Surrey elementary school students and families are encouraged to walk, cycle or scooter to school October 5 - 9. Registered schools are eligible to win prizes.
World Teacher's Day acknowledges teachers' vital contribution to child education and development, as well as their key role in nurturing and mentoring students. This year, the event's slogan is "Empowering teachers, building sustainable societies".
The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) first declared World Teachers' Day in 1994.
Events are being held around the world to celebrate teachers.
Surrey's secondary school students, many of whom are eligible to vote, have not just been learning about federal election issues, they've been seeking out the positions of their local candidates.
Under the guidance of Tamanawis Secondary's social studies teachers, students staged an all candidates meeting for 600 Grade 11 and 12 students. Four Surrey-Newton constituency candidates were there to provide party positions and answer student questions: Sukh Dhaliwal, Liberal; Pamela Sangha, Green Party (who received warm applause after announcing she was a Tamanawis grad); Jinny Sims, NDP and Harpreet Singh, Progressive Conservative.
"We feel that this is a fantastic opportunity to engage students in the electoral process, especially as voter apathy rates continue to increase amongst youth voters," says Tamanawis secondary's Social Studies department head Lindsay Hutchison.
Students at Queen Elizabeth secondary and Guildford Learning Centre have prepared for similar events involving their own local candidates.
Student ambassadors pose with the four federal Surrey-Newton candidates. (Credit: Arman Manak, Tamanawis Secondary, Grade 11)
The Surrey School District continues a record of impressive grad performances and significant student scholarships, producing the most 2015 Schulich Leader Scholarship winners nationally of any single school district.
Selected from 1,250 national nominees, Arthur Chen, North Surrey Secondary; Rika Sugimoto Dimitrova, Semiahmoo Secondary; Brendan Cottrell, Elgin Park Secondary and Wylee Fitz-Gerald, Frank Hurt Secondary have received the prestigious 2015 Schulich Leader Scholarships valued at $80,000 and $60,000.
The scholarships are awarded to study science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) at one of 21 top Canadian universities.
Earlier this year, Johnston Heights Secondary grad Anthony Hope was one of 30 winners out of 3,800 applicants to receive the $100,000 Loran Scholarship. Also this year, two Fraser Heights Secondary Science Academy students were accepted into Ivy League universities with large scholarships; Matthew Li is going to Harvard to study engineering and Vicky Liu is heading to Yale for political science.
Rob Rai has been recognized for his efforts to promote school and community safety at the 6th Annual Extraordinary Achievement Awards hosted by Darpan magazine.
The Darpan Awards honour individuals within the South Asian community for remarkable achievements in ten different categories.
Mr. Rai received the Community Crusader award which honours inspiring leaders who work to address and raise awareness of issues that affect the community. In receiving his award, Mr. Rai acknowledged the efforts of colleagues and others in the district.
"Individual achievements are driven by collective passion," says Rai, who has worked in the Surrey School District for 11 years. "I thank my staff, the Surrey Board of Education and district leadership for their support and hard work on behalf of Safe Schools."
Mr. Rai has received other recognitions, including the Frederick Milton Thrasher award for outstanding scholarship, leadership and service in fighting gangs from the National Gang Crime Research Centre in Chicago.
Following extensive audits of district-wide health and safety programs and practices, the Surrey Board of Education has been recognized for "demonstrating a continuous commitment to raising the standard of worker health and safety in local government."
The recognition confirms the district's Health and Safety department's success in pursuing the high standards required to achieve the WorkSafeBC Certificate of Recognition (COR) for workplace health and safety.
COR is a WorkSafeBC initiative that recognizes and rewards employers who go beyond the requirements of the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation by taking a best practices approach to implementing health, safety and return-to-work (RTW) programs.
As part of the independent audit, about 100 employees were interviewed and 52 school district sites were visited, including the District Education Centre (DEC) and the Facilities Centre. Surrey Schools received an overall score of 82 per cent for its Health & Safety Management System and 80 per cent for its Selective Alternate Work/Return to Work Program.
As an employer with more than 10,000 employees, the Certificate of Recognition is a significant accomplishment and reflects the substantial progress and commitment made to the district's Occupational Health and Safety Program.
On Friday October 9, 2015, with the collaboration of Surrey Schools, the UBC Symphony Orchestra joins the David Brankin Elementary Grade 4/5 Violin Ensemble to perform for the community at the Bell Performing Arts Centre.
The event promotes the district's new string program, while featuring graduated Surrey students now attending and performing with UBC.
UBC is also supporting the school by teaming with David Brankin teachers to offer workshops and onsite support during student violin instruction.
The free public performance takes place at 7:00 p.m., October 9 at the Bell Centre located on 144 St. at 64 Ave.
The real-time school connection tool for mobile devices is now available as a free download for Android-based phones (version 4.0 and later).
This free app has proven popular for iPhone and iPad users since its introduction as a way for parents to stay on top of school and district developments. The Apple version was upgraded earlier this year and is compatible with iOS 7.1 or later.
The app enables your mobile device to access essential school information, as well as receive—virtually instantly—news & announcements, feature stories and timely alerts (special announcements), that are posted to any school's website.
To obtain the app for your device, visit the App Store (iPhone or iPad) or Play Store (Android), search "SchoolLink", then install the free app. Once installed, just follow the prompts to select the schools you wish to follow.
The app also includes contact information for any school you choose to follow, as well as instant access to district news.
Surrey Schools and the
YMCA of Greater Vancouver have partnered to launch Clubhouse 36 with the financial support of the
Sedin Family Foundation and
Westland Insurance, as well as the
Robert L. Conconi Foundation and
Bosa Properties Foundation. Other donors include BMO and Canucks for Kids Fund.
Henrik and Daniel with their wives (respectively) Johanna and Marinette attended representing their family foundation. The two Canucks stars later joined some students in a science experiment before participating in a game of “gagaball”
The program was piloted in July at Holly Elementary, Lena Shaw Elementary and Georges Vanier Elementary schools. It will continue to offer consistent, connected and professionally-operated skills development activities for two days each week during the 2015-2016 school year, as well as full‐day programming during spring and summer breaks.
“We are very pleased to support Surrey Schools with a program that enriches student learning outside of the classroom with interesting and fun activities offered in a safe space,” says Daniel Sedin, co-founder of the Sedin Family Foundation. “For young children aged 6-12, school is the centre of their daily activity. Offering Clubhouse 36 in partnership with the YMCA in community schools makes it as accessible as possible for students and their families.”
Students participating in Clubhouse 36 represent a diverse range of cultural, linguistic and ethnic backgrounds. All students participate free of charge and are identified to participate by school-‐based staff. “The four of us all grew up in a small town in Sweden and community was really important to our families,” says Henrik Sedin, co-founder of the Sedin Family Foundation. “It is inspiring for us to see how Clubhouse 36 is already impacting the lives of students and their families in the Surrey community.”
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