School Updates

A couple of updates to keep you informed:

Lockers – We have assigned lockers to our students and will be issuing locks to students who would like to have their lockers secured. Please remind your children, lockers are only for coats and boots. Students will only be able to go to their lockers when they need to drop off or pick up coats and boots, not during class time, and students are not to linger with their friends in the hallway in front of their lockers.

Bell Let’s Talk Breakfast – Bell Aliant and KES have come together for the “Bell Let’s Talk Day,” Thursday, January 28. Everyone will participate in a conversation about mental health while enjoying a nutritional snack.

End of Term 1 – Term 1 will be ending on January 31. As per policy, all work must be passed in by the end of term 1, unless prior arrangements have been made with the subject teacher.

Keep up to date – Our School Website and current MDJH newsletter have all the latest info and updates!

School Closure – Any time school is closed due to weather, updates will be available on the NLESD School Status Report website or the school Twitter account. We do not send emails to the school community for weather closures. We would only send out emails informing of a school closure if only our school was affected.

Stay safe and well.

Sport Practice Updates

Due to the early school closure today (Thursday, January 21), all afterschool practices are cancelled for today.

If school is cancelled tomorrow (Friday, January 22) for the full day, then practices for Friday and Saturday will also be cancelled.

If school opens for the full day or the afternoon session on Friday then All practices on Friday and Saturday can go ahead.

IB Program Information Session

On Monday, February 8, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) will host an information session for parents/guardians of current Grade 9 students interested in learning more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. The virtual meeting will take place at 7:45 p.m., with the link to be posted on the Holy Heart of Mary school website. Families will be able to access further details on the program, ask questions, and evaluate whether the IB Program could be of benefit to their Grade 9 student.

The IB Program is an internationally recognized university preparation program which aims to educate students through comprehensive curriculum to become creative, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and globally aware citizens. The IB Diploma program is presented with close consideration of complying with provincial diploma requirements as a challenging alternative for those who seek to expand their educational horizons. The Program offers high quality international education to a worldwide community of schools and is recognized as such by post secondary institutions. There are more than 900,000 IB students in over 140 countries.

The IB Program is provincially sponsored by the NLESD and any student in the province may apply to attend. The NLESD’s IB Program is hosted at Holy Heart of Mary High School in St. John’s and students who enroll are required to attend in person at that school.

Complete information on the NLESD’s IB Program is available here:

For families who may be interested, current Grade 9 students should apply by Tuesday, February 16, 2021 for consideration for placement in the IB Program for September, 2021.

Virtual Science Fair


The Eastern Newfoundland Science Fairs Council will be hosting a Virtual Science Fair during the 20-21 school year. The Science Fair will take place in mid April of 2021. The best projects from both virtual fairs will be selected to compete in the Virtual Canada Wide Science Fair in May 2021.

All students are welcome to participate!

For more information please see your science teacher!

Virtual Go CODE Girl – Feb. 27

Memorial Engineering Outreach is excited to offer a virtual Go CODE Girl session on Saturday, February 27 from 9:00am to 2:30pm. This workshop is for girls in grades 7-10 who are interested in learning more about coding and related academic and career paths. There will be coding sessions, a variety of activities and opportunities to meet some engaging mentors. The virtual session will require access to a device with internet connection and the ability to take part in live video calls. This is a free workshop, spaces will be limited.

Online registration will open on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 10:00am. You can find more information as well as the registration link by clicking below.