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‘Agribition’ shows students where food comes from

Do you know how butter is made? Have you ever milked a cow? Do tractors have GPS—Global Positioning Systems?

Grade 4 students will learn answers to these and other agricultural-related questions at the second Agribition (agricultural exhibition). The event will promote healthy living, show children where food comes from and why farming matters to their everyday lives.

Date: Wednesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 7, 2010
Location: Hastings County Museum of Agricultural Heritage located at the Stirling fairgrounds

Students will participate in a guided tour of the Agricultural Museum to learn about past agricultural practices. They will also view the modern day displays hosted by various commodity groups. Because today’s children are tomorrow’s consumers, this event will introduce them to agriculture first-hand in a manner linked directly to The Ontario Curriculum.

The Agribition is free to all Grade 4 students attending and has been made possible by the generosity of the following sponsors:

  • The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, event organizer
  • BMO Nesbitt Burns
  • Elementary Teachers’ Association of Ontario (ETFO)
  • Harvest Hastings
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Hastings Cattlemen’s Association
  • Hastings County Federation of Agriculture
  • Hastings County Milk Producers
  • John Harvey Insurance Agency Inc.
  • Lynn Leavitt
  • Master feeds
  • Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs
  • Prince Edward Cattlemen’s Association
  • Prince Edward County Federation of Agriculture
  • Russett Orchards
  • Shur-Gain
  • Stirling Heritage & Agricultural Museum

For more information please contact:
Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2205, mdesnoo@hpedsb.on.ca

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ musical at Centennial SS

Centennial Secondary School presents Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In this well-known musical, the adventures of young Charlie Bucket are followed as he makes his way through the chocolate factory of the eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka.

The Oompa Loompas have been recruited from far and wide for this year’s retro-fabulous production.


  • Friday, January 14; Saturday, January 15; and Saturday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 16, Saturday, January 22; and Sunday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are available through the Centennial Secondary School main office and Red Ball Radio, $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

The Theatre Program is hard at work preparing this year’s musical and it promises to be outstanding. The production includes an original music score using drum tracks created and performed by Hawksley Workman.

‘Faces and Voices’ of Prince of Wales Public School

Student artwork from Prince of Wales Public School will be featured in an art show at Belleville’s Gallery 121. The self-portraits, part of visual arts project called Faces and Voices, were created under direction of Maya Jagger, a local visual artist, and funded through a grant from Quinte Arts Council.

Jagger spent three days with Prince of Wales students from Grades 3 to 8, including students with special cognitive and physical needs. She focused on teaching elements of the Arts curriculum and tapped into the astonishing creative processes of children.

Beginning with discussion about the meaning of art and the value of self-portraits as unique personal expression, students were shown a variety of techniques that could be used to make images in oil pastel, and then invited to create their own. The individual portraits were then included in a “wall quilt." The quilt is vivid, expressive, inclusive, and demonstrates the school’s commitment to be a community that cares for everyone. No two pieces are alike. The students took risks and ultimately produced authentic pieces of art that reflect something about themselves. This project demonstrates the value of the arts in promoting higher order thinking skills, reflecting values and building community.

Student self-portraits art show at Gallery 121
On display from Tuesday, January 5 to Friday, February 26, 2010
Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
48 Bridge Street, Belleville, 613.966.4609

Located in Belleville’s north end, Prince of Wales Public School serves approximately 350 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Student success in all areas of education—academics, character development, citizenship, the arts and athletics—is the goal for every student. Prince of Wales offers YMCA Before- and After-School and Breakfast Club programs. The school also offers system specialized classes for students with both cognitive and physical needs and hosts a number of system classes to serve students with special needs. Prince of Wales offers both a Primary and Junior/Intermediate program for students with autism in addition to the system class for Primary students with developmental disabilities.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354

‘Grandfriends’ coming to Madoc Public School

Madoc Public School students continue to demonstrate Growing with Character through their actions! They are involved in a variety of projects or events that see children and community working together.

All are looking forward to the start of the Grandfriends program in the new year. It involves cross-generational sharing between children and older-aged volunteers who visit one to two classrooms to share their knowledge of knitting, painting or other crafts. Through these interactions, the younger and older generations learn from one another and begin to understand and respect one another.

A recent project involved students painting decorations for the festive tree at the Madoc Kiwanis Centre. Earlier this year students painted wooden fish for the school Stream of Dreams.

Madoc Public School is proud to have many partnerships with the municipality and community organizations!

For more information, please contact: Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

‘Hockey Night in Trenton’ at V.P. Carswell Elementary School

It was ‘Hockey Night in Trenton’ when V.P. Carswell Elementary School students and staff hosted a literacy night for the school community. It was based on the book The Hockey Tree by David Ward. Special guests were hockey players from the Trenton Golden Hawks who read with children, demonstrated hockey skills and autographed pucks. In preparation for the event, students made their own personal trading cards to share with their parents. It was a fitting way to illustrate their understanding of non-fiction writing.

‘Our Schools, Our Voices’ event is sure to be a success!

A year-end celebratory event is planned for 80 secondary school students.

Our Schools, Our Voices has been planned by the Student Voice Committee. This committee is made up of two students from each secondary school, their Student Success teachers and the central Student Success leader. They have met four times since September 2009 to address how to make schools more engaging.

The Student Voice Committee was formed as a result of the Ministry of Education Student Voice initiative introduced in 2008. Through Student Voice, students are challenged to make school more engaging.

This event is supported through a Ministry of Education grant. Students said they want the opportunity to make a difference in their classroom, school and community. The belief is that change happens when people come together to work on a shared idea or goal.

Nine projects were approved for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board:

  • Two at Bayside Secondary School
  • One at College Street Public School
  • Two at Moira Secondary School
  • One at North Hastings High School
  • One at Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School
  • One at Trenton High School
  • The Our Schools, Our Voices event

WHAT: Year-end celebration for 80 secondary school students. Includes team activities to build trust among students and to strengthen relationships among students and teachers.
DATE: Monday, May 31, 2010
TIME: 9:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
LOCATION: H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre
WHO: 10 students from each secondary school (80 total)
GUEST SPEAKER: Ryan Porter, whose ‘Make Your Own Lunch’ presentation emphasizes the importance of student responsibility and how humour can resolve conflicts.
HOSTED BY: Student Voice Committee

For more information, please contact: Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

‘Reading matters’ to Quinte SS and Chapters

If you enjoy listening to vocal and instrumental music, read on! Quinte Secondary School students will be performing at Chapters (Belleville). The event is a fundraiser to support literacy in the high school and the elementary feeder schools.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2009
Location: Chapters, Quinte Mall, Belleville
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Event details
Quinte Secondary School is planning an evening of vocal and instrumental music and colourful displays for your entertainment while you browse the wide selection of books Chapters has to offer. To help support literacy with our elementary school partners, we encourage you to buy your favorite book and donate it to an elementary school library.

With every purchase made at Chapters Belleville on this special evening, a percentage of the purchase will be donated directly back to the school. There will be a draw for a Chapters gift card and a showcase of school programs.

Upon arrival at the store, please sign-in with one of the school council members at the registration table which will be located directly inside the main doors.

For more information, please contact Chapters at 613-962-3600 or teacher Annette McGuinness at 613-962-9295.

Please note, in order to ensure the most successful and profitable fundraiser possible, all discount programs including the iRewards program, will not be in effect during the event. Thank you for your support.

‘Stream of dreams’ coming to Queen Victoria School

Students at Queen Victoria School will soon create a colourful outdoor display to beautify their yard.

The Stream of Dreams Program is a watershed education and community art project aimed at educating about the life and function of their watersheds while dazzling with the charm of community art.

"We are thrilled to be selected as the first school to create a stream of dreams," remarks Principal Anne Slager. "The connections between literacy, respect, character development art and environment are evident. Our students and volunteers are really looking forward to learning and doing!"

HPEDSB is partnering with Quinte Conservation (http://www.quinteconservation.ca) to offer the program at elementary schools. It consists of an interactive one-hour workshop on the life and function of watersheds followed by an art workshop in which students envision their dream for watersheds and paint it a ‘dream fish.’ Dream fish are later installed with hundreds of others in a ‘stream of dreams’ mural on a highly-visible chain link fence in their community.

The Stream of Dreams program is sponsored and delivered by Quinte Conservation and supported by Rotary Club of Belleville and CORCAN.

To see what a stream of dreams looks like, visit http://www.streamofdreams.org/

Queen Victoria School, the oldest operating school in Belleville, located on the east side of the Moira River, serves approximately 300 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. The school is a Healthy Active School Community. At QVS, the “Together We Light the Way” Respect Program assists students in developing respect, appreciation and understanding of their uniqueness.

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For more information, please contact:

• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

‘The Sound of Music’ on stage at Centennial SS

Is theatre one of your favourite things? If so, you won’t want to miss the Centennial Secondary School production of, The Sound of Music!

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Evening performances are January 15, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:00 p.m. A one-day matinee performance is Sunday, January 25 at 2 p.m.

‘Transitions’ film/animation festival for students

Secondary school students are invited to submit entries to the second annual board-wide film and animation festival.

TRANSITIONS event details
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Centennial Secondary School

Entry guidelines
Each school can submit a maximum of four entries in total (of any category). All videos must be created by HPEDSB students who are in a Communications Technology or Media Arts course this school year. Entry deadline is Thursday, May 14, 2009.

Junior Film (Grades 10 and 11)
Junior Animation (Grades 10 and 11)
Senior Animation (Grade 12)
Senior Film (Grade 12)

For information, please contact:

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, or directors.office@hpedsb.on.ca

‘What Am I Thinking?’ Symposium at PECI promotes healthy relationships

Students at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute care about themselves and their community, especially when it comes to promoting healthy relationships.

This week, students and staff will participate in the first W.A.I.T. (What Am I Thinking?) Symposium, an event to bring awareness and a deeper understanding of domestic violence.

DATE: Thursday, May 12, 2011
LOCATION: Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, and Picton Arena, Picton
TIME: 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Keynote speaker Wambui Bahati, and interactive workshops facilitated by community members, will focus on defining domestic violence, and promoting healthy relationships amongst teens. The expectation is that students will take the time to identify unhealthy situations and ask themselves What Am I Thinking? The goal is to teach students valuable lessons about healthy relationships that will help them make good decisions when choosing friends and romantic interests.

This event was made possible due to a $5,000 Project Enhancement Fund grant from The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, the largest grant awarded to date.

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute is a community high school located in Picton, Ontario serving over 800 students from across Prince Edward County. With a strong academic program, a wide variety of athletic and extra-curricular activities, and excellent facilities, PECI continues a more than 50-year tradition of serving all students living in Prince Edward County to ensure their success in the world.


For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca


“Be Kind to Me” Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, November 15 to 19, 2010

School communities throughout Ontario will celebrate Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week November 15 – 19, 2010.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has partnered with local police services, Parent Involvement Committee, student groups, Loyalist College and community agencies to plan activities. The local theme is Be Kind to Me.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is an important way to focus the school community on promoting a safer learning environment for all students, which is essential to their success. It is also a time to raise awareness of bullying-related issues with parents/guardians and the local community.

Community members are invited to the following:

  • Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 p.m., student drama performance Everyone Knows Someone: Stand Up to Bullying. The location is CORE (Old Corby Library), 223 Pinnacle Street (Campbell Street entrance), Belleville. Free parking after 6:00 p.m. This is a free event, open to the public, no registration is required.
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., free Registration is limited, RSVP is required.

Schools will also be hosting a variety of bullying awareness events and activities for students and families alike.

Media representatives are invited to a kick-off celebration, as noted below:

DATE: Monday, November 15, 2010
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
PURPOSE: Photo opportunity with elementary and secondary school students

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

“Celebrate Play” comes to Belleville, Sunday, June 3, 2012

“Celebrate Play” is for children ages 3 to 13 and their families.

Imagine hundreds of children and adults building with blocks, or creating art and sculptures with paint, clay and mud. That is what you will see and experience at an event to promote play and the messages that everyone can play, play is affordable, fun, active and accessible.

DATE: Sunday, June 3, 2012
TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Zwick’s Park, Belleville

This event is free of charge. Registration is not required. Feel free to bring your own refreshments as food/drink vendors will not be on-site.

event brochure and map (pdf, 1Mb, 11″ by 17″ size)

As the name implies, Celebrate Play will celebrate the importance of play-based learning. Children and adults will experience play first-hand at 15 play centres, through pavilion performances and a story corner. Maps of the play centres and events will be available.


  • 15+ play centres hosted by:
    • Abigail’s Learning Centre Inc.
    • Belleville Public Library
    • Belleville Theatre Guild
    • City of Belleville
    • Family Space/Ontario Early Years Centre
    • Glanmore National Historic Site
    • Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit
    • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
    • Loyalist College Early Childhood Education Program
    • Ontario Health and Physical Education Educators
    • Quinte Health Care Preschool Speech and Language
    • Quinte Ballet School
    • Trenton Military Family Resource Centre
    • Visual Artist Anne MacInnis
    • YMCA
    • Young Imaginations
  • Story corner
  • Performances by Jonathan and Noelle Maracle, Andrew Queen, Fiddleheads, and YMCA Get Up! Get Active!
  • Play Doctors: advisors, instructional leaders

Site volunteers and St. John Ambulance will be on-site. Security and washroom facilities will also be available.

This event is hosted by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) in Hastings-Prince Edward together with education partners Abigail’s Learning Centre, Family Space/Ontario Early Years Centre, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Loyalist College Early Childhood Education Program, the YMCA and others. This event is modelled after the very successful Ultimate Block Party held in Toronto’s Fort York in June 2011.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

“Friday Night Lights” football is back this fall!

Playing football under lights is back for a second year in Belleville. Junior and Senior teams from Centennial Secondary School and Moira Secondary School will play in ”Friday Night Lights” once again.

DATE: Friday, September 30, 2011
LOCATION: M.A. Sills Park, Palmer Road, Belleville, on the artificial turf field
TIME: Juniors play at 5:00 p.m.; Seniors play at 7:00 p.m.

Fans and community members alike are invited to come out to cheer both teams on. Admission is a non perishable food item for Gleaners Food Bank.

Last year, close to 2,000 fans and community members watched the Centennial Chargers and Moira Trojans. The support was truly appreciated and both schools are hoping for an even bigger turn out this year.

Special thanks to Battlefield Equipment Rentals, United Rentals, Rent All Centre, OSM Networks and the City of Belleville helping to make this event possible.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

“Phantom of the Opera” is coming to Bayside SS

Promotional posterThe senior Musical Theatre class at Bayside Secondary School has been incredibly busy preparing for their performance of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

DATE: Wednesday, May 16; Thursday, May 17; and Friday, May 18, 2012
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary school
TICKETS: $12, available at Bayside Secondary School, Franklin Tours and Arden’s Music (Belleville and Trenton)

Planning for this event has has truly been a cross-departmental undertaking. The Construction classes helped design and build a 6-foot catwalk and staircase. The Art department created set paintings to match the Gothic style of the play. The Communications Technology department created advertising and tickets. Even the maintenance staff have been instrumental in ensuring everything will be ready for the performances.

Teachers Mr. Reid and Mr. Fairbrother gratefully acknowledge the generous support and assistance from community partners and donors, including Lisa and Grace’s Bridal Boutique, RONA-Cashway Belleville and Moonpath Productions.

All are welcome to attend!

Bayside Secondary School provides a dynamic learning environment to approximately 850 students. We excel in many different areas including academics, athletics, arts, technology and student leadership. Our past achievements are impressive as can be seen below and we constantly strive to improve. Our Vision statement is “A community promoting excellence in achievement by engaging learners in a relevant challenging curriculum which prepares them for the future.”

students rehearsingBayside Secondary School is a host school for the French Immersion program. BSS also offers other specialty programs, including International Studies, Communications Technology, Eco Bound, which is a unique multi-credit package for senior students, as well as the most extensive Advanced Placement program in the area. These programs are in addition to the many excellent curricular and extracurricular programs at the school.


For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

“Stop the Bullying” presentation for students of Armed Forces families

Performer Maria Hawkins will be presenting “Stop the Bullying,” a music-driven motivational presentation for students. The performance supports character development of students who are members of Armed Forces families.

DATE: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Prince Charles Public School, 138 Dufferin Avenue South, Trenton

Background on performer Maria Hawkins
Maria Hawkins was raised in CFB Borden from age six to 15before her step-father was transferred to CFB Rockcliffe. Both Maria and her mother are former reservists. This year she celebrates 25 years of working with youth and 10 years as a MASC – Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities artist – in support of literally tens of thousands of students in the region. Maria also currently holds a security clearance with the Government of Canada and is available on contract with Health Canada as a motivational speaker for SOS (Strategic Operational Services). She performs regularly with her band at festivals and working on her second CD.

Hawkins has received many awards for her work with children and youth through YM/YWCA Woman of Distinction, Amazing Woman, United Way Community Builder, Artistic Excellence, Rich Little Endowment Award and many others.

More information about Maria is available through MASC. MASC brings the arts and culture alive for over 100,000 children, youth, teachers and seniors each year. With a passionate commitment to provide schools and communities with experiences of artistic excellence and creative process, MASC proudly represents a roster of over 60 professional artists.

Funds for this special performance were gratefully raised by the Public Service Alliance of Canada – Members with Disabilities Action Committee, National Capital Region. Pat McGrath, Chair of the Members with Disabilities Action Committee, will be attending the performance.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca


“Streetproof Your Child” workshop for parents

Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville) will be hosting a workshop for parents about protecting children from Internet threats. workshop flyer

DATE: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
TIME: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth School, 135 MacDonald Avenue, Belleville

The first 30 participants will receive a 42-page handbook containing details about each topic.


  • User account security
  • Internet content control
  • Social networking
  • File sharing
  • Cyberbullying

Guest speaker Steve Chapelle will describe how the conveniences of the Internet are not without significant risks.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca


“Think: Speak Up, Act Now” event for secondary school students

Wed., May 18. Secondary school students are being asked to "SpeakUp." The Student Voice Committee has organized a special day for 10 Grade 9 students from each secondary school (80 total).

The event, Think: Speak Up, Act Now will engage students in team-building activities and group discussion about how school can be more engaging. During the morning, participants will engage in small group discussions and will then share what they talked about with the larger group. After lunch, students will be entertained by the motivational band, Think Day, which encourages students to speak up to improve education for all.

DATE: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Loyalist College

Student Voice is a student-led committee that has met six times this school year to address how school could be more engaging. Two students from each of the eight secondary schools are on the committee, along with Student Success teachers. Student Voice will continue to meet next year to develop opportunities for students to provide constructive input into how schools can better meet the needs of all students to increase student success.

SpeakUp is part of the Ministry of Education Student Voice initiative that challenges students to make school more engaging by applying for student led/teacher supported projects. Twenty projects were approved for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board:

  • Bayside Secondary School (2)
  • Centennial Secondary School (2)
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School (2)
  • Frankford Public School
  • Moira Secondary School (2)
  • North Hastings High School (2)
  • North Hastings Senior Elementary School (2)
  • Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School
  • Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (3)
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Trenton High School (2)

For more information about Student Voice initiative, go to www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/students/speakup/index.html

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

“Underground Railroad” blues concert, Tues., Oct. 27, 2009

Internationally acclaimed recording artists Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley bring the proud history of the underground railroad and early Canadian black settlers to life through blues performances. They will be in Belleville for three daytime performances at elementary schools and will also perform an evening concert for the public. The show includes a tribute Dr. Alexander Milton Ross, a daring underground railroad worker from Belleville.

Daytime performances are scheduled for Frankford Public School, Harmony Public School and Harry J. Clarke Public School on October 27 and 28, 2009. Children respond well to learning history through music. Songs tell the story in an interesting way and keep it moving along. The performances also introduce many to different musical instruments.

Public Underground Railroad concert
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville
Tickets: Adults $15, students, teachers and seniors $10. Children 12 and under are free. Buy 10 tickets, get one free. Online orders at www.loyalblues.ca

Proceeds from this concert will be used to support blues events in schools.


“Be Kind to Me” Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, November 18 to 24, 2012

Be Kind to Me posterThe Ontario government has designated the third week of every November as Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week to help promote safer schools and positive learning environments.


DATE: Monday, November 19, 2012
LOCATION: Deseronto Public School, 385 Stanley Avenue, Deseronto
TIME: 9:30 a.m.
PURPOSE: Hear about the restorative practices approach at the school. Students will be available for interviews and photographs.

During Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, November 18 – 24, 2012, Ontario students, school staff, parents/guardians and community agencies are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has partnered with police services, Children’s Mental Health, Loyalist College, the Parent Involvement Committee, student groups and several community agencies to plan activities. Seven municipalities/counties have officially proclaimed Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week. The local theme is Be Kind to Me.

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week is an important way for school communities to promote safer learning environments for all students, which is essential to their success. It is also a time to raise awareness of bullying-related issues with parents/guardians and the local community.

Schools will be hosting a variety of bullying awareness events and activities throughout the week.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

* * Exams cancelled Fri., Jan. 27, re-scheduled to next week * *

All exams are cancelled today, Friday, January 27, 2012 due to no busing. The alternate day schedule will be followed. School-by-school dates are listed below.

Bayside Secondary School: Period 3 and Period 4 exams scheduled for this morning will be written at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, January 29 after the Period 5 exam that will be written at 8:15 a.m. on Monday.

Centennial Secondary School: The exam schedule will be pushed back by one day. Exams originally scheduled for today will be rescheduled to Monday, January 30. Monday exams will be rescheduled to Tuesday.

Centre Hastings Secondary School: The exam schedule will be pushed back by one day. Exams originally scheduled for today will be rescheduled to Monday, January 30 Period 3). Monday exams will be rescheduled to Tuesday (Period 4).

Moira Secondary School: Period 4 exam is rescheduled to Monday, January 30 at 8:30 a.m. The Period 5 exam is rescheduled to Tuesday, January 31at 8:30 a.m.

North Hastings High School: All Period 3 exams will be moved to Monday.

Quinte Secondary School: The exam schedule will be pushed back by one day. For example, exams originally scheduled for today will be rescheduled to Monday, January 30. Monday exams will be rescheduled to Tuesday.

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute: The exam schedule will be pushed back by one day. For example, exams originally scheduled for today will be rescheduled to Monday, January 30. Monday exams will be rescheduled to Tuesday.

Trenton High School: All final written culminating activities today are moved to Monday, January 30, and the Monday activities will be moved to Tuesday.

$1,000 grant for a peace trail at Breadner Elementary School

Creation of a peace trail at Breadner Elementary School will become a reality courtesy of a $1,000 grant from S’Cool Life Fund.

The peace trail will be located on the school yard. It will be a walking path that leads to an area with picnic tables where students and staff can go to reflect and have some quiet time.

Former Breadner Elementary students who are now at Trenton High School were involved in constructing the picnic tables and a former College Street/Bayside Public School/Bayside Secondary School student burned Growing with Character words, board and school crests onto them.

It is anticipated that students, parents and staff will be involved in the total construction of the paths and gardens.

A cheque presentation is scheduled; media representatives and school community members are invited to attend.

DATE: Monday, September 13, 2010
TIME: 9:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Breadner Elementary School, 31 Gimli Road, Trenton

Breadner Elementary School, located in a residential neighbourhood at Canadian Forces Base, Trenton, serves approximately 210 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school has a well-equipped computer lab, a large gymnasium with a stage, three classrooms for multi-purpose use and small meeting rooms for reading intervention and counseling. The grounds include soccer and baseball fields, basketball courts and playground equipment. Breadner hosts regional programs for Special Education. Celebrations of learning include learning buddy programs, Student Council activities, assemblies, winter carnivals, with parent/guardian and community involvement.

S’Cool Life Fund is a dynamic non-profit organization that provides much-needed funding to support the exciting and engaging extracurricular programs that enhance the lives of elementary students in Canada. Since 2005, S’Cool Life Fund has travelled across the country every September to present public elementary schools with grants that now total almost $1.8 million! From sports equipment to dance classes to musical instruments, S’Cool Life Fund supplies the support needed to help students fulfill their DREAMS – Drama, Recreation, Extracurricular, Arts, Music and Sports.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

$1,100 for cancer from Breadner Elementary

Getting a haircut took on new meaning for some students and staff at Breadner Elementary School. The brave bunch willingly had their heads shaved for Cuts for Cancer. Congratulations to all participants who raised $1,100.

For information, please contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, or kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

$10,000 received for elementary music programs

Students from two elementary schools received good news recently. They each received $5,000 for new music instruments.

The funds for music programs at Foxboro Public School and Tyendinaga Public School came from Band-Aid grants, funded through Musicounts. The grants are awarded annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) to schools which demonstrate need, commitment to music programs and community involvement.

Foxboro P. S. music teacher, Pekka Tanskanen and Tyendinaga P. S. music teacher, Michael Baker, both run very strong music programs in which students are involved in performing for the public at parades, concerts and community events.

Foxboro Public School serves 310 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school is equipped with a computer lab, a large playground, track, library and a music room. The school has a Centre for Learning Disabilities, an Art-After-School program and instrumental music. Weekly celebration assemblies highlight academics, athletics and character education. The school provides a safe and healthy learning environment based on mutual respect and inclusionary practices. Tyendinaga Public School, located in a rural community in the township of Tyendinaga, serves approximately 360 students from Kindergarten through Grade 8. All students at Tyendinaga are bused to and from school.

Tyendinaga Public School strives for a balance of academic, physical/health education and the arts. The school includes a large up-to-date computer lab for use by all students. Physical education and music (vocal/instrumental) programs are available to all students from Grade 1 through 8. The school operates on a balanced school day schedule with three 100-minute blocks of instructional time separated by two 45-minute nutrition breaks. Tyendinaga PS has a very active environmental program, student leadership council, and school council.

For more information, please contact: Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

$12,000 for food programs from Bayside Secondary School

On Friday, May 11, 2012, 150 students at Bayside Secondary School went without food for 24 hours and raised $11,500 for local food banks and the school Food for Learning Program.

Students were the drivers of this community effort.

“We hope to empower other students to make a difference in the lives of people at our school and in our community,” said Meghan Bush, Co-chair of the campaign.

Co-chair Danika Brown added, "Participants in 244h were treated to live music, karaoke, games and movies throughout the night and broke the 24-hour fast at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12."

In 2010, Bayside Secondary School became the first high school in Canada to host the 24-Hours for Hunger Campaign, raising $10,000 to support Gleaners Food Bank, Trenton Care and Share Food Bank, Stirling Community Cupboard and Bayside’s Food for Learning Program. What sets 244h apart from other similar famines is that 100% of the funds raised are used to fight hunger, since the event pays for any expenses through community donations. Similar famines use a percentage of the money raised for administrative costs.

“I am inspired by the students at this school. They are quick to act and will stop at nothing to help others in need,” remarked Emily Young, Bayside Secondary School teacher and 244h supervisor. In the past, BSS students have also organized community events such as Halloween for Hunger, Relay for Life, Christmas Sharing, and numerous toy drives. 

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

$12,500 from Trenton High Annual Christmas Auction

Students and staff at Trenton High School rose to the challenge and demonstrated their commitment to community. They raised $12,555 for the Kinsmen Toy Drive and Salvation Army at the annual Christmas Auction.

“Our students and staff are very giving and recognize the importance of creating community connections,” stated Principal Darren McFarlane. “I am so proud of everyone involved. This unprecedented level of generosity is incredible!”

McFarlane is referring to the $8,000 raise last year, as compared to $12,555 this year.

The Annual Christmas Auction was held during the morning on Wednesday, December 14, 2011.

Thank you to all Trenton Tigers who gave generously, and to host auctioneer Jim Nelson.

Trenton High School (THS) is a community school where students can achieve success in a positive, character-based, safe, and supportive environment. Effective partnerships with parents and the community create a shared commitment to support students in all program pathways. The diversity of programs and facilities offers all students many opportunities to learn and prepare for their future. THS offers such programs as Catering, Music Theatre, Aesthetics, Outer Limits, an Alternative Campus, the Business of Hockey, specialized Communications Technology and E-Learning. THS is very proud of its tradition of excellence and the sense of pride we share with our community.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca


$25,000 awarded to THS TrackQuest by the Kraft Celebration Tour

The diligent efforts of Duncan Armstrong and the THS TrackQuest organizers have paid off. Their project was selected as the 10th and final stop in the Kraft Celebration Tour. Even better, the project to replace the track and field complex at Trenton High School will receive $25,000.

Armstrong was a teacher at THS who retired in June. He has been leading the charge for the track and field replacement for more than a year. His enthusiasm and determination have garnered several hundred thousand dollars in donations.

As part of the award, the August 26 TSN broadcast of SportsCentre, featuring Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, will be live from Trenton. All are invited to be part of the community celebration.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

$5,000 music instrument grant for Madoc Township PS

Madoc Township Public School has been selected as a 2011-12 MusiCounts Band Aid Grant recipient. The $5,000 grant will be used to purchase ukuleles.

“We’re thrilled to receive this grant,” commented Principal Joanne Barry. “We have a strong music focus at our school. This grant will go a long way in purchasing ukuleles to enhance our existing instrument line-up.”

The instruments will be ordered within the coming weeks and are expected to arrive shortly thereafter.

Background on the MusiCounts Band Aid Grant
Each year, dozens of schools across Canada benefit from the Band Aid musical instrument grant program, which provides musical instrument grants to schools whose music programs have great potential yet are in need of funding to ensure their sustained growth.

The grants impact thousands of young Canadians and support diverse music programs that include concert and jazz bands to drum and guitar ensembles from Pre K to Grade 12 in elementary, junior high, and high schools in urban, rural, remote and First Nations communities from coast to coast.

Band Aid Grants are awarded to elementary, secondary and separate schools in Canada and are selected based on economic need; inventory and condition of instruments; number of students; dedication of school staff; and overall impact the grant would make within the school community.

MusiCounts offers $5,000 musical instrument grants in addition to its traditional $10,000 grants in support of music programs at public schools in Canada. These additional grants allows us to extend our reach and impact, helping more young people experience the joy of music and realize their musical abilities.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca




10th Annual Ten Thousand Villages sale at Moira Secondary School

Moira Secondary School students are proud to support fair trade practices. The 10th Annual Ten Thousand Villages sale is scheduled for the end of the month. This student-led and run event raise funds and awareness for the development of responsible consumerism.

Dates and times
• Thursday, November 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
• Friday, November 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
• Saturday, November 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Sunday, November 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville


Now in its 10th year, the Ten Thousand Villages sale offers a fair-trade and ethical shopping experience. The sale provides artisans of the developing world with a place to sell their goods at fair prices. Numerous crafts and Christmas decorations will be available, as well as coffee, chocolate and other treats.

Fabulous goods from around the world will be on sale. Purchasers can feel good knowing that the global artisans are fairly compensated for their creativity and hard work through the Ten Thousand Villages organization. All proceeds go to supporting people in developing countries.

Ten Thousand Villages Sale is coordinated with Moira’s Avenue M Talent Show Evening, which will take place on Thursday, November 24, 2011 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5. The Ten Thousand Villages Sale will be open to the public before the show and during intermission.

Ten Thousand Villages is an international organization that began in 1946. It works directly with artisans in countries around the world and has a philosophy of building sustainability in some of the world’s most needy communities. It markets products that have been fairly traded, ranging from jewellery to food products to musical instruments.

For more information, please contact Moira Secondary School at 613.962.8668.


13 boxes of toys donated by Bayside Public School students

Students at Bayside Public School care about their community. In the spirit of giving, they collected 13 boxes of toys for the Belleville firefighter toy drive.

Fireman and students, group photo with boxes of toys
Belleville firefighter Ryan Turcotte picked up 13 boxes of toys donated by Bayside Public School families.

On Friday, December 14, 2012, Firefighter Ryan Turcotte was overwhelmed by the generosity of Bayside Public School families! He was presented the boxes of toys plus $750 from ‘Toonie Tuesday’ donations.

loading the toys into the fire truck
Students helped to load the boxes of toys into the fire truck.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

14 school councils to receive grants for school-based projects

Fourteen school councils will receive grants to support school-based projects which help parents/guardians get more involved in schools. They are funded through Ontario’s Parent Reaching Out (PRO) grants.

Funded projects in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board include the following:

  • Bancroft Public School, Capacity Building Carousel, an event which will focus on bridging school communities, increasing parent involvement, and fostering relationships between parents and community agencies.
  • Harmony Public School, Reaching Out in Harmony, a series of information sessions on bullying, social networking and internet safety.
  • Harry J. Clarke Public School, Parent Support for Social Networking and Online Dangers, support materials to assist parents in understanding the complexities surrounding the Internet and social networking sites.
  • Maynooth Public School, Healthy Children/Healthy Learners Program, two guest speakers to address parents/guardians on supporting their child’s health and wellness.
  • North Hastings Senior Elementary School, Healthy Living Programan evening session to assist parents in making healthy choices in their home.
  • Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School, New Math Workshop Program, workshop for parents to understand what their children are learning and to be able to assist them with homework and learning at home.
  • Prince Charles Public School (Trenton), Family Book Club Programhands-on learning and literacy to improve relationships between the school and the parent community.
  • Prince Charles School (Belleville), School Council Lending Library, new resources for the School Council Lending Library, including books and DVDs on parenting, education and nutrition.
  • Queen Elizabeth Public School, Community Cares Program, information sharing to increase parent awareness of Ministry, board and school procedures and practices to better support an inclusive, safe and caring school community.
  • Queen Victoria School, Parent Information Night on Bullying, visit by a guest speaker on various aspects of bullying.
  • Sophiasburg Central School, Internet Safety Workshop, a workshop on Internet safety and how it affects children’s lives.
  • Stirling Primary School, Parent Lending Library and Parenting Support, a parent library to engage parents at school in activities to support families and provide resources for learning at home.
  • Stirling Senior Public School, Making Sense of Math for Moms and Dads, Math information sessions for parents and access to resources in the parent lending library.
  • V.P. Carswell Elementary School, Skill Building and Transitions, visit by a guest speaker to build skills and help parents recognize and prevent bullying and self esteem issues.

The grants are locally driven by groups such as parent organizations, school councils and parent involvement committees. These groups address local barriers such as language or poverty, and develop local solutions to help other parents get involved in their children’s education, both at home and at school.

Ontario’s new parent engagement policy (pdf) helps parents work together with education partners so that they can contribute to the success of Ontario’s students and education system. Check out this year’s list of approved projects. Find out more information about parent initiatives.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 15,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.


For more information, please contact: Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

2010 Voices from the Forest event


The event "Voices from the Forest" was created to encourage, support and celebrate student readers in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) secondary schools.

In 2009, HPEDSB held a local event at the Education Centre. At the event authors conducted readings and spoke with approximately 55 students from six HPEDSB secondary schools.

This year, Bayside Secondary School student, Kathleen Butler, created a title for the day, "Voices from the Forest." Almost 70 students from seven secondary schools spent Tuesday, May 13 at the Education Centre with four 2010 White Pine Authors.

Students who were interested in writing spent two hours in a workshop with Pam Bustin, playwright, and author. The other students attended readings and discussions with Lesley Livingston, Toronto actress and writer; Courtney Summers, author; and Susan Juby, author and television series creator. Each of the writers that presented at this year’s Voices from the Forst event had different reasons for writing, but all shared their passion for writing.

Voices from the Forest provided an opportunity for passionate readers in each HPEDSB secondary schools to meet each other, share ideas, learn about writing, and meet published authors who did their best to show students that writing is an achievable and exciting possible career for those willing to take the risk.



For more information, please contact:

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 800-267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

21st Annual Celebration of Dance was a terrific success

The 21st Annual Celebration of Dance, held today, was, by all accounts, a terrific success! The weather was clear and sunny with a slight breeze, the best weather in years!

This year saw 3,000 students participating from 30 schools across the district.

"It’s definitely an awesome sight to see thousands of smiling and active young people, investing in life-long health, as they have fun, dancing and singing," remarked organizer Ian Boyd, curriculum coordinator.

Celebration of Dance began in 1991 as a much smaller event. It quickly grew to its present size and has now spilled over to other school districts in eastern Ontario.

Students and staff collaborated to learn and perfect the following 11 songs and dances:

  • All in This Together
  • Cha Cha
  • Sandwiches
  • Hamster Dance
  • All Star
  • Crazy Frog/We Like to Party
  • Huki Lau
  • Agadoo
  • Move It
  • Cotton-Eyed Joe
  • Hava Naghila

"There is strong research that physical activity is linked to academic performance. Moderate to vigorous physical activity helps not only to wake up the brain and make it ready for learning, but Dr. Ratey of Harvard has research showing that it actually creates brain connections; called neurogenesis," added Boyd.

Thank you to the following organizations which partnered with the school board to organize a successful event:

  • Belleville Police Service
  • Bob’s Toilets
  • City of Belleville
  • Culligan – The Good Water People
  • Cogeco
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board volunteers
  • Metro Foods
  • Sound crew of Lionel Rae and Rick Scott
  • Tri-Board Student Transportation Services

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

21st Century learning at Susanna Moodie Elementary

Celebrating literacy and 21st Century learning will be the focus of a family-oriented event at Susanna Moodie Elementary School.

DATE: Thursday, January 27, 2011
TIME: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Book Fair; 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. family activities
LOCATION: Susanna Moodie Elementary School , 376 Avonlough Road, Belleville

Students and their families will celebrate 21st Century learning through a variety of activities consisting of the following:

  • Literacy centres
  • Poetry writing
  • Numeracy centres
  • Three-step problem solving
  • Introduction to Premier at Home software
  • Fitness activities

Guest author Jeanette Ramnarine and guest reader Mayor Neil Ellis will join in the celebration of learning in character education. School spirit wear will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact:
Susanna Moodie Elementary School, 613-966-8186

2nd Annual Festival of Trees at Earl Prentice PS

Students, families and the community are invited to a festive celebration at Earl Prentice Public School.

2nd Annual Festival of Trees  PDF flyer

DATE: Wednesday, December 7, 2011
TIME: 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Earl Prentice Public School, 17 William Street, Marmora

Stroll through a "storybook Christmas" and see the beautifully-decorated Christmas trees. Each has been sponsored by community partners and staff who donated the decorations and spent time putting them on the real trees. Each tree will be raffled off that evening.

Enjoy hot chocolate, apple cider and a bake sale!

Thank you to these community partners for sponsoring trees and other items:

  • Bruce Cook
  • Cooney’s Apple Store
  • Drummonds BMR
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Home Hardware
  • Luke Mercier Handmade Violins and Banjos (Janet and Luke Mercier)
  • Madoc Farm Supply
  • Marmora Jamboree (Brenda Warren)/ Ed and Janice Storms
  • Marmora Ultramar
  • Nickles Pharmacy
  • Porcupine Creek Farms (Matt and Karen Caruana Family)
  • Pretty In Pink (Ashley Wright)
  • Retired Teachers
  • Sue’s Flowers
  • School Council
  • TD Bank

For more information, please contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

2nd Annual Student Benefit Auction

Food for Learning will be hosting the 2nd Annual Student Benefit Auction in April. This event will raise funds to support student nutrition programs throughout Hastings and Prince Edward counties. Every day in our region, thousands of students depend on the breakfast, lunch and/or snack programs at their school for the nourishment they need to sustain them throughout the day.

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School
Tickets: $20 each (see below for purchase details)

This exciting event is truly a ‘students helping students’ event. Culinary students from Prince Edward Collegiate Institute and St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School will be catering the event and preparing gourmet hors d’oeuvres for guests to enjoy. As well, students from both Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board will be providing entertainment throughout the evening.

Many valuable and unique items will be available for auction. As well, a very special raffle will be happening again this year. Tickets will be sold on a bouquet of red roses, however, mixed in with the real flowers will be ten $50 bills made into roses and added to the bouquet – the winner will get $500!

All proceeds from this event will be used to support our nutrition programs – purchasing groceries, supplies and equipment needed to ensure that all students are attending school well fed and ready to learn.

For more information, to donate an item to the silent auction or purchase tickets, please contact:
• Kellie Brace, Food for Learning Coordinator, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4360, extension 2232, or kbrace@hpedsb.on.ca

31 years of Terry Fox involvement at Bird’s Creek Public School

Bird's Creek Public School students

Students at Bird’s Creek Public School truly care about others. Recently all students and staff participated in the annual Terry Fox Run and raised $1,800 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

The school has participated for the past 31 years, 28 of which involved fundraising. Congratulations to everyone at Bird’s Creek PS for the long-standing commitment to Terry’s Run.

Located in the hamlet of Bird’s Creek, 5 kilometres north of the town of Bancroft, Bird’s Creek Public School serves 160 Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 students. Students have access to a spacious library, full-size gymnasium, well-equipped playground and an after-school program. The school provides a safe and healthy learning environment based on mutual respect and inclusionary practices. Staff, parents, students, school council and volunteers share the responsibilities for student achievement. Students participate in the Silver Birch and Blue Spruce Library Programs. Bird’s Creek PS is a Healthy Active School Community. Bird’s Creek PS students proceed to York River Public School in Bancroft for Grades 7 and 8.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

4-time Olympian Jayna Hefford visited Centre Hastings SS

Students at Centre Hastings Secondary School were thrilled to meet Jayna Hefford, a women’s ice hockey player.

The 4-time Olympic champion and 3-time gold medalist gave a motivational message to the student body on Tuesday, April 24. Hefford spoke of her personal journey, as well as that of the Canadian Womens team as they prepared for and went to the Vancouver Olympics.

Hefford’s had three key messages for students: 1) prepare; 2) believe and trust in your plan; and 3)  persevere through adversity.

It was an experience the students will not soon forget. Several got to hold Hefford’s Olympic gold medal.

Pictured: Student Council Co-presidents Maddy Danford and Matt Maynes with Jayna Hefford (centre).

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

5,000+ students celebrated dance!

Celebration of Dance has become a spring tradition with students in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and this year was no different. Today more than 5,000 children from 50 schools and two school boards converged on the Belleville Fairgrounds for the 19th Celebration of Dance. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and two high schools moved and grooved to 11 traditional and upbeat dances.

Celebration of Dance is a fun way for children to get active. Not only does the event build healthy bodies, but it supports both the physical education, and drama and dance curriculum.

“The enthusiasm for Celebration of Dance increases each year," smiled Ian Boyd, Curriculum Coordinator and the event organizer. "It continues to be a fun way to promote a healthy, active lifestyle through daily physical activity. The fact that health and learning are interconnected, combined with an increasing focus on health, especially physical activity, is very important to enhance the conditions for learning,” he added, and said it is another way to reinforce the link between physical activity and character development.

Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 moved to the varied music styles of 12 songs that ranged through a broad spectrum of genres: from traditional folk dances to modern upbeat selections. In some schools the dances are rehearsed as part of the school day and/or during extra-curricular times at lunch, breaks, or after school. The songs selected were in keeping with the established attributes of ‘Growing with Character.’ Over the years, the dances have been created by staff and students, with different ones introduced since the inception of this grand event in 1991.

Celebration of Dance is a tradition during Education Week and serves to remind us of the value of a fun and safe way to positively promote an activity that can promote a lifestyle that is healthy and active. Practicing and performing the dances also falls in line with the Ministry of Education mandate of Daily Physical Activity (DPA). It links well with the curriculum and may readily be supported by the strands within Physical Education as well as the curriculum and reporting for Dance and Drama. Throughout the process of preparing and performing, there is such a great opportunity to positively portray the eight district character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

The tone was set for the day as the event began with the song We’re All in This Together! The final dance, O Siem, an Aboriginal selection by Canadian recording artist Susan Aglukark contains lyrics which appropriately state ‘we are all family’ and in support of the spirit of inclusion, ‘all people rich and poor.’ The song also fosters togetherness through the lyrics ‘Take the hand of one close by, Siem O siyeya, of those who know because they try.’

“It’s pretty awesome to watch a sea of 5,000-plus children dancing in unison,” remarked Boyd.

This event has been recognized by OPHEA (Ontario Physical & Health Education Association) as a fun way to promote physical activity. This year’s event included students from three schools from Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, Quinte Mohawk School and Sagonaska Demonstration School.

29 April 2009, Belleville, Ontario

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For more information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, (613) 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354

50+ students perform in ‘The Music Man’

Elementary and secondary school students have teamed up to perform Meredith Wilson’s version of The Music Man.

In this timeless on-stage classic, con man Professor Harold Hill goes to River City, Iowa in 1912 looking to make money by selling music instruments to the young boys in the town. His plan goes awry when he falls for the town’s stern librarian, Marian Paroo.

The show is filled with well-known musical scores, 76 trombones and features live performances by the Belleville-area barbershop quartet The Trentones.

The cast has over 50 elementary and secondary students and features the outstanding talent of the Centennial Secondary School Music Theatre class.

You won’t want to miss this high-energy, classic tale.


  • Friday, January 15, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 16, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 17, 2:00 p.m. MATINEE
  • Friday, January 22, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 23, 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 24, 2:00 p.m. MATINEE

Tickets can be purchased at Centennial Secondary School, Red Ball Radio in Belleville or at the door. 

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354

50th anniversary for Madoc Township Public School in October

Madoc Township PS logo


Fifty years ago, in October 1961, students from 15 one-room school houses came together under one roof at the site now known as Madoc Township Public School. Community celebrations are planned for the Thanksgiving weekend to commemorate the anniversary.

Madoc Township Public School 50th Anniversary Event Details

Friday, October 7, afternoonCeremony with students
Saturday, October 8, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.School tours, displays of each decade Official ceremony at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 9, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.School tours and displays

What to expect at the 50th Anniversary celebrations

  • Decade-specific displays in classrooms to represents the students, staff, music and other elements of the era.
  • Student-written book detailing the school history will be on sale in hardcover and softcover, as well as sales of school memorabilia: mugs, waterbottles, bags, flags and a calendar.
  • Student projects to commemorate one-room school house projects.
  • Historical displays of student registers from the late 1800s and early 1900s and classroom items.
  • Photographs of all the principals, secretaries and custodians from the 50 years.

For more information, please contact: Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca


50th Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair

The annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair is just a week away. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this event.

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2009
Location: Quinte Mall, Belleville
Time: 9:30 to 5:00 p.m. (approximately)

Participants include elementary and secondary students. Exhibits for students in Grades 4 to 8 will be placed in groups of 5 – 9 according to grade, type, and class (either life science or physical science, when possible). One judge or a pair of judges will be assigned to each group, whenever possible. After judging is completed, the judges will give out participation certificates to each entrant and third, second and first place ribbons. Exhibits for students in Grades 9 to 12 will be placed in groups of 5 – 9 according to grade, type and class of inquiry; either biological sciences or physical sciences (e.g. chemistry, physics). After judging is competed, the judges will give out participation certificates to each entrant and third, second and first place ribbons.

For information, please contact:
• Scott Berry, Elementary Teacher, Susanna Moodie Elementary School, 613-966-8186




78% of students were successful on provincial literacy test

The Grade 10 provincial literacy assessment results decreased for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) in 2012. Results indicate that 78% of first-time participating HPEDSB students were successful on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), as compared to the provincial average of 82%. This represents a 6% decrease in district results over last year and a 1% decrease for the province.

For 2009, 2010 and 2011, HPEDSB made steady gains, increasing from 76% in 2009 to 84% in 2011. Last year HPEDSB students exceeded the provincial average of 83%. While provincial rates have decreased in the past three years, HPEDSB students made steady growth until this year.

“In light of our steady growth during the past three years, this year’s results are surprising. Secondary school teams have started to analyze their data to plan forward,” stated Trish FitzGibbon, Superintendent of Education, Curriculum Services.

Preliminary analysis indicates that many students just missed being successful on the test. A score of 300 is required. Many HPEDSB students were within 15 points of that score.

“Some students were close to being successful on the test and getting there is within their reach. Knowing where they struggled will help us to improve their skills,” added FitzGibbon.

In order to more fully understand this year’s results, staff will be examining the data as it relates to student pathways, such as Academic, Applied and Locally Developed; gender; and students with special education needs. The data will then be used by school improvement teams for classroom instruction purposes across all subject areas.

“Our students have made steady gains over time. We expect that pattern to continue. We remain committed to providing programs to help each student reach full potential,” concluded FitzGibbon.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Aboriginal Awareness Day at PECI celebrated culture, food and art

On Tuesday, May 31, students from Erin McFaul’s Grade 11 Current Aboriginal Issues class organized and hosted an Aboriginal Awareness Day for all Grade 9 and 10 students.

Pictured: Students from Ms. McFaul’s Grade 11 Current Aboriginal Issues class who helped to organize Aboriginal Awareness Day.

A variety of guest speakers offered workshops throughout the day which included:

  • Mohawk Traditions and Culture
  • The Impact of Residential Schools
  • Medicine Wheel Teachings
  • Lacrosse Skills
  • Traditional Drumming and Dancing
  • Traditional Medicines
  • Land Claims and History of Tyendinaga

Students also participated in a workshop called "Did You Know," featuring the their course culminating activities which focused on current issues facing Aboriginal Peoples that the students felt that the whole school should be aware of.

The purpose of this day was to encourage students to become more aware of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, especially the people from their neighbouring community of Tyendinaga. In addition to the workshops, students were able to taste traditional foods, which were prepared by the Venture Grade 9 students, as well as enjoy the artwork of the Grade 9 Aboriginal Art classes.

All workshops were well attended and students had lots of fun. It was a day of positive experiences which promoted awareness of Aboriginal cultures while showing the importance of positive community relationships. The day was a great success and is an event that Ms. McFaul hopes they can offer again next year!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Academic Awards Night at Moira Secondary School

Moira Secondary School will be hosting an Academic Awards Night to honour students who achieved the top mark in a course during the 2009-2010 school year. Students in Grades 9 to 11, and their families, have been invited to celebrate the students’ achievements.

DATE: Thursday, October 21, 2010
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
TIME: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Congratulations to all students who will be receiving awards!

Moira Secondary School is committed to student achievement in academics, arts and athletics. The school offers a wide range of programs to serve the needs of the entire student body. Students and staff care about their school and community and demonstrate this through numerous activities and events. All contribute to Trojan Pride and character development through involvement in school clubs, extra-curricular and leadership activities and community-centre projects. The school focus on excellence reaches into many realms of student life at Moira—in the classroom, in sporting events, and in the performing arts. Student citizenship, global responsibility, and community involvement are priorities to foster well-rounded student growth and development.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Academics and character recognized at Bayside Secondary School

Bayside Secondary School is proud of its students and recently celebrated their achievements. The school hosted the fall Bayside Recognition Awards and opened its doors to over 350 friends and family.

In the spotlight were students who achieved the top mark  in each course, the top five highest averages in each grade, as well as students who were recognized for Bayside Pride Awards. Students were welcomed and commended by Kathy Soule, Director of Education, for their hard work and demonstrated character. They also enjoyed the presentation of certificates and medals followed by a reception that celebrated student success and achievement.

awards presentationThe first annual Bayside Pride Awards were presented to students who demonstrated the district Growing with Character traits: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness. These awards are designed to recognize students who make contributions to the school community that go above and beyond the daily expectations of school life. Ten students received Bayside Pride Awards through nominations by staff for demonstrating a combination of the eight traits.

Congratulations to Bayside Pride Award recipients:

  • Brandon Bachellier
  • Margaret Balsdon
  • Alex Gilbeau
  • Michael Kelly
  • Kaitlynn Mc Rae
  • Danielle Myhill
  • Emily Nitschke
  • Stephan Shier
  • Sarah Sly
  • Jordan Wells

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca


Accommodation Review Meeting – Feb. 18, 2009

A public meeting of the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, February 18. Details are noted below.

Purpose: School board senior administration will present its recommendation to the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee. The ARC recommendation, noted below, will be included in the report from senior administration.

TIme: 5:00 p.m.

Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

Accommodation Review Committee recommendation

The recommendation is to close Sir Mackenzie Bowell Public School with renewal, renovations and additions at both Prince Charles School (PC) and Sir John A. Macdonald School (SJAM). PC and SJAM would become Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 schools, retaining students within their respective communities. Additions at both schools would include larger gymnasiums, associated change rooms and conversion of existing gymnasiums to library resource centres and computer labs. Renewal needs would be required at both buildings and would include new fire alarm systems, roofing, lighting, windows and heating system modifications.

Accommodation Review Meeting for Trenton schools, Wed., Sept. 12, 2012

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will be hosting an information meeting to provide details on the formation of an Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) for Breadner Elementary School, College Street Public School, North Trenton Public School and Queen Elizabeth Public School. newspaper ad (pdf)

The purpose of the ARC will be to study, report and make recommendations on the accommodation options for the four schools. Please see below for the dates of upcoming meetings, and the process for community, municipal and business representatives to apply to become ARC members.


  • Purpose: To provide information about the ARC purpose and how to become a member
  • Who: Parents/guardians, school staff, and community, municipal and business representatives
  • Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: College Street Public School, 20 South Street, Trenton


  • Purpose: Select a chairperson and begin ARC business
  • Who: Accommodation Review Committee; members of the public are welcome to attend
  • Date:Wednesday, October 17, 2012
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Breadner Elementary School, 31 Gimli Road, Trenton


  • Purpose: Community, municipal and business representatives are invited to apply in writing to become part of the ARC. Letters must be received by Friday, September 28, 2012, at 156 Ann Street, Belleville, K8N 1N9, or by email to ssmith@hpedsb.on.ca.
  • Individuals will be selected based on their qualifications,knowledge of issues related to public education, knowledge of the community, and expressed interest in serving on the ARC.
  • Those selected will be notified by Friday, October 5, 2012.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Acoustic concert tour featured local student performers

A recent music event was a huge success and raised funds for Quinte-area secondary schools.

The "A Tune for a Twoon" acoustic concert tour featured the following four emerging young singers/songwriters:

  • Rikki Montgomery, a 16-year-old Bayside Secondary School student whose song “Always” reached the #1 spot on the local MIX-97 Top 6 @ 6 countdown. The last local artist to achieve the #1 spot was Avril Lavigne.

  • Emily Workman, also 16 years-old and attending Bayside, Emily has been recently featured on the MIX-97 morning show and CJBQ’s “Weekend Magazine” with host Sean Kelly. Her song “Teenage Drama Queen” is currently in rotation and has been heard on the Ryan Seacrest “at40” show.

  • Brooke Bruce, a 15-year-old Prince Edward Collegiate Institute student whose songwriting rivals that of her musical heroes, has been earning standing ovations and rave reviews for her performances at local talent competitions such as Belleville Idol and Picton Rising Star.

  • Chantel Johnston, a 16-year-old Specialist High Skills Majors Music major from Napanee District Secondary School who has been performing for live audiences with her band, TST, since her early teens.

The event was organized by producer Brent Bodrug and Sly-Fi Chapel recording studio in association with MIX-97. All revenue generated from the $2 admission was donated to the Quinte Secondary School music department in appreciation of the school hosting the event. In addition, Sly-Fi Chapel, in association with Steinberg Media Technologies and Yamaha Music Canada, donated recording equipment and tutorial DVDs to area secondary schools.

Quinte Secondary School, as the school that raised the most money through attendance, also hosted a “live-to-air breakfast with the MIX-97 morning crew” from the school cafeteria on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. The school will also be provided a special recording workshop hosted by Dave Miner, Steinberg/Yamaha product specialist.

Pictured right: MIX-97 morning show hosts Sean Kelly and Orlena Cain pose with student Jared Stire during the live-to-air breakfast event.

This release contained content from Sly-Fi Chapel news release. 

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Acts of kindness by Moira Secondary School students

Students at Moira Secondary School are kind citizens. They demonstrated caring, cooperation and respect for others during 14th Annual Violence Awareness and Random Acts of Kindness Week, March 7 to 12, 2011.

They began the week with a full-school assembly where every student was given a Random Acts of Kindness card to give to someone who did something kind for them. The hope was that the kindness act would be passed on.

On Tuesday, five students took poster-sized cards, signed by hundreds of students, along with flowers to local emergency service partners, including police, fire and paramedic personnel, to thank them for all they do. A thank you email sent to principal Kim Sampson stated the following:

I just wanted to commend you and your students of Moira Secondary School for carrying out your “Random Acts of Kindness” campaign. Hastings-Quinte Emergency Medical Service was one of the fortunate recipients of your program today. Brennon MacKinnon, Brandan Kornblum, Austin Campbell and Jocelyn Bovay presented themselves in a very professional and friendly manner explaining the program and made it very clear they enjoyed what they were doing. What a great character building motivational project. Thanks for doing it!

Pictured: John O’Donnell, Hastings-Quinte Emergency Medical Service, left, and paramedic Kelly Conner, right, with Moira Secondary School students.

Congratulations to Moira Secondary School students for their random acts of kindness!

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354

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