A St. John's high school choir has been named the winner of the CBC Music Class Challenge. More than 500 entries were received across the country and Holy Heart Bella Cantante students were deemed to be the cream of the crop in Category 6 (High School Vocal) live on CBC's Q with (Newfoundland's own) Tom Power.
Music classes from across the country were invited to submit a music video of a well known Canadian song from a pre-determined list. Holy Heart Bella Cantante chose to record Joni Mitchell's iconic piece 'Both Sides Now' and it was an obvious hit with the adjudicators.
To view the choir's winning entry, CLICK HERE.
To view the full CBC story on winners across the country in all categories, CLICK HERE.
Congratulations to Holy Heart and all schools who entered the contest.
A number of Newfoundland and Labrador English School District schools are in the news recently for efforts they have undertaken to help support individuals in need in their communities. Here are just a sampling of the amazing efforts profiled in the local media from areas throughout the province.
Students at Corner Brook Regional High School held a Pyjama Palooza recently, collecting more than 100 sets of pyjamas to be distributed through the Salvation Army.
The Western Star (December 18, 2017) - view full story HERE.
Seniors on Burnt Islands are getting some additional Christmas cheer this year, thanks to the efforts of students at Grandy's River Collegiate. Over 200 personalized Christmas cards were created for senior in the area as part of the school's effort to help their students spread the cheer throughout their community.
The Gulf News (December 18, 2017) - view full story HERE.
Students at Elwood Regional High's drama course got some hands-on experience with an old Newfoundland and Labrador tradition recently, as they learned about the art of mummering.
The Western Star (December 18, 2017) - view full story HERE.
Teachers at Waterford Valley High recently helped those in need in the area of downtown St. John's, as well as clients of The Gathering Place to stay warm over the cold winter months.
The Telegram (December 28, 2017) - view full story HERE.
The Grade 6 class at Gros Morne Academy in Rocky Harbour are in the midst of studying the concept of Culture, looking at different regions throughout the world. The group decided to expand their knowledge by talking about foods that are common in other cultures. Sushi came up in discussion and it was noticed how different it is from the foods eaten in Newfoundland, but contained many of the fish familiar to the people of the province, so they decided to make some themselves! With the support of parents and guardians, the students received all of the ingredients needed and started in. While there were some mixed feelings about it, it appears there was great value in the experience was making and trying the food, while also being an important reminder of how important it is to be aware and accepting of all cultures. The class realized that although the food other cultures eat might be different, some ingredients may be similar or even the same, and it can still be tasty.
"My experience with sushi was awesome. The sushi was made out of fish, seafood, like crab, shrimp and other vegetables. The thing I didn’t like was the salty seaweed and the moist, sticky rice. Other than that it was awesome. The sushi and cupcakes were awesome and I’d like to give a big thanks to Ms. Vasiliou and my grade 6 class for bringing in the food and making it." - GMA student Hailie
For more than 10 years, the Grade 1 students at Donald C. Jamieson Academy in Burin have been doing their part to support children during the Christmas season. Each year, the students follow the ideas of Phoebe Gilman in The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs to create their very own wonderful pigs! Each unique and very special pig is then sold to parents at parent teacher night, much to the delight and pride of their young creators. The students and staff at Donald C. Jamieson Academy would like to thank all the parents who are always very excited for the event and eagerly donate every year to this very worthy fundraising effort tied to the school's literacy efforts. This year, all money collected will go to the local Happy Tree to help families in need.
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Fisheries and Land Resources has announced the provincial winner of the 2017 National Forest Week Poster Contest. Riverside Elementary Grade 5 student Katie Spurrell received her award at the Clarenville school in early December, surrounded by her family and friends. As part of the annual contest, Grade 5 students throughout the province are invited to participate and share their thoughts about forests and forestry related issues through art. As this year was a cross-Canada celebration of the country's 150 anniversary, students were invited to submit enteries under the theme Canada's Forests: Our Stories. Our Future using a poster to depict their thoughts.
As this year's winner, Katie received a framed copy of her poster, an Apple iPad and a Smokey the Bear Fun Pack. Her poster will also be permanently display at the Provincial Forestry and Wildlife Headquarters.
More information on the contest and past winners can be found here while a news release about this year's event can be found here.
Today we share with you a story of success. Grade 6 student Grayson at Riverside Elementary has made much progress in recent months and years which has his teachers, parents and friends smiling ear to ear!
Grayson recently submitted a piece of poetry at school and with his permission, as well as that of his parents and school staff, we wanted to share his success with you.
Way to go Grayson - be proud of all you have accomplished!
Students and staff of Waterford Valley High say that standing in a room with 10,000 Atlantic Canadian Change Makers, all sharing the same passion to change our world, was simply amazing. The organization ME to WE, which hosts WE Day, is an organization working to empower Generation WE to move from an egoistic lifestyle to living more altruistically. Waterford Valley High’s Social Justice Committee is a registered WE School and have commitment to support at least one local and one global cause throughout our school year. Through the school’s work with ME to WE, West Jet provided the students the opportunity to travel to WE Day Atlantic in Halifax at the end of November. A total of 14 youth and 3 teachers were inspired, empowered and prepared to help create change and fight for a just society. WE Day is different from other conferences; you can’t buy a ticket. You must earn it. Listening to WE Day speakers like Alexandre Trudeau, Craig Kielburger, Spencer West, and Hannah Alper share their life experiences empowered every youth in the room to be an agent of change. WVH students report that WE Day truly was the greatest classroom in the world.
Students at Discovery Collegiate in Bonavista are getting their hands-on experience these days, as they develop their culinary skills with help from the College of the North Atlantic's campus in the community. The college, which is next door to the local high school, has welcomed 18 high school students in to delve further into the curriculum as part of their Nutrition course.
The College of the North Atlantic recently profiled the program in their e-newsletter, which can be viewed at the link below.
College of the North Atlantic (December 4, 2017) - View full story HERE.
The primary students at Sandstone Academy placed a tiny quail egg into a fish tank they converted into a homemade incubator in early November. Following 19 long days of checking humidity and temperature, and turning the egg númerous times each day, the egg finally hatched. Unfortunately, hatch day was on a Sunday, but this didn't stop the students and parents of Sandstone - a Synervoice message was sent out to the school community bright and early Sunday morning and soon after, students and parents started showing up to see the tiny new addition to the classroom. What an amazing experience for the entire school!
Students studying Russian at Prince of Wales Collegiate in St. John's has a unique opportunity in late November. Along with their teacher, Mr. Rodney Squires, students were treated to a special visit by the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Canada, Mr. Alexander Darchiev.
The students had a very productive question and answer session with the ambassador on a variety of topics and the visit received much interest from local media representatives. Mr. Squires reports that the visit was a huge success, with the an eye to the future on further cooperation with schools in Russia.
View more details and follow the Russian Embassy in Canada on Twitter HERE.
NTV News (November 24, 2017) - View full story HERE.
CBC News (November 24, 2017) - View full story HERE.
On Friday October 27, 2017 physical education teacher Ron Simms of Long Range Academy held the school’s first indoor Tent City for students in grades 4 to 6. It was indoor camping in fine style. Tents were set up with air mattresses and sleeping bags, while outside were camping chairs to relax in.
The students took part in Halloween Fear Factor, fish pond and other fun activities, including hot chocolate by the campfire! They also participated in Nature’s Symphony, where students listened to a nature CD and wrote about the images they visualized, and Nature’s Forensic Scientists, an activity that had students view an object found in nature and determined the animal that could have made the object into its current form. The school guidance councillor also shared two great campfire books that aided in the stories and wind down for the night. In the morning pancakes and juice were enjoyed by all before packing up and heading home.
Inclusive education practices and Heritage Collegaite student Brett Smith profiled by CBC.
Read the story at the link below.
CBC News NL (November 20, 2017) - View full story HERE
Students and teachers from all around the province gathered in Grand Bank in late October to 'Find their Fit' - the first Provincial Student Leadership Conference held on the Burin Peninsula in 14 years. Approximately 260 students and teachers from 35 schools were eager to participate in the many planned sessions and presentations.
Throughout the three-day conference, students had ample opportunities to 'Find their Fit' through a variety of workshops that teach leadership skills and creative thinking skills. Leaders from the community and province hosted a number of various sessions for students with a wide range of interests. Also, setting the tone for the weekend were two keynote speakers; Katarina Roxon and Andy Thibodeau. The weekend provided student leaders with essential skills to build new clubs and activities in their own schools and communities. Host school, John Burke High School, would like to thank everyone involved in making this weekend a success and encourage everyone to find THEIR fit!
For a few weeks in advance of Remembrance Day, Roncalli Central High School students were creating artwork in honor of those who serve and have served. Students felt it was very important for them to accurately depict the lives of these individuals and, in essence, get it right!
Some of the images attempt to depict 'through the eyes of a soldier,' in which they drew an eye and then within the eye drew images of poppies, soldiers and memorials among other symbols.
By all accounts, students and staff felt it was a very successful project, which brought into focus a very important day in our school. The halls of the high school proudly displayed the student artwork for Remembrance Day and beyond. As noted by Art teacher Jeremy McPeake and echoed by the students who worked on the project, 'We will remember them.'
Congratulations to the recipients of the CUPE 1560 Support Staff Scholarships.
Details can be found within the associated picture or in the attached document.
Mid-October, students at Newtown Elementary learned that one of their own had placed among the top students in a poster contest sponsored by the Knights of Columbus throughout North America. Grade 6 student Noelle Lamb of Mt. Pearl created a poster for the 2016-17 Knights of Columbus Alcohol Abuse Poster Contest and was among some 10,000 youth to get involved. During the Thanksgiving Day Assembly at the school, Knights of Columbus State Deputy Brian Hurley presented Noelle with the Supreme Award for her efforts; one of six young people to recieve awards through this year's contest. Congratulations Noelle!
More information on the winners and their posters can be found here.
Students and staff at Copper Rodge Academy in Baie Verte surpassed their own goal for their first ever school-organized Terry Fox Run. The school had set a goal of raising $1,000 for the cause but quickly rose above expectations. In the end, their students more than doubled their goal, much to the excitement of students and staff alike!
Student who were successful in raising the most funds had the opportunity to dunk a teacher of their choice in the dunk tank - a feat surely desired by many students throughout the province! With this event, Copper Ridge Academy joined the ranks of numerous schools throughout Newfoundland and Labrador who regularly and routinely get involved in fundraising efforts for the Terry Fox Foundation and those involved say that this may have been their first event, but it certainly won't be their last!
In observance of World Mental Health Day on October 11, the principal of Christ the King School in Rushoon undertook a special initiative in an effort to ensure students understood the important link between physical and mental health. Mr. Lee Masters walked 50 kilometers from his home to the school to help draw the connection for the young members of his community. Walking has been a great motivator for Masters in recent months, as he has been on his own journey to physical health and he was pleased to have students join him on the last kilometer of the treck!
Congratulations Mr. Masters - the District and your students are very proud of your efforts!
A wonderful community celebration was held at St. Marks School in King's Cove this September, as students harvested the vegetables planted in Spring as part of outdoor classroom activities. The creation of the outdoor classroom was the result of heard work and dedication of the Community Connections Committee and a number of committed volunteers. Grade 4/5/6s prepared lettuce and toppings, and set up a salad bar in the lunchroom for all to enjoy. Organizers say it was a huge, healthy hit among young learners, as everyone realized that students were involved in every step; from planting to eating!
There are lots of people who work behind the scenes to make sure our administrators and teachers have access to the tools and services they need to provide a happy, healthy educational experience for our young learners.
In partnership with the regional health authorities, the District has a number of school health promotion liaison consultants throughout the province to promote health within the regions.
Recently, Eastern Health profiled Krista Manning and Peggy Orbasali, two of the consultants in the Avalon region to highlight how health and education go hand in hand and are being supported by staff members throughout the education system.
Click here to read more from the Storyline article.
To find the school health promotion liaison in your area, click here.
A program whose mission is to empower exceptional youth to make the world a better place has taken over space at Memorial University for the next short while. SHAD provides a number of Canadian youth with a unique experiential learning experience, rooted in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) disciplines. Some 56 students from across the country are trying their hand at some interesting projects while on campus in Newfoundland, while another 50 students directly from this province are away, sharing similar experiences at SHAD programs housed at other universities.
Recently, CBC's Jeremy Eaton had an opportunity to visit the campus to see what the program is all about and hear from some past participants from this province to understand the impact of such an immersive program.
CBC News NL (July 25, 2017) - view news story HERE.
For more information on the SHAD experience or to find out details on next year's program, visit the SHAD website here.
Earlier this year, Sharing Our Cultures undertook a legacy project for Canada 150 that gave young people throughout the province an opportunity to highlight, through video, what Canada means in their eyes. Sharing Our Cultures Founder Lloydetta Quaicoe says the project, which saw dozens of entries from across the province, showed the students' inspiration, ingenuity and creativity.
Among the winners at this year's Youth Video Festival Celebration, held at the Bruneau Center at Memorial University, the following projects were profiled:
- Samuel Mok of Waterford Valley High School (2nd place)
- Gill Memorial Academy (Honourable mention)
- Jarod Burden and Cameron Warren of Gonzaga High School
- Basma Alfaory and Tasneem Aless of Holy Heart High School
- And many more...
Participant videos and information on the festival can be found HERE.
CBC also profiled the awards ceremony - you can read more about the event HERE.
Level II students of Gill Memorial Academy were proud to receive a honourable mention for their submission to Sharing Our Cultures’ Canada 150 Youth Video contest. The group of 16 students wrote and performed a song titled Canada Bound, inspired by Paul Brandt’s version of Alberta Bound.
To complete the project, the students created a video consisting of photos displaying what they love about Canada. In addition to the honourable mention, the students received a cash prize and a trip to St. John’s to attend the Festival Celebration. This was a great accomplishment for the school, who worked hard on their entry, and a truly memorable experience for the students involved.
Sixteen youth from among five coastal Labrador communities will come together in song this week as part of Canada’s 150 anniversary celebration in Ottawa. The students range in age from Grade 7 to 12 and hail from within Nunatsiavut, calling Nain, Hopedale, Makkovik, Postville or Rigolet home. A relatively new choir, under the direction of Janet Wiseman (with help from Shallaway’s Kellie Walsh) and through a partnership between the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District and the Nunatsiavut government, Ullugiagatsuk will join hundreds of other choirs and musicians from throughout the country to celebrate this momentous occasion on Parliament Hill… and they have only ever sang together in person a handful of times!
Recently, the publication Labrador Life profiled the new choir, their challenges and their excitement about being part of such an historic event. The article, written by Holly Lake, can be viewed at the link below.
The students head to Ottawa June 28, in advance of the weekend’s big show.
The District wishes all participants a wonderful trip – we are certain you will have a wonderful experience and will be an amazingly appropriate representatives of our province and our country on this national stage!
The students and staff of Woodland Primary in Grand Falls-Windsor made a video to show how we can be an Everyday Hero.
To view, please follow this LINK or through the link at the bottom of the page.
St. Michael's Regional High (Grades 7 to 12) and the residents of Bell Island will be front and centrer as part of this week's episode of Still Standing on CBC TV, airing 9:00 p.m. NST on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
A number of students, as well as school and community related initatives will be featured.
Details of a special showing at the school can be found in the poster above and more information on the television series, starring Newfoundland's own Johnny Harris, can be found HERE.
Grade 6 students received and participated in an ArtsSmarts project with artist Winnie Glavine where students learned the traditions and evolution of rug hooking in Newfoundland and Labrador. Together, they designed their own project, focusing on a symbol of our province and learned the process involved in the art of rug hooking. In addition to learning the how, students developed skills in concentration, patience, and perseverance. Additionally, they experienced the calming effect of rug hooking. Their finished piece was a certainly a personal reward; an expression of their creativity and a tangible expression of pride in their completed project. It was evident that the students learned a lot about rug hooking and the role it played in our culture. It highlighted that some students have a natural flair for this particular art, discovering a new activity to engage in in their spare time. Many students were hooked before the end of the project!
For more information on the ArtsSmarts program from ArtsNL, please feel free to visit their website HERE.
Gander Academy is the 2016-17 Pythagorus School Provincial Champion for Newfoundland and Labrador! The school's Grade 6 mathematics students also scored above the Canadian average with over 60,000 students competing in this year's contest. These results are indicative of much hard work and support by Gander Academy students, staff members and families over their first 7 years of schooling.
The school's administration is very proud of their student's great work, congratulate all students for their efforts and also thank their amazing Grade 6 teachers for administering the test and encouraging our Grade 6 students.
A special mention to Gander Academy's top 5 students: Jessica Ugwoke and Serena Woolridge (both tied for 1st), Charlotte Bown, Adam Pinsent, and Luke Taj.
Way to go Gander Academy!
Students in Cathy Baker's Kindergarten class at Holy Cross School in Eastport waited... and waited... and today (June 20th), just days before summer vacation, their patience and care were finally rewarded. A baby duckling finally hatched from their incubator, much to the awe and excitement of students.
Last month, an incubator was set up and eggs were introduced so the children could work on project-based, play-based learning. Ms. Baker says the results among students have been extremely positive and responsive.
To see the big event and learn more about the project, visit the Compass' website story link HERE.
A Rennie's River Elementary long-time volunteer has received recognition as one of Canada’s Favorite Crossing Guards. Dave Innes was recognized in an Assembly on mid-June, in which dignitaries, honored guests, parents, staff and students of Rennie’s River Elementary were present. Mr. Dave, as he so affectionately referred to by students, ensure the safe crossing of young learners on one of the busiest streets in the capital city, Elizabeth Avenue. Dave is out in all kinds of weather and often, as we all know, he can experience 4 seasons in one day!
Mr. Innes has been spotted shoveling the sidewalk to ensue students are visible to passing traffic and that they have a safe passage way out into the street. His sense of duty as Crossing Guard extends beyond the school and out to include the community. He has assisted the elderly from the neighbouring St. Pat’s Mercy Home, runners using Rennie’s River Trail, and even ducks from the river, in crossing the street safely.
Parents of and the staff at Rennie’s River can start their day with the confidence and knowledge that the students who walk to school are safely guided across the high traffic Elizabeth Avenue. A heartfelt thank-you to Mr. Innes, the reliable, dedicated and pleasant Crossing Guard who has not missed a single day of service to his school community.
Two educators within District schools in Newfoundland and Labrador have each received one of the country's highest honours for the 2016-17 school year - the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence. Waterford Valley High School (St. John's) educator John Walsh and Belanger Memorial School (Doyles) teacher Kristy Boland have each been named to this year's list of recipients based on their dedication to education and approach to engaeding their students to encourage a deep understanding of core subjects like Math, Chemistry, Physics, and technology.
Information on John Walsh's nomination and Certificate of Achievement can be VIEWED HERE.
Information on Kristy Boland's nomination and Certificate of Achievement can be VIEWED HERE.
Congratulations from your colleagues and co-workers throughout the District.
French immersion students across Canada were invited to create a video demonstrating their French immersion learning experience based on the theme Mon inspiration francophone. This contest was organized by the Association canadienne des professionels de l’immersion (a Canadian association of French immersion professionals). The ninety second video clips were evaluated based on the students’ oral communication skills in French, originality, and creative use of technology.
Jakiera Rideout, a Level III early French immersion student at Holy Spirit High School, successfully placed third in this national competition. Third place winners receive a $4000.00 scholarship to attend the University of Ottawa.
Jakiera’s winning video can be viewed HERE.
Students, staff and families came together Tuesday morning, as Larkhall Academy hosted its annual Community Breakfast at the school. Participants noted that the morning event was a huge success, thanks in large part to the many volunteers. Parents, guardians, teachers, school board members, politicians, Rotary Club members and friends participated and helped to make sure the delicious food was prepared and that there was an accepting, fun, and inviting atmosphere for all in attendance. Always aware of their responsibility to help those who may be less fortunate, the school ensured that all the leftover food headed to The Gathering Place in the spirit of caring and sharing.
Mount Pearl Senior High’s Community Outreach Program operates out of the school and includes such initiatives as coats for kids, visiting with seniors, Christmas hampers, Causes for Concerns, Christmas Boxes and a Soup Kitchen.
The Soup Kitchen is a 12 week program that runs from Feb to May with students meeting each Thursday after school met to prepare chili or goulash, as well as muffins or cookies. With the generous support from the corporate sponsors, Sobeys, Dominion and TRA, the students were able to prepare meals for the Salvation Army's Wiseman Center which provides temporary and supportive housing to socially-displaced homeless individuals. Monies were also provided by the Elim Pentecostal Church and the Causes for Concern group.
The last day for MPSH’s South Kitchen program was May 25 and concluded with the students and teachers bringing their food to the Wiseman Centre on Friday to served, eat with patrons and cleaned up, before returning to school.
Students saw firsthand the value of their hard work and putting the needs of others ahead of their own. We often hear of teenagers are selfish and self-absorbed but that is not the experience at Mt. Pearl Senior High, where students have at times volunteered for this program even though they already have their career hours. The program is in good hands moving forward as many of the current assistants have said they will be returning to the program next year. So much for being self-absorbed.
Cameron Rice is a Grade 12 student at New World Island Academy who was selected as a recipient of the TD Canada Trust scholarship, valued at $70,000. In providing him this scholarship opportunity, TD has noted the following on their website; ‘... hoping to re-invigorate community togetherness in an isolated fishing port, Cameron joined the Coming Home Year festival committee and organized a dory race that attracted more than 400 people. He decided to make the Herring Neck Dory Festival an annual event and gained the support of provincial politicians and the Atlantic Lottery Corporation. Cameron served as co-president of the Student Council, hosted an annual community Christmas supper to share the holiday spirit and organized a benefit concert for the Canadian Cancer Society. He plans to study commerce at Memorial University (2017).’
Everyone at the District and at New World Island Academy is very proud of Cameron and wish him all the best in September.
Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts hosted a 'Pride Week' during May to help highlight and celebrate diversity. This was an initiative of the schools Safe and Caring Committee that was facilitated by a Safe and Caring Special Project Grant. Many activities were planned during the week which included the rising of the Pride flag, the rainbow coloring of the school crosswalk, a Loom Band Project for the elementary students, 'Different Kinds of Families' presentations (presented by the Foster Families Association), and a rainbow day where every member of the school community was given a rainbow cupcake and asked to dress in rainbow colors for the day. Various information was provided to both staff and students and it was awesome to see the students embrace this as they took it upon themselves to display their pride by doing things such as placing rainbow posters around the school and painting rainbows on their faces. We hope that this week will have a lasting impact and that the school community will continue to welcome and embrace diversity.