NCDES Newsletter April 2013

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Interviews with BC Premier Christy Clark and Attorney General Shirley Bond

We recently interviewed two of the top BC government officials: the Honourable Christy Clark and the Honourable Shirley Bond. They provided some very useful insights about education and we invite you to watch their interviews below.



If there is anyone you would like us to interview in a similar manner, please let us know and if appropriate, we’ll try to make it happen. Also, if you have an interview that you feel would be appropriate for us to showcase, please tell us about it and again, if appropriate, we will put it up on our next newsletter or facebook page.

The Plot Thickens. . .

cloud-atlas-book-coverSome time ago, I stumbled upon what I thought would be the cheesy movie trailer for a lame science-fiction flick. The name of the trailer was Cloud Atlas, and by the end of the near 6 minute trailer, I found myself in tears—it was simply the most powerful trailer I had ever watched. Being somewhere around mid-October and with a release date of October 26th, I waited with frenzied anticipation for the movie to show in Terrace. However, I soon found out that wasn’t going to happen. So I bought the novel, read it in 48 hours and was left in the same state after watching the trailer. I was completely hooked, and have probably watched the trailer over 100 times since. When I finally did get to see the movie, I was once again left in complete tearful awe of its brilliance and meanings. Though, be warned, that while the book and movie are what I would consider literary and cinematic masterpieces, there is definitely strong content that may offend readers/viewers. What is it about? Basically, how one’s actions reverberate through time and affect others, but also how one’s actions can bring people together for the greater good. Check out the link to the trailer below and watch for the DVD release of Cloud Atlas in Canada on May 14th.


Clerical Tips

We have a  useful tip from our clerical staff this month.

Forwarding of Transcripts and Report-Card Requests

Requests for reports and transcripts for third parties, such as universities and community colleges can take some time to process and students must allow for 2 weeks (10 working days) for such requests to be processed from the time we have all details required. Students are responsible for providing us with the following information:

  1. Name and exact addresses of intended recipients (email and/or postal)
  2. Format of report required unless our standard report is acceptable
  3. Deadline of submission
  4. Additional details required by recipient

Any requests should be sent to both your teacher and the clerical staff ( We try to process each and every request in a timely fashion, but if we don’t get the above information, we will not be able to send the report.

When we send the report card, we will send the student an email with the same information and if there are any errors, it is their responsibility to contact us as soon as possible. Additionally, the student must contact the intended recipients to verify that have received the necessary documents and that the documents meet requirements.

We’d also like to remind students who are finishing up a course that it can take up to 2 months to receive transcripts from the ministry for that course.

Do you know more about science and technology than the average American?

Image_Biology_2Photo Credit: Kevin Dooley via Compfight cc

Are you brave enough to take this 13-question quiz (click link) to test your knowledge of scientific concepts? If you are, you can see how you did in comparison with 1,006 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a national poll conducted by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine. Only 7% of the U.S. populace taking this quiz got all 13 questions right!




Provincial Exams May 16 & 17

Please note that the May sitting of Provincial Exams will take place May 16 and 17, 2013. Please see the exam schedule for specific dates and times:
If you are enrolled in a course that requires a Provincial Exam and you are prepared to write in May, please contact NCDES.

Secondary Term 3 Report Cards

Secondary Term 3 Report Cards were emailed on Thursday, April 25 and could take 24 hours to get through.

Please contact our office staff if you did not receive your report by then, or to update your email if there has been a change. If you are of school age, NCDES must have an up to date parent email on file.

Thank you!


Once again we will be having a school Fun Day and invite all of our students and families to join us at Lakelse Lake on Friday, May 24th. We will meet at the Lakelse Picnic Site at the family/group campsite. We will start at around 10 AM with some fun activities, have a barbeque lunch and then relax or enjoy some station activities until 3 PM. Hope you can join us!

(Please contact if you think you can join us – just to give us an idea of how many will be with us for lunch.)

Lakelse Lake Picnic Site
Lakelse Lake Picnic Site

Directions: Take Highway 37 south from the 4 way stop on the east side of Terrace. Travel south past the airport, past Gruchy’s Beach and over the William’s Creek Bridge. The second park sign is for the Lakelse Lake Picnic site and Group Campsite.  The group campsite road is accessed off the last parking lot in the picnic site area.

Student Map

This is a map showing the rough locations of most of the student body of NCDES. As you can see, NCDES students come from all over BC, with lots around Vancouver, Terrace, Prince Rupert and Kitimat.

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