Guidance

The Guidance Office monitors students’ academic requirements for graduation and post secondary placement, as well as career and personal counselling for students in need. Personal counselling issues can include: stress & anxiety, family conflicts, friendships, relationships, self esteem/self image, peer pressure, school, fears, decision-making, life transitions, grief, etc.

Mental health issues are referred on to mental health professionals; however, guidance can remain as the students' on-site support.

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GUIDANCE PAGES

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***SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES***

COURSE CHANGE INFORMATION/COURSE REQUEST SELECTION

POST-SECONDARY INFORMATION

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

AWARDS

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT & CAREER EXPLORATION

GRADUATING STUDENTS

GUIDANCE RESOURCES

MENTAL HEALTH

GRADE 5-8

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Minister's Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence
Have you ever thought about starting your own business? The Minister’s Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence is your chance to show your entrepreneurial spirit and get real-world experience pitching your idea and making it a reality. You can show entrepreneurship in different ways. Your idea could be for a product or service you could offer in your community, a way to solve a social or environmental problem you’ve noticed, or an invention or app that could make people’s lives easier. This award is open to students in grades 6–12 at a public school in Nova Scotia in the 2017-2018 school year. Please go to the AWARDS GUIDANCE PAGE for more information.

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Nova Scotia Department of Education

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDITS

Personal Development Credits are credits that can be added to a students transcript for extra-curricular activities that take place outside of the school, such as Cadets, 4-H, lifeguarding, music, and dance, among others. Since September 2012, all high school students in Nova Scotia have been able to earn personal development credits and have these count towards credits they need to graduate or as electives. Students can earn personal development credits in three areas: arts, languages, and leadership.

A wide range of personal development credits are available to high school students during the school year. For more information you can also speak with your school counsellor, principal, or vice-principal.

Deadline for students to submit their PDC form and certificate to obtain credit for their transcript is June 1st of each school year.

Visit https://pdc.ednet.ns.ca/students

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GRADS OF 2018:

Throughout the year, I will continually be meeting with all potential grads regarding their post-secondary plans.

Check out the 'Graduating Students' page under the Guidance tab for more info!

Although the guidance office will provide assistance in the post-secondary process, all application/scholarship/bursary deadlines and requirements are solely the responsibility of the student.

SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES: 

Although it might seem early, scholarships and bursaries are already being posted on the school website. Grads should make it a habit to check the site weekly for new postings.

TRANSCRIPTS:

A reminder that any students who need transcripts MUST order them in the Guidance Office as soon as they know they need them. We can fax or mail to the institutions (if they allow it), however it is the students responsibility to confirm that the institution received it.

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FEBRUARY GUIDANCE NEWS

GRADE 5-8: BE A FIT KID

Being FIT is a way of saying a person eats well, gets physical activity (exercise), and has a healthy weight. If you're FIT, your body works well, feels good, and can do all the things you want to do, like run around with your friends. Here are 5 rules to live by if you're a kid who wants to be FIT!

Eat a Variety of Foods You may have a favorite food, but the best choice is to eat a variety. If you eat different foods, you're more likely to get the nutrients your body needs. Taste new foods and old ones you haven't tried for a while.

Drink Water & Milk – When you're really thirsty, cold water is the best thirst-quencher. And kids need calcium to build strong bones, and milk is a great source of this mineral.

Listen to Your Body –When you're eating, notice how full your body feels. Eating too much can make you feel uncomfortable and, over a period of time, can lead to unhealthy weight gain.

Limit Screen Time – The more time you spend on these sitting-down activities, the less time available for active stuff. Spend no more than 2 hours a day on screen time, not counting computer use related to school and educational activities.

Be Active –Ask your parents to help you do your favorite activities regularly. Find ways to be active every day. Tell your parents about these five steps you want to take to being FIT and maybe you can teach them a thing or two!

Adapted from http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/weight/fit_kid.html#

GRADE 9-12

SEMESTER 2 COURSE CHANGE REQUEST DEADLINE: The final day for Course Change Requests for Semester 2 is Thursday, February 8th. You must have your form submitted and signed by a parent/guardian by this date before any changes can be considered.

SEMESTER ONE TRANSCRIPTS: Final marks from semester one will be available on transcripts as of Tuesday, February 13th (report card day). Students must request an academic transcript themselves, through the guidance office, giving 2-3 days for processing.

POTENTIAL GRADS: Many post-secondary admission applications for schools in NS and other Atlantic Provinces have a deadline around March 1st if you wish to be considered for entrance scholarships (usually 85%+ average in desired program pre-requisites; have require separate application). Check the scholarship information for each institution you plan on applying to if you are eligible.

SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES: Continue researching and completing Scholarship and Bursary applications. All applications and information that come across my desk are posted on the RECA website (reca.srsb.ca) by clicking the Guidance link. This page also includes links to financial aid and other provincial and national award opportunities.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the school at (902)345-4949 or by email: margie.macmillan@srsb.ca

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CHECK THESE OUT ON THE AWARDS PAGE!

THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MEDAL AWARD

THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II MEDAL AWARD

THE NSSAF RON O'FLAHERTY SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD (Jr. & Sr. High)

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH`S AWARD

RICHMOND ACADEMY SCHOLASTIC AWARDS

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