School News Stories
GSA Events Happening Across the Island in May
Posted: April 23, 2019

Students throughout the province will have the opportunity in May to participate in one of a number of gatherings across the island focused on support for our GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance) groups and individuals in schools throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Working in partnership with a number of local community and national organizations, the following events are just some of the initiatives underway in schools throughout the province. More information is available by following the links below.

Saturday, May 4, 2019: Gay the Force Be With You!
Macdonald Drive Junior High School in St. John’s is welcoming students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 for age-appropriate programming and comradery, as they host ‘It Takes All Kinds/ Il faut de tout pour faire un monde’ on Saturday, May 4th, 2019.
Registration is open until the day of the event - more information and registration is available HERE.
For additional information on the GSA event happening in the Avalon region, please contact Mme Brunet by email, nathaliebrunet@nlesd.ca

Thursday, May 30, 2019: Central Newfoundland GSA Forum
Exploits Valley High School in Grand Falls-Windsor will host junior and senior high school students for a event focused on engaging and thought-provoking workshops and community building. The gathering is an initiative of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District and the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity.
Registration is open and can be accessed HERE.
For additional information on the event, please contact suzannehogg@nlesd.ca

Friday, May 31, 2019: Western Newfoundland GSA Forum
Junior and senior high school students in the western region are invited to join students at Indian River High School in Springdale Friday, May 31 for a forum and networking event. The gathering is designed to help discuss and encourage positive, dignified, and respectful discourse on matters of gender and sexuality. An initiative of the District and the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity.
Registration is open and can be accessed HERE.
For additional information on the event, please contact sherraleerobinson@nlesd.ca
 

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Big Win for ACMS On Deep Learning Initiative
Amos Comenius Memorial School
Posted: April 17, 2019
Left Photo: (from l to r) EdCan's Max Cooke (on screen), ACMS Principal Dean Coombs, ACMS teacher Curtis Oliver, District Director of Education Tony Stack. Right photo: District E-Learning Facilitator Andrea Neville with Mr. Oliver

Congratulations to Amos Comenius Memorial School (ACMS) in Hopedale, Labrador, who recently received an honourable mention in a national competition for innovation in education. The Ken Spencer Awards for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, an initiative of the EdCan Network, recognized the work of ACMS and teacher Curtis Oliver in cahllenging students to think criticially in developing virtual reality experiences of the community of Hopedale.

CBC Labrador recently profiled the school and the award through both a news article (April 12, 2019) and an onair interview with Mr. Oliver and ACMS principal Dean Coombs.

The District is proud of the school's work in leveraging technology to provide students with an opportunity for deeper understanding and comprehension and appreciates the work of students, schools staff, and District IT staff who facilitied the opportunity. As part of the award, the school is receving a $1,000 grant.

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FRJH's Raven Kaster Travels From NL to Ireland
Frank Roberts Junior High
Posted: March 6, 2019
(L to R) Fisherman Darren Kilbane found the Raven Kaster off the coast of Achill Island in Ireland. FRJH students Kaitlyn Grandy and Stephanie Evans were among those who set the boat off on its adventure this past November.

Tech-savvy students in Mr. Thomas Sheppard and Ms. Shawna Walsh's Grade 8 classes at Frank Roberts Junior High School in Foxtrap, Conception Bay South recently got some exciting news from overseas. Students learned their mini boat, the Raven Kaster, which was funded by a grant from the Marine Institute and part of the Educational Passages program had reached Achill Island in Ireland. The boat was launched on the Grand Banks off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador on November 8, 2018 and reached Ireland after 102 days at sea on February 18, 2019. Students at FRJH plan to connect with a class in Ireland to share their experiences and learn more about where they live.

NTV News caught up with students and staff at the school to learn about their project and what they have found out about the condition of their precious 'Raven Kaster'.

NTV News (February 19, 2019) - view full story HERE.

For more information on Frank Roberts Junior High and the Raven Kaster, follow @FRJHschool on Twitter.

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Education Becomes Enchanted at Lewisporte Academy
Lewisporte Academy
Posted: January 24, 2019
Through the efforts of the school community and with help from Scholastic, even Principal Terry Spurrell got caught up with some extra reading.

Lewisporte Academy recently received word that they were one of a number of local schools lucky enough to be named a winner of Scholastic's Principal Shelfie Contest. As part of their prize package, the school received a set of books for its school library. In addition to the prize package, the school also recevied a significant donation from the local Evangelical Pentecostal Church to assist with their literacy outreach efforts. With the help of many dedicated and committed local volunteers, Lewisporte Academy was able to transform its Learning Resource Centre into a tremendously enchanted forest. Their efforts even inspired Mr. Spurrell to add a little extra light reading to his day!

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WVH Launches New Kitchen Program - A First for Atlantic Canada
Waterford Valley High
Posted: January 22, 2019
Students practise their new skills during WVH's Kitchen Brigade Program.

Waterford Valley High is very proud to be the first school in Atlantic Canada to pilot an after school Kitchen Brigades program, under the direction of nutrition teacher Ms. Lisa Smith Saunders and Chef Roger Andrews.  This is an opportunity for students with a genuine interest in cooking to develop personal culinary skills and autonomy in the kitchen while learning about healthy eating, their local community and how food connects us all.  Kitchen Brigades is a program of La Tablee des Chefs , based out of Montreal, Quebec.

At Waterford Valley High, the program got off to a great start on January 21st with students learning safety and the proper technique for using knives. Students practiced their skills cutting fruit for a parfait, with each team creating their own unique dressing.  We currently have 5 groups who will get to know each other as they learn to work as a team and enjoy some friendly competition among themselves. One of their challenges for example, will be to pick a locally sourced ingredient and prepare a dish using that ingredient.  This lesson is designed to raise awareness about issues of food security in our province. These food literacy workshops will run from January through May 2019 in the nutrition lab and end off with a fun “Battle of the Brigades” where a few lucky members of staff will be treated to some fine food creations to “judge”!

Stay tuned for updates from the Kitchen Brigade!

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St. Peter's Elementary Wins Funding in Upper Island Cove
St. Peter's School (AW)
Posted: December 3, 2018
St. Peter's Elementary is located in Upper Island Cove.

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is pleased to reveal that the Aviva Community has graced St. Peter’s Elementary in Upper Island Cove with $10,000.00 in funding for 2018! Since 2009, Aviva has funded over $9.5 million in local projects, and has supported over 400 charities and community groups across Canada.

For the 10th anniversary of the Aviva Community Fund, $1 million has been earmarked for ideas that bring people together and create meaningful change in local communities. Aviva Canada chose to focus on bringing communities together because building strong communities creates a more welcoming place to live and builds resilience and trust amongst community members.

St. Peter's Elementary was selected as one of the small idea winners. Because of SPE's location and not having space to develop a play area, the school has partnered with the Town of Upper Island Cove to develop a piece of land on the Pinch Road, near the school.  The town has secured a chain link fence around the area, installed a new entrance, grubbed off the area and hydro seeded the entire area.  It is now our responsibility, as a school community, to raise much needed funds to purchase playground equipment, which can be very expensive. 

This play area will not only provide a safe area for our residents to enjoy quality time with family, but will also serve the students of our school during school hours by providing a safe place for outdoor activities, as well as allow for teachers/staff and students to hold classes/learning opportunities outside.

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Student Shares Postive Post-Its Through Clarenville Middle School Hallways
Clarenville Middle School
Posted: September 27, 2018
Random acts of kindness greeted CMS students as they came into school in September (Photo credit: @CMS_Tigers Twitter)

Ensuring students began their day on a positive note was the goal of Grade 7 student at Clarenville Middle School this week.

Twelve year old Olivia Parrott went into school early Wednesday morning to make sure her fellow students knew just how awesome they are. Parrott was hoping the deed would fly under the radar of her peers, but her kindness caught the attention of CBC News, who spoke with the student about why she felt the need to spur smiles throughout the student body.

CBC News (September 26,2018) - view full story HERE

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Good Things Growing From School and Community Partnership
Valmont Academy
Posted: June 21, 2018
Students (L to R) Jack Burt, Emma Green, Gavin King and Carter Burton planted some potatoes in the community garden box (Photo credit: Valmont Academy)

In recent years, students at Valmont Academy in King's Point have been learning about sustainable living and the young learners have really gotten their hands dirty on this subject! Through lessons designed with the Little Green Thumbs program, students have been learning the best conditions to grow certain foods, as well as the care and attention needed to cultivate a harvest. Throughout this experience, school staff and students have also had a lot of help in growing their knowledge... and growing their outdoor learning space, with assistance from the Town of King's Point, the Community Healthy Living Fund and community members. Recently, the local paper the Nor'wester stopped by to check out their community garden and see the fruits of the students' efforts.

The Nor'wester (June 19, 2018) - view full story HERE.

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Gander Collegiate Takes 2018 Inclusive School Award
Gander Collegiate
Posted: June 12, 2018

Gander Collegiate has been named the winner of the Provincial Inclusion Award for the 2017-18 school year. The award, presented by the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Community Living, was announced at the school June 11, to the surprise of Principal Greg Drover. Students and staff in attendance were excited to receive the designation for the approach they take to their school community each and every day. The local newspaper, The Beacon, was in attendance for the announcement, capturing the excitement and pride of the school community.

The Gander Beacon (June 12, 2018) - view full story HERE.

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CPF Honours District's French Students and Educators
Posted: June 8, 2018
(L to R: His Honour Harold Foote, James Butler accepting for wife Gail Butler; Kieran Roach; Paula Luby-Coughlan, Volunteer of the Year; Justine Yick; Judy Benson; Lieutenant Governor Judy Foote)

On Thursday, May 7th, the Canadian Parents for French held their annual awards ceremonies at Government House. The awards were presented by the Lieutenant Governor, Judy Foote. Congratulations to the following award winners for their outstanding achievements in second language teaching and learning:

Judy Benson - Teacher of the Year
Ms. Benson is the French Department Head and Immersion teacher at Frank Roberts Junior High

Kieran Roach - Teacher Graduate of the Year
Mr. Roach is a Core French Teacher at Queen of Peace Middle School in Happy Valley Goose Bay, having graduated in October 2017 with his Bachelor of Education. 

Gail Butler - Administrator of the Year (Principal at Frank Roberts Junior High, CBS)
Ms. Butler was unable to attend since she was away with students at the Skills Canada Event

Justine Yik - French student of the Year 
Justine is a grade 12 FI student at Prince of Wales Collegiate

Congratulations to everyone on the prestigious designation.

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Burgeo Students Advocate for Friend
Posted: June 1, 2018
Ms. Banfield Hare's Twitter feed told of the student's excitement when they found out they had received approval.

The students at Burgeo Academy are excited about the work that will take place at their playground over the summer, after they recognized a challenge realized by one of their friends and took action by writing the Provincial Government. Kindergarten student Brooke Durnford has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around, but had some difficulties in areas of the playground. Recently, CBC News profiled the story of the Burgeo Academy students and how their efforts are expected to help their friend have an easier time at the playground when she returns in September for Grade 1.

CBC News (May 30, 2018) - view full story HERE.

 

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NL Students Shine at Canada Wide Science Fair
Posted: May 21, 2018
Team NL Science: (l-r) Mitchell Hynes, Henley Mullins, Aaron Sarkar, Oishi Hawlader, Jasmine Rahman, Erin Burt

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).  

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LeGallais; Small School with a Big Heart
LeGallis Memorial
Posted: May 18, 2018

LeGallais Memorial was pleased to participate in this year's Inside Out for Autism event and set a goal for the school of $1,000. Despite being small in numbers, with just 45 students in the school, they more than proved their hearts are big by raising a grand total of $6,518.60.

As an incentive for the students to fundraise, LeGallais Memorial held a Wake-a-thon where students raised money by staying at school for 24 hours keeping each other company and participating in fun events with fellow students. Activities throughout the night included a campfire (which included a weiner roast and s’mores), board games, video games, movies, and sports in the gym. Mr. Anderson, the Grade 5/6/7 teacher, was a true inspiration to everyone as he raised $2,500 on his own. Miss Piercey, who organized the event, said that this was a way for LeGallais Memorial to help families outside of the classroom, as well as helping families in Newfoundland and Labrador since the money raised stays in our province.

The event would not have been such a success without the support they received from local businesses and groups in Isle aux Morts and Port aux Basques. Due to the success of the evening, LeGallais Memorial has decided to make the Wake-a-thon an annual event and will be used to help a variety of organizations in the future. LeGallais Memorial proved that small schools can have a big impact.

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Veggies from Aquaponics: CBI Growing Scientific Knowledge
Corner Brook Intermediate
Posted: May 15, 2018
CBI Grade 7 student Rebecca Pye is really learning a lot in the school's science club (Photo credit: The Western Star)

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

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Local Students Participate in Forum for Young Canadians
Posted: April 2, 2018
The Honourable George Furey, Speaker of the Senate of Canada, stands with Rory, Erin and Liam during their recent time in Ottawa

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.

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Holy Redeemer Remembrance Day Essay Contest
Holy Redeemer Elem. (Span Bay)
Posted: March 27, 2018
FRONT ROW (L to R): Mr. R. Bishop, Mr. Ern Abbott (president Branch 9),  Brooklyn Smith (winner of Gary Churchill Memorial Scholarship), Rees Barrett (Runner up), Mr. Rev. Churchill (sponsor of Gary Churchill Memorial Scholarship), Mrs. Cathy Downey. BACK ROW: Mrs. Shelley Drover, Mrs. Mary Hutchings, Mrs Marion Sheppard, Mr. Lewis Dawe, Mr. Paul Sheppard (Teacher Sponsor)

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.

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Rooting for Health at Sprucewood Academy
Sprucewood Academy
Posted: March 16, 2018
(Photo credit: Jordan Maloney, The Advertiser)

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.

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Gros Morne Students Lap Their Way Across the Province
Posted: March 15, 2018

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!   

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Tricentia Lunches Filled with Tradition and Jam
Tricentia Academy
Posted: March 14, 2018
(Photo credit: Mark Squibb, The Packet)

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.

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Spirit Day at Success at EVI
Exploits Valley Intermediate
Posted: March 9, 2018
(Photo credit: Krista Simms, EVI)

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.

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The Dramatic Arts Takes Center Stage in Carbonear
Posted: March 9, 2018

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.

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Baltimore Student Named Latest Loran Scholar
Baltimore School Complex
Posted: March 2, 2018

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.
 

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Pink Pride at Mt. Pearl Senior High
Mt Pearl Senior High School
Posted: March 1, 2018

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.

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NLESD Schools Share Significant Olympic Spirit
Posted: March 1, 2018

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.
 

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Newfoundland Boil Up Day a Hit at St. Mark's
St. Mark's School
Posted: February 26, 2018

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.

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Labrador Region Yoga for Youth Deemed a Huge Success
Posted: February 22, 2018
Junior high students learn relaxation techniques (L) and Labrador teachers practising yoga (R)

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!

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Heritage Foundation Poster Contest Winners Announced
Posted: February 21, 2018
Minister Christopher Mitchellmore poses with this year's poster contest winners at an event at the Yellowbelly in downtown St. John's

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.

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St. Matthew's School Celebrates Literacy Day
St. Matthew's Elementary
Posted: February 16, 2018

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!

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Students and the NSO Make Beautiful Music Together
Posted: February 12, 2018
Students come together to make beautiful music (Photo credit: The Telegram/Joe Gibbons

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.

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Learn More About Our Outstanding Principals
Posted: February 1, 2018

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

 

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Students Attend St. John's French for the Future Forum
Posted: January 22, 2018

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.
 

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Waterford Valley Students Honour Beloved Teacher
Waterford Valley High
Posted: January 18, 2018
(Phot credit: Liam J. Walsh via Twitter)

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.

 

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Bella Cantante Wins Big in National Music Class Challenge
Holy Heart
Posted: January 2, 2018

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.

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Glovertown Students Share the Spirit of Giving
Glovertown Academy
Posted: December 22, 2017

For the second year, Glovertown Academy’s Social Justice group organized the Christmas Stocking project. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 brought in unwrapped gifts to place in a GIANT stocking. With the help of their parents and guardians, students filled the stocking with books, toys, toiletries, games, clothing and gift cards. Students were very proud each time they got to place an item in the huge stocking! The gifts are donated to the local foodbank to be distributed to families in our surrounding communities. This project teaches children about the true meaning of Christmas and they get to experience how good it feels to give and help others.

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Local Media Profile NLESD Schools Spreading Christmas Cheer
Posted: December 19, 2017
(Photo credit: The Western Star)

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.


 

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Rocky Harbour Students Sample Other Cultures
Posted: December 14, 2017

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

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