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MRHS GSA Hosts First Conference


On Friday, April 10th, the Middleton Regional High School Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) held its first ever conference. They invited guest speakers Krishinda McBride, AVRSB RCH Coordinator, Raven Davis, a two-spirit Anishanwbe (Ojibway) Aboriginal artist, and members of the Acadia University Get Real Team. Conference discussions included lived experience, human rights, gender appropriate pronouns, and gender identity. The conference was attended by GSA members from Middleton Regional High School, Bridgetown Regional High School and West Kings District High School. The MRHS GSA would like to thank everyone who took part in the conference, and the presenters for sharing their knowledge and experience.

Grade 8 Students Promote Human Rights Day at Coldbrook and District School


Grade 8 students at Coldbrook and District School have been helping to educate their peers about human rights by studying a number of pressing social issues, then creating workshop presentations for younger students. From there, many students at the school have chosen to honour one of these issues--such as girls' access to education, homelessness, discrimination against transgender people, and child poverty--by remaining silent for the day on April 16.




AWEC Social Issues Club Supports Community, Positive School Environment


Members of the Annapolis West Education Centre Social Issues Club recently completed a 30-hour "Fast For Food", a locally developed fundraiser in support of the Annapolis and Area Food Bank.  Through pledges and donations, the participants collected over $2500 for the Food Bank.  The fast was difficult, but all had a good time and were pleased to rise to the challenge. The Social Issues Club began last year when two students at Annapolis Royal Regional Academy wanted to take on action-oriented good deeds in the community and abroad. Since then, the club has been dedicated to local and global causes, and creating a positive environment at school.


Students Show Their French Language Skills at Concours d'Art Oratoire


On Thursday, April 9th, Berwick and District School hosted the annual AVRSB Concours d’art oratoire (French public speaking competition). This year, 33 AVRSB students from grades 5 to 12 participated in 11 categories. Twenty two of these students will have the opportunity to represent our board in the Provincial Competition that will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 2014 at the Seton Centre of Mount Saint Vincent University.


Canadian Parents for French held a draw and several lucky participants went home with a token of appreciation for their hard work, regardless of where they placed in the competition, and one lucky teacher received a draw prize as well. At the end of the evening, even though only the top three students in each category moved on to the Provincial competition, all participants were winners for having come forward to demonstrate their French language skills, and for sharing the experience. Félicitations à tous nos participants! Please click "Read More" to see a list of the top students in each category.


NMES Shortlisted for Outdoor Classroom Contest


Students, staff and families of New Minas Elementary School are calling on the community to vote for their school to win $20,000 toward an outdoor classroom. The school has been shortlisted in the Outdoor Classroom Contest sponsored by Majesta Trees of Knowledge. If NMES is the top vote-winner, the school will have the opportunity to construct an open-air learning space on the school grounds with benches or tree stumps for seats, trees and shrubs for walls, and many other features of a regular classroom. View a video of their outdoor classroom vision at


The NMES school community invites everyone to visit to view their propsed design and, more importantly, to vote daily and invite others to do the same from now until May 4. Everyone who votes also has the chance to win a prize, so please vote early and vote often!

Education Week 2015: Teachers Building Community Connections


Education Week takes place annually in April and celebrates teachers and partners who represent a yearly theme.This year Education Week is from April 19-25 and the theme is “Schools as Communities: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors,” to highlight the importance of school-community connections and the value of community-based learning.


This year we are pleased to honour teachers Jonny Marshall (Bridgetown Regional High School) and Dave Galloway (Horton High School), and Principal Karen Wallace (Falmouth District School). These teachers have been selected for their dedication to creating strong connections between school and community, and the learning opportunities these connections afford students.  Click “Read More” to find out about our three Education Week 2015 award winners.


AVRSB Long-Range Outlook: Public Meeting April 29, Opportunity to Respond by May 12


AVRSB has developed a Long-Range Outlook, a 10-year planning document that examines all schools in our region. It takes into account enrolment and demographic trends, programming, building use, and capacity and maintenance of all schools in AVRSB. Long Range Outlooks are a new provincial requirement for school boards, and will be updated annually to reflect current and developing circumstances in schools.


All school community members are invited to a public meeting on the Long-Range Outlook, April 29, 2015 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Board Room of AVRSB Regional Office (121 Orchard Street, Berwick).


Download and read the draft AVRSB Long-Range Outlook. Responses to the document can be sent to on or before May 15, 2015.