From September through December, St. Peter’s Catholic School participates in a dynamic partnership with the Columbia Conservatory of Dance. The ‘Strength and Movement’ class was developed 7 years ago after Mr. William Starrett, Ms. Mariclare Miranda , founding directors and principal instructors of the Conservatory, met with Principal, Kathy Preston. Mrs. Preston was interested in offering an alternative PE program to the students; one that would incorporate movement, coordination, body awareness, balance, strength training, rhythm and music. Mr. Starrett was open to this initiative and eager to share the state of the art facility and talented instructors at the Columbia Conservatory.
Each Thursday and Friday mornings, grades one through six walk from St.Peter’s downtown location the two blocks to the Columbia Conservatory.
This collaboration was further enhanced by the assistance of the Columbia City Police Department along with a “Yellow Shirt Ambassador” from the City Center Partnership who assist the students in safely crossing Assembly Street each morning. The students, teachers, parents and principal greatly appreciate their dependability and care.
This program provides an opportunity for St.Peter’s Catholic School to take advantage of its urban location and its easy accessibility to cultural resources. Mr. Starrett and his talented instructors offer the students a challenging PE program while at the same time exposing the students to Arts appreciation.
Albert Einstein said, “Learning IS experience. Everything else is just information.”
The Strength and Movement class is a fabulous learning experience for the students of St.Peter’s Catholic School.