School Mission Statement
The staff of North Colchester High is committed to establishing a positive learning environment where students grow academically, physically, socially and artistically so that they can experience success in today's changing world.
Our vision of North Colchester High School is a school where students, staff, and parents work together with mutual respect and trust, sharing the responsibility for creating a dynamic learning environment where all students have the opportunities to succeed.
North Colchester High School is an exciting school where students, teachers, parents, support staff and community members feel both welcomed and needed. The school is visually appealing and alive with school spirit. Talents of individuals are recognized, utilized, and celebrated. Purposeful, productive learning abounds.
Staff recognizes individual learning styles and provides various avenues for students to learn. Students are excited about learning, see the value of their education, and strive to master the skills that will enable them to become critical thinkers and problem solvers. Communication skills in academic disciplines are incorporated with traditional values to create a foundation for a productive and satisfying future.
We believe that....
- All students are capable of learning.
- On-going constructive communication is vital.
- An environment conducive to learning is essential.
- Learning is an on-going, lifelong process that is most effective when participants are actively involved.
- Teamwork is essential for an effective school.
- Individuals learn in different ways.
- Critical thinking and problem solving skills are essential.
- In today's changing society, there is a need for social and academic guidance.
- The opportunity to experience success is essential.
- Personal wellness enhances learning.
TatamagoucheRural High Schoolwas officially opened on August 30, 1950. The building was of frame construction, shingled and painted white. Picture windows enhanced the appearance of the building which overlooks Tatamagouche Bay. The school housed nine academic classrooms, a chemistry laboratory, a physics laboratory, an agricultural science laboratory, a greenhouse, a cafeteria and kitchen, four large lavatories, household science quarters, manual training quarters, a library, two staff rooms (one for men, the other for women), a gymnasium-auditorium, locker rooms with showers, and a combined nurse's and guidance office. The building was heated by hot water from a coal-burning furnace.
There were four main reasons why Tatamagouche Rural High School was built:
(1) the population of Tatamagouche and surrounding areas warranted a new and bigger rural community school;
(2) the "one room" schools were becoming too crowded;
(3) to introduce the students in the North Colchester area to new trades and new subjects;
(4) to keep up with the changing needs of life.
The Kenney Construction Company Limited had the general contract for the construction of the new rural high school in Tatamagouche. Mr Seymour W. Kenney was vice president of the company at the time of construction. Jack Ross, of Tatamagouche, was the superintendent of construction for the building of the new rural high school. Local craftsmen were employed in the construction of the new school. As much as possible, material from Nova Scotia was used in creating the new educational institution.
The Kenney Construction Company Limited managed to build the school at a cost of about $400,000.
At 3:00 p.m. on August 30th, 1950, well over 500 interested citizens of the Tatamagouche community and of the surrounding areas turned out for the official opening of the Tatamagouche Rural High School.
The Principal's Message of 1951
As our first term in a new educational institution--The Tatamagouche Rural High school--is drawing to a close, we look back in review over the months since our doors opened in September. It has been a period of adjustment to a totally new situation. Neither students nor staff had met before the beginning of the school term--practically all were strangers; students had a new method of getting to school--by bus; the organization of classes in which students were grouped with others of the same grade was a new experience for most; the school plant, with its improved facilities for teaching, was in itself, a major change for most of us. These few aspects of the situation required both students and staff to change old, established customs and patterns of behavior, and rebuild new patterns to meet the changed conditions. This has been a challenge to all, and we can look back over the months with satisfaction that this adjustment has been well made, and we can look forward with confidence to the future.
In any school the calibre of the student body is probably the most important factor; in this respect the Tatamagouche Rural High School has a great asset. The responsiveness and enthusiasm of the students is a dominant characteristic of the school--a characteristic which we trust will continue and develop through the years ahead.
In looking to the future it is hoped that with the initial phases of the school in operation it will be possible to develop new courses and services which will enable the students to develop their interests and potentialities to the optimum.
This message cannot end without an appeal to all students to consider carefully the question of continuing their formal schooling. We are living in an age when more and more education and training are required to live completely and well, and to perform the jobs of a complex, technical society. The best way to prepare for life in this society is to take advantage of the opportunities which are now available to you through a modern high school in your area--an opportunity and an advantage which is available to comparatively few rural youth in the province.
In the 1950-51 school year the Students' Council raised money through the selling of fudge. And in the 1951-52 school year the Students' Council had its first organized campaign in which they sold MacLean-Hunter magazines. They raised $70.00 and this money was used to buy school crests that were to be given to the students.