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.
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.
Students turning five years of age on or before December 31st, 2015 are eligible to begin primary in September 2015. If your child will be starting school in September, then please contact the appropriate catchment area elementary school in your community for early registration during the week of January 26-30, 2015. Parents/Guardians will be required to present identification for their child with their date of birth (i.e.: birth certificate), health card number and expiry date, and proof of residence (i.e.: driver’s license, utility bill).
If you are unsure of which elementary school your child would attend, then please check out the SSRSB Catchment Area Map or call the Bus Garage at 902-541-8252.
On January 15, 2015, the Nova Scotia International Student Program (NSISP) launched a new campaign - “Bring the World Home.”
Since 1997, the NSISP has been recruiting international students to Nova Scotia. As the program continues to grow, over 1,100 students from 30 countries across the province, are being hosted this current year. There is a need to increase host family numbers. This campaign is the first step to bring more awareness about opportunities to host students to more families and communities across the province.
The media release announcing the campaign can be seen below.
For more information, please contact.
Please visit “Bring the World Home” website: https://nsisp.ca/become-host-family
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NovaScotiaInternationalStudentProgram