After School Time Period (Since 2013)
“Thank you all for your great leadership in ATB (After the Bell) and in your communities” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (Aug. 29, 2018)
Completed – 2017-18
Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) is Proud to Participate in the Cape Breton Region After the Bell After School Time Period Partnership Meeting August 29, 2017 in Inverness as we prepared for the 2017-18 season.
Thank You to all Partners for their Participation & Contribution. Victoria County “GO” (Get Outside – in Nature) has been benefiting residents Since 2013!
Proud Partners for Your Health:
-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County
-NS Dept Communities, Culture & Heritage
“I’m over the moon happy with the ATB programs this year. You folks are doing incredible partnership work. Thanks and keep it up. Thanks again! You all rock!” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (March 1, 2018) “Thank you for forwarding positive feedback, Vince – always good to hear! It has been a great pleasure to be part of the After The Bell program!” Judy King (March 3, 2018) / “Thank you Judy and Deborah for taking the time to participate in the Go Girls Program with the girls. A great program for sure and I believe they all enjoyed getting outdoors with you both! Thanks to Debbie Bell as well“- Tanya Peterson (March 2, 2018) / “We have really enjoyed our hikes with all of you, it has been a pleasure for us. Wonderful to spend time with you lovely, energetic girls!” – Judy King and Deborah Baldwin (March 2, 2018) / “Thank you as always for all your ongoing support for the GO program. It wouldn’t have happened without your encouragement“- Judy King, GO Leader Program at Baddeck Academy, March 1, 2018 / “Thank you very much for all your support. It would not have happened without your encouragement” – Best wishes, Judy King (March 8, 2018) / Our Yoga Sessions @ Baddeck Academy are finished. Thanks for all of your support Vince.😊 – Patsy MacKenzie, Fit Yoga Leader at Baddeck Academy (March 7, 2018) / “Thanks for supporting this (Fit Yoga) Baddeck ” – Patsy MacKenzie Feb. 21, 2018)
HELD – GO (Get Outside in Nature) Winter Program (Started January 18, 2018)
AFTER SCHOOL HIKES FOR GRADE 6 – 9 GIRLS Report 2017-18
From October 2017 to March 2018 grade 6 – 9 girls registered in the GO Get Outside in Nature after school program have been able to go on a weekly hike after school with two experienced leaders.
On our hikes we have explored around Baddeck, such as Kidston Island (with help from Baddeck Marine) and the Silver Dart trail; several routes on Beinn Bhreagh, and in the Big Baddeck area, such as Uisge Ban Falls. Permission was sought, willingly given and gratefully received where appropriate.
A Department of Natural Resources officer volunteered to speak to participants about recommended ways to act and be prepared to meet wildlife when out in nature. Iris Kedmi led the group in a ‘forest bathing’ experience, where we were taken through the forest, being attentive to each of our senses in turn and what they tell us about our surroundings. Generous volunteer support was given by qualified back-up leaders when needed. We are very grateful to parents and grandparents who contributed as drivers, who made it possible for the girls to be there and gave helpful and positive feedback.
This program would not have happened without the support and encouragement of Vince Forrestall in his role as Co-ordinator of Physical Activity Strategy for ‘Naturally Active Victoria County’. Named the GO Get Outside in Nature program, it came under provincial funding of the ‘After the Bell’ program. Participants received a GO logo hoodie and a whistle for use in the woods. Vince Forrestall made sure we were connected to Baddeck Academy administration for their partnership, and to school caterer Rita Campbell, who made up a healthy snack for us each week.
It was great fun for us as leaders to spend the time with such an energetic group of girls. We all enjoyed the walks and the company, and saw fantastic views and sunsets! It is hoped that we will be able to take it up again in the fall, if there is interest. Keep an eye/ear out! I would like to encourage outdoors people who have experience with young people or groups and are willing to provide the necessary checks to consider being leaders or back-up leaders. Thank you to all who helped! Judy King, Deborah Baldwin.
$10,700 Funding for Victoria County After School Time Period Programming 2017-18
Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) is pleased to announce that $10,700 has been approved by NS Dept of Communities, Culture & Heritage & NS Thrive in support of After-school Time Period Programming in Victoria County for its popular GO – Girls Only (Get Outside in Nature) Program in Partnership with the Municipality of the County of Victoria, CBVRSB and Schools located in Victoria County, Baddeck Academy, Rankin School of the Narrows, Cabot School and the Cape Breton Family Place Resource Society. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County and Partners have been Proud Supporters since 2013.
- Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) also received $15,000 in funding for the 2016-17 year
- Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) received $10,000 in funding for the 2015-16 year
- $26,620 was received in 2014-15
- $13,270 was received in 2013
Total $75,590 received from the Province in After-school Time Period Funding Since 2013
“I look forward to continuing and expanding the great work we are doing through ATB (After the Bell: AS – After School Time Period) in Cape Breton. Thanks” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (Aug. 9, 2016) – “I look forward to continuing the great work that we are doing through ATB (After-school time period) in Cape Breton” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (Aug. 30, 2016)
After School Time Period 2016-2017 Highlights
(April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017)
|3rd Annual Santa’s Workshop||Bay St Lawrence Community Centre||Dec. 3, 2016|
|Baddeck Academy & Wagmatcookewey||School Skates||Dec. 13, 2016|
|Boularderie School||After-school Yoga||Dec. 13, 2016|
|Baddeck Academy||After-school Yoga||Dec. 13, 2016|
|Cape Smokey||Learn to Skate Program||Dec. 15, 2016|
|Smokey Recreation Society||Ingonish Outdoor Rink||Dec. 19, 2016|
|Smokey Recreation Society||Ingonish Outdoor Rink||Dec. 19, 2017|
|Cdn Ski Patrol – Cabot||Ski Cape Smokey||Jan. 6, 2017|
|Claire Maxwell||Lifeguard for Swim at Inverary Resort||Feb. 20, 2017|
|Bay St Lawrence Community Centre||Hockey, B’ball, Crafts, Baking Nights||Feb. 13, 2017|
|Youth Paint Nights|
|Victoria Highland Civic Centre||After-school skates (Jan 26 to March 9)||13-Feb-17|
|Victoria Highland Civic Centre||After-school Special Events Skates||Feb. 13, 2017|
|Patricia Fricker, KettleBell Instructor||10 wk lymphatic drain through exercise|
|Asst from Dr. S Masalmen Teach Rebounder|
|& KettleBell and monitor walking and measure|
|heart rate with use of Pedomter, Vital signs|
|North Highlands Nordic||Cool Kids Cross-Country Skiing||Feb. 20, 2017|
|City Printers||ASTP Pull-up Banner||March 29th|
|Cabot Education Centre||Skiing at Ski Cape Smokey||Feb. 27, 2017|
|Cabot Education Centre
ASTP Pull-up Banner
|Healthy Snacks for Students||13-Apr-17|
|After-school Yoga||Baddeck Library||Patsy MacKenzie||16-May-17|
|Baddeck Farmers Market||Karen Welton||8-Jun-17|| Healthy snack making,
planting, yoga, step dance
|Bay St Lawrence Health Society||Margrit Gallagher||8-Jun-17||2 people lead access|
|Middle River Rec Assoc||Katie MacRae||12-Jun-17|
After School Time Period
After the Bell, After-school “Take the Roof off Winter” Skates
Victoria Highland Civic Centre
Jan 26th to March 9, 2017
3:15 to 5:15 pm
Proudly Presented By Your Partners in Health:
-Remax (Minerva MacInnis)
-NS Dept Communities, Culture & Heritage
-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
-Victoria Highland Civic Centre
$15,000 Funding for Victoria County After School Time Period Programming 2016-17
Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) is pleased to announce that $15,000 has been approved by NS Dept of Communities, Culture & Heritage & NS Thrive in support of After-school Time Period Programming in Victoria County #GO (Get Outside) in Partnership with the Victoria County, CBVRSB, Baddeck Academy, Rankin School, Cabot School and the Cape Breton Family Place Resource Society. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County and partners have been proud supporters since 2013.
- Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) also received $10,000 in funding for the 2015-16 year
- $26,620 was received in 2014-15
- $13,270 was received in 2013
Total $64,890 received from the Province in After-school Time Period Funding Since 2013
2016-2017 After the Bell – After-school Time Period (ASTP) Funding Assistance for Victoria County Schools
After the Bell – After-school Time Period Programming in Victoria County
2015-2016 Final Report:
“Thanks (Cape Breton Region) for all your great work on this (After School Time Period Programs). A relatively small amount of funding is having a large impact on our region” – Wayne McKay – Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (March 31, 2016)
Victoria County “GO” (Girls Only) After-school Time Period Programs
FALL / WINTER 2015-16 Highlights:
|ASTP – After School Time Period (Fall/Winter/Spring 2015 2016):|
|– GO (Girls Only) After-school Time Period|
|ASTP: Victoria County – Host (Administering Cape Breton Region Funds)|
|ASTP: First Nation Communities|
|Wagmatcookewey – “E’pite’ji’jk Pasik”|
|ASTP: Cabot School (GO – “Girls Only”)|
|Faye Chipchase – ASTP Yoga|
|Fitness 4 Life Program (Gr 9-12)|
|PIYO – Strength Yoga|
|Basketball Jerseys & Shorts|
|ASTP: Baddeck Academy (#FORTheGirls)|
|Girls After-school Basketball|
|Lindsay MacInnis – Leader|
|Consultations with students (Planning, input sessions)|
|Yoga Books – Baddeck Academy & Boularderie Elementary School|
|Boularderie School – Fruitilicious Fridays|
|Cape Smokey Educators – Yoga Training|
|Boularderie – ASTP Yoga|
|Cape Breton Regional Library|
|Little Penguins & Blast Ball Girls After-school Programs|
2015-16 After School Time Period Funding Announced:
Victoria County received $10,000 for after-school time period funding 2015-16 which supported the annual “GO” (Girls Only) Program for girls grades 7, 8 & 9 which has been successful the past two years.
The Cape Breton Region received $39,371.00 for after-school funding this school year (CBRM: $18,571; Victoria County $10,000; Inverness County $8,440 and $2,360 for Richmond County) with additional funding for our Mi’Kmaw Communities in Cape Breton.
• GO (Girls Only) Program – North of Smokey
FREE for girls grades 7, 8 and 9. A different activity every week, with a healthy snack. For further information, please contact program leader : Sheila Fricker by e-mail: email@example.com
• GO: “Get Outside” Program – Wagmatcookewey School (Since 2013)
Wagmatcook – Grades 7-12. For further information, please contact program leader Jackie MacLellan firstname.lastname@example.org
- #For the Girls Program – Baddeck Academy
Grades 7, 8 & 9
“Great program – it couldn’t have been easy to organize with all the different schedules but they totally enjoyed it – thanks to those who made it happen!” – Valerie Mason, Baddeck Academy Parent:
FREE at Baddeck Academy – Girls Grades 7, 8 & 9. Program Leader: TBA
(Update, March 27, 2015) – After the Bell After-school Programs, Victoria County
1. Sites the programs were offered 2014-15:
A.) Baddeck #FOR The Girls – Baddeck Academy, Victoria County
B.) Wagmatcook E’pite’ji’jk Pasik – Wagmatcookewey School, Victoria County…
C.) GO – Girls only – Cabot School , Victoria County
D.) Boularderie GO (Girls Only) – Boularderie Island, Victoria County
E.) Cape Smokey GO – Ingonish, Victoria County
2. For each site, the focus being used.
A.) Baddeck #FOR The Girls – Girls Yoga. Approx. 40 students; Skating, Swimming and healthy fruit. Leader: Lindsay MacInnis – email@example.com
B.) Wagmatcook E’pite’ji’jk Pasik (Girls Only)
Areas of focus – Yoga (Went well in the fall; more difficult during the winter months due to school closures / winter storms, etc. Spring session going well. 8 – 12 students & 1 – 3 teachers); Multi sport/activities; Outdoor activities as much as possible. Outdoor activities at the school (Lots of space outdoor available at the school – try to take advantage as much as possible); We also have our Wednesday after the bell yoga program that is due to get up and running again next Wednesday; Swimming, Testimonial: GO group went snowshoeing on the trail behind the school today (March 21st) “It was awesome” – and the weather was beautiful. Healthy Eating is a component too with this program.
C.) GO – Girls only – Cabot School
Areas of focus – Youth Connected (Mentorship), Aerobics, Zumba, Cheerleading, Skiing, Fitness, Yoga, basketball and healthy fruit
D.) Boularderie GO (Girls Only)
Areas of Focus – Girls Yoga has been ongoing since October. Winter sessions didn’t work out well because of school cancellations due to snow storms. Will be finishing the end of April. (12 – 20 students ), Yoga Leadership and healthy fruit
E.) Cape Smokey GO
Areas of focus – Yoga, dance and gymnastics – 17 students
Proudly Presented By:
-Naturally Active Victoria County
-NS Dept of Communities, Culture & Heritage
-Cape Breton Family Place Society
-Cape Smokey School
Successful Back To Nature – Winter Outdoor Retreat Held March 28-30, 2014
Cabot Shores, North Shore-Victoria County
Back to Nature Girls Retreat 2014
Grades 7, 8 and 9 girls attending Wagmatcookewey, Cabot and Baddeck schools had an opportunity of a lifetime by participating in the 2014 Winter Outdoor Retreat at Cabot Shores, North Shore on the Cabot Trail.
Girls were introduced to a number of activities learning various skills, participating in a lot of outdoor activities and eating healthy – Back to Nature and Bring Back Winter Play.
“Hi Vince, Just wanted to touch base with you to say thanks! Leanne had a great time, it was very well done. The girls seems to have enjoyed very much. Hats off to a job well done.” Thanks, Darlene – Darlene MacDonald, Parent Baddeck Academy:
NS Health & Wellness, Active Living Branch Approves $24,993 for Cape Breton Region – After-school Programs Fall / Winter 2014-15
NS Dept Health & Wellness, Active Living Branch has approved $24,993 to the Cape Breton Region for After-school Programming this Fall/Winter Spring 2014-15 under the NS “Thrive” Strategy:
-Victoria County $9,120
-Inverness County $6,503
In Victoria County, 3 after-school programs benefit girls grades 7, 8 and 9:
-GO (Girls Only) Program at Cabot School
-#For The Girls Program at Baddeck Academy
– E’pite’ji’jk Pasik (Girls Only) Program at Wagmatcookewey
Naturally Active Victoria County wishes to thank their partners for making these programs available:
-Naturally Active Victoria County
-Cape Breton Family Place Resource Centre
-NS Health & Wellness, Active Living Branch
-NS “Thrive” Strategy
Canadian children and youth have adopted a modern lifestyle that includes spending a great deal of time indoors after school. The low physical activity levels and increasingly sedentary behavior patterns of Canadian youth in the after school period are startling.
Newly released Canadian health measures survey findings from Statistics Canada indicate that kids are sedentary 59% of the time between 3 and 6 pm getting only 14 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity in this 3 hour period. 73% of parents tell us their kids are watching TV, reading or playing video and computer games after school. This number exceeds those who report homework, chores, outdoor play and physical activity/sport in this time period.
Certain groups of children are at even higher risk than others of being physically inactive in the after school period. Girls are less likely than boys to engage in physical activity in the after school period. Children in lower income families participate less in organized sports and physical activity after school. Limited programs for adolescents may leave our teens vulnerable to increased sedentary pursuits or even risky behaviors.
The after-school time period (ASTP) is an important window of opportunity to increase physical activity. Safe and affordable afterschool options provide a healthy alternative to high-risk behaviors and positive behavior change.
In recognition of this reality the government of Nova Scotia through Thrive! a plan for a healthier Nova Scotia, has made a commitment to support a series of initiatives that support increasing physical activity levels, one of which is focused specifically on the ASTP. The intent of this new program is to provide greater access to after-school activities that promote physical activity in rural or remote communities or wherever bussing and transportation present problems. The program is designed to deliver ASTP activities in community based settings, at community facilities and outdoor spaces so that transportation barriers are reduced for families and youth.
The program is targeted to junior high aged youth (youth in grades 7,8,9) during the years of greatest physical activity decline. Using a regional delivery approach, partners and community stakeholders will come together to provide advice, assistance and leadership to the initiative.
- To increase access and opportunities for junior high aged youth (youth in grades 7,8,9), with a priority on girls, to
be physically active in the after school time period (ASTP) in rural or remote communities or wherever
transportation present problems.
- To improve the capacity of community organizations to plan and deliver after-school time period programs and
activities that promote physical activity.
- To increase the number of skilled and knowledgeable after school time period volunteers and leaders.
- To decrease barriers to participation in after school time period activities and programs.
- To increase utilization of community based recreation and sport facilities, including outdoor space, the built
environment, playgrounds, etc.
- To strengthen collaborative community based partnerships through a regional strategic approach.