small (the divisional pupil teacher ratio is 16:1) which allows for flexibility of the timetable. Each of the public schools has a school sports program where sports such as volleyball, basketball, hockey, curling, soccer, cross country, skiing (downhill and cross country), badminton, and track and field may be part of the curriculum. Some of these sports are competitive between the various schools. The competitive sports program generally happens after school hours. Most schools also offer a music, choral or visual arts program. There are three different music festivals held each year within the boundaries of PSSD. Some schools also have excursions to Winnipeg or Brandon where they attend performances by the Winnipeg Symphony, Royals Winnipeg Ballet or Manitoba Theatre Centre. There are also opportunities to attend sports activities by the professional sports teams situated in Winnipeg. Three of our high schools offer a very innovative Career Technology Studies program where students are able to pursue workplace experience in a variety of areas as well as gain the first rate academic education at one of our institutions. Prairie Spirit School Division offers the Career Technology Studies program in partnership with its neighbouring school division, Prairie Rose School Division.
Prairie Spirit School Division is capable of offering extensive and accommodating educational opportunities to meet the varied needs of all students. The safety of students in Prairie Spirit School Division schools in combination with the eclectic population makes Prairie Spirit School Division the single best choice for students from all areas of the world. It is a prospect that parents cannot afford to surpass.
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