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Feb 06
Surrey principal named one of Canada's outstanding principals

​A humble Surrey principal known for his dedication to the success of students and their families has been named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals by The Learning Partnership.

Raminder Randhawa, principal at Strawberry Hill Elementary, is one of only three principals in British Columbia to receive such a distinction this year. He will join 51 educators at an awards presentation and gala in Toronto later this month.
“For me to be recognized as an Outstanding Principal is a tribute to the teams of people that I have worked with over the years,” says Randhawa.
“Schools are places where professionals bring their skills and passions forward to help children learn and make sense of the life around them. The accomplishments, thus, are a tribute to a team of educators who work with those children as their teachers, parents and other school support members.”Raminder Randhawa.png
Randhawa’s long and distinguished career afforded him the opportunity to return to Strawberry Hill as principal after 12 years leading other Surrey elementary schools. The school population is linguistically and culturally diverse and Randhawa and his staff support and celebrate this diversity.
Students are encouraged to build their leadership skills through student leadership positions, sports teams, after school programs, peer reading support, murals and expressive art therapy.
There are a variety of awards ceremonies, contests and monthly assemblies to celebrate student success.
Randhawa has also worked to educate parents on “heart-healthy diets” and to secure supports for Somali families.
The school’s motto is “we learn, we grow, we succeed together” and Randhawa applies this to teachers as well as students.  He will take over his teachers’ classes so they can work with peers on collaborative projects that currently include iPad technology, Literature Circles and other research-informed initiatives.
In the Canada’s Outstanding Principals program, principals are nominated by their peers, school staff and community members in every province and territory. Nominations are reviewed and final winners selected on a representation-by-population basis by a national selection committee made up of a distinguished group of Canadian education, community and private sector leaders. Read the media release from The Learning Partnership here.


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