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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SEPTEMBER NEWS

GRADE 5-12: GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START

1. Attendance: It is very important to attend on a regular, daily basis – you can’t win it if you’re not in it.

2. Punctuality: Be on time for all classes and activities. This is a life skill! Learning how and what to do happens at the beginning of class.

3. Early to Bed: Getting 8-10 hours of sleep every night makes it easier to be alert in school each day – scientists say so – not just your parents and teachers.

4. A Solid Breakfast: Proper eating habits affect learning. Every if you don’t think you feel hungry, your body needs you to fuel it. We offer a breakfast program every day (Mon/Wed for 5-8; Tues/Thurs for 9-12). Take advantage and put your brain in gear.

5. Good Study Habits: Use an agenda or your phone calendar to stay organized. Keep it up-to-date so you know what you have to do and when things are due. Keep scribblers and binders organized so you can find what you need, when you need it! Have a quiet place to study and work on assignments and projects.

6. Listen! Ask!! Contribute in class by observing and listening to the teacher, and don’t be afraid to ask questions or answer them.

7. Get Help!! Ask your teachers, your guidance counsellor, principal, vice-principal, or any staff member if you are experiencing difficulty. Ask about the peer tutoring program for extra help.

8. Plan Your Day: Know what books and materials you will need for each class, and make sure you have them before you get here. Keep your backpack and locker clutter free – clean them out on a weekly basis. Being prepared keeps you less stressed!

COURSE CHANGE REQUESTS 2017-18: The deadline to submit a SIGNED course change request form is Monday, September 11th, 2017. Also, a reminder that submitting a form does not ensure your request will be granted. Course changes cannot take a person off track to graduate or program requirements (French Imm. and O2) and are also subject to class size restrictions.

GRADS OF 2018: Throughout the year, I will continuously meet with all potential grads regarding their post-secondary plans. Check out the 'Graduating Students' page under the Guidance tab for more info!

SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES: Although it might seem early, scholarships and bursaries will start being posted soon on the school website (reca.srsb.ca). Grads should make it a habit to check the site weekly for new postings.

CAREER FAIR: On Monday, September 25thth the annual AARAO Tour Post-Secondary Career Fair will be held here at Richmond Academy (with Ecole Beauport students joining us). Grade 12 students will have access to the displays from 8:50-9:50 am, and Grade 11 students will have access from 9:50-10:55 am. There will be approximately 40 institutions here, which will provide a great opportunity for students to get much needed information as they consider their career path options.

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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