Surrey Schools has been selected to the exclusive 2016 BC's Top Employers list.
The annual competition recognizes employers in British Columbia "that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work."
"Our board is obviously proud of this special recognition because trustees believe strongly that our workplaces need to be welcoming and rewarding," says Surrey Board of Education chairperson Shawn Wilson. "I've been a school trustee in this district for more than 16 years and I've seen a culture of pride here in what we do to support children and student learning; not just in educators, but in everyone, whether clerks, custodians, professionals or tradespeople."
Winners are selected using eight criteria:
"Our senior leadership encourages innovation and provides staff the opportunity to pursue ideas and initiatives," adds Wilson. "This not only contributes to a more exciting workplace, it has also led to our district being recognized in Canada and nationally as leaders."
Fraser Heights Secondary school is one of just 14 schools nationally to be awarded a
Best Buy School Tech Grant to support technology use in the school.
There were more than 300 applicants for cash grants totalling $150,000. Fraser Heights is to receive $7,835 in the STEM category ( Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) to purchase new laptops and equipment for the school's robotics club. The grant application was submitted by the robotics club sponsor teacher Mrs. Sharissa Desrochers. The club has grown from four to 30 students, with another 30 students on the waiting list to join.
Grade 5 Cedar Hills elementary student Riya Arora's performance was the judges' and audience favourite at the inaugural regional
Canada SCORES Poetry Slam held in Burnaby.
She beat out the field of contestants in the event organized by the Canada SCORES Vancouver charity. The society is an extension of America SCORES, which combines soccer, poetry and community service in after-school programs for vulnerable youth aimed at helping children reach their full potential.
Riya will now compete in the 10th Annual National Poetry SLAM! at the School of Visual Arts theatre in New York City, April 9 to 12. All her expenses are covered by Canada SCORES and America SCORES.
While in New York, Riya will also participate in writing and performance workshops with renowned poets and spoken word artists. She will also get a tour of the city.
Cedar Hills teacher Sukhjinder Sidhu encouraged and coached Riya, whose poetry slam topic was "Soccer's role in my life".
The Canada SCORES program was introduced in the district last year through the district's
Business Development and
Community-Schools Partnership departments. C-SP outreach worker Stefan Leslie—a former Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team player—provides student mentorship and helps coordinate the Canada SCORES after-school program among five elementary schools and one secondary school.
For a poetry slam, students create and perform their own poems without any music, costumes or props. The work is judged as much on the manner and enthusiasm of its performance, as its content or style.
Cedar Hills elementary Grade 5 student Riya Arora delivers her winning poetry slam.
The Surrey Board of Education invites your submissions regarding program and service priorities as the board considers its 2016/2017 operating budget.
Each year, the board works to sustain priority programs and services to support students across the district. As was true in past budget planning cycles, district needs outpace the funds the board will receive from provincial government grants. This means there are difficult choices to be made in order to achieve the balanced budget required by law and ensure student needs are met in the best way.
In coming weeks, the board will meet with employee groups and community stakeholders, including the District Parent Advisory Committee, to share details of the budget challenge and to obtain input. Other community members are welcome to submit ideas, questions and suggestions regarding board priorities and potential budget reduction ideas by writing to:
Mr. Wayne Noye, Secretary-Treasurer
School District No.36 (Surrey)
14033 – 92 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3V 0B7
Telephone: (604) 596-7733
Written submissions should be received no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016.
For additional information and background, various district and financial reports are available at
The proportion of Surrey School District students graduating within six years of starting secondary school continues to rise and is at another all-time high. The six-year completion rate is the percentage of students who graduate with a Dogwood diploma within six years of starting Grade 8 for the ﬁrst time.
According to a recently released B.C. Ministry of Education
report, 89 per cent of district students graduated within six years in 2014-15. That figure is a 0.2 per cent increase over the previous year and maintains a continuous rise in this key measure of district performance.
The combined rate for high school completion in all public and private schools in B.C. for the same year was 83.9 per cent, about five per cent less than the Surrey School District figure.
"It's certainly great to see how well our district students are doing in this benchmark, generally and in relation to the provincial average," says Surrey Board of Education chairperson Shawn Wilson. "Even more importantly is that overall, our district maintains our long trend of improvement. Thanks go to our students, teachers, support staff and school and district administrators for their efforts."
Also according to the ministry report, a greater proportion of Surrey students are graduating with honours; increasing four per cent year-over-year to more than half of all graduating students.
The data also tracks the performance of special needs, English Language Learners (ELL) and aboriginal students. These three categories report figures from a much smaller number of students, so there are larger fluctuations from year-to-year.
While the six-year completion rate for aboriginal students fell from 61 per cent to 55 per cent, the rate has risen for all other aboriginal graduation rate categories documented in the report. More aboriginal students are also graduating at the honours level than in the previous year.
The six-year completion rate for special needs students rose from 60.6 per cent to 65.8 per cent while the rate for ELL students changed slightly from 92.6 to 92 per cent.
Grade 12 Frank Hurt secondary student Tyson Fisher is one of only 20 youths in Canada to receive the
2016 Vimy Pilgrimage Award.
The Vimy Pilgrimage Award recognizes the actions of young people who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions, notable deeds, bravery or leadership. Their support may have served their peers, schools, communities, province or country.
Tyson has long been a leader in various clubs and activities at Frank Hurt, including the Energy Ambassadors, community garden, year book and as a school/student liaison with community organizations.
As part of the award, Tyson receives a fully funded, week-long educational program in Belgium and France to study Canada's First World War effort. The April tour organized by The Vimy Foundation includes daily field trips to important First World War sites.
Online applications for French Immersion, Fine Arts, Montessori and Traditional programs of "Choice" are available until February 15, 2016.
The TELUS Vancouver Community Board has donated $20,000 to the Community-Schools Partnership Clubhouse 36 program.
Clubhouse offers year-round support and out-of-school skill building opportunities to students at Holly, Georges Vanier and Lena Shaw elementary school.
Among other gifts, Strawberry Hill Elementary school has received 30 Microsoft Surface tablet computers—one for each teacher in the school—as part of a recognition through the Microsoft
Thank You Teachers program.
Out of more than 430 nominated schools across Canada (except Quebec), Surrey's Strawberry Hill and Georges Vanier elementary schools were each named one of the top 21 finalists of schools where teachers are making an impact on their students and community, and who use innovative teaching practices in the classroom.Both schools receive a $1,000 certificate from Staples Canada, a Keurig Coffee Machine and 4,000 coffee pods, and a four-hour computer-related workshop for teachers. The school staffs also received a lunch at the school hosted by Microsoft.Strawberry Hill was also selected the grand prize winner by draw to receive a Microsoft Surface tablet computer for each full-time teacher in the school. Strawberry Hill elementary teacher-librarian Curtis Wiebe had applied to the Microsoft program.
Boxing Day has come early for the students, staff and school community at L.A. Matheson secondary school.
Led by teacher Annie Ohana and the student Global Issues club, hundreds of boxes are being collected and filled with everything from school supplies and books to warm clothing and personal hygiene products. The students are also providing a welcome letter and student artwork to go with a map of Canada and a copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
A classroom has been largely converted into an assembly plant where students and staff donate their free time to collecting, sorting and packing the boxes.