News release

Official Opening of North Nova Education Centre

Bigger means better for students at the North Nova Education Centre in New Glasgow.

More than 900 students in Grades 10 to 12 attend the $21-million high school which was officially opened today, Nov. 24, by Premier John Hamm and Education Minister Jamie Muir.

"This is a wonderful school," said Premier John Hamm. "It offers our students a much greater choice in course selection, and provides excellent opportunities for them to learn and shape their future careers."

Prior to the opening of North Nova, students in the area attended one of three schools, Trenton Middle/High School, East Pictou Rural High School or New Glasgow High School.

Students could select from up to 60 courses at their former schools.

At North Nova they can choose from more than 120 courses. Among the newer courses and programs available are an enhanced fine arts program which includes film and video production techniques.

Also new to many students are enhanced core French and French immersion, and advanced courses in English, math, physics, biology and chemistry.

The school also boasts an Occupational Preparedness Program in which students can study automotive care, food services, forestry and retail merchandising.

"We're now able to meet the needs of more students at a critical time in their lives," said North Nova principal Eileen English. "The expanded course offerings, increased student population and modern facilities offer some fantastic opportunities, both curricular and extra-curricular, for the students of North Nova."

A partnership of local community groups and individuals raised about $1 million dollars for enhancements, including a larger gymnasium and the construction of a 350-seat theatre/auditorium at both North Nova and the Northumberland Regional High School in Alma.

Construction was completed in September 2003.

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Bigger means better for more than 900 students at the new North Nova Education Centre in New Glasgow.

The 21-million-dollar school replaces three smaller facilities, East Pictou Rural High School, New Glasgow High School and Trenton Middle High School.

At the smaller schools, students could only choose from about 60 courses.

But in the larger, more modern North Nova, students can pick from more than 120 courses and programs.

Among the new course offerings - advanced English, math, chemistry and biology, and enhanced core French and French immersion.

The school was officially opened today (November 24th) by Premier John Hamm and Education Minister Jamie Muir.

Premier Hamm says it's the kind of investment in education that makes sense.

The school also offers courses in automotive care, forestry and food services.

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Contact:

Andy Paterson
Department of Education 902-424-3150 E-mail: