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Students in the Surrey School District head back to class Tuesday, Sept. 5 after a two-month summer break.
All elementary classes (Grades 1-7) begin at 10 a.m., but will end earlier than usual on opening day. It's advised dismissal times be confirmed with individual schools.
Kindergarten students are on a gradual entry schedule for the first week, so start dates and times should be verified at each school. All kindergarten children will be in regular, full-day attendance by Sept. 13.
Secondary schools have a shortened opening day, but start and end times differ from school to school. Opening times and dates also vary at the district's learning centres.
The Surrey School District continues to grow, with an estimated 800-1,000 new students expected to enter Surrey and White Rock schools in the 2017-18 school year.
New student registration for secondary schools takes place from Aug. 21 to Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Elementary school registration begins Aug. 28 and continues until Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Check here for a list of all schools, or use School Locator to determine which school your child should attend.
More information on registration and what documents are required can be found here, or see our parent brochure, available in English and Punjabi.
The Welcome Centre (604-543-3060) can provide assistance, translation services and information for English language learners and their families.
Students may register any time for blended and online learning options by checking sailacademy.ca.
Registration for Adult Education classes begins Aug. 28.
Did you know Surrey Schools does not insure expenses for student injuries that happen on school grounds or during school activities?
The Medical Services Plan (MSP) limits amounts paid and does not cover some charges. Injury-related costs not covered or limited under MSP or group insurance plans may include dental treatment, eyewear, rental of crutches or wheelchairs, splints and casts, physiotherapy and private tutors.
Optional student accident insurance is available through private companies and interested parents are encouraged to research which plan best 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.
Check HERE for more information or visit the "Parents" tab to view the printable parent brochure (in English and Punjabi).
More than two dozen Grade 11 and 12 students from L.A. Matheson Secondary organized and ran a soccer camps for area children in July.
When the school year ended, youth from L.A. Matheson Secondary didn't simply kick back for a relaxing summer break.
Instead, they kicked it into high gear, creating and running a soccer camp for more than 250 kids.
Camp Next welcomed elementary students in July for daily fun and learning, empowering both the children and the 27 teen leaders.
The Grade 11 and 12 students were required to create a camp mission statement and organize activities and drills that ensured progression and stayed true to their goals.
This is the third year for Camp Next, which was established two years ago in an effort to build positive connections between L.A. Matheson and the neighbouring community. The camp has nearly quadrupled in size since 2015, when it welcomed its first 65 elementary students.
"We wanted to give our high school students an opportunity to be in a position of genuine leadership and also be sources of empowerment to the youth in our surrounding school community," says Manmeet Sahota, a leadership and social studies teacher at L.A. Matheson who helped develop the summer camp program. "At the same time, we wanted to bridge the gap between the elementary students in our area and our high school."
The experience has had lasting benefits for the teen leaders, ten of whom were hired for a summer leadership program in North Delta after helping run the kids' camps in 2016.
Sahota said there are "definitely" plans to continue Camp Next next summer.
Attention children, teens, and the young at heart: Surrey Libraries offers activities for all ages that will keep the whole family busy and learning during the summer break.
Summer Reading Club encourages kids of all ages to record their reading, collect stickers as they go and possibly even earn a medal.
Teen Summer Adventure also continues until September. Teens can pick up a field guide (at any Surrey Libraries branch) which contains a variety of challenges and exploits, as well as the chance to win prizes.
The library has also launched its first Summer Reads for Adults program this year. Print and complete a Book Bingo page for a chance to win an iPad.
There are also writing and photo contests, Family Storytime with iPads, and numerous other events at the various library branches.
Above is a video of the Johnston Heights Secondary choir performing Ay Ay Ay O Pag Ibig at the Golden Hall in Vienna, courtesy of Dale Chupik.
The Johnston Heights Secondary School Choir won first place and was given an "outstanding" designation at a global music competition in Austria.
The choir, the only group from Canada at the Summa Cum Laude (SCL) International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, out-performed ensembles from Australia and China, which placed second and third, respectively.
The 80-member Surrey choir has been preparing for the competition for three years under the direction of teacher Alan Holmes. The students sing songs in Spanish, Latin, English German, a Nootka dialect and Tagalog. During the trip, they have toured through Holland, Germany, Austria and Prague, performing close to a dozen concerts over 14 days in impressive venues such as the Cologne and Salzburg cathedrals.
The SCL competition included more than 2,000 youth participants from 12 countries. It culminated with the Johnston Heights choir and soloist Deanna Miranda performing the Summa Cum Laude anthem in front of an audience of 2,000 at one of the most famous concert halls in Europe: the Vienna Konzerthaus (below).
See the full results HERE.
School is out and the summer break has officially begun, meaning there are more free hours to open a book for the pure joy of it.
If you're looking for some novels or picture books for your children and teens to read over the break, we've got some winning titles that come student-recommended.
Each year Surrey School District teacher-librarians support three readers' choice award programs in which Surrey students have an opportunity to participate. The Surrey Teens Read program is available to secondary students, while the Surrey Picture Book of the Year and Surrey School's Book of the Year programs are for elementary students.
The winning novel in this year's Surrey Teens Read contest was Everything Everything, by Nicola Yoon. The book, chosen from a list of 10 nominated titles intended for young adults, is about an 18-year-old girl quarantined to her house due to an illness who forms a deep bond with the boy next door.
You can also browse other young adult titles that were in the running this year, as well as winners and nominees from the past four years, and the new list of nominees for 2017-18
The Surrey Schools Book of the Year for 2017, geared toward elementary school students in intermediate grades, was Speechless, by Jennifer Mook-Sang. The story follows a boy who decides he's going to win the sixth grade speech contest, but must overcome several internal and external obstacles to do so. View past winners or other books nominated for 2017-18 for intermediate learners.
Aimed at primary-level readers, the 2016-17 Surrey Picture Book of the Year was Finding Winnie, by Lindsay Mattick, based on the true story of a friendship between veterinarian soldier Harry Colebourn and a bear during the First World War.
You can also check out all the other 2016-17 picture book nominees or view winning titles from past years.
Surrey Libraries also has a free Summer Reading Club for kids of all ages, as does the White Rock branch of Fraser Valley Regional Library.
The new Buddy Bench at Coast Meridian Elementary.
Students at Martha Currie and Coast Meridian elementary schools have helped create a safe and caring place for students.
Both schools are the latest to design a Buddy Bench – a spot where children who feel lonely, sad or left out can sit until they see an opportunity to join others, or they are invited to play. The only rule is if asked, the student must say yes!
Provided by Variety – The Children's Charity and Surrey Schools, the benches were painted by students to reflect the school's character and highlight the PSST (Protecting Surrey Schools Together) website.
Buddy Benches are meant to foster friendships and encourage kindness, empathy, inclusion and compassion. Woodward Hill Elementary received one last year and two more schools are slated to have them installed in September.
The front and back of the new Buddy Bench at Martha Currie Elementary.
Surrey Schools has designed a creative, innovative and interactive online tool called Our Data Story as part of the Our Learning Story webpage established to share facts and stories with parents and the public about student success in the district.
"Over the past few years, the district has been supporting teachers to explore the use of digital portfolios as a means to share evidence of learning with parents and students," says Surrey Schools superintendent Dr. Jordan Tinney. "In many ways, Our Learning Story is mirroring a student digital portfolio approach by providing parents and the community with the advantages and convenience of online district performance reports."
"Visitors to the Our Data Story site can explore by clicking almost anywhere to find many simple ways to view, organize and reorganize information about how our district is doing in meeting student learning goals," says deputy superintendent Rick Ryan, who has guided the Learning by Design website.
The website resources reflect Ministry of Education changes to district reporting requirements and is a significant change to the traditional "compliance" reporting to the public and ministry.
Besides basic info such as enrolment numbers, there are also detailed statistics about six-year completion rates, Foundation Skills Assessment results, and figures about core subject results for Grade 10-12 students district-wide. Each category can be broken down into the five district regions and their secondary schools and family of feeder elementary schools in each area.
User-friendly graphics include swimming fish that represent schools—scaled in size proportionately to the size of the school—that can be clicked on for further information.
The Our Learning Story and Our Data Story online resources are part of district's Learning by Design website that details the district's goals and approach to student learning. The comprehensive site includes many videos involving not only educators, but student voices as well.
As always, a student's teacher is the best resource for parents looking for detailed information about their child's learning. The Learning by Design website is another great example of the online learning and reporting tools provided by the district.
Twenty-three Surrey secondary students are in the nation's capital as part of Canada 150 & Me for more than a week of learning, leadership and community engagement activities.
The local teens – eight from Panorama Ridge Secondary, three from Lord Tweedsmuir, two from Johnston Heights, one from Fleetwood Park, four from Sullivan Heights, three from Fleetwood Park and two from Fraser Heights – are among 150 youth selected from across Canada.
While in Ottawa, the participants will attend the Governor General's Awards on the Performing Arts; volunteer at the Gloucester Community Garden, Gatineau Park and Ottawa 2017's 'Picnic on the Bridge'; as well as visit Parliament Hill and national museums. They'll also perform in the Canada Day noon hour show and act as National Gallery "teen docents for a day."
In addition, the students will present the collective results and recommendations from a series of regional forums that took place across the country, discussing the greatest challenges and opportunities for Canada's future. An estimated 2,900 youth took part in the forums, including 29 from Surrey Schools who travelled to Montreal, Halifax and Winnipeg during April and May to address topics such as mental health, humanitarian assistance and relationships with indigenous people.
The Surrey students in Ottawa include:
Jae Ho Kim