Superintendent Report - May, 2014
Category : Superintendent Report
Published by Marjorie Graham [Marjorie Graham] on 05/28/2014

MAY 2014

The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board welcomes Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Karen Casey, on May 29th. Minister Casey will visit with the Board and discuss issues, concerns, trends and other topics. She will also be here to open the NSSBA Annual Meeting. I will be visiting schools with Minister Casey on Friday morning, May 30th. We will visit several schools within our Board, and I look forward to the opportunity.

The Minister announced another Schools Plus site for our Board to be located at John Bernard Croak School. This announcement took place on Friday, May 23, and this is once again providing a wonderful service to students and families in the Glace Bay area. Our site at Sherwood Park Education Centre has proven to be an extremely valuable program, and I am confident the new site in Glace Bay will be likewise. We hope to open a third site in the Northside area in the future to service Victoria County as well.

On Tuesday, May 27th, at Baddeck Academy, the Lieutenant Governor’s Education Ceremony will occur at 1 p.m. This ceremony recognizes the leadership and volunteer efforts of grade 11 students from each of our high schools. His Honour Brigadier-General, The Honourable J.J. Grant, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, will preside at this wonderful ceremony. Recipients of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medals are:

Hanna Timmons, Breton Education Centre

Eric Van Keulen, Breton Education Centre

Shannon Buchanan, Cabot Jr./Sr. High

Hanna Morrissey, Cabot Jr./Sr. High

John McNeil, Glace Bay High

Christine Smith, Glace Bay High

Andrew Cantwell, Memorial High

Jenna Jessome, Memorial High

Sean Freeborne, Rankin School of the Narrows

Lindsey MacNeil, Rankin School of the Narrows

Jonathan Cookson, Riverview High

Lauren Turner, Riverview High

Ainslie Pierrynowski, Sydney Academy

Michael Williams, Sydney Academy

Nicholas MacDonald, Baddeck Academy

Cassidy Smith, Baddeck Academy

We congratulate these students for their tremendous achievements and share with their families in the celebration of these awards.

I attended the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation “Celebration of Sport” on Friday, May 9th, in Halifax with Mr. Charles Sheppard of our Board. This event recognizes all student athletes and coaches across the province. We had representation from Baddeck Academy, Rankin School of the Narrows, and Riverview High School. An added feature this year was the addition of international students and we had some of our international students there with Mr. Kevin Linden. It was a very positive and joyous event, and I congratulate all student athletes within our Board and the coaches who give so generously of their time.

On Monday, May 5, in Mahone Bay at the Nova Scotia Pupil Transportation Conference, Ms. Colleen MacMullin, Coordinator of Transportation, was proud to accept on behalf of the CB-VRSB and the Transportation Department, a gold medal for achievements in training and preventative maintenance programs, as well as compliance with stops per mile, trip inspections, safety practices and cleanliness of busses and garages. Besides the Gold Award, our Board was presented with the “Gerald W. Buchan Award” again as top carrier in the province. This is a tremendous achievement for our transportation people, and I salute all who work so hard in the safety of our students in the entire Transportation Division.

Music Monday was held on Monday, May 5th. This year, the Coalition for Music Education in Canada is celebrating the 10th Annual Music Monday. We celebrated with the official Music Monday song “Is Somebody Singing” co-written by astronaut Chris Hadfield. Many of our schools are participating in this event, with some schools who met at the Sydney Airport on Monday, May 5, at 12 p.m. to perform together. Further information can be found at

The Nova Scotia Skills Competitions were held at Memorial High on Wednesday, April 9. Competitions were held in Carpentry, Workplace Safety, Electrical, and Welding. As well, a Career Showcase was featured with members from industry, skills partners, and various training facilities. The Nova Scotia Skills Competitions allows students the opportunity to showcase their skills and compare what they are doing to other students from around our province. Students from throughout the province competed including Halifax, South Colchester, Dartmouth, and others. Gold medalists have the opportunity to compete at the national competitions which will be held in Toronto, Ontario, in June.

The format of the Career Showcase was changed for this year with the goal of having more participation from the students who were in attendance to view the competitions and career showcase. Participants were asked to have interactive displays for students to complete, as well as have group activities that allowed for more participation with the various vendors. This proved to be a worthwhile change, as feedback from students was very positive.

Nineteen students from Memorial High competed in the various competitions and a number of medals were achieved. Congratulations to all the students who competed. As well, a big thank you goes to the staff and students who helped in the planning and implementation of the competitions. A great job by all involved.

Mr. Chairman, I would like to direct your attention, and that of the board members and staff, to read the comments from our school principals that are placed on individual school websites. These items represent the awards, achievements and successes of our students and staff within the boundaries of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. Again, I ask the principals to ensure that these important communications are kept up-to-date.