Students and parents/guardians are welcome to contact the School Counsellor's office with questions or concerns.
NOVA SCOTIA MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS - WEBSITE LAUNCH
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.
YOUTH PROJECT - VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMPS
Camp Seahorse is open to all 2SLGBTQ+ youth under 26, with 10 spots reserved for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of colour) youth. The dates for this camp are Thursday July 2nd – Saturday July 4th. Youth will be delivered or mailed a camp kit, and will have 6+ workshops and Queer Prom to attend over the three days. Visit the link below for more information on Camp Seahorse as well as other Youth Project services, events, resources and programs.
NSCC COVID-19 PROGRAM UPDATES FOR 2020-2021
All students planning on enrolling in any NSCC program in the 2020-2021 school year, should consult the website below regardingchanges in program delivery.
Students interested in NSCAD's transitional and online summer programs should refer to the attlist below and contact Mr. Jessome for course descriptions and fees. Grants may be available if a student meets specific requirements.
1.1 Introduction to Drawing - 8 sessions, Twice a week; June 22nd to July 13th
1.2 Art and Design - 8 Sessions, Twice a week; June 22nd to July 13th
1.3 Photography for Youth - 8 Sessions, Twice a week; June 22nd to July 13th
1.4 Photoshop - 10 sessions, Twice a week: June 22nd to July 20th
1.5 Art and Math - 8 sessions, Twice a week: July 20 - August 10
1.6 Visual Journaling - 8 sessions, Twice a week: July 20 - August 10
1.7 Creative Writing - 4 sessions, Once a week: July 20 - August 10
1.8 InDesign - 10 sessions, Twice a week: July 20 to August 10
2.1 Finley’s Funtime: a free weekly tune-in session with master puppeteer Ali J. Eisner, where Ali will provide songs, stories, small arts-and-crafts project all with their puppet Finlay.
3.1 Portfolio Preparation: a 10-week course that focuses on ways to improve creative thinking and projects, as well as further application assistance. The act of creating a portfolio is a useful exercise in aiding a student to defining and clarifying their own voice, identity, and agency. Capacity: min 6, max 12
3.2 Turn Your Talent into Business: a 10-week course designed to help creatives turn their skills, talents, and hobbies into a business. Students will learn how to design a business model, marketing, customer bases, ways to sell and some basic financial information.
Dates: 10 sessions, Once a week; June 7th - August 9th
Taking any combination of three of the 8-week course in the Youth Bridging Programming can allow for students to earn one 3-credit course at NSCAD University.
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.
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.
Talking with Children
COVID 19 Support
Please stay safe as we work through these challenging times. If any family should need support, please use the following contacts:
IECA Guidance Counsellor: Vince Jessome - firstname.lastname@example.org
IECA SchoolsPlus Contact: Rebecca Hoggard-Nauss - email@example.com
IECA Parent Navigator: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
NOVA SCOTIA/NUNAVUT COMMAND BURSARY/SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS (LEGION)
Each year the Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command awards $30,000.00 in bursaries and scholarships. Application forms for the Combined Bursary and E.J. Lambert Scholarship are on the website listed below. Bursaries are awarded based on financial need, with special consideration given to children of Veterans. Scholarships are awarded based on marks, with special consideration given to children of Veterans. The deadline for Bursary/Scholarship applications is April 15, 2020.
G3 GROW BEYOND SCHOLARSHIP
To apply for this scholarship you need to be graduating in 2020 and planning to enroll at a Canadian post-secondary institution in a first-year degree or diploma program. You will need to produce a creative 2- to 4-minute video outlining your vision and planned contribution to the future of technology and innovation in Canada’s agriculture sector. The application deadline is April 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM CST.
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN STUDENTS
This program offers the following scholarships to African Nova Scotia (Black) students:
University Entrance Scholarship - $4,500.00 - deadline May 29, 2020
Post-Secondary Scholarship - $2,500.00 - deadline July 31, 2020
Community College/Trade School Award - $1,800.00 - deadline July 31, 2020
Performing Arts Award - $1,000.00 - deadline July 31, 2020
Applications are available in the guidance office. Visit the link below for more information.
MINISTER'S AWARDS FOR CREATIVE EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS
Grade 12 students pursuing post-secondary studies in the creative arts may apply to one of four awards:
- Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Award for Excellence in Visual Arts (includes ceramics, computer-generated art, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture)
- Award for Excellence in Performing Arts (includes performance art forms such as circus, dance, improv, music, spoken word and theatre)
- Award for Excellence in Digital Multimedia (includes digital multimedia such as animation, video and intermedia)
- Charlie A’Court Scholarship for Excellence in Music (CASEM)
Three $1000 scholarships will be granted according to overall merit (not necessarily one each in the categories of visual arts, performing arts and digital multimedia). CASEM includes a $500 award and a mentorship with musical artist Charlie A’Court. In addition, up to 15 students will be selected as finalists and will each receive $100. Applications are due April 24, 2020.
NATIONAL UNION OF PUBLIC AND GENERAL EMPLOYEES SCHOLARSHIPS
Six scholarships valued at $2500.00 each are available to students entering their first year at a public, post-secondary institution full time. Students will need to be children/grandchildren/foster children of National Union member or retiree. National Union employees include those in the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU). Visit the link below for more details and specific eligibility for each of the five scholarships. The application deadline is July 6, 2020.
N.S. UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP/BURSARY DATES
Deadlines to apply for Nova Scotia university entrance scholarships and bursaries is fast approaching. Graduating students should be consulting the applicable sites listed below.
Cape Breton University - March 1, 2020
Saint Francis Xavier University - March 2, 2020
Dalhousie University - March 1, 2020
Saint Mary's University - March 1, 2020
Mount Saint Vincent University - March 1, 2020
Acadia University - March 1, 2020
University of King's College - March 1, 2020
NOVA SCOTIA POWER SCHOLARSHIP AND BURSARY PROGRAM
EMERGING LEADERS SCHOLARSHIPS
Four $2,500 awards to students entering any year of a full time post-secondary education program in the areas of Power Engineering, Power Line Technician, Instrumentation Tech, Engineering, Technology, Business, Marketing & Communications, Environmental Sciences or Law.
WOMEN IN TRADES, ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION SCHOLARSHIPS
Six $2,500 awards to female students entering any year of a full time post-secondary education program in Trades or in the areas of Engineering, Technology and Innovation.
AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN SCHOLARSHIPS
Four $2,500 awards to African Nova Scotian students entering any year of a full time post-secondary education program in the areas of Power Engineering, Power Line Technician, Instrumentation Tech, Engineering, Technology, Business, Marketing & Communications, Environmental Sciences or Law.
NOVA SCOTIA POWER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIPS
Ten $1,000 awards to children/dependents of employees or retirees of Nova Scotia Power. These awards are available to students entering any year of a full time post-secondary education program.
Four $1000 awards are available to Mi’kmaw students entering any year of a full time post-secondary education program. Past recipient winners can re-apply each year.
The application deadline for scholarships is March 29, 2020. The deadline for bursaries applications is April 26, 2020. Visit the link below for more details.
PENGROWTH NOVA SCOTIA ENERGY SCHOLARSHIPS
Students applying to university:
Students considering enrolling in business, engineering, or science at the bachelor level may be eligible for one of eight (8) scholarships worth $10,000.00 each ($2,500 renewable over four years). Our school can nominate one student and if you are interested, please see Mr. Jessome. Applications are due May 1, 2020.
Students applying to NSCC:
Students pursuing eligible energy related studies at NSCC may be eligible for one of eight (8) scholarships worth $2,500.00 each (non- renewable). Interested students can apply directly through the NSCC Student Awards application portal as nominations are not requried for NSCC applicants. Applications are due May 1, 2020.
Visit the link below for more information.
THE FRIENDS OF SABLE ISLAND SOCIETY 2020 SCHOLARSHIP
This $1000.00 scholarship is open to any grade 12 student in the Nova Scotia school system
Your application is to play the role of journalist covering a “Breaking News” story about Sable Island. You can base your piece on a real event in any time period. Creativity is key. Areas of interest might include, but are not limited to, cultural or literary history, shipwrecks, salvage, government projects, wildlife, oil and gas activities, fresh water, tourism, meteorology, geomatics, conservation, fishery, conservation, military. Submissions must be sent by e-mail to email@example.com by 11:59pm on Thursday April 30, 2020. See the link below for more information.
HIGH SCHOOL ENTRANCE AWARDS
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 ($3,315) of a full-time NSCC certificate or diploma program. The entrance awards application deadline is March 20, 2020.
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).
DONALD R. SOBEY BURSARY
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.
JOHN ABBASS SR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Family Business Atlantic is accepting application for the John Abbass Sr. Memorial scholarship. This is a $3000.00 scholarship awarded to children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of Family Business Atlantic members or family business owners in Nova Scotia. Applicants should be attending a post-secondary institution in the fall and their study should have a business focus or be related to their family business. The application deadline is March 31, 2020. See Mr. Jessome for more information.
PARTNERSHIP FOR ACCESS AWARENESS NOVA SCOTIA SCHOLARSHIPS
Applications for the PAANS Scholarships for Students with Disabilities are now available. 15 awards are being offered and are valued between $1000-$2000. To be eligible, students must have a permanent disabilities which means - "a limitation that restricts the ability of a person to perform the activities necessary to participate in educational activities or in the labour force within the range considered normal. This limitation is expected to remain with the person for life." Applicants must be planning on entering studies at the undergraduate level. The application deadline is April 3, 2020. See Mr. Jessome or the link below for more information.
DR. JOHN B. STEWART SCHOLARSHIP
The Northern Nova Scotia Foundation is accepting applications for the Dr. John B. Stewart Scholarships. These awards are for students graduating this spring and will be attending a Canadian university this fall. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and should demonstrate some indication of leadership qualities in their community. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2020. Visit the link below for more information.
HUMANITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE (HYP)
University of King's College in Halifax is once again offering their residential summer program that offers an insight into university life and encourages interests in philosophy, history, politics and art. Students will attend lectures and workshops with professors, writers, lawyers, activists and journalists. HYP 2020 runs from July 4-112, 2020. Students aged 15-17 are eligible to apply. There is a $975 fee that covers accommodation, meals, materials, lectures and excursions. A number of bursaries will be available. Visit the link below for more information.
THE NORTHERN NOVA SCOTIA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
Grade 12 students planning on attending university in the fall are welcome to apply for one of the NNSF's Dr. John B. Stewart Scholarships. Applicantions are to include the application form, a financial information form, a cover letter, two letters of reference and your current transcript. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2020. Applications are available in the guidance office. More information can be found at the link below.
ENCOUNTERS WITH CANADA 2020 REBATES
All EWC sessions from now until the end of the calendar year (May 2, 2020) are offered with a discount. These discounts are either $100.00 or $150.00 - depending on the session. Nova Scotia still offers subsidies that are available for sessions happening before the end of the FISCAL year meaning March 31, 2020 (from Sports & Fitness February 2, 2020, until Sports & Fitness March 22, 2020) which can also help reduce the cost. Students must register by March 13, 2020 to be eligible for these rebates.
February 2 - 8: Sports & Fitness
February 9 - 15: Tech & Agri-Food
February 16 - 22: Global Affairs
February 23 - 29: Science & Technology
March 1 - 7: Business & Entrepreneurship
March 8 -14: Medicine & Health
March 15 - 21: Law & Our Justice System
March 22 - 28: Sports and Fitness
March 29 - April 4: Science & Technology
April 5 - 11: Vimy: Canada's Coming of Age
April 12 - 18: Medicine & Health
April 19 - 25: Democracy & Youth
April 26 - May 2: Experience Canada
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Students transitioning from high school to university, college or the workforce should find the attached booklet very informative. This resource was prepared by TeenMentalHealth.org. Visit the link below for more mental health resources.
ENCOUNTERS WITH CANADA 2019-2020 SCHEDULE
EWC has released their program schedule for the 2019-2020 school year. All students aged 14-17 (when you attend) are encouraged to consider taking advantage of this great opportunity. IECA has dozens of Encounters Alumni and we would love to see that list grow.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDITS
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.