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AWEC Reveals Big News at Sweets and Sounds Concert


Annapolis West Education Centre students recently presented "Sweets and Sounds," a concert that brings together the school's bands with local musicians, along with desserts (the sweet part) for the audience at intermission. This year, the Annapolis Basin Community Band, Annapolis Voices, and Brad Hewey joined AWEC's bands for this celebration of community music.

During the concert, a big surprise was revealed...thanks to the inititative of teachers Anona Siwik and Erin Arnold, AWEC is one of 77 Canadian schools to receive a $10,000 grant for band instruments from Musicount's Band Aid program! Musicounts is affiliated with the Canadian Association for Recording Arts and Sciences and the Juno Awards. AWEC's student musicians and staff thank the community for their support.

Working Together Awards: Making a Positive Difference


Throughout the school year, AVRSB staff are invited to nominate a colleague for a "Working Together Award" anytime to recognize those who go above and beyond expectations in working together for students and supporting coworkers. We're pleased to introduce a new group of nominees that make a positive difference.

Congratulations to Laura Combs, Chris Dorman, Judy Lavergne, and Hilde VanHattem (Somerset and District School), Michael Parker (Kingston and District School), Janice Place (Regional Office) and Susanne Wyss (Annapolis West Education Centre)! Click "Read More" to learn about their contributions.  


Turnaround Achievement Awards Honour Seven West Hants Students


Seven AVRSB students attending schools in West Hants have received Turnaround Achievement Awards, recognizing their determination to overcome personal and academic challenges to achieve success. Jonathan Chandler, John MacDonald and Brett Maddox of West Hants Middle School, Jake Bilsborrow of West Hants Education Centre, and Jacob Douglas, Dakota Hartt and Kassadi Lockhart of Avon View High School were honoured at a ceremony on April 25. Teacher Greg Wile, who has worked with each award recipient from Avon View High School, was also recognized for his role in helping students to realize their strengths. Click "Read More" to learn about these award recipients.


CKRHS Teacher Receives Highest NSSAF Award


Congratulations to Leta Totten, Middle Level Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Coordinator at Central Kings Rural High School, on receiving the Dorothy G. Walker Distinguished Service Award from the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation! This prestigious award recognizes significant contributions to the goals and objectives of the NSSAF in a way that has a positive impact on school sport. Totten has played a key role in organizing regional and provincial track meets, and developed the initial provincial Grade 11 Active Living Course. At CKRHS, she brings enthusiasm and creativity to her work, and goes beyond expecations to organize many intramurals, sports teams and other special events that encourage healthy participation. The award was presented to Totten (left) by Dorothy Walker at a recent ceremony in Halifax.

Brooklyn District Elementary Students Participate in Plastic Bag Grab Challenge


Students of Brooklyn District Elementary School collected 7,200 plastic bags to be recycled for the Plastic Bag Grab challenge, part of Earth Week celebrations earlier in April. As part of the challenge, students learned about the environmental impact of plastic and the importance of recycling and reducing waste. 

Students Showcase French Language Skills at Concours d'Art Oratoire


The annual AVRSB Concours d’art oratoire (French public speaking competition) took place earlier in April, with 38 students in grades 5 to 8 participating in 12 categories. Twenty-four of these students will represent AVRSB at the provincial Concours on Saturday, April 23 at Mount Saint Vincent University. Congratulations to all participants for demonstrating their French language skills in the regional competition, and best wishes for success to the students moving on to the provincial level. Félicitations à tous nos participants!
Please click "Read More" to see a list of the top students in each category.


Horton Students Pitch Innovative Ideas at Superpower Challenge


Earlier in April, members of the Horton High School Business Club took part in the Superpower Challenge, an entrepreneurial competition for Maritime high school students. One team and one individual student pitched plans for innovative, tech-driven business ideas, applying the skills and knowledge they’ve gained in the classroom in a real-life setting. Grade 11 student Rose Schoonhoven’s individual project idea for tableware that promotes Canadian art and food sustainability awareness was selected as one of the top three finalists.

AVRSB Seeking New Superintendent of Schools


The Annapolis Valley Regional School Board is seeking a new Superintendent of Schools. Royer Thompson Human Resources Consulting has been contracted to conduct the search process. More information is available here