Dalbrae Academy's Advanced English 12 Class Celebrates Launch of the “Dalbrae Academy’s Guide to Success”

Dalbrae Academy's Advanced English 12 Class Celebrates
Launch of the “Dalbrae Academy’s Guide to Success”

Dalbrae Academy Advanced English 12 students Catherine MacDonald, Mitch Rouse, Shauna Beaton, Cynthia Campbell, Clancy McDaniel, Shannon MacLennan, Kira Sark, Dylan Murphy and Emily VandenHoogen (standing left to right); Kevin Walker, Principal, Dalbrae Academy; Sherman England, Director of Human Resources; Francine Boudreau, Chair, SRSB; Francene Gillis, Dalbrae Academy Grade 12 Advanced English Teacher; Mary Jess MacDonald, Vice Chair, SRSB; Jim Austin, Member, SRSB (seated left to right)
Advanced English 12 students missing from the photo include Kassidy Bernard, Nolan Morris, Brianna Dunn, Carly Spears, Olivia MacDonald, and Laurel MacDonald.


Congratulations to Dalbrae Academy's Advanced English 12 students and their teacher, Francene Gillis, on the official launch of their first school guide entitled Dalbrae Academy’s Guide to Success. The celebratory launch took place at Dalbrae Academy on Friday, January 16, 2015, during which students shared highlights from their personal involvement in the project and how it enhanced their media literacy, technology and citizenship skills.

Dalbrae Academy teacher Francene Gillis explains that planning for the guide began with last year’s Advanced English 12 class, and was designed to support and celebrate Dalbrae Academy's students, parents/guardians and teachers.  “The guide is a tangible indication of what can be achieved through leadership, team work and self-directed learning.  The students used many forms of technology as well as iPads to create the guide, and through research, communication, and collaboration among themselves, with teachers and outside agencies, they were able to capture the heart and talents of our school community.  Their efforts have resulted in a 130-page document that contains a wealth of useful resources, which are a composite from a wide variety of sources for navigating school life at Dalbrae Academy,” said Mrs. Gillis.   Through the Tribes philosophy in the classroom, the guide was created as Tribes provides for choice and voice of students. Tribes is a philosophy, created by Dr. Jeanne Gibbs in 2006, where participants, in this case students, focused on the three principles of inclusion, influence, and community, as well as the four agreements: mutual respect, the right to pass, attentive listening and appreciation.

Strait Regional School Board Chair Francine Boudreau commended Mrs. Gillis and the students for their dedication to the project, and for taking the initiative to create a resource that will be helpful for both current and future students, parents/guardians, staff and members of the Dalbrae Academy school community.  “This guide is an excellent example of how technology can be incorporated into so many aspects of student learning.  Congratulations on this very impressive achievement.  It truly reflects the pride you have in your school and community.  Keep up the excellent work,” said Chair Boudreau.

The guide is a very impressive document that includes a variety of writing pieces, information and resources that relate to all areas of school life including academics, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities.

This project was led by the students themselves under the direction of Mrs. Gillis.  Although limited copies of the guide have been printed for school purposes, the resource will be maintained on the Dalbrae Academy website at da.srsb.ca with the intention of adding more information and resources each year. It will be available as a PDF sometime next week.