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Former Student-Teacher Duo Leads Choir Collaboration in Avalon Region
Posted: Mon Mar 19 00:00:00 NDT 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: Fri Mar 09 00:00:00 NST 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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