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Greely Road School

History of Oil Sands Development

Trickster Theatre logoOur students at Greely Road School will work with professional artists from Trickster Theatre for one week to create an original performance based around our theme.

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History of Oil Sands Development


Greely Road School is a kindergarten to Grade 6 school located in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Our school population consists of approximately 110 students and 14 teaching & support staff. Greely Road School is situated in a low socioeconomic area of Fort McMurray called Gregoire Park. Nearly all of our students are native English speakers.  Metis and First Nations children represent approximately 10% of the student body. Some of our Aboriginal students come from as far away as the village of Anzac located 42 km south of Fort McMurray.

Our students, teachers, and staff are very excited to work with Trickster Theatre in the 2017-18 school year to put on our show on History of Oil Sands Development.

We greatly appreciate your help and look forward to sharing our finished work with you!

  • Full Project Summary

    Greely Road School will focus on the Evolution of the Oil Sands industry in the Wood Buffalo region. In the residency we will create a show that will look at the historical beginnings of the Oil Sands industry as well as the development and current state of the industry in the 21st century.

    We will be looking the machinery that is used, historical practices vs modern practices like SAGD, environmental standards in the industry and innovations that are in the industry today. We plan to incorporate the local Oil Sands Discovery Centre to provide students with a lot of pre-residency information about this energy sector.  Teachers will take their classes to the Centre in the Fall to provide students with an introduction to the history of Oil Sands. The Discovery Centre is an interactive interpretive center that is co-sponsored by industry and the provincial government. It is conveniently located two blocks away from our school.  We will be partnering with companies in the Oil Sands industry to help us in our research and to present on current trends and careers in the industry.

  • Project Outcome

    This project will allow our students to delve into the Evolution of the Oil Sands industry. This is extremely important to our students as many of their parents and other community members work in this industry. We will gain a greater respect and understanding of the industry and share what we have learned with other schools through the creation of our video essays.


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