The Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board has begun consultation on the 2017-2020 strategic plan. The strategic plan will set the direction of the Board for the coming three years and input is being sought from school communities.
Regional focus group sessions are ongoing with school administrators and representatives of school councils, and school-based sessions are also being held with school councils, teachers, support staff and students. In addition, the Board has posted on online survey through which parents and guardians and the general public are invited to provide feedback.
"The current strategic plan of the Board of Trustees incorporated feedback from the public and has been a true guiding document for our progression as a school district," said Goronwy Price, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District. "Input from our school communities and the public at large is extremely important as we embark upon the next stage of our plan and set the course for the future education of our students."
The feedback survey is accessible on the District website (www.nlesd.ca) until March 10, 2017. Areas of focus include student success, particularly literacy, numeracy and academic interventions, and safe and caring schools. Members of the public are invited to identify priorities within these focus areas and to provide their suggestions on other potential areas of focus.
"We need to continue this important work, with a focus on core literacy and numeracy within our schools," continued Chair Price. "While we must build upon our successes and feedback from our school community members will greatly influence the direction we set for the next three years. Along with student success, a continued focus on safe and caring schools is important to ensure all students feel safe and comfortable in their learning environment. The views of the public will certainly help us establish how we move forward in the best interest of students in our school district."
The new strategic plan for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board will be ready for implementation in September, 2017. The Board of Trustees for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is composed of 17 elected trustees responsible for the governance of 66,300 students, 8,000 employees and 254 schools.
The following statement is being released on behalf of Goronwy Price, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District:
"On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District I would like to offer best wishes for Education Week 2017. During this week our schools take time to acknowledge the significant work undertaken by educators and also celebrate the importance of education. Teachers work tirelessly to promote positive learning environments and ensure each student is able to achieve to the best of their ability. The efforts of educators also extend well beyond the classroom and school hours as they spend significant amounts of time and energy providing extra help to students, coaching, organizing and mentoring.
"This week is also Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week and in this light I would like to thank the many dedicated staff throughout our district who support our schools and the development of our students. It truly takes an entire school staff working together to help meet the expectations of a school community and allow our students to fulfill their potential. Every member of the school staff plays an integral role in making this a reality and ensuring school is a positive and welcoming place to be for all students.
"I encourage all members of our school communities to take a moment this week to demonstrate their gratitude to the teachers and support staff that make our schools places of growth and academic excellence. We truly are indebted to them for their efforts and this week is a wonderful time to show them in some small way how much we appreciate their continued dedication."
A cast and crew jam-packed with local talent will take a hit movie to the stage this month, as Prince of Wales Collegiate presents 'Grease' in St. John's!
The stage production, based on the 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, is an exciting and engaging adaption brought to life by PWC high schoolers Owen Barlett, Laura Tschaja and a full ensemble that are sure to contain some of your favourites by the time the curtain calls!
PWC has a long-standing tradition of bringing Broadway productions to the St. John's theatre scene. Beginning with Fiddler on the Roof in 2000, the talented high school has recently brought shows such as Fame, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Rent to life. Once more, they give their students the opportunity to showcase their passion and excellence in musical theatre with Grease.
Follow the adventures of Rydell’s Class of 1959. Danny and Sandy had a brief summer romance, never expecting they would see each other again in their senior year at the same high school. What happens after is a series of ups and downs both them and their friends go through until they hit graduation day.
Come follow the exploits of the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds with some of the catchiest tunes and best known stories from Broadway. After all, there are “worse things you could do!”
Tickets are available at the St. John's Arts and Culture Center box office or by visiting them online through this link.
Additionally, you can follow the lead up to the big performances online by visiting their Facebook page.
Good luck all - break a leg!
There will be Late French Immersion Parent Information Sessions on:
- Tuesday, February 7 at Corner Brook Intermediate, Corner Brook has been CANCELLED.. This session has been rescheduled for Monday, February 13th, same time and location.
- Thursday, February 9 at Crescent Collegiate, South Dildo
Session will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to all parents who are interested in having their child attend Late French Immersion in September 2017.
National School Counselling Week will get underway the week of February 6 - 10, providing an opportune time to recognize the contribution of school counsellors throughout the province. The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is appreciative of the guidance provided by these professionals throughout our system, as well as the personal, social academic and career development advice and mental health and wellness support afforded to our students.
For more information on the profession and National School Counselling Week , please visit the Newfoundland and Labrador Counsellors' and Psychologists' Association website or the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Assoication website.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will be offering a 48 hour Public Exam Preparation Program (Night School) from February to June 2017. This program will be offered twice a week, with classes on either Tuesday (Math and Science) or Wednesday (English and Social Studies) evenings at Gonzaga High School, Smithville Crescent, St. John’s. There will be no classes over Easter week and any sessions missed due to inclement weather will be made up throughout the program.
For more information and registration, please view the attachment below.
Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board, Goronwy Price today issued a statement following the recent tragic incident in Quebec City.
Please see the attached document for the statement in its entirety.
In response to the recent fires in Milltown, we have received inquiries from schools, individuals, community groups, and other organizations and businesses about how best to help the school community of Bay d’Espoir Academy. For more information, please see attached memo below.
As the result of concerns for the safety of students, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has suspended student transportation services provided by Kelloway Investments. The District has not taken this action lightly as it is aware it has a significant impact on families. However, the District could no longer permit service to continue without the confidence it is being provided in a safe manner for students.
More information can be found in the news release attached.
The Board of Trustees of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will hold a public meeting on Saturday, January 14, 2017. The meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. at St. Teresa's School, 100 Mundy Pond Road, St. John's.
The agenda for the meeting is attached below.
The 14th annual Skills Canada Intermediate Challenge took place November 26th, with over 400 junior high school students taking part in a demonstration of skill and ability. Over 50 teams and individuals received medals in their categories, which ranged from photography and public speaking to computer animation and wind turbines! Gold medal winners in most categories have been invited to represent their schools at the Skills Canada Provincial Competition in April. More information and a full list of results in each category is attached.
Top placing schools include:
1st - Villanova Junior High
2nd - Beaconsfield Junior High
3rd - Holy Spirit High School
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District congratulates all participants and winners, and looks forward to seeing more great skills development among our students through this worthwhile endeavour.
The Board of Trustees of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District held an Annual General Meeting on November 26, 2016, in St. John’s. Please see attached news release below.
The Annual General Meeting of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board will take place at 1:00 p.m., November 26, 2016 at the District Office, 95 Elizabeth Avenue, St. John's.
The tentative agenda can be found below.
Eastern Health is hosting information sessions for parents and guardians about childhood anxiety On November 7 and December 5.
Registration is required.
To learn more, please see the attached poster.
The St. John’s office of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will be relocated to 95 Elizabeth Avenue, effective October 31, 2016.
Telephone numbers and email addresses of employees will remain as they currently are, including the main office phone number: 758-2372.
The new mailing address of the office will be:
95 Elizabeth Avenue
St. John’s, NL A1B 1R6
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board will hold a public meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the District Conference Centre, 40 Strawberry Marsh Road, St. John's. The agenda can be found using the link below.
A Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The meeting will take place at the District Conference Centre, 40 Strawberry Marsh Road, St. John's.
The agenda for the meeting is attached below.
At a meeting held Wednesday, August 10th in St. John's, the Board of Trustees of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District tabled a notice of motion regarding Whitbourne Elementary. The notice of motion may result in the closure of Whitbourne Elementary in June 2017, with students rezoned to attend Woodland Elementary September 2017.
More information is available by viewing the news release attached below, or by visiting the information section of our website LOCATED HERE.
Please be advised that the Board of Trustees of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will hold a special meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016. The purpose of this meeting will be to table a notice of motion to close Whitbourne Elementary in June 2017 and have students rezoned to attend Woodland Elementary effective September 2017.
The meeting will be held at the District Conference Centre, 40 Strawberry Marsh Road, St. John’s. Most trustees will participate by teleconference.
This meeting will be open to the public. The agenda for the meeting can be found attached below.
What does this mean for you?
On August 8th, the District will send email to your Google Mailboxes instead of to your FirstClass Mailboxes. There may be short outages that weekend during this process. Once your account is transitioned you will login to your Google Apps account using your @nlesd.ca address instead of @nlesdonline.ca address. This transition will start that Sunday.
Student Google users will have new login information distributed by their schools in September. In the meantime, students will continue to use their exisiting nlesdonline.ca account.
For more information on Google Apps for Education (GAFE), previous notices, and helpful tips for using our new communication platform, please visit our online Staffroom here: http://bit.ly/28Ns0BG
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is pleased to report it has been advised that the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is mailing student transcripts for Public Exams marks today (Thursday, July 21, 2016).
Supplementary Exams have been scheduled for August 8, 9, 10, and 11. Registration forms must be completed based on your region (see links below). Please note, the registration deadline is Monday, August 1, 2016.
Labrador Region – Supplementary Exam Registration
Western Region – Supplementary Exam Registration
Central Region – Supplementary Exam Registration
Eastern Region – Supplementary Exam Registration
More information on can be found on the Department's Supplementary Exams website here.
As part of continued efforts to ensure Newfoundland and Labrador students are informed and aware of the many sacrifices made by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel, the Provincial Historic Sites Association has announced 19 students who will be travelling to Europe this summer in honour of this hisotirc anniversary. The students, who each completed a Heritage Fair project focused on some aspect of the First World War, will be leaving June 27, 2016 for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Please see the attached document for more information on the initiative and congratulations to all involved.
Lest We Forget.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Education Foundation has announced the successful recipients of the NL Educator's Innovation Awards and Grants Program for 2015-16.
In the program's first year, applications were received from throughout the province seeking support for a number of inventive educational approaches. In total, 10 Awards and 10 Grants were chosen, each receiving $2,500 in funding. More information can be found in the attachment or by visiting the Foundation's website HERE.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Education Foundation Inc is a registered, charitable organization committed to enhancing the educational experience of the District's students.
It has been an amazing week for young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians participating in the 22nd Annual National Skills Canada competition. The events took place June 5-8 in Moncton, New Brunswick, where students were able to showcase trade, technology and employability skills. The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is pleased to congratulate the six medal winners for our schools!
Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Executive Director Carole Ann Ryan said "Team Newfoundland and Labrador showed Canada the strength of training in our province and proudly brought home medals in 12 different competition areas."
Please see the attached news release for more information.
2016 Summer School registration for Grades 7-Level II in the Eastern Region is set to open soon. Please check the attached document for details on registration times, courses, fees and locations.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board will hold a public meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the District Conference Centre, 40 Strawberry Marsh Road, St. John's. The agenda can be found using the link below..
For those who are new to our website or are seeing our new look for the first time, please view this short video tutorial to walk you through some of the new features and resources.
An announcement on the Mini Enrichment Course Program that is coordinated by District School would like to announce the following:
The following courses that started yesterday will have a delayed opening of 10:00 am:
Course 01A Trumpets and Lasers at MUN, Course 02A Animal Psychology at MUN, Course 03A Introduction to Chemistry at MUN, and Course 32 A Robots Controlled Micro Computers at CNA on Ridge Road
Courses that were to start today:
28 A The Holocaust at MUN and 19B Much Ado About Shakespeare at MUN will start tomorrow instead.
32A Engineering Design at CNA will not go ahead today and students and parents will be contacted individually.
An eight week Night School program for Math 3200 and Biology 3201 will be beginning this Thursday evening (April 21st) at Gonzaga High School, Smith Crescent. Classes will run from 7 pm to 10 pm. Starting next week, classes will be on Monday and Thursday evening. Students will be required to pay their registration fee of $185.00 next week.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will be offering an eight week Public Exam Preparation Program from April 18th to June 9th 2016. Classes for this program will be scheduled twice a week on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Gonzaga High School, Smithville Crescent, St. John’s. If the need is sufficient, the following courses will be offered: Math 3201, Math 3200, English 3201, Biology 3201, Chemistry 3202 and Physics 3204.
A telephone and on-line registration process for this program will occur from Thursday, April 7th to Thursday, April 14th. You can register for the program by either calling or emailing Brenda Hickey: 758-2700 or email@example.com.
Participants will be required to pay the required fee of $185.00 during the first week of classes for any courses offered. The method of payment is Cash/Debit/Visa/Mastercard. Please note that personal cheques will not be accepted.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is interested in recruiting candidates for potential teaching positions for the 2016-2017 school year in the following areas only: PRIMARY/ELEMENTARY, FRENCH, AND/OR SPECIAL EDUCATION (depending on the region).
Deadline for receipt of all applications is 12:00 noon April 8, 2016.
Please see the attached document for more information.