Surrey Schools joined ICBC and the Surrey RCMP to kick-off a youth pedestrian safety campaign at Clayton Heights Secondary.
Among other safety tips, the campaign reminds students to keep their "heads up" and ear "buds out" when crossing roads. The informal lunch hour visits take place at four more secondary schools.
More than 700 reflectors were handed out to students to apply on their jackets and backpacks.
Once again this year, BCIT Instructor Don Zaklan and his BCIT Electrical Foundation students from the Princess Margret Secondary
ACE-IT program have volunteered more than 1,000 hours of their time for testing, set-up preparations and wiring the St. Paul's Hospital Lights of Hope display.
Along with gaining valuable hands on experience, the electrical students get the opportunity to tour the hospital's electrical system to help further their trade knowledge.
The massive holiday light spectacle has been running for 17 years and continues to be successful because of strong community support through equipment and supply donations and volunteer hours.
Last year, the display raised more than $2.6 million for the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation.
The Clayton Heights Secondary senior girls volleyball team has won the AAA Fraser Valley Championships with a nail-biting 3-2 victory over Fraser Heights Secondary in the final. Both teams have qualified for the provincial championships December 2-5 in Vernon.
The two Surrey district schools also each had two players selected to the six-player all-star team and Clayton Heights' Liz Hicks was named the tournament MVP.
K.B. Woodward Elementary School has been named the 2015 champion in City of Surrey's annual Walk & Roll to School Week.
This year, more than 12,000 students at more than 30 elementary schools throughout Surrey participated in the event that encourages students and families to walk, cycle or scooter to school for a full week.
K. B. Woodward families accumulated a combined 14,000 kilometres of foot-powered propulsion to school in early October to top all others in the contest.
City of Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner personally attended a school assembly to recognize the school community and present the Mayor Watts Golden Shoe trophy to principal Angelo Morelli. The school also receives a prize pack of helmets, bike locks and bells, as well as $500.
Three classes at Bear Creek Elementary have been selected to participate in the Classroom Champions mentor program.
Classroom Champions is a North America-wide program that supports under-served communities by offering Olympic athlete mentors.
The purpose of the mentor-student relationship is to instill qualities of excellence in students as well as goal-setting ability and perseverance, school engagement, digital literacy and interpersonal skills. These qualities contribute to increased academic performance.
Teacher Laurie Nociar's Grade 7 class was matched with mentor Francois Hamelin, Canadian Olympic gold medal short-track speed skater. The students have been watching monthly video lessons from Hamelin in which he discusses goal setting, honesty and community. Students also participated in monthly challenges. Ms. Nociar's class prepared and
posted a video about one of the students' goals.
In November, Ms. Nociar's students had their first face-to-face Google Hangout with their athlete mentor. Students made the most of the rare opportunity to ask many questions and share stories about their school.
Kindergarten students at Beaver Creek join their teacher Andrea Walker in constructing shapes from new equipment Ms. Walker requested through the “Fuel Your Schools” classroom funding program.
The program is funded by Chevron Canada Ltd. and implemented by My Class Needs.
Teachers in the district were invited to apply for up to $1,000 in equipment and supplies to support science, technology, engineering or math related projects in their classes.
A total of $200,000 in equipment has been provided to Surrey schools this year, as in each of the previous two years through Fuel Your School.
New schools to ease overcrowding top the Surrey School District’s latest priority list of major project funding requests provided to the province.
The Five-Year Capital Plan submission requests funding for a new Grandview-area secondary school to ease the pressure on Earl Marriott Secondary, which is running on an extended day to accommodate 1,900 students, and Semiahmoo Secondary.
Two new elementary schools are requested for the rapidly growing community in Clayton. Katzie Elementary, which was the largest elementary school built in Surrey when it opened 18 months ago, has already exceeded its capacity of 605 students and is expected to reach 900 within two years. The district is proposing school catchment boundary changes and continued portable placements to manage the population pressures in the area until new schools can be built.
Also in the top 10 – all of which are high priority projects – is a new Grandview Heights south area elementary school to ease the pressure on Sunnyside Elementary and Pacific Heights Elementary in South Surrey. An expansion to Woodward Hill Elementary, Sullivan Elementary and Sullivan Heights Secondary is requested to ease enrolment pressures in South Newton. Boundary changes are currently being proposed for both areas, as well as continued portable placement, to manage population growth pressure until new schools are available.
The Surrey School District has more students in portables than most other school districts in B.C. have students in regular accommodation and the Surrey Board of Education is lobbying for funds to reduce this number. Since the last capital plan was submitted in 2013, the board has secured funding from the province for a new secondary school in the Clayton area and additions to three elementary schools in the district.
On November 4, the District Education Centre (DEC) and Career Education welcomed an enthusiastic group of 11 Grade 9 students from across the Lower Mainland who had joined a parent, relative or friend who works in the building for "Take Our Kids to Work" day.
Students joined career facilitator Dorota Peacock, district principal Susan Chow and Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning principal Peter Johnston for a brief introduction to the facility and a number of potential careers.
Several district employees shared their unique career paths with the students, including web design, food and health management, education, demographics and facilities planning and more. Continuous learning was a consistent theme of the presentations.
After the presentations, the students were given a tour of the DEC and the diversity of departments and careers within it.
Following the tour, the morning wrapped-up with a lunch and then the students rejoined their parent or sponsor to work alongside them for the balance of the day.
Surrey Schools is planning to change school catchment boundaries in three areas of Surrey to manage ongoing enrolment growth.
Children already attending the schools involved will not be affected, including their siblings. However, current students could choose to register at their new catchment school if desired. As of September 2016, new students in the affected areas would attend their new catchment area school.
The proposed boundary changes involve the following schools:
These areas are under extreme enrolment pressure. For example, there were more than 200 new students added to South Newton-area schools this year.
(The enrolment growth in South Newton elementary schools between 2014 and 2015)
In the near-term, Surrey Schools is managing enrolment through boundary moves and portable placement. The district has requested, as a high priority in its capital plan submission to the province, funding to build or expand schools in these areas.
Anyone wishing to view the proposed boundary changes and provide feedback regarding those plans can visit placespeak.com/SD36CapitalPlan. Comments can be made on the discussion topics on the website, or if you want your answers to remain private, via the survey there. Please login via the Connect button to respond. Parents of children in the schools affected can also provide feedback via the paper form supplied by the school.
Comments received by November 16, 2015, will be considered prior to finalizing boundary moves for September 2016.
Surrey Board of Education chairperson Shawn Wilson has provided the board's views and recommendations on several provincial government funding issues in a presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.