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​Grade 8 students at Chipman Forest Avenue School have been researching and building hydraulic machinery as part of a science grant for special projects under the instruction of their teacher Angela Lawless.

Following their research, the students busied themselves in the science lab for several weeks assembling hydraulic machine kits which they later planned to display for the rest of the school, parents and the community. 

"All of the students were excited about the task at hand and many described the difficult process of reading through the instructions, following the diagrams and actually piecing together the machines, hoses for the fluids, and securing the different implements on the arms," said David Northrup, resource teacher at the school. "They were sharing ideas, helping each other, and seeking information from other groups as they worked to solve design issues and how best to complete their task. Their teacher sought out an activity that was complex, relevant and common place in the student's world, one that has a kinesthetic component and has curricular ties to the rest of the students' day."

Hydraulic machines are machinery and tools that use liquid fluid power to do simple work. Heavy equipment is a common example. The popularity of hydraulic machinery is due to the very large amount of power that can be transferred through small tubes and flexible hoses, and the high power density and wide array of actuators that can make use of this power.

Shown in the photos below are (1) (left to right) Grade 8 students Hannah Paczay and Grace Barton with their science project; (2) (left to right, front) Kaitlyn Chiasson, Anthony Pascon, Dylan Yates, Braden Dykeman, Caleb Knox, Wyatt Elliott, Jayden Sullivan, Leah Blakey; (back row) Teacher Angela Lawless, Jessica Goode, Hannah, Strout, Cati Coady, Logan Casey-White, Sam Lawless, Kyle Wood.

Last Printed: 6/21/2018 12:00 PM
Posted: Jun 21 2018, 11:36 AM

​A dedication ceremony for the new Oromocto High School satellite campus at Oromocto First Nation took place on June 14 with elders, dignitaries, students, school and district staff in attendance along with members of the community.

The Welamukotuk Kinapuwi Kehkitimo, or the Learning Centre for Courage, is for members of the First Nation who are having trouble staying in public school or just need a few credits to graduate. Students are taught the regular curriculum and can also get credits for learning their own language and traditions.

The establishment of the learning centre was a goal of Chief Shelley Sabattis, who wanted to see youth at risk in her community continue with their education and avoid dropping out of school. She said these students needed a place to call their own where they can be themselves and feel confident within a comfortable learning environment, free of distractions.

The centre will be staffed by teacher David Wilson and two tutors who are members of the Oromocto First Nation. Two students who have been attending the centre are currently preparing for their graduation. 

Shown in the photo below are (left to right) Oromocto Mayor Robert Powell, MLA Jody Carr, Gina Dunnett, director of schools for the Oromocto Education Centre, Chief Shelley Sabattis, and Oromocto High School Principal Jeff Holder cutting the ribbons during the dedication ceremony for the new campus, while Elder Imelda Perley (front) holds the ribbons.

Last Printed: 6/15/2018 10:00 AM
Posted: Jun 15 2018, 10:36 AM

​A seven-member delegation from New South Wales in Australia visited schools in ASD-W from June 11-14 to talk to school and district staff about how to create a culture of inclusion in the public school system. 

The group visited Ridgeview Middle School, Hubbard Elementary School and Devon Middle School to discover what it takes to be an inclusive school and how parents, families and advocacy organizations can best support inclusive education at the school level. They toured school facilities, visited classrooms, spoke with students and staff and attended special events during the school day to see inclusion and diversity in action from a variety of perspectives including First Nations.

"We are committed to inclusionary practices and providing a safe and positive learning environment for all students," Acting Superintendent Catherine Blaney told the group. "Our schools and our teachers are ready to accept and support all children coming into the classroom and we do our best to meet their needs." 

Group members expressed a deep appreciation for the welcoming culture they experienced at ASD-W schools where students learn and play together regardless of their exceptionalities, challenges or disabilities. Blaney said the key to success is to work with parents and have the proper resources, training, support and advice available to teachers and staff who are leading the delivery of education.

"We have leaders who are very committed to students and are setting examples for our teachers," added Gina Dunnett, director of schools for the Oromocto Education Centre. "Our teachers love their students and our schools wrap themselves around our kids."

During the study tour, the group heard about how provincial Policy 322 has instituted a philosophy that allows each student to feel respected, confident and safe so he or she can participate with their peers in a common learning environment and learn and develop to his or her full potential. It is based on a system of values and beliefs centred on the best interest of the student, which promotes cohesion, belonging, active participation in learning, a complete school experience, and positive interactions with peers and others in the school community.

"We teach for understanding and for where the students and families are coming from," explained Cynthia Lorette, subject coordinator for educational support services at the Oromocto Education Centre. "We go to strengths first, tease those out, and work is adjusted based on a student's individual needs. We want kids to feel connected, successful and be learning from students around them." 

"What you have, you need to bottle that," said Di Samuels, a member of the Australian delegation. "We don't have your welcoming culture."

Group members explained the Australian school system operates "pockets of inclusion." However, segregation of students with special needs still exists in many cases. Parents and families in Australia are challenging the current school system so that improvements can be made. New Brunswick's reputation for being a world leader in inclusion brought the group to the province to study and obtain information on how to bring those changes about.

Blaney noted integration first began in New Brunswick in 1985 and it has taken many years to build a culture of inclusion across the province. Inclusion in public school has "morphed and grown," she said, and many differences have emerged in the needs and challenges presented by students, particularly with autism and mental health issues. Nonetheless, schools must be prepared and ready to support all students and make sure they have the opportunity to learn, socialize with their peers, and acquire the skills they need to access as much of the world as they can. 

Shown in the photo below (back row) Acting Superintendent for ASD-W Catherine Blaney, with members of the Australian delegation including Meg Sweeney, Cecile Sullivan Elder, Cynthia Lorette, subject coordinator for educational support services with ASD-W, Yolande Cailly, Di Samuels and Melissa Smith; (front row) Leanne Varga and Karen Tippett.

The Australian ​group also met with staff from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Dr. Gordon Porter from Inclusive Education Canada, and representatives of the New Brunswick Association for Community Living. 


Last Printed: 6/13/2018 3:00 PM
Posted: Jun 15 2018, 8:21 AM

​Students at Connaught Street School celebrated the end of their school year with a one-hour musical that played to a packed house on June 14. 

How Canada Came to Be, written by music specialist Rhonda Draper, brought students from all grades to the stage in various acts to tell the history of Canada in story and song. Throughout the performance, students gave an overview of Canadian history using music to portray the diverse culture of the nation. They sang a Maliseet song as well as Canadian folk tunes like I's the B'y that Builds the Boat, Mary Mack, I Met a Bear, Great Big Moose, and many more.

Sarah Francis from Tobique First Nation opened the musical with a jingle dress dance surrounded by students who carried flash cards about the Wolastoq river, Maliseet language and respect for First Nations people. Then came stories about the arrival of the Vikings and the early Europeans, followed by John Cabot who claimed Newfoundland for England, Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain. Students told of the fur trade in a vast wilderness, relationships with First Nations allies, clearing the forest, farming in the colonies, and encounters with wild animals. Then came Confederation in 1867, settling the prairies, Louis Riel, the formation of the northwest Mounted Police, the establishment of a national railroad, lumbering on the west coast, and the Yukon's Klondike gold rush.

"Canada! We are the true north, strong and free," the students said. "Our spirit comes form the beauty of the land, from its hardships, joys and sorrows. We tread gratefully upon our land, and when the day is done, we rest our tired heads and dream sweet dreams born, once again, on the wing of our song."

The exciting musical event opened with the Grade 5 school band performing O Canada, and ended with students singing a bilingual version of the province's anthem, Land of New Brunswick.

Shown in the photos below (1) Sarah Francis from Tobique First Nation performing a jingle dress dance surrounded by students Dominic O'Donnell, Logan Ramey, Vera LeBlanc, Sasha Mais, Gregor Smith and Ben Budd; (2)  Students Jonathon Howey, Andrew Phillos, Madeline Walker, Lily Porter, Adah Hatfield and Molly Jenkins performing at the musical, How Canada Came to Be, at Connaught Street School.


Last Printed: 6/14/2018 3:00 PM
Posted: Jun 14 2018, 4:07 PM

The Roots of Empathy program has been underway in schools in the province this year with the support of Public Health and non-profit community organizations. 

In ASD-W, family visits and spending time with a small child at school have helped students identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others. The emotional literacy taught through the Roots of Empathy program lays the foundation for safer and more caring classrooms, and helps prevent bullying or insensitivity toward others in the school environment. Families who volunteer to participate with their infants live in the local community and commit to visiting the classroom every three weeks during the school year.  

The Roots of Empathy program is delivered during regular school hours and is offered to elementary school children from kindergarten to Grade 8. In Canada, the program is delivered in rural, urban and indigenous communities and is also utilized in schools in other countries around the world.

Public Health Nurse Kim Greechan from the Horizon Health Network explained the overall goal of the program is to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults.​ ​The program is also promoted through the Healthy Learners in-school program.

On May 30, a "Baby Celebration" was held at the Military Family Resource Centre in Oromocto. Babies and parents who participated in the program this school year, instructors, teachers, and principals were in attendance as well as representation from local government, public health and education.

Last Printed: 6/12/2018 4:00 PM
Posted: Jun 12 2018, 4:01 PM

​Nackawic Elementary School has been named an Earth School by logging more than 1,000 environmental projects over many years with the Seeds Foundation, a national Green Schools program operating in schools across Canada.

On June 11, the students sang songs and hosted a celebration of their efforts with Lieutenant Governor Jocelynn Roy-Vienneau, her husband, Ronald Vienneau, and Nackawic Mayor Ian Kitchen in attendance. Jeanette Garland, parent school committee chair, and Charlotte Flores from the Falls Brook Centre in Knowlesville also offered their praise to the students for striving to protect the environment.

""We have worked hard to reach our goal," said Principal Larry Graham. "We must promise to continue to do our best to keep our school an environmentally responsible place to work and play. I hope you will continue to do your best to recycle, reduce and reuse and keep garbage off our playground. Continue to look after the plants inside and outside the school in our outdoor classroom as well as on the playground and in our gardens. Congratulations, everyone!"

Graham said the campaign first began in 1992 under the leadership of Jeannie Martin and since then six books of environmental projects have been logged by the school. Students have become more environmentally aware through several activities including water and energy conservation, recycling, getting rid of plastics, studying nature, and keeping their school and playground clean of litter by adopting the motto, Clean, Clean, Keep our School Green.

Teacher Tanya Jackman and her Grade 5 class won the trophy for showing environmental leadership consistently throughout the school year. The entire school also earned a new Earth School banner for their green achievements. During the celebration, a student from each class also came forward to pass the Earth Ball as a sign of their commitment to continue protecting the planet. 

Lieutenant Governor Jocelynn Roy-Vienneau told the students they are sending a message to the community to take a more responsible approach toward protecting the environment.

"What will you do next to continue to make a difference and change the world?" the Lieutenant Governor said. "Congratulations and I am very proud of you."

Mayor Ian Kitchen encouraged the students to carry their environmental leadership into adulthood so they can continue to protect the planet into the future.

The Green Schools program, which provides the Earth School designation, encourages students to be environmentally responsible and to take personal action at school and at home. Classes undertake projects to learn, communicate, and enhance the environment. Under the program, one million projects have been completed at 6,000 Canadian schools. 

Shown in the photos below: (1) Lily Wright on the drum and Owen Lutwick on the cymbals, with student council reps Leah Dempsey and Jonathan O'Grady (back) as the Earth School banner is unfolded; (2) Principal Larry Graham and students (left to right) Elizabeth-Day Wortman, Adrienne Roy. Noah Simpson, Drew Springer, Zander Chase, Colton MacElwain, Mya Fox-Grant and Victoria Brewer pass the Earth Ball as a sign of their commitment to continue protecting the planet; (3) Mayor Ian Kitchen, Lieutenant-Governor Jocelynn Roy-Vienneau, and her husband, Roy Vienneau, at the celebration; (4) Teacher Tanya Jackman with her Grade 5 class upon winning the trophy for environmental leadership, (back row, left to right) Jarrett Barrett, Jonathan O'Grady, Aiden Lavigne, Tanner Trail, Eric Spencer, Abby Germain, Alexa Brewer, Gregory Patterson; (front row) Dale Cronkhite, Mason Estey-Brooks, Adrienne Roy, teacher Tanya Jackman, Tia Carter, Annie Pike, Gabby Barrett and Trenton Anderson-Babin.

Last Printed: 6/12/2018 11:00 AM
Posted: Jun 12 2018, 11:55 AM

​The ASD-W Newcomer Support Centre and the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick recently hosted a stakeholders' forum to discuss current practices for creating welcoming schools for newcomer students and their families. 

Five schools in the district were celebrated for their success in responding to the arrival of newcomer students. They were Gibson Neill Memorial Elementary School, Priestman Street Elementary School, Connaught Street Elementary School, George Street Middle School and Woodstock High School.

"These five schools have surpassed our expectations in terms of their creativity and collaboration as culturally-responsive leaders in ASD-W," said Shawna Allen-VanderToorn, subject coordinator for EAL (English as an Additional Language) and International Students Liaison. "We look forward to learning more from them as they continue to embark on their respective journeys in creating intercultural connections at their schools."

Through the establishment of Intercultural Connections Actions Teams, these five schools worked together to collect and examine data, reflect on current successes and opportunities for change, and plan next steps for school-based initiatives. 

During the forum, the schools shared their innovative approaches for welcoming newcomers. This included orientation meetings for families, interviews with students sharing their experiences and ideas with teachers, inviting community members into schools to learn about the diversity within, English language learning opportunities to facilitate communication, peer mentoring by student leaders, community service and global awareness initiatives.

A team from Cambridge Narrows Community School took part in the forum as observers since research is currently being conducted at this school to prepare for demographic shifts that other communities are already experiencing. 

Going forward, Allen-VanderToorn (shown in photo on far right) said the aim is to connect five additional schools with the inaugural teams in order to continue building leadership capacity for creating welcoming schools for newcomers across the district. 

The Anglophone West School District officially opened its Newcomer Support Centre in Fredericton in 2016. Located at George Street Middle School in the downtown, the centre helps families with their transition to the New Brunswick school system, provides support for learners of English as an additional language, and promotes cultural diversity initiatives across its 69 schools.​

Last Printed: 6/6/2018 1:00 PM
Posted: Jun 06 2018, 2:54 PM

​A total of 83 employees of the Anglophone West School District are retiring at the end of this school year, marking the completion of their successful career in education. 

On Saturday, June 2, a retirement party was held at the Ayr Motor Centre in Woodstock to celebrate their achievement and to present long term service awards for their hard work, dedication and commitment to the school district. Approximately 40 retirees attended the event.

"Whatever your job description, your work and commitment have strengthened our organization through the years," said Acting Superintendent Catherine Blaney. "You have made an important contribution to education, while following our vision and our values for excellence, teamwork, professionalism and shared leadership. You have each played a role in building a solid and effective school system across every corner of the district and generations of students are benefactors of your efforts."

From within the group, 46 teachers are retiring, eight principals, seven educational assistants, eight bus drivers, five custodians. two maintenance technicians, and seven administrative assistants. Some were marking 15, 20, 30 or even 40 or more years of service to the district.

"As you turn the page, remember the past with fondness. Look to the future with eagerness and live each moment to the fullest," Blaney told the crowd. "Now is your time to celebrate a job well done. Thank you for your hard work and many years of service and all the best for a happy retirement." 

Emcee and Director of Schools Jay Colpitts said the celebration was a "very special day" for staff and he was glad to see so many smiling faces excited about their future. He thanked the district's senior management team for their support of staff from year to year. Each senior manager came to the front of the room to form a receiving line to congratulate each of the retirees as Blaney handed out the individual awards.

Shown in the photos below are (1) Acting Superintendent Catherine Blaney with Hayward Stewart, bus driver with 47 years of service; (2) bus driver Harold Fairley, 29 years of service, with his wife Carol; (3) Marcel Richard, 32 years of service as a maintenance technician; (4) ) Janice Webber, 40 years of service with district office, (5) Lyse Audet, Director of Schools Gina Dunnett, and Principal Wendy Dickinson with 33 years of service; (6) Marilyn Foreman, teacher with 43 years of service; (7) Darrel Densmore, custodian with 15 years of service, teacher Cheryl McKillop with 26 years of service, and Kathy Densmore.

Last Printed: 6/5/2018 2:00 PM
Posted: Jun 06 2018, 2:48 PM

​Fredericton High School Principal Shane Thomas recently received the Vince Sunderland Memorial Award for Outstanding Educational Leadership.

Sponsored by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, this award is presented each year at the annual general meeting of the New Brunswick Teachers' Association. The award recognizes successful leadership, excellent interpersonal skills, and leading by example within a positive and safe school environment.

In January 2018, Thomas was also named one of the top 40 principals in Canada by the Learning Partnership in Public Education. 


Last Printed: 6/6/2018 12:00 PM
Posted: Jun 06 2018, 11:57 AM

​Students at Donald Fraser Memorial School in Plaster Rock have been busy fundraising throughout the year for new playground equipment.

As part of the Heart Healthy Schools initiative, organized by the New Brunswick Heart and Stroke Foundation, the students participated in several challenges to earn a $750 donation and a Heart Healthy School banner. 

The challenges taken on by the students included increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in their lunch, decreasing screen time, increasing their physical activity, and reducing their consumption of sugar sweetened beverages at school by drinking more water.

The Heart Healthy Schools initiative is aimed at improving the school environment to support health lifestyle choices in children and youth.

Donald Fraser Memorial also took part in a third annual recycling project called the Plastic Bag Challenge. Students collected bags for only one week for a grand total of 64,000 bags which will be sent for recycling in Grand Falls. In the past two years, the students' plastic bag collections raised $4,000 for the school as well as provincial and national recycling awards for their efforts.

"The students hope to win the prize again this year," said Principal Lisa Doucette. "All of the funds raised will go to buy new playground equipment."

Donald Fraser Memorial School is a kindergarten to Grade 5 school with a population of 116 students. Shown in the photo below with their $750 cheque and Heart Healthy School banner are students (back row) Sadie Paget, Paisley Shirley, Hailey Tompkins, Olivia Fraser, Calleigh Dyer, Dylan Boyle, Oliva Ruff and Jessica Melanson from the Heart Healthy School's program; (middle row) Ridge Taylor, Jack Porter Gracie Parish, Nathan Michaud and Wyatt Wilson; (front row) Mason Corey, Kim Hughes, Jared Ouellette and Lexan Fournier. Also shown below taking part in the Plastic Bag Challenge are Kaeden Inman, Matthew Harding, Liberty Parish and Aaliyah Douglas.

Last Printed: 5/30/2018 2:00 PM
Posted: May 30 2018, 1:59 PM

​Students filed into the gymnasium at Canterbury High School on May 24, wondering what the big surprise was going to be.

Mayor Elaine English joined them along with their teachers, Principal Susan Mabie, Colleen Dyer-Wiley, subject coordinator for literacy with ASD-W, school staff, community partners, parents and representatives of the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing reading resources to schools. 

These representatives, all staff members at Chapters in Fredericton, presented the school with a $25,000 cheque​ on behalf of the Foundation for new books for the school's new library as well as its classroom libraries.

"We are committed to literacy in this school," said Pamela Peddle, on behalf of the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. "You are a deserving school and we are going to help you fill your shelves with books."

Principal Susan Mabie said the literacy grant would provide thousands of new books for the school over the next three years. The school applied for the grant in April and is pleased to see a "real boost to our library resources," she said.

"It's an incredible amount of funding for new books," Mabie explained. "Usually, we have a $1,500 annual budget for new books." 

The school currently partners with Sabian Cymbals, a manufacturing firm in Meductic, who send five employees each week to read to students for one hour. Students also spend the first 20 minutes of their school day reading in small groups based on reading needs. 

Mabie said the $25,000 grant will help bring in new books for readers of all levels. Many of the books in the school library are 25-50 years old. 

"We hope to use this grant to replenish our resources and replace books with current reads to help our students get even more excited about reading."

Students danced, played games and gathered around a table to see a some of the new books for their school. A cake-cutting also took place with parents and guests. 

Canterbury High School is one of 30 schools to receive a 2018 grant as part of the Foundation's $1.5 million commitment to high-needs schools across Canada. Canterbury is a kindergarten to Grade 12 school serving 155 students in rural New Brunswick.

Shown in the photos below are (1) Joce Moase, Britta Belliveau, Pamela Peddle, Harper McAngus, and Michael Tingley, from Chapters in Fredericton, who presented a $25,000 cheque to Canterbury High School on behalf of the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. (2) School librarian Sherry Dymond, teacher  Kim Grant, students Alex Bedard, Oakleigh Boyd, Jax Reese, Kalen Love and Bentley Johnson, checking out some new books with teacher Holly Simpson and Joce Moase, representing the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation; (3) Educational assistant Cathy DeLong, students Logan Blair, Brooke Dickinson, Meeka Heigheis and Oakleigh Boyd enjoying some new books presented by the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Last Printed: 5/25/2018 2:00 PM
Posted: May 25 2018, 2:33 PM

​Chipman Elementary School students had a blast at the ASD-W spring drama festival in Oromocto, bringing home five awards in different categories.

The school musical production entitled, Pirates, earned awards for outstanding choice of material and outstanding set design. 

Grade 5 student Quinn Lavigne won the title for outstanding vocal performance in a musical role as well as outstanding performance in a leading role. Cohen Sypher, a Grade 4 student ,also received an award for outstanding performance in a supporting role.

Work on the school drama production began several months ago as students studied their scripts leading up to the district drama festival. 

"We had some very talented singers in our group so we know a musical would be a great choice," said Katrina Jardine, staff member at Chipman Elementary. "The students brought this fun play about a young boy longing to be a pirate to life. They built confidence in themselves and learned so much through collaboration with their peers and we even snagged a few awards to boot.."

The school musical was directed by teachers Catherine Campbell, Susan Weaver and Melody Davidson. The on-stage cast was made up of 15 students who are shown below in full costume.

Last Printed: 5/22/2018 3:00 PM
Posted: May 22 2018, 3:28 PM

​Leo Hayes High School students gathered in the gymnasium for two separate assemblies on May 18 to celebrate the school's annual Aboriginal Awareness Day.

Students from St. Mary's First Nation led the activities which opened with drumming and songs performed by the Muskrat Singers. Elder Maggie Paul delivered a prayer in the Maliseet language before joining the Sisters of the Drum in bringing more music and song to the audience.  Montana Bear also performed a shawl dance about a butterfly flitting from flower to flower. 

St. Mary's First Nation Councillor Allan Junior Polchies encouraged all the students to enjoy the celebration as they listened to the stories and songs of the Wabanaki people. He also invited the students to the community's next Pow-Wow on June 15-17. 

"Diversity is the key to success of all our generations going forward," Polchies said. "Be kind to yourself and be kind to others."  

Guest speaker Nipahtuwet Naka Wespahtuwet Possesom (Paul), an experienced First Nations dancer, told the students Leo Hayes High School is located within traditional Maliseet territory known as Wolastoq, the Maliseet name for the St. John River.  Wolastoq means "Beautiful River" and "Wolastoqiyik" means "People of the Beautiful River."  He then invited all Grade 12 students to the gym floor for a dance to celebrate their graduation. In his remarks, he told the audience about the history and culture of First Nations in New Brunswick and let students know a traditional feast would be taking place during noon hour.

"This is one of our most important assemblies of the year," Principal Brad Sturgeon explained. "It is a celebration of our shared cultural community."

Student emcee Cole Hatty presented her own art work to teachers and special guests in attendance. During the event, she also explained the significance of the Red Shawl Campaign honouring indigenous women in Canada who are reported missing or have been murdered in the last 30 years. The Red Shawl is a symbol of protection and this is what a young girl earns in her footsteps to becoming a woman, Hatty noted.

The audience also heard about the Moose Hide Campaign led by indigenous and non-indigenous men and boys who are standing up against violence towards women and children.

Today within New Brunswick, approximately 3,000 Maliseet live within the Madawaska​, Tobique, Woodstock, Kingsclear, St. Mary's and Oromocto First Nations.​

Shown in the photo on the front page is Montana Bear performing the Shawl Dance. Shown in the photos below are (left to right) Sylvia Paul, Krista Paul, Maggie Paul and Cole Hatty performing as members of the Sisters of the Drum; and Montana Bear and Possesom Paul leading a group dance with Leo Hayes High School students.

Last Printed: 5/18/2018 1:00 PM
Posted: May 18 2018, 1:56 PM

Grade 12 student Frederic Gaillardetz is a skilled tradesman on a mission. He will represent New Brunswick in high school welding during the Skills Canada National Competition in Edmonton, Alberta on June 4-5.

Frederic's talent and interest in welding began when he studied metal fabrication during his Grade 11 year at Carleton North High School. He enrolled in production welding in Grade 12 and soon proved to be an excellent candidate for competition with his patience and meticulous attention to detail, Principal Dr. Anne Senechal said. 

BWS Manufacturing Ltd. in Centreville partners with the school's welding program. The company's expertise and willingness to give students like Frederic the opportunity to work and practice in a business setting increases their knowledge, experience and confidence in the trade. 

Looking to a future career in the trades, Frederic has enrolled in the welding program at NBCC Woodstock for the fall of 2018 and is currently completing his Grade 12 cooperative education program at BWS Manufacturing. He has also received a scholarship from the Canadian Welding Association/Canadian Welding Bureau toward his post-secondary training.

In April 2018, he competed for Carleton North at the Skills Trade High​ School competition where he placed first out of 10 student welders.

Last Printed: 5/16/2018 3:00 PM
Posted: May 16 2018, 3:16 PM

​Premier Brian Gallant visited Summerhill Elementary School's  track and field day event in Oromocto on May 15. 

Throughout the day, students enjoyed races and games organized by physical education teacher Cindy Keizer with the support of Summerhill school staff and Ridgeview Middle School student volunteers. A lemonade stand provided some cool refreshments for participants with all proceeds going to help flood victims affected by the spring freshet along the St. John River this spring.

"Students had a fantastic day at the track and were thrilled when Premier Gallant stopped by to visit the event and chat with staff and students," said Principal David McTimoney. "A great day was had by all."  

Shown in the photo on the front page are (left to right) Maya Harris, Jayna McGuiggan, Chloe White and Principal David McTimoney with Premier Gallant at the track in Oromocto. Shown inthe photos below are (left to right) Olivia Sullivan, Gillian Gaillard, Alexis Foley, Abigaile Bagnell, Gabrielle George, Liam Hachey, Natallie Zinck, Lochlan Mather, and Annika Gale with Premier Gallant (centre); and Vice Principal Amy Durant and teacher Kathy MacIntosh with the Premier. 


Last Printed: 5/16/2018 3:00 PM
Posted: May 16 2018, 2:19 PM
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