Canoe Kayak World Championships

Payton Dicks, a soon-to-be grade seven student at Churchill Academy, will be representing Nova Scotia, and Canada at the upcoming Canoe Kayak world championships on Lake Banook, racing in the PaddleAll program!

The world championships begin Wednesday, August 3rd, with PaddleAll races kicking off on Thursday, the 4th. The event is open to the public, and all are encouraged to come and watch.

Churchill alumni Xavier Tyler will also be competing!

You can read the full press release here.

Way to go Payton, we will all be cheering for you!

Payton training at Cheema
Game Winner Nick

Nick Clements, grade seven student at Churchill Academy, notched the game winning goal at the Atlantic Cup U-13 tournament on June 5th, propelling his team to the gold medal. Congratulations to Nick and his teammates!

Bluenose Kids Run

Five members of the Churchill Run Club took part in the 4km kids race at the Bluenose Marathon on May 21st. Ethan Millman, Will Branch, Olivia Steele, Nick Clements, and Koen Henneberry ran a great race. Awesome work, team!

Karate Atlantic Championships

Grade 11 student Jaylen Darren Bush high-kicked his way to a silver medal in the 61kg weight class at the recent Atlantic championships for Karate. This performance also helped Jaylen to qualify for the provincial team that will be competing at the Karate National Championships, taking place in St. John’s Newfoundland, July 1st – 4th. Good luck, Jay!

City Track and Field Meet

Churchill’s own David Fardy, a long time member of the Halifast Track and Field club, represented Churchill at the city track and field meet, May 16th and 17th, at Beazley field, in Dartmouth.

David ran a personal best in the 100m dash, finishing in 2nd place! David also finished 4th in the 200m race. Both results will advance him to the regional competition, taking place May 23rd and 24th. We are so proud of David!

Mourning the Loss – Sean O’Regan

“Mourning the Loss:  Our dear friend and Dartmouth champion Sean O’Regan passed away suddenly on March 10, 2022 and has left a giant hole in the Churchill Academy community.

Read Sean’s obituary here:

Since our founding, Sean was always there, no matter what the need, large or small, and he never sought much in the way of recognition. Once we have recovered, the School will find meaningful ways to pay tribute to, and carry forward, his legacy of selfless commitment to serving the needs of students with learning challenges. Farewell Sean, may you rest in peace.”

Sean O’Regan, who died two weeks after his 53rd birthday, was a member of the Atlantic Business Magazine CEO Hall of Fame. He contributed time and resources to several charities, notably Churchill Academy, a school for children with learning disorders. “He liked it for a number of reasons but mostly because if kids don’t have an opportunity to learn, an opportunity to progress and grow, our community is diminished as a result of that,” said his brother Patrick O’Regan.”

50/50 Rafflebox Draw Winner

Congratulations to the winner of our 50/50 draw Sam Dauphinee, ticket number C-2173.

Churchill Academy Website Gets Facelift

Today, more than ever, websites are the electronic face of a school and the place most people first look to get a sense of a school’s unique identity, core mission, range of programs, and student learning activities.  Over the past few months, we have been working to refresh, redesign, and improve our website as an essential gateway of access for parents, students, staff, alumni and prospective families.

We encourage you to log on and checkout our redesigned website at when it goes live this afternoon! 

You will immediately see improvements in the graphics and images capturing the close student-teacher relationships, welcoming philosophy, and variety of activities which enrich school life. Our goal was to present Churchill Academy as it is and to demonstrate why it serves students with learning challenges so well.  Visitors are introduced to our Head of School and the story of Churchill Academy.  Prospective applicants get a good sense of what it’s like to attend the school. We have also provided opportunities for supporters to make online donations to help us meet our immediate needs and support our programs.

Our Website Renewal Project Team consisting of volunteer board members and staff deserve recognition for their work behind the scenes.  Many thanks, as well, to our website consultant, Pam Green of, and to graphic design specialist Chris Francheville, for contributing your time and talents to this little project.

We hope you find our refreshed website informative, up-to-date, and easy to use – and can depend upon it for the latest news about Churchill Academy.

Paul W. Bennett, Chair of the Board

Pat Doherty, Head of School