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Tamanawis Secondary's boys team won its first-ever B.C. high school wrestling championship. -Paul Yates Vancouver Sports Pictures
Tamanawis Secondary is celebrating a big win – and a first for the school – after the boys team won the B.C. Secondary Schools Wrestling Championship.
The squad was led by Grade 12 student Karan Gill, who defended his 78kg class provincial title and won the prestigious Top Male Wrestler award. Gill's win contributed to the Tamanawis boys team's combined 68 points, placing the school ahead of Alberni District with 65 and Guildford Park Secondary's 40 points.
Surrey competitors reached the podium in several weight categories.
Other gold-place Surrey Schools finishes included:
Check HERE for the full high school championship results.
The Surrey School District has been selected as one of B.C.'s Top Employers for 2019 by the editors of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc.
The annual competition recognizes employers that "lead their industries offering exceptional places to work" in British Columbia.
"Our board is extremely proud that Surrey Schools has been recognized among the province's top employers," said Surrey Board of Education chairperson Laurie Larsen. "We respect and value our employees and always strive to provide supportive, welcoming and inspiring workplaces where everyone – educators, clerks, tradespeople, professionals or custodians – can take pride in what they do to support children and student learning."
Winners are selected using eight criteria:
Work atmosphere & social;
Health, financial and family benefits;
Vacation and time off;
Training and skills development, and;
"This year's list of winners reflects the province's highly diversified economy and is the product of decades of public investment in education and creating highly livable and desirable urban centres," said Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. "Employers in British Columbia are competing on an international stage for the best and brightest talent from around the world."
The list of B.C.'s Top Employers for 2019 has been published in a special magazine supplement in the Vancouver Sun.
Detailed reasons for selection with hundreds of additional stories and photos are accessible via the competition homepage, which can be viewed HERE. The Surrey Schools recognition is HERE.
Surrey Schools will be awash in pink on Feb. 27 as students, teachers and staff make a visual commitment to champion kindness and take a stand against bullying.
The Pink Shirt Day concept was inspired by a pair of Nova Scotia high school students who, when a fellow student was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt, decided to take a stand and went out and bought pink shirts to give to fellow students as a show of solidarity. The movement has spread across Canada over the years and now, on the last Wednesday in February, schools, businesses and individuals take the day to don their rosiest garb and display their pledge to tolerance and compassion.
2019 marks the 10th year of Pink Shirt Day.
While we wear pink on Feb. 27, it's a message to remember and practice all year long: kindness matters and bullying has no place in our schools, homes, workplaces or online.
For more information, check pinkshirtday.ca
Each year, the board's budget process and decisions are focused on achieving sustainable programs and services supporting students across the district in accordance with the board's strategic plans and objectives.
The board is offering an additional way to provide input on budget priorities for the 2019-20 school year, using the online consultation tool PlaceSpeak (www.placespeak.com/sd36budget). There, the public can access documents and information to better understand the budget and budget process, in addition to offering feedback.
As in prior years, demand for services will likely exceed available funding and the board will be faced with difficult decisions as it works to achieve a balanced budget in accordance with legislation requirements.
Suggestions about operating budget priorities may also be submitted via regular mail or email:
The Office of the Secretary-Treasurer
School District No.36 (Surrey)
14033 92 Ave., Surrey, B.C. V3V 0B7
Written submissions should be received no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, March 8.
For additional information and background, various district and financial reports are available HERE.
Sneaky Chameleon, a graphite drawing by Sullivan Heights Secondary student Hashanah Pangli, one of 50 pieces by Surrey teens that will be on exhibit at the Surrey Art Gallery Feb. 16 to April 23. Below right is Golden Ears Park, a painting by Tamanawis Secondary student Nalan Ozgun.
From acrylic paintings to graphite drawings, landscapes to abstracts – a show of secondary student artwork at the Surrey Art Gallery has it all.
Fifty pieces of diverse and imaginative art by Surrey Grade 8-12 students are on display Feb. 16 to April 23 in an exhibit tilted Purposeful Play.
The theme, developed in collaboration with the Surrey Art Teachers Association and Surrey Schools, highlights the role art education can play in nurturing creative thinking.
Sneaky Chameleon, Sullivan Heights Secondary student Hashanah Pangli's drawing, when viewed closely, is actually comprised entirely of the printed word 'sneaky'. Student Olivia Finlayson's representation of Holland Park, is also beyond the norm, drawing the viewer into a familiar Surrey locale with its uncharacteristic array of patchwork colours and interesting, often intricate, patterns.
The Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave. An opening reception takes place Feb. 19 (POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW). For more information and gallery hours, check https://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/28257.aspx. Admission is free.
Above, Holland Park by Olivia Finlayson and at right, Daunting Eagle by Gurleen Kulaar. Both are students at Sullivan Heights Secondary.
A new elementary school near 23 Avenue and 166 Street in South Surrey is scheduled to open in 2021. Rendering by thinkspace architecture
Students living in the Grandview Heights area of South Surrey are one step closer to having a new elementary school in their neighbourhood.
Officials held a ground-breaking ceremony Feb. 7 at the Edgewood Drive-area site, near 23 Avenue and 166 Street.
The $33-million school will have space for 655 students and is scheduled to open in September 2021.
Surrey Board of Education chairperson Laurie Larsen said she is pleased to see school construction "on a roll" in Surrey.
"Besides the Edgewood Drive area elementary, work is under way on the 12-classroom addition at neighbouring Pacific Heights Elementary, as well as the 605-seat Maddaugh Road Elementary school in Clayton Heights. We also expect construction to start this spring on two more South Surrey schools."
Breaking ground at the Edgewood Drive-area elementary site Feb. 7: (l to r) Trustee Bob Holmes, Trustee Garry Thind, Trustee Laurae McNally, Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum, Education Minister Rob Fleming and Trustee Laurie Larsen.
Peace Arch Elementary student Adam Lenk and his mother drum with Semiahmoo First Nation Chief Harley Chappell at a pod re-naming ceremony at the Surrey school. Below is a poster showing the animal names of the five new school areas in the Semiahmoo language.
The land where Peace Arch Elementary sits was once a giant rainforest with large trees and wild animals roaming free.
Semiahmoo First Nation (SFN) member Roxanne Charles reminded students, teachers and guests of this during a ceremony at the Surrey school, where she and many of her relatives, including her children, have attended over the decades.
The Jan. 24 event was held to rename five of the school's sections – or pods. Instead of being identified with numbers, the school areas will now be given a fitting animal designation.
The senior classes, for example, will be in the orca building, explained student Yannick Wright.
"The orca is the navigator and the leader for the younger students," he explained.
Similarly, the area for Grades 1-3 will be represented by a beaver – an animal known to be a good collaborator that works well with others and cares for the environment.
On top of the pod names, the school mascot, the raven, is, appropriately, a persistent problem solver that never gives up.
Besides orca and beaver, animals used for other school areas include the salmon, bear and wolf.
SFN Chief Harley Chappell, who also attended Peace Arch as a child, drummed and sang for the audience before teaching attendees how to pronounce each animal name in the Semiahmoo language.
"I want to thank you for bringing our language into your school," Chappell said, "for bringing our language into your culture."
Grade 4 student Adam Lenk and his mom taught students their clan's dance, which included each animal representation.
Trustee Laurae McNally, who served as one of four official witnesses to the naming ceremony, said she was proud to observe the relationship between the school and SFN peoples.
She spoke about some of the animals chosen, including the salmon.
"They're really all about renewal, and that's what you're doing today with the pods – you're renewing the names of them."
She also referred to the bear's protective nature, mirroring that of students and staff protecting one another; and the wolf's dedication to family, representing the strong and supportive Peace Arch Elementary community.
"I am very heartened and encouraged to view the ceremony today and I hope you will keep up your connections with our First Nations people," McNally said.
Assistant-Supt. Lynda Reeve, also a witness, referred to the responsibility of those in the orca pod.
"You are the leaders of this school and as you work with your buddy, younger students, it is also your duty to teach the new students in the school why the pods have been renamed in this way," she said. "This is really a gift from the Semiahmoo people to the school and you need to treasure that in your heart."
Principal Carol Davison is thrilled to nurture the school's connection to the land and to the Semiahmoo people.
"When I moved here last year, I thought 'what can we do to make it more community-oriented and less institutionalized?'"
She said a committee of teachers worked together on connecting the animal names not only to the appropriate pod, but to the core competencies – intellectual, personal, social and emotional skills – in the B.C. curriculum.
Roxanne Charles will design the artwork for each pod's new animal designation, and hopes to include students in creating signs.
Online applications are now being accepted for the 2019 kindergarten lottery for programs of choice.
The lottery system applies to four programs only: Early French Immersion, Traditional, Intensive Fine Arts and Montessori.
Parents and guardians have a three-week window to apply between Jan. 28 and Feb. 19.
Once the online application process has closed, a random automated draw will take place Feb. 25.
An email with the lottery results will be sent to all applicants during the weeks of Feb. 25 to March 15, when parents can accept, decline or be placed on a waiting list.
Program seats at the various school locations will be filled until all the available spots have been allocated. If a student drops out of a program, the applicant who is next on the waitlist will be contacted.
Three years, three wins. Semiahmoo Secondary's senior boys basketball team was victorious – again – after taking home the 2019 Surrey RCMP Classic championship title.
The latest banner adds to a growing collection, as this is the third consecutive year the school has won the annual tournament.
Semiahmoo made it to the final after narrowly defeating the Tamanawis Wildcats 75-71 in the semi-finals. Lord Tweedsmuir also earned a spot in the championship game after beating Fleetwood Park.
With Tweedsmuir making a last-quarter comeback, the final, held at Enver Creek Secondary, had spectators on the edge of their seats. Separated by just three points with less than a minute remaining, Semiahmoo nailed a couple of key shots and sealed the 89-82 win.
The 28th-annual, seven-day tournament involved about 650 athletes from 24 senior and 20 junior teams representing public and private schools across Surrey.
Queen Elizabeth Secondary (below) won the junior championship, with Panorama Ridge taking silver.
For more statistics, awards and information, check HERE.
Student actors from a dozen different Surrey secondary schools will take centre stage at an upcoming festival at the Bell Performing Arts Centre.
The Act 1 Festival is Jan. 23, 4:30-9:30 p.m. and will feature performances in an array of categories, including monologues, group scene, solo/duet musical, group musical, short play, open performance and student written piece.
Participating schools include Clayton Heights, Enver Creek, Fleetwood Park, Frank Hurt, Johnston Heights, Kwantlen Park, L.A. Matheson, Lord Tweedsmuir, North Surrey, Salish, Semiahmoo and Sullivan Heights.
Spectators are welcome and admission is free.
The Jan. 23 event serves as a bit of a warm-up for schools participating in the Surrey One Act Play Festival at Salish Secondary on Feb. 22. It spotlights nine one-act plays from six Surrey secondary schools – one of which will be selected to perform at the B.C. National Theatre School Festival at Douglas College in May.
Both Surrey events provide a friendly venue for local students to showcase their work, meet like-minded peers, share ideas and grow creatively.
For more information about theatre arts activities in the Surrey School District, check the Surrey Drama Teachers' Association website HERE.