Robson Carrier recieved a Certificate of Recognition from the Central Okanagan School Board trustee Rolli Cacchioni during Wednesday night’s meeting. - Image Credit: Justin Schneider

Robson Carrier recieved a Certificate of Recognition from the Central Okanagan School Board trustee Rolli Cacchioni during Wednesday night’s meeting. - Image Credit: Justin Schneider

Student recognized for gold in Skills competition

Robson Carrier earned gold in the gold CADD category for Skills Canada

Robson Carrier’s long-time interest in Lego put him at an advantage when it came to drafting.

Kelowna Secondary Student Robson Carrier was recognized for his gold medal during the regional Skills Canada competition, at the Board of Education meeting Wednesday night.

He received gold in the Mechanical CADD category, which is computer aided design and drafts.

“I did drafting in Grade 10 and it was supposed to be one of those one off things… and I loved it. I enjoyed it so much I thought ‘I need to take this next year,’” said Robson.

Last year he received second in the Skills competition.

“I’m doing it for the experience,” said Robson, adding he does the same things in class but with a competition, it could be anything.

“Like this year they gave us a lego model,” he said.

Robson gets his mechanical skills from his father, who has experience in engineering.

“He’s always been very mechanically inclined since he was two he was doing mechanical things that a five-year-old has been doing,” said father David Carrier.

Robson agreed.

“I’m really big into numbers and math and being able to physically see what I’m making. I just love being able to put everything together and have it work right. That’s why I’ve always had Lego as a hobby, it’s my kind of thing,” he said.

Next year, Robson is aiming to get into engineering at UBCO and will be competing at the national level in Winnipeg at the end of May.

Language Agreement

The Central Okanagan School District is receiving more than $7 million as part of the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling in November, restoring the language from the 2002 agreement which sets classroom sizes. The district will also have approximately 125 new teaching positions from September 2016 to September 2017.

Video impresses school district

Central Okanagan School District chairperson Moyra Baxter congratulated Okanagan Mission Secondary students on their video titled Regrowth, which showed footage of the Second World War accompanying music provided by the senior band.

The video was presented at a regular board meeting on Wednesday night and will be a part of the Okanagan Military Museum.

A full audience clapped for the students.

School board passes along civics request

The Board of Education referred a request made by a COPAC and COTA to engage the community in positive civics to the Education and Students Services Committee during Wednesday night’s regular board meeting.

The request asks to enhance the school curriculum with a focus on civics and to work with UBCO for a civic inquiry project as well as endorse a statement about positive civics.