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Welcome to SJA Virtual Guidance Office!




We are here to help and support you. You will find on this website many links to answer your questions and places who offer assistance in many different areas.

You can also make an appointment with your guidance counsellor during your study period or if you do not have a study period, select a time that is easier for you to miss class. To book an appointment write you name in the binder of your guidance counsellor for the day and time you would like to meet.


Mining ROCKS! Video Contest The contest, which is open to all junior high and high school students in Nova Scotia, will award $8,000 in prizes. Students can produce either a 1-3 minute video, or a 30 second commercial, about mining and quarrying. Deadline January 11, 2019. 

Action 4 Change! Sat. Nov. 24 11am-5pm at Ecology Action Centre. A workshop for youth (grades 9-12) about community change through FOOD and PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. What you will gain: Skills on how to take action in your community, Connections with other youth, Inspiration about your potential as a change-maker. Lunch and snacks will be provided! To thank you for your time and contributions to this workshop and your community, all attending youth will receive a $20 gift card. Bus tickets available to support transportation. Sapce for 20 people - first come, first serve registration. Questions: Register by Nov. 19th:

The Bluenose-Ability Film Festival Atlantic Canada's first and only disability film festival. Events from Nov. 29, 2018 to Dec. 4, 2018 

The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is a group of young Canadians who provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada on issues of importance to them and to all Canadians. Listening to young people about issues that matter to them is an important commitment of the government. As Minister of Youth, the Prime Minister wants to hear directly from young people. The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is one mechanism to support this dialogue. Application deadline Nov. 30, 2018 

House of Commons Page Program Studying in Ottawa next year? Working on Parliament Hill? Making lasting friendships? If you have a minimum average of 80% and can speak both official languages, apply at 

The 2019 African Nova Scotian History Challenges Open to all students in Nova Scotia. Submissions are accepted from Oct. 19, 2018 to Feb. 8, 2019. Entries via mail only. Awards range from $50 to $250. See guidance for more information. 

Free Glass Fusion Painting and Drawing Monday evening 6-8pm Oct 15th to Nov. 5. Later registrants welcome to start Oct. 22nd. Grade 10-12 students will explore methods for creating images on glass using frits, glass paints and glass stringers.  Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Rocky Lake Junior High. Safety glasses will be provided while students are breaking or cutting glass. Email to book a spot in the workshops.

Free Explorations in Clay and Glass Fusion Monday evening 6-8pm Nov. 19-Dec.10. Grade 10-12 students will learn how to create various clay forms that will then be used to fuse glass and or slum glass during the firing process.  Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Rocky Lake Junior High.  Please wear clothing that you are ok with getting clay and underglazes on. Email to book a spot in the workshops.

College or university in the States? Great resources available at the EducationUSA website At any time, if you or your students have specific questions about educational opportunities in the United States, please feel free to contact Jenika Heim, the EducationUSA Advisor in Canada at SAT  info ACT info 

Bilingual Young Leaders You are between 16 and 22 years old, Canada's official languages are close to your heart and you want to make an impact? Come make a difference! 

Boarding UAlberta is your chance to test out one of Canada's Top 5 universities. Your ticket will include flights, accommodations, and a whirlwind weekend of exciting events. But don't delay, this trip only has 20 seats! Who: Open to Grade 11 students outside of Alberta When: May 24-26, 2019 Where: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Apply by Feb. 10, 2019 at

SHAD Empowing change makers Unleash your potential. Join a lifelong networrk. Spend the month of July living at a Canadian university campus, grow your confidence, be challenged and inspired to explore beyond the high school curriculutm, make lifelong friendships with excepetioanl grade 10, 11 and 12 students from across the country. Application deadline Nov. 19, 2018 

ICT Northumberland College in Halifax offers $15 massages for students. Clinics open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5pm and 6:45pm. Call 902-425-2869 ext245 to book. 

The national FOCUS! Climate Change Secondary (Grades 8-12) Video Contest returns for a second year. The contest invites students in Grades 8-12 (individually or in teams of up to 5 members) to make a short video (maximum 5 minutes) about climate change. Full details are available on our website at  . 1st prize $5,000 and other prizes too!!!

Forum for Youth Are you interested in decision-making and politics? Do you want to create relationships with people from different places? Be a part of a n incredible week behind the scenes of the world of federal politics on Pariament Hill. Oct. 21-26, Feb. 3-8, March 17-22, 2019 

Encounters with Canada 2017-18 1 week in Ottawa to explore a of 14 themes that students are interested in.

Need a ride around the Bay? Call BayRides. Affordable, accessible, local transportation. Rides must be booked 24 hours in advance.

What can I do with my university studies?

Nova Scotia International Student Program is looking for host family for the 2017-18 school year. Students stay for periods of 2 to 10 months. This is a great opportunity for your family to experience and share culture first hand. For more information, contact International Services at 464-2000 Ext. 2548