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Lieutenant Governor and our 2015 Recipients

Mackenzie O'Quinn and Ashlyn Brownell with the Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable J. J. Grant.


May 15, 2015 -- The BEST class, ever!  Students in CEP 10 were actively engaged in building a shed today in the great outdoors.  The sun was shining and the smiles were plentiful.

Fun in the Sun

May 15, 2015 -- Spring Fling wrapped up today with some fun cafeteria activities at lunch.  For others who wished to get outdoors for some sunshine, they made their own fun.



Thursday, May 15, 2015 -- 28 Top Students received the Lieutenant Governor's medals from  His Honour Brigadier-General, The Honourable J. J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Retired), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, in a wonderful ceremony at North Colchester High School.  Among the honoured were Ashlyn Brownell and Makenzie O'Quinn.  Congratulations to Ashlyn and Makenzie.  We are very proud of your accomplishments.



On April 24th, 2015, seventy-eight students from six Cumberland County High Schools – Springhill, River Hebert, Pugwash, Parrsboro, Amherst, and Oxford – met at the Tim Horton’s Children’s Camp in Tatamagouche for the 2nd Cumberland County RCMP Cops 'N Kids Leadership Weekend. Over the course of three days and two nights the students engaged in several advisory discussions. The RCMP Commanding Officer in Nova Scotia, Assistant Commissioner Brian Brennan, met with the group on Friday and had interactive discussions with the students. Over the weekend, other discussions were based around healthy relationships, violence in relationships, bullying and cyberbullying, empathy, gender roles, stereotypes, consent, and student leadership. The weekend ended with a reflection on youth engagement, future plans, and acceptance of each other. 

Pictured below is ARHS Youth Representative, Tyson Ogden, with chaperones ARHS Health Nurse, Michelle Richard, and RCMP Officer, Travise Dowe.


Stephen Blum, One of 10 Teachers Recognized for Commitment, Dedication at 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – Truro, NS – Ten teachers employed with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) were honoured tonight by CCRSB and the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union (NSTU) for their unwavering commitment to student success at the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards ceremony. Accompanied by family and friends, the 10 teachers were feted for their creativity, kindness and dedication to their craft.

“Tonight’s recipients are unfailingly dedicated to the craft of teaching,” said Trudy Thompson, CCRSB Board Chair. “Innovative classroom practice; the ability to make students care and retain subject matter; participation in extracurricular activities and fundraising events; and acting as a mentor for colleagues and fully participating in Professional Learning Communities. Those are just some of the reasons tonight’s recipients were nominated and are being honoured with an Excellence in Teaching Award.”

Each year, the NSTU and CCRSB come together to recognize those teachers within the school board who truly exemplify excellence in teaching. Each recipient’s nomination must be supported by letters from school administration, a colleague and a member of the local community (this can be a student, parent/guardian or another community member). This is the 17th year for the awards program.

Stephen Blum, Amherst Regional High School
The students and staff at Amherst Regional High hold Stephen Blum in the highest regard. A man of action, he is always on the go, but never too busy to help a student who asks. Stephen is Amherst Regional High’s ambassador for international students. He is well-known for taking the time – ahead of the students’ first day of class – to get to know their backgrounds and culture. He does this so he can connect with them individually, to let them know that he is there to support them in their growth and journey. Stephen’s students have come to expect a high integration of technology in their day-to-day work. Much of his program centers on CCRSB’s Moodle, where students can find their assignments at home or at school. There is no excuse for failure when Mr. Blum is around. A master teacher, Stephen is intelligent, open to learning and always, always focused on student success first.


May 5, 2015 -- Our 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award Winner, Mr. S. Blum.  Congratulations Mr. Blum.  We are excited to celebrate with you at the ceremony being held on Tuesday, May 5th in Truro.



April 30, 2015 -- Congratulations to our ARHS Band who received GOLD at the Music Festival.  We are incredibly proud of you.


All parents/guardians (especially of Grade 9 students) are asked to come out to a Course Selection Information Session at 6:30 pm in the Susan Taylor Theatre on Thursday, April 23, 2015.  This is an excellent way to understand the process and how to best help your child(ren) make informed decisions throughout their high school career. 

We look forward to seeing you Thursday.  Please be sure to share the news with other ARHS parents.

Thu, 04/23/2015


Please see the attached report card notice that was sent home with report cards on Monday, April 13.


Students from Amherst Regional High School took part in the Debats l'Acadie on Saturday, April 11 in Dartmouth. This was a bilingual debate tournament which not only has students participating in four rounds of debate, but doing so while continually switching languages.  


Students and parents are reminded of the Nova Scotia Student Assistance (Canada Student Loans) presentation Wed. April 15th at 7:00pm in the Amherst Regional High School Susan Taylor Theatre.  All are welcome to attend. 


The senior badminton team were in Antigonish on April 10th for the NSSAF team competition. Noah Jacob-Peters, boys singles won 4 of his 6 games. Kam Thitithavoranan, girls singles won 4 of her 6 games and had a challenging game against CEC with 19 to 21 score. Thaddeus Bligh and Dylan Wheaton, boys doubles won 4 games. Sky Shi and Ayaka Suakawa had 3 wins in girls doubles and the mixed doubles team of Anna Celli and Adam Gaudet also had 3 wins. The senior team placed 4th.  The intermediate team saw a 5th place finish overall. Noah Sangster, boys singles had an impressive 4 wins. Savannah Smith, girls singles also had an impressive 4 wins. Matt Allen and Liam Starratt had a close 19 to 21 game against Bible Hill and had 1 win. Hannah Doucette and Kathleen Hicks, girls doubles had 2 wins. Olivia Fletcher and Travis Strickland had 3 wins in mixed doubles.

On April 11th, Anna Celli had 6 challenging games with one win in girls singles. Michael Cormier and Adam Gaudet played boys doubles with their most challenging game a 19 to 21 against North Nova. Unfortunately no wins for them. Dylan Wheaton and Kam Thitithovoranan swept the board with 6 wins and had an intense game end in 21 to 19 against CEC. They will be first place going into Provincials in Yarmouth next week-end. Noah Sangster, boys intermediate singles won one of his 7 games. Savannah Smith, girls singles, won 5 of her 6 games and will move on as second place finish for Provincials in Yarmouth. She had a great game against Parrsboro with a 22 to 20 finish. Olivia Fletcher and Travis Strickland, mixed doubles won 3 games out of 5 and placed 3rd in the Region.


March 30-31, 2015 -- Congratulations to Mr. White and his team who coordinated the district Badminton play on Monday and Tuesday.  Competitors from Amherst and the County schools came to compete for a chance to represent their schools at Regionals on the weekend of the 10-11th.  It was a great two days of competition.  Congratulations to the winners in each of the categories and good luck to all players who move on to Regional play.


March 24, 2015 -- Congratulations to our Cheerleaders who competed and won first place in their first competition of the season at North Kings Educational Center.  We are very proud of our team.


Saturday, March 7, 2015:  Congratulations are extended to Provincial Tournament Director, Mark White and his dedicated and hard working team of parents and students who ensured all visiting teams were welcomed into the Amherst community and enjoyed their weekend.  When people of such calibre pull together to create such a fantastic experience for others, it sends a strong message to the sporting community across this province.  Thank you for everything you put into the weekend.

Our skilled, dedicated Vikettes finished the tournament in 4th place, having had strong competition along their journey.  Congratulations on your impressive season.  Hold your heads high -- you provided tough competition for all of the teams you played.  Thanks to your coaches, Gillian Ellis and Kelly Sigut, and your parents.

Congratulations Vikings on Your Silver Finish

Saturday, March 7, 2015:  Our Senior Vikings played in a very competitive final championship game and walked away with silver medals.  They played strong and represented themselves, Coach Thomas Skabar, their parents and the school with dignity.  Your hard work throughout the tournament and the entire season makes us proud.  Hats off to you.


Saturday, March 7, 2015:  Today at 1 pm the ARHS Vikettes take on Glace Bay for the BRONZE medal. 

Competition has been solid during this weekend's Provincial Championships, hosted by ARHS.  As their coaches stated about last evening's game:  "Proud of an amazing bunch of young ladies who fought as hard as they could and never gave up.  The amazing bond that is shared between team mates was clear tonight.  After the games are done, it's really just about a group of people coming together to create something special, which was demonstrated tonight."

The season has been one of strong development under solid leadership.  ARHS is proud of this incredible, skilled and dedicated team.  Enjoy your final game and wear your winning attitudes with pride.  And don't forget to thank your coaches and parents for their incredible support!


Saturday, March 7, 2015:  ARHS Vikings have worked hard to secure a spot in the championship game today in Sydney.  ARHS is wishing the boys a fantastic game. 

Play hard.  Play proud.  Bring the banner back home, Vikings!


Thursday, February 26, 2015:  The ARHS Boys' Curling Team qualified for Provincials at Regional competitions today.  Staff and students are proud of you, boys.  Best of luck.

From left to right -- Dylan Wheaton (5th player), Chris Ford (Lead), Blake Patriquin (Second); Michael Hicks (Third); and Chris Jurcina (Skip).


February 28, 2015:  The ARHS Viking Basketball Team had a successful weekend in Windsor.  At Qualifiers this weekend they won 104-53 vs Avon View, 77-38 against Millwood and 94-79 against Hants East. They have captured the final spot in next weekend's provincial championship tournament.  Bravo Vikings!  We wish you the best of luck at Provincials.  [Photo to follow].   BRAVO Vikings!  [

JV Teams Off to Provincials

Thursday, February 27, 2015: This weekend our JV Boys and Girls Basketball Teams are at Provincials. ARHS is sending best wishes for some great competition this weekend. Good luck teams and coaches.

Congratulations Jacob Fisher

February 23, 2015:  Jacob Fisher travelled to Camp Aldershot in Kentville this past weekend with the Special Olympics Floor Hockey team. This is a qualifying year and one of the three gold medal teams will be chosen to attend the next level of competition in Newfoundland in 2016.  ARHS wishes Jacob and his team the best of luck in their competitions and ask that you keep us posted on your team's success.

   Keep us posted on your team's succes, Jacob.    Please keep us posted

And the Regional Banner the ARHS Vikettes

Tuesday, February 24, 2015: ARHS is proud of the exciting play last evening at ARHS. The Senior Girls took the Regional Banner in front of a great home crowd. Congratulations to the team and their coaches on a great win and in moving on to Provincials. The Vikettes are hosting Provincials. Come out and watch some incredible basketball from Thursday, February 5 -- Saturday, February 7. 

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