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Less then two weeks until the start of the new school year. Beaver Brae Principal Tracey Benoit says the school is a flurry of activity as teachers and students prepare for the new year.

"What has been happening over the past few weeks is we've had our upkeep and regular maintenance. We've actually had students in the building, pretty much, all summer what with our reach ahead credits. We have teachers in preparing for students, when they come back in couple of weeks. We also have new students students registering,"

She offered some advice to students.

"I would recommend that they reestablish their morning routines. I know that we kind of get out of our regular routine in the summer and sleep in a bit. Also, trying to wean ourselves off of the technology a little bit as well. This year at school, I would recommend to students to get involved in something, whether it be a club, or an activity, or a sport. We have a wide range of things happening at Beaver Brae that are pretty exciting," she said.

Benoit also recommends students help each other out. She said it's important for the Grade 8 students to help mentor the Grade 7 students who are entering a new school. Adding the Grade 10 to 12 students should also help the Grade 9 students who are transitioning to high school.

There is also a new outdoor space to look forward to at Beaver Brae this school year. The new learning space was built over the summer, and Benoit says they're looking forward to using it.

"We're pretty excited about this. Our original 7 and 8 outdoor space has been transformed. It's now a multipurpose area where students can learn, as well as be active, and socialize with their friends. It's been transformed into a beautiful space, primarily for our intermediate students. They were playing soccer and football, and now they have a really nicely sodded area for that," she said.

She added that there is also a basketball court, outdoor stage and classroom area, as well as a smudging circle, and greenhouse boxes for students to use with teacher supervision.

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