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​A group of students at Nashwaaksis Middle School are first place winners in cybersecurity.

After three rounds of competition, CyberDragons 1 (Nayan Orfei, Liam MacDougall, Matthew Golden, Stewart Catt, and Anthony Cruickshank) were the top competitors in the CyberPatriot XII State Round held in December, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking, and technical skills needed for a successful career in cybersecurity. 

The team’s performance earned them first place in Canada n the middle school division and a spot in the semi-final round held January 24.

"The Nashwaaksis Middle School team members have spent the last eight months preparing for the competition by going through the training modules provided by CyberPatriot," said teacher Gary Gautreau. "They sourced this information on their own and went on to win with guidance from their team mentors Rory Bray, Jamie Wheaton and Josh Ryan."

Following the semi-final round, the top middle school team in Canada will have the opportunity to compete against the top nine high school teams from across Canada at the CyberTitan National Finals in Ottawa. 

CyberPatriot is a national youth cyber education program created to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical for the future and digital economy.


1/28/2020 12:00 PMJan 28 2020, 12:01 PM1/28/2020 11:36 AM

​The provincial government, Anglophone West School District, and the Rural Community of Hanwell unveiled images depicting the design of a new community school on Jan. 27. Construction is expected to begin this spring with completion of the new building expected in 2022.

"I am pleased to see the ongoing development of this project to respond to the needs of the community, as well as of the greater Fredericton area," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. "This school will allow students to learn in their own community."

Due to increased enrolment, schools in the Fredericton region use modular classrooms for up to 19 per cent of all classes. Because there is currently no school in Hanwell, about 450 students from the community are bused to and from schools in Fredericton. The commute takes between 30 and 60 minutes per trip.

The new kindergarten to Grade 8 school will accommodate 650 students and will be built next to the Hanwell Community Centre. It will feature 36 classrooms, an early childhood room, an outdoor learning area, two gyms, specialty learning spaces such as music rooms, a performing arts room, art rooms, science rooms, technology labs and resource spaces, and open project work areas for group collaboration.

"This is an important project for the development of our growing community," said Hanwell Mayor Susan Cassidy. "The new school will be an asset for the future of Hanwell."

Cassidy said "a school is a building block of a community" and Hanwell is proud to see the project come to fruition. Discussion about a new school first began in 2007. She noted the new facility will be near the community centre as well as parks and trails in the area.

"It has been such a long time coming," Cassidy said. "The possibilities are endless for what this will mean to our community and we are behind it 110 per cent."

Kimberley Douglass, chair of the ASD-W District Education Council, said the involvement and commitment of the community to make a new school a priority helped make all the difference in having the project move forward. She predicted the community will change and grow once the new building is available for students and their families.

Superintendent David McTimoney also congratulated the rural community. He said the district looks forward to taking the project to the next level, and once completed, it will bring the total number of schools in the district to 70.

1/27/2020 3:00 PMJan 27 2020, 3:29 PM1/27/2020 3:16 PM

​New Brunswick's Lieutenant Governor Brenda Murphy and her partner, Linda Boyle, were distinguished guest readers for Hubbard Avenue Elementary School's annual Literacy Day held on Jan. 24.

"I do love to read," the Lieutenant Governor said in her address. "It started because my mother loved to read to us. It was like you were right in the book, she made it so interesting. Books help us to dream and imagine. The whole time we're reading, we're learning. Learning to read and reading regularly is a tool that will help us through our lives. It's the best tool you can have. It's a tool you keep in your head and you can take it anywhere you go."

The literacy celebration began with a school assembly in the gym. Approximately 60 volunteer guest readers were in the audience including retired teachers, district staff, elected officials at the municipal, provincial and federal level, along with several hockey players from the University of New Brunswick.

Principal Bev Loker-French said literacy is of utmost importance for a good education and each year a special day is set aside at the school to celebrate a love for reading.  She commended students who took part in a recent reading challenge. A total of 11,550 minutes of reading had taken place in one night with the winning classes and their teachers receiving top prizes and awards.

Throughout Literacy Day, groups of students rotated to assigned classrooms or areas in the school for 20-minutes with a guest reader, all sharing a story and talking about the wonderful world of books.

"Thank you for joining us to share our love for reading," one student said.

Shown in the photos below are left to right: (1) Lieutenant Governor Brenda Murphy and her partner Linda Boyle preparing to read to a group of students at Hubbard Avenue Elementary School in Oromocto; (2) Principal Bev Loker-French speaking with students at the school assembly for Literacy Day.

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1/24/2020 1:00 PMJan 24 2020, 1:38 PM1/24/2020 12:31 PM

​Students and staff at Summerhill Elementary School in Oromocto were captivated by the heart wrenching story of Phyllis (Jack) Wedstad, a Canadian residential school survivor and executive director of the Orange Shirt Society, who spoke at a school assembly on Jan. 22.

It was Wedstad's story from her childhood that inspired Orange Shirt Day, the writing of her two children's books, and now her national tour, funded by Heritage Canada, to spread the message that "Every Child Matters." 

"My story is not unique," Wedstad said. "It is the story of residential school survivors across Canada."

Wedstad was six-years-old and living with her grandmother at the Dog Creek Reserve along the Fraser River in British Columbia when she left home on a two-hour drive to attend the St. Joseph Mission Indian Residential School in 1973-74. She was excited to being going to school and wearing her new orange shirt, a gift from her grandmother. But fear and trepidation set in as soon as she arrived at the door.

"When I got to the Mission, they stripped me, cut my hair and took away my clothes, including the orange shirt! I never wore it again," Wedstad explained. "I didn’t understand why they wouldn’t give it back to me, it was mine! The color orange has always reminded me of that and how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and how I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying and no one cared. We were taken from our homes. We did not have a choice but to go to residential school. We called it going to the Mission. If you were a flight risk, you were sent to another school farther from home."

Wedstad said deep loneliness overcame her at the school and she often cried herself to sleep at night in the stark dormitory she shared with other girls. There was no one to console or comfort them. The food was tasteless and colorless​. Clothing was communal and assigned. Students had nothing of their own and no choice of what to wear from day to day. Boys and girls were separated inside and outside at residential school. When they were bused to a public school at Williams Lake for their classes, it was their only time to enjoy being together as First Nations youth.

"We learned to read and write, but were lonely because we had been taken away from our families," she said. "Orange Shirt Day for me and others is a little bit of justice for what we went through at residential school. Unfortunately, some children did die at these schools. We must honour the survivors as well as those who did not make it."

Wedstad said her one year at residential school seemed like an eternity and she was glad to return home to her grandmother "where people cared about me and where I mattered." There may not have been electricity or running water, but it was home and a safe and welcoming place. 

The St. Joseph Mission Indian Residential School operated from 1891-1981. Wedstad's grandchildren are the first in four generations of her family to be able to live at home with their parents. Her mother, brother and grandmother were also residential school survivors from St. Joseph Mission.

Residential schools were created by Christian churches and the Canadian government as an attempt to both educate and convert Indigenous youth and to integrate them into Canadian society. However, the schools disrupted lives and communities, causing long-term problems among Indigenous peoples.

September 30 was chosen as the date to commemorate all the children who attended residential schools as it was also the time of year that children had to leave their homes and communities to attend the schools. This annual campaign began in 2013 after Webstad shared her experience at a reunion with other survivors as part of Truth and Reconciliation. She received an award in 2017 for the impact of her message internationally.

"We know why we are here and why this is so important for our school," Principal Shannon Atherton said at the school assembly with Wedstad. "We've been honoured to be a part of this tour. We are going to keep learning about this and remember what happened (to First Nations children) so that it never happens again."

Drummers and dancers from Ridgeview Middle School in Oromocto performed during the visit at Summmerhill Elementary School where Elder Charles Sewell from Oromocto First Nation offered opening prayer and sang a safe journey song for Wedstad upon her departure. She also visited Cambridge Narrows Community School and Chief Harold Sappier Memorial School at St. Mary's First Nation in Fredericton.

Shown in the photos below are (1) Elder Charles Sewell from Oromocto First Nation with Phyllis Wedstad; (2) Dancers from Ridgeview Middle School performing at the school assembly; (3) Students at Summerhill Elementary School getting ready to hear Wedstad's story about residential schools.

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1/22/2020 2:00 PMJan 22 2020, 3:15 PM1/22/2020 2:43 PM

Regional consultations on the Green Paper

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, in partnership with Anglophone West School District, is organizing a public consultation session on February 10, 2020 at Fredericton High School in relation to the Minister's Green Paper.

This consultation session will provide an opportunity for parents, school employees and community partners to share their feedback on the ideas presented in the Green Paper. In addition, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development Dominic Cardy will meet with groups of students and teachers throughout the day to gather their respective feedback.

Succeeding at Home: A Green Paper on Education in New Brunswick was released in the fall of 2019 and contains ideas to make our education system, from birth to graduation, the best in the world. The goal is for education to be at the heart of everything New Brunswick does. The ideas outlined in the Green Paper are based on the foundations established in the province's 10-year education plan.

The session at Fredericton High School will take place in the cafeteria beginning at 7 p.m. Participants are advised to use the parking lot off Priestman Street. The cafeteria is located at the top of the ramp accessed through the high school gym entrance

1/16/2020 1:00 PMJan 17 2020, 11:21 AM1/16/2020 12:38 PM

Regional consultation tour on education green paper

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, in partnership with the seven school districts, is organizing regional consultations in several New Brunswick communities.

These consultation sessions will provide an opportunity for students, teachers, parents, school employees and community partners to meet with Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy and share their feedback on the ideas presented in Succeeding at Home: A green paper on education in New Brunswick. Ideas in the green paper build upon the foundation of the 10-year education plans to include New Brunswickers in the process of developing new ways to manage the education system.

“Over the past year, I have had discussions with students, educators, parents, and other stakeholders on how we can build a world-class education system,” said Cardy. “I am consistently impressed with the excellent dialogue that has been carried out previously, including through the education summit and green paper. I look forward to the opportunity to hear directly from even more New Brunswickers on how we can improve our education system.”

The consultation sessions will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates in the following communities and in the languages indicated:

  • Jan. 23 – Sackville at the Sackville Town Hall council chambers (in English);
  • Jan. 29 – Edmundston at Cité des Jeunes A.-M.-Sormany (in French);
  • Feb. 4 – Saint John at Harbour View High School (in English);
  • Feb. 5 – Riverview at Riverview High School (in English);
  • Feb. 6 – Moncton at École L'Odyssée (in French);
  • Feb. 10 – Fredericton at Fredericton High School (in English);
  • Feb. 11 – Miramichi at Miramichi Valley High School (in English); and
  • Feb. 12 – Tracadie at Polyvalente W.-Arthur-Losier (in French).

In the event of a storm, consultation dates may be rescheduled to either Feb. 13, 18 or 19.

The consultation sessions are open to the public. Stakeholder groups, including the Premier’s Council on Disabilities, the New Brunswick Association for Community Living, Dialogue NB, as well as representatives from each political party represented in the legislative assembly, have been invited to participate.

“I encourage everyone to read the green paper, come out and voice their thoughts on the future of education in New Brunswick,” said Cardy.

In Rexton and Fredericton, Cardy will also meet students from aboriginal communities.

Following the publication of the green paper on education last October, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development held a three-day summit in Fredericton, at which teachers, students, parents, early childhood educators, education and business stakeholders shared their views.

“Our education system faces significant challenges, but our government is committed to building a world-class education system,” said Cardy. “Our students and teachers deserve action, based on evidence-based research and best practices, to ensure their well-being and success.”​

1/17/2020 12:00 PMJan 17 2020, 11:20 AM1/17/2020 11:20 AM

​Students and staff at Forest Hill Elementary School recently embarked on a journey to create a new school mascot that had meaning and relevance. That's how Forest the Fox was born.

"Students went through a brainstorming process and then democratically voted on on their top mascot ideas," said Principal Tracy Stewart.  "Families also got to have input on this process as the voting was also open to parents and guardians through an online survey.  After this process, all students created a piece of art work on how they envisioned our fox should look and then voted on the top art work they thought would best represent our school.  The vote determined the top four art pieces that became the inspiration for our final digital design." 

Stewart said the next step in the process involved working with teacher Peter Ayer and his digital design students at Oromocto High School who went through the process of creating their idea of Forest the Fox in digital form. 

"The high school students in this course are very talented and our school greatly enjoyed seeing their work," Stewart added. "The project was very engaging and meaningful to everyone involved and the partnership between the two schools is one we hope to continue."

 A final design was decided and the winning graphic artist was announced Jan. 15 to make the new school mascot a reality.

Shown in the photo below (left to right) front row: Oromocto High School Vice Principal Darla Day,  high school student Trenna Polchies, who had the winning design, Principal Tracy Stewart. Back row: Jeff Holder, principal at Oromocto High School, Trenna's father, and teacher Peter Ayer.

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1/17/2020 11:00 AMJan 17 2020, 11:12 AM1/17/2020 10:43 AM

​Two educators from Saint Mary's Academy in Edmundston are among the recent recipients of Innovation in Education Awards.

Principal Julie Page-Michaud and teacher Aaron McLaughlin received their awards during a ceremony hosted by Brilliant Labs at CCNB Edmundston on Jan. 14. The awards recognized the creative lab projects and initiatives undertaken with their students and the commitment shown to supporting innovation at school. 

Brilliant Labs is a not-for-profit, hands-on technology and experiential learning platform based in Atlantic Canada. Throughout schools in ASD-W, Brilliant Labs supports the integration of creativity, innovation, coding, and an entrepreneurial spirit within classrooms and educational curricula.

Jeff Wilson, spokesperson for Brilliant Labs, congratulated Page-Michaud and McLaughlin noting: "they are receiving this recognition for their tireless efforts in bringing innovation and creativity to the students of Saint Mary's Academy thorugh maker-centred learning."

Innovation in education encourages teachers and students to explore, research and use all the tools to uncover something new. It involves a different way of looking at problems and solving them.  Innovation improves education because it compels students to use a higher level of thinking to solve problems and it prepares students for a digital and innovation-based economy.

Shown in the photo below are (left to right) award winners Danis Michaud, Learning Centre for Haut-Madawaska de Claire; Saint Mary's Academy Principal Julie Page-Michaud and teacher Aaron McLaughlin from ASD-W, Julie Corriveau, Saint-Jacques School, and France Bosse from Carrefour de la Jeunesse.

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1/16/2020 2:00 PMJan 16 2020, 3:15 PM1/16/2020 1:34 PM

​Students studying Grade 11 Advanced Biology at Leo Hayes High School in Fredericton have been doing some hands on learning about sharks and their role in the animal kingdom.

On January 14, 29 students came to class, while 20 parents and family members joined them in an interesting lab experiment to dissect dogfish sharks, one of the best known species of smaller sharks. To their teacher, the procedure was all part of science.

"It was an excellent way to see, touch and explore the various organs and organ systems of an animal," said teacher Lisa Holyoke-Walsh. "It is so essential for these students to see how dynamic and intricate the various body systems are in these animals and to make connections to similarities and differences in our own bodies."

Biology is the study of living things, organisms and the systems and processes that permit life. Studies include subjects like cell biology, evolutionary biology, marine biology, and plant biology. Sharks are fish and organic in nature. They have existed almost unchanged for 400 million years – long before the dinosaur came into existence.

Holyoke-Walsh said the class on sharks was a "culminating event" for her students as well as an important learning experience for them, their parents, siblings and the one grandmother who attended.

Shown in the photo below are students and family members in biology class with teacher Lisa Holyoke Walsh.

1/15/2020 3:00 PMJan 15 2020, 3:33 PM1/15/2020 3:30 PM

​Dear School Community,

Research supports the practice of early, frequent, and positive communication between parents and their children as an important determinant in the development of healthy sexuality. Through an extensive literature review and consultation with many community partners, Horizon and Vitalité Public Health Departments, in collaboration with the Horizon Research Department, are conducting a research survey.

This research survey, available in both official languages, will explore the current sexual health education practices and need for resources, of parents, step parents, and guardians of children18 years of age and younger from across New Brunswick. The results of the survey will help to inform the development of resources to meet the needs of “today’s parents” to support them in their role as the primary sexual health educators of their children.

If you are a parent, step-parent or guardian of a child 18 years or younger, Horizon and Vitalité Public Health want to hear from you!! Thank you for your assistance.

 Please click the following link to access the survey.  Thank you for your participation!


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1/13/2020 11:00 AMJan 13 2020, 10:36 AM1/13/2020 10:35 AM

​Don't settle for good enough. Strive for excellence, work for change.

Those were some of the thoughts of guest speaker Gaetan Thomas, chief executive officer for NB Power, as he addressed school and district staff at ASD-W's leaders' lounge held at Planet Hatch in Fredericton's Knowledge Park on Dec. 17.

Thomas outlined four key principles to effective leadership, beginning with (1) having a vision for your organization. This vision must be "crisp, compelling and inspiring" to draw people in and have them follow you. 

Next, (2) "enthuse people by being the best you can be yourself." When people speak to you, listen. Don't try to do the job of others or tell them how to do their jobs.

"Let them grow and learn to trust you and they will respect you and come to you for advice," Thomas explained. "Leaders get to know people and let them grow -- like fish swimming together."

Thomas said the old style leadership of command and control, micro-management and blaming others does not motivate people or boost morale. In fact, it discourages people, creativity and ideas and promotes unhappiness and stagnation in the workplace.

"Leadership is about pulling people together toward a common goal," he noted. "It may take a change of culture over a long period of time to create the right environment. The bottom line is the journey and what you create in the dynamic."

Next, (3) be ready to take risks and inspire people to create the resources​ needed to fulfill your vision. Once they have the knowledge and the tools, it's time to (4) "give the baby away," he said. "Let it go, if you hear good news - applaud."

To get the best from people, you must engage both their hearts and minds. Be resourceful, innovate and try new things to reach your goals. Ask your followers for their ideas.  

"Generally, we do not like change," Thomas stated. "Most decisions made with the heart can take a long time to get the head following it. People don't care what you think until they know you care."

Thomas noted 80 per cent of cultural transformations do not work because there are no guiding principles or change management plans in place to help people get onboard and work for success. It's sink or swim - like a ship without a rudder. 

"It's easy to be good. It's not easy to be great. You have to help others realize why change is important. Leadership is also about growing future leaders. You want to create a culture of excellence that will continue. It is your best legacy. If you give trust, you will earn trust. Giving is receiving. If we all support each other, we all grow."

In education, Thomas said there is "no more noble responsibility than to be a leader for youth because what you teach or model may influence the rest of their lives."

He emphasized that schools are growing the province's future leaders and education is the key to the economy and prosperity of New Brunswick.

Thomas was introduced by ASD-W's leadership leads Jackie Hay and Laurie Pearson. Hundreds of educators from around the province tuned in via the Internet.

12/19/2019 2:00 PMDec 19 2019, 3:58 PM12/19/2019 2:37 PM

Kindergarten students from Upper Miramichi Elementary School went carolling on December 17 throughout the Village of Boiestown to spread some Christmas cheer.

Led by their teacher Erica Stymiest, the students visited the village office and surprised folks at the local  Canada Post Office, Irving gas station, Boiestown Heath Centre, Central NB Nursing Home, Senior’s Complex, McCloskey’s General Store and Central New Brunswick Academy, a neighbouring school in ASD-W.

"People were delighted to see the students spreading the holiday spirit!​" said Principal Daphne O'Donnell.

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12/19/2019 2:00 PMDec 19 2019, 1:37 PM12/19/2019 1:09 PM

For the past few weeks, ​students across ASD-W have been busy preparing and performing for their annual school Christmas concert, heralding in the magic and excitement of the holiday season.

Families arrive for a glimpse of their star student on stage as the music and carols ring out to an appreciative audience. Great pride takes over at what the students have accomplished with the help of their amazing teachers.

"The school concert honours the Christmas tradition and allows students to showcase their talents, abilities and hard work," said Wayne Annis, Director of Schools for ASD-W. "It brings families and friends together to enjoy the spirit of peace and goodwill, while allowing us to re-focus on the needs of others and the importance of sharing." 

Shown in the photos below are students performing at New Maryland Elementary School's Christmas concert held on December 18.

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12/18/2019 3:00 PMDec 18 2019, 3:12 PM12/18/2019 3:07 PM

A gift giving campaign for students at Nackawic Elementary School has surpassed this year's expectations, thanks to the generosity and support of a local business, AV Group Nackawic, a long-time supporter of the school at Christmas time.

"Once again, this year, they (the mill) reached out to us, and we provided them with the names of 37 students," said Vice-Principal Holly Jones. "They were able to buy gifts for all of these children. This is my very first Christmas at the school as vice-principal and I was overwhelmed with what they bought."

Rachael Gauthier and Mary Thompson were the two contacts organizing the project on behalf of AV Group Nackawic. Staff at the mill did all of the shopping and wrapping .

"We just had to provide them with the information and then go and pick up the gifts. It couldn’t have gone any smoother," Jones added. "We were expecting a gift or two for each child, but were pleasantly surprised when there was more than that – the gifts filled two vehicles!"

As with any community, there are families who struggle this time of year and it’s nice to be able to give these families a little extra boost, Jones stated.

"We are all very appreciative of the support. The staff and families of Nackawic Elementary School would like to say thank you to AV Group Nackawic!​"

Shown in the photo below are Nackawic Elementary School teacher Nicole Priest and Vice-Principal Holly Jones picking up the gifts purchased by the mill for the students.

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12/17/2019 11:00 AMDec 17 2019, 11:13 AM12/17/2019 11:11 AM

Grade 2 students at Centreville Community School are learning to be green thumbs by growing lettuce in their classroom for the school cafeteria. 

"Students care for the plants from seed to harvest and learn about life cycles and care of the plants," said teacher Angie Debertin. "They also monitor nutrients and pH in the hydroponic system for optimal growth. The mature lettuce is harvested and given to the school cafeteria to be used in salads, providing a healthy food choice for our students and staff."

Debertin said lettuce is grown at three different stages so that fresh produce is always available. 

"Students learn about how food is grown and their efforts provide an important service to our school community," she noted.

Similar gardening projects are taking place in other schools in ASD-W as part of global competency and experiental learning, as well as group skills development.

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Students at Nackawic Middle School are working to make their community and the world a better place through acts of charity.

On Dec. 6, leadership students and those in the Meals on Wheels club, led by Principal Kathy Anderson, decided to bake homemade cookies and distribute a selection to local seniors for Christmas.  Students gathered various kinds of cookies and bagged them together to pass out out to seniors in the community.

"A great time of carolling and sharing cookies brightened the day of many a senior in Nackawic and it was a great time for our Grade 7-8 middle school students, Anderson said.

Earlier this fall, the students were also challenged to raise funds as part of the WE charity. A Grade 8 leadership team decided they would like to support a clean water system for a school. So, they began selling treats and holding a couple of sock hops at noon. Funding began to grow and they began to research what part of the world they would like to invest the proceeds.

"Being a WE charity school in the past, the students wanted to help those who did not have access to clean water and decided on the WE Villages, a proven model of holistic and sustainable development.," Anderson explained. 

It is estimated that 1,000 children die every day around the globe due to illness caused by drinking contaminated water, she said.

Supporting a clean water system for an entire school was a lofty goal for the students, totalling $5,000. Once their fundraising was held, the We Charity took whatever was donated and matched it 10 times over. 

"The students were so excited to see their gift grow from $500 to $5,000," Anderson stated. "The gift will bring clean water to an entire school and ensure girls in Kenya can collect safe water for their families on their way home from class."

The clean water system will also help irrigate vegetable gardens to supplement student lunches as well. 

Anderson said the fundraising experience was a unique opportunity for the entire middle school student population to get involved and impact a sustainable change for students in a school in a faraway country.

The WE Charity is an international charity that partners with communities through a holistic, sustainable development model that equips families with the tools and skills they need to lift themselves out of poverty.​

Shown in the photos below are (1) Nackawic Middle School students delivering cookies and carolling for local seniors for Christmas; (2) the Grade 8 leadersip team with Principal Kathy Anderson following their successful efforts to raise funds for a clean water system for a school in Kenya.

12/11/2019 2:00 PMDec 11 2019, 2:07 PM12/11/2019 1:52 PM

News Release

Education and Early Childhood Development

$70.5 million to be invested in school system

11 December 2019

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $70.5 million in fiscal 2020-21 to help build a world-class education system, a $10 million increase from last year.

In tabling his department’s capital budget today, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy said that the process for choosing school infrastructure projects will be transparent. He said the provincial government will ensure that community needs are carefully considered in the decision-making process.

“Our government is making the capital budget process for education fully transparent, and protecting it from political influence and interference,” said Cardy. “From now on communities will know where their schools stand on this priority list. Also, New Brunswickers can support their schools as part of broader government and community-led initiatives, projects like the Saint John community school which has shown the best of our province: government, community, and the business community working together.”

In the coming weeks, the department will make public a provincial priority list of capital projects to provide communities with transparent and objective information on asset management.

“Making this list public will ensure that communities are aware of the priorities for life upgrades, school additions, new schools or school rationalization projects, all while removing the opportunities for subjective or partisan perspectives,” said Cardy.

The list is established annually with the participation of school districts and is based on a data-driven analysis process that provides a provincial perspective to long-term planning regarding infrastructure projects in education.

The government is allocating $44.1 million to support construction projects already underway. In addition, $23.5 million dollars will go towards repairs, upgrades, equipment and the dust collector program to ensure schools remain safe for students.

The current construction projects already underway are:

·         École Arc-en-Ciel (K-8) in Oromocto;

·         École secondaire Assomption in Rogersville;

·         the K-8 school in Hanwell;

·         the K-8 francophone school in Moncton; and

·         the 6-8 anglophone school in the northern part of Moncton.

“We have a responsibility to work together and ensure that our province’s budget allows us to support New Brunswickers while living within our means,” said Cardy. “I believe our budget achieves an important balance of providing for the needs of our students and educators while ensuring we are making prudent, informed and data-driven decisions with taxpayer funds.”​

12/11/2019 2:00 PMDec 11 2019, 1:11 PM12/11/2019 1:11 PM

News Release

Education and Early Childhood Development

Assessment process for school infrastructure projects made public

10 December 2019

FREDERICTON (GNB) – In an effort to ensure transparency, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development made public today an analysis tool used to establish the priority ranking for school infrastructure projects.

“New Brunswick has limited resources and it is important to have an objective process when it comes to setting priorities and making decisions,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “This tool allows the department to respect the role of the district education councils while providing a provincial perspective to long-term capital planning.”

The Quadruple Bottom Line Multi-Criteria analysis process provides an unbiased, data-driven analysis which is used annually to evaluate major capital school infrastructure projects that have been requested by the school districts. These projects are over $1 million and include renovations to existing schools as well as new construction projects. An overview of the tool is now available online.

The tool was developed in 2014 with the assistance of school districts and experts at Ernst & Young. It includes 15 indicators divided into four quadrants: economy, environment, social, and cultural.

“Before this tool was introduced, the department did not have a comprehensive, analytical, evidence-based tool to support the priority setting process,” said Cardy. “Therefore, it was susceptible to subjective or partisan considerations.”

Every year, school districts evaluate their regional needs based on factors such as demographics and age or condition of existing infrastructure and submit a list of major capital project requests to the department. The department uses the tool to assess and prioritize all submissions in order to create a provincial priority list of capital projects based on a high to low ranking. The evaluation process for all projects is undertaken by the same team of knowledgeable staff to ensure a consistent analysis of all projects.



12/10/2019 3:00 PMDec 10 2019, 2:50 PM12/10/2019 2:50 PM

​​​Students and staff at Hartland Community School have been busy working to rid Principal Andy Clark of his moustache.

As part of the Movember campaign, the school participated in fundraising to build school spirit and support the cause for men's health in Canada. Their principal Andy Clark accepted the supreme challenge to shave his beloved moustache if the school could raise $3,000 for the River Valley Cancer Support group. The school surpassed that goal by raising $5,600.

Vice-Principal Lesley Bustard said the campaign got off to a slow start with less than $500 collected during the first two weeks so students and staff rolled up their sleeves and brainstormed fundraising events to ensure the Huskies would meet the challenge.

"The last two weeks have been fun-filled with students, staff, and community members pitching in," Bustard said.  "There have been muffin sales, sock hops where students donned mustaches, 50/50 draws, candy canes sales, HCS Christmas ornament sales, car cleaning, Fan’stache’tic basket ticket sales, ‘tache of Italy meal auction, and donations have poured in from local businesses, family, friends, colleagues, and neighboring schools."

As a result, Principal Andy Clark went for a shave on Dec. 4.

Robyn Oakes, educational essistant at the school, wrote a poem to commemorate the event.:


By Robyn Oakes, Educational Assistant at HCS

Mr. Clark has a mustache

That is older than time

Along came Movember

Tis' the theme of this rhyme.


The challenge was made

And the gauntlet thrown down

Huskies were eager

They were joined by the town.


“Raise three thousand dollars

 You’ve got thirty days

And if you’re successful

My mustache I’ll shave.”


Huskies took on the task

They schemed and they planned

They threw out a challenge

To the folks of Hartland.


Sports teams raised dollars

Kids danced in their socks

They donned their fake staches

Sold all the candy in stock

This thing rolled like a snowball

Oh, how big it became!

First came Fire Chief Walton

Mayor Darrin did the same.


People flocked in to give

Dollars flowed in like honey

I’ll list some of the names

His mom and dad came with money.


The Greens, Craigs and Allens

Nearby schools and some more

The ball it was rolling

Richard came from the store.


Colleagues and friends

Too many to count

Donations poured in

Like water out the fount.


This challenge went viral

The Oakes, the Nevers

Money came from New York

Mr. Clark had the shivers.


So many donations

From mighty to small

For these we are grateful

We just can’t name them all

The thanks they are many

We don’t want to miss one

From students to teachers

We all had such fun!


Just one last huge thank you

Mr. Clark, you’re the one

Without your old mustache

This could never have been done.


It’s the end of the month

We made it, it’s done

The mustache is over

River Valley Cancer has WON!​

Shown in the photo on the front page are Hartland Community School Principal Andy Clark with Miss New Brunswick Kristen Culberson during the fundraising campaign. Shown below are (1) Principal Andy Clark awith his daughter Taylor following the loss of his moustache; (2) Principal Andy Clark with members of the River Valley Cancer Support group.

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12/4/2019 11:00 AMDec 04 2019, 1:51 PM12/4/2019 10:30 AM

​Grade 1 student Molly Witherall says she wants to help other children this holiday season so she recorded her own video and shared it with family and friends to collect donations for the Christmas Angel Tree at Gibson Neill Memorial Elementary School. Her efforts brought in over $550 for the cause.

"It was a wonderful experience for Molly," said her mother Meagan Witherall. "People wrote her little letters, called and offered lots of encouragement and spoke of being inspired to spread a little kindness of their own. The money came in from all across Canada - a pretty memorable experience for her to carry forward in her life."

At Molly's school, paper angels are hung on a Christmas tree, each indicating a child's need such as clothing as well as a toy for Christmas. Generous donors come by to select paper angels, fulfill the Christmas wishes written on them, and then return the items to the school as gifts. Molly's fundraising will help to make sure a grocery store gift certificate is also added to the list of Christmas presents provided to families this year.

"This is our second year for it (Christmas Angel Tree) and it is very special," said Principal Sherry Norton-Graham. "People are very touched by it and I am thrilled with the response." 

Norton-Graham said the Christmas Angel Tree serves as a unique holiday assistance program that connects the community with the school, while helping deserving children and their families. 

"It was very heartwarming to hear from her (Molly's) mother," Norton-Graham explained. "She described how Molly was very taken by the thought that some children might not have gifts under the tree that they would want."

View Molly's video issued to family and friends at the link below.


12/4/2019 11:00 AMDec 04 2019, 12:05 PM12/4/2019 11:31 AM

​Schools across ASD-W are holding their annual Christmas concerts leading up to the holidays.

Please click on the link below for a list of schools and concert dates.

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12/4/2019 10:00 AMDec 04 2019, 9:39 AM12/4/2019 9:39 AM

​Students from Perth Andover Middle school were named champions of the province's First Lego League robotics qualifier tournament held recently at Rothesay Netherwood School near Saint John.

The PAMS Bears Lego Robotics joined 18 teams from across New Brunswick in competing for a chance to move on to the  Acadia Robot Programming Competition in Nova Scotia coming up on Feb. 15-16, 2020.  

"Our team won first place and have earned this awesome opportunity," said teacher Michael Grant. "This is the first ever robotics team from Perth Andover Middle School so it's quite an accomplishment."

Members of the school team are Jacob Durepos, Kyelee Michaud, Lachlan Moore and Miles Paquette-O'Neill.   The event at Rothesay Netherwood School included youth from Grades 4-8.

The top teams move on to the next competition in Nova Scotia in February and will then have the opportunity to advance to the world championships in Detroit.

The New Brunswick qualifier tournament was organized by Rothesay Netherwood School, FIRST ® LEGO® LeagueAcadia Robotics, and Brilliant Labs.
In the past, students in the province have had to travel to Nova Scotia to compete in robotics competitions.


12/2/2019 1:00 PMDec 02 2019, 1:02 PM12/2/2019 12:43 PM

Students from McAdam High School will be taking part in an exciting Christmas fundraising project in partnership with NB Southern Railway and The Children’s Wish Foundation, New Brunswick Chapter.  

The fun-filled event is titled the Polar Express “Believe in Wishes” Train Ride.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, over 650 visitors are expected to arrive in the Village of McAdam to experience the whimsical train ride for charity.

While the train arrives and departs throughout the afternoon, student volunteers will be helping to serve meals to passengers inside the fully-decorated McAdam Railway Station. There will be three "elf" spaghetti dinners served at intervals beginning at 12:15 p.m. and ending a6:15 p.m.

Tickets are already sold out for the day-long event which will follow a festive Christmas theme with guests enjoying activities, cookies (over 1,500 homemade cookies made by McAdam High School students) and hot chocolate along with a special visit from Santa Claus and his elves.

Principal Jeremy MacIver will serve as conductor for the Polar Express, while teacher Judy Anderson will headline as Mrs. Claus.

"The level of student involvement is outstanding," said Principal Jeremy MacIver. "Every student in the building has taken on a role in order to make this a memorable experience for all the guests and the community."

For visitors, the ride over the rails will come very close to a trip to the North Pole with passenger cars decorated and staffed with the student elves in pajamas. The ride will be set to festive music with the ​activities in tune with designated songs.

Proceeds from the event in McAdam will be shared between the Children’s Wish Foundation, New Brunswick Chapter, and the McAdam Train Station restoration process.

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12/2/2019 11:00 AMDec 02 2019, 11:17 AM12/2/2019 10:49 AM

​Anglophone West School District hosted a Town Hall Meeting on pupil transportation on Nov. 27 at Nashwaaksis Middle School. Superintendent David McTimoney gave a presentation to about 60 members of the public in attendance. Click on the link below to view the presentation. There were also round table discussions between parents and district staff.

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View the meeting on You Tube at https://youtu.be/_B9DFffqUwg​

11/21/2019 3:00 PMNov 29 2019, 11:01 AM11/21/2019 2:32 PM

A new gymnasium floor has been installed at the Nashwaaksis Field House in Fredericton.  The $720,000 project was financed through a partnership between the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Anglophone School District West and the City of Fredericton. 

The gym serves Nashwaaksis Middle School students, as well as many community groups after-hours and on weekends. Previous flooring had deteriorated and was in need of replacement to ensure continued use of facility.

Shown in the photo below are (left to right): Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy, Fredericton Mayor Mike O'Brien, and District Education Council chair for ASD-W Kimberley Douglass.  


11/29/2019 10:00 AMNov 29 2019, 10:10 AM11/29/2019 9:55 AM

​If ever there was a brave and courageous New Brunswicker with a compelling story to tell, it is John Westhaver.

A native of St. Stephen, Westhaver has made it his mission to speak to students across Canada and the U.S. about overcoming adversity and making responsible choices. His messages are clear: you are not defined by your looks; you are not what happened to you, and you can create the life of your dreams.

In 1994, a month and a half before his high school graduation, Westhaver was involved in a horrific car crash with three of his friends. The teens had been enjoying a typical Friday night - drinking beer in the car, blasting music and speeding. Although the driver of the vehicle was sober, the car lost control at a sharp bend and hit a telephone pole, killing everyone in the car except Westhaver. When he awoke from a medically-induced coma a month later, he learned that his friends were killed in the crash. He was fortunate to be alive, but had suffered life-threatening burns to 75 per cent of his body. Through his extensive rehabilitation, he found the strength to move forward. His ongoing recovery inspired him to devote his life to helping others make the choices that he didn't.

On Nov. 21, Westhaver spoke to students at George Street Middle School in Fredericton during a special school assembly.

"He spoke to our students about overcoming challenges," Principal Pierre Plourde said. "Living with facial disfigurement in today's superficial world can be very challenging. John shared how he not only lives in this superficial world, but how he thrives in it. His presentation provided our students with great advice with the intention to motivate and inspire our students to find in themselves the courage, power and strength to deal with difficult times in their own lives."

The students heard Westhaver share his feelings about dealing with the loss of his friends and his struggles to undergo over 35 surgeries to correct the damage caused by the fiery car crash. He spoke about believing in yourself, accepting who you are, not judging others by their appearance, and knowing the freedom of letting go of the past through forgiveness.

Today, Westhaver resides in Victoria, BC where he is involved in a road safety speaker program. He has made over 600 presentations in North America as an established and powerful  motivational speaker.

Shown in the photo below is John Westhaver speaking to students at George Street Middle School.

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11/27/2019 10:00 AMNov 27 2019, 10:29 AM11/27/2019 10:22 AM

Over 400 Fredericton High School students attended a special climate presentation Nov. 21, hosted by New Brunswick environmentalist and sustainability consultant Carl Duivenvoorden, and were surprised when former United States vice-president Al Gore called in to chat with them.

A total of 1,700 presentations were held globally and Fredericton High School students were one of five groups that Gore spoke with that day. Gore is a renowned environmentalist and a Nobel Peace Prize winner for his efforts to educate the world about climate change, spearheading the launch of a famous documentary, The Inconvenient Truth.

According to the 2019 report Canada's Changing Climate Report (CCCR), which was commissioned by Environment and Climate Change CanadaCanada's annual average temperature over land has warmed by 1.7 C since 1948. The rate of warming is even higher in Canada's North, in the Prairies and northern British Columbia.

Evidence shows increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere—specifically carbon dioxide concentrations—can explain Earth’s observed warming trend. Greenhouse gases are called that because they effectively act like a greenhouse or a layer of insulation for the Earth: they trap heat and warm the planet. 

Recent reports state that by 2050 the effects of climate change will be significant around the globe.

11/22/2019 1:00 PMNov 22 2019, 5:41 PM11/22/2019 1:32 PM

News Release

Education and Early Childhood Development

Bill to amend immunization record requirements reintroduced

22 November 2019

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government reintroduced legislative amendments today that would remove non-medical exemptions from the mandatory immunization requirements for public school and licensed early learning and child care admissions. The amendments are to the Education Act and the Public Health Act.

In tabling the legislation, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy said the government is willing to protect the legislation against possible challenges using the seldom-used notwithstanding clause, also known as Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“Over the past year, there have been outbreaks of diseases which are preventable by vaccine that put the health and safety of our students at risk,” said Cardy. “We remain committed to helping to protect the most vulnerable people within our population and will use every power we have to ensure New Brunswick’s schools and daycares are safe for our children.”

The proposed legislation comes in the wake of similar policy decisions made elsewhere in the world, such as in Germany where legislation will make measles immunizations mandatory for all children and staff in kindergartens and schools, medical facilities, and community facilities, starting in March 2020.

“The provincial government is concerned about outbreaks around the world, such as the situation in Samoa where the lack of an immunization program has resulted in deaths and the declaration of a state of emergency,” said Cardy.

The legislative amendments introduced today would require students attending public schools and children in licensed early learning and child care facilities – either currently enrolled or being admitted for the first time – to provide either proof of immunization or a medical exemption on a form signed by a medical professional.

Similar proposed legislation regarding proof of immunization was introduced in June. Over the summer the proposed legislation was reviewed by the standing committee on law amendments but royal assent was not attained before the legislative assembly prorogued.

An Act Respecting Proof of Immunization would come into effect Sept. 1, 2021 and would:

·         remove sections in both the Education Act and the Public Health Act that allow non-medical exemptions to be presented in place of immunization records or medical exemption; and

·         result in modifications to the Licensing Regulation – Early Childhood Services Act which refers to practices outlined in the Public Health Act.

“Vaccines are a safe and proven way to prevent the spread of many potentially life-threatening diseases,” said Cardy. “This legislation is protecting individuals with compromised immune systems and will help keep our children safe, healthy and ready to learn.”


11/22/2019 1:00 PMNov 22 2019, 12:02 PM11/22/2019 12:02 PM

Students, educators to be consulted on how to improve second language training

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will engage with students and educators on ways to improve second language training.

“New Brunswick is Canada’s only bilingual province and all New Brunswickers should be able to share their stories and experiences with one another,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “Our low levels of bilingualism are unacceptable. We need to look at opportunities to use personalized or experiential learning to address the needs of second language learners and make second language programs more accessible.”

As outlined in Succeeding at Home: A green paper on education in New Brunswick, the government has committed to ensuring that all students achieve, at a minimum, conversational proficiency in both official languages by the time they graduate from high school.

Department staff will visit schools and talk with students and educators currently participating in second language programming. Discussions will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the current curricula and programming to see where there is room for improvement and what successes can be leveraged to create new, widely available learning opportunities.

Based on discussions and the feedback received, the department will invite about a dozen of schools to participate in a pilot project to explore second language learning opportunities and different models of delivery. These projects will begin as early as the 2020-21 school year.

In conjunction with ideas presented in the green paper, the department is exploring structures that would enable students to work together as they learn the two official languages and looking at how technology can be used to reinforce lessons or connect students across the province. The department has also committed to work with early childhood educators to explore play-based approaches to language acquisition.

“Educators working in classrooms directly with students every day are in the best position to explain their needs, successes and challenges,” said Cardy. “To build a world-class education system, we need to learn what longstanding barriers to learning exist and explore different models to overcome these barriers.”

Building a world-class education system with progress regularly measured and reported on publicly, is one of the government’s top priorities. More details on the priorities is available online.


11/21/2019 3:00 PMNov 21 2019, 2:40 PM11/21/2019 2:40 PM

2019 Excellence in Education Awards (anglophone sector)

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Ten educators in the anglophone sector have been presented with the Minister’s Excellence in Education award recognizing their outstanding work.

“Thank you and congratulations to all of this year’s recipients for going above and beyond for their students,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “Your work is inspirational and New Brunswick is fortunate to have educators that possess so much passion and creativity for helping students foster a love of learning that will follow them throughout their lives.”

The following received awards during a banquet and ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 16, in Fredericton:

Anglophone North School District:

  • Lesley Stewart, Max Aitken Academy, Miramichi
  • Angela Young, Campbellton Middle School

Anglophone South School District:

  • Susan Boyle, Dr. A. T. Leatherbarrow Primary School, Hampton
  • Shane Kelbaugh, Rothesay High School
  • Paul Kelly, Hazen-White–St. Francis School, Saint John

Anglophone East School District:

  • Jonathan Godbout, Frank L. Bowser School, Riverview
  • Venessa Poirier-LeBlanc, Bessborough School, Moncton

Anglophone West School District:

  • Ginger Carson, Devon Middle School, Fredericton
  • Sheila Morgan, Summerhill Street Elementary School, Oromocto
  • Alice Sewell, Fredericton High School

The awards recognize those who have shown exceptional dedication, ingenuity, leadership, passion and professionalism in the education and early learning systems. They also highlight the success of innovative methods of fostering the development of young children and students; exceptional efforts to promote a positive learning environment; and initiatives to support students with difficulties.

Shown in the photo below are front row, from left: George Daley, deputy minister of Education and Early Childhood Education (anglophone sector); recipients Angela Young, Venessa Poirier-LeBlanc, Sheila Morgan and Susan Boyle. Back row, from left: recipients Shane Kelbaugh, Jonathan Godbout, Paul Kelly, Lesley Stewart, Ginger Carson and Alice Sewell.


11/19/2019 9:00 AMNov 19 2019, 8:34 AM11/19/2019 8:26 AM
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