Students and staff at Waterford Valley High came together this month to honour a former teacher who passed away suddenly in 2016. Danny King was commonly known as DK, an avid rugby player and coach. Mr. King was known to be a tough as bones player on the field but a kind and empathetic educator in other areas of his life. Principal Bridget Ricketts said King helped many students find a passion for the sport, passing on his love and knowledge as a couch at Bishops College, WVH, Swilers RFC and The Rock. A year to the day that Mr. King passed (January 17), a number of family, friends, colleagues, and teammates came together at the school to play a winter scrimmage of rugby and celebrate the life of an amazing individual. Students also took the opportunity to sell commemorative wrist bands to remember Mr. King, with proceeds earmarked for the local SPCA.
One of our St. John’s principals is heading to the Dominican Republic this weekend to help give back to students in another corner of the world. Kyran Dwyer, who is this year’s top teacher at St. Teresa’s School, Mundy Pond, is one of 50 school administrators who will be travelling this weekend with sponsors Lifetouch Photography to the mountain town of Constanza to help build a school to service local children.
CBC News recently spoke with Dwyer about the upcoming trip and what these principals will be doing while away.
CBC News (January 13, 2017) – View full story HERE.
The Safe and Caring Committee of Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts presented their school community with a challenge this year. They were asked to warm up a featherless turkey displayed in their main lobby by purchasing feathers for a twonie. The initiative, referred to as "Twonies for Turkeys," was an effort to raise money for Helping Hand to help purchase turkeys for families in need. To encourage the sale of as many feathers as possible, all feathers sold were eligible to win a set of 4 Ice Caps tickets, which were kindly donated by Bartlett’s Irving in Bay Roberts.
Our Safe and Caring Student Committee members were hard at work selling feather during recess and even during our parent teacher session and Christmas concerts. The response of the school was overwhelming, as $740 was raised and presented to our local Helping Hand. Our turkey (nicknamed Tobias) was barely visible under all of his feathers!
The lucky winner of the Ice Caps tickets was one of our Grade 4 students, Liam Porter. Congratulations to Liam and everyone who helped support "Toonies for Turkeys."
On the last day of Christmas, Old Christmas Day (January 6), students and staff of St. Mary's All-Grade in Mary's Harbour, Labrador, participated in an hour long event celebrating the Christmas tradition of mummering. A traditional jig in the school gym, as well as games and sports activities were on the agenda. Principal Verna Brown says that she is very proud of this initiative by the school's Student Council, which shows school and community spirit. It was also nice to see the students enjoy a tradition which has been slowly falling by the wayside. Hopefully, this initiative can rejuvenate some interest in this traditional part of our culture by the younger generation.
A great new partnership initiative was launched just in time for Christmas in Corner Brook. The social enterprise, the Onesie Twosie Baby Boutique, is a partnership between the Community Youth Network (CYN) Corner Brook/Bay of Islands, YMCA, Enactus Grenfell and the District. Students within the Pathfinders Learning Centre will help to operate the store, located at the Millbrook Mall, to sell new and used clothing for children up to the age of five years. Partners got together this week ahead of their grand opening with the media to introduce the new and exciting initative.
NTV's Don Bradshaw stopped by to understand the many benefits of the partnership for those involved as well as the Corner Brook community at large.
NTV News (December 14, 2016) - View full story HERE.
The Forest Service Branch of the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods has selected Phoenix Academy Grade 6 student Braeden Mouland as the provincial winner of the 2016 National Forest Week Poster contest. Under the theme of True North Strong and Green – Celebrating Canada’s Forests, Braeden’s poster was selected from 285 entries from 20 schools across the province. For his winning poster, Braeden received an Ipad Mini and case, as well as a Smokey the Bear gift pack. The school also received a library book gift pack valued at $500 and a framed copy of Braeden’s poster.
The Provincial Government provided more information on the program and the contest through a news release, available here.
Other winners of the contest included Jadyn Bragg at Cape St. Francis Elementary in Pouch Cove and Eva Parr at Pasadena Elementary on the west coast, who took second and third places, respectively. Each student received Ipod Nano and a Smokey the Bear gift pack.
Many times, team sporting events not only offer students the opportunity to develop physical skills and abilities, but can offer an opportunity for team members to develop emotional and more personal skills and abilities as well. Recently, during a basketball game between the Holy Trinity Tigers and the Holy Heart of Mary Highlanders, players, coaches and the community were a shining example of that fact. In early December, CBC News profiled the story of Keegan Sinnott, a 16 year old student who has been dealt some tough blows in his young life, but he continues to aim to be involved and to strive daily for his personal best... and he has a circle of support to help him achieve his goals.
Find out more about the recent Holy Heart versus Holy Trinity game, and the supportive community that surrounds Keegan Sinnott in the article linked below.
CBC News (December 5, 2016) - View full story HERE.
Students and staff were thrilled to have a concert presentation by Donna and Andy in early November. The pair are a world class, international duo recognized with a Juno nomination and multiple East Coast Music Awards. Their interactive musical show that features fiddle, accordion, keyboard, guitar and even Newfoundland ugly stick and their signature vocals, instrumental diversity, comedy and audience involvement was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Spcial thanks to Donna and Andy for joining us at Whitbourne Elementary and providing us with great learning and singing opportunities. More information about the duo can be found at http://redcastlepublishing.com
Mole Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated among chemists, chemistry students and chemistry enthusiasts on October 23, between 6:02 a.m. and 6:02 p.m. The time and date are derived from Avogadro’s number (6.02 x 1023), which defines the number of particles (atoms or molecules) in one mole of a substance. Chemistry students at Belanger Memorial in the Codroy Valley have been celebrating Mole Day for many years now with fun, games, and great learning opportunities. Students create their own shirts to wear in honor of Avogadro, they wake up and create a Mole Day post at 6:02 am and in chemistry class that day, they play mole games such as the Molympics and Pin the Mole in the Equation. They feast on various snacks including guacaMOLE and oatMOLE cookies and each year they write and create a Mole Day video which stares many of the chemistry students and other students interested in honoring Avogadro.
Mole Day was created to foster interest in chemistry and we are pleased to say it does just that in the halls of Belanger.
Students at Stephenville Elementary recently got the opportunity to learn about all that exists right outside their door recently, as local geologist David Walsh came to give a presentation at the school. Walsh visited to share information with the Grade 4s about rocks and minerals that can be found around the community and the province. Walsh showed students and staff the tools used when geologist are working in the field and was able to share with students what life is like working in science and geology. Many thanks to Mr. Walsh for coming to visit and for sharing his stories with us - we enjoyed it greatly and learn a lot!
The students and staff at St. Lawrence Academy took the opportunity last month to display their support for friends and family living with autism as part of Autism Awareness Month. Awareness was front and center as the school hosted a number of events designed to educate their school community and embrace the differences among us all. Among the initiatives, everyone wore blue early in the month to show their support for autism awareness, another day saw all classes presented with information about autism, and to end off the month, students had a treat day where special autism awareness stickers were distributed to all students.
This year 15 students from Bay d'Espoir Academy started the school year with a focus – to increase awareness and support for the LGBTQ community in their school. With the help of their teachers Mrs. Garden and Ms. Oliver, the students formed a group they called the Respect Alliance.
Students quickly decided that their first goal was to create two gender neutral washrooms in the High School building. A letter was written to the administration asking for permission and was quickly granted. In late October, the Bay d'Espoir Academy Respect Alliance revealed the change. Students can now decide which washroom they would like to use and not which binary gender to which they may adhere.
In an effort train instructors to help empower students and save lives, the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator program recently came to Nain to spend some time with local teachers. As a result and moving forward, each year, Jens Haven Memorial School students will have the option to be trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
ACT, in community partnership with Vale, and health partners AstraZeneca Canada and Sanofi Canada, were thrilled to bring this lifesaving program to Nain.
Thanks to the support of ACT’s partners, Jens Haven Memorial School has received training mannequins, AED training units, curriculum materials, program set-up and a defibrillator for cardiac arrest emergencies. In addition to the high school program, Jens Haven Memorial teachers and staff were also trained in CPR and learned how to use a defibrillator.
"Vale is pleased to be supporting ACT in the delivery of this vital training to teachers in the schools in Nain,” says Peter Langlois, General Manager of Vale’s operations in Labrador.
Through the ACT High School CPR Program, teachers instruct their students about:
- RISK factors for cardiovascular disease and the importance of adopting a heart healthy lifestyle
- How to RECOGNIZE a developing medical emergency
- How to REACT, by calling 9-1-1 quickly and how to help while waiting for the ambulance to arrive
- How to RESUSCITATE by performing CPR and using an AED
- How to perform the obstructed airway manoeuvre
The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is creating a culture of lifesaving by establishing the CPR and AED program in all high schools.
To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the CPR Program in more than 1,740 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.2 million youth to save lives. For more information about the ACT Foundation, visit our website at www.actfoundation.ca.
Persalvic Elementary School in Victoria held its 6th Annual Walk To Breakfast the middle of October. This year, Persalvic Elementary school was honored to name the walk in honour of our friend, Dana Cox, who passed away a short while ago. Dana, along with her parents, were breakfast volunteers and avid supporters of the Breakfast Program. Following the walk, students enjoyed a pancake breakfast at school prepared by our volunteers. The Victoria Volunteer Fire Department accompanied students on the walk.
The Kids Eat Smart Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador helps set up and support child nutrition programs. They believe that children have the right to adequate nutritious food and recognize that good food is fundamental for good health, the ability to concentrate and learn. The Foundation partners with schools, communities, volunteers and sponsors to set up and support nutritious food programs. A sincere thank you to all students, staff, parents, sponsors and community volunteers who helped make our Walk to Breakfast a huge success for our students.
The afternoon before Thanksgiving weekend, the students at St. John Bosco were introduced to an amazing group of very talented singers – Quintessential Vocal Ensemble. This international award-winning choir had come to visit our school to share their gift of music as part of their educational and community outreach program. The performance QVE gave was unlike anything our students had ever experienced; the joy and awe on the students’ faces was evident from the very first note sang by the choir. Students were completely engaged for the entire duration of the concert. They even got to hear their own music teacher sing a solo with the choir - a style of singing they don't often get to hear from Miss Murphy!
Some quotes from students include:
‘That was so awesome, Miss!’
‘We didn’t just like it, we LOVED it!’
‘That opera girl can sing really, really high!’
This was especially memorable for our students because QVE had them actively participating throughout the performance. For example, during “Twinkle Twinkle”, several students were invited to sit in front of each choral section (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) and to stand up when they heard their section singing the melody. Two of our very talented Grade 6 students were asked to join the choir’s performance of ‘Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ as beatboxers. One student was even given the privilege of conducting QVE for a well-known spiritual, ‘Battle of Jericho.’ Through this highly interactive performance by QVE, our students experienced the power of music and how singing with a choir can be ‘really cool.’
This was most evident on Saturday, September 17th as the Beaconsfield Junior High School Community joined forces for a school grounds cleanup with students, parents, staff and the School Council working together.
As a continuation of the school "Beautification Project"; an initiative started by the 2015-16 School Council, we are pleased to share that over 50 bags of grass and shrubs were collected. The cleanup-up crew also managed to mow the front lawns/parking area and school grounds in front of the school. With the support of a community volunteer, we were also able to cut and trim the foliage surrounding the school itself. The results were immediate and most pleasing to the eye.
With the recent placing of a number of new picnic tables, students are now able to enjoy lunch and socialize in the main outside area of the school grounds.
Also note, the school recently replaced the old signage at the entrance of the property with a new, highly visible attractive Logo that was voted on by the 2015-16 school community. We are also exploring ways to improve the overall landscape of the grounds. All help will be greatly appreciated.
We believe the property is worthy of a huge make-over and our students deserve to learn in a physically attractive environment. As a school community, we have a responsibility to make this happen.
Please stay tuned for future changes to the appearance of Beaconsfield Junior High.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District was supported by Bell Let’s Talk with funding to help provide Mental Health First Aid training to educators throughout the province. Read more about the collaboration and the early results of this partnership from District trainers in the article attached below.
As parents and guardians get children ready for the first day of school, our administrators and District staff are also hard at work preparing for the year ahead.
Director Darrin Pike recently spoke with NTVs Jodi Cooke about the back to school activities that are underway and what will be our focus for the 2016-17 school year.
NTV News (August 31, 2016) - View full story HERE
Gros Morne Academy hosted its annual Wake-a-Thon this year and were pleased to have a good turn out of students to help raise funds for different charitable organizations.Lead by the Student Council, this year’s Wake-a-Thon was held mid-May and featured lots of fun, engaging and eye-opening events to keep students awake and alert!
At the end of the event, students raised $3,400.00 and chose to share the funds with the Red Cross' Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund. Gros Morne Academy student have, once again, shown themselves to be good global citizens - congrats to all!
As a part of their Social Justice course, the students enrolled in this class had an opportunity to have a Social Justice Awareness Day in early June.
During these awareness days, students presented the various Social Justice Awareness Groups that they studies this year in a sort of trade show format.
It was an opportunity for the students to become aware of the many groups that are in their community and for them to get involved to contribute as global citizens.
The presentations ranged from the SPCA to Mental Awareness.
The 2015-16 school year has been very successful for the athletes of Tricentia Academy in Arnold's Cove.
The Tricentia Timberwolves had significant success at the regional level and competed at many provincial tournaments. Specifically, the Timberwolves captured the regional banner in both boys and girls softball, boys and girls volleyball, boys and girls ball hockey, and boys basketball.
As a result of their strong showing, School Sport NL (SSNL) recognized Tricentia Academy by awarding them a 'Gold Star' award. Schools throughout the province earn points towards the achievement of gold star status through participation, achievement, and sportsmanship during SSNL sanctioned events. With pride, the students involved have signed their names to the Gold Star banner, as it now hangs in the school gymnasium and will remain for years to come as a symbol of an excellent school sport experience.
Students at District School in St. John's recently engaged in some amazing art work for the school grounds, using their personal tastes and favourite colours. Rounded rocks were brought in from local beaches for students to explore their creativity and decorate. Various students took great pride in designing and executing their creations, using many different colours and paying great attention to detail.
Hats off to our students for helping beautify their school grounds - their creations will certainly help staff and visitors smile and perhaps inspire others to decorate their own spaces. Congratulations to all involved!
In mid-June, Grade 12 students at Jens Haven Memorial School in Nain hosted an initiative dubbed 'Tasiuttilaunga - Send Me On My Way.' Adopted an idea an event seen in American schools that has been making the rounds on social media, graduating students donned their caps and gowns and paraded through the hallways of their lower-grade classmates, from Kindergarten on upwards. The aim of the event is to celebrate the academic accomplishments of graduates and, at the same time, inspire the younger students. The school community lined the hallways and cheered on the graduates as they marched through the halls. The school was bursting with excitement, enthusiasm and pride, as younger students created signs, banners and cards to congratulate and encourage the graduates. Also included in the celebration was a painting created by the Kindergarten class of 2003-04 - the same students who are graduating this year! It was a phenomenal way to end the school year, saying goodbye to these accomplished members of our school community and sending them on their way, while also motivating our younger students to stay in school and attain that goal of graduating themselves. Congratulations and best wishes from your Jens Haven family.
Grades 1 and 3 participated in the "Little Green Thumbs" program this year at Helen Tulk Elementary in Bishop's Falls with great success. With the help of their classroom teachers, students began growing vegetables in their classrooms in January as a hands-on learning activity to discover from where most of our food comes. The classes grew lots of tasty treats including tomatoes, lettuce, basil, peppers, cucumbers, onion, peas, beans, and carrots. As an end to this great learning experience, classes participated in a Harvest Celebration with invited guests to sample recipes that used the food grown and to see the end results of all their hard work and dedication to their classroom gardens. Great work students and staff!
The District congratulates Holy Heart of Mary High School's Olivia Parsons who has received a $70,000 Community Leadership Scholarship from TD Canada Trust. One of 20 students from across the country to be named to the honour, Parsons received word at a ceremony with her peers in Ottawa in early June. She plans to attend Ryerson University in the fall to study creative industries. A strong feminist and mental health advocate, Parsons works to inform people about the harmful impact of social pressures on women and how other females can help build women’s resiliency. Parsons started GLOW (Generating Leadership Opportunities for Women), chairing monthly meetings and a private, online forum where girls can meet women leaders, find mentors and connect with other local organizations. She is also Co-President of Student Council and is active in performing arts.
More information on Olivia Parson’s scholarship win can be found HERE.
The SWAT Team at Corner Brook Intermediate have taken on another video initiative, showcasing their skills for all staff and students in the school. This year the student leadership team shared a home grown CBI Storm Hallway Expectations video to review appropriate school expectations for the Positive Behaviour Support system. The school celebrated positive hallway behaviors with their regular CBI Cool Incentive coupons and auction. WAY TO GO to the SWAT team and all CBI students for such positive behavior.
You can CLICK HERE to view CBI's video project.
With graduation season upon us, NLESD Board Trustee Nada Borden was on hand for Sacred Heart All Grade's special event. Grade 12 student Alana Symmonds was the only graduate for the 2015-16 school year at the Conche. Alana was joined by family, friends, and school staff to mark the milestone. Trustee Borden, on behalf of the District, shared her best wishes for a bright and rewarding future with Alana - all the best in your future pursuits!
Every year, Mr. Baldwin's Grade 8 health students give back to the surrounding community by cleaning up the areas of Larkhall Field and Leary's Brook Junior High. This effort complements the Leary's Brook Junior High Beautification Project that takes place twice a year. The project focuses on the planting/pruning of trees and shrubs, removal of weeds and garbage, and installation of mulch around the school. The project has also been involved with the installation of walkways and chairs around the school in an effort to create a welcoming place for students. This year, Grade 8 students removed abandoned furniture, broken wood, election signs, and garbage in an effort to clean up the area. Congratulations to all students for their participation and hard work!
Staff and students of Discovery Collegiate, in Bonavista, held a week-long fundraiser in mid-May, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross's Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund. Students and staff participated in ice cream, baked goods and hot dog sales, as well as themed days. The school had a goal to raise $1,500, but by Friday afternoon, they surpassed the goal and collected $2,500.
The trials and tribulations of the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies will take to the stage at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre in late May, as Corner Brook Intermediate brings an iconic high school story to the stage. Students from the west coast junior high school will tackle Grease as their school's first musical and there has certainly been a buzz, both throughout the school and throughout the community.
Recently, reporter Cory Hurley with The Western Star profiled the participants and tapped into the excitement that inspired this group to tap into their 'inner Greasers.'
The Western Star (May 26, 2016) – View full story HERE.
In early May, Valmont Academy and King's Point played host to the 2A Boys Ball Hockey Provincial Championship. The nine team tournament saw schools represented from all over the province. It was an amazing event from start to finish. The Valmont Academy Vikings came away with the win after an undefeated record of 5-0. The championship game came down to the final seconds as the Vikings staved off the Main River Academy Warriors in the all Central West final to a score of 7-6. The Valmont Vikings were victorious and celebrated with a motorcade that ran through town.
Coaches Adam Matthews and Stephen Earle credit the win to the hard work and determination of the players in the closely contested tournament. Valmont Academy thanks its school council, the parents, and the entire community for their outpouring of support. The players (Brenden Keats, Matthew Burt, Skyler Budgell, Brandon Burt, Douglas Squires, Jordan Janes, Kobe Welshman, Nicholas Warr, Riley Burt, Colten Warford, and Kaelan Rideout) are to be commended for their fine play and sportsmanship.
Great job, as always, Valmont Academy!
Students dancers and musicians from St. Michael's Regional High on Bell Island joined the crew of Canada AM as they visited Quidi Vidi in St. John's in mid-May. Student dancers performed the Running of the Goat for outgoing host Jeff Hutcheson, as musicians joined in with some Muscles in the Corner. Students were pleased to share some of the traditions of Newfoundland and Labrador not only with the television crew, but with the entire country as well.
Canada AM/ CTV News (May 17, 2016) - View full story HERE.
The Gander Collegiate Concert Band and Choir represented the Town of Gander and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador exceptionally well at the Atlantic Festivals of Music in Halifax, Nova Scotia. School officials travelled with 77 hard-working students from grades 10-12 who spent much time this year in preparation for the event. Both the band and choir were honoured to receive silver awards for their performances, representing an 'exceedingly high standard of musical performance.'
Students also had the honour of working with professional musicians, who had nothing but praise for our students. All students had a wonderful time and are greatly anticipating the next Atlantic Festival of Music - congratulations to all participants.
Mahiba Khan is a Grade 8 French Immersion student at St. Paul's Junior High. In addition to being on the Principal's List for academics, her many interests make her a very well-rounded student. She is an active member of the school leadership team and volunteers her time with the Do It Crew that looks after the Kids Eat Smart program. She is in the school photography club and has demonstrated those skills at the Skills Canada Competition, receiving Intermediate Gold Member status and a provincial silver medal in Skills Canada photography competition.
With a keen interest in science, Mahiba is also a member of the school's two robotics teams (underwater and NXT). In the Eastern Regional Science and Technology Fair, Mahiba and her partner earned a special award from the Memorial University's Psychology Department and Association of Psychologists of Newfoundland and Labrador. She has been also been part of the Let's Talk Science Challenge Team for two years, with her team winning the coveted Spirit Award both years.
Most recently, Mahiba represented St. Paul's at the Regional Heritage Fair and was named to the prestigious Ambassador Program. As part of the award, she will join a number of other heritage fair award winners from across the province to visit France and Belgium, as part of the Trail of the Caribou tour, representing Newfoundland and Labrador.
Most importantly, Mahiba is a wonderfully friendly and outgoing person who will certainly appreciate and benefit from such a wonderful experience. Congratulations Mahiba - St. Paul's Junior High is very proud to count you among our amazing students!
Roncalli Central High in Avondale hosted their Pride Week celebrations at the end of April. The school's Social Justice Team organized a full week of activities to promote acceptance and inclusion, with a focus on spreading awareness of LGBTQ issues. Participating students shared that it was a week that went along way to initiating some very healthy, informative conversations. Activities included a rainbow pancake breakfast, the construction of a School Pride mural, LGBTQ educational sessions, a 'Skittles trivia' game, and presentations from community groups, such as St. John's Pride. To wrap up festivities, the school created their own Roncalli Rainbow, assigning each grade level a color and posed for a school photo to demonstrate their pride and support.
Students at Jakeman All Grade in Trout River were extremely proud to have the opportunity to sing with Johnny Reid on in early April at his concert in Corner Brook. The students joined the world-renowned singer-songwriter on his song 'Today I'm Gonna Try to Change the World.' The experience was a fun-filled day of entertainment, amazement and happiness for Mrs. Pitttman-Baker and her students, as they took to the stage with Mr. Reid. Students also had the opportunity to take the microphone and to sing independently which was certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Special thanks to Mrs. Pittman-Baker, who pursued this opportunity for her students with pride in Jakeman All Grade and enthusiasm as a lover of music!