School News Stories
New World Island Academy and J. M. Olds Collegiate start a Grad Closet!
Posted: Fri Mar 24 00:00:00 NDT 2017
Students take a look at recent donations (in photo: L-R: Ms. Laura Gushue, Toni-Marie Adams, Lily Tucker)

High school graduation often puts a lot of pressure on students and their families to deal with the financial aspect of such a big celebration in a student’s life. To help ease the financial burden, New World Island Academy in Summerford and J. M. Olds Collegiate in Twillingate are partnering to start a "Grad Closet."

After seeing how successful the Grad Closet has been in other areas of the province, Guidance Counsellor Laura Gushue brought the idea to the two schools. The idea behind the Grad Closet is that any student needing or wishing to borrow a dress, suit, or accessories are able to take the items out for the weekend and return them for someone else to borrow. This is open for students who are graduating, and students who are attending any graduation in the area. When the student returns the item(s), they will be free for the next weekend to anyone who may want to borrow them.

The schools are currently accepting donations from surrounding communities and will make the items available to the students at the end of the month. The closet will be rotated between the two high schools on a weekly schedule. One of the many great things about this project is that it requires no fundraising and all items collected this year will be stored and available for years to come.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Ms. Gushue at New World Island Academy, 1-709-629-3412.

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Pi Results in Pie at EVI
Exploits Valley Intermediate
Posted: Thu Mar 16 00:00:00 NDT 2017

Exploits Valley Intermediate celebrated Pi Day again this year with several students showing off their number skills. Students were challenged to memorize the first 100 digits of the irrational number Pi. Of the four students who attempted it, two were successful in memorizing the first 100 digits and reciting them in front of their peers. Ella Browne and Rachel Bartlett showed an impressive display of their mathematical skills, and they were each rewarded with a brand new math set.

They were also given the opportunity to pie their Principal (John Antle), Vice Principal (Darren Woolridge) and Math teacher (Tom Caines) in the face to the great delight of all students watching. It was a great afternoon with a fantastic show of school spirit.

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Calling All Speech Writers for Canada's 150 Anniversary
Posted: Mon Mar 13 00:00:00 NDT 2017

In honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons are hosting a speech writing competition (500 - 750 words) for Canadians aged 12 to 17. 

The topic is "What Parliament Means to Me." 

Finalists will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Ottawa in June 2017. While in Ottawa, the finalists will meet with the Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons and be recognized at a reception at Parliament.  Further details about the contest and a video can be found on the Parliament of Canada's Youth Connection Facebook page.

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Students Keep History Alive with Design and Story Contest
Posted: Fri Mar 03 00:00:00 NST 2017

The Historic Sites Association has announced the student winners of theie 2017 Design and Story Contest. Marystown Central High School Grade 10 student Olivia Blake won the overall provincial prize for her entry, 'Newfoundland Fairytale.' Six regional winners were also announced, including:

  • Avalon - Julia Brake (Grade 10, Gonzaga High School)
  • Burin - Katelyn Butler (Grade 5, Sacred Heart Academy)
  • Vista - Mark Butt (Grade 5, Anthony Paddon Elementary)
  • Central - Jasmine Neal (Grade 8, Smallwood Academy)
  • Western - Jada King (Grade 5, Our Lady of Mercy Elementary)
  • Labrador - Erica Jacque (Grade 9, B.L. Morrison All Grade)

Congratulations to all who particiapted. More information on the contest and to see and read each of their entries, please visit the Historic Sites website here.

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'Dart Outdoors' Launches at Lewisporte Academy
Lewisporte Academy
Posted: Tue Feb 28 00:00:00 NST 2017
Grace, Kennedy, and Brooke enjoyed the launch of Dart Outdoors

Lewisporte Academy was very excited to participate in the School Sports NL 'Dart Outdoors' launch to begin Education Week in mid-February! Candice and Sean, representatives of School Sports NL, joined students and staff for an assembly to officially launch the initiative, which encourages schools to get students outside for some activity. Area MHA Derek Bennett, District Senior Education Officer Maria Antle, School Council Chairperson Audrey Sheppard and School Council member Angie Moyles were present to witness the excitement and participate in the activities. Mr. Oake, our Physical Education teacher, led the students in a 'Trek Across Newfoundland' QDPA session once guests had brought greetings and Principal Pam Coish was pleased to welcome everyone to our school. All students spent some time outside during the day enjoying time in the snow and sun! Snacks were provided by School Sports NL for students and staff members and everyone in attendance was pleased to have the opportunity to take advantage of some good weather and get moving!

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Holy Redeemer Student's Poster Goes National
Holy Redeemer Elem. (Span Bay)
Posted: Tue Feb 28 00:00:00 NST 2017
(L-R) Gordon Parsons, Dave Thistle, Abagail Galway, William Titford (photo credit: Paul Sheppard)

As part of their Remembrance Day celebrations, the students of Holy Redeemer participate in a poster, poem and essay contest sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 9 in Spaniard's Bay. A winner from each category is selected from each grade level (K-9) and displayed at the annual Remembrance Day dinner held at the local Royal Canadian Legion. The winning entries of the poster (Primary), poem and essay (Elementary and Intermediate) are sent to Provincial Command of the Royal Canadian Legion to be judged among other enteries province-wide. Holy Redeemer is very pleased to announce that Grade 8 student Abagail Galway placed Third at the Provincial level in the poster contest. Her winning entry will now go on to the National level to be judged. Congratulations Abagail!

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Heritage Week Poster Contest Winners Named
Posted: Thu Feb 23 00:00:00 NST 2017

The Honourable Frank Fagan, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, Her Honour Patricia Fagan and Colin Holloway, MHA District of Terra Nova, joined the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (HFNL) and members of the education and heritage communities at Government House in St. John’s to mark Heritage Week in the province February 19-25.

Winners of HFNL’s 12th annual Heritage Places Poster Contest were in attendance to accept their prizes. Approximately one thousand students from 62 schools across the province produced submissions for the contest, which is open to all schools in the province. The winning submission is featured on the Foundation's poster promoting Heritage Day in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Hae Na Luther, a grade 9 student at Stella Maris Academy in Trepassey, submitted the Junior High and Overall winning submission with her depiction of the Colonial Building Provincial Historic Site.

Winning submissions at the other grade levels included:

Primary – Liam Costello, Kindergarten, St. Bonaventure’s College, St. John’s, for his depiction of the Ferryland Lighthouse (Town of Ferryland designated Municipal Heritage Site);
Elementary – Waffa Zahralyn, Grade 4, St. Matthew’s School, St. John’s, for her depiction of Cabot Tower (Classified Federal Heritage Building); and,
Senior High – Nicole Chaulk, Grade 12, Glovertown Academy, Glovertown for her depiction of the Railway Coastal Museum, St. John’s (Federally designated Heritage Railway Station).

The students’ respective schools also received awards; $300 each for St. Bonaventure’s College, St. Matthew’s School and Glovertown Academy, and $750 for Stella Maris Academy. Congratulations to all participants and winners for their efforts!

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Aquaponics at Holy Trinity High
Holy Trinity High
Posted: Tue Feb 07 00:00:00 NST 2017
Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador is thrilled to announce the premiere dates for our new TV show: EcoVision.

Holy Trinity High School has been building and maintaining a state-of-the-art aquaponics system that allows students to grow their own herbs using nitrogen produced by goldfish. The system motivates students to apply knowledge from sciences such as ecosystems, water quality, electronics and robotics.

The system will be featured on RogersTV starting tonight and running for the rest of the week.

The premiere for the episode is Tuesday, February 7th at 8:00 p.m.

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Principal David Locke named one of Canada's Outstanding Principals
Holy Spirit High
Posted: Tue Jan 31 00:00:00 NST 2017
David Locke, Principal of Holy Spirit High

The District is pleased to congratulate Principal David Locke of Holy Spirit High School for being named one of Canada's Outstanding Principals™ by The Learning Partnership.

David Locke is a leader who builds trust with staff, students and the broader school community.

He is intentionally visible in the halls and classrooms of Holy Spirit High School, interacting and connecting with his 900 students, often referring to them by name. Since his arrival, the graduation rate at Holy Spirit has consistently been near or at the top of the province. Additionally, the percentage of students in the non-academic stream has been decreasing. Dave is committed to building capacity among staff. He has been working on differentiating instruction, providing early interventions to meet the needs of the most challenging of students.

Dave has been a driving force in effectively incorporating technology, recognizing the possibilities in PowerSchool and Google Classrooms. Dave understands student and staff well-being, is accessible and responsive, and exemplifies all aspects of learning at Holy Spirit.

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Resilience of Spirit at Bay d'Espoir Academy
Bay d'Espoir Academy
Posted: Mon Jan 30 00:00:00 NST 2017

Since the fires that devastated a number of community buildings on January 17, students, staff and community members in Milltown, Bay d’Espoir have been rallying together to pick up the pieces and move forward in solidarity. A number of great initiatives have been underway in the area, many of them spearheaded by staff members of Bay d’Espoir Academy. Below, please find the details of just a few of the focused initiatives and learn about the resilience of the human spirit that is alive and well within our province:

Collecting the Pieces

After the traumatic experience of losing their school in Milltown, countless teachers, parents, students, workers, and volunteers have been assisting graciously in the transition to the new location in St. Alban's.

Throughout the past week there has been a tremendous amount of supplies donated from supporters from all across the province. Several schools have collected funds and resources that have been essential in making the transition more seamless.

Cathy Manuel, a grade 6 teacher at Bay d'Espoir Academy says, 'It's very heartwarming to see how people all across the island are reaching out to give us a hand. It just shows the true nature of Newfoundland and Labradorians in times of need.'

Such acts of kindness do not go unnoticed as resources are being constantly collected, sorted, and stored. These will eventually be distributed to the students once they resume their studies.

The staff and students of Bay d'Espoir Academy are all overwhelmed by the generosity of those who have contributed in the effort of creating not only a new environment, but also a future for the students.

Raising Their Voices

Once reunited as a staff after the fire that occurred to Bay d'Espoir Academy, it was decided that the students should come together and sing. Mrs. Valerie Coombs, the music teacher at the school, took it upon herself to arrange a concert at St. Ignatius Church in St. Alban's.

Through word of mouth, social media, and news outlets, several members of the community joined together to create a night of music and hope for the transitioning of their beloved school.

With an attendance of several hundred people, a set list of over a dozen performances, and a contribution of close to eight thousand dollars, the night was surely a success.

Students, parents, and even staff members joined together to share their musical renditions of songs that come from several decades, genres, and corners of the world.

The vocal students of Mrs. Coombs then joined together in a beautiful rendition of the song, ‘We Are The World.’ As the lyrics state, ‘let's realize that a change can only come, when we stand together as one;’ the message really strikes a chord with everyone who has been affected by this heartbreaking disaster.

Let's Talk Mental Health

There certainly has been plenty to talk about lately down in Bay d'Espoir. However, during the readjustment to the new facility, students and staff alike took the time to start talking about mental health.

Every year, Bell Media has a day where they raise money based on interactions related to #BellLetsTalk. Through each text message, Facebook post, Tweets, Instagram photo, Snapchat filter, or phone call, five cents get contributed to mental health initiatives.

Students of the Leadership Group and teachers were busy sending messages to help raise money for the cause. As a group, they believe that there is stigma surrounding mental health, but getting the conversation going and raising money certainly help the cause.

Alyssa Organ, a member of the Leadership Group, states, ‘The stigma attached to mental health is something I feel we should all be working towards eliminating. Bell Let’s Talk day is a great way to bring attention to the issue by getting everyone talking and involved.’

The #BellLetsTalk day was a success after having over 125,000,000 interactions. The students feel pride in being able to help the cause.

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Holy Cross Elementary Teacher Creates Winter Activities Wonderland
Holy Cross Elem. (Holyrood)
Posted: Wed Jan 25 00:00:00 NST 2017

For some people, winter is a time of curling up and trying to stay warm, while the cold elements whip around outside. It can be difficult to find the motivation to be active when the weather does not always want to cooperate. However, one teacher at Holy Cross Elementary is trying to encourage physical activity during the winter months and has created the ultimate playland for students and community members alike.

Andrew Martin is the physical education teacher at the K-6 school in Holyrood and is the master-mind behind a rink and sliding hill they have been marked out behind the school on their summer soccer pitch. Since posting pictures of the finished product and the excited reactions of students this week on Twitter (@HolyCrossElem), the school has gotten a lot of attention about the out-of-the-box initiative.

The CBC St. John's Morning Show spoke with Mr. Martin this week about the winter wonderland; how it was created, the motivation for the initiative, and how students and community members alike are interested in strapping on their skates and taking a spin.

CBC News (January 25, 2017) - View full story HERE

 

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Danny King Remembered at Waterford Valley High
Waterford Valley High
Posted: Tue Jan 17 00:00:00 NST 2017
Photo credit: NLESD Trustee Keith Culleton

Students and staff at Waterford Valley High came together this month to honour a former teacher who passed away suddenly in 2016. Danny King was commonly known as DK, an avid rugby player and coach. Mr. King was known to be a tough as bones player on the field but a kind and empathetic educator in other areas of his life. Principal Bridget Ricketts said King helped many students find a passion for the sport, passing on his love and knowledge as a couch at Bishops College, WVH, Swilers RFC and The Rock. A year to the day that Mr. King passed (January 17), a number of family, friends, colleagues, and teammates came together at the school to play a winter scrimmage of rugby and celebrate the life of an amazing individual. Students also took the opportunity to sell commemorative wrist bands to remember Mr. King, with proceeds earmarked for the local SPCA.

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NL Principal to Help Build School in Dominican
St. Teresa's Elementary
Posted: Fri Jan 13 00:00:00 NST 2017
St. Teresa's School Principal Kyran Dwyer

One of our St. John’s principals is heading to the Dominican Republic this weekend to help give back to students in another corner of the world. Kyran Dwyer, who is this year’s top teacher at St. Teresa’s School, Mundy Pond, is one of 50 school administrators who will be travelling this weekend with sponsors Lifetouch Photography to the mountain town of Constanza to help build a school to service local children.

CBC News recently spoke with Dwyer about the upcoming trip and what these principals will be doing while away.

CBC News (January 13, 2017) – View full story HERE.

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Amalgamated Dresses Turkey for Local Charity
Amalgamated Academy
Posted: Wed Jan 11 00:00:00 NST 2017
Presenting the cheque to Helping Hand (L to R); School Principal Paul Brown, Helping Hands Coordinator Darlene Kearley, School Counselor & Committee Chairperson Kerri Morgan, and School Assistant Principal Roy Sparkes.

The Safe and Caring Committee of Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts presented their school community with a challenge this year. They were asked to warm up a featherless turkey displayed in their main lobby by purchasing feathers for a twonie. The initiative, referred to as "Twonies for Turkeys," was an effort to raise money for Helping Hand to help purchase turkeys for families in need. To encourage the sale of as many feathers as possible, all feathers sold were eligible to win a set of 4 Ice Caps tickets, which were kindly donated by Bartlett’s Irving in Bay Roberts.

Our Safe and Caring Student Committee members were hard at work selling feather during recess and even during our parent teacher session and Christmas concerts. The response of the school was overwhelming, as $740 was raised and presented to our local Helping Hand. Our turkey (nicknamed Tobias) was barely visible under all of his feathers!

The lucky winner of the Ice Caps tickets was one of our Grade 4 students, Liam Porter.  Congratulations to Liam and everyone who helped support "Toonies for Turkeys."

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Keeping Tradition Alive at St. Mary's All-Grade
Posted: Mon Jan 09 00:00:00 NST 2017
Students and staff get into the spirit of the season with a traditional event, memmering.

On the last day of Christmas, Old Christmas Day (January 6), students and staff of St. Mary's All-Grade in Mary's Harbour, Labrador, participated in an hour long event celebrating the Christmas tradition of mummering. A traditional jig in the school gym, as well as games and sports activities were on the agenda. Principal Verna Brown says that she is very proud of this initiative by the school's Student Council, which shows school and community spirit. It was also nice to see the students enjoy a tradition which has been slowly falling by the wayside. Hopefully, this initiative can rejuvenate some interest in this traditional part of our culture by the younger generation.

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Pathfinders Students Help Launch New Initiative
Pathfinder/Directions Alt Sch
Posted: Fri Dec 16 00:00:00 NST 2016

A great new partnership initiative was launched just in time for Christmas in Corner Brook. The social enterprise, the Onesie Twosie Baby Boutique, is a partnership between the Community Youth Network (CYN) Corner Brook/Bay of Islands, YMCA, Enactus Grenfell and the District. Students within the Pathfinders Learning Centre will help to operate the store, located at the Millbrook Mall, to sell new and used clothing for children up to the age of five years. Partners got together this week ahead of their grand opening with the media to introduce the new and exciting initative.

NTV's Don Bradshaw stopped by to understand the many benefits of the partnership for those involved as well as the Corner Brook community at large.

NTV News (December 14, 2016) - View full story HERE.

 

 

 

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Phoenix Academy Student Wins Provincial Contest
Phoenix Academy
Posted: Tue Dec 06 00:00:00 NST 2016
MHA Derrick Bragg and staff from the Forest Service Branch of Government present Braeden Mouland and Principal Jerry Jenkins with their prizes (Photo credit: Natasha Mouland)

The Forest Service Branch of the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods has selected Phoenix Academy Grade 6 student Braeden Mouland as the provincial winner of the 2016 National Forest Week Poster contest. Under the theme of True North Strong and Green – Celebrating Canada’s Forests, Braeden’s poster was selected from 285 entries from 20 schools across the province. For his winning poster, Braeden received an Ipad Mini and case, as well as a Smokey the Bear gift pack. The school also received a library book gift pack valued at $500 and a framed copy of Braeden’s poster.

The Provincial Government provided more information on the program and the contest through a news release, available here.

Other winners of the contest included Jadyn Bragg at Cape St. Francis Elementary in Pouch Cove and Eva Parr at Pasadena Elementary on the west coast, who took second and third places, respectively. Each student received Ipod Nano and a Smokey the Bear gift pack.

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Students Help Teammate Shine
Holy Heart
Posted: Tue Dec 06 00:00:00 NST 2016
The Holy Heart Highlanders team work together to ensure everyone is included

Many times, team sporting events not only offer students the opportunity to develop physical skills and abilities, but can offer an opportunity for team members to develop emotional and more personal skills and abilities as well. Recently, during a basketball game between the Holy Trinity Tigers and the Holy Heart of Mary Highlanders, players, coaches and the community were a shining example of that fact. In early December, CBC News profiled the story of Keegan Sinnott, a 16 year old student who has been dealt some tough blows in his young life, but he continues to aim to be involved and to strive daily for his personal best... and he has a circle of support to help him achieve his goals.

Find out more about the recent Holy Heart versus Holy Trinity game, and the supportive community that surrounds Keegan Sinnott in the article linked below.

CBC News (December 5, 2016) - View full story HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Donna and Andy Visit Whitbourne Elementary
Whitbourne Elementary
Posted: Thu Dec 01 00:00:00 NST 2016
Donna and Andy perform for students and staff

Students and staff were thrilled to have a concert presentation by Donna and Andy in early November. The pair are a world class, international duo recognized with a Juno nomination and multiple East Coast Music Awards. Their interactive musical show that features fiddle, accordion, keyboard, guitar and even Newfoundland ugly stick and their signature vocals, instrumental diversity, comedy and audience involvement was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Spcial thanks to Donna and Andy for joining us at Whitbourne Elementary and providing us with great learning and singing opportunities. More information about the duo can be found at http://redcastlepublishing.com

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Belanger Celebrates Mole Day
Belanger Memorial School
Posted: Wed Nov 30 00:00:00 NST 2016
Belanger Celebrates Mole Day

Mole Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated among chemists, chemistry students and chemistry enthusiasts on October 23, between 6:02 a.m. and 6:02 p.m. The time and date are derived from Avogadro’s number (6.02 x 1023), which defines the number of particles (atoms or molecules) in one mole of a substance. Chemistry students at Belanger Memorial in the Codroy Valley have been celebrating Mole Day for many years now with fun, games, and great learning opportunities. Students create their own shirts to wear in honor of Avogadro, they wake up and create a Mole Day post at 6:02 am and in chemistry class that day, they play mole games such as the Molympics and Pin the Mole in the Equation. They feast on various snacks including guacaMOLE and oatMOLE cookies  and each year they write and create a Mole Day video which stares many of the chemistry students and other students interested in honoring Avogadro.

Mole Day was created to foster interest in chemistry and we are pleased to say it does just that in the halls of Belanger. 

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Stephenville Elementary Learns to Rock!
Stephenville Elementary
Posted: Wed Nov 30 00:00:00 NST 2016
David Walsh provides students with an upclose examination of the types of rocks found in the area.

Students at Stephenville Elementary recently got the opportunity to learn about all that exists right outside their door recently, as local geologist David Walsh came to give a presentation at the school. Walsh visited to share information with the Grade 4s about rocks and minerals that can be found around the community and the province. Walsh showed students and staff the tools used when geologist are working in the field and was able to share with students what life is like working in science and geology. Many thanks to Mr. Walsh for coming to visit and for sharing his stories with us - we enjoyed it greatly and learn a lot!

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Ensuring Awareness at St. Lawrence Academy
St. Lawrence Academy
Posted: Fri Nov 25 00:00:00 NST 2016
Students show off their new stickers as part of Autism Awareness Month activities

The students and staff at St. Lawrence Academy took the opportunity last month to display their support for friends and family living with autism as part of Autism Awareness Month. Awareness was front and center as the school hosted a number of events designed to educate their school community and embrace the differences among us all. Among the initiatives, everyone wore blue early in the month to show their support for autism awareness, another day saw all classes presented with information about autism, and to end off the month, students had a treat day where special autism awareness stickers were distributed to all students.

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Bay d'Espoir Academy's Respect Alliance
Bay d'Espoir Academy
Posted: Thu Nov 17 00:00:00 NST 2016

This year 15 students from Bay d'Espoir Academy started the school year with a focus – to increase awareness and support for the LGBTQ community in their school. With the help of their teachers Mrs. Garden and Ms. Oliver, the students formed a group they called the Respect Alliance.

Students quickly decided that their first goal was to create two gender neutral washrooms in the High School building. A letter was written to the administration asking for permission and was quickly granted. In late October, the Bay d'Espoir Academy Respect Alliance revealed the change. Students can now decide which washroom they would like to use and not which binary gender to which they may adhere.

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Nain Teachers Take Training to Heart: Learn CPR with ACT
Posted: Wed Nov 09 00:00:00 NST 2016
Jens Haven Memorial School teachers with lead community partner Vale⿿s Rex Holwell, at the CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training event in Nain in late October

In an effort train instructors to help empower students and save lives, the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator program recently came to Nain to spend some time with local teachers. As a result and moving forward, each year, Jens Haven Memorial School students will have the option to be trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). 

ACT, in community partnership with Vale, and health partners AstraZeneca Canada and Sanofi Canada, were thrilled to bring this lifesaving program to Nain.

Thanks to the support of ACT’s partners, Jens Haven Memorial School has received training mannequins, AED training units, curriculum materials, program set-up and a defibrillator for cardiac arrest emergencies. In addition to the high school program, Jens Haven Memorial teachers and staff were also trained in CPR and learned how to use a defibrillator.

"Vale is pleased to be supporting ACT in the delivery of this vital training to teachers in the schools in Nain,” says Peter Langlois, General Manager of Vale’s operations in Labrador. 

Through the ACT High School CPR Program, teachers instruct their students about:

  • RISK factors for cardiovascular disease and the importance of adopting a heart healthy lifestyle
  • How to RECOGNIZE a developing medical emergency
  • How to REACT, by calling 9-1-1 quickly and how to help while waiting for the ambulance to arrive
  • How to RESUSCITATE by performing CPR and using an AED
  • How to perform the obstructed airway manoeuvre 

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is creating a culture of lifesaving by establishing the CPR and AED program in all high schools.

To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the CPR Program in more than 1,740 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.2 million youth to save lives. For more information about the ACT Foundation, visit our website at www.actfoundation.ca.

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Filling Bellies and Honouring Friends
Persalvic Elementary
Posted: Wed Oct 26 00:00:00 NDT 2016

Persalvic Elementary School in Victoria held its 6th Annual Walk To Breakfast the middle of October. This year, Persalvic Elementary school was honored to name the walk in honour of our friend, Dana Cox, who passed away a short while ago. Dana, along with her parents, were breakfast volunteers and avid supporters of the Breakfast Program. Following the walk, students enjoyed a pancake breakfast at school prepared by our volunteers. The Victoria Volunteer Fire Department accompanied students on the walk.

The Kids Eat Smart Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador helps set up and support child nutrition programs. They believe that children have the right to adequate nutritious food and recognize that good food is fundamental for good health, the ability to concentrate and learn.  The Foundation partners with schools, communities, volunteers and sponsors to set up and support nutritious food programs. A sincere thank you to all students, staff, parents, sponsors and community volunteers who helped make our Walk to Breakfast a huge success for our students.

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Bosco Shines with QVE Melodies
St. John Bosco
Posted: Wed Oct 26 00:00:00 NDT 2016

The afternoon before Thanksgiving weekend, the students at St. John Bosco were introduced to an amazing group of very talented singers – Quintessential Vocal Ensemble. This international award-winning choir had come to visit our school to share their gift of music as part of their educational and community outreach program. The performance QVE gave was unlike anything our students had ever experienced; the joy and awe on the students’ faces was evident from the very first note sang by the choir. Students were completely engaged for the entire duration of the concert. They even got to hear their own music teacher sing a solo with the choir - a style of singing they don't often get to hear from Miss Murphy!

Some quotes from students include:
‘That was so awesome, Miss!’
‘We didn’t just like it, we LOVED it!’
‘That opera girl can sing really, really high!’

This was especially memorable for our students because QVE had them actively participating throughout the performance. For example, during “Twinkle Twinkle”, several students were invited to sit in front of each choral section (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) and to stand up when they heard their section singing the melody. Two of our very talented Grade 6 students were asked to join the choir’s performance of ‘Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ as beatboxers. One student was even given the privilege of conducting QVE for a well-known spiritual, ‘Battle of Jericho.’ Through this highly interactive performance by QVE, our students experienced the power of music and how singing with a choir can be ‘really cool.’

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When school communities work together...students reap the rewards
Beaconsfield Junior High
Posted: Thu Sep 29 00:00:00 NDT 2016
When school communities work together

This was most evident on Saturday, September 17th as the Beaconsfield Junior High School Community joined forces for a school grounds cleanup with students, parents, staff and the School Council working together.

As a continuation of the school "Beautification Project"; an initiative started by the 2015-16 School Council, we are pleased to share that over 50 bags of grass and shrubs were collected. The cleanup-up crew also managed to mow the front lawns/parking area and school grounds in front of the school. With the support of a community volunteer, we were also able to cut and trim the foliage surrounding the school itself. The results were immediate and most pleasing to the eye.

With the recent placing of a number of new picnic tables, students are now able to enjoy lunch and socialize in the main outside area of the school grounds.

Also note, the school recently replaced the old signage at the entrance of the property with a new, highly visible attractive Logo that was voted on by the 2015-16 school community. We are also exploring ways to improve the overall landscape of the grounds. All help will be greatly appreciated.

We believe the property is worthy of a huge make-over and our students deserve to learn in a physically attractive environment. As a school community, we have a responsibility to make this happen.

Please stay tuned for future changes to the appearance of Beaconsfield Junior High.

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Partnership Established to Provide Mental Health First Aid Training
Posted: Thu Sep 29 00:00:00 NDT 2016

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District was supported by Bell Let’s Talk with funding to help provide Mental Health First Aid training to educators throughout the province. Read more about the collaboration and the early results of this partnership from District trainers in the article attached below.

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Preparations Underway for Back to School
Posted: Thu Sep 01 00:00:00 NDT 2016

As parents and guardians get children ready for the first day of school, our administrators and District staff are also hard at work preparing for the year ahead.

Director Darrin Pike recently spoke with NTVs Jodi Cooke about the back to school activities that are underway and what will be our focus for the 2016-17 school year.

NTV News (August 31, 2016) - View full story HERE

 

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No Rest for the Charitable at Gros Morne
Posted: Mon Jul 18 00:00:00 NDT 2016

Gros Morne Academy hosted its annual Wake-a-Thon this year and were pleased to have a good turn out of students to help raise funds for different charitable organizations.Lead by the Student Council, this year’s Wake-a-Thon was held mid-May and featured lots of fun, engaging and eye-opening events to keep students awake and alert!

At the end of the event, students raised $3,400.00 and chose to share the funds with the Red Cross' Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund. Gros Morne Academy student have, once again, shown themselves to be good global citizens - congrats to all!

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Spreading Awareness on Social Justice Matters
Posted: Wed Jun 29 00:00:00 NDT 2016

As a part of their Social Justice course, the students enrolled in this class had an opportunity to have a Social Justice Awareness Day in early June.

During these awareness days, students presented the various Social Justice Awareness Groups that they studies this year in a sort of trade show format.

It was an opportunity for the students to become aware of the many groups that are in their community and for them to get involved to contribute as global citizens.

The presentations ranged from the SPCA to Mental Awareness. 

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Tricentia Earns Gold Star
Tricentia Academy
Posted: Tue Jun 28 00:00:00 NDT 2016

The 2015-16 school year has been very successful for the athletes of Tricentia Academy in Arnold's Cove.

The Tricentia Timberwolves had significant success at the regional level and competed at many provincial tournaments. Specifically, the Timberwolves captured the regional banner in both boys and girls softball, boys and girls volleyball, boys and girls ball hockey, and boys basketball.

As a result of their strong showing, School Sport NL (SSNL) recognized Tricentia Academy by awarding them a 'Gold Star' award. Schools throughout the province earn points towards the achievement of gold star status through participation, achievement, and sportsmanship during SSNL sanctioned events. With pride, the students involved have signed their names to the Gold Star banner, as it now hangs in the school gymnasium and will remain for years to come as a symbol of an excellent school sport experience.

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District School Rocks!
District School
Posted: Tue Jun 21 00:00:00 NDT 2016

Students at District School in St. John's recently engaged in some amazing art work for the school grounds, using their personal tastes and favourite colours. Rounded rocks were brought in from local beaches for students to explore their creativity and decorate. Various students took great pride in designing and executing their creations, using many different colours and paying great attention to detail.

Hats off to our students for helping beautify their school grounds -  their creations will certainly help staff and visitors smile and perhaps inspire others to decorate their own spaces. Congratulations to all involved!

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Sending Jens Haven Grads On Their Way
Posted: Fri Jun 17 00:00:00 NDT 2016

In mid-June, Grade 12 students at Jens Haven Memorial School in Nain hosted an initiative dubbed 'Tasiuttilaunga - Send Me On My Way.' Adopted an idea an event seen in American schools that has been making the rounds on social media, graduating students donned their caps and gowns and paraded through the hallways of their lower-grade classmates, from Kindergarten on upwards. The aim of the event is to celebrate the academic accomplishments of graduates and, at the same time, inspire the younger students. The school community lined the hallways and cheered on the graduates as they marched through the halls. The school was bursting with excitement, enthusiasm and pride, as younger students created signs, banners and cards to congratulate and encourage the graduates. Also included in the celebration was a painting created by the Kindergarten class of 2003-04 - the same students who are graduating this year! It was a phenomenal way to end the school year, saying goodbye to these accomplished members of our school community and sending them on their way, while also motivating our younger students to stay in school and attain that goal of graduating themselves. Congratulations and best wishes from your Jens Haven family.

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Tasty Tidbits Growing at Helen Tulk
Helen Tulk Elementary
Posted: Thu Jun 16 00:00:00 NDT 2016
Thumbs up for Green Thumbs

Grades 1 and 3 participated in the "Little Green Thumbs" program this year at Helen Tulk Elementary in Bishop's Falls with great success. With the help of their classroom teachers, students began growing vegetables in their classrooms in January as a hands-on learning activity to discover from where most of our food comes. The classes grew lots of tasty treats including tomatoes, lettuce, basil, peppers, cucumbers, onion, peas, beans, and carrots. As an end to this great learning experience, classes participated in a Harvest Celebration with invited guests to sample recipes that used the food grown and to see the end results of all their hard work and dedication to their classroom gardens. Great work students and staff!

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Holy Heart Student Receives National Scholarship
Holy Heart
Posted: Mon Jun 13 00:00:00 NDT 2016

The District congratulates Holy Heart of Mary High School's Olivia Parsons who has received a $70,000 Community Leadership Scholarship from TD Canada Trust. One of 20 students from across the country to be named to the honour, Parsons received word at a ceremony with her peers in Ottawa in early June. She plans to attend Ryerson University in the fall to study creative industries. A strong feminist and mental health advocate, Parsons works to inform people about the harmful impact of social pressures on women and how other females can help build women’s resiliency. Parsons started GLOW (Generating Leadership Opportunities for Women), chairing monthly meetings and a private, online forum where girls can meet women leaders, find mentors and connect with other local organizations. She is also Co-President of Student Council and is active in performing arts.

More information on Olivia Parson’s scholarship win can be found HERE.

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