THE RICHMOND ACADEMY GSA (Gender & Sexuality Alliance)
The Richmond Academy Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) strives to unify the student body by providing a safe and respectful environment for all, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Our mission is to protect the diverse group that is our school community, through education and acceptance. We aim to diminish homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism and encourage absolute equality.
- Please see our attached brochure and PDF slideshow presentation below to learn more about this inclusive and supportive group.
- The GSA has recognized and promoted within the school both the Anti-Bullying Pink Day, Day of Silence, and the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
CYBERSAFETY - The Risks of Sharing Online
Students and parents should be educated and aware of what young people are sending and sharing online. The RCMP, together with the various school boards in Nova Scoita, have come together to educate students and their parents on the risks and dangers associated with sending and sharing explicit photos online. This past spring, the teachers at Richmond Acadmey presented a powerpoint on the topic of computer and cell phone use, in the distribution of materials that can be considered pornographic in nature and known as a criminal offence. Below, you can access two media releases in relation to this topic, often referred to as "SEXTING", as well as the presentation that was seen by RA students.
THE NOVA SCOTIA CYBERBULLYING TASK FORCE
A Community Problem, A Community Solution
Bullying and cyberbullying happens inside and outside the classroom, at home and in the wider community. This means that we need a community-wide approach to deal with cyberbullying; an approach that involves parents and their children.
In recognition of this fact, the Minister’s Task Force on Cyberbullying is supported by a range of groups representing community leaders, police, and educators.
Visit http://cyberbullying.novascotia.ca/ for more information, links & resources, plus videos & images. This link is also available on the Strait Regional School Board website.
MLA Formatting for Research Papers
As we all know, plagiarism is a common yet serious offence that occurs in various educational institutions. However, many students do not even realize they are doing it. Plagiarism is defined as, "an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author" (Dictionary.com). Below is attached information on the basics of MLA (Modern Language Association) Formatting, commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities (i.e. English Language Arts, Social Studies, etc.). Students and parents can use this as a guide; however students should always check with thier teacher as to their expectations for certain courses/assignments and the type of formatting required.
Stay tuned for a document resource on APA (American Psychological Association) Formatting, most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences.