News release

Official Opening of Northumberland Regional High School

EDUCATION--Official Opening of Northumberland Regional High School


More courses mean more choices for students at Northumberland Regional High School in Alma, Pictou Co.

The $22.5-million high school was officially opened today Nov. 25, by Premier John Hamm and Education Minister Jamie Muir.

"This wonderful new school is a terrific investment in the future of our children," said Premier John Hamm. "We're providing more courses and more choices for the students at Northumberland Regional High School, and helping our students today, means a better Nova Scotia tomorrow."

More than 1,200 students in Grades 9 to 12 attend the school.

Prior to the opening of the Northumberland Regional High School, students in the area attended West Pictou District High School, Stellarton Middle High School or Westville High School.

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

Bringing the students together at Northumberland means the students now have more than 120 courses to choose from.

Among the newer courses and programs available are an enhanced fine arts program that includes film and video production techniques, enhanced core French and French immersion, and advanced courses in English, math, physics, biology and chemistry.

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

"The benefits to the students are tremendous," said Northumberland principal Preston Lockhart. "It's also very exciting to be part of a new school, and watching the students and staff build a school community where choices and opportunities provide our main focus."

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 Northumberland Regional High School and North Nova Education Centre in New Glasgow.

Construction was completed in September 2003.

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More courses mean more choices for students at Northumberland Regional High School in Alma.

Just over 12-hundred students in Grades 9 to 12 began attending the school in September.

The 22.5-million dollar facility replaces Westville, West Pictou District and Stellarton Middle High Schools.

The new school was officially opened today (November 25th) by Premier John Hamm and Education Minster Jamie Muir.

Premier Hamm says the larger school means many of the students now have a greater choice of programs and courses than they had at the smaller schools.

More than 120 courses are offered at Northumberland Regional High School, including advanced English, math, chemistry and biology courses.

Also available to many students for the first time are enhanced core French and French immersion, and video and film technology.

A partnership of local community groups and individuals also contributed by providing funds for a larger gymnasium and a 350 seat theatre/auditorium.

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Contact:

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