School News Stories
Attention Grade 9 Families - IB Program Information Session
Posted: January 31, 2023

Is your student in Grade 9 at a Newfoundland and Labrador school? Might they be interested in attending an internationally recognized university preparation program offered right here in our province?

Mark your calendars and tune in Wednesday evening (February 8) at 7:00 p.m. (NST) for a Zoom Webinar, for those interested in learning more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. The session will be hosted by NLESD staff and the administration of Holy Heart High School where families will be able to access details, ask questions, and evaluate the first for their young learner. The link will be available from the school’s website in the days leading up to the session.

The IB Program is provincially sponsored by the District and any student in the province may apply to attend. The District's IB Program is hosted at Holy Heart of Mary High School in St. John’s and students who enroll are required to attend in person at that school.

The IB Program aims to educate students through a comprehensive curriculum to become creative, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and globally-aware citizens. The Program offers high quality international education to a worldwide community of schools and is recognized as such by post-secondary institutions. There are more than 900,000 IB students in over 140 countries. Complete information on the District’s IB Program is available here:

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School is Opening Soon!
Posted: September 1, 2022

School is opening soon! Classes will begin on September 7, 2022 unless otherwise communicated by your school. Check the link below for helpful Back to School information.

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Online Kindergarten Registration Concluded
Posted: May 13, 2022

Online Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now complete. If you missed your opportunity to register, please contact your local school.

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Kindergarten Registration Begins Today!
Posted: May 9, 2022

Kindergarten registration starts today, May 9 at 9am for Central, Western, and Labrador regions and ends on Tuesday May 10 at 9pm.

Avalon region starts Wednesday, May 11 at 9am and ends Thursday, May 12 at 9pm.

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Wondering how Snow Days are decided?
Posted: February 16, 2022

The District has a weather protocol that we follow when deciding on school closues. Check out the link below to learn more.

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Classes To Resume For Students January 25
Posted: January 20, 2022

The Provincial Government, in conjunction with Public Health and the school districts, has announced that K-12 schools will reopen for in-class instruction for students on Tuesday, January 25. Rapid tests, which have been rolling out to families through their respective schools, will be an additional tool to assist in keeping schools safe.

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Resumption of Classes Monday, January 24
Posted: January 14, 2022

A target date of Monday, January 24 has been set for the return to in-class instruction for students under the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) On January 13, the Provincial Government announced that a key component of this plan to return to in-class instruction is the use of COVID-19 rapid test kits for students, teachers, administrators and staff. A decision will be made on Wednesday, January 19 as to whether the January 24 date will be met.

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NLESD Schools Start 2022 Online
Posted: January 1, 2022

On December 29, 2021, the Provincial Government held a media briefing to update the public on measures underway to manage the current public health emergency. Among other information shared with the public, the following announcement was made regarding the K-12 school system, including all NLESD schools:

The Department of Education, in consultation with Public Health, has advised the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District and the Francophone School District that next week, classes will start on January 4, as scheduled, but in an online learning, virtual format.

An update will be provided to the school community each Thursday, starting on January 6 regarding how the following week will look.

For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please visit For general inquiries related to available government services, please email

The complete media release can be found here. Updated information related to schools can be found on the District's dedicated Information for School Communities webpage.


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Online Registration to Begin in May for Kindergarten 2022
Posted: April 19, 2021

Online Registration will get underway soon for all children starting Kindergarten in September, 2022 within the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (Kinderstart during the 2021/22 school year). Depending on the region of the province in which you live, families with children who will be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2022 can avail of the following registration times.

Monday, May 10/ Tuesday, May 11 for Central, Western and Labrador regions
Wednesday, May 12/ Thursday, May 13, for Avalon Region (includes St. John’s Metro)

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and will be ongoing for both English and Early French Immersions (EFI) programs (where offered) simultaneously. 

To determine your zoned school, please visit our catchment viewer HERE.

To view EFI availability throughout the province, visit our EFI Feeder System information page.

For more information, please visit the Kindergarten Registration page of the District’s website. Please note, the registration window will not be available in advance of the dates and times noted above.

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Skills Canada NL to Host Virtual Career Exploration for Students
Posted: March 25, 2021

Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador (SCNL) is inviting students to join them on April 20, 2021 for its Skilled Careers Week special event - Navigate, A Virtual Career Exploration, hosted by vFairs. The event promises to connect young learners with local businesses and professionals across the trades & technology industries. 

A great resource to help students learn about the trades and technology sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador, this virtual career fair will host 20 virtual booths featuring our province’s trade and tech businesses and various educational institutions that can help them on their career path. In addition to the booths, students can attend 10 different information sessions, panels, and webinars hosted by SCNL. These sessions feature industry professionals like FIRST Lego, Office to Advance Women Apprentices, and NL YouTubers Becki and Chris! 

Students also have the chance to win awesome prizes by visiting exhibitor booths, attending the webinars, and checking out the event! 

Teachers are encouraged to register their class for the free event, by visiting Educators can also view this short explanation video to help explain the registration process!

The event will go live April 20, 2021 from 8:30am-6:30pm (Newfoundland Standard Time) and will be available on demand for 3 months after. For more information, visit or email Ashleigh Pardy at 

A poster for the event is available above and linked below.

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Mount Pearl Teacher Profiled in National Magazine
O'Donel High
Posted: January 18, 2021
Teacher Brad Jones (as provided to Canadian Geographic)

A high school educator in Mt. Pearl is receiving praise for his work as part of a team modernizing Newfoundland and Labrador curriculum with the goal of equipping students with problem-solving skills for the real world. Brad Jones, who teaches Grades 11 and 12 social studies and geology at O'Donel High, has been featured in Canadian Geographic for efforts to challenge students' ideas and encourage choice for self-directed student learning. The District is pleased to see the efforts of our staff members and schools profiled by such reputable organizations.

To read more about Mr. Jones efforts as recognized by Canadian Geographic, please review the article here, as provided by Tanya Kirnishni (January 12, 2021).

Canadian Geographic is an unapologetically Canadian magazine dedicated to uncovering and communicating the stories about Canadian people, places, frontiers and issues (past and present) that Canadian magazine readers want.

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Virtual Science Fair Makes History
Posted: May 22, 2020
Pictures care of the Eastern Newfoundland Science Fairs Council (ENSFC)

Following the first NL Virtual Science and Technology Fair for students outside of Eastern NL on March 9, a second virtual fair for Eastern participants took place on May 13, 2020. Both virtual fairs were organized by a subcommittee of the Eastern Newfoundland Science Fairs Council (ENSFC).  Five students competed in the NL Virtual Science and Technology Fair outside the Eastern region. Nicholas Flowers, a Grade 12 student at Amos Comenius Memorial School in Hopedale won gold and was chosen Best of Fair as he had the highest overall score. Second place and also winning gold was Amy Gillard, a Grade 10 student from St. Stephen’s All Grade in Rencontre East.  Third place and a silver medal went to Taylor Shiwak, a Grade 10 student from Northern Lights Academy in Rigolet. The other 2 participants, both Grade 7 students from Labrador won silver. Hannah Snider attends École Boréale in Happy Valley-Goose Bay while Meaghan Lee is a student at Centre éducative l’ENVOL in Labrador City.  All 5 projects from the NL virtual fair can be viewed at

Meanwhile, there were 23 participants (20 projects) who competed in the Eastern NL Virtual Fair. This virtual version was in lieu of the 2020 Husky Energy Eastern Newfoundland Science and Technology Fair, previously scheduled for late April 2020. John Scott Pearce, a Grade 12 student at Holy Heart High School in St. John’s won gold and was chosen Best of Fair as he had the highest overall score. Second place and also winning gold was Emily Meade, a Grade 12 student, also from Holy Heart.  Third place and a gold medal went to Linnaea Bird, a Grade 10 student from Holy Trinity High in Torbay. In addition 2 more gold, as well as 7 silver, 6 bronze and 2 honourable mentions were awarded to participants. In addition to the medal certificates, monetary prizes were provided by the NLTA Math Science Special Interest Council. All student projects from the Eastern NL fair can be viewed at: The highlight of the fair is usually the selection of students to attend the Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF). This national fair was scheduled for a week in May in Edmonton, Alberta. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation the CWSF was cancelled.

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South Coast Student Captures Loran Award
Posted: February 19, 2020
File credit: Eric Choi  Edge Imaging

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is pleased to announce a special honour for one of our own! Grade 12 student Lydia Hardy from the provinces south coast has been chosen from over 5,100 applications from across the country, as the Loran Scholars Foundation has selected 36 exceptional young Canadians to join its 31st class of Loran Scholars. The District is delighted to share that Ms. Hardy, of St. Stephen's All Grade in Rencontre East is a recipient of the Loran Award, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive undergraduate merit award granted to young Canadians on the basis of character, commitment to service, and the promise of leadership. Congratulations, Lydia!

To see the full list of 2020 class of Loran Scholars and learn more about the Loran Scholars Foundation, visit #Loran2020

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Two Schools Named Winners in Nationwide Music Contest
Posted: December 18, 2019

Two schools within the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, Holy Heart of Mary Regional High in St. John’s and Holy Family Elementary in Chapel Arm, have been named winners in the CBC Music Canadian Music Class Challenge.

“This is quite an achievement, given more than 50,000 student musicians from close to 1,200 classes throughout the country registered for the contest,” said Jennifer Stanley, NLESD’s Program Specialist for Fine Arts. “It speaks to the quality music programming offered throughout the District - in large schools and small - by innovative and talented teachers who are inspiring our students every day.”

Music is a mandatory component of the K-9 curriculum in Newfoundland and Labrador, and high school students require at least two credits in fine arts in order to graduate. The province is one of only a few in Canada which specifically allocates music specialists (with a degree in Music) to schools.

Holy Heart of Mary Regional High School's Chamber Choir, led by music teacher Robert Colbourne, took first place in the senior vocal category for its performance of Joni Mitchell's “River”. The choir will receive $3,000 in musical instruments and a gold record plaque. 

A rendition of “I's the B'y” by the choir at Holy Family Elementary in Chapel Arm took first place in the MusiCounts Passion Prize, which comes with $5,000 in new instruments and a plaque. The school's music teacher is Chrissie Byrne. 

The competition is run every fall and was set up by CBC Music, in association with MusiCounts, a music education charity. All of the winning entrants can be seen here. There is also a rendition of I’se the B’y out of British Columbia, so scroll down further to see the Holy Family Elementary submission!

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June Blog by Director Stack Marks a Time to Celebrate and Remember
Posted: June 27, 2019

In his final blog entry for the 2018-19 school year, Director Tony Stack highlights how June is a month full of events designed to honour and celebrate our diverse and dynamic school communities. Read more by visiting the Director's Blog for the lastest entry, and all entries from throughout recent months.

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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,

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

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

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Big Win for ACMS On Deep Learning Initiative
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, which 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 challenging 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 on-air 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 facilitated the opportunity. As part of the award, the school is receiving 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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