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Two new elementary schools planned in the Clayton area and a new South Surrey secondary school have been given official names.
The Surrey Board of Education approved the following names at its December public board meeting:
Grandview Heights reflects the historical and common name for the neighbourhood in which the secondary school is located.
Burke Road and Regent Road are the historical names of 76 Avenue and 74 Avenue, respectively.
All three schools have been approved for funding and are in the design stage. They are targeted for occupancy in the 2020-2021 school year.
A rendering of Burke Road Elementary. Courtesy of Thinkspace architecture.
Surrey Board of Education chairperson Laurie Larsen watches as a Pacific Heights Elementary student helps MLA Garry Begg with a computer coding exercise.
The day following her acclamation as the new Surrey Board of Education chairperson, trustee Laurie Larsen participated in a provincial government announcement of funding for a new elementary school in the Grandview Heights area, as well as a 12-classroom addition to Pacific Heights Elementary.
"It is truly a treat to be here to participate in this event, as it marks one of the most critical steps in our need to accommodate the new students and families coming to our district," said Larsen at the Dec. 7 announcement at Pacific Heights. "Our board requires government funding before we can
build the new schools and school additions needed for our growth."
She thanked the community for their patience, not only in waiting for the new space, but for the "inevitable inconveniences and frustrations" that will come with construction.
"The good news is, relief is in sight," Larsen said.
Construction is expected to begin at Pacific Heights in May 2018, with the new classrooms ready for students by September 2019. The new Grandview Heights elementary school is scheduled to open in the 2020-21 school year.
The 2014-18 Surrey Board of Education: (back row, from left) Terry Allen (vice-chairperson), Garry Thind, Shawn Wilson; (front row, from left) Gary Tymoschuk, Laurie Larsen (chairperson), Laurae McNally and Bob Holmes.
The Surrey Board of Education has elected longtime trustee Laurie Larsen to serve as chairperson of the seven-member board.
Larsen has been on the board since 2008 and served as vice-chair for two terms, from 2012-2014 and 2014-2017. She replaces trustee Shawn Wilson as chair – a role he held since 2012 (as well as from 2003-2007).
Taking Larsen's place as vice-chairperson is trustee Terry Allen, who has served on the board for 15 years.
Board of education chair and vice-chair are elected annually.
A school boundary change is being proposed that would shift a portion of the existing Simon Cunningham Elementary catchment area to Creekside Elementary.
The proposed change, which would take effect in September 2018, would not apply to students already attending Simon Cunningham, nor would it affect their siblings, unless they choose to register at Creekside.
Students new to the area would attend Creekside as of September 2018.
The move is being suggested in order to accommodate current and continued enrolment growth at Simon Cunningham and balance enrolment among all schools in the area.
Feedback on the proposed change is welcome until Dec. 15.
Comments can also be left at placespeak.com/SD36CapitalPlan
Students at W.E. Kinvig Elementary helped out during the official ribbon cutting for the Surrey school's new playground. Below, right, students give flowers to four women who were instrumental in raising funds for the play structure.
A rock concert, cake and a ribbon cutting made for an exciting day at W.E. Kinvig Elementary as students, staff and parents celebrated a new playground at the Surrey school.
The colourful $125,000 play structure came to fruition when one parent's idea grew into a community initiative that gained momentum over the past two years.
Many donors stepped forward to make the accessible playground a reality, including the Rick Hansen Foundation, Tire Stewardship BC, OCL Industrial Materials, Spence Family Foundation, Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation, Marathon Surfaces and more.
The band Her Brothers got the crowd pumped up in the gym prior to the party being moved outside, where students joined officials for an official ribbon cutting. The afternoon concluded with cake and candy canes.
"It's a big day for Kinvig," said principal Jas Atwal.
Semiahmoo Secondary Totems senior boys volleyball won the 2017 AAA B.C. volleyball championship.
Surrey secondary schools spent another weekend bringing home banners from provincial sports championships.
Semiahmoo Secondary Totems logged their title after a nail-biter at the B.C. high school boys volleyball AAA championships at Langley Events Centre. Facing top-seed Mount Baker Wild from Cranbrook, the senior boys Semi squad (seeded ninth) won the first two sets of the final, setting them on what looked like a path to victory. But the Wild came back with two wins of their own, forcing a deciding fifth game.
In the end, the Totems pulled ahead, winning the gold-medal game 15-12.
Lord Tweedsmuir's AAA junior varsity team charged to triumph against Vancouver College during B.C. high school football finals at B.C. Place, defending its provincial title.
The Panthers had a 7-0 lead at halftime, holding onto it through a defensive battle with the VC Irish.
While the opponent logged a pair of touchdowns, Tweedsmuir added two more before the game was over, winning the championship game 23-13.
Lord Tweedsmuir defended its B.C. AAA football title, beating Vancouver College 23-13.
Fraser Heights Secondary's senior team (Tracy Meng, Alice Zhang, Ian Chen, Andrew Guo,
Jerry Jiao, Darryl Yang, Sherry Gu) placed first at the 2017 Kwantlen Science Challenge, while the school's junior team (Nick Liu, Jerry Li, Alex Zhang, Kelly Tang,
Jennifer Tsai, Patrick Kim, Kirill Kudriavstev) placed second.
Fraser Heights Secondary senior and junior teams placed first and second, respectively, at the Kwantlen Science Challenge.
With 30 schools competing in each category, the Surrey school rose to the top.
The day-long event at Kwantlen Polytechnic University involved teams from across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, with Grade 11 and 12 (senior) and Grades 8-10 (junior) competing against each other in five practical activities in biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, engineering design, mathematics and physics.
Some challenges included things such as making a thermometer from materials provided and then using it to determine the temperature of a liquid; building a boat powered by a solar panel; and determining the best strategy to win a game, by calculating probabilities.
Other Surrey schools also cracked the Top 10 at the Kwantlen Science Challenge, with Semiahmoo Secondary's junior and senior teams placing fourth and fifth, respectively, and Fleetwood Park seniors placing seventh.
Check here for full results.
The Earl Marriott Secondary junior boys volleyball team ended the season the way they spent it: winning.
The Mariners took gold at the Junior Boys Volleyball Provincial Championships Nov. 25 in Kelowna, winning the provincial title following a streak of back-to-back victories.
The championship capped off an impressive undefeated season for the squad, which did not face a single loss from league play, through districts and Fraser Valleys, to provincials.
Talon McMullin was named tournament MVP, while Joshua Quiring, Ryan Brown and Takoda McMullin were named to the B.C. all-star team.
In soccer action, Panorama Ridge Secondary came home with silver from the B.C. AAA provincials after a hard-fought battle against powerhouse Dr. Charles Best Secondary.
Panorama beat L.A. Matheson 3-0 to secure a shot at the championship title, but couldn't overcome Charles Best in the final, losing 2-1. The second-place finish marked the end of a season that saw Panorama win the Fraser Valley championships, logging a record 14 wins and one loss all season.
Surrey schools took four of the top eight spots at provincials, with L.A. Matheson placing fourth, Fleetwood Park fifth and Enver Creek eighth.
Fleetwood goalie Karndeep Sahota was named the tournament's best keeper, while L.A. Matheson was presented the Fair Play award.
The Surrey School District's Career Education Department is accepting applications for the following Youth Train in Trades Programs.
Youth Train in Trades Programs are delivered in partnership with local post-secondary institutions. Over the course of a semester, program participants earn level one technical training, industry certification and high school course credits.
The programs run February to June 2018 and tuition is free!
Applicants should be in Grade 11 or 12 and applications are available at all secondary schools through school-based Career Facilitators.
For more information, see your Career Facilitator or contact the Career Education Department at 604-595-6175.
The Grade 8 boys football team at Earl Marriott Secondary hadn't lost a game all season, and they weren't about to do it at provincials.
The Mariners started strong in the AA championship game against the Pitt Meadows Marauders, leading 20-0 at the half.
The Surrey squad had already logged five shutouts during the season and had their eye on making it six – in front of a home crowd.
Before the game was done, Earl Marriott added 12 more points, beating Pitt Meadows 32-0 and taking the provincial title.