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​Students at Nackawic Senior High School finished in the semi-finals during two invitational Reach for the Top tournaments held recently in the province. The students competed at the intermediate level against nine other Anglophone​ schools in New Brunswick. Members of NHS Team Awesome were Alex Clark, Maya Clearwater, Cameron Newlands, Jack Van Oord and Taylor Curtis.

Reach for the Top is a Canadian academic quiz competition for high school students. Teams qualify for higher level contests through several stages of competition. From snappers to open and team questions, the students must be on the top of their trivia game to come up with the right answers and score points for their team.  At the provincial level, teams may qualify to enter the national competition. In the past, Reach for the Top has also been a game show broadcast nationally on the CBC, showcasing some of the brightest young minds in the country. 

Shown in the photo below are NHS team members Alex Clark, Maya Clearwater, Cameron Newland and Jack Van Oord preparing for an intermediate level tournament held at Kennebecasis Valley High School.

Last Printed: 3/16/2018 4:00 PM
Posted: Mar 16 2018, 3:57 PM

Forty students in Grade 4 and Grade 7 at Sunbury West School were ready to do business during a recent marketplace event held in the school gymnasium as part of the PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs Program. Working with their teachers, Cindy Farrell and Gisele Belyea, the students each decided on a product to sell, polled the young and old to measure demand, and created a marketing plan to launch their business. Their work included creating a display for the market and ensuring they produced enough product for sale. They also spent time practising their people skills to optimize their sales.

Students, staff, families and community members along with special guests were welcome to browse and purchase at the marketplace. The young entrepreneurs worked hard to convince buyers to take home their products from Willow's Wicked Cat Toys to Ryan's Scrat Catchers and everything in between. Items included lego crayons, duct tape wallets, jewellery, bat houses, bird houses, piggy banks, fidget toys, hockey stick picture frames and more. At the end of the day, all students were able to pay off their small business loans provided by their families. They gave a percentage of their profits to a charity of their choice and took home the remainder. Special guests at the marketplace served as judges and scored each student on their business savvy. The top scoring student from each of the two participating classes will enter a provincial competition at the end of March. 

Sunbury West School was one of 16 schools in the province chosen to take part in the PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs Program. Shown in the photo below are (back row) Teacher Cindy Farrell, Quinn MacIntosh, Grace Gardiner, Maddy Campbell, Nathan Charlton, Shane Huggard, and teacher Gisele Belyea. (Front row) Brooke Carriere-Charlton, Willow McGuire-Gallant, Mayson Noble, Riley Knorr-Rossignol and Avery Underwood.

Last Printed: 3/16/2018 3:00 PM
Posted: Mar 16 2018, 2:41 PM

Anglophone West School District will be hosting professional learning sessions for staff this month in relation to Sexual Violence Policy (703-14).

“Anglophone West School District is committed to providing safe learning environments,” said Acting Superintendent Catherine Blaney. “This policy has been developed to raise awareness and create a clear understanding of the issue so we can respond properly across the district and work to prevent sexual violence in our schools. The upcoming professional learning sessions will support capacity building as part of the policy implementation process.”

Forty school principals and guidance counsellors from 19 high schools will attend the sessions at the Oromocto Education Centre on March 21 and the Woodstock Education Centre on March 23. The sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Sexual Violence Policy (703-14) came into effect in the Anglophone West School District in July 2017, following the formation of a steering committee and extensive consultations with students, teachers and other key stakeholders.

The policy applies to all students from kindergarten to Grade 12.

“The issue of sexual violence is being widely debated on an international level,” said Tanya Whitney, Leadership Support Lead for Anglophone West School District. “We are being pro-active by bringing this policy forward and by providing staff with the training and tools they need to prioritize safety and prevention so all students have a positive learning environment.”

Future professional learning sessions are also being planned for staff from middle and elementary schools in the district.

Other initiatives are also underway to continue engaging students in sexual violence prevention and promoting safe and respectful learning environments at school.

“Sexual violence has always been a part of society and this work acknowledges that it can affect people of all ages,” explained Fredericton High School teacher William Milner. “As an educational institution, we are here to provide support and help to our students impacted by sexual violence.”


“These learning sessions are a way to unify our administrative staff in working to prevent sexual violence in our schools and in our society, to support students impacted by sexual violence, and to connect with community resources in the fight against sexual violence,” added Jennifer Lukings,  another teacher at Fredericton High. “They will provide administrators with practical tools in this work.”


More information on Sexual Violence Policy (703-14) can be found on the Anglophone West School District’s website at www.web1.nbed.nb.ca  Click on About Us, Policies, Health and Safety.

Media contact: Judy Cole, communications, Anglophone West School District, 506-444-2852.





Last Printed: 3/13/2018 10:00 AM
Posted: Mar 13 2018, 9:47 AM

​The Oromocto High School Blues wrestling team recently captured three provincial titles during a competition in their home gym. The Blues won the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association (NBIAA) banners for senior boys, junior boys and the girls wrestling championship. This major win has only been accomplished twice before, by Oromocto High a decade earlier and by St. Stephen High in 2011. While the Blues won the senior boys and girls by a comfortable margin, they gained the junior boys title by a single point over Ecole Secondaire Nepisiguit of Bathurst. Teacher Andrew Sandford has been the team's head coach for two years after serving as an assistant coach for eight seasons. He is also a former medalist with the Blues. Shown in the photo below are medal winners Daniel LeBlanc, Josh Howe and Madison Beerenfenger with head coach Andrew Sandford.

Last Printed: 3/9/2018 12:00 PM
Posted: Mar 09 2018, 11:27 AM

​Fine arts students at Fredericton High School took part in a closing reception for their work on display at the school's art gallery on Feb. 28.

"Lens of the Land: Exploring and Responding to the New Brunswick Landscape" included art work from 20 talented students who were all inspired to create following a trip to Mactaquac Provincial Park in the fall. They also visited the University of New Brunswick arts centre and attended a lecture by Grand Chief Ron Tremblay of the Wolastoq Grand Council, who shared his knowledge of First Nations World View and connection to the land. The students selected an area of interest influenced by each learning activity and began the process of creating an original work, guided by their teacher, Paul Diamond. Their art work reflected individual understandings and experiences of the New Brunswick landscape. Another public exhibition of their work will also be held at the Fredericton  Public Library on March 28. The project was funded by a Canada 150 NB Proud grant, First Nations Education and with support from ASD-W. Geary Elementary School and Hartland Community School also participated in a fine arts project. Shown in the FHS photos below (left to right) Emily Czerwinski with her acrylic painting depicting a human effect on nature; an acrylic painting by Brandon Cooke in brilliant fall colours, a First Nations Tale of the Crow by Erin McKessock in watercolours, and amazing sunflowers in acrylic by Alicia Brideau. 

Last Printed: 3/2/2018 11:00 AM
Posted: Mar 02 2018, 1:06 PM

Florenceville Elementary School recently hosted a Love Your Neighbour Event. This celebration focused on learning more about the various cultures in the school community, as well as sampling some delicious cooking from around the world. Classrooms partnered with parents and community members from various countries and then shared their knowledge with other classes in the school. This provided an authentic learning experience about diversity in school and around the world. Countries and cultures that were highlighted were India, Cuba, Syria, Colombia, Wales, French Canadian and France. The event helped students become more globally aware, while also promoting understanding and inclusiveness. It was made possible through a nutritional literacy grant in support of learning and living in a culture of wellness.​ Shown in the photos below (left to right) are Sarika Kaalur, Nikhil Kaalur, Rohith Ungarala, Tejes Pandey and Lakshita Kaalur; Pooja Sharma, Madhav Sharma, Neeraj Sharma; and Malak Al Saiid, Mostafa Al Saiid.

Last Printed: 3/1/2018 11:00 AM
Posted: Mar 02 2018, 10:00 AM

​Budding entrepreneurs at Lincoln Elementary Community School were busy selling their homemade products to the public during a Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace event held Feb. 28. The Grade 4 students manned 18 booths in the school gymnasium for the morning market where customers came to purchase a variety of goods, including doggie treats, toys, crafts, comics, jewellery, greeting cards, doodle pens, slippy slime, goody goo, marble mugs, stress balloons, clay creations, bookmarks, or dream catchers, all on sale for under $5. Some students saw their booths sell out before the market closed. 

Teacher Sheila Baker said the students came up with their own ideas, developed their own business plans, and learned how to manage money, market their products, and build people skills to attract customers all through the PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs program. Lincoln Elementary was one of 16 schools in the province chosen to take part in the program.

"The students are excited about showcasing their products and promoting their entrepreneurial skills," Baker said. "Part of the project also involves giving back to their community. Ten per cent of what they make will go to a charity. We will decide as a class where to donate." 

Baker said, after the morning market event, the class would talk about what they learned about running a small business and what challenges they had to overcome to be in business. Shown in the photos below are (left to right) Chris Dawson with his daughter Brianna Dawson, selling Krazy Doodle Pens, and Adam Roberts, selling his Undie Comics to Harold Skarrup, school volunteer.

Last Printed: 2/28/2018 2:00 PM
Posted: Feb 28 2018, 2:06 PM

​A wave of pink shirts were on display at schools across the province today, Feb. 28, including Fredericton High School were a team of students joined forces with a local radio station to broadcast the national anti-bullying message across the region. 

New Country 92.3 FM went live in the FHS cafeteria where a fundraising breakfast was underway by early morning. Mayor Mike O'Brien joined students, parents, grandparents, teachers, city police and members of the Red Cross for the Pink Shirt Day event. "Be a Buddy, Not a Bully" was the message of this year's public awareness campaign. Funds raised from the breakfast will be shared by the Positive Action Committee at FHS and the Red Cross Respect Education program in New Brunswick.  Local radio personalities Jen Duncan and Shaugn Best spent an hour on site, interacting and interviewing students and staff in support of the anti-bullying message. 

"Pink Shirt Day is about promoting respect and standing up for people who may not be able to stand up for themselves," said Andrew Culberson, guidance teacher at FHS. "There were lots of pink shirts given out to both youth and adults attending the breakfast this morning."

The Pink Shirt Day movement began in Atlantic Canada in 2007 in support of a young boy in Nova Scotia who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. The event has since become a national occasion to symbolize a stand against bullying. Shown in the photo are (left to right) Jen Duncan, New Country 92.3 FM, students Abby Kierstead, Alexa Grant, Bhavesh Bhargava, and Rachel Boucher, guidance teacher Andrew Culberson, and Shaugn Best, New Country 92.3 FM.

Last Printed: 2/28/2018 1:00 PM
Posted: Feb 28 2018, 1:28 PM

Staff at Summerh​ill Elementary School in Oromocto participated in an afternoon blanket ceremony with St. Mary's First Nations Elders Chris Brooks, Gloria Buchanan and Chuck Sewell during a Professional Learning Day on Feb. 27. In the ceremony, blankets are laid out on the floor and participants are invited to step onto them as Indigenous Peoples. The blankets represent the land. 

As the ceremony unfolds, prayers are held, scripts are read by a narrator, and scrolls are unrolled to portray the arrival of Europeans in Canada and their historic impact on First Nations culture. Coloured cards are shared to represent specific events, tragedies or turning points in the story. Participants are asked to leave blankets or fold or move blankets, showing how people left or died, or how land was taken and groups re-located. The ceremony ends with talking circle about the story participants just experienced.

Donna White, ASD-W's First Nations education coordinator, said the blanket ceremony provides a visual history of the country, immersing participants in a personal, moving experience. The ceremonies are also being held in other schools across the district as part of the Truth and Reconciliation movement and are organized by a six-member committee made up of four First Nations leaders and two district staff. 

"The ceremony opens the heart so the teaching and learning becomes authentic and mindful for each individual," White said. "It elicits an emotional response, builds compassion and empathy, and creates mutual respect and understanding of the relationship with Indigenous Peoples." 

Elder Chris Brooks said storytelling is a big part of First Nations culture. The blanket ceremony is an "interactive storytelling exercise" that works to heal relationships and build bridges between First Nations and Canadian society as a whole. 

Last Printed: 2/27/2018 2:00 PM
Posted: Feb 27 2018, 2:25 PM

Nashwaaksis Middle School in Fredericton has placed first nationally after successfully competing in three rounds of CyberTitan, a national cybersecurity competition. The competition is organized by the Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC), and scored by the US organization:  CyberPatriot. 

The winning team consists of four students from NMS who have trained in cybersecurity for the last eight months, and are taking part in competitions throughout the school year.  They are Zachary Doucet, Matthew Samms, Justis Richard, and Jackson McGrath. They are supported in their work by team mentor Rory Bray who is a security architect with IBM's Security Intelligence Development Team.

Each competition round takes place during the school day. Students are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems. Their task is to locate cybersecurity vulnerabilities and harden the system, while maintaining critical services within a six-hour time period. 

Last Printed: 2/13/2018 2:00 PM
Posted: Feb 21 2018, 10:13 AM

A healthy breakfast provides fuel for learning and the chance to succeed at school. At Saint Mary’s Academy in Edmundston, the school breakfast program recently received a big boost from Dejeunes Magiques – Magical Breakfasts. 

The organization donated $26,714 to 21 schools in the region and Saint Mary’s breakfast program was one of the beneficiaries. This generosity allows the school to continue to support students by providing them with an optimum start to the school day. 

Funds were raised through the sale of a recipe book – Les recettes de Pépère.  Project leaders were Carole Jalbert and Rejean Michaud. Dejeunes Magiques – Magical Breakfasts is a community-based organization located in northwestern New Brunswick. Sales of the recipe book totalled $55,000 before costs.


Last Printed: 2/20/2018 4:00 PM
Posted: Feb 20 2018, 3:25 PM

Staff and students at Nashwaaksis Memorial School continue to work hard to support their community in more ways than one. The school is hosting its 4th annual school-wide 100th Day Challenge to help those less fortunate by donating at least 100 items per grade level to the Fredericton Food Bank. Each grade is assigned a food item and each year the students surpass their goal. They develop pride in their effort and the fundraiser also deepens their level of empathy, generosity and compassion for others.

The school is also engaged in "Try for 5 - This School Just Got Healthier," a school wide challenge selected by the Student Wellness Club to encourage students and staff to eat at least five fruits or vegetables per day for the month of February. Try for 5 motivates the entire school to become ambassadors for health eating. Every week, the Student Wellness Club records the amount of fruits and vegetables consumed by each classroom by using a fundraising thermometer to visually keep track of the data.


Last Printed: 2/20/2018 3:00 PM
Posted: Feb 20 2018, 2:34 PM

​Wellness and physical activity contribute to an overall sense of well-being and quality of life. It plays a key role in improving mental, social and physical health, while helping to enhance the learning process.

At Bath Community School, students and staff have been focused on wellness, earning $4,500 in funding for various wellness projects throughout this school year. Winter activities have included snowshoeing behind the school. Students snowshoe in circuits, averaging three to four kilometers per trail. Extra hats, mittens and jackets have been donated to the school for those who need to gear up before hitting the trail for an enjoyable outing with their peers and Principal Jason Smith.

Last Printed: 2/20/2018 2:00 PM
Posted: Feb 20 2018, 2:11 PM

​Healthy snacks help enhance academic success and encouage healthy eating habits among students as they learn and grow. 

Every Wednesday at Keswick Ridge School, volunteers from the Home and School provide delicious healthy snacks for the students.

Volunteers Mallory Bulmer, left, and Clover Woods, right, are among the volunteers who prepare trays for Snack Day.

Last Printed: 2/20/2018 2:00 PM
Posted: Feb 20 2018, 1:37 PM

Over 300 students filled the gymnasium at Connaught Street School in Fredericton on Feb. 15 for a Chinese New Year celebration also known as the Spring Festival. The event was also attended by staff, parents and members of the community who came to take part in the unique cultural experience. 

Under the instruction of teacher Nannan Li, the entire audience learned about the traditions, costumes, food, music, songs and dancing associated with celebrating the Chinese New Year.  

Chantal Lafargue, Newcomer Support Centre teacher, told the crowd the event was a celebration of cultural awareness to encourage all learners to value diversity and learn about different languages and cultures around the world. Before the event closed, students said "I love Canada" in Chinese and wished everyone a Happy New Year in Chinese as well.

Last Printed: 2/16/2018 12:00 PM
Posted: Feb 16 2018, 11:43 AM
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