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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The Sammy Gehue Achievement Award

This award is open to all 5-12 year old Mi'kmaq children of Nova Scotia who have made an achievement in any of the following categories: Sports, School, Humanitarian, Environmental, Efforts, etc. The first place winner receives a tophy and $250, second place receives a trophy and $175, and third place receives a trophy and $125. Applications are available in the RECA Guidance Office.

DEADLINE: July 3, 2018

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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:

NOVA SCOTIA STUDENT ASSISTANCE (Student Loans)

THE ONLINE APPLICATION FOR 2018-2019 IS NOW OPEN!

To apply online and for info about student loans, visit the website at:

http://novascotia.ca/studentassistance

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

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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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GUIDANCE NEWS

MAY 2018

GRADE 9-12

As we move closer to the end of June, more and more organizations will announce opportunities for summer employment or programs, as well as scholarship and bursary application procedures. In every case, either the organization or the school sets very specific application requirements and deadlines.

Graduates and their families should be aware that we post all information that we receive from organizations on our website under the GUIDANCE tab. We do not make exceptions to those application requirements or deadlines. In many instances, the requirements include letters of reference from school staff. Students and their parents/guardians should be mindful of these deadlines, as we cannot provide, for instance, same-day turnaround for letters of reference. Students should make sure they provide referees with several days’ notice when letters of reference are required.

 

SCHOLASTIC AWARDS 2018: Recipients for Distinction and High Distinction Awards will be posted by mid-May. Students will have a timeframe (of approx. 1 week) in which they can confirm their academic standing, based on the criteria posted on the RECA website (under the Guidance Tab and click on AWARDS). Formal letters of invitation will eventually sent home to inform recipients’ parents of Awards Night.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES: Students are reminded about the importance of applying for scholarships and bursaries. It is recommended that grads be checking the school website daily or visiting guidance for these opportunities. Some have various requirements, including essays, which can be time consuming. It is your responsibility to check for eligibility and apply by deadlines!

 

GRADS OF 2018: Please remember to UPDATE the Guidance Office if you find out of any scholarships/bursaries that you will be receiving from your post-secondary institution or other sources (community/provincially), so that they can be read at graduation. We also need proof in the form of a photocopy.

 

VALEDICTORIAN 2018: Specific criteria for the RECA Valedictorian candidates, who would like their names put forth, is available in the Guidance Office. Nominations must be received by Friday May 18th. Voting will then take place on Thursday May 31st.

GRADE 5-8: SIX STEPS TO SMARTER STUDYING

Why work on your study skills? It will make it easier for you to learn and do well in class, especially as you move up to high school.

Here are six steps to smarter studying:

  • Pay attention in class – sit in an area that is away from distraction.
  • Take good notes – clearly write down important things your teacher says.
  • Plan ahead for tests and projects – use an agenda or the calendar in your phone.
  • Break it down – if you have a bunch of stuff to learn, break it into smaller chunks.
  • Ask for help if you get stuck – ask your teacher, a classmate, or your parent.
  • Get a good night's sleep! – your brain needs time to digest all of the info you’ve studied.

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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