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‘We finally made it!’

When valedictorian Elycia Nimegeers took the podium at last week’s Diamond Jenness Secondary School convocation, she had a simple message. Beyond thanking parents and teachers for all their help throughout the course of their academic careers, she congratulated the graduates themselves on a job well done. “We finally made it!” she said. “We grew up […]

New approach to old methods

Teachers have always played a role in raising children and educators at Diamond Jenness Secondary School are taking steps to better quantify the results. “For a curriculum grade to be valid, we can’t be mucking it up with behaviour factors,” said principal Heather Pedjase at a community education planning session last week. “This has always […]

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Leadership and resiliency funded

Diamond Jenness Secondary School has been awarded $50,000 from the GNWT to enhance its existing youth resiliency programming. The school’s Leadership and Resiliency Program has existed for six years. Principal Heather Pedjase said the school is pleased with the funding for the “very valuable” program. “I think it’s turned some lives around,” she said. The […]

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Soft-skills key to success

After a few hours of group work, about 30 community members and educators came to the conclusion that what young people need most is work ethic, communication skills and life skills. But that was the easy part. Now someone has to figure out how to teach those things. “When we, as teachers, went through this […]

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Addictions awareness celebrated

Although there is one week a year marked for raising awareness for addiction issues in Canada, for some, one week is not enough. “The more people hear others putting their lives and their hearts out there on the table, that gives them hope for their own future,” said Doug Lamalice, who co-ordinated the National Addictions […]

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Training for track

With one of the most anticipated events of the Hay River calendar looming on the horizon, students at all the schools have begun practicing their best events in hopes of bringing home the banner for their school and their community. “It can be a bit of a challenge getting everyone organized and training and ready,” […]

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Fair to offer some jobs on the spot

With a still-growing total of 43 booths, this week’s career fair promises to present a wide variety of opportunities to students in Hay River and those coming in from all over the South Slave Feb. 26 and 27 at Diamond Jenness Secondary School. “It’s everything you could possibly want,” said organizer Lesli Ward. “All kinds […]

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Student council looking outside of school

Student council at Diamond Jenness Secondary School (DJSS) is breaking the mold and leaving campus. They want to host a regional conference for other student councils in the South Slave and possibly the territory to find common ground and learn from each other. “We want to know what kind of problems or situations they’re facing […]

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Event raises record funds in part through Lord of the Rings parody, but this time for beekeeping

  Diamond Jenness Secondary School’s Christmas celebrations Dec. 20 – commonly referred to as Goatfest – raked in more money to support development efforts in the Third World this year than ever. Students raised $1,124 this year, the most ever recorded by the popular community event. Although in the past the school has funded the […]

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Diamond Jenness opens door to public health

  The popular Purple Door program at Diamond Jenness Secondary School is once again in full swing. Part of a spectrum of services offered to students – including a career centre, homework club and all-day learning centre – the Purple Door is an access point for public health services, like immunization and help quitting smoking. […]

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