Suleyman Eohasan, a Grade 6 student at Prince Charles Elementary, gets fitted for skates at the launch of the HEROS program in Surrey. Below right, Grade 6 Cedar Hills Elementary student Noveleen Dhaliwal tries on a helmet, while Desmond Thompson (below left), a Grade 5 student at K.B. Woodward Elementary, displays his new hockey gloves.
Thirty-six students from four Surrey elementary schools are getting the chance to hit the ice – with brand new equipment – for a free weekly hockey program.
Grade 4-7 students from Prince Charles, K.B. Woodward, Old Yale and Cedar Hills elementary schools were fitted head-to-toe with gear, from skates to pads, helmets to jerseys, at Sport Chek in Guildford Town Centre. And of course, a big black hockey bag to put it all in.
The opportunity was made possible through HEROS (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society), which is celebrating its 17th season of empowering children through ice hockey.
"It's like Halloween," said Grade 6 student Noveleen Dhaliwal as she packed her new helmet alongside other gear in her hockey bag.
She and friend Zaara Rahiman, who both attend Cedar Hills Elementary, said they had never played hockey and were excited to try it.
After getting outfitted on the first day, the three dozen Surrey students headed to North Surrey Arena to test their new gear – and skating skills – accompanied by Vancouver Canuck Sven Baertschi.
Norm Flynn, Executive Director and founder of HEROS, is pleased the program for vulnerable youth has come to Surrey.
"The ability to give youth from families who can't afford the cost of minor hockey, for whom our program can provide mentors who can use the game of hockey to impact their lives off the ice, happens only when the community comes together as it has here in Surrey," he said.
The Ministry of Education is seeking feedback from parents on how student progress is communicated.
The province has re-vamped the curriculum in kindergarten through Grade 9 and is now looking to develop a new approach to reporting student learning. In Surrey, depending on the school and the teacher, progress is currently relayed in several ways, including traditional report cards, student digital portfolios and parent-teacher meetings.
In a letter to parents, Education Minister Mike Bernier says the goal is "to develop a student reporting process that gives families a deeper understanding of their child's progress at school through timely and comprehensive information."
Until Feb. 28, input can be shared at http://engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress/. Meetings will also be held in 10 communities, including Surrey, in the coming months.
The province will gather the feedback and unveil a reporting plan in June 2017.
Parents, caregivers and members of the community are invited to attend a series of Conversation Cafés addressing youth issues.
The informal sessions of coffee, tea and talk will tackle trends and concerns about drug use, mental health and other matters affecting young people. Surrey School District staff and community agencies will be in attendance to provide information and resources on the services and supports available for Surrey youth and their families.
Five cafés are planned:
All events take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
For more information or to confirm your attendance, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Swedish delegation representatives Eva Berg and
Sergio Garay with Guildford Park Secondary principal Robin Smalley (right) on a
tour through the school.
A six-member delegation from the City of Gothenburg in Sweden has visited some Surrey school facilities and met with staff to learn how the district assists Syrian refugees and other new immigrants in settling and integrating into the community.
Delegation member Daniela Ölmunger says Sweden has received 350,000 Syrian refugees and is facing a variety of challenges in welcoming that many newcomers. The delegation contacted UBC for assistance because of the reputation of Vancouver and the region as a successful multicultural community.
Among a short list of Lower Mainland institutions and people recommended to the delegation, the Surrey School District was identified as the first place to visit.
The delegation of senior city staff, politicians and educators toured the English Language Learner Welcome Centre where refugee families are assisted and students assessed for school. The delegation then went to Guildford Park Secondary school which hosts the highest number of Syrian refugee students and provides several innovative in-school and afterschool programs for immigrant students and families.
"We were moved and impressed by the holistic approach presented to us and we left the district with many ideas for how we could develop our own work and also for future cooperation," says Jahja Zeqiraj, chairman of the Gothenburg city district. "We have had the opportunity to see many best practices by fantastic people."
The delegation is visiting for just four days before returning to Gothenburg.
World Teachers' Day is being marked on Oct. 5 this year, acknowledging the vital role teachers play in educating, nurturing and mentoring students.
The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) first declared World Teachers' Day in 1994 and there are now celebrations around the world.
This year, the event's theme is "Valuing teachers, improving their status."
The 4th-annual Heart-Mind conference comes to Surrey this October, focusing on child development, education and mental health.
Surrey Schools has partnered with the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education to present the two-day event. With a theme of Cultivating Resilience, it is designed for people who care for and teach children and youth, including educators, parents and community members.
The conference will feature some of the leading minds on social and emotional learning, with the goal of addressing the Dalai Lama's question: "How can we educate the hearts of children?"
Presenters include Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Shelley Moore, Michael Ungar, Linda Lantieri, Dzung Vo, Monique Gray Smith and Eli Puterman. Maria LeRose will serve as moderator.
Heart-Mind 2016 takes place Oct. 21-22 at the Bell Performing Arts Centre. Click here to register.
The Surrey Board of Education welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Education to ensure all school boards in the province include sexual orientation and gender identity in anti-bullying policies.
Surrey's board began development of a comprehensive Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity regulation in fall 2012 and adopted the new regulation in June 2013. The regulation was developed by a working group consisting of parents, students, employee groups and district staff.
Student and staff communication, staff resource development and training, parent education and curriculum materials were developed and implemented in 2013 and work continues today to "ensure that LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) members of school communities and their families are welcomed, accepted and included in all aspects of education and school life", as stated in the district regulation.
Surrey Board of Education chairperson Shawn Wilson
"Our trustees are proud of the fact we pursued this important initiative with the involvement of our school communities four years ago and—although the work continues—we are well along the path of promoting safety, respect and acceptance of LGBTQ students and others in our schools."
Surrey School District superintendent Dr. Jordan Tinney
"Having a policy is an important first step, but we must constantly work together toward inclusive and supportive environments for all students, staff and community members. As with many things, we are well on our way, but this is an ongoing journey."
Surrey Teachers Association president Gioia Breda
"Surrey has completed the first step; we have policy and regulation that ensures the safety and inclusion of LGBTQ staff, students and family members. We know teachers want to create safe and inclusive spaces for our students. Moving forward we need to continue to listen to the voices and experiences of queer youth and look for more opportunities to work together to further understand how to create more supportive, inclusive environments where LGBTQ staff and students can feel safe to be their authentic selves."
Student Anthony Hope (Surrey School District grad & District Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Policy Working Group member)
"This is very welcome news and I am optimistic that thousands of students, staff and parents across the province will greatly benefit from a safer, more inclusive school environment. I applaud all of the school districts and independent school systems who have stepped up and already included sexual orientation and gender identity into their anti-bullying policies - like Surrey in 2013 - and am thrilled by today's announcement to expand these to all districts and schools."
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As an estimated 1,000 new students enter Surrey schools this fall, the Surrey School District continues to have the largest enrolment in B.C. with more than 71,000 learners.
The district has been working hard to complete building upgrades, as well as build space for the fast-growing student population, and some of those classrooms are ready for the new school year.
A 10-classroom addition has been completed at Adams Road Elementary in the north Cloverdale neighbourhood, while Rosemary Heights and Morgan Elementary have new two- and four-classroom additions, respectively. The added space at Rosemary Heights and Morgan will eliminate the need for portables at the two South Surrey schools. Adams Road will retain four of the 13 portables it had last year.
The construction of the much-anticipated Salish Secondary is well underway in north Clayton near 184 Street and 72 Avenue. Expected to be completed by spring 2018, it will have a capacity of about 1,500 students and ease the pressure at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary and Clayton Heights Secondary schools, which are both well over capacity.
Tweedsmuir continues to operate on an extended day schedule to accommodate more
students, and has 18 portables on site – the most of any Surrey school. Sullivan
Heights Secondary also has an extended day schedule and has 14 portables. Both
Sullivan and Lord Tweedsmuir have capped in-catchment enrolment this
year. Thirty of Surrey's elementary schools are closed to out-of-catchment enrolment due to space constraints.
all, the district has roughly 275 portables in use this year – about the same
number as last year.
The Surrey Schools facilities department was busy over the summer, doing approximately $7-million in work at various schools, including drainage and mechanical upgrades, re-roofing, re-flooring and parking lot repairs throughout the district. The exterior of 11 schools was also repainted, gym floors were refinished at seven schools and lighting and fire alarms were improved at 14.
With guidance from the Fraser Health Authority, the Surrey School District has conducted water lead level tests over the summer at more than 620 water source locations at 63 schools that were constructed before 1990.
The results have been summarized in a letter to parents, and each school's test result, as conducted and reported by an accredited, independent laboratory, is posted below. (Please do not contact the laboratory as staff are unable to comment on the reports). Tests for some schools were done on different days, resulting in more than one report.
Surrey Schools has taken action at each of the tested schools to ensure the drinking water for students and staff is only available from fountains and sinks with water quality meeting health standards. Safe drinking water is available at multiple locations in every school.
At the request of the district, additional information about lead in drinking water has been provided by Fraser Health with links to further resources.
Parents with any questions are asked to check with their school principal.
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Your daughter had a tooth knocked out while playing hockey in gym class. Your son smashed his glasses on the playground at lunchtime. Your teen broke an ankle after tripping on stairs.
Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere at school. And while some may occur in places one might anticipate danger, such as shop class or the science lab, most often, school injuries involve nothing more than a student's own feet.
"I would say the majority of incidents involve slips, trips and falls," says Kelly Thomson, director of risk management with Surrey Schools. "The second most common incident involves running into something, often another student but sometimes a stationary object such as a wall, a door or a fence."
In the past eight years, the number of student accidents reported in Surrey Schools has nearly doubled. During the 2007-08 school year, there were 975 incidents, compared to the 1,845 reported last year.
What parents and guardians may not know is that Surrey Schools insurance does not cover expenses for student injuries that happen on school grounds or during school activities. Parents are responsible for those costs, and provincial coverage (MSP) and group health plans often limit or don't cover things like dental treatment, casts, physiotherapy or eyewear.
Optional student accident insurance is available through private companies and interested parents are encouraged to research which plan suits their family's needs.
Surrey's District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) and the Surrey School District provide the opportunity to voluntarily purchase accident insurance through the Kids Plus Accident Insurance program. The plan provides year-round coverage, whether children are in or out of school, including coverage for costs not fully insured under MSP or group extended health insurance plans. Premiums start at $14.50 per year per student, with discounts available for families with three or more children.
For more information, check kidsplus.ca or visit the "Parents" tab at surreyschools.ca or see the printable parent brochure.