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Students and staff at Felix Marchand Education Centre generously supported several important causes in their local community.


Students and staff donated toys to the "Shelby Shines On" annual toy drive.  Felix Marchand Education Centre students Tori Shaw and Braydon Lee display many of the toys collected.


Students and staff donated hats and mittens for children in the area.  Felix Marchand Education Centre Brooklyn Skinner and Brady Randall are very proud of their "Merry Mitten and Hat Tree"!
Students and staff collected non-perishable items for the local Food Bank. Felix Marchand Education Centre students Gracie Bond and Joseph Poirier helped to prepare the items.

Under the leadership of the school's We Day student group, Bayview Education Centre students and staff collected items for the local Food Bank!

Superintendent of Schools Ford Rice extended sincere thanks to all students and staff throughout the Strait Regional School Board as well as parents/guardians, school support groups and community members for their exemplary efforts, compassion and generosity. “The humanitarian spirit and selfless efforts demonstrated by schools is truly inspiring and is another indication of how our youth and schools are leaders by example,” said Mr. Rice.

School-based service learning activities form part of a broader service learning program that schools in the Strait Region undertake throughout the school year.  Service learning is learning by doing.  By integrating voluntary real-life community service with classroom learning, students are learning about compassion, caring, sharing, the importance of citizenship and many more valuable life lessons.  The experiences gained through involvement in these of activities impact students significantly and are an important part of a students’ personal, social and academic development.


Congratulations to Whycocomagh Education Centre's Grade 3 students who took first place in the community's recent Festival of Trees celebration! The students crafted a Book Tree that was entirely constructed of books.  The students also decorated bookmarks to give to the community members. A very impressive and creative literacy-based initiative!


During their Hour of Code, students in Laurie Bloomfield’s Grade 4B class at St. Andrews Consolidated School used the Hopscotch app and the website to learn coding skills and create their own iPad apps. The students created programs that included event handling, movement, drawing, appearance changes and control flow. They then took their newly acquired skills and taught their book buddies in Grade Primary C how to do the same. This experience enabled all of the students to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of coding, stronger collaboration abilities and better problem solving skills.

St. Andrews Consolidated School Grade 4 students during their Hour of Code activities.

Grade 7 Bayview Education Centre student Brandon Beaton (below) uses the classroom Mimio to complete an activity during the Hour of Code.

In the photo below,
Antigonish Education Centre’s Grade 3 students were very excited to take part in several activities using an iPad during the Hour of Code!

Grade Primary students at Tamarac Education Centre took part in the Hour of Code by spending an hour making ten (10) different video games using the Mimio!

Grade 2/3 students at Fanning Education Centre/Canso Academy are actively engaged in Course 1 of the Hour of Code program. The students had so much fun, they immediately asked when their next hour would take place!

East Richmond Education Centre Grade 8 students Joel Middleton, John Michael Wall, Leland Carter and Emily Carter (pictured below left to right) teach Scratch and Java during the Hour of Code that took place with all Grades Primary to 8 classes. The four students participated in an Hour of Code training session last year and now this year they are sharing what they learned and leading the sessions with their peers!

The Hour of Code takes place from December 8-14, 2014.
Coding can assist with innovation across subject areas and provides the opportunity for problem solving, critical thinking and logic.

Learn more about, and watch the video for, the
Hour of Code in the Strait Regional School Board

Strait Regional School Board Implements
Safe and Secure Welcome Plan

On Monday, November 17, 2014, the Strait Regional School Board will implement the Safe and Secure Welcome Plan at all entrances to schools with Grades Primary to Six (6) students by locking the front door during the school day only.  This Plan is part of the School Board’s ongoing efforts to ensure that parents/guardians and other authorized visitors may access our schools while keeping students and staff safe.  Read More....

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women:
Saturday, December 6, 2014

Last Day of Classes: Friday, December 19, 2014

Classes Resume: Monday, January 5, 2015

Strait Regional School Board Members

(November 6, 2013)

Seated (left to right): Richelle MacLaughlin; Francine Boudreau, Vice Chair; Ford Rice, Superintendent of Schools; Mary Jess MacDonald, Chair; Lian Parsons

Standing (left to right): Brian Murray; Joanne Reddick; Anne Peters; Basil Johnson; Rosalee Parker; Jim Austin; Mallori Nickerson; Jamie Samson

News Block

Date:  Tuesday, December 16, 2014   Port Hastings, NS:—School Board Member Francine Boudreau has been appointed as chairperson of the Strait Regional School Board by the Governor in Council.  The appointment takes effect immediately...


On Friday, November 28, 2014, over 450 Strait Regional School Board Grades 6 to 12 students, staff and chaperones will join thousands of others at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax for an exciting, International and educational event, We Day...


Date:  Monday, November 17, 2014   Port Hastings, NS:—Effective today, Monday, November 17, 2014, the Strait Regional School Board has implemented its Safe and Secure Welcome Plan at all entrances to schools with Grades Primary to Six (6...