Bernice MacNaughton High School

Bernice MacNaughton High School (usually abbreviated as Bernice MacNaughton, MacNaughton, or BMHS), is a high school in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Bernice MacNaughton High School
999 St. George Blvd.

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Coordinates46.086455°N 64.82923964°W / 46.086455; -64.82923964
School typePublic, coeducational high school
Motto"Qui valet sustinet"[1]
(Strength to Endure)
School boardAnglophone East School District
SuperintendentGregg Ingersoll[2]
School number1569
PrincipalMartin Daigle[3]
Enrollment838[5] (September 2015)
LanguageEnglish, French Second-Language
AreaMoncton Crescent and Moncton West
Colour(s)Green      and White     
SongBMHS Fight Song
Team nameThe Highlanders
NewspaperThe Highlander
Feeder schoolsBessborough, Evergreen Park, Hillcrest[6]
CEEB code823305


Bernice MacNaughton High School was named after Dr. L. Bernice MacNaughton, a Moncton teacher, and was formerly known as Dr. L. Bernice MacNaughton High School.[7]


Founded in 1975[8] as a trade school, Bernice MacNaughton originally accommodated 1,400 students. It became the MacNaughton Science & Technology Center (MSTC) in 1994 but was reestablished as a high school in 1999, consisting only of grade nine students.[7] 2003 saw the first graduating class of BMHS. MacNaughton underwent an extensive multi-million dollar renovation between 2000 and 2003; additions included construction of a new gymnasium and several classrooms, landscaping, additional lighting, and driveway resurfacing. The auditorium was renovated in 2006. By 2008, a new roof for the school's cafeteria had been completed.[8]

In November 2012, the City of Moncton announced that it would contribute $750,000 toward a new artificial turf sports field on MacNaughton's grounds.[9] The Province of New Brunswick later announced that it would invest a further $400,000 toward the sports field,[10] which was used as a training ground for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup.[11]


MacNaughton is located in Moncton's West end and is within walking distance of the city's walking trails and Centennial Park. Its campus offers access to cross-country ski trails and two sports fields. The school features a large, central cafeteria and foyer, and the auditorium can support fully orchestrated theatrical and musical productions. BMHS also has several science laboratories, special woodworking and metalworking shops, two art rooms, a darkroom, several computer labs, and two music rooms.

Academic life


Bernice MacNaughton High School runs on a two-semester arrangement. Most courses run on a full-semester basis, but some grade nine specialty courses (e.g. physical education, visual arts) are half-semester courses. MacNaughton offers students a wide variety of courses, from aviation technology to Mandarin, as well as five Advanced Placement courses: Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Literature and Composition, French Language, and Psychology. Classes commence at 08:45 (AST) and end at 15:30 AST.[12] Students take five sixty-minute courses every day, with an hour-long break between the third and fourth classes and seven- or eight-minute breaks between all other classes.[12]

In 2008, BMHS implemented a thirty-minute directed learning period, known colloquially as "Period 6", in order to allow fellow Clan members to jointly study, work on homework, or seek extra help. During the 2009–2010 school year, the directed learning period was moved to 10:54 AST, between the second and third period. In the 2012–2013 school year, the directed learning period was rotated throughout the day as a function of the day of the week. The directed learning period was removed in the 2013–2014 school year.[12]

House system

Upon arrival at MacNaughton, students are automatically and randomly sorted into one of four houses called "Clans", in reference to the Highland Scottish clans Campbell, MacDonald, MacLeod, and Stewart. Eight twelfth grade students are appointed to lead each Clan.[13]

Extracurricular activities

BMHS offers a wide array of extracurricular activities:


MacNaughton offers a wide selection of sports clubs and organized teams at the junior varsity and senior varsity, male and female, levels. These vary from year to year and include:

Bernice MacNaughton has captured New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association (NBIAA) sports titles in 12 man football (2004, 2006–2008, 2011), girls' field hockey (2005), AAA junior girls' basketball (2005–2006), AAA senior girls' basketball (2007), junior men's wrestling (2005), and AAA senior boys' volleyball (2007).[14]

Bike Club

The BMHS Bike Club [sic] was an after-school program where members built custom motorcycles and bicycles.[15] In 2008, they completed a custom bobber motorcycle, dubbed "Betty".[16]

Breakfast club

The BMHS breakfast club serves a free breakfast to students on school mornings.[17]

Reach for the Top

BMHS's intermediate and senior Reach for the Top teams compete in provincial tournaments.[18]

School newspaper

The school newspaper has undergone frequent name changes. The latest edition, entitled The Highlander, was published in 2014.[19]

Student government

BMHS's students' union consists of thirteen positions:

Membership in the school's Student Government is mandatory, and students are admitted as ordinary members of the Government upon payment of the school's nominal tuition fee.[21] Elections for the upcoming year are held on the first Friday after May Day (May 1) of the previous year. The Senior Treasurer is chosen via interview. Grade Representatives are selected in October.


The annual BMHS yearbook is entitled "ceilidh" (Irish pronunciation: [ˈkʲʰeːlʲiː]).[22]

Theatrical productions

Musical productions

Bernice MacNaughton has performed fourteen musicals and one collection of Broadway show tunes:

Dramatic productions

Bernice MacNaughton has presented several dramatic productions:

  • Lord of the Flies (2001)
  • Our Town (November 28–December 1, 2007)
  • Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, an original composition consisting of a series of ten-minute plays (November 2008)
  • Scenes in the Key of Life, an original composition consisting of a series of ten-minute plays and musical performances (2010)
  • Ralph's Basement, an original composition (June 3–5, 2010)
  • Alien Grunge Love (2014)[19]

Notable Alumni

See also


  1. Formerly "In Deo Spero" (I hope in God).
  2. Superintendent of Anglophone East School District
  3. "School Information Bernice MacNaughton High School". New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association. c. 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  4. "Contact Us". Bernice MacNaughton High School. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
  5. "Anglophone East School District: Bernice MacNaughton High School". Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  6. "NB School District 2". New Brunswick School District 02. Retrieved 2007-07-22.
  7. "Untitled Document". Bernice MacNaughton High School. Archived from the original on 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2007-07-22.
  8. Roberts, Ginabeth (9 February 2015). "A look at the state of Metro Moncton high schools". Times and Transcript. Brunswick News. p. A1. Bernice MacNaughton was built in 1975... It had a big repair year in 2007-08 when it was funded $144,000 in roof repairs
  9. Foster, James (8 November 2012). "Field of dreams to become reality". Times and Transcript. Brunswick News. p. A3. The city yesterday announced a $1.5-million contribution to fundraising efforts by committees at Bernice MacNaughton High School and at Harrison Trimble High School to each renovate their playing fields, projects valued at about $1 million each.
  10. Mazerolle, Brent (23 May 2013). "Province funds Metro school sports fields". Times and Transcript. Brunswick News. p. A1. The New Brunswick government officially announced yesterday that it is investing $800,000 to upgrade outdoor athletic fields at Bernice MacNaughton High School and Harrison Trimble High School
  11. Allen, Tess (12 August 2014). "FIFA U-20 World Cup athletes fond of Moncton, facilities". Times and Transcript. Brunswick News. p. A1. 'Right now the attitude is positive and they want to win,' said Hayford on Monday morning at the Bernice MacNaughton High School training field, where his team got in some last-minute training before today's big game.
  12. "Regular Bell Schedule 2013–2014" (PDF). Anglophone East School District. c. 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  13. Corbett, Brian (2007-08-30). "Introduction to the BMHS Clans". Bernice MacNaughton High School. Retrieved 2007-09-04.
  14. "Welcome to the NBIAA Web Site". New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-22.
  15. Cochrane, A. (15 February 2008). "5,000 motorcycle buffs to roll into Atlanticade". Times and Transcript. Brunswick News. p. A1 and A2. Part of the proceeds from the bike-building championship will go to the Bike Klub at MacNaughton High School in Moncton. The Bike Klub is a group of high school students who are learning to build motorcycles in their spare time.
  16. "Chain Gang of Bernice MacNaughton High School Bike Klub". Avon Motorcycle Tires. c. 2009. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  17. "Student volunteers in the spotlight". Breakfast Club of Canada. February 11, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  18. "Reach News". Reach for the Top. 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  19. "The HIghlander" (PDF). Bernice MacNaughton High School. February 28, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  20. Kikkonen, Stephanie (2 May 2007). "Moncton youth to share ideas with city councillors". Times and Transcript. Brunswick News. p. A7. 'There is a big problem in communication between students and politicians,' says Bernice MacNaughton High School's school spirit representative
  21. "Bernice MacNaughton High School Student Government Constitution". Moncton: Bernice MacNaughton High School. 2002-04-08. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  22. "Student yearbooks, newspapers recognized". Government of New Brunswick. October 27, 2003. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  23. "District Education Council: School District 2 meeting notes" (PDF). Anglophone East School District. April 21, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  24. "Bernice MacNaughton High School presents: The Phantom of the Opera". Rodgers and Hammerstein. c. 2011. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  25. "BMHS does "Drowsy"". Information Morning. CBC. December 5, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  26. "Grease still the word". Information Morning. CBC. April 9, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  27. "Sympathy Jones: The New Secret Agent Musical". Sympathy Jones. 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  28. "Bernice MacNaughton High School presents: Carrie the musical". Rodgers and Hammerstein. c. 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
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