Guidance

GUIDANCE NEWS

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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Nova Scotia Department of Education

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDITS

Since September 2012, all high school students in Nova Scotia have been able to earn personal development credits and have these count as one of the five elective credits they need to graduate. 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 . Please check back on this site for updates. 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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NOVEMBER 2017 NEWS

GRADE 9-12: APPLICATIONS

 

NSCC: Acceptances start being sent out November 1st! Many students have sent in their applications already. Make sure to request a transcript from guidance to go with your application. Grade 11’s are also eligible to apply at any time, however NSCC admissions are first come, first served!

 

EARLY ACCEPTANCE: Many universities have started taking Early Acceptance applications. Apply online or by paper, but make sure that you request a copy of your transcript 2-3 days ahead of time to be sent.

 

REFERENCE LETTER TIPS: Students who require reference letters from teachers should give them plenty of time to create one for you. Consider whom you will ask, as well as who they are required from (academic, personal, community, or work related). Do not ask for a reference letter too close to the deadline, as it does not leave the referring person enough time to complete your request. At least one-two weeks’ notice should be sufficient. Remember: many of the same people get requests (i.e. Math, English, Science, Guidance, Admin), therefore asking sooner rather than later is always appreciated.

 

GRADE 5 -8: IS IT OK TO SAY “THAT’S SO GAY?”

 

"Gay" is not a bad word. Originally, it meant happy and lighthearted. Now, it's also a term for a person who falls in love with someone who is the same sex or gender. But some kids use the word "gay" in a negative or mean way, as if it's an insult. When they don't like something or think something is weird, or they want to make fun of someone, they might say, "That's gay" or "You're so gay."

 

Most kids who use the word "gay" may not realize that saying it this way is rude and can offend people. Set an example for your peers by not using the word "gay" in this unkind way. You also can speak up if your friends use the word in a negative way. Politely explain that it can hurt people's feelings. You can do this without making a super-big deal of it, making your friends feel bad, or getting into an argument. Your friends might then ask you questions like, "What's wrong with saying that?" You can say, "It makes gay people and their families and friends feel bad."

 

It can be hard to speak up, but you can feel good about doing the right thing. If you need help deciding what to say, ask an adult to help you. Everyone is happier when we use words in ways that build each other up, not put each other down. A change for the better can start with just one kid — like you!

 

Adapted from: https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/the-word-gay.html?WT.ac=ctg#cathome-family

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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