Contact Information 


49 Terrace Street

Sydney, Nova Scotia

B1P 2L4

Phone(902) 562-5464

Fax(902) 564-4472




Guidance Office:


Phone:  (902) 562-7047

Fax: (902) 562-3747


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Student Handbook





2018-2019 TIMETABLE

Sydney Academy operates on a 8-day cycle with 6 periods per day











Warning Bells 8:40 a.m.









1st Period 8:45-9:45 a.m.










2nd Period 9:49-10:49 a.m.










3rd Period 10:53-11:53 a.m.


LUNCH   (IB Classes)


4th Period 11:55 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.









5th Period 12:47-1:47 p.m.










6th Period 1:50-2:50 p.m.




 STAFF OF SYDNEY ACADEMY – (2018 – 2019)


                  Principal                ......................        Mr. Kevin Deveaux

                  Vice-Principal        ......................        Mr. John Barron

                  Vice-Principal        ......................        Mr. Harold Kyte

                  Guidance Counsellor......................     Ms. Jennifer MacDonald

                  Guidance Counsellor......................     Mr. Tommy Sheppard



Mr. Shaun Morrison (Dept. Head)                       Mr. Kevin O’Neill (Dept. Head)

Mr. John Fraser  (O2 Coordinator)                          Mrs. Janice O'Neill

Mr. George MacLean (CO-OP)                                Ms. Rebecca Jackson

Mr. Michael MacNamara                                          Ms. Joanne MacGillivary               

Mr. Ryan MacPherson                                              Mr. Neil MacLellan

Ms. Leanna Mombourquette-Hutt                            Ms. Gina Tubrett-Crawley

Ms. Melissa Serroul                                                 Mr. Sandy Urquhart 

                                                                                  Ms. Diane Porter



Mrs. Barb Buick                                                      Mr. Bradley MacNeil                                   

Ms. Verne Lorway                                                   Mr. Joel LeBlanc  

Ms. Alana Macleod                                                 Mr. Cyril MacKinnon

                                                                                 Ms. Lisa Penny


ENGLISH DEPARTMENT                              SCIENCE DEPARTMENT                       

Mr. Craig Brown  (Dept. Head)                        Mr. Greg Callaghan (Dept. Head)

Ms. Laurena Clarke                                             Mr. James Broderick                           

Ms. Lindy Holland                                            Mr. Bruce Dalzell

Mr. Keith Morrison                                           Ms. Jane Gillis                        

 Mr. Andrew Unsworth                                       Mr. Scott O'Neill

Mr. Brian Doue                                                  Ms. Heather Pierre

 Ms. Erin Boutlier                                               Ms. Danyelle Smith  

 Ms. Paula McNabb                                            Ms. Erin Keeling                     



LEARNING CENTRE                                   Mr. Barry Halloran (Dept. Head)     

Ms. Yolanda Aubrech                                                                    

Ms. Sharon Brennan McDonald                        Ms. Rhonda Ferguson  

Mr. Gary Cummings                                          Ms. Gloria Johnson

Mr. Brant McGowan                                          Mr. Dan McGee  

Ms. Caroline Mills                                            

Ms. Carmella Zahara                                          


LANGUAGES                                           POLICE LIAISON OFFICER

Ms. Krista Gillard                                           Constable Brad Burke 

Mr. Michael Kelly 

Ms. Heather Urquhart



Ms. Dione Romard                                        Mrs. Janice McIntyre        

Mr. Bruce Herney                                         Mrs. Kathyrn MacDougall

                                                                      Ms. Diane Mason


TEACHER ASSISTANTS                           LIBRARY TECHNICIAN                      

Ms. Karen MacPherson                                   Ms. Wanda Brewer

Ms. Donna Grover                                              

 Ms. Brenda Hanna                                        LUNCH/BUS/GROUNDS                    

Ms. Charlene Libbus                                       Ms. Marilyn Dixon                                            

Ms. Ann MacDonald                                       Mrs. Lillian Muller  

Ms. Denise Mac Kay                                         

Ms. Jennifer Mac Kinnon                                CUSTODIAN                                                     

Ms. Georgina Ott                                            Mr. Terry Binder

Ms. Carolyn Stone                                         

















On behalf of the entire staff, I would like to welcome all new and returning students to Sydney Academy for the 2018-2019 school year.  Sydney Academy has a reputation for academic excellence and tremendous school spirit.  It is our hope that all students take advantage of the numerous co/extra curricular opportunities provided at our school and enjoy their high school experience to the fullest extent.  It is important, however, that your first priority be on achieving academic success.  Regular attendance, attention to homework, and work ethic are key ingredients of success.

This Student handbook is a valuable tool in supporting your success at Sydney Academy.  The Student Handbook includes the rules and policies that students are required to adhere to in order to maintain an effective school environment.  Rules and policies are in place to help students develop personal responsibility, promote character development and help all students achieve academic success.    Finally, the Handbook also includes information on the many clubs, teams, organizations and events that are part of our school community.  I encourage you to become involved and make a contribution to your school.

I look forward to getting to know each of you on a personal level.  I would encourage you to bring a positive attitude, a desire to expand your scholastic horizons and a willingness to contribute to your school community with you each day.  It is my hope that by June 2019 you will have grown academically, developed a stronger school spirit and have experienced success in all your endeavors.  Again, welcome to Sydney Academy and enjoy your year.




     Kevin Deveaux, Principal






The general aim of public education at Sydney Academy is to provide a school environment that will enable students to think clearly, to communicate effectively, to make sound judgments, and to discriminate among values. The school’s mandate is to help all students to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that will enable them to achieve their full potential.  The programs, activities and experiences offered to students have been developed to further the general aim of the school.





        4        .......        Orientation Day – Teachers Only

        5        .......        Professional Learning Day – Teachers Only

        6        …...          Full Teaching Day – All Students – 1st Semester

        26         .......        Professional Learning Day – Teachers Only

        28       -------       Student Fee due $25








        2        .......         Professional Learning Day Teachers Only

        3        .......        Grad Fee Due - $25. Installment

        8        .......        Thanksgiving Day – HOLIDAY

        26        .......        NSTU Professional Association Conference  – Teachers Only



        9        .......        Memorial Service – Remembrance Day – 11:00 am (Tentative)

        12      .......        Remembrance Day Holiday

        13     ------         High School Report Cards Go Home

        15      ……        Parent-Teacher Meetings – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

        16       .......        Parent-Teacher Meetings – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

                                  Professional Learning Day – p.m. – Teachers Only



        21        .......        Last Teaching Day Prior to Christmas



         3        .......        First Teaching Day After Christmas

        26        .......        1st Semester Finals (Tentative)

31        .......        Grading & Classifying Day – Teachers Only



1        .......        Full Teaching Day – 2nd Semester Begins

8         ------       High School Report Cards Go Home

18        .......        Heritage Day - School Closed       

27        .......        Final Grad Fee Due - $25



15         .......        Last Teaching Day Prior to March Break19

 25         .......        First Teaching Day After March Break                       




19         ------         Good Friday – HOLIDAY

22        .......        Easter Monday - HOLIDAY

24        .......       High School Report Cards Go Home

25        .......        Parent-Teacher Meetings – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

26        .......        Parent-Teacher Meetings – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.



            20        .......        Victoria Day – HOLIDAY



            19        .......        2nd Semester Finals Begin (Tentative)

            25        .......        Prom  (Tentative)

            28        ……        Graduation (Tentative)

            27        ……        Grading & Clasifying – Teachers Only

            28        ……        Grading Day







February   .......        Visitation to Middle Schools


March       .......        Registration of Grade 9, 10 & 11 students and

                                 returning Grade12 students






The Cafeteria is intended to serve two functions. It is a lunchroom for students who stay over the noon hour and a common room for students who want to meet their friends and socialize.  All lunches, whether purchased at the school or brought from home, must be eaten in the cafeteria.  The cafeteria supervisor may recommend revocation of cafeteria privileges for any student whose behaviour is considered unacceptable.




Students who wish to have a locker for use during the year may rent one for a fee of $20.  The school does not accept responsibility for articles stolen from lockers.  It is mandatory that lock combinations be kept confidential.  The school administration reserves the right to search lockers.  Students are not permitted to share lockers.




FEES   ** Please pay School Fees on Line at:


School fees include a general assembly fee of $25. per student – Due Sept. 29.  This fee enables the school  to provide identification cards, provide materials to students, to subsidize events such as Academic Excellence Awards Banquet and Awards Night, and to assist varsity teams and other groups competing in provincial competitions.

 We encourage all students/parents to pay fees online.




Students eligible for graduation will be required to pay a fee of $50. per student.  Potential graduates are required to pay the first $25 installment at the office by Oct. 2.  The remaining $25 shall be due Feb. 27  Please Note:  Graduation fee does not include the yearbook.  Any graduate who wishes a yearbook must order and pay for their yearbook when orders are taken.




The yearbook is NOT included in the graduation fee.  The cost of the yearbook will be $40.  Orders will be taken during the school year.  Payment ($40.00) is due when ordering yearbook.




Students will either be issued textbooks in each course or have the use of class sets of books.  These books are being provided free of charge to the students.   Each student is expected to either return the text he/she has been originally issued or pay the replacement cost of the textbook.  Failure to return or pay for texts will result in final marks being withheld from the student until such time as the book(s) are either returned or paid for.







It is the function of a Guidance Counsellor to help a student assess his talents, aptitudes and interests; to provide information about the world outside school; and to relate the two so that the student’s potential may be achieved.


There are two Guidance Counsellors working on a full-time basis at Sydney Academy.  The Guidance Office is open to students from 8:30 am until 3:10 pm.  Students can receive permission at any time during the school day to have an interview with Guidance Counsellors.  Education and occupation information is available in the guidance area and also, much information is posted on the various guidance bulletin boards.


All Grade 12 students should visit the Guidance Office during the school year to discuss future plans.  Students may receive help from Guidance Counsellors in the following areas:


1.          Educational  -- The placement of students in proper courses.


2.        Career – Students may wish to discuss career plans, research career-related information, and inquire about post-secondary requirements as they relate to specific career choices.


3.        Personal – This deals with the problems that many students encounter during their high school days; such as troubles in the family, sex, drugs, peer groups, student-teacher relationships, etc.









The G.G. Campbell Memorial Library collection contains over eight thousand items (books, records, audio and video cassettes, film strips, computer software, and CD-ROM), all of which are fully catalogued.  Information on topics of current interest is kept in the Vertical File and on computer software.


Circulating materials may be borrowed for a period of two weeks.  Books that are in heavy demand are placed on reserve shelves for use in the library only.  Reference materials do not circulate.  The reference section includes general and subject encyclopedias (French and English), yearbooks, annuals, almanacs, atlases, maps, newspapers, periodicals and periodical indexes.  In addition to the printed and audiovisual materials, computers are available for research and word processing.


All students are encouraged to take advantage of the facility.







                                                    STUDENT GUIDELINES


 Mission Statement



Sydney Academy aims to develop independent, knowledgeable, well-rounded young people who are risk takers, problem solvers, and are actively engaged in helping to solve local and global problems in a creative and critical manner.

To this end, Sydney Academy fosters a challenging environment in which students are actively engaged in rich educational experiences which encourage them to conduct themselves in a principled, compassionate manner that is respectful and open to other possibilities and perspectives.


Sydney Academy strives to produce a dynamic school environment that will enable each student to develop an ability to think clearly, to communicate effectively and to make sound judgments.  The Academy’s mandate is to empower students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills that will enable them to reach their full potential in tomorrow’s world through various programs, activities and experiences.  The school endeavours to expose students to the values of the past, the excitement of the present, and the challenge of the future.  Sydney Academy aims to provide students with the awareness that tolerance, concern for others and a sense of responsibility can empower them to make the world a better place.


Vision Statement


Sydney Academy recognizes that in order to promote, establish, and maintain a love of knowledge and a desire to learn, the school must make every effort to provide an atmosphere which allows each and every student, regardless of race, creed, gender or ethnic diversity to function without fear of prejudice and with the assurance that their efforts will be evaluated in a fair and equitable manner.  Sydney Academy also acknowledges that the curriculum must be presented in such a fashion as to provide each student with an opportunity to succeed within the limits of his/her capabilities.  Each student must be encouraged to participate and be challenged to excel.






Sydney Academy students are required to dress in a dignified and appropriate manner at all times.  In general, clothing must be socially acceptable for the school environment.In particular, it is required that shorts be at least mid-thigh and that t-shirts and blouses provide adequate and suitable coverage (Eg. tank tops, tube tops, thin strapped tops are inappropriate).  Midriffs must be covered.  In addition, writing or pictures on clothing that implies or suggests violence, racism, vulgarity, etc.  will not be tolerated at Sydney Academy.





Students are not permitted to use electronic communication devices in any classroom. Except when explicitly directed by a teacher or administrator for a specific educational purpose.  Teachers will send students to the office who are using electronic communication devices in the classroom without explicit direction to do so. The consequences will range from a warning to a suspension from school for repeated offences.



The International Baccalaureate Program at Sydney Academy




The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.


 As IB learners  we strive to be:


Inquirers                We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research.  We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.                                                                                                    

Knowledgeable        We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers                We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems.We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators        We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language, and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled                We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere.We take responsibilityfor our own actions and their consequences.

Open-Minded        We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring                We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others in the world around us.

Risk-Takers                 We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. we are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced                We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives-intellectual, physical, and emotional- to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. we recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.






Reflective                We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.




                                                  The IB Diploma Program


The Diploma Program is suited to any academically ambitious high school student

who seeks to attend university.  This comprehensive two-year program is

delivered in grades 11 and 12, after students normally complete  the SA Pre-IB program

in Grade 10.  The program culminates in a series of international examinations

written in six academic subjects chosen by each student –one subject from each

of the following groups which correspond to the principal domains of knowledge:


Group 1 – Language A – English

Group 2 – Language B – a second language such as French, Spanish

Group 3 – Individuals and Society – subjects such as history and economics

Group 4 – Experimental Sciences – subjects such as physics, chemistry, and


Group 5 – Mathematics

Group 6 – The Arts or one Elective – subjects such as music and visual arts,

and theatre arts, or one elective from Group 3 or 4.


The student’s choices must include three courses taken at the Higher Level (HL),

comprising 240 teacher-student contact hours, and three courses taken at the Standard

Level (SL), comprising 150 teacher-student contact hours. Most subjects are taken over

two years.


The IB Diploma is about more than the six subjects that students study.  At its

heart, are three core requirements that are integral to the curriculum and make the

 IB Diploma program unique.  These three requirements are:


The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course – an interdisciplinary course designed

 to develop habits of critical reflection, clarity of thought, and moral judgment.



The Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) program – a minimum of 150 hours

of participation in creative programs, athletics or other physical activities, and

community service which enhances personal growth.








The Extended Essay (EE) – a 4000-word piece of original research on a topic

chosen by the student with the guidance of a teacher supervisor.


Schools which offer the IB Diploma Program are required to encourage a global

view, international understanding, and respect for others; important goals in all



The aims of the extended essay are to provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Pursue independent research in depth on a focused topic
  • Develop research and communication skills
  • Develop the skills of creative and critical thinking
  • Experience the excitement of intellectual discovery


The Nova Scotia Department of Education is pleased to confirm that students who successfully complete all of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma requirements will thereby earn a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma.


Please note that students who decide to leave the IB program will be required to meet Nova Scotia graduation requirements.Those students will, of course, be given credit toward those requirements for the IB courses they have successfully completed.


If a student does not opt for the entire IB Diploma Program, he/she may opt to pursue IB Certificates in courses of their choosing.  They are required to meet Nova Scotia Graduation requirements.  




The ultimate benefit is that IB Diploma graduates are literate, articulate, confident young adults with an understanding of global issues and other cultures.


University admissions and scholarship committees are increasingly taking into account an applicant’s entire school record, not just marks.  The IB Diploma Program’s emphasis on citizenry and extracurricular activities speaks aptly to those criteria.


The IB Diploma graduates receive excellent recognition from universities’ admissions offices in Canada, the USA and abroad.  This recognition in Canada includes early acceptance, advanced standing and eligibility for special IB scholarships as well as traditional university scholarships.  Many Canadian Universities have established dedicated IB admissions staff to recruit and advise IB Diploma graduates.  Please refer to university websites for policies regarding IB.


IB Diploma graduates consistently perform well once at university with many advancing to postgraduate programs.  Typically diploma holders bring to university a capacity for in-depth study, strong writing skills, and knowledge of how to research a topic and express their opinions.  








        Generally, each course is worth one full credit.  Grade 10 academic and Pre-IB Math, as well as English 10 Plus, are 2 credit courses.




For students who are entering Grade 10:


1.          The completion of eighteen (18) credits for grades 10, 11, and 12.

2.          These eighteen (18) credits must include fourteen (14) compulsory courses:


   Language, Communication and Expression

                          3 English language arts (one at each level)


Fine Arts

                      1 Fine Arts (art, music, drama, art dramatique, dance)   

  Science, Mathematicsand Technology


3 Mathematics courses (One at each Grade level)

2 Science courses:  one from Science 10, biology, chemistry, or physics, and one other approved      

   science course.

                          2 Other from mathematics, science, or technology:  eligible technology courses include:  

   Communication Technology 11 and 12; Construction Technology 10; Computer Related Studies 12;

   Business Technology 11 and 12; Design 11; Electro-technologies 11; Energy, Power, and

   Transportation     11; Exploring Technology 10; Production Technology 11 & 12;  Film and Video

   Production 12; Food Preparation &.Textile Production 10; Food Studies & Hospitality 12

       Personal Development and Society

                    1    Physical Education, which includes 1 of the following: Physical Education, Physically Active Living, Physical Education, Dance, Yoga 11, Mod de Vie 11 and CAS(IB).

                    1    Canadian History:  Canadian History 11, History 11,IB, Histoire 11 IB, African Canadian Studies 11, and Mi’kmaq Studies 10.

                    1    Global Studies: Global Geography 12,  Global History 12, Geographie Plantaire 12 History 12IB, Histoire 12 IB or Economics 12IB.


3.        Students are required to pass five (5) additional elective courses.

4.        No more than seven (7) of the minimum eighteen (18) credits can be for Grade 10 courses.

5.        At least five (5) of the minimum eighteen (18) credits must be for Grade 12 courses.

6.        In most cases, students may not count 2 credits in the same specific subject area at the same grade level toward

           the minimum of 18 credits required for high school graduation.  









A course of studies booklet is available to all students on the Sydney Academy Website.  The purpose of this booklet is to inform parents/guardians and students of the various course offerings for the following year.  A brief description of each course is contained in the booklet.  Students should choose their courses with great care, consulting with parents/guardians, homeroom teacher and Guidance Counsellor.  Course registration will normally be considered final.  Changes may be requested in cases such as a change in career plans or failing of a required course.





Evaluation procedures following the framework.  The Department Head and his/her teachers determine the kind and number of tests, projects, term papers, essays, labs, etc., to be given within an evaluation period.  Formal examinations are held once during the semester.  Please refer to the school and subject communication plans for further information on course requirements.


1.        1st Semester - Finals - January


2.        2nd Semester - Finals - June


        Specific evaluation procedures for each course will be outlined in the communication plan that will be provided for all courses.



Policy on Course Changes

Sydney Academy urges students to choose courses with great care. Their registration selections should be based on their interests, aptitudes and career plans. All Students are required to take a full course load while at Sydney Academy. For grade ten students, a full load is eight (8) courses - four each semester. For grade 11 students a full course load is a minimum of seven (7) courses, provided there are no failures on the transcript. For grade 12 students a full course load is a minimum of six (6) courses (three/semester) provided there are no failures on the transcript. Post grads and mature students must take a full load unless given special permission to take a reduced course load by the administration.

Grade 12 students choosing to take a reduced course load should be aware of the following:

  1. Eligibility for co/extra curricular activities will be lost if even one failure occurs. Please review the Discipline Policy for more information on academic eligibility.
  2. Students should investigate fully their eligibility for scholarships and bursaries.
  3. Especially for students in grade 12 - investigate fully how a reduced course load will affect your eligibility for entrance into programs at any post-secondary institution.

If students prepare carefully for course registration, and receive the necessary information and guidance, requests for course changes should be minimized. At times, however, it is in the best interest of the student and teacher to entertain a course change. Course changes will be considered for the first two weeks following the start of classes and will be permitted only if there is room in the course requested. A number of possible situations may be cited. These include:





  1. Keeping the same course but requesting a teacher change.  Requests for a teacher change are normally not allowed and will be accommodated only in extraordinary circumstances and at the discretion of the administration.   If such a change is granted, any marks by the student will be transferred and form part of the evaluation in the new class.
  2. "Drop-down" situations - e.g. Math 10 to Math at Work 10. Such situations should have been avoided during regular registration periods.  Drops downs will only be permitted at the discretion on the Administration if there is room in the lower level class. If an IB student should decide not to continue with an IB course, they may receive an academic credit using the NS Department of Education Soft Landing Guidelines.
  3. Grade Eleven and Twelve Students Dropping a Class.   Grade twelve students may carry as few as six (6) courses, provided there are no failures on the transcript. If a grade e;eleven or twelve student taking more than the minimum required number of courses wishes to drop a course, they may do so up to one month prior to the final exam period each semester.
  4. Changing from one course to an entirely different course - e.g. His 12 to Eco 12.   Course changes are not normally permitted except in cases where the change is required for a student to graduate. In some circumstances, course changes may be entertained if the request is due to a failure in a first semester course or a change in career plans.
  5. Student transferring from another school.   Students who transfer to Sydney Academy from another school outside our Board part way through the term will normally be required to take the same courses as studied at the previous school. Problems may arise in some cases due to differences in course offerings.   Such problems will be dealt with on an individual basis.
  6. Once the Course Change Deadline has passed, there will be no consideration given for further changes in schedules.










1.        Examinations will begin exactly at the designated times.  Morning examinations begin at exactly 9:00 a.m. andafternoon examinations begin at exactly 12:15 p.m.  Students are to be in the room designated for their examination at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the examination.


2.        Students must remain in the examination room for at least 60 minutes after the examination commences.






3.       Any student arriving late for an examination must report to the Main Office before proceeding to the examination room.


4.        Students must keep all scribblers and textbooks at the front of the class during the examination period.


5.      Students must bring to the examination room ALL materials necessary to write examinations.  However, foolscap, scrap paper and graph paper will be provided.






6.        Students leaving the building are to leave by the nearest exit.


7.     a)        Students  may  go directly to the library after passing in their  examination paper.

        b)        Students   in the downstairs area are to proceed to  the  library  by  Door  3, located opposite the

                   gymnasium and in the corner of the large parking lot.

        c)        Students arriving at the building to go to the library to student are to follow the same procedure as (b)

                   above.  This  will  enable  you  to  proceed  to  the library without disturbing the students who are  still

                   writing  their  exams.

8.        Electronic communication device are not  permitted.  Students found in possession of an electronic communication device during an exam will be given a mark of zero.


9.        Each student is to do his/her own work.  Any student caught cheating in any way during an examination will receive a mark of “0” - ZERO - for that particular exam.        



“ P L E A S E   R E M E M B E R ”


SILENCE is necessary in the classrooms and

in the hallways while examinations are in progress.



Sydney Academy

Team/Co/Extra Curricular Discipline Policy (Revised Sept. 2016)


Participation in Co/Extra Curricular Activities is a privilege not a right. This privilege may be removed by the School Administration and/or Athletic Council at any time due to educational and or behavioral issues.


A student must pass at least three (3) courses at the mid-term and final reporting periods in each semester to be eligible to take part in sports. If a student passes two courses they shall be removed from the team for four (4) weeks from the issuing of report cards. After this period they may be reinstated if satisfactory student progress has been achieved. If the student has less than two (2) passing grades they will be ineligible until the next official report.


First offence - A two to five day suspension from school and a 30 school day suspension from school sports teams/co/extra curricular activities.

Second offence - A five day suspension from school and removal from all teams/co/extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year. If the second offence occurs in the last two months of school (May or June) then the suspension from teams/co/extra curricular activities is for the remainder of the current school year and the first semester of the next school year.

Third offence - A five day suspension from school with possible recommendation to the School Board for a further suspension and termination from all teams/co/extracurricular activities for the remainder of the student’s school attendance with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.


First offense - Student is ineligible to play, practice, or participate in team/co/extracurricular activities while serving a suspension from school.

Second offence - Student will receive a game suspension for each day suspended from school (a three day suspension includes a three game suspension). Students will not be permitted to take part in co/extra curricular activities for five school days following their return to school from the suspension from school.

Third offence - Student is suspended from school sport/co/extra curricular activities for the remainder of the year.


A player who is suspended from league play and whose eligibility will not be reinstated during round robin play is ineligible to travel with the team to any tournament. If the tournament does not contain a play off round then the coach must check with the school administration to determine if the player will be eligible to travel with the team.


Athletes who play more than one school sport at the same time must inform their coaches of conflicts.  Athletes are required play games rather than practice when conflicts arise.  The athlete will practice and play with the team in play offs before any other team’s commitment. If both sports are in the regular season the athlete will alternate games for each team unless an alternate agreement is made with the coaches and athlete.



Any student who is unexcused absent or excused sick is not permitted to take part on teams and/or co/extra curricular activities on the day of the absence. Attendance will be checked on game day and coaches will be provided with a list of ineligible students. If a student does not inform the coach of their ineligibility and plays in the above circumstance they will be ineligible to play for the next two games. Students involved in other co/extracurricular activities will be ineligible to participate for the next five school days.

When a student reaches 5 absences the student  and his/her coach/advisor will be notified that school administration is reviewing the students attendances. The student may be removed from participation in the sport/activity by the administration at any time after five total absences, if attendance issues continue to occur. Athletes who are removed from participation in a sport/activity due to attendance issues will be ineligible to participate  for a period of  (16)school days (2-8 day cycles).  The student may be reinstated after this time if the administration is satisfied that the student’s attendance pattern has improved. Family vacations are not excusable absences.  For activities that begin mid-semester, students will be permitted to participate if they have a clean attendance record for two (2) weeks leading into the first game of the season.  Any additional absences will lead to the two cycle suspension as outlined above.

**** Students are not permitted to drive themselves or other  students to any co/extra curricular event, as per Board Policy*****


Athlete Signature ____________________________ Date _________________


Parent Signature _____________________________ Date _________________





















        Head Girl                                -  Emily MacEachern 

        Head Boy                                -  Seth Noseworthy        

        Vice President                         -  Amara Thanamayooran        

        Vice President                        -  Lauren Cholock

        Head of Student Relations      -  Lauren Holloway





For Representative Elections:


        Representatives at each grade level (grades 9-12) are elected in September.  The head boy and head girl will oversee the election of Assembly representatives. Assembly representatives  will be elected by private ballot, one person - one vote, majority rule.  




1.  Each year during the month of May, a Head Boy and a Head Girl shall be elected from the Grade 11 students to represent Sydney Academy for the ensuing year.

2.   The Head Boy and Head Girl shall be Grade 12 students during the year they are in office.

3.   Duties include:

        a)  They will on occasion represent and speak to the student body.

        b)  They will receive guests in the name of Sydney Academy.

        c)  They will take turns in presiding at General Assemblies.

d) They will be expected to approach teaching staff members as representing the         student body when matters arise that call for discussions.

        e)  They will assist the Principal or Vice-Principals upon request.

f)  They will assist in and oversee the organization of the next Head Boy and Head Girl elections.

g)  They will assist in the organization of the new Assembly officer elections, and continue, throughout the year, to act in an advisory capacity.

h)  They will represent the student body on the Sydney Academy School Advisory Council.



        a)  Strong academic candidate:  average of 75% in seven (7) subjects in grade 10 and 11 with no failing grade on report card.  This includes the February and June report cards in grade 10 and the February and April report cards in grade 11.

        b)  Exemplary attendance.

        c)  Active participation in co/extra curricular events

        d)  Recommendations from two teachers in the form of signatures or reference letters.        

     e)  Personal qualifications include evidence of good character, ability to speak in public, and willingness to accept and completely discharge responsibilities.






Selection of Candidates

Students who meet the eligibility guidelines shall complete a written application and forward it to the selection committee.

The selection committee is comprised of the principal, vice-principals, and a group of interested teachers.  The duties of this committee shall be to post a final list of candidates who meet the eligibility requirements.





Sydney Academy offers students a number of organizations, clubs, sports and special events such as Winter Carnival and Grad Week during the year.  Students are encouraged to participate and join in Academy activities.  Some of the organizations are listed below.


            Badminton Club                 Yearbook                              Debating Club


            Drama Club                        Winter Carnival                    Key Club                

            Students’ Assembly            Safe Grad                             Ski Club





Varsity Sports Include:


Boys’ Basketball              Badminton                Football                                  Boys’ Golf

Girls’ Basketball             Cheerleaders                Boys’  Hockey                     Girls’ Golf

Girls’ Softball                Girls’ Volleyball        Girls’ Rugby                         Girls’ Soccer

Cross-Country                Track& Field                Boys’ Rugby                        Boys’ Soccer              









Policy Statement:

Students in Sydney Academy will select from a variety of information sources, including the Internet, to support and extend their learning as prescribed in the “Public School Programs” of Nova Scotia.   Access and  use of the Internet by students in Sydney Academy will allow them to access local, national and international electronic information sources and to collaborate with peers and experts to sole curriculum related problems.  Access to information and collaboration are vital to intellectual inquiry in a democracy.


*           To provide Internet access in accordance with the Public School Program of NS to inform, educate and provide access to the ideas of humanity.

        *        To conduct and share research in pursuit of curriculum outcomes.

        *        To communicate with peers and identified experts to solve curriculum-related problems.  To become familiar with career opportunities in a global information economy.

        *        To develop information literacy and technological competence necessary for meaningful employment in an information economy.

        *        To develop entrepreneurial skills.        



No Student will be given access to the internet at Sydney Academy

until the Internet Access and User Policy  has been signed and

returned to the school.  The Policy is available on-line at: