Monthly reports highlight educational success stories

Phase two of the Pre-Primary Program, a new school song, and standing up to bullying—highlights from the Regional Executive Director’s report

By Elwin LeRoux


This fall was the start of the first full school year since the change over to the new Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE). To kick-off the year, the Regional Executive Director Edwin LeRoux issued one of his monthly reports highlighting and celebrating the successes of students and staff and demonstrating the implementation and the positive impact of changes to Nova Scotia’s education system.

There are ordinary miracles in teaching and learning happening every day in the system and these reports provide families, staff, school communities, partners, and the public, a window into HRCE classrooms by sharing stories of impact.

Here’s a couple of excerpts from the report:

The Pre-Primary Program

How does Pre-Primary prepare students for school?
September marked the start of phase two of the four-year Pre-Primary rollout. In the HRCE, there are currently 30 schools housing 43 Pre-Primary rooms. This includes the addition of three classes that opened in early October at Brookhouse Elementary, Fairview Junior High, and Sycamore Lane Elementary.

There are 97 Pre-Primary staff members who are providing 670 children with play-based learning experiences that support young children’s development.

Hear from a Pre-Primary educator and a Primary teacher in this video.

Working with a recording artist

Congratulations to students of Basinview Drive Community School. Last year, students worked with singer/songwriter Meaghan Smith to write a school song called Everyone Belongs. All 700 students contributed to the message of the song about inclusion and celebrating differences. Check out this incredible school song.

Future reports will appear on the centre’s website ( and be shared via Twitter at @HRCE_NS and @Elwin_LeRoux. Video stories can also be found on the Centre’s YouTube channel.

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