High school students to get credit for gymnastics, music, language programs

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By Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax

HALIFAX - The provincial government is giving more credit to high school students

On Wednesday afternoon, Education Minister Ramona Jennex announced eight new providers for the personal development credit launched last fall, which allows high school kids to gain an elective for extra-curriculars.

“Students learn in many different ways and they learn in many different places. They learn inside of our classrooms and outside of our classrooms,” Jennex said at the Alta Gymnastics Club.

Students who complete high levels and lots of hours in their programs can qualify for half or full elective credits.

The new providers include Gymnastics Nova Scotia, Italian Language School, Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation, Cadance Academy in New Minas, Lifesaving Society of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers’ Association, Nova Scotia Scouts Canada and Skate Canada Nova Scotia.

“We really wanted to make a credit available to our students to recognize that the work they do outside of school is recognized as part of their education,” Jennex said.

Zach Longley has been practicing gymnastics since the age of 9, and said having a credit to recognizing his hard work would really help.

“I spend most of my time in the gym, so to get a credit for being here … would really help out, since sometimes I’m here when I have a test or something,” Longley said.

Both Jennex and Longley said students pick up important life skills through art or sport that will only help academic performance.

“You need a lot of determination to really go forward in the sport, and so you can kind of use that in school also, pushing yourself mentally to do better,” Longley said.

Organizations: Alta Gymnastics Club, Language School, Cadance Academy Scouts Canada

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • S
    May 03, 2013 - 09:26

    In order for equestrian to count they must be working on the NCCP Coaching Program. http://www.horsenovascotia.ca/Coaching-NCCP-EC-Instructor-and-Coach-Program A full list of approved classes/topics is the link below: https://pdc.ednet.ns.ca/sites/default/files/final_complete_approved_provider_and_course_list_may_2013.pdf

  • craig
    May 02, 2013 - 14:55

    What a joke of an education system.

  • poor choices
    May 02, 2013 - 14:34

    equestrian will get you a credit? I agree with Tracy and swimming should get one, that makes more sense to me then equestrian. And if Scouts can get one why not maybe cadets or military reserves?

  • tracy Ott
    May 02, 2013 - 07:51

    I am shocked that swimming was not included as a credit program. The time spent in a pool to compete is equal to that of other sports.