Bernice MacNaughton High School

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Bernice MacNaughton High School
BMHS Logo.png
"Qui valet sustinet" *
Strength to Endure
999 St. George Blvd.
Moncton, New Brunswick, E1E 2C9, Canada
School number 1569
School board Anglophone East School District
Religious affiliation None
Superintendent Gregg Ingersoll[1]
Principal Judy Roper
Vice Principals Robert Bowser
Karen Lockewood
Staff 78[2]
School type Public coeducational high school
Grades 9–12
Language English, French Second-Language
Area Moncton Crescent and Moncton West
Mascot Highlander
Team name The Highlanders
Colours Green      and White     
Yearbook ceilidh
Newspaper The Highlander
Founded 1975
Enrollment 875[3] (September 2014)
Feeder schools Bessborough, Evergreen Park, Hillcrest[4]
School Song BMHS Fight Song
CEEB code 823305
  • Formerly "In Deo Spero" (I hope in God).

Bernice MacNaughton High School or BMHS (formerly known as Dr. L. Bernice MacNaughton High School, or LBMHS), is a high school in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.


Bernice MacNaughton High School was named after Dr. L. Bernice MacNaughton, a Moncton teacher.[5] Bernice MacNaughton High School is commonly known as Bernice MacNaughton and MacNaughton.


Founded in 1975 as a trade school, Bernice MacNaughton originally accommodated 1,400 students. It became the MacNaughton Science & Technology Center (M.S.T.C.) in 1994 but was reestablished as a high school in 1999, consisting only of grade nine students.[5] 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. By 2005, a new roof for the school's cafeteria had been completed. The auditorium was renovated in 2006.

School Improvement Plan[edit]

Major additions and upgrades were part of the fourth phase of the Anglophone East School District's School Improvement Plan. Drafting began in early 2001 with the help of the District Education Council and the Student Part Advisory Committee;[6] the final outline was completed on May 21, 2003. Cosmetic plans originally included extensive landscaping, additional lighting, resurfacing existing driveway/parking areas, paving non-asphalt areas, and a proposed change of location of the school's St. George entrance. Other maintenance plans included refitting the roof at a cost of roughly $700,000.


MacNaughton is located in Moncton's West end. Its campus offers access to cross-country ski trails and two sports fields. It is also within walking distance of the city's walking trails and Centennial Park.

The school is spaciously designed with a large, central cafeteria and foyer. The gymnasium features separate parking and entrances for special functions, 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, one darkroom, several computer labs, and two music rooms.

Academic life[edit]


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. Students take five sixty-minute courses every day, with an hour-long between the third and fourth classes and ten-minute breaks between all other classes.

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.

House system[edit]

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.[7]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

BMHS offers an extensive array of extracurricular activities:


Bernice MacNaughton offers various arts-related extracurricular activities. Many are music-related and deal with BMHS's annual musical production. They include:


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 a number of New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association (NBIAA) sports titles: 2004 12 Man Football, 2005 Girls Field Hockey, 2005–2006 AAA Junior Girls Basketball, 2005 Jr. Mens Wrestling, 2006 12 Man Football, 2007 AAA Senior Girls Basketball, 2007 AAA Senior Boys Volleyball, 2007 12 Man Football and 2008 12 Man Football and 2011 12 Man Football.[8]

Other clubs[edit]

Other extracurricular activities (both past and present) at BMHS include:

Automotive Club[edit]

The Automotive club was formed in 2002 by members of the school's autoshop class.

Bike Klub[edit]

The BMHS Bike Klub [sic] was an after-school program where members built custom motorcycles and bicycles. In 2008, they completed a two-year-long custom motorcycle build project, a bobber called "Betty". The Bike Klub became defunct in July 2012.

Gamers' Club[edit]

The BMHS Gamers' Club was founded in 2005 by teacher Todd Jamieson. It has since been dubbed the largest club at Bernice MacNaughton by its members. In the 2009-2010 school year, the club's enrolment was 28 students.

Grad Council[edit]

Grad council is made up of fourteen positions: a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer, as well as three members heading an annual dragon boat festival committee, three heading a prom committee, three heading a safe graduation committee, and a twelfth grade representative serving as a liaison between the grad council and student government.

Chess Club[edit]

Formed in 2000, the chess club has sent several competitors to the Anglophone East School District Championships and New Brunswick Provincial Chess Tournaments, with some members placing in the top three. Several club members have competed in the Chess'n Math Association's National Chess Challenge.

Comics Club[edit]

The Comics Club (comedy group) was independently formed in 2001 and is currently inactive.


The BMHS Improv team has fielded several successful improv teams since its formation in 2001. These teams have gone on to compete in several provincial Improv tournaments, including the city's own "HubCap Comedy Festival". In 2002, BMHS Improv placed in the top 3 in the New Brunswick's annual Improv Competition.


J8 was created in 2006.

Model United Nations[edit]

Model United Nations was formed in 2006. The group has seen success at the provincial level.

Peer Mediation[edit]

Peer mediation is a group formed to better educate students.

Reach for the Top[edit]

BMHS's intermediate and senior Reach for the Top teams compete in provincial tournaments and have placed first and second on numerous occasions.

School newspaper[edit]

Formed in 2002, the school newspaper has undergone frequent name changes. The latest edition, entitled The Highlander, was published in spring 2009.

School store[edit]

The school store is run by students and sells school clothing, stationery, and apparel.

Student government[edit]

BMHS's students' union, officially called Student Government, consists of thirteen positions:

*May be a shared, two-person position.

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.[9] 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 Student Government provides numerous services to students, teachers and the community. The Government runs a variety of events including dances and coffeehouses, and provides services such as student financial aid and scholarships. The Student Government is also responsible for overseeing committees like the Formal Committee and the Poster Committee.


Target, under the direction of IVCF, is a faith-based group of students from the school.


The annual BMHS yearbook is entitled "ceilidh" (Irish pronunciation: [ˈkʲʰeːlʲiː]) and is produced by a student committee.


This group, created in 2008, is an acronym for Girls Achieving Lifelong Success.

Theatrical productions[edit]

Musical productions[edit]

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

Dramatic productions[edit]

Formed in 2000, the Drama club has worked on several independent projects, as well as on projects in conjunction with the music department, and include:

  • Lord of the Flies (2001)
  • Our Town (November 28 to 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 faculty-written composition (June 3–5, 2010)
  • Alien Grunge Love (2014)

School culture[edit]


The BMHS mascot is the Highlander. The Highlander was created in 1999 and subsequently revised in 2003.[5]

School colours[edit]

BMHS's school colours are green and white, portrayed in its sport uniforms and school apparel.

School song[edit]

The school's fight song was composed by Linda Langille, the music teacher at BMHS, and Bradley Woodward. The lyrics are as follows:

Ten thousand years from now you'll hear,
The Highlander's mighty cheer,
MacNaughton, the school above the rest!
We've got the fight in every game;
Victory is our only aim,
MacNaughton, our school is the best!
Our courage, strength, and might,
Backed by the green and white,
MacNaughton, you'll see our banner soar!
Hear us loud, hear us proud;
Our cheer will rise above the crowd,
MacNaughton, with strength to endure!
Fight, fight, fight for the green and white!
Fight, fight, fight for the green and white!
Go Highlanders!

The last verse is spoken. The first line of the last verse is shouted only by males, the second line by females, and the last line by everybody.


  1. ^ Superintendent of Anglophone East School District
  2. ^ "Contact Us". Bernice MacNaughton High School. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Anglophone East School District: Bernice MacNaughton High School". Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  4. ^ "NB School District 2". New Brunswick School District 02. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  5. ^ a b c "Untitled Document". Bernice MacNaughton High School. Archived from the original on 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  6. ^ "B.M.H.S. School Improvement Plan". Moncton: New Brunswick School District 02. 2003. 
  7. ^ Corbett, Brian (2007-08-30). "Introduction to the BMHS Clans". Bernice MacNaughton High School. Retrieved 2007-09-04. 
  8. ^ "Welcome to the NBIAA Web Site". New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  9. ^ "Bernice MacNaughton High School Student Government Constitution". Moncton: Bernice MacNaughton High School. 2002-04-08. 

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Coordinates: 46°05′11″N 64°49′45″W / 46.086455°N 64.82923964°W / 46.086455; -64.82923964