Mecatina School / La Tabatiere
The beautiful town of La Tabatiere is nestled along a rocky coastline that is encompassed by the crisp blue waters of an ocean that has sustained this community throughout many years. The well kept, beautiful homes that are located in this community are connected by a series of gravel roads, and surrounded by beautiful trees and lakes that make this town a serene and peaceful location; a truly unique paradise.
Mecatina School is located in the heart of the community and of the people who reside there. It is located near the Catholic Church, as well as the local hockey arena, Seaside Supplies, the local Youth Center. There is a look out near the school from which you get a wonderful view of the surrounding area, and a landscape that is unlike any other.
Mecatina School is staffed by a wonderful group of people who go above and beyond to make the school a wonderful place to be. There are nine devoted teachers, two janitors (one full-time and one part-time), and an amazing Secretary. It also has a dedicated principal who is committed to not only the success of the students, but to the school as a whole.
The school serves a diverse group of students and devotes itself to covering the broad spectrum from Pre-Kindergarten through Secondary 5. It has a wonderful computer lab, a fantastic library, and a large, fenced off school yard that provides a safe and fun environment for the students of the school. It also has an incredible music room, which provides a great source of education and entertainment as well. The School also has a wonderful homework program, as well as numerous extra-curricular activities that make this school an exciting and amazing place to be.
Mecatina School is definitely at the heart of the community. It opens its doors to the community at large in many ways. The school library also serves as a community library and the fantastic music room is open to members of the community as well. There is an abundance of talent in this small village, and with the new addition of the music room, the connection with the local community becomes strengthened even more.
There is a wealth of knowledge, experience, and wisdom in this sleepy little town. Combined with the neighbouring town of Mutton Bay, the population hovers around 499 people. It is a town where everyone knows everyone else and a smile or friendly word is never far away. It is rich in history and family, and the way of life is like no other.
La Tabatiere has much to offer anyone who wants to explore the community. There are three local stores, a bar/restaurant, a hockey arena, and several boarding houses. There are also many tourist attractions, some of which include whale watching, a beautiful sandy beach, and great trout and salmon fishing. There is a beautiful look out at Point-aux-Neiges, and the local wildlife is always a beautiful sight to behold. There are two modes of transportation for those who want to visit this lovely community. The Relais Nordik Express comes in to port once a week, and there are also regular air flights available from Monday to Friday, with Air Labrador.
While there are no paved roads or cell phones here, all of the other modern amenities are available. There is high speed satellite internet, satellite television, and almost any other modern convenience offered in the city, can be found here as well. It is a well rounded community, and the residents are always willing to offer a helping hand where ever it is needed.
The way of life, although impacted by many modern customs, still remains largely traditional. The fish plant remains a large focal point for providing jobs for the residents of the community. There are still those that fish crab and lobster in the area, so a fabulous meal of fresh seafood is never far away. There are those that do go outside of the community to work, but they always find their way back home again.
La Tabatiere is, in all regards, a magnificent place. From the rugged, rocky shorelines, and the breathtaking forests and lakes, to the rich culture, heritage, and undeniable hospitality of its people, this small, humble village really is a diamond in the rough.
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