Riverview High School

Riverview High School is using the Saxby Gale as a learning tool for subjects from science to social studies. (Riverview High School)

Riverview High School is using the Saxby Gale as a learning tool for subjects from science to social studies.

It's been 145 years since the ferocious storm devastated the Maritimes. The storm is considered to be one of the worst in New Brunswick's recorded history.

Cameron Constantine, a Riverview High School student, has been reliving the catastrophic events of the Saxby Gale for the past semester.

But it's not just a part of history class. It's been a theme for almost every course.

"The physics class worked on building bridges, the writing class worked on reporting the event. We tried to see how many classes we could get involved,” he said.

It's all a part of a new education plan called universal design learning.

It threads the same theme, in this case the Saxby Gale, into every subject.

Pamela Fowler, a science teacher, is one of the project’s organizers. She said the decision to use the Saxby Gale as a theme to the various classes has been a success.

The teachers are now pushing four other schools in Saint John to adopt the idea. 

The Bay of Fundy saw record tides of 12 metres, sinking ships and washing away wharfs.

"This would be a perfect scenario for any school in Saint John to look into, because of its geography,” Fowler said.

Riverview High is planning to continue the education plan next fall, with a different theme.