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French Programs New Website
Posted: January 21, 2022
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French Programs has a new website located at the following URL:

Teachers are encouraged to visit it regularly since the site is under construction and links and new resources are added daily. For easy access, we suggest bookmarking the site. 

If you have any activities that you would like to share, we would be most appreciative. We invite you to please forward then to Julie Vaillancourt at or to Joanne Connors à

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Regional GSA Gatherings Planned for May
Posted: April 8, 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! (All Grades)
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 through Google, or direct linked HERE.
For additional information on the GSA event happening in the Avalon region, please contact Mme Brunet by email,

Thursday, May 30, 2019: Central Newfoundland GSA Forum (Grades 7-12)
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 District Safe and Inclusive Itinerant Suzanne Hogg at

Friday, May 31, 2019: Western Newfoundland GSA Forum (Grades 7-12)
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 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 District Safe and Inclusive Itinerant Sherra-Lee Robinson at  

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Merry Christmas to all from the Senior Executive
Posted: December 21, 2018

The members of the District's Senior Management Team are extending their best wishes for a wonderful Christmas holiday to all families and school communities throughtout the province.

Thank you for all you do throughout the year - please be safe over the break. We look forward to seeing everyone return on January 7, 2019 when classes resume.

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Autism Society Hosts Fall PD Opportunity
Posted: July 11, 2018

The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador will present a day long professional development opportunity scheduled for October. Dr. Jonathan Weiss will provide two Public Lecture Sessions focused on aspects familiar to the autism community; the morning will focus on Autism and Mental Health, while the afternoon will delve into Addressing Bullying in Youth with Autism. Sessions will take place at the MUN School of Medicine, Health Sciences Auditorium.

Tickets are available HERE through an Eventbrite link. More information is also available through the attached poster.



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Opportunities Available for Educator Math Bursary Program
Posted: June 4, 2018

Following Recommendation 37 from the Premier's Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is making available a Math Bursary Program for K-6 teachers and administrators, including substitute and replacement teachers.

The bursary provides funding for eligible current K-6 teachers to participate in a mathematics pedagogy course or a mathematics content course. The intent of the Mathematics Bursary Program is to build capacity among K-6 teachers and to enhance mathematics pedagogy in Newfoundland and Labrador. Bursaries are available to applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and who successfully complete an eligible course focused on enhancing teaching practices in mathematics or on building mathematical knowledge.

For more information and to apply, please visit


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Former Student-Teacher Duo Leads Choir Collaboration in Avalon Region
Posted: March 19, 2018
Anne Wheland and Robert Colbourne brought their choirs together in song (Photo credit: Submitted to the Compass)

It is a special opportunity when a former student can revisit a teacher from their past who has made a profound impact on their life. Even more unique is that opportunity when the two individuals can come together as colleagues. That is just what music teachers Anne Whelan and Robert Colbourne did recently when they brought their two choirs together to compete in the 2018 Kiwanis Music Festival in Carbonear.

Whelan, who has lead Carbonear Collegiate's music and drama program for a number of years, had previously instructed Colbourne, who went on to complete degrees in Education and now teachers at Holy Heart High School, essentially following in Whelan's footsteps. As the years have passed, the two have remained in close contact, culminating in a collaboration years in the making. The local paper, the Compass, was on hand at the Festival recently and profiled the musical pair and what they have achieved together in bringing two unique choirs to create beautiful music.

The Compass (March 16, 2018) - view full story HERE.

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Director Names Members to Inaugural Advisory Group
Posted: March 9, 2018

CEO/Director of Education of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, Tony Stack, is bringing together a group of leaders from throughout the province to provide insight and advice on a host of topics experienced in Newfoundland and Labrador schools. The Director’s Principals Advisory Group (DPAG) will serve a number of purposes, including to:

  • provide a forum for gathering information and discussion regarding the development, implementation and impact of District policies and programs;
  • share effective practices on managing challenges and encouraging successes of students and staff;
  • provide advice on professional learning for Administrators;
  • provide an avenue for Principals to highlight concerns or questions to the District Executive; and,
  • gather members’ insights, feedback and advice on District initiatives that affect school communities and its members, while focusing on the individual experiences and perspectives of principals.

The DPAG will hold its inaugural meeting in late March and the members selected will serve a two-year term in the Group. The District congratulates the principals who have been named to the first-ever DPAG and look forward to hearing the outcomes of such a dedicated and diverse collection of professionals.

Sandra Humphries, Morris Academy (K- 5)
Niki O’Brien-MacDonald, Brother Rice Junior High (7-9)
Sheldon Barry, Holy Heart of Mary High School (10-12)
Michelle Chislett-Lahey, Crescent Collegiate (7-12)

John Antle, Exploits Valley Intermediate (7-9)
Leigh Ann Ryder, Matthew Elementary (K-6)
Connie Wilcott, Bay d’Espoir Academy (K-12)

Alison Marche, Lourdes Elementary (K-8)
Ryan Kelley, Valmont Academy (K-12)
Justin Blackler, Grandy’s River Collegiate (K-12)

Verna Brown, St. Mary’s All Grade (K-12)
Paula Kelly, Mealy Mountain Collegiate (8-12)
Darryn Cramm, JR Smallwood Middle School (4-7)

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