Tamara Cunningham

CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Dover Bay Secondary School grad Jay Panchal has been leading a mural project on the school’s garden shed. He’s anticipating studying art and animation at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont.

BEST & BRIGHTEST: Student helps to tell his grad class’ stories

Jay Panchal of Dover Bay Secondary School comfortable with all different platforms

CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Dover Bay Secondary School grad Jay Panchal has been leading a mural project on the school’s garden shed. He’s anticipating studying art and animation at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont.
CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Ella Olesen of the Island ConnectEd program will study music, theatre and dance at the University of Michigan in the fall.

BEST & BRIGHTEST: Rounds of applause await as grad goes to next level

Island ConnectEd graduate Ella Olesen compelled to seek spotlight and results

CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Ella Olesen of the Island ConnectEd program will study music, theatre and dance at the University of Michigan in the fall.
CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Jenna McColman stops by the lab at Cedar Secondary School. The grad is already studying in the sciences at a university level as she eyes further studies in medicine.

BEST & BRIGHTEST: Graduate guiding others, too, as she finds her own path

Cedar Secondary grad student Jenna McColman already a mentor

CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Jenna McColman stops by the lab at Cedar Secondary School. The grad is already studying in the sciences at a university level as she eyes further studies in medicine.
CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Aspengrove School’s Lesley Hill dives for the disc at ultimate frisbee practice at Caledonia Park. Hill will study engineering physics at UBC in the fall.

BEST & BRIGHTEST: Grad year has ended up being an ultimate adventure

Aspengrove School’s Lesley Hill has been a representative for her school internationally

CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Aspengrove School’s Lesley Hill dives for the disc at ultimate frisbee practice at Caledonia Park. Hill will study engineering physics at UBC in the fall.
CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Nanaimo Christian School’s Maria Clemotte shares her time-management strategies with a YouTube audience. She’ll be heading to Vancouver Island University in the fall.

BEST & BRIGHTEST: Well-organized grad sets example for fellow students

Nanaimo Christian School graduate Maria Clemotte lends expertise

CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Nanaimo Christian School’s Maria Clemotte shares her time-management strategies with a YouTube audience. She’ll be heading to Vancouver Island University in the fall.
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools chairman Steve Rae and Education Minister Rob Fleming chat before a group photo at John Barsby Secondary School. The minister was on a mid-Island tour on Monday. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Education minister stops in Nanaimo during mid-Island tour

Aboriginal education, dual-credit program and wellness centre highlighted

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools chairman Steve Rae and Education Minister Rob Fleming chat before a group photo at John Barsby Secondary School. The minister was on a mid-Island tour on Monday. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Departure Bay Eco-School student Nolan Oussoren, Grade 1, shares what he knows about sea urchins during KidsMeet the Ocean, a webcast to classrooms across Canada organized by A Kids’ Guide to Canada-By Kids, For Kids. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Nanaimo students issue Canada-wide challenge for kids to go without straws

Departure Bay Eco School took part in national webcast on World Oceans Day on Friday

Departure Bay Eco-School student Nolan Oussoren, Grade 1, shares what he knows about sea urchins during KidsMeet the Ocean, a webcast to classrooms across Canada organized by A Kids’ Guide to Canada-By Kids, For Kids. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Wellington Secondary student Guilherme Malachias demonstrates virtual reality during the school’s first-ever tech week, an event to showcase technology to students and teachers. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Technology put in hands of students in high school’s first tech week

Students could check out robotics, 3-D printing and virtual reality at event

Wellington Secondary student Guilherme Malachias demonstrates virtual reality during the school’s first-ever tech week, an event to showcase technology to students and teachers. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Fairview Community School student Jaden Dinh-Phan, 10, helps Ammar Alissa, 9, pick out clothes in the Sunshine Store, a Grade 4 class initiative to help children access clothes in exchange for acts of kindness. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

School store asks customers to pay in kindness

Fairview Community School class hosted a Sunshine Store this week

Fairview Community School student Jaden Dinh-Phan, 10, helps Ammar Alissa, 9, pick out clothes in the Sunshine Store, a Grade 4 class initiative to help children access clothes in exchange for acts of kindness. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Nanaimo parents Jennifer Smith, Kelsey Thomas and Michelle Fairbanks are concerned a district policy on out-of-catchment students could put them in the position of having to either pull their children from Departure Bay Eco School to keep siblings together, or separate siblings in two different schools. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Eco school full, out-of-catchment younger siblings might not get in

Departure Bay elementary school enrolment has risen to 280 students this year

Nanaimo parents Jennifer Smith, Kelsey Thomas and Michelle Fairbanks are concerned a district policy on out-of-catchment students could put them in the position of having to either pull their children from Departure Bay Eco School to keep siblings together, or separate siblings in two different schools. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Wellington Secondary’s Queer Strait Alliance members Clara Jaeger, left, Hannah Hitchen, Bethany Morley, Alexis Barudin and Onuku Larochelle stand on a new rainbow crosswalk, the first of its kind in the school district. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Wellington Secondary paints school district’s first rainbow crosswalk

High school will hold a ribbon cutting Friday to celebrate new coloured crossing

Wellington Secondary’s Queer Strait Alliance members Clara Jaeger, left, Hannah Hitchen, Bethany Morley, Alexis Barudin and Onuku Larochelle stand on a new rainbow crosswalk, the first of its kind in the school district. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Nanaimo Pride Society members Nic Carper, treasurer, AJ Macleod, vice-president, Lauren Semple, president and Vanessa Purdy, secretary, are ready to get the party started. Pride week begins Tuesday, June 5. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Nanaimo to show its colours as Pride Week kicks off

Organizers expect 10,000 people to mark five-day celebration

Nanaimo Pride Society members Nic Carper, treasurer, AJ Macleod, vice-president, Lauren Semple, president and Vanessa Purdy, secretary, are ready to get the party started. Pride week begins Tuesday, June 5. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
The Cowichan Tzinquaw Dancers open the first-ever t’uxusthumpsh Vancouver Island Indigenous Language Symposium at the Port Theatre. The event pulled language teachers, elders, youths and school staff from across the Island together to discuss language revitalization. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Revitalizing indigenous language at heart of Island’s first symposium

About 100 people from across Vancouver Island attended the event at the Port Theatre

The Cowichan Tzinquaw Dancers open the first-ever t’uxusthumpsh Vancouver Island Indigenous Language Symposium at the Port Theatre. The event pulled language teachers, elders, youths and school staff from across the Island together to discuss language revitalization. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
The public can vote to help École North Oyster Elementary win one of three $100,000 prizes from BCAA Play Here contest to build a new, accessible play space. CHRIS BUSH/News Bulletin

North Oyster school looking for votes for accessible playground project

The school is a top 10 finalist in the BCAA Play Here contest

The public can vote to help École North Oyster Elementary win one of three $100,000 prizes from BCAA Play Here contest to build a new, accessible play space. CHRIS BUSH/News Bulletin
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools has created a new webpage dedicated to sexual health.                                Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools image

School district launches new sexual health website

New website has information for parents, teens and teachers

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools has created a new webpage dedicated to sexual health.                                Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools image
Arthur Taylor, 12, has been named a finalist in CBC Books’ Shakespeare Selfie Student Writing Challenge. Winners will be announced on Wednesday. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Nanaimo student a contest finalist for his Shakespeare-inspired soliloquy

Rutherford Elementary student Arthur Taylor channels voice of Hamlet for CBC Books contest

Arthur Taylor, 12, has been named a finalist in CBC Books’ Shakespeare Selfie Student Writing Challenge. Winners will be announced on Wednesday. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Rock City students Henry Gammon, Barnabas Horvath and Abbegale Gregory watch a camera as it moves through a pipe during Nanaimo’s Public Works Day on Wednesday. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

City showcases power of public works to Nanaimo students

City of Nanaimo holds second Public Works Day

Rock City students Henry Gammon, Barnabas Horvath and Abbegale Gregory watch a camera as it moves through a pipe during Nanaimo’s Public Works Day on Wednesday. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin
Trudy Chatwin, former species-at-risk biologist with B.C.’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Nature Resource Operations, front, keeps an eye out for a western painted turtle at Buttertubs Marsh. She’s joined by Connie Miller Retzer, ecosystems biologist with the ministry. CHRIS BUSH/News Bulletin

Biologists keep an eye out for Island’s next generation of turtles

Cameras at Nanaimo marsh help monitor populations of western painted turtle, a species-at-risk

Trudy Chatwin, former species-at-risk biologist with B.C.’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Nature Resource Operations, front, keeps an eye out for a western painted turtle at Buttertubs Marsh. She’s joined by Connie Miller Retzer, ecosystems biologist with the ministry. CHRIS BUSH/News Bulletin
Trudy Chatwin, former species-at-risk biologist with Ministry of Forests, Lands and Nature Resource Operations, keeps an eye out for a western painted turtle at Buttertubs Marsh. She’s joined by Connie Miller Retzer, ecosystems biologist with the ministry. CHRIS BUSH/News Bulletin

Biologists keep an eye out for Nanaimo’s next generation of turtles

Cameras at Buttertubs Marsh help monitor populations of western painted turtle, a species-at-risk

Trudy Chatwin, former species-at-risk biologist with Ministry of Forests, Lands and Nature Resource Operations, keeps an eye out for a western painted turtle at Buttertubs Marsh. She’s joined by Connie Miller Retzer, ecosystems biologist with the ministry. CHRIS BUSH/News Bulletin
Fairview Elementary students, Maleah Culbertson and Miles Smith, both 9, crack open a book at the school library. The school is helping students learn to read and enjoy books as one of the district’s four focus schools with new reading and literacy supports. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools plans to expand focus school program

If someone asked a class of Fairview Community School students about reading…

Fairview Elementary students, Maleah Culbertson and Miles Smith, both 9, crack open a book at the school library. The school is helping students learn to read and enjoy books as one of the district’s four focus schools with new reading and literacy supports. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin