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Ex-Holy Redeemer coach Jackie Rideout made her mark in Spaniard's Bay
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Posted: Sun Mar 27 00:00:00 NDT 2016

Jacqueline Rideout is far removed from her days as the male basketball team’s coach at Holy Redeemer Elementary in Spaniard’s Bay.

Speaking from her desk at the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District head office at Atlantic Place in St. John’s, where she serves as a French program specialist for grades 7-12, Rideout has fond memories of her time at the school.

“I loved my time at Holy Redeemer,” said Rideout. “It was home to me.”

She taught there from 1992 until 2003, winning a number of championships along the way. Then, Rideout moved to Manuels and Villanova Junior High where she patrolled the sidelines for the intermediate girls and Grade 7 boys teams.

She doesn’t coach anymore. Her job at the department means her schedule is busier than it was as a teacher.

Despite not coaching, Rideout is still a fan of the game. A huge New York Knicks fan, she holds a disdain for Indiana Pacers’ legend Reggie Miller.

She’s not sold on the Knicks’ star rookie Kristaps Porzingis yet, but she desperately wants to see New York become a winner again. That fandom for one of basketball’s most famous franchises seeped to her players as well.

“I’m still a New York fan to this day because of (Jacqueline Rideout),” said former player Patrick Whalen. “I even like college ball better. That’s what I like to watch.”

Building a program

Basketball wasn’t high on the agenda when Rideout first started teaching at the school in the early ’90s. There were no lines painted on the floor in the gymnasium located at the front of the school and the basketballs in the equipement room were deflated.

She set to work on fixing all of that. It was necessary if she wanted to build a solid program.

“Getting the glass backboards was a big deal,” said Rideout.

Rideout wanted to teach the game and the children of Spaniard’s Bay wanted to learn. The players showed an intense dedication to getting better.

They showed up for recess-time shooting during the day, took step aerobic classes and made sure to learn the ins-and-outs of the game.

“Everyone was so into it,” said Rideout. “It was the best years for me, coaching-wise.”

Basketball soon became a part of the culture at Holy Redeemer and in the community at large.

“It was a culture in the school,” said Rideout. “There was plenty of community sport. During tournaments, families were bringing me food.”

That’s not all. Rideout routinely had former players come back to help out. They officiated games when she needed them.

Hoops started popping up all over the town.

“It’s a process game,” said Rideout on basketball. “It’s a thinking game. We preached fundamentals. They were fantastic, excellent kids.”

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District to Adopt DELF Certification for French Teachers
Posted: Mon Feb 29 00:00:00 NST 2016

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, in cooperation with the Faculty of Education at Memorial University, has adopted the Diplome d'etudes en langue francaise (DELF) certification, as an objective measure of teachers' French language proficiency. DELF certification is replacing the oral and written Proficiency assessment formerly administered by the District.

DELF certification will be required for French Immersion, Intensive Core French and Core French teaching positions commencing in September of 2016. All teachers, both permanent and term, who have previously been assessed by the District, and approved for French immersion and ICF positions, are not required to provide DELF certification. Written notification of status will be issued to these teachers.

The preferred standard for French teachers is an average of 70% on the DELF B2 with at least 60% on each of the four components of the DELF B2.

Candidates who have not met the preferred standard may still apply and be considered for French teaching positions on the criterion of proficiency and in accordance with Article 6.03 of the Provincial Collective Agreement.

For more information on DELF examination sessions, including schedules and sites, candidates should e-mail: or telephone (709)864-2494. The DELF Centre is located in the Department of French and Spanish, Memorial University, St. John's campus, in room SN4027.

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