NNEC Grads

Contact information

Hello NNEC grads 2020!! I've created this website to help share with you important dates, information and deadlines about upcoming events, scholarships and bursaries. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Contact information:

902-755-8180 ext. 192

Important Dates

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for grade 12 students who would be willing to give up a lunch hour a week to become a mentor to grade 9 students here at school through the Big Brothers program . This volunteer experience would be very beneficial on a resume/reference letter particularly to someone interested in applying for bursaries/scholarships. If interest, please speak to Mrs. Lochead.

If you would like to volunteer to be a peer tutor, we are looking for students who would be interested in helping younger students with math and science. Check in with Mrs. Lochead if you are willing to give up some of your lunch hour for this good cause. Another opportunity to enhance your resume.

Check this out:

To find out the hottest careers for the next 8 years (according to the Canadian government)


You can click on each career category to get examples of jobs that would fall into that category. Click further on a specific job to see what the duties include as well as where you can become trained for the job.

To get valuable information on scholarships, check out Janet MacDonald's website: https://www.mycampusgps.ca/blog

The 6 most common mistakes people make when applying for scholarships: https://scholartree.ca/blog/the-6-most-common-mistakes-when-applying-to-scholarships

Grad write-ups and photos for yearbook

Students are reminded to get important information to Mr. Bowman for this year's yearbook. You may not appreciate the value of a yearbook now, but trust me, you will on the night of Safe Grad when everyone else is running around getting their friends and teachers to sign their book. Yearbooks will be on sale during the upcoming parent-teacher visitation so perhaps parents could purchase one for you as a Christmas gift.

Grade photos - to make an appointment for your picture at Pridham's, go online at https://www.pridhamsstudio.com/portrait-sittings/

Encounters with Canada

Encounters with Canada is our country’s largest and foremost youth forum. Teens from across Canada, aged 14 to 17 years, come to Ottawa. Here they discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career options, develop their civic leadership skills and live an extraordinary bilingual experience. The cost per student for an Encounters’ week in Ottawa is just $675, including lodging, meals, most planned activities and local transportation. Travel to Ottawa from anywhere in Canada is ENTIRELY FREE, thanks to Exchanges Canada, a program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, which covers the fares for air, rail and bus. Check out the website: www.ewc-rdc.com to learn more about this program. Take a look at the calendar online which provides participants with the choice of 13 different theme weeks, enabling students to explore and experience potential careers and areas of personal interest. As long as the theme week you are interested in occurs before you turn 18 years of age, grade 12 students may attend. We have a registration codes left for 2 students from North Nova to use for this school year. Once those codes are used (first come, first serve basis), we cannot send any more students. If you are interested in learning more about the educational opportunity, information is available in Student services ( See Mrs. Lochead). Please note: Students must go to their theme week before their 18th birthday.

Second semester information:

I do not know what will happen with some of the scholarships/bursary opportunities that I advertised in previous years. When I receive confirmation that an opportunity still exists, I will put the name of the scholarship or bursary here. Also, make sure that you check out scholarship tab in the top right hand corner of this page - it will open to a page that has scholarships available on a month by month basis.

Jordan Boyd Leadership Awards

The Jordan Boyd Foundation is accepting applications for the 2020 Jordan Boyd Leadership Awards.

The Jordan Boyd Leadership Award was established in the fall of 2013, following the sudden and tragic death of 16 year-old Jordan Boyd of Bedford during the training camp for the AcadieBathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

It is hoped that these awards will assist successful applicants realize their academic goals as they move towards the next exciting chapter of their lives. Jordan’s family also receives some comfort knowing that Jordan continues to positively impact the community.

The Jordan Boyd Leadership Award, in the form of post-secondary entrance scholarships, recognizes individuals in amateur hockey who have demonstrated a passion for sportsmanship, learning, leadership and community. Students who have participated in minor hockey through local hockey associations, including high school, and Hockey Nova Scotia programs are eligible to apply. Each scholarship consists of a one-time cash award of $2,000 to be used for post secondary tuition. Since 2014, $46,000 in scholarships have been awarded to students from across Nova Scotia. Applications forms and how to apply for a Jordan Boyd Leadership Award can be found at jordanboyd.ca - Scholarships.

The Jordan Boyd Leadership Award is managed by the Jordan Boyd Foundation, consisting of volunteer Directors. For more information please visit jordanboyd.ca.

Applications will be received until April 24, 2020 with winners announced in late May of 2020

A bursary opportunity for students living in the East Pictou area (that would include students that attended Thorburn or East Pictou Middle School):

  • East Pictou Foundation Bursary (deadline May 1st, 2020)
  • To access the application, please use the following code yud7z52 to join a google classroom set up for this bursary.

United Commerical Travelers Bursary - Deadline May 22, 2020

Use the following link to access the application: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xQwdDxRzU_jyOeLlrgGhMW4kGq4-u52I/view?usp=sharing

Robert Spencer Memorial Bursary - Deadline May 30, 2020.

Use following link to access the application: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ImTQ_AYP645eEPyF97DyPflFtR1ReYxO

DivertNS Champion of the Environment Scholarship - Deadline May 3, 2020

Use following link to access the application: https://drive.google.com/open?id=16NCBbtHjuGJlcEBfKRBlunlH4tvdWd0s

Churchville Women's Institute Bursary - Deadline May 29, 2020

Application can be found at https://forms.gle/7f4rZ9h14qbzJu699.

Royal Canadian Legion Bursaries - Deadline May 29, 2020.

Applications can be found at https://forms.gle/DeZzJXDZibL6Kevw5.

Nova Scotia Freeman's Bursaries - Deadline May 22, 2020.

Applications can be found at https://forms.gle/KosqVbPv75ndhz6b6.

Kinette Bursary for Community Spirit - June 1, 2020.

This bursary, in the amount of five hundred dollars, shall be awarded to a female student of Pictou County who is graduating from high school in the current year. The Kinette Bursary for Community Spirit will be awarded based on the candidate’s demonstration of community spirit as shown by her involvement in volunteer activities. It is important to note that the awarding of the bursary will not be dependent upon academic standing or post-secondary pursuits.

Use the following link to access the application which needs to be printed off and mailed to the address provided: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17OwH5QWL-I2DAUwlH_0P2U2WAJU13lXf

Municipal Council Bursary - applicable to students who live in the municipality of Pictou County (not within a particular town) - Deadline May 29, 2020.

Use the following link: https://forms.gle/x3TUH3Mk3hCtW8nC8 to apply.

IOOF Moore Lodge Bursary (Thorburn)- Applicant must be a graduating student of North Nova Education Centre who resides in the catchment area of the former East Pictou Rural High School. Deadline: May 29th, 2020


Community Roots Bursary - Deadline May 29, 2020

This bursary is for graduating students, of North Nova Education Centre, who are pursuing their first year of post secondary education at an approved university, college or community college. This bursary is only open to students who reside in the Barney’s River Fire Dept. catchment area.


NNEC Gender & Sexuality Alliance Bursary - Deadline May 29, 2020.

Criteria: Graduating student attending a post-secondary, be a member of the LBGT+ community, write a one page essay that explains how you have/will help get rid of stigma surrounding the LGBT+ community and why you are the most deserving of the bursary.


All grads need to complete the questionnaire found at the following link ASAP: https://forms.gle/YGMqYVYA3B652wrW6

Important information for graduating students regarding their GNSPES Accounts:

Once a student has graduated their GNSPES account will remain active for 1 year. It is highly recommended that graduating students archive their GNSPES account prior to the account expiring. This should be completed after the end of this school year.

To do this the student must:

  • Open a web browser and go to GNSPES.ca
  • Click the link on the main login page called, “archive your data”
  • Once the link is clicked a new tab or window will open up that provides step by step instructions on how to archive

A Notice to our Graduates:

As we gear up for your graduation appointments, we want to invite you to come to the school to pick up your graduation attire, yearbook, and grad clothing on Thursday, June 18th.

If your last name begins with A-L, please come between 9am-12:00pm.

If your last name begins with M-Z, please come between 1:00pm-3:00pm.

You (or a designated person) are asked to enter through the front main doors of the school and maintain proper physical distancing at all times. As always, we need you to adhere to COVID-19 health and safety protocols and to refrain from entering the building if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or are feeling unwell.

We look forward to seeing you!