Our 2 Astrolabes, dated from the early 1600's were discovered near Channel-Port aux Basques. They are both in mint condition and in working order. A very rare and valuable find for Newfoundland and all of Canada.

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One of the benefits of immigrating to Canada is access to a free primary education system for all children. Information on educational services offered in Channel-Port aux Basques allows newcomers a background in local education system and programming offered. Newcomers like to be in easy reach of facilities including elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions. Many individuals may be attracted to a community solely upon the number of high-caliber educational amenities.

Educational Information

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador offers free public education to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents less than 18 years of age. Parents of children are responsible for school supplies and school uniforms. The uniforms are only worn for Band and Sports teams.

Registration for elementary and secondary schools usually takes place several months prior to the school year. In order to register, an individual must contact the particular school their child wishes to attend and find out all the registration details. Certain schools may charge an administration fee for the registration of a child. There are a number of different schooling options available in Newfoundland and Labrador educational system. A child may enter a public, English, French Immersion, Francophone or Private institution. Those parents that may want to home school can also have that option in this province.

The town of Channel-Port aux Basques offers residents easy access to both elementary and secondary schools. Most children start their schooling at the age of 5 in the province where they begin at Kindergarten level. In the kindergarten level, children attend 5 days of either morning or afternoon classes. As a child gets older, they will continue to attend elementary school grade 1 to Grade 6 (ages 6-12). High school is from Grade 7 - Grade 12 (ages 13-18). All elementary and secondary schools in Channel-Port aux Basques overseen by the Western School District.

The Association for New Canadians has a useful guide for the Newfoundland & Labrador Educational System - which includes useful information such as if your child misses a school day or what happens on snow days. [Click To View Guide]

St. James Elementary School (Kindergarten-Grade 6)

The community of St. James Elementary School is committed to providing a caring environment, developing the qualities of self-esteem, creative thinking, a love for learning, and a respect for self and others realizing that quality education is an individual lifelong process involving physical, spiritual, emotional and social development to produce happy responsible citizens. St. James Elementary School has 327 children enrolled with 23 teachers providing instruction. This school has been established since 1975 and continues to maintain academic excellence. Woodland offers children the following services:
• English Instruction
• French Classes
• Special/Supportive Services
• Guidance Counseling
• Physical Education

Contact Info:
St. James Elementary School
P.O. Box 1060
Channel-Port aux Basques, NL A0M 1C0
Tel: (709) 695-3186 Fax: (709) 695-9589
Website: www.sje.k12.nf.ca

St. James Regional High (Grade 7-12)

St. James Regional High Schools’ mission is to foster the intellectual, social, emotional, and moral development of each student, and to encourage lifelong learning by working with the school community to provide a safe and healthy learning environment. There are approximately 24 staff members at the school teaching courses such as English studies, mathematics, industrial arts, computer technology, social studies, art, physics, biology, chemistry, workplace safety, music, physical education and fine arts.

St. James Regional High offers:
• English Instruction
• French Classes
• Skill Trades
• Special/Support Services
• Guidance Counseling

Contact Info:
St. James Regional High School
P.O. Box 910
Port aux Basques, NL A0M 1C0
Tel: (709) 695-3551 Fax: (709) 695-9704
Website: www.sjrh.k12.nf.ca

Youth Centre

The Gauge is a youth centre is operated by the Gateway Community Youth Network in Channel-Port aux Basques. This facility is open to youth ages 12 to 18 and offer recreation based programming. Various personal development and skills oriented programming are available for youth and the centre offers a relaxing atmosphere to socialize with others.

Contact Info:
25 Grand Bay Road, (P.O. Box 626)
Tel: (709) 695-6901

Post Secondary

A number of District Vocational Schools were established throughout Newfoundland and Labrador in 1964 with one located in Channel-Port aux Basques. This school offered training in a variety of trades. The local college allowed students to participate in programs close to home instead of traveling to Corner Brook or St. John‟s for post secondary education. For over 45 years the local college has offered skilled trade and university preparatory course offerings.

The College of the North Atlantic
The College of the North Atlantic is the Newfoundland and Labradors public college system and is one of the largest post-secondary institutions in the Atlantic Provinces. The college in Channel-Port aux Basques offers full time credit course registration with approximately 140 students per semester, with additional 25 registered part-time. The college also has upwards of 200 students participating in the Continuing Education evening courses. The Port aux Basques Campus offers the following programs:
• Welding
• Metal Fabricator
• Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Technician
• Business Administration
• Office Administration
• Cabinet Making
• Adult Basic Education
• Marine Hospitality
• Personal Care Attendant
• Heavy Equipment Operator

The College of the North Atlantic offers an open admission policy. Students are admitted into various programs on a first come first serve basis as assessed by the date of receipt of their application and on the provision that the candidates meet the minimum qualifications prescribed.

Contact Info:
59 Grand Bay Road, P.O. Box 760
Port aux Basques, NL A0M 1C0
Tel: (709) 695-3343 Fax: (709) 695-2963
Website: www.cna.nl.ca/campus/pab
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