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Mar 09
Surrey Schools among province’s top employers -- again

For the second consecutive year, Surrey Schools has been selected as one of B.C.'s Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada editors.TopEmployer bc2017-english.jpg

The annual competition recognizes employers "that lead their industries offering exceptional places to work" in British Columbia.

"Being named one of the province's top employers makes trustees extremely proud," said Board of Education chairperson Shawn Wilson. "We greatly value our employees and strive to provide workplaces that are not only welcoming and supportive, but foster a sense of fulfilment and engagement as we pursue our common goal of supporting children and improving student learning."

Winners are selected using eight criteria:

  • Physical workplace;
  • Work atmosphere & social;
  • Health, financial and family benefits;
  • Vacation and time off;
  • Employee communications;
  • Performance management;
  • Training and skills development, and;
  • Community involvement.


"Employees who feel valued and inspired are, in turn, empowered to learn, grow and innovate, helping to further establish the Surrey School District as a leader in education," said Wilson.

The list of B.C.'s Top Employers for 2017 has been published in a special magazine supplement in the Vancouver Sun. See the Detailed Reasons for selection.


Mar 03
Student projects diverse at 50th Surrey science fair

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Hillcrest Elementary Grade 4 student Isaac MacDonald with his exhibit on what caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and fire. Isaac was inspired after watching a movie on the disaster.


More than 120 science exhibits and about 200 students intrigued and entertained shoppers and judges at Surrey's Central City Shopping Centre in the 50th-annual Surrey School District Science Fair.

Students from Grade 4-8 demonstrated knowledge on many diverse topics; including "Mapping Acceleration Patterns to Maximise Golf Swing Speed", "13 Moons of the First People" and "Microwaves and Organisms".

A handful of students were invited to present their projects at the next Surrey Board of Education public meeting on March 9:

  • Hammad Kafi, Grade 6, Dr. F.D. Sinclair Elementary - Tesla Coil

  • Karman Gill, Grade 7, Cedar Hills Elementary - Microwaves and Organisms

  • Angelyca Purewal, Grade 7, Erma Stephenson Elementar - Impacts of Rising Acidity

  • Thomas and Jacob Mencl, Grades 4 and 6, Sunnyside Elementary - Best Foot Angle for Kicking a Soccer Ball

  • Robin Yadav, Grade 8, Kwantlen Park Secondary - How to Make an Electromagnet Stronger

The board meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at the District Education Centre, 14033 92 Ave.

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Though she described the public event as "nerve-wracking", Surrey Centre Elementary Grade 5 student Nadia Sjaus provided an engaging presentation on of the physics behind the strength of beams.

Mar 02
Youth Punjabi writing contest launches in Surrey

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Barj Dhahan, founder of the Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature, speaking at L.A. Matheson Secondary during the launch of the Dhahan Youth Prize.


Students from Surrey and across the province are invited to share their Punjabi-language stories in a new youth creative writing contest.

The Dhahan Youth Prize, the first of its kind in B.C., was launched at L.A. Matheson Secondary and is aimed at sharing experiences and culture through storytelling, while promoting acceptance and understanding.

Prize founder Barj Dhahan said the concept for the youth literature contest came to him when his mother fell asleep after dinner at his house one evening. He watched her breathing deeply as she slumbered.

"It occurred to me that one day, my mother would leave her body," he said.

And that would mean her language from rural Punjab – one that has a 1,000-year history – would also be gone.

"We want to make sure the Punjabi language has a future," Dhahan said in announcing the new writing prize, "not only in its homeland, but around the world."

The goal, he added, was to recognize the richness of Punjabi history, honour and inspire authors and support a "rich, caring and open society."

The contest is open to all secondary students in B.C. who are studying Punjabi in Grade 11 or 12. Writing must be submitted in both Punjabi and English.

Sargun Kaur, a Grade 12 student at L.A. Matheson, is excited about the prospect of sharing creative tales in one of her three languages. She was born in Germany and lived in England and Dhahan literature prize Sargun Kaur.jpgIndia before immigrating to Canada with her family two years ago. She speaks English and Hindi fluently, in addition to Punjabi.

"As a student, I'm really thankful to get this magnificent opportunity," she said. "We look forward to writing our stories."

Eight students (four each in intermediate and advance language skill levels) will be awarded $500. Submissions will be accepted until May 31 and awards will be given out at the Dhahan Prize Awards ceremony at the end of October.

For further information and eligibility guidelines, check www.dhahanprize.com/events/youth.


Mar 01
Donate at the click of a button

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of children in the Surrey School District?

It's now easier than ever.

Surrey Schools not only has a new 'DONATE' button on the home page of the school district website (top right corner), but donors now have the option of making contributions online.

Debit payments are now accepted and a donor can choose to give to any school or program in the Surrey School District. (We are not yet able to process credit cards online).

While Surrey schools are funded by the provincial government, the school district strives to provide a host of additional supports for children and families that complement and extend beyond the classroom in an effort to provide the best educational opportunities possible. The Surrey School District is a registered Canadian charity.

Donations help fund initiatives such as meal programs, after-school clubs, arts and recreational programs, scholarships, employment readiness courses, and more. A variety of priority programs support at-risk and underserved students at inner-city schools.

Of course, contributions may still be made using traditional payment methods via mail, fax, email, automatic bank withdrawal or by phone. Gifts can also be made in the name of someone you wish to honour, such as a family member, loved one, teacher or friend.

For more information about supporting Surrey Schools, phone 604-595-6066 or email donations@surreyschools.ca

Feb 27
Pink Shirt Day co-founder speaks at Surrey schools

Travis Price Pink Shirt Day founder.jpgTravis Price remembers seeing the Grade 9 student walk into his Nova Scotia school.

It was the first day of class and the teen, who was wearing pink, was harassed the moment he came through the door.

Price and his friend wanted to do something and decided to try to get everyone at the school to wear pink the next day to show the bullied student he wasn't alone. It was a long shot, they knew, but they went out and bought everything pink they could find.

The message spread. Quickly. By the time the last bus showed up that morning, 850 students at the school were wearing pink.

"We never expected it. We thought we were going to help one kid, but we realized so many people were affected by bullying and just didn't talk about it," Price told students at Tamanawis Secondary Feb. 24 as part of a speaking tour at several Surrey schools.

Price and his buddy never dreamed what would happen next. Other Nova Scotia schools started calling, then others from across the country. Their story spread internationally. Ellen Degeneres even phoned to congratulate them.

Ten years later, 6.5 million people in 30 countries now participate in Pink Shirt Day annually, to promote kindness and send a message that bullying won't be tolerated.

Price says it's about making every day pink day.

"Each and every one of you can make a difference by standing up for someone," Price said to the Surrey students. "One choice, one decision, one simple act of kindness."

His tour was done in partnership with Coast Capital and the Red Cross, which offers a bullying prevention program called Beyond the Hurt.

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Pink Shirt Day co-founder Travis Price with Tamanawis Secondary leadership students.

Feb 24
Regional skills competition underway

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Grace Yates, a Grade 12 student at Clayton Heights Secondary, works on her Cabinetmaking project at the Lower Fraser Valley regional SkillsBC Competition. Below left, competitors work intently on their 3D Computer Animation project, while Grade 11 Fraser Heights student Jordan Heba (below, right) guides the drill press during the Cabinetmaking competition.


The Lower Fraser Valley regional SkillsBC Competition has kicked-off at two sites in Surrey.

Students from Grade 6 to Grade 12 demonstrated their talents in 14 trades and technologies, from Architectural CAD to Welding.

Most of the trades competitions take place at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Cloverdale Campus, while Cabinetmaking and 3D Computer Animation were hosted at Fraser Heights Secondary. Three competitions, TV/Video Production, Website Design and Culinary Arts will be held next week.

Winners in each competition area are awarded gold, silver or bronze medals, with most of gold medal winners qualifying to compete in the annual Provincial Competition.

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Feb 23
Fraser Health seeks input on child health information

Someone at your child's school has been diagnosed with fifth disease. You've never heard of it and want to learn more.

Your daughter appears anxious lately and doesn't seem to be coping well. Is it a problem? Where can you seek help?

What immunizations require boosters and when and where do you get them?

Fraser Health wants to hear what sorts of child health information you would find most useful and how you'd like to access that information? Would an app on your smart phone be best? Social media?child health.jpg

You now have an opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas with the public health experts.

Fraser Health is inviting anyone interested in school health to participate in a quick online School Health Survey.

The health care region is in the process of revamping its school health web site and resources for parents, teachers and school administrators on health issues pertaining to children in kindergarten to Grade 7, and is soliciting feedback on how they provide school health content.

The survey is confidential and for research purposes only. It is open until March 31.

Anyone with further questions about the survey can email feedback@fraserhealth.com

Feb 22
50th-annual Surrey District Science Fair takes place March 2

District Science fair.jpgIt's been running for five decades, and this year's Surrey District Science Fair once again promises to bring an array of fresh ideas, research and innovation.

The fair, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is the largest and longest-running in Western Canada. It will be held on March 2 at Central City Shopping Centre (10153 King George Blvd.).

The popular event is open to all intermediate and junior secondary students (Grades 4-8) in the Surrey School District, including those in special education and French immersion programs. More than 200 students are expected to participate in this year's fair.

The optional theme for 2017 is Environmental Sustainability.

Public viewing and judging of the projects takes place from 5-7 p.m. Judges will deliver ribbons between 7 and 7:30 p.m., with closing ceremonies to follow.

Check here for more information.

Feb 15
Surrey schools think pink

Surrey Schools will be a sea of pink Feb. 22 as students, teachers and staff take a stand against bullying.Pink shirt.jpg

Pink Shirt Day began in 2008, inspired by an incident in Nova Scotia where a young man was bullied for wearing pink to school. Other students who witnessed the harassment purchased dozens of pink shirts and encouraged their classmates to wear them the next day to send a message to the bullies and show support to the victim.

The movement has spread across Canada and now, on the last Wednesday in February, schools, businesses and individuals take the day to don their rosiest garb and display their commitment to tolerance and kindness.

This year's campaign slogan is "Make Nice," serving as a reminder that regardless of our differences, being nice is always a choice worth making.

For more information, check pinkshirtday.ca

Feb 09
Surrey Board of Education invites budget input

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.

For the first time, the board is offering an additional way to provide input on budget priorities for the 2017-18 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.

Of course, suggestions about budget priorities may still be submitted via regular mail or e-mail:

The Office of the Secretary-Treasurer

School District No.36 (Surrey)

14033 92 Ave., Surrey, BC V3V 0B7

Telephone: 604-596-7733

or

E-mail: budget@surreyschools.ca

Written submissions should be received no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

For additional information and background, various district and financial reports are available at www.surreyschools.ca

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