Congratulations to the 6 students who proudly represented our province at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Ottawa in mid-May. Students were selected from 130 young scientists who competed at the 2018 Husky Energy Eastern Newfoundland Science and Technology Fair in April. The team included Oishi Hawlader from Gonzaga, Mitchell Hynes and Aaron Sakar from Holy Heart, Erin Burt of Holy Spirit, as well as Jasmine Rahman and Henley Mullins from St. Bonaventure’s College. The students spent a week at Carlton University along with chaperones, Ms. Erin Baker and Ms. Heidi Kavanagh.
The national fair brings together approximately 500 junior and senior high students from all provinces and territories. For the first time in recent history, all NL students won a medal! This is quite an accomplishment and a rare occurrence for any team from any region competing at the national level! Jasmine, Oishi and Aaron all won silver medals while Erin, Henley and Mitchell took home bronze. Henley also won the junior physics prize from the Canadian Association of Physicists. In addition, all medal winners were offered entrance scholarships to a number of Canadian Universities including Carlton, Dalhousie, Western Ontario, Ottawa and UBC (Vancouver).
Students at Corner Brook Intermediate have been delving into Aquaponics lately - the merger of Hydroponics and Aquaculture to grow some classroom-based vegetables and have been seeing great success. They have also been learning lots in the process.
The system, which abandons traditional soil for growing and instead circulates the water from a nearby goldfish tank to fertilize their plants, is set up in the school's science lab and has already seen success with sweet snap peas and other types of vegetable growth.
Recently, the Western Star newspaper sent a reporter to visit the school to see the project and share information on the symbiotic relationship the students have explored.
The Western Star (May 14, 2018) - view full story HERE
Forum for Young Canadians is Canada’s premier youth educational program to learn about Canadian systems of government, leadership and citizenship. Only 315 young Canadians between the ages of 15-19 are selected to attend Forum annually and this past year, 9 of those students were from this province. The representatives at the recent session included Holy Spirit High School student Erin Burt, Waterford Valley High School student Liam Warren and Ascension Collegiate student Rory Shortall.
Students participated in various activities, including an international trade simulation, a mock election, meetings with government leaders at a Parliamentarians’ Reception and Senate breakfast. Students had the special privilege of sitting in both the House of Commons and Senate, with Speakers of both chambers, who are the co-honorary Chairs of Forum. They watched Question Period from the Visitor’s Gallery and were given the choice to visit Rideau Hall or the Supreme Court. Students also take home a broader understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship. They networked with other youth from throughout the country to discuss important issues and learn more about other communities across Canada.
More information on Forum for Young Canadians can be found here.
As part of Remembrance Day celebrations, students of Holy Redeemer participated 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 Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 9. During this dinner, the 1st and 2nd place essay winners from grade 9 (centered around the theme of Remembrance) read their winning essays. The winning entries of the poster (Primary), poem and essay (Elementary and Intermediate) are then sent to Provincial Command of the Royal Canadian Legion to be judged on a Provincial basis. Congratulations to our first place winner Brooklyn Smith and to Rees Barrett for her second place entry.
Sprucewood Academy in Grand Falls-Windsor was one of a number of school who participated in the annual Rooting for Health celebration, marking Nutrition Month and Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month. The event, which is a partnership between Kids Eat Smart, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture, the School Milk Foundation, the Egg Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Agriculture in the Classroom, brings together local farmers, chefs, volunteers and families to demonstrate what's involved in getting food on the plate.The local newspaper, the Advertiser, attended the event at Sprucewood and spoke with a number of students to find out what they liked and what they learned.
The Advertiser (March 15, 2018) - view full story HERE.
Gros Morne Academy students and teachers put their walking shoes on as they embarked on a virtual walking journey from Port Aux Basques to St. Anthony in early February. Each day, students had the opportunity to enter the gymnasium at 8:25 a.m. to walk around the gymnasium with 12 laps encompassing 1 km. Physical Education teacher Ms. Gerrow recorded laps on a daily basis, as the journey continued. At the end of February, students arrived in St. Anthony after walking a total of 8112 laps around the gymnasium. As students engaged in this promotion of physical literacy, they learned about geography (mapping progress), math (counting by 2’s, 5’s for primary students), and the inherent value associated with engagement in physical activity, with emphasis on the keys domains of learning.
The amazing part of this journey is that once it was announced that students and teachers arrived in St. Anthony, there was collective happiness but also a level of sadness that the journey had concluded. Students met Mrs. Gerrow at the gym doors and requested a continuation of this endeavor, suggesting that we turn around in St. Anthony and continue to walk to St. John’s.
So, the walk continues, with a high degree of happiness, inclusiveness and dedication to improving physical health and wellness. Way to go teachers and students!
Students and staff at Tricentia Academy in Arnold's Cove are doing their part to keep traditional music alive in the community, thanks to a unique group of students who gather lunch times in the music room. Music teacher Stephanie Boland is native to the Burin region and knew the musical talent of folks in the Placentia and Trinity Bay areas, from where students of the school hail. In a recent article in the local newspaper, The Packet, Ms. Boland tells the reporter all about the group and how they are keeping the tradition alive over the lunch-hour, complete with a short demonstration.
The Packet (March 8, 2018) - view full story HERE.
Students at Exploits Valley Intermediate in Grand Falls-Windsor got into the spirit in early March during PJ/Comfy day. Students were encouraged to dress in comfy clothes, including their PJ’s to earn House points during this spirit day. Many students participated and greatly enjoyed having a comfortable Friday while earning points for their team.
Students and staff from Avalon West came together the first weekend in March to showcase their dramatic prowess as the Town of Carbonear played host to the 2018 Regional Theatre Arts Festival at the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre. Liam Dawson hosted the 3-day event, while well known Newfoundland actor and ArtisticFraud producer Patrick Foran was the visiting adjudicator, infusing the young thespians with comedy, advice and accolades. By all accounts, it was a fun-filled, educational weekend, with numerous workshops in staging, percussion, dance and other aspects of the dramatic arts. The results of the weekend's awards ceremony can be found in the document attached.
A student from Baltimore School in Ferryland is the latest from the province to receive designation as a Loran Scholar. Grade 12 student Liam O’Brien of Cape Broyle completed an extensive application and selection process, vying against more than 5,000 other worthy students from across the country in order to be named as part of the 29th class of Loran Scholars. O’Brien is the vice-chair of a local committee that organizes community events, has helped establish and run a local radio station, participates in school band as well as being his church’s choir organist. He is a senior member of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets and is actively involved in leadership with 4H.
The scholarship program is made available annually to up to 34 promising young Canadians based on evidence of integrity, courage, compassion, grit and a high level of personal autonomy. Valued at $100,000 over four years to be used at one of 25 partner universities across Canada, each Loran Award includes an annual stipend and matching tuition waiver, access to funding for summer internships, one-on-one mentorship, and annual retreats and scholar gatherings.
Congratulations Liam - the District is pleased that the Loran Scholars Foundation has seen your amazing potential and have awarded such an honour.
Anyone interested in exploring the possibility of becoming a Loran Scholar, more information can be found HERE.
Students and staff got into the spirit of Pink Shirt Day this week, as Mt. Pearl Senior High joined schools across the province in marking the bullying awareness day in Newfoundland and Labrador. During the morning announcments on Wednesday, February 28, students learned this history of Pink Shirt Day, which started in Atlantic Canada by high school students as an effort to support a classmate who was the subject of taunts because of the colour of his shirt. Students shared inspirations quotes and were encouraged to sign a pledge to commit themselves to kindness and to stand up to bullies. Grade 9s, who this year are new to the school, received a pink shirt in return for a signed pledge and all students competed to see who wore the most pink, with eligible names put for a prize draw at the end of the day. The wall display of pledges serves as a reminder to all of the power that exists in numbers and that together, they can make kindness a priority. Way to go Huskies!
For more information on bullying, what it is and what you can do about it, click HERE.
A number of schools throughout the province kept track of the recent Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, some of them using the medal counts to learn mathematics skills or learn world geography, and others using them to inspire outdoor exploration as part of their physical education programs.
Students at Sprucewood Academy in Grand Falls-Windsor recently held a mini-Olympics throughout their school, ensuring every student was involved in their version of the games. Embracing this unique approach, the students seemingly enjoyed themselves and learned a lot. A reporter from the local newspaper, the Advertiser, recently visited and profiled the festivities.
The Advertiser (February 22, 2018) - view full story HERE.
Students from Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's also full of Olympic pride and used the event to help realize some student outcomes in areas such as Mathematics and physical education. Attached in a document below is how Rennie's River celebrated what, for many, is a pinnacle of sporting events.
In the lead up to Education Week and the School Sports NL challenge ‘Dart Outdoors,’ St. Mark’s School in King’s Cove held a traditional Newfoundland Boil Up Day, organized by physical education teacher, Mr. O’Driscoll!
Every student in Grades 1 through 12 took to the woods mid-February, armed with homemade wood starters (wax-dipped newspapers), an assortment of cooking utensils and, of course, a variety of NL staples such as salt fish, bologna and tea! The students were accompanied by most of the school’s staff including, Ms. Mugford, Ms. Batten, Ms. Johnson and Ms. Pevie. There was a fire for each age group and many of the younger students were taught fire safely and respect for the environment. Students were also taught about local vegetation and animal signs, and later went on a hike of the trails in the local area. It was a day of laughter, learning and camaraderie for St. Mark’s and staff and will remain a treasured memory. Thanks to all partner organizations who encouraged the initiative, reminding us that some of the best learning takes place when we Dart Outdoors.
Mid-January, a number of teachers within the Labrador Region of the District participated in a ‘Yoga for Youth’ workshop in Happy Valley Goose Bay. The program, facilitated by Soul Warrior Yoga, aims to instill mindfulness, awareness, self-regulation and confidence in students through the teaching of yoga in a way that is fun and inspiring. Facilitators Laura Beth Power and Susan Dawe led the Labrador workshop and both women routinely travel around the province providing in-services for various organizations interested in exploring a more mindful approach to stress-reduction.
School Health Promotion Liaison Consultant Andrew Battcock, who works with the District through a partnership with Labrador Grenfell Health, recognized the potential student and school benefit of the Yoga for Youth program and had been working on bringing the initiative to Labrador for a number of months. The two-day workshop not only taught the participants how to instruct students in yoga techniques, but also stressed the practice's benefits such as improved physical health, self-discipline, emotional awareness, increased positivity, increased focus and confidence, while also helping to foster empathy, compassion, and respect. Yoga in the school system has also seen positive results as a classroom management tool and engagement resource.
Following the workshop, the facilitators joined teachers to visit local schools and conducted yoga sessions in both the classroom and gymnasium, with teachers and students very impressed and even more comfortable with the concept. Teachers not only felt rejuvenated but also well-prepared to bring the practice of yoga to schools throughout the region!
The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador have announced the winners of the 13th annual Heritage Places Poster Contest and a number of NLESD students have placed among the top entries. The Senior High and Overall Winner was Carbonear Collegiate Grade 12 student Hayley Martin, who depicted the Catherdral of the Immaculate Conception, a Registered Heritage Structure in Harbour Grace.
Other winners included Riverside Elementary's Katie Spurrell in the Elementary category. The Grade 5 student created a likeness of Kimberly Row in St. John's. Grade 9 Luke Shannahan of Baltimore School won in the Junior High category for his depiction of R.J. O'Brien's General Store, which is a Registered Heritage Structure in Cape Broyle.
More information on the Heritage Foundation's annual poster contest and this year's winner can be found HERE.
Like many schools throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, St. Matthew’s School recently celebrated Literacy Day in great style. The school invited members of the community to bring in used books that they had outgrown or were no longer using. Teachers then set up a book fair where students were invited to visit the fair to get “new” books for free. This event highlighted the importance of literacy and recycling and was a huge success; all the students had new books for Literacy Day.
Also on Literacy Day, members of our school community dressed up as a book or movie character. The school's Silly Squad collected loose change and were able to make a donation to our local public library, as well as donate some of the remaining books from the book fair. With some of the books that were remaining, the school was also able to provide new books to all St. Matthew's KinderStart students.
St. Matthew’s School loves reading and recycling!
Music students from Brookside Intermediate, St. Paul's Junior High and St. Edward's Elementary came together in early February to participate in a special event organized by the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra's (NSO) Chevron Goes to School.. And Beyond program. The Sing In/Play In event saw more than 250 students reherse a number of pieces in anticipation for an upcoming performance.
The Telegram's photojournalist Joe Gibbons attended the sessions and shared some wonderful photograph's with followers.
The Telegram (February 10, 2018) - view full story HERE.
The District believes all our administrators are amazingly dedicated individuals, but we get really excited when they are individually recognized as great leaders.
While we have a website dedicated to the recent announcement of The Learning Partnerships's Canada's Outstanding Principals, located HERE, a number of local media outlets have profiled the 2018 designations of Mike Tobin of Paradise Elementary and Exploits Valley Intermediate's John Antle.
CBC News (January 31, 2018) - view full story HERE
The Advertiser Newspaper (January 31, 2018) profile on John Antle - view full story HERE
On Tuesday December 19th nearly 300 students from 7 District high schools (Laval High, Crescent Collegiate, Carbonear Collegiate, Ascension Collegiate, Roncalli Central High, Queen Elizabeth Regional High School and O’Donel High ) attended the St. John’s French for the Future Forum.
Hosted in over 15 cities across Canada, French for the Future’s local forums unite FSL (French Second Language) and FFL (French First Language) high school students for the opportunity to discover and experience the cultural and professional value of continuing a bilingual education. The invitation to attend the forum is extended to a different group of schools each year. The objectives of the local forums are to:
- provide students with a positive environment in which to practice their French;
- educate students on the career possibilities and potential that bilingualism brings;
- encourage students to continue their studies in French; and,
- celebrate the French language and francophone culture.
Students attend creative and informative workshops, and meet bilingual professionals.
The French for the Future message is: keep up on your French throughout high school and university, because no matter which career you choose to pursue, speaking French will always be an asset.
More information on French for the Future can be found by visiting their website HERE.
The memory of a beloved teacher, Danny King, was honoured Wednesday by the Waterford Valley High students and colleagues on whose lives he made a lasting impact. A large group came together at the school on Topsail Road in St. John's for a winter rugby scrimmage - a sport about which King was quite passionate. Joined by representatives of the City of St. John's and members of the school community, students tossed the ball to honour the premature loss of one of their own.
A number of local media outlets attended and spoke with organizers - their articles can be found below:
VOCM News (January 17, 2018) - view full story HERE.
The Telegram (January 18, 2018) - view full story HERE.
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.