A week to recognize the contributions of the School Counselling Profession to the personal; social; academic and career development; and the mental health and wellbeing of all students in Canada.
Canadian School Counselling Week, sponsored by the School Counsellors Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), will be celebrated from February 2-6, 2015, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counsellors within Canadian school systems. Canadian School Counselling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counsellors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
The special week honouring school counsellors provides recognition for school counsellors who "implement comprehensive school counselling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century," according to Mayor Don Downe & Mayor David Walker who signed the proclamation designating February 2-6, 2015 as Canadian School Counselling Week.
In a proclamation, Mayor Don Downe & Mayor David Walker cited school counsellors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' personal, social, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counsellors are certified, experienced educators with a graduate-level degree in counselling or a related professional field. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.
School counsellors across Canada will be participating in the week's festivities. Many school counsellors will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the myriad benefits of a comprehensive school counselling program.
Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counselling programs should contact the school counsellors at their local schools.
This contest is open to all grade 7, 8 and 9 students in Nova Scotia. The theme for the contest is “Human Rights and Respect make an Inclusive Society”. This will be a Poster to promote inclusiveness and human rights, especially of diversity groups (Persons of Colour, Aboriginal People, Persons with Disabilities, as well as those of different Religions, Age, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Culture and Social class).
The winning entry will become the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour’s Inclusiveness and Human Rights Poster, and will be the Cover of the 2016 Inclusiveness Calendar. Grand prize is a $500.00 Bursary and your artwork will be featured in the 2016 NSFL Inclusiveness Poster and 2016 NSFL Inclusiveness Calendar.
Contest closes May 15, 2015.
The 2015 Regional Science Fair is scheduled to take place on March 4, 2015 and we invite students in grades 6-12 to participate. If you are interested, then please complete the Intent to Participate form. Deadline is this Friday, January 30, 2015.
EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT--Four New Early Years Centres Announced
Families in communities across the province will have services and supports for young children as a result of four new Early Years Centres.
The new centres were announced today, Jan. 19, and will be located at:
-- Clark Rutherford Memorial School in Clementsport, Annapolis Co., Annapolis Valley Regional School Board
-- West Highlands Elementary School in Amherst, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board
-- École Beau-Port in Arichat, Richmond Co., Conseil scolaire acadien provincial
-- New Germany Elementary School, Lunenburg Co., South Shore Regional School Board.
With the addition of these centres, every school board in Nova Scotia will have an Early Years Centre with an early learning program, regulated child care and parent supports.
The centres are located in or near schools and are for children age four and under. Each is tailored to meet the needs of its community by partnering with local organizations who provide support services such as early intervention and health services to children and families.
"We recognize how important the early years are to ensuring the success of the next generation of Nova Scotians," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. "By partnering with local organizations, these centres will offer customized support to young children and their families right in their own communities so they are prepared for the best possible start to school."
The development of the Early Years Centres in Nova Scotia is supported by a five-year funding commitment of $500,000 from the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation.
"Congratulations to all those involved in the Early Years Centres. You are modeling the future by demonstrating how quality, integrated, efficient early childhood service delivery can simultaneously meet the needs of children, families and the community," said Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, foundation chair.
The Early Years Centres for Clark Rutherford Memorial School, West Highlands Elementary School, and New Germany Elementary School are expected to open in September. The centre for École Beau-Port is expected to open later this year as their early childhood program transitions into an Early Years Centre.