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Jan 20
Fly by the new Grandview-area secondary

Get a birds-eye view of a new secondary school planned in South Surrey.

The highly anticipated Grandview-area school will be built near 168 Street and 25 Avenue. It will have the capacity for 1,500 students and help address overcrowding at other area secondary schools.

Thanks to a fly-by video prepared by CHP Architects, viewers can see what the school's exterior will look like.

An open house is planned Jan. 25 for the public to learn more about the new secondary school, which is slated for a September 2020 opening.

Jan 20
School calendars approved for the next two school years
The Surrey Board of Education, at its Jan. 19 public board meeting, approved school calendars for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years.

They are available to view and print here.
Jan 19
Surrey students land Horatio Alger Association scholarships

Six Surrey secondary students have been awarded sizeable post-secondary scholarships from the Horatio Alger Association.horatio alger-logo.png

The scholarships are awarded annually to deserving high school students in financial need who have overcome significant diversity while demonstrating strength of character, academic excellence, a desire to contribute to society and a commitment to pursuing higher education.

Sukhmanpreet Bajwa, a student at Tamanawis Secondary, was chosen among just five recipients nationwide to receive the $10,000 Horatio Alger Entrepreneurial Scholarship.

Five other Surrey students were named Horatio Alger Canadian Scholars, receiving $5,000 apiece. They were: Maheen Khan (Guildford Park), Jennifer Chou (Lord Tweedsmuir), Ivan Sadovsky (Semiahmoo), Wesley Chang (Earl Marriott) and David Doan (Guildford Park).

"Each year, our Association looks for the hardest working, most deserving Canadian students to award our post-secondary scholarships. Our 85 scholarship recipients for 2017 make us proud, and we are honoured to help them as they strive to overcome adversity," said said Prem Watsa, President of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada. "On behalf of the Members of the Horatio Alger Association, I want to congratulate them on their inspiring achievements."

The association received thousands of applications for its needs-based scholarships. The average annual family income of the recipients was $20,042, with some having also experienced abuse, the death or incarceration of a parent, abandonment by a parent or guardian, been in foster care or struggled with physical or mental disabilities. Despite challenges, each scholarship recipient maintained high grades and many found time to work during the school year.

Jan 18
Panorama Ridge, Semiahmoo win Surrey Fire Fighters and RCMP basketball tournaments

Surrey Firefighters Goodwill winners-PanoRidge 2017.jpgThe action was unpredictable and the victories far from assured at both the Surrey Fire Fighters' Goodwill Classic and the Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic tournaments.

The Panorama Ridge Thunder lived up to its team name, rolling in and upsetting the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in the championship game of the Goodwill Classic.

The annual all-Surrey girls high school basketball tournament, which this year saw 20 schools competing, took place at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary Jan. 3-7.

Panorama Ridge, ranked fifth in B.C. senior girls high school basketball, charged to a 76-71 victory in the final minutes of Axe division championship against the fourth-ranked Panthers.

Thunder forward Savannah Dhaliwal was named tournament MVP.Surrey RCMP Classic winners-Semi 2017.JPG

The Surrey Fire Fighters Association also gave $750 scholarships to seven players, including Simrit Bindra (Panorama Ridge), Navdeep Dhunna (Queen Elizabeth), Allison Hill (Earl Marriott), Katrina Frankenberger (Fleetwood Park), Jasmine Ghag (Tamanawis), Jessica Vidovic (Lord Tweedsmuir) and Elizabeth Wallace (Frank Hurt).

Semiahmoo Secondary won the Ladder division title, beating Guildford Park Secondary in the final.

The following week at the Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic, 22 Surrey's boys teams hit the court at Enver Creek Secondary from Jan. 10-14.

The Senior boys championship game saw the Semiahmoo Totems and Panorama Ridge Thunder go head-to-head in a nail-biting battle. The Totems got an early lead and despite the Thunder fighting back, Semiahmoo hung on for a 66-63 win, securing its first championship title in more than two decades.

The Totems' Brian Wallack was named tournament MVP.

Lord Tweedsmuir beat Semiahmoo for the Junior title.

Jan 16
Take a flight through Salish Secondary

​It may still be under construction, but you can already take a close look at what Ecole Salish Secondary will look like, inside and out.

Thanks to a video prepared by KMBR Architects Planners Inc., viewers can take a virtual flight through Surrey's newest secondary school, currently under construction near 72 Avenue and 184 Street.

The school is scheduled to be ready by spring 2018, with a capacity for 1,500 students.

Jan 16
District hosting open houses for two new schools in Clayton and Grandview

A public open house about the new Grandview Heights-area secondary school (image above by Craven Huston Powers Architects) is planned for Jan. 25. A second open house is scheduled Jan. 26 regarding a new elementary school in Clayton Heights (image below by Thinkspace Architecture).

Surrey Schools is hosting two open houses to inform the public about new schools coming to the Clayton Heights and Grandview Heights neighbourhoods.

The district is currently designing a new 1,500-student secondary school in Grandview Heights and a new 605-student elementary school in Clayton Heights to address overcrowding issues and growth in both areas. The Grandview school is set to be built near 168 Street and 25 Avenue, while the Clayton school will be built near 194 Street and 78 Avenue.

The Grandview open house will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Pacific Heights Elementary, located at 17148 26 Ave. The Clayton open house is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Katzie Elementary, located at 6887 194A St.

The public is invited to drop in on the information sessions to learn more about the incoming schools. Attendees can speak to architects, as well as representatives from the Surrey School District and the City of Surrey's Parks, Recreation and Culture department.

Both open houses will feature maps, floor plans and renderings of the new schools.

Those who are unable to attend the open houses are invited to visit the online consultation platform PlaceSpeak to view resources and leave comments regarding the schools.


Jan 12
Surrey Schools starts the call for teachers

After productive meetings between a joint school district and Surrey Teachers' Association committee, the first phase of hiring new teachers is now underway.

The district has issued the call for 30 full-time learning support teachers, 20 integration support teachers (both positions focused on supporting students with special needs) and five elementary counsellors.

The postings will close at the end of the day Monday, January 16. However, at least 50 additional teaching positions are expected to be posted before the end of the month.

The hiring is the result of funding provided by the Ministry of Education through an interim agreement with the BCTF following the recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on classroom conditions.

The hiring is announced in a joint communication  from Superintendent of Schools/CEO Jordan Tinney and Surrey Teachers' Association president Gioia Breda. 

Jan 10
A message to teachers

​A joint letter has been issued by Superintendent of Schools/CEO Jordan Tinney and Surrey Teachers' Association president Gioia Breda regarding the hiring of more than 100 teachers in the district.

Jan 04
January parent information meetings for choice programs

Information sessions for Surrey's intensive fine arts, Montessori and early/late French immersion programs are scheduledchoice program open houses 4.jpg.JPG through January.

Three dates are planned for parents and guardians to learn more about early (kindergarten start) French immersion programs: Jan. 5 at Cougar Creek Elementary, Jan. 10 at Laronde and Jan. 12 at Riverdale. All start at 7 p.m.

Both locations of the intensive fine arts program are hosting open houses Jan. 10. White Rock Elementary's is at 6:30 p.m., while David Brankin Elementary is holding two: at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

A Montessori program information meeting is slated for Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m. at the District Education Centre (14033 92 Ave.).

Three sessions are scheduled regarding the district's late (Grade 6 start) French immersion program. The first is at K.B. Woodward Elementary on Jan. 17, the second at Henry Bose Elementary on Jan. 18 and the third at Crescent Park Elementary on Jan. 19. All begin at 7 p.m.

Check here (or here for Punjabi) for more information about the kindergarten choice programs lottery.

For further information about all specialty and choice programs offered by Surrey Schools, check here

Dec 28
Time to register for kindergarten

Registration begins Jan. 16 for children entering kindergarten in September 2017.

Children who turn five before Jan. 1, 2018 are eligible to start school in the fall.

Kindergarten registration must be done in-person at your Kindergarten children 2.jpgneighbourhood school or school of preference (if space is available). For a map of school catchment boundaries, check here and for a list of all schools, check here.

The following documents are required at the school when registering:

* proof of birth date for the students (eg. birth certificate or passport)

* proof of guardianship (eg. birth certificate or other legal documentation)

* proof of citizenship (eg. birth certificate, passport, citizenship card, landed immigrant document, permanent resident card)

* proof of address (eg. rental agreement, utility bill, driver's license)

Please note that enrolment at several schools in Surrey is already at, or over, capacity and they are therefore unable to accept out-of-catchment registrations.

Specialty and choice programs are also available. Some (French Immersion, Intensive Fine Arts, Traditional and Montessori) require kindergarten online/lottery application (Punjabi info sheet), which begins Jan. 30. For more information on applying for the kindergarten choice lottery, check here.

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