Recent events in the HRSB
HRSB Schools Support Feed NS Through Stuff-a-Bus Campaign
Schools throughout the Halifax Regional School Board participated in
Metro Transit's annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign in support of Feed
Nova Scotia on Friday, December 6.
Photo: (above) Colby Village Elementary students load the bus with
their school's donation boxes. Students and staff brought in thousands
of non-perishable food items for the food drive. The bus driver almost
had to ask for a second bus to cart it away!
Photo: (above): Students at East St. Margaret's School participate in their
first Stuff-a-Bus day. Thanks to all of our families for donating an
overwhelming amount of food to Feed Nova Scotia. Well done!
C100 Donates $25,000 to Junior High School Music Programs
Junior high students in nine schools within the Halifax Regional School
Board are benefiting from a $25,000 donation from C100 to support
school music programs. The donation has been divided among the
following schools: Cunard, Duncan MacMillan, Elizabeth Sutherland,
Musquodoboit Rural High, Halifax Central, Highland Park, H.T. Barrett,
John Martin and Sir Robert Borden.
The funding has been used at each school’s discretion to support their
music and band programs. To celebrate the donation, Brad, Peter and
Moya from the C100 Breakfast Club have been visiting schools to meet
the students and teachers and present a cheque on behalf of C100.
Thank you, C100!
HRSB Students Still Talking About We Day!
More than 3500 HRSB students earned tickets to We Day on
November 27 at the Halifax Metro Centre. They earned their tickets
through service to their communities.
Photos: Nelson Whynder Elementary students (above); Dutch
Settlement Elementary School students (below).
Thank you to all who participated in We Day!
Students Raise Money for New Bike Racks
The Clayton Park Junior High (CPJH) Special Projects Committee has
been hard at work this fall, fundraising to purchase two new bike racks
for the school. CPJH appreciates all the support received to make this
happen. The school invites parents and guardians to contact CPJH with
more great ideas to enrich the school community! Congratulations
students, on a job well done!
HRSB Students Inspired by We Day!
More than 3500 students from 113 HRSB schools participated in the
first ever We Day Atlantic at the Halifax Metro Centre on Wednesday,
November 27. It was a day of great inspiration, energy and motivation
to be the change! Thank you to all who took part in this amazing day!
Photo: C.P. Allen students (above).
Photo: Sackville Heights students (above).
Photo: Cole Harbour District High School students (above).
Crichton Park Elementary School students (above).
To learn more about We Day, click here.
HRSB Schools Lend Hand With Haiyan Relief Efforts
Students in Grades 5 and 6 at Beaver Bank Monarch have joined together
with students in Grades 5 and 6 at Beaver Bank Kinsac to create images
for holiday cards as a thank you to those that donate to the Red Cross
relief efforts for the Philippines. Each card has two different students'
art work scanned onto the image of the ornaments. Inside, it reads
Happy Holidays in English and Tagalog (national language of the
Philippines). This was translated by a student in the class who moved
from the Philippines in August.
To purchase cards or make a donation please contact Andrew Casey.
Rays of Hope at Sambro - Ketch Harbour
When students at Sambro-Ketch Harbour Elementary heard about the
devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, they demanded to take action! Students
took it into their own hands to brainstorm and organize various fundraisers.
They came up with a campaign called “Rays of Hope” and created paper
suns with students’ names on them to display on the bulletin board.
Grade 5 students spent a recent PD day baking and individually
decorating (and packaging) gingerbread cookies to sell at school.
Local fisherman, hearing about their work, have donated lobster to the
students to use for fundraising efforts. Other students, along with their
families, have canvassed neighbours, family members and co-workers
to contribute to school wide efforts.
It has been a whirlwind of excitement and pride as students unite together
to make a difference in their lives of those less fortunate. In less than a
week, the school of 120 students collected more than $400! Well done,
Ross Road Principals for the Day Meet Superintendent
Ross Road Elementary students Jillian (left) and Veroniqua (right)
both spent a day in the role of School Principal this week, taking over
Paul Mason's duties (left). As principals, Jillian and Veroniqua made
the morning announcements, toured the storage room at the school
and visited Superintendent Elwin LeRoux (right) at Central Office.
Jillian and Veroniqua said their most popular accomplishment of
the day was extending recess by 5 minutes.
Nourish Nova Scotia Launch at Halifax West
Food champions, supporters, partners, sponsors and colleagues recently
joined with staff and students from Halifax West High School to officially
launch Nourish Nova Scotia. This is a province-wide, non-profit
registered charitable organization supporting breakfast programs and
other food literacy programs for NS children and youth. Nourish NS
is the largest funder for all 95 HRSB breakfast programs. The plan is
for this support to eventually expand to other school meal programs
such as edible gardens, farm to school initiatives and cooking skills programs.
Nourish was created from a grass-roots level with community and
government stakeholders. Jill White, HRSB School Nutritionist, has
been involved in the building of the organization and sits on the
Board of Directors, pictured above. Health and Wellness Minister
Leo Glavine (middle) welcomed guests at the official launch.
To learn more about Nourish Nova Scotia, click here.
Celebrating Mi'kmaq Heritage Month at Cole Harbour District High
Cole Harbour District High School students in science and Mi'kmaq
Studies classes were recently treated to a lesson by NKwej'ij Selina.
NKwej'ij Selina considers herself a Blended Spirit from Mi'Kmaq,
African Nova Scotian and Scottish heritage. During Mi'kmaq History
Month, she spoke to students about the diversity of plants and their
medicinal uses in her culture, along with stewardship of our planet.
Students, Guidance Counsellor Help Build School in Ecuador
This past summer, three C.P. Allen High School students and a
Guidance Counsellor from Millwood High travelled to the Amazon in
Ecuador with Free the Children. They took part in the Adopt a Village
initiative, learning about the indigenous Kichwa culture and helping
to build a school for underprivileged children. They stayed in the
Minga Lodge in the Amazon jungle for ten days, and interacted with
and got to know the local children and women in the communities.
Millwood High School is presently raising money for a group of students
to travel to Ghana in the summer of 2015 to build a school with the Adopt
a Village program developed by Free the Children.
Photo (L-R): Breanna Clark (student), Lori Brown (Guidance Counsellor),
Abby Oyler (student) and Lauren Black (student).
Basinview's Principal for a Day
Basinview's Grade 4 student Demario recently expressed an interest in
becoming a school principal one day. He asked many interesting and
challenging questions about the role. Basinview Principal
Ken Marchand invited him to spend a day in the Principal's shoes.
Demario did so well in the role that Mr. Marchand has invited him to
mentor other students who may be interested spending the day as a
Student Principal. He is keen and excited about the opportunity.
Well done, Demario! (Look out, Mr. Marchand!)
HRSB Career Fair a Great Success!
More than 1000 high school students attended the Halifax Regional
School Board Career Fair on October 29th. The day was a tremendous
success and a wonderful opportunity for students to connect with the
On behalf of students and staff, HRSB sincerely thanks the many
community partners who were present that day and went the extra
mile in providing students with insight, advice and guidance on what the
future could hold for them. To see a list of participating community
partners, click here.
Photo: Auburn student describes his CAN Build It structure to judges
Dale Crawford, from the Department of Labour and Advanced Education,
HRSB Superintendent Elwin LeRoux and Diane Swinamer of Feed Nova Scotia.
Duncan MacMillan Remembers
Duncan MacMillan students, staff and community members took time to
honour Remembrance Day in a ceremony last week. Thank you to all
who took part.
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
Staff from Grosvenor-Wentworth Park and Burton Ettinger schools took
part in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) training during an after school
session recently. NVCI sessions are offered to staff throughout the year.
Take Your Kid to Work Day
Rocky Lake Junior High School student Gaby Russell spent Take Your
Kid to Work Day at the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure
Renewal. During the day, Premier Stephen McNeil and Minister of
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Geoff MacLellan paid Gaby a visit.
Skating Season for East St. Margaret's Students!
Skating season is back for students from East St. Margaret's Elementary!
Every Wednesday after school, students are invited to skate at the
St. Margaret's Bay Arena. This is a photo from the first skate of the season!
Symphony Nova Scotia: Music to Our Ears
Students, staff and community members of Caldwell Road Elementary
were recently treated to an amazing performance by Symphony Nova Scotia
as part of the Youth Concert series. The audience heard some extraordinary
music as well as learning lots about the instruments. Thank you,
Symphony Nova Scotia!
Humber Park Supports Terry Fox Foundation
Humber Park school recently presented a cheque to the Terry Fox
Foundation for $2077.65. This was money collected during our
Terry Fox run/walk. Pretty impressive for a school with 173 students!
From 1986 to 2012, Humber Park School has donated nearly $78,000 to
the Terry Fox Foundation, which clearly holds a special place in the heart
of our community. We are very proud of our students and their families!
Rocky Lake Junior High Students Top Math Competition
Congratulations to the students from Rocky Lake Junior High (RLJH) School
who competed in the Caribou Math Competition on October 16. Three RLJH
students placed in the top 5 in Nova Scotia, and one student placed first in
not only the country, but the world!
Johnny Ye (middle) placed first in the world! Suhwa Jo (left) placed 2nd
in the province and 12th in the world (both grade 9 students competing
in the Grades 9/10 category), and Hannah Casey (right) placed 3rd in the
province for the Grades 7/8 category.
Congratulations to all 24 of the RLJH students (above) who took part in
the competition! Countries that had students participating in this contest
include Canada, United States, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Germany,
China, Japan, Poland, Ecuador and the Czech Republic.
Special thanks to RLJH Math Teacher Tara Kenny for leading this learning
opportunity for students!
HRSB Schools Mark Mi'kmaq Heritage Month
Savannah Simon (above), a traditional dancer from The Red Road
Project gave a dynamic and informative presentation at John Martin
Junior High in celebration of Mi'kmaq Heritage Month. By the end of the
presentation students and staff were well informed of the key principals
of Mi’Kmaq history and culture, received the strong message of living a
positive substance-free lifestyle and were up and dancing around the
gym in a circle of unity.
Porters Lake Elementary has been celebrating! Using the Mi'kmaq History
Month posters, we have been participating in a daily quiz about Mi'kmaq
quillwork. Pictured (above) by the display are Grade 2 teacher
Mrs. Crawford and Grade 6 student Julia Weldon.
M'sit Nok'maq: All My Relations
The HRSB Mi’kmaq Aboriginal Student Support workers hosted a
Mi’kmaq/Aboriginal Cultural Event, in celebration of Mi’kmaq History
Month this week. The title of the event was M’sit Nok’maq, meaning
All My Relations in Mi’kmaq. Junior and senior high school students
gathered at Prince Andrew High School for student-led presentations
about Mi'kmaq history and culture.
Featured guests included the All Nations Drum Group, Savannah Simon
from the Red Road Youth Project, Chappel Island Musician Brandon
Johnson and Jessica Rose from the Kitpu Youth Program.
Special thanks to the Mi'kmaq Aboriginal Student Support workers
Michele Graveline (pictured left), Diane Obed (pictured right), Patricia
Voisey, Shelley Young and Derek Hennessey for organizing the event.
19th Annual Africentric PD Day
Educators, parents/guardians and interested community members from
across Nova Scotia gathered at Graham Creighton Junior High School
on Friday, October 25th for the 19th Annual Africentric Professional
Development Day. The theme of the day was Cultural Proficiency from
an Africentric Perspective.
St. Joseph's A. McKay Students Celebrate Mi'kmaq Heritage Month
Students at St. Joseph's A. McKay recently visited the Glooscap Heritage
Centre in Truro where they learned elements of the Mi'kmaw alphabet.
This is one of the many activities they took part in to honour Mi'kmaq
Meet the HRSB's Student Advisors
The HRSB has two student advisors who sit as non-voting members of
the Governing Board to provide fellow board members with input and
advice. Pictured above are the Student Advisors for the 2013-2014
school year, Tristan Maxwell (left) from Lockview High School and
Chris Abraham (right) from Halifax West. Welcome!
President's Choice Children's Charity Supports Breakfast Programs
President's Choice Children's Charity (PCCC) presented a cheque to
Breakfast for Learning at Ecole St. Catherine's on Thursday, October 24.
This money will support breakfast programs across Atlantic Canada,
including 19 of the 95 breakfast programs in the Halifax Regional School
Board. Special thanks to Peggy Hornell, Executive Director of PCCC (left)
and Beverley Mahon, Atlantic Region Coordinator of BFL (right).
Successful Weekend for CHDHS
Congratulations to Cole Harbour District High School! The baseball team
recently won Gold at the Provincial Baseball Championships! On the same
weekend, CHDHS also took home Silver at the West Kings Invitational Boys’
Hockey Tournament and placed 3rd in the Sackville High Girls’ Volleyball
Tournament. It was a Gold-Silver-Bronze weekend for the Cavaliers!
Way to go,
World's Largest Science Lesson?
On Friday, October 18 thousands of Canadians at hundreds of locations
across the country participated in attempting to set a Guinness World
Record for the Largest Science Lesson. The event also marked the
beginning of the National Science and Technology Week.
Fairview Junior High School students took part in the event that started
at 2 p.m. Atlantic Time. Meteorologist Richard Zurawski helped the
students with the event.
Organizers will spend the next few weeks collecting the required evidence
and forwarding it to Guinness for the final number to be calculated and an
announcement to be made. Results will be announced on
www.science.gc.ca. Thank you to HRSB schools for participating!
Apple Picking for Kingswood Students
Students in Primary at Kingswood Elementary recently enjoyed a trip to
the apple orchard. They picked apples for their healthy recess snack!
Cindy Day Visits Millwood Elementary
Broadcast Meteorologist Cindy Day recently visited Mr. Walker's Grade 4
class at Millwood Elementary School. The surprise celebrity guest spoke
about Canadian geography, climate, habitats and careers in the media.
Thank you, Cindy!
Burton Ettinger Art
Primary students at Ecole Burton Ettinger School created Picasso-style
monsters in time for Halloween! Well done!
Hawthorn Students Vote!
On October 7th, Upper Elementary students at Hawthorn Elementary
had the opportunity to take part in Student Vote. Almost half of the
schools across Nova Scotia participated in Student Vote Elections.
The purpose of the program is to introduce concepts of democracy,
increase awareness of the workings of government and practice the
habits of informed and engaged citizenship.
To view the results of the Student Vote Nova Scotia 2013 Election, click here.
New Zealand Justice Minister Visits St. Catherine's
New Zealand Justice Minister Chester Borrows recently visited students
at Ecole St. Catherine's School to learn about their use of restorative
approaches. Minister Borrows is getting ready to launch restorative
practices in schools in New Zealand and wanted to see restorative
circles in action here in Halifax.
Students participated in circles for Minister Burrows in both English and
French. Minister Borrows then sat on the floor with students (above, far right)
to ask them questions about why restorative approaches work. MP Megan
Leslie also spent the afternoon at the school.
Rockingham Students Create Salsa for School Snack
Students at Rockingham Elementary recently harvested their salsa garden
and created a salsa snack for every classroom in the school. More than
400 students learned how easy, delicious and affordable growing your
own food can be!
Toronto Raptors Deliver Anti-Bullying Message to FJH
Students at Fairview Junior High (FJH) recently enjoyed a visit with a
former NBA star who also played for the Toronto Raptors and Chicago
Jerome 'Junkyard Dog' Williams (below) and other representatives of the
Toronto Raptors joined Nova Scotia's anti-bullying co-ordinator Kathleen
Richard to talk to students at FJH about bullying.
Williams shared his own story about being bullied when he was younger
and asked students to take a strong stand against bullying.
Dutch Settlement Students Become Farmers for the Day
The Grade 2/3 class at Dutch Settlement Elementary School recently
visited the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm. They spent the day learning about
farming from representatives from the NS Department of Agriculture.
Students enjoyed learned about the inner working of a traditional farm.
To view a story about their day that aired on Global News, click here.
Beaver Bank-Monarch Runs & Walks for Terry Fox
Last week, students at Beaver Bank-Monarch Drive participated in the
Terry Fox Run/Walk. The school raised more than $500 for cancer
research and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of exercise! Well done!
Marathon of Hope: 14 years for Millwood Elementary
Grade 4 students at Millwood Elementary proudly display 14 years of
Marathon of Hope t-shirts as they prepare for the Terry Fox Run at their
CHDHS Students Stand Up Against Bullying
Students at Cole Harbour District High School recently created a banner
that reads, 'Everyday Should be Anti-Bullying Day.' Students and staff
have been signing the banner to show support for the initiative.
Joseph Howe Students Earn Points for Participation
This year at Joseph Howe School, all of the students and staff have been
organized into 'house teams.' Each house team is a multi-age group of students
from ELO to Grade 6, along with 4 or 5 staff advisors. Teams will earn points
for participating in school events and activities. There will be both an
individual award and group recognition for the team that earns the most
points throughout the year.
House teams are named after six of the original Africville families: Grant,
Carvery, Bailey, Dixon, Hill and Brown. All students have received a house
t-shirt. Huge thanks to the PTA for helping pay for the t-shirts that were
made by Don Brown, the last baby born in Africville, at 2CG Screen Printing.
Ellenvale Hosts We Day Launch
Students and staff at Ellenvale Junior High, along with student guests
from around the province, welcomed Free the Children co-founder
Craig Kielburger (below) to the school on Tuesday, September 10.
Kielburger came to town to announce the talent who will participate
in We Day Atlantic Canada on November 27, at the Halifax Metro Centre.
To see a list of participants, click here.
Kielburger shared his story about co-founding Free the Children and
talked at length about how youth can take action right here at home in
order to create positive change in the world. Students were also treated
to a musical performance by Tyler Shaw.
Free the Children is an international charity and educational partner
that works locally and abroad to empower youth to be agents of change.
To learn more about Free the Children, click here.
Doors open at CPA & RLJH
Students at Charles P. Allen High School (above) and Rocky Lake Junior
High School (below) went back to school on Friday, September 6.
Welcome back to all HRSB students, teachers and staff! The HRSB
wishes you a successful start to the 2013-14 school year!
Back to School!
Abdullah walked to school with his Dad on his first day of Primary at
Saint Mary's Elementary School in Halifax. Students across the Halifax
Regional School Board went back to class on Wednesday, September 4.
Welcome back to all HRSB students, teachers and staff! The HRSB
wishes you a successful start to the 2013-14 school year!
Superintendent's Awards of Excellence
Congratulations to this year's winners of the Superintendent's Awards
of Excellence! Each year, employees are invited to nominate fellow
employees who are demonstrating excellence in supporting schools
and students. The winners are chosen by a committee made up of HRSB
employees and community leaders.
Photo (L-R): Joanne Williams, Coordinator, Excel (Excellence in Leadership
Award); Brian Ellenburger, Principal at Southdale-North Woodside Elementary
(Excellence in Leadership Award); Judy White, Acting Superintendent;
Claire Hilchie, Educational Program Assistance, Gaetz Brook Junior High
School (Excellent Support Staff Award); Kelly Ryan, HRIS Supervisor,
Human Resources Services (Excellent Support Staff Award); and
Lisa Rounsefell, Learning Centre Teacher, Brookside Junior High School
(Excellence in Teaching Award).
Congratulations to all of our award winners and nominees!
New CPA Awaits Students, Staff
Work crews are putting the finishing touches on the new Charles P. Allen
High School and Community Centre in Bedford. The newly constructed,
LEED Gold Certified building is set to open to students, staff and the
community in September, 2013. The above mosaic was created by
CPA students and is situated on the main floor of the academic wing
of the building.
To see progress photos of the new CPA school, click here.
Summer Learning for Teachers
Bedford South Grade 6 teacher Shelly Tulloch and Technology Integration
Leaders, Mario Eleftheros and Sandy MacDougall spent a week this summer
in Burlington, Vermont at the Discovery Education Network Summer Institute.
They learned, shared and collaborated with 160 other amazing educators
from across the United States and Canada on a wide range of topics related
to using digital technology in education. Mario, Shelly and Sandy have many
great ideas they are eager to share when they are back to work in September!
Photo (L-R): Porter Palmer, Director Discovery Education Network (DEN)
Global Community; Mario Eleftheros, Sandy MacDougall, HRSB Technology
Integration Leaders; Shelly Tulloch, Bedford South Teacher; Dean Shareski,
Discovery Education's Canadian Community Manager.
J.W. MacLeod Fleming Tower Students Wish Upon Fish
The students and staff at John W. MacLeod Fleming Tower School have
embraced Project SPLASH! This outdoor art installation empowers
students to help protect the local watershed. With funds from an RBC
Bluewater Grant and J.L. Ilsley High School, students and staff created
400 'Wish Fish,' as seen above. The fish represent a wish that students
make for clean water and will initiate dialogue within the community about
their hopes for the future of water.