Overnight In-Residence Program: Important Information
Before Your Visit
The presentation below details the history of the Bennett Centre and provides important information for your residence program including: what to bring for your stay, what to do when you arrive, and what you areas of the facility you should be familiar with. This presentation can be reviewed with your class before your residence program at the Bennett Centre.
Those staying in residence will now enjoy a new healthy choice menu. Items containing whole grains will be available at every meal. Reduced fat, sugar and sodium selections will be used. Vegetables or fruits will be available in varying selections at every meal. Even snacks will contain whole grains or fruits. Portion control is being emphasized.
Program activities will be listed on your residence program outline which you will receive approximately one month before your visit. Indoor classroom and outdoor activities and locations will be identified.
All activities are supervised and safety guidelines are strictly enforced. Groups are well informed of potential hazards during our outdoor activities. All Bennett staff members have first-aid training and carry a first aid kit when away from the school as well as two-way radios in case of emergencies. On overnight stays a Bennett Centre staff person is in charge of building security.
The Bennett centre is located near Edmonton's city centre (9703-94 St.) and is close to hospitals and emergency services. Emergencies will be dealt with in consultation with the visiting supervisor and the student would be referred to the appropriate emergency provider either at the site of the accident or the Bennett Centre. The student will then be transported if necessary. Parents are notified and an accident report form is filed with the visiting teacher. Fire procedures are reviewed with each group upon arrival. In case of fire the Bennett Centre has an arrangement with the Cloverdale Community to use the Rink Shack and/or the Muttart Conservatory as alternative safe sites.
Schools should have a vehicle on site that could be used in the event of a student emergency. Schools should also have a male and female supervisor if the group is made up of both genders (not a requirement).
Day Programs: Important Information
Program activities are listed on the day program outline & SLEs, which can be found on our website under 'School Programs' 'SLEs & What to Bring." Indoor classroom and outdoor activities are indicated on the outline and a list of programs with outdoor components can be found on our 'Important Information' page.
Times For Programs
All programs are scheduled to begin at 9:30 am and end between 2:30 and 3:00 pm.
A lunch break is normally scheduled for one half hour between 11:15 am and 1:00 pm (time may vary depending on your chosen program) in the residence dining room. An outdoor picnic lunch may be scheduled if weather permits. Please encourage your students to bring a 'garbage-less lunch' using reusable or recyclable containers, bags and drinking bottles.
Visiting teachers are responsible for supervision during the lunch break and students are responsible for cleanup, including placing items in the recycle box, compost bucket and garbage.
Programs With Outdoor Components
Some of our programs involve going outside for part of the morning and/or the afternoon. Students need to come dressed for the weather. For more detailed information, please check out our our page about the SLE's for your program or contact us. Programs with outdoor components include:
- Wheels & Levers (Gr. 4)
- Stories, Histories, & People of Alberta (Gr. 4)
- History, & Stories of Ways of Life In Canada (Gr. 5)
- Pond Study (Gr. 5)
- Democracy & Decision Making (Gr.6)
- Trees & Forests (Gr. 6)
- 2-day Residence Evidence Program (Gr. 6)
- Initiative Tasks
- Animal Survival
All activities are supervised and safety guidelines are strictly enforced. Groups are well informed of potential hazards during our outdoor activities. All Bennett staff members have first-aid training and carry a first aid kit when away from the school as well as two-way radios in case of emergencies.
Emergencies will be dealt with in consultation with the visiting supervisor and the student would be referred to the appropriate emergency provider either at the site of the accident or the Bennett Centre. The student will then be transported if necessary. Parents are notified and an accident report form is filed with the visiting teacher.
The first contact teacher listed on the registration form will receive an information package about a month before your scheduled visit. This information package will include the location & address of the field trip as well as other important information that will help the teacher(s) prepare for their field trip. We have two locations — our main Bennett location and our satellite location (please contact for current address) — so read your email carefully.
It is expected that learning experiences will occur in a positive atmosphere where students, teachers and Bennett Centre staff share the responsibility for meeting the desired outcomes and objectives.
Teacher expectations of class visit:
- The teacher is the instructional leader responsible for student supervision and instructional assistance during all phases of the planned activity, including reinforcement of materials.
- The teacher will assist the Bennett Centre staff with site orientation, student outfitting during instructional sequences, class control and discipline.
- The teacher will discuss material sequences with Bennett Centre staff on arrival.
- The teacher will ensure that all students are dressed adequately and prepared for the planned activities, and that students are aware of behaviour expectations while at the Bennett Centre.
- The teacher will share with Bennett Centre staff any student health or physical disabilities prior to arrival.
- The teacher will ensure that all activities place a priority on: group safety, indoor and outdoor manners, and appreciating and respecting the outdoor Bennett Centre environment.