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Junior Achievement’s 32nd annual gala on March 13 gathered some 400 supporters and sponsors together to honour the many award winners for the greater Fredericton region.

Junior Achievement (JA) is the largest youth business organization in Canada with provincial chapters from coast to coast. New Brunswick has one of the most active chapters in the country with 15,000 students enrolled across the province.

Connie Woodside, president and chief executive officer for JA New Brunswick, said the annual gala was “a celebration of success” for the local students involved as well as the many community partners who support their efforts.

“We are helping students tap into their talent for business and reach their true potential,” Woodside said. “There are a lot of rock stars here. Someone could leave here tonight with a job offer or an opportunity at the post-secondary level.”

JA works in partnership with educators, volunteers and businesses to educate students about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Leading corporations and local organizations in the community provide financial support and also provide mentors and volunteers to deliver the JA program to the students, giving them the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed in school, business and life.

“We are inspiring up and coming young entrepreneurs,” explained Chris MacDonald, vice-chair of the JA New Brunswick Board and a former JA graduate. “These youth go on to be leaders in the public and private sectors and they will one day lead our province into a strong and prosperous future.”

Guest speaker Ben Johnson, a wealth advisor for RBC Dominion Securities, told the crowd he got involved in the JA program 22 years ago while in Grade 10, noting the organization can “make an impact and shape lives more than you can imagine.”

He encouraged the students in the audience to look to their future, plan for tomorrow, set goals, and stay focused.

“Don’t leave life to chance, have a vision,” Johnson said. “Look at the future in the rearview mirror – what you will do, where you will go and who you will be. It will give you clarity. As Joe Louis said, ‘you only live once, but if you work it just right, once is enough.’”

This year, Junior Achievement housed two companies at Leo Hayes High School which gave students the opportunity to create a business and run it themselves. These budding entrepreneurs formed companies, raised capital, elected officers, produced and marketed products and operated their firms through to liquidation. A team of volunteer advisors from the local business community guided their operations.

Green & Clean produced and sold homemade lip balm, puddy soap and sugar scrub in a jar, while Relaxnation, produced and sold “Affirma-Jar,” containing a stress ball, some chocolate, hot chocolate, herbal tea and an inspirational quote. Both companies were deemed a success, winning numerous JA awards along with their chief executive officers,Vanshika Khaitan, a Grade 11 student at Fredericton High, and Mikayla Hand, a Grade 12 student at Leo Hayes High School. Both student business leaders spoke at the gala.

Over the past 10 years, the JA annual gala has raised $200,000 from the local business community to support the JA movement in the greater Fredericton region. Awards were presented at the 2019 event as follows:  



Highest Profitability

Green & Clean

Best Business Plan

Green & Clean (Benas)

Best Shareholders Report


Best Management Team

Green & Clean (Alyssa Brown)

Team Player Awards

Anamar Heredia Skinner/Henry Mason

Progressive Company of the Year

Green & Clean (Benas)

Most Improved Company

Relaxnation (Mikayla Hand)

Innovative Leadership Award

Samantha Septon

Innovative Company Award

Relaxnation (Bailey Nickerson)

Business Development Award

Bailey Nickerson

Emerging Leader Award

Bailey Nickerson

Young Humantiarian Award

Rachel Johnston

Entrepreneur Spirit Award

Azlyn Mitton

Entrepreneur Spirit Award

Adam Schwartz

Quality Service Award

Danielle MacNutt

Mentorship Award

Joel Trebble

Achiever Integrity Award

Arvin Seyedi

Best New Startup

Relaxnation (Mikayla Hand)

Quality Assurance Award

Isaac Morrison

Most Tech Savvy Company

Green & Clean (Camelle Currie)

NB Proud Entrepreneur of the Year

Vanshika Khaitan

Community Impact Award

Eric Morrison

Student Most Likely to start a company

Savannah McLean

Outstanding Achiever Spirit Award

Samantha McLean

JA Inspiration Award

Ananaya Sharma

Highest Overall Program Sales

Henry Mason

Most Entrepreneurial Company

Green & Clean (Alyssa Brown)

JA Women in Business Award

Mikayla Hand

Environmental Awareness Award

Green & Clean (Vanshika Khaitan)

Above & Beyond Achiever Award

Adam Morrison

Award of Merit

Shane Maunder

Junior Executive Award

Avery Collrin

Business Integrity Award

Green & Clean (Samantha Septon)

FHS Achiever of the Year Award

Charlie Hanscomb

Entrepreneurial Endeavour Award

Sarah Tozer

Digital Technologies Award

Camelle Currie

Distinguished Student Award

Meg Probert

Achiever of the Year

Mikayla Hand

Male Rookie of the Year

Henry Mason

Female Rookie of the Year

Azlyn Mitton

JA Ambassador Award

Samantha Otis

Customer Service Excellence Award

Tori Wetmore

Innovation & Technology Award

Green & Clean (Alyssa Brown)

Salesperson of the Year

Wia Sangalang

Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

Anamar Heredia Skinner

Data Efficiency Award

Taylor Danforth

Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Taylor Danforth

Innovative Marketing Award

Sarah Tozer

Excellence in Social Media

Camelle Currie

Chief Production Officer of the Year

Bailey Nickerson

Chief Digital Officer of the Year

Camelle Currie

Chief People Officer of the Year

Taylor Danforth

Chief Marketing Officer of the Year

Alyssa Brown

Chief Financial Officer of the Year

Benas Groza

Chief Executive Officer of the Year

Vanshika Khaitan

Premier's Leadership Award

Vanshika Khaitan

Young Women's Leadership Award

Samantha Septon

Company of the Year

Green & Clean

 ​Shown in the photos below are (1) ASD-W Acting Superintendent Catherine Blaney with Bailey Nickerson, a Grade 9 student at Leo Hayes High School who won the JA Emerging Leader Award; and (2) Fredericton High School Vice-Principal Nathan Langille with Charlie Hanscomb, a Grade 11 student, who won the award for FHS Achiever of the Year.

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Last Printed: 3/15/2019 2:00 PM
Posted: Mar 15 2019, 2:17 PM

​Devon Middle School, Barkers Point Elementary School and Leo Hayes High School recently took part in fundraising efforts for a local Syrian family after they lost their home in a fire in Fredericton. The three schools raised over $2,700 to help the family through the emergency.

Nafee Hassan, father, Midiya Bda, mother, and their six children all escaped their home safely before it was destroyed by fire one morning in February. The Fredericton Multicultural Association provided temporary accommodations for the family and began accepting donations of clothing and food. Local schools then joined in with gift cards and cash donations. ​

"They were so appreciative and thankful to everyone for their support," said Shawna Allen-VanderToom, vice-principal at Devon Middle School.

Devon Middle School raised over $2,100; Leo Hayes High School raised over $350 and provided clothing and food; and Barkers Point Elementary raised $309. 

The family arrived in Canada last May and plan to stay in the Fredericton area where they are looking for a new home.

Shown in the photo below is Shawna Allen-VanderToom, vice-principal at Devon Middle School, presenting the school's donation to Nafee Hassan and his family.

Last Printed: 3/14/2019 10:00 AM
Posted: Mar 14 2019, 10:07 AM

News Release

Opportunities available for new school bus drivers

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is encouraging qualified individuals to apply to become school bus drivers, and is reminding those who are interested about the required qualifications.

“The department values the school bus drivers in the province and recognizes the important work they do within our education system,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “The safety and security of students is our top priority, which is why we are encouraging those with a good driving record and a desire to work with children to seek opportunities, though their local school districts, as casual or full-time bus drivers.”

Although the job classification identifies Grade 12 or GED as requirements, candidates without this qualification who can demonstrate an equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.

Drivers must also possess good communication skills and have a demonstrated ability to successfully deal with discipline in the vehicle. Good driving records and experience working with children and youth may be considered as part of the experience sought when screening applications.

The department supports the school districts through the funding of the new school bus driver training program. School districts oversee the management of all school staff, which includes bus drivers.

More information about the job and about how to apply is available from the anglophone and francophone school districts.

Last Printed: 3/13/2019 4:00 PM
Posted: Mar 13 2019, 3:27 PM

News Release

Provincial government surpasses goal for designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centres

HANWELL (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced today that as of March 1, more than 330 child care facilities have become designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centres, surpassing the government’s goal.

“Our government is committed to improving child care services across the province in order to help build a world-class education system,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “The transition to designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centres and Homes ensures parents that these facilities meet the highest standards.”

Designations for New Brunswick Early Learning Centres began Feb. 1 in the Anglophone West School District, including the Fredericton, Oromocto and Woodstock regions, and in the Francophone sud school district, including Fredericton and Oromocto. The provincial rollout of designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centres, which began in March of 2018, is now complete with the expansion to these areas.

As of Feb. 1, home-based daycares became eligible to apply for designation as New Brunswick Early Learning Homes. Since becoming eligible, 88 home-based daycares have received designation.

The centres are intended to help parents access more affordable and high-quality child care services. Parents whose children attend designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centres and New Brunswick Early Learning Homes may be eligible for improved subsidies for child care expenses. Parents are encouraged to register for the Early Childhood Services Portal where they can access the subsidy calculator and other relevant information on early learning services and programs.

Cardy and New Brunswick Southwest MP Karen Ludwig visited Little Munchkins Preschool Centre in Hanwell today to tour the facility and discuss the benefits of becoming a designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centre.

“Designation will create an enhanced support framework for our centre and staff,” said Little Munchkins Preschool Centre co-director Lori Nicholls.

“It will allow us to deliver even higher quality and more affordable child care for our families, which is something everyone is excited for,” said the facility’s co-director Ashley Connolly.

“For Canadian families, high-quality, affordable child care is more than a convenience—it is a necessity,” said Ludwig. “If we want the middle class to grow and succeed, we need to ensure every child in Canada has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Investments in early learning and child care better support children getting the best start in life.”

The initiative is part of a $71-million federal-provincial early learning and child care framework which will support early learning initiatives.


Last Printed: 3/13/2019 4:00 PM
Posted: Mar 13 2019, 3:25 PM

New Brunswick has been selected to host OUTShine, Canada’s LGBTQ12S youth summit.

The three-day event is presented by Egale Canada Human Rights Trust and will take place this year at the Fredericton Convention Centre from May 17-19.

Egale is Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans human rights through research, education and community engagement.

The national event will bring together LGBTQ12S students and ally youth, teacher facilitators and community members from across Canada. 

Discussions will focus on what is happening in schools, sharing resources, experiences and networking, while having fun and celebrating LGBTQ12S identities. 

​The conference will combine educational sessions and social experiences, offering both combined and separate programming for youth and educators.

Over 50 workshops are planned as well as panel discussions and activities, a formal dinner, performances and a queer prom.

Keynote speakers during the summit are Spencer West, a visionary and human rights activist, who will speak about tackling life's challenges, and Alok Vaid-Menon, an award-winning, non-conforming performance artist, writer, educator, poet and LGBTQ activist. 

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has partnered with Egale since 2011 to promote LGBTQ inclusive education in New Brunswick.​ 

Schools in ASD-W have been informed on how to obtain funding for their student groups to attend the summit in May.

For more information or to register for the OUTShine 2019 event, visit the link below:


Last Printed: 3/11/2019 4:00 PM
Posted: Mar 11 2019, 4:06 PM

​Two high school students from ASD-W have been chosen as EF (Education First) Canadian Youth Ambassadors for 2019. 

Dhanishta Ambwani from Leo Hayes High School in Fredericton and Kenzie MacDonald-Auger from Woodstock High School are among 30 Canadian youth who will be travelling to the Dominican Republic in April to participate in an EF service learning tour. The selected ambassadors will be working alongside community members on a sustainable development project to support local needs. Once back from their trip, they will reconvene in Ottawa to meet with Members of Parliament and Senators to talk about their experience and present their action plans. 

Ambwani, a Grade 11 student, enjoys biology, English, science and history and is heavily involved in school activities and leadership. After graduation, she plans to attend university to pursue a degree in medicine, science or engineering. 

"I think I will learn so many things from my trip to the Dominican Republic," Ambwani said. "I will definitely learn how to communicate, interact and create meaningful relationships with the local children there, even if we do not speak the same language. I will learn about the way of life and the different or similar challenges that youth my age face in a completely different country. From the program in general, I think I will learn how to action plan effectively so that I can turn my ideas into reality."

Ambwani feels EF service learning tours are foundational to creating leadership qualities in youth because they promote responsibility, opportunity and the power to create real change, while also showing that adults trust, believe and support youth to do important things.

"I believe my generation is so passionate about creating change, helping to create a better world, but more often than not we are not given enough support or encouragement," Ambwani explained. "This program changes that reality."

Kenzie MacDonald-Auger, a Grade 11 student at Woodstock High, enjoys drama, art, English and music. Her future plan is to attend university to study psychology or criminology. She hopes her experience with EF will help her to generate new ideas for the betterment of her own community and helping others. 

"I'm hoping to expand my school project 'Free and Fresh' and start the idea of a community garden in Woodstock and prompt community involvement," MacDonald-Auger said. "Programs like this (EF) empower youth involved on how to create great change when there is access to opportunities. It can make an impact on the next generation when they learn what they are capable of and hopefully it builds toward a better nation in the future."

The EF Canadian Youth Ambassador program is a five-year initiative launched in 2016 to provide mentorship and travel opportunities to a total of 150 Canadian youth representing every province and territory. The objectives of the program are developing global citizenship, creating social change, and fostering passion. 

EF is an international education company focused on language, academics, educational travel, and culture experience. It currently operates more than 600 schools and offices in over 50 countries to fulfill one global mission: opening the world through education. In Canada, EF has helped educators foster global citizenship through experiential learning since 1984.

Shown in the photos below are (1) Dhanishta Ambwani from Leo Hayes High School and (2) Kenzie MacDonald-Auger from Woodstock High School, who have both been selected as EF Canadian Youth Ambassadors for 2019.

Last Printed: 3/5/2019 1:00 PM
Posted: Mar 05 2019, 1:33 PM

News Release

Public consultation on French immersion

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is asking parents, teachers and the public for feedback on how to address serious concerns that have been raised about the French immersion program.

“Our government is committed to taking action to ensure we graduate more bilingual students,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “However, there are substantial challenges facing the system. For example, we do not have enough qualified teachers to deliver French immersion.”

A brief survey allows the public to evaluate the current French immersion program.

The ongoing implementation of the program, and the Grade 1 entry point, has created some challenges, which include:

  • A performance audit by the auditor general last December identified a shortage of qualified French immersion teachers as a serious challenge in the education system. At the Grades 1 and 2 levels, 41 per cent of teachers did not have the proficiency required to teach in the program.
  • New Brunswick, like other provinces and territories, is experiencing a shortage of French-speaking teachers. According to a recent study by the federal Official Languages Commissioner, this is not expected to improve in the immediate future.
  • Twenty per cent of qualified French immersion teachers are 50-years-old or older and will soon be eligible for retirement. This means the shortage of French teachers is likely to get worse.
  • The auditor general’s report indicated that 93 per cent of anglophone sector students on personalized learning plans are in the English prime program. Data from the department shows that 97 per cent of kindergarten to Grade 2 students on these plans are in the English prime program; three per cent are in the French immersion program.

Given the concerns about the program’s sustainability and the quality of education students are currently receiving, the French Immersion entry point will be part of the review.

“The early years of public education are a critical period for language, literacy, numeracy and social skill development,” said Cardy. “In order to create a world-class education system that inspires and innovates, this government is committed to ensuring that all New Brunswick children have an equal opportunity to become bilingual.

“The Council of District Education Council Chairs welcomes the government’s review of the French immersion program,” said Robert Fowler, chair of the Anglophone South school district education council and chair of the anglophone provincial council of district education council chairs. “We need to look at all aspects of French immersion with a view to developing the best program we can for our students going forward. We support the consultation process and look forward to a meaningful discussion on the issues.”

The government will be looking at best practices nationally and internationally to work towards the ultimate goal of improving the education system and giving all students the opportunity to graduate with the ability to speak conversationally in both official languages. It allows people to evaluate the current French immersion program and to share their thoughts on its long-term sustainability. People are asked to submit their surveys, along with additional comments and questions, by March 31.

Feedback may be submitted through the provincial government’s consultation website or by emailing consultation.eecd-edpe@gnb.ca.​

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Posted: Mar 05 2019, 12:28 PM

​Garden Creek Elementary students in Fredericton celebrated their 100th Day of School with a giant food drive, collecting a grand total of 840 non-perishable items for the local Greener Village community food centre. The total dollar value of all donations exceeded $2,000.

The grade level with the greatest number of food items collected is being rewarded with a spring field trip to Greener Village, where the winning students will bring the food supplies and take part in a tour of the facility. This year's winners were three classes of Grade 5 students who brought in a total of 158 food items for their community.

"The visit to Greener Village is sure to provide students with an authentic learning experience as they connect with the community and observe the difference they are making in the lives of others," said Principal Katherine Campbell. "A goal of 100 items per grade level was set, meaning over 600 items could have potentially been donated to families in our community who are very much in need of help. We far exceeded that goal."

The 100th Day of School is an annual milestone and time of reflection at Garden Creek when students focus on what have learned since September and what new learning goals await them as they push to the end of the school year, Campbell explained. For example, the day serves as an opportunity for classes to investigate or review important grade level math concepts and learning tools such as Hundred Charts, Base Ten and the Metric System. 

Meanwhile, the food drive brings all 327 students in the school together toward a collective goal. Donations flooded in over the course of one week to meet the 100th Day target.

Shown in the photos below with their food donations are (1) Grade 1 students (left to right) Felix Roby, Talja De Jong, Jayme Duguay, George Boyer and Tegan Parker; (2) kindergarten student Lily Brennan. 

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Last Printed: 3/5/2019 12:00 PM
Posted: Mar 05 2019, 12:04 PM

​Cambridge Narrows Community School celebrated the grand opening of a new school/​community skating rink on March 1. Opening ceremonies took place at 11 a.m. and at 6 p.m. to accommodate the day long celebration on school grounds.

Named the Tamarack Gardens Community Facility, construction of the new rink was carried out as the result of a $50,000 Canada 150 grant provided to the school during the 2017-2018 school year.

"The rink was built in collaboration with industrial arts students, high school math students, community members and staff," said Principal Amber Bishop. "We appreciate all the support of the school and community and look forward to celebrating the partnership that made it happen. The rink will be great for the community and the kids. It brings everybody together to enjoy extra-curricular activities."

Grade 10 students also contributed to the project by completing research to go along with the building of the facility. These students interviewed seniors from the community who knew the history of the original Tamarack Gardens, a rink that once existed in the community many years ago. 

Construction of the new 5,400 square foot rink began in the fall of 2018 and was completed in December of 2018. The intention is to make it a four-season facility with the surface being used for other sports during the off-winter months such as basketball and skate boarding.

Gina Dunnett, director of schools for the Oromocto Education Centre, said the rink has "huge potential for the school and the community" when it comes to physical activity and the project itself sets an example of how working together can bring results.

"It's a great way to invite the community into the school," Dunnett noted. 

Canada 150 grants were provided to communities by the Government of Canada  as part of the country's 150th anniversary as a nation. Through investments in community infrastructure, the federal government supported projects in each province that celebrate heritage, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Canadians.

Shown in the photo below are (left to right) Jennifer Keating from ASD-W district office, Gina Dunnett, director of schools, Greg Tucker, vice-principal, Amber Bishop, principal, student Jessie Greenwood, and Marcy Malloy, school community coordinator. 

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Posted: Mar 01 2019, 2:19 PM

​In today's technological world, electronic email and texting have taken over as the most popular mode of communication. Amid this change, literacy skills like cursive writing can be pushed aside or even someday forgotten. 

Nineteen Grade 3 students at Upper Miramichi Elementary School have been working hard to read and write in cursive. They began by learning letters and sight words in cursive at the start of the school year and then put their skills to use in February 2019 by writing letters to senior pen pals in their community. 

Teacher Amy Neal was inspired to bring the idea of corresponding with seniors to her classroom and she says the results have been amazing. With the help of community volunteer Olga Ross, there are now just as many seniors writing letters as she has students. 

"I overhead a grandmother speak about how her grandchild was unable to read the graduation card she had written to her in cursive and how upsetting this was to her," Neal explained. "This gave me the idea to ask some community members if they would be interested in helping my students learn to read and write in cursive by writing letters back and forth as pen pals. The community members have really enjoyed receiving letters from the students and everyday the students patiently wait for me to check the mail to see who has received a letter. They are very excited about this project."

Neal said the seniors enjoy telling the students stories about their youth which, in turn, becomes a history lesson for her students. 

"The project is building connections and helping bridge the gap between the school community and the community at large," she said. "I believe there are many rewards and benefits to this project, more than I ever expected there to be."

Neal strongly believes cursive writing will open many possibilities for her students in the future. They will know a broader form of communication that may someday become a dying art. They will also have the skills to sign their own personal signature to important documents they will need in adulthood such as a driver's licence or job application. 

The students plan to remain pen pals with the seniors in their community until the end of May and will then invite them into the classroom to celebrate the relationships formed and the lessons learned.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development says cursive writing is still taught in public school and remains part of the kindergarten to Grade 3 curriculum in the Anglophone sector with a primary focus on communication and developing writing skills. It is also taught in the Francophone sector in Grades 2-3.

The art of cursive writing is also currently the focus of a new exhibition at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John. The exhibition runs until May 26 and demonstrates how literacy skills in cursive remain valuable for researching handwritten historical or archived documents.

Shown in the photos below are (1) Upper Miramichi Elementary School students (left to right) Bentley Munn, Macey Legere, Marlie Lovelace and Payten Mallery with their letters; (2) Bentley Munn reading his letter from his pen pal; (3) Dominick Lyons holding a letter from his pen pal. 


Last Printed: 2/28/2019 10:00 AM
Posted: Feb 28 2019, 11:06 AM

​Kingsclear Consolidated School is one of four schools in ASD-W to pilot a project involving New Brunswick Global Competencies through the fine arts. 

On Friday, March 1, Grade 4/5 students from Kingsclear Consolidated will present a drama production entitled, the G.C. Squad. The show begins at 6 p.m. in the Tom Morrison Theatre at Fredericton High School. The students have taken the lead to write, edit and produce the 25-minute play in collaboration with Theatre New Brunswick. About 17-18 students from Kingslear Consolidated are involved.

"Our Grade 4/5 class has been very busy working on this project since Christmas break and it will be super exciting to see everyone's hard work pay off," said Rebecca Atkinson, chair of the Parent School Support Committee.

Atkinson noted Kingsclear Consolidated is strong in the arts, winning nine awards at last year's drama festival. 

The G.C. Squad, written, edited and produced by the students, focuses on how to find friendship, develop social skills and self-awareness and also touches on the issue of bullying, Atkinson explained. The cross-curricular project also connects with the areas of literacy, personal wellness and art.

Kingsclear Consolidated was the only elementary school to be invited by the district to participate in the Global Competencies pilot. Central New Brunswick Academy in New Bandon, Leo Hayes High School in Fredericton and Woodstock High School are also conducting their own projects that focus on fine arts with cross-curricular connections. 

The goal is to introduce students to the New Brunswick Global Competencies: collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem solving, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, global citizenship and sustainability, learning to learn, self-awareness and self-direction.

Beth Christie, subject coordinator for social studies, fine arts and enrichment for ASD-W, said achievement of the New Brunswick Global Competencies prepares students to continue to learn and apply their skills and knowledge competently​. These competencies describe expectations not in terms of individual school subjects, but in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes developed throughout the curriculum. They confirm that students need to make connections and develop abilities across subject boundaries if they are to be ready to meet the shifting and ongoing demands of life, work and study today and in the future.

Atkinson said all students from the four participating schools stand to benefit from "this amazing experience."

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Posted: Feb 26 2019, 3:54 PM

​Hartland Community School sent two top teams to the provincial championships held at Harbour Station in Saint John Feb. 23-24.

The Hartland Huskies senior boys team successfully brought home the provincial "A" title, after defeating McAdam High School, 58-51.

The Lady Huskies were up against Harvey High, but lost their chance at the title in a hard fought game. Harvey finished with a leading score of 63-44.

The New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament featured the finalists from the provincial high school basketball divisions.

"The boys played hard and made an awesome comeback for the victory," said Principal Andy Clark. "We are all very proud of both our teams for making it to the Final 12 at Harbour Station."

Photo by Allyson Ouellette


Last Printed: 2/25/2019 1:00 PM
Posted: Feb 26 2019, 3:44 PM

Kendra Frizzell, principal of Nashwaaksis Middle School, will visit Ireland from March 18-22 to speak with educators about the inclusive practices used in ASD-W schools.​

Frizzell will be a guest speaker at the National Council for Special Education in Dublin along with New Brunswick's former education minister Jody Carr. They will take part in two days of symposiums with policy makers to share the district's success stories in inclusion. The goal is for Ireland to gain a perspective on how to implement an inclusion policy.

"We will be sharing how the values in ASD-W are respectful of human rights and that every child should belong," said Frizzell. "We work hard to remove any barriers to performance and opportunity that differences might create. We design our lessons and classrooms for everyone. Staff, parents and students work hard at finding success for each student within diverse and inclusive learning environments." 

Frizzell's invitation to Ireland came about after Teresa Griffin and Mary Byrne from the National Council on Special Education in Dublin came to New Brunswick in November 2018 to visit three schools as part of an international study tour on inclusion. They visited George Street Middle School, Garden Creek Elementary School and Nashwaaksis Middle School to observe inclusion in action and learn about how the province delivers education in a fully integrated classroom. 

"It is a tremendous honour to be invited to Ireland to present to the National Council for Special Education," Frizzell explained. "We have a strong inclusive education policy in our province along with strong, value based teaching ethics. For another country like Ireland to visit our school and follow up with an invitation to present to change makers in Ireland's education system, tells me we have great things going for all of us in New Brunswick. Many countries in the rest of the world are transitioning to inclusive education. We, in New Brunswick, have seen the need for this transition for years and we are being recognized around the world as leaders in providing solid educational opportunities for every child."

Frizzell said she expects to return home from Ireland with a renewed sense of confidence and reassurance about inclusive education in New Brunswick. 

"We have a world class inclusive education policy recognized around the world and we have excellent school leaders and educators who make it work," Frizzell said. "I am very proud and honoured to be from the New Brunswick education system."

Last Printed: 2/5/2019 2:00 PM
Posted: Feb 20 2019, 2:15 PM

Booklet outlining playful ways to develop literacy skills in children now available

OROMOCTO (GNB) – A new booklet that promotes playful ways to develop literacy skills in children is now available online and at all New Brunswick Public Libraries.

Exploring Literacies: Talk, Sing, Read, Create Through Play Every Day! recognizes the importance of learning through play in the early years and suggests playful, literacy-rich tips and activities that parents and guardians can do with their children.

“Literacy is much more than learning to read and write,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “One of the best ways to support children’s literacy is through daily interactions using the strategies presented in this booklet. Early childhood provides the best opportunity to influence brain development in a way that will create a lifelong foundation for success in school and life.”

Improving literacy skills is a key objective outlined in the government’s 10-year education plans.

The resource is designed to provide a variety of tips that promote literacy through daily learning and playing that can easily be incorporated into the life of busy families.

In addition to this booklet, there are other tools and resources available in each of the anglophone school districts that promote early childhood literacy, such as the Exploring Literacies online literacy module for educators.

A similar early learning literacy initiative is being developed for the francophone sector.

Last Printed: 2/20/2019 12:00 PM
Posted: Feb 20 2019, 11:31 AM

​Carleton County strength in basketball continues to live on throughout the years. 

At Woodstock High School, the Junior Varsity Girls team was recently named provincial "AA" champions in their division.

The Lady Thunder brought home the coveted title from the provincial championships in Bathurst on Feb. 9-10.

The talented team won all four of their games throughout the weekend tournament, defeating Southern Victoria High School 56-50 in the final challenge.

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Posted: Feb 15 2019, 3:41 PM
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