Rural students headed to St. John’s
Students from eight rural Newfoundland and Labrador schools will be able to participate in educational and cultural experiences in St. John’s.
The provincial government’s Intra-provincial Travel Program is providing approximately $33,500 so these students can see what might await them following high school graduation.
Among the schools sending students are Marystown Central High School; King Academy, Harbour Breton; MSB Regional Academy, Middle Arm; A.R. Scammell Academy, Change Islands; Cottrell’s Cove Academy; Cloud River Academy, Roddickton; St. Mary’s All-Grade, Mary’s Harbour and Mealy Mountain Collegiate, Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Education Minister Darin King suggested “Coming to St. John’s from a small town or remote area of the province can often be difficult.
“By exposing young people to some of our post-secondary institutions and cultural venues, they will have a better understanding of the capital city and hopefully be ready to embrace everything it has to offer – most importantly, post-secondary training.”
To be considered for funding, schools submitted an application package to the Department of Education, detailing the intended destination, objectives for their trip and a planned itinerary. All schools, which applied, received funding.
Students will visit places such as Memorial University, the Marine Institute, College of the North Atlantic and various private colleges. They will also get a glimpse of life in the province’s largest city by exploring cultural centres such as The Rooms, the Johnson GEO CENTRE and the Fluvarium.
Mr. King said this program helps students make more informed choices at a critical time.
“By introducing young people to life beyond graduation while still in school, they will have a better understanding of what it entails, and we hope they will be better able to embrace the many opportunities available to them.”