Parent Info: RNC Initiative for the Month of April


The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) makes every effort to ensure the students of our province are provided with the safest educational experience possible and in doing so partners with local police forces for various safety-focused initiatives.

This memo is to advise you that throughout the month of April, the NLESD will be partnering with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) to focus on student transportation (busing) efforts on the Northeast Avalon. Police will be monitoring vehicle/bus activity and will focus on traffic violations including (but not limited to): speeding; passing a school bus when the stop sign is deployed; distracted driving (texting/phone etc…) ; and other offenses under the Highway Traffic Act.

During this initiative it is possible that your child’s school bus may be closely monitored by a police officer and/or a police vehicle. If you should notice a police presence near your child’s bus, we urge you to not share via social media, as it may impact the ability of the RNC to get an accurate picture of typical school bus interaction with traffic.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school administration.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Johnson’s Horizon Scholarship 2016

Attention grade 9 students: The Johnson Horizon Scholarship 2016 is open to grade 9 students across the province. It is valued at $1200.00 ($200.00 received in August of this 2016; $1000.00 applied automatically to tuition upon entry to Memorial University). Selected candidates are then welcomed into a leadership development program that will work with them throughout high school and will extend into their time spent at Memorial University of Newfoundland. All schools in the NLESD with a grade nine class are eligible to nominate one student to enter into this program. Please note that MDJH will select and submit one student from its applicants to the Horizon’s Selection Committee. Not all applicants will be awarded a scholarship.

Please return applications to Ms. McCue or Mrs. Hackett by Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016. There will be NO extensions to accepting these applications, thus students who do not pass it in on time will not be guaranteed that their application will be entered. Please see the link for more details.


Kids Eat Smart: Breakfast Program @ MDJH

We have all seen an increase in the price of food at grocery stores in recent months.  Doing more with less has become something many families have had to do to adjust to the rising cost of food in this new economic climate.

Our Kids Eat Smart Clubs are no different.  During this school year, we have seen a significant increase in the cost of food and supplies for our Kids Eat Smart Clubs.  Our KES Club volunteers are very cognizant of the need to ensure the best quality of food for our children at the best possible prices.

It is important to increase awareness and fundraising efforts to ensure we sustain our Kids Eat Smart Clubs.   This new initiative, for Wednesday, March 16, 2016, is a food drive focusing on Breakfast items to fill our Kids Eat Smart Club cupboards.

It is important, that your school participate to help collect food.

We are asking businesses, community organizations and individuals to collect food for your KES Club and drop it off to your local school on March 16th.   For people who wish to contribute but cannot make it to your school, they can DONATE online at  Online donations can be designated directly to your school.

Please reach out to your local KES Regional Coordinator (information listed below) with any questions or if you require assistance, please call us (877) 722.1996 or email 

Thank you for everything you do, every school day.

Celina Stoyles, Executive Director

Grade 9 Course Selection for High School

The following documents / PowerPoint will aid grade 9 students with course selection for grade 10 high school. Please note that the Level I Course Selection Sheet is due to homeroom teachers by Monday, February 29th. Should parents/students have questions or require guidance please see Mr. Squires in the office.

Course Selection ppt for Grade 9 Students A

Independent Study Science Program Application 2016.docx

Course Selection Level I 2016-2017

My Three Year Plan (Gonzaga Course Offerings)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program @ Holy Heart of Mary (HHM)


In response to inquiries from parents regarding information about the International Baccalaureate Program at Holy Heart.

Holy Heart of Mary High School will be hosting an information session for parents of grade nine students coming to Holy Heart in September 2016 at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 24 at the Holy Heart Theatre.

Immediately following the general information session, there will be a meeting for all parents interested in learning about the International Baccalaureate Program for the upcoming school year.

For your own information to assist you in your guidance of students in course selections and in choosing their future academic path, the International Baccalaureate Program is best suited to students who are seeking to challenge themselves academically. The IB Learner Profile identifies students who are naturally inquisitive, motivated, self-directed, and open-minded risk-takers. It may be the highly motivated overachiever, but it may also be the student who is very intelligent and contemplative, but is not achieving to his or her ability because he or she seems bored in the regular program and would benefit from an accelerated or enriched program of study.

The IB Program does not require candidates to be straight ‘A’ students, but allows for a balance of strengths and needs in different subject areas. The most important factors are the student’s own individual motivation and strong work ethic.

The deadline for applications to the IB Program is March 14, and the application as well as instructions for the application process can be found on the Holy Heart website at

International Baccalaureate @ Heart

For the purpose of course selections for grade 10 pre IB students, the following are some of the advanced courses of study that MUST be completed at the end of Grade 10:
Math 1201 + Math 2200 + Canadian History 1201 or Histoire du Canada 1231
Science 1206 + science choices (Chemistry 2202 & Chemistry 3202) OR (Biology 2201 & Physics 2204)
English 1201

For further information please contact:

Sheldon Barry
Holy Heart of Mary High School
tel: (709) 754-1600
fax:(709) 754-0855