New teacher for Pictou Island school

The year was 1960 and Pictou Island residents were in search of a qualified school teacher to teach us children. Distinguished school teacher Dave Mackay and his family had just spent the past three years on the island and had served the islanders very well. It was now, however, time for the MacKay family to...

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Shool days, school days …

Pictou Island is a small, five miles long island situated in the Northumberland Strait approximately halfway between PEI and the mainland of Pictou. Pictou Island’s first school was built midway between the East and West End of the island in the 1850s. The school was constructed about the middle of the island to try and...

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Get in the festive spirit with Merry Little Christmas

Ann Holton is planning to have a Merry Little Christmas … show. The popular local singer/elementary school teacher with the golden voice has recorded a new CD, her second, and is ready to raise the roof at Stellarton’s Sharon St. John United Church on November 24 where she will launch it – together with a...

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Christmas concerts involved entire community

Hilton A. McCully taught in the Pictou Island School 1944-46. The teacher, students and other islanders would participate in making up a program that was to be presented at the annual Christmas concert. Islanders would partake in helping to put on a real hilarious show every year. Most of the material used in the skits...

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Pictou Island Christmas

The weather during the month of December 1959 remained mild, middle to high 30s Fahrenheit, the wind blew hard from the south nearly every day and it rained a lot. Jimmie MacDonald and wife Viney were found deceased in their burnt out home on Dec. 10th. Consequently, over the next several days, Arnold MacMillan kept...

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Mindfulness in the Classroom

Deep breathing, positive visualization and physicality as a recipe for inner peace and a healthier classroom. This is the intent behind “Go Noodle”, “Flow” and “Think about It” – popular activities in a series of programs aimed at integrating mindfulness into the daily academic schedule. Mindfulness is essentially a conscious focus on the present moment...

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W.A. MacLeod students & Glen Haven Manor residents shine through Socializing with Seniors School Exploratory Program

NEW GLASGOW — Grades seven and eight students from Dr. W.A. MacLeod Consolidated School have visited residents of Glen Haven for three sessions as part of their school’s exploratory program. Teacher Michael McPherson, who co-ordinates the visits for the students, is enthusiastic about the benefits of the Thursday afternoon visits for both the students and...

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Gift the gift of time

Skye Enfield-MacLean, and hundreds of local students just like her, is looking for a special gift this Christmas that cannot be bought in a store. She is looking for time; specifically, YOUR time. Skye is looking for a mentor. She, like many others in this community, is on a wait list with Big Brothers Big...

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Grading day!

It’s Grading Day! These Grade 1 students at Walter Duggan Elementary School in Westville received report cards from their teacher, Mrs. Mathias, earlier this morning and were anxious to begin their summer of fun. They will be returning to Grade 2 in September and say they are looking forward to the challenge. (Jardine photo)...

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Stinking good lesson

MOUNT WILLIAM — Some of the lessons learned last week by Grade 2 students across the county may have stunk a bit, quite literally, as the students took a trip to the Pictou County Solid Waste landfill to learn about recycling, garbage and composting. The students, who said they had a blast, went on a...

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