St. Agnes Junior High has become increasingly diverse over the past few years. Our school community includes students who were born or lived in 43 countries and there are 34 different languages spoken. A quarter of our student population was born outside of Canada. After English and French, Arabic is the third most spoken language at St. Agnes
St. Agnes not only embraces this diversity but incorporates all forms of diversity when planning lessons. Studies show that students work better in a diverse environment, enabling them to concentrate and push themselves further when there are people of other backgrounds working alongside them. This promotes creativity, as well as better education, as those differing viewpoints are able to collaborate to create solutions.
Students of all cultures, languages, abilities and religions are welcome and respected at St. Agnes Junior High.
What is EAL Support?
EAL Support (English as an Additional Language) is an additional school service provided to enable your children to succeed in the grade-level classroom. EAL teachers work with classroom teachers to help students develop English language skills, cultural awareness and learning strategies which they will need to work successfully with the Nova Scotian school curriculum.
How can I help my child?
• Create a quiet place and a regular time to do homework and study.
• Talk to your child about what is happening at school.
• Encourage your child to show you all school work.
• Read with your child.
• Learning in a new language takes lots of energy. Ensure that your child gets plenty of rest.
• Help your child to find opportunities to use English outside of school.
• Be patient. Understand that learning a language is a complex, long-term process.
Should I continue to use our first language with my child?
YES! There is much research to suggest that the more highly developed a student’s first language is the more successful they will be in acquiring an additional language.
Below are a few helpful links that promote language learning:
Simplifies difficult English: