Students and parents/guardians are welcome to contact the School Counsellor's office with questions or concerns.

Vince Jessome

School: 902-258-3700

All students in Grades 7-12 have been invited to join the IECA GUIDANCE POST Google Classroom.  Information pertaining to the following is added to the classroom on a regular basis:

University/College Program Updates

Mental Health Resources

University/College School Presentation Dates and Times

Admission Deadlines

Personal Development Credits

Scholarship Information

Summer Program Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Nova Scotia Virtual School Updates

External Program Meeting Times ie. Youth Project

University/College Open House Opportunities

In School Support Program Information ie. Caper Base

Student Loan Information/Updates

Lieutenant Governor Awards

Take Your Kids to Work Day

And more...


Mental Health and Addictions have launched their new website. This website has a wizard tool that, through a short survey, helps direct visitors to supports in their area, information, and also vetted resources.

Kids Help Phone 

Kids Help Phone is offering crisis response across Canada, no matter your age. This free service is for anyone looking for support.   To receive free, confidential, 24/7 support:


• Young people can text NSSTRONG to 686868

• Adults can text NSSTRONG to 741741 – this is a new service


You’ll be connected with a caring adult who is there to listen and support you.   Young people of all ages can contact us 24/7 from anywhere in Canada, via phone at 1-800-668-6868.


Click here for a PDF with more information about Kids Help Phone services.  


Supports for Children and Youth When Dealing with Tragedy


As a reminder, for our children, youth and families needing support, please note the following resources:


  • Guidance counsellors, school psychologists, and SchoolsPlus staff are a few of the supports available for our children and youth. Please email your respective school guidance counsellor and/or email your school administration to connect with the appropriate school psychologist.
  • SchoolsPlus staff are also available to support children, youth and families and help you access mental health supports and other services you may need, Please refer to the Parents/Guardians page of the SRCE website for their contact information at
  • Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free). Children and youth may text TALK to 686868 and adults may text WELLNESS to 741741
  • The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll free).

 Talking with Children


When talking with children in the aftermath of a tragedy, the objective is to help them feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security.  For tips for families and teachers on how to talk to children about violence, click here.

COVID 19 Support




Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868

Kids Help Phone Website


IWK - Overview of Mental Health and Addiction Services


Nova Scotia Health Authority - Mental Health & Addictions


Surviving and Thriving With Your Children at Home

Coping with Covid-19


Teen Mental Health

Nova Scotia Mental Health Services for Children and Youth


Anxiety Canada



MATHEMATICS SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 9, 10 , 11 and 12 - The Nova Scotia Homework Hub is an online platform that offers resources and free tutoring for students enrolled in Grade 9-12 mathematics courses. Students can have a 1:1 session with a tutor, in French or English, via an online whiteboard, or by calling in on the phone at 1-888-444-6607. Tutors are available from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.  Students can also access additional learning resources that include video lessons, practice exercises, quizzes with instant feedback, digital versions of the mathematics textbooks - when available, and a graphing calculator.  The Homework Hub can be accessed by logging in with your gnspes account by clicking on the Nova Scotia Homework Hub icon.

Deadlines to apply for Nova Scotia university entrance scholarships and bursaries is in March.  Graduating students should be consulting the applicable sites listed below.


Eligible grade 12 students planning to attend NSCC next year are encouraged to apply for one 26 entrance awards (two per campus) to recognize outstanding students entering a certificate or diploma program. These awards financially support students who demonstrate outstanding leadership in their communities as well as academic achievement. High school entrance awards are tuition waivers equal to the regular tuition cost of a full-time NSCC certificate or diploma program.  The entrance awards application deadline is in March.

To be considered, you must have:
- Applied to and been accepted into a full-time program at NSCC;
- Received a passing grade in all high school courses, with a minimum academic average of 75% (average calculation is based on top 5 marks from grades 11 and 12);
- Paid the non-refundable NSCC tuition deposit
- Be entering NSCC directly from a Nova Scotia high school (exceptions only for those who have been on wait-lists since high school graduation with no other educational pursuits in the interim).

Each year, the Donald R. Sobey Bursary Program awards bursaries valued at $2500.00 to students entering NSCC on a full-time basis.  To be eligible, applicants must be referred by a community organization or law enforcement agency, be planning to enroll in a full-time program at the College and have unmet financial need.


Students transitioning from high school to university, college or the workforce should find the attached booklet very informative. This resource was prepared by Visit the link below for more mental health resources.

High school students are reminded that high school credits may be issued for students who participate in programs outside of the school curriculum in the areas of art, language and leadership. Credits may be available to students who participate in extra curricular events such as cadets, 4-H, dance, scouts, girl guides, music, Canadian Red Cross, Junior Achievement - and others. Visit the site below for a complete list. See Mr. Jessome if you have any questions.