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Feb 15
Surrey Board of Education welcomes budget input

budget graphic cropped edge.jpgEach year, the board's budget process and decisions are focused on achieving sustainable programs and services supporting students across the district in accordance with the board's strategic plans and objectives.

The board is offering an additional way to provide input on budget priorities for the 2019-20 school year, using the online consultation tool PlaceSpeak (www.placespeak.com/sd36budget). There, the public can access documents and information to better understand the budget and budget process, in addition to offering feedback.

As in prior years, demand for services will likely exceed available funding and the board will be faced with difficult decisions as it works to achieve a balanced budget in accordance with legislation requirements.

Suggestions about operating budget priorities may also be submitted via regular mail or email:

The Office of the Secretary-Treasurer

School District No.36 (Surrey)

14033 92 Ave., Surrey, B.C. V3V 0B7

Telephone: 604-596-7733

or

Email: budget@surreyschools.ca

Written submissions should be received no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, March 8.

For additional information and background, various district and financial reports are available HERE.

Feb 12
Surrey secondary student artists engage in Purposeful Play

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Sneaky Chameleon, a graphite drawing by Sullivan Heights Secondary student Hashanah Pangli, one of 50 pieces by Surrey teens that will be on exhibit at the Surrey Art Gallery Feb. 16 to April 23. Below right is Golden Ears Park, a painting by Tamanawis Secondary student Nalan Ozgun.


Goldern Ears Park by Nalan Ozgun, 2018, acrylic on paper.jpgFrom acrylic paintings to graphite drawings, landscapes to abstracts – a show of secondary student artwork at the Surrey Art Gallery has it all.

Fifty pieces of diverse and imaginative art by Surrey Grade 8-12 students are on display Feb. 16 to April 23 in an exhibit tilted Purposeful Play.

The theme, developed in collaboration with the Surrey Art Teachers Association and Surrey Schools, highlights the role art education can play in nurturing creative thinking.

Sneaky Chameleon, Sullivan Heights Secondary student Hashanah Pangli's drawing, when viewed closely, is actually comprised entirely of the printed word 'sneaky'. Student Olivia Finlayson's representation of Holland Park, is also beyond the norm, drawing the viewer into a familiar Surrey locale with its uncharacteristic array of patchwork colours and interesting, often intricate, patterns.

The Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave. An opening reception takes place Feb. 19. For more information and gallery hours, check https://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/28257.aspx. Admission is free.

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Above, Holland Park by Olivia Finlayson and at right, Daunting Eagle by Gurleen Kulaar. Both are students at Sullivan Heights Secondary.

Feb 07
Construction begins on new Edgewood Drive-area elementary school

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A new elementary school near 23 Avenue and 166 Street in South Surrey is scheduled to open in 2021.   Rendering by thinkspace architecture


Students living in the Grandview Heights area of South Surrey are one step closer to having a new elementary school in their neighbourhood.

Officials held a ground-breaking ceremony Feb. 7 at the Edgewood Drive-area site, near 23 Avenue and 166 Street.

The $33-million school will have space for 655 students and is scheduled to open in September 2021.

Surrey Board of Education chairperson Laurie Larsen said she is pleased to see school construction "on a roll" in Surrey.

"Besides the Edgewood Drive area elementary, work is under way on the 12-classroom addition at neighbouring Pacific Heights Elementary, as well as the 605-seat Maddaugh Road Elementary school in Clayton Heights. We also expect construction to start this spring on two more South Surrey schools."

Read the full Ministry of Education news release here.


Check HERE for more information on the progress of all school construction projects in the Surrey School District.


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Breaking ground at the Edgewood Drive-area elementary site Feb. 7: (l to r) Trustee Bob Holmes, Trustee Garry Thind, Trustee Laurae McNally, Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum, Education Minister Rob Fleming and Trustee Laurie Larsen.

Jan 28
Peace Arch Elementary renames pods, reaffirms connection to Semiahmoo First Nation

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Peace Arch Elementary student Adam Lenk and his mother drum with Semiahmoo First Nation Chief Harley Chappell at a pod re-naming ceremony at the Surrey school. Below is a poster showing the animal names of the five new school areas in the Semiahmoo language.


The land where Peace Arch Elementary sits was once a giant rainforest with large trees and wild animals roaming free.

Semiahmoo First Nation (SFN) member Roxanne Charles reminded students, teachers and guests of this during a ceremony at the Surrey school, where she and many of her relatives, including her children, have attended over the decades.

The Jan. 24 event was held to rename five of the school's sections – or pods. Instead of being identified with numbers, the school areas will now be given a fitting animal designation.

The senior classes, for example, will be in the orca building, explained student Yannick Wright.

"The orca is the navigator and the leader for the younger students," he explained.

Similarly, the area for Grades 1-3 will be represented by a beaver – an animal known to be a good collaborator that works well with others and cares for the environment.

On top of the pod names, the school mascot, the raven, is, appropriately, a persistent problem solver that never gives up.

Besides orca and beaver, animals used for other school areas include the salmon, bear and wolf.

SFN Chief Harley Chappell, who also attended Peace Arch as a child, drummed and sang for the audience before teaching attendees how to pronounce each animal name in the Semiahmoo language.

"I want to thank you for bringing our language into your school," Chappell said, "for bringing our language into your culture."

Peace Arch Elementary sign with names.JPGGrade 4 student Adam Lenk and his mom taught students their clan's dance, which included each animal representation.

Trustee Laurae McNally, who served as one of four official witnesses to the naming ceremony, said she was proud to observe the relationship between the school and SFN peoples.

She spoke about some of the animals chosen, including the salmon.

"They're really all about renewal, and that's what you're doing today with the pods – you're renewing the names of them."

She also referred to the bear's protective nature, mirroring that of students and staff protecting one another; and the wolf's dedication to family, representing the strong and supportive Peace Arch Elementary community.

"I am very heartened and encouraged to view the ceremony today and I hope you will keep up your connections with our First Nations people," McNally said.

Assistant-Supt. Lynda Reeve, also a witness, referred to the responsibility of those in the orca pod.

"You are the leaders of this school and as you work with your buddy, younger students, it is also your duty to teach the new students in the school why the pods have been renamed in this way," she said. "This is really a gift from the Semiahmoo people to the school and you need to treasure that in your heart."

Principal Carol Davison is thrilled to nurture the school's connection to the land and to the Semiahmoo people.

"When I moved here last year, I thought 'what can we do to make it more community-oriented and less institutionalized?'"

She said a committee of teachers worked together on connecting the animal names not only to the appropriate pod, but to the core competencies – intellectual, personal, social and emotional skills – in the B.C. curriculum.

Roxanne Charles will design the artwork for each pod's new animal designation, and hopes to include students in creating signs.

Jan 28
Apply now for kindergarten choice programs lottery

Online applications are now being accepted for the 2019 kindergarten lottery for programs of choice.

The lottery system applies to four programs only: Early French Immersion, Traditional, Intensive Fine Arts and Montessori.

Parents and guardians have a three-week window to apply between Jan. 28 and Feb. 19.

Once the online application process has closed, a random automated draw will take place Feb. 25.

An email with the lottery results will be sent to all applicants during the weeks of Feb. 25 to March 15, when parents can accept, decline or be placed on a waiting list.

Program seats at the various school locations will be filled until all the available spots have been allocated. If a student drops out of a program, the applicant who is next on the waitlist will be contacted.

Apply here

Jan 21
Semiahmoo senior boys take Surrey RCMP Classic basketball title – for third year

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Three years, three wins. Semiahmoo Secondary's senior boys basketball team was victorious – again – after taking home the 2019 Surrey RCMP Classic championship title.

The latest banner adds to a growing collection, as this is the third consecutive year the school has won the annual tournament.

Semiahmoo made it to the final after narrowly defeating the Tamanawis Wildcats 75-71 in the semi-finals. Lord Tweedsmuir also earned a spot in the championship game after beating Fleetwood Park.

With Tweedsmuir making a last-quarter comeback, the final, held at Enver Creek Secondary, had spectators on the edge of their seats. Separated by just three points with less than a minute remaining, Semiahmoo nailed a couple of key shots and sealed the 89-82 win.

The 28th-annual, seven-day tournament involved about 650 athletes from 24 senior and 20 junior teams representing public and private schools across Surrey.

Queen Elizabeth Secondary (below) won the junior championship, with Panorama Ridge taking silver.

For more statistics, awards and information, check HERE.

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Jan 18
Theatre festivals shine spotlight on Surrey student performers

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Student actors from a dozen different Surrey secondary schools will take centre stage at an upcoming festival at the Bell Performing Arts Centre.

The Act 1 Festival is Jan. 23, 4:30-9:30 p.m. and will feature performances in an array of categories, including monologues, group scene, solo/duet musical, group musical, short play, open performance and student written piece.

Participating schools include Clayton Heights, Enver Creek, Fleetwood Park, Frank Hurt, Johnston Heights, Kwantlen Park, L.A. Matheson, Lord Tweedsmuir, North Surrey, Salish, Semiahmoo and Sullivan Heights.

Spectators are welcome and admission is free.

The Jan. 23 event serves as a bit of a warm-up for schools participating in the Surrey One Act Play Festival at Salish Secondary on Feb. 22. It spotlights nine one-act plays from six Surrey secondary schools – one of which will be selected to perform at the B.C. National Theatre School Festival at Douglas College in May.

Both Surrey events provide a friendly venue for local students to showcase their work, meet like-minded peers, share ideas and grow creatively.

For more information about theatre arts activities in the Surrey School District, check the Surrey Drama Teachers' Association website HERE.

Jan 14
Semiahmoo girls defend Surrey Fire Fighters’ Goodwill Classic basketball title

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For the second consecutive year, Semiahmoo Secondary's senior girls basketball team has won the 2019 Surrey Fire Fighters' Goodwill Classic tournament.

The Axe division victory Saturday (Jan. 12) followed five days of competition at the 18th-annual all-Surrey tournament. Ranked the No. 1 AAA team in the province, Semiahmoo was favoured heading into competition and handily won each game leading to the semifinals, where they defeated Earl Marriott Secondary.

Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary's semifinal win against Panorama Ridge pit Semiahmoo and Tweedsmuir against one another for the final – reminiscent of last year – where Semi continued the winning streak, taking the game 82-53.

Fleetwood Park Secondary (below) won in the Ladder (junior) division, while L.A. Matheson placed second.

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Jan 10
Maddaugh Road Elementary school construction begins

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Rendering of Maddaugh Road Elementary, to be built in the North Clayton neighbourhood of Surrey.  -courtesy thinkspace architecture


The $23.4 million construction contract for the new 605-seat Maddaugh Road Elementary school at 19405 76 Ave. has been awarded to Pro-Can Construction Group Corp. The project budget reflects increased funding provided by the Ministry of Education and the Surrey School District because of changing market conditions.

Maddaugh Road Elementary will help alleviate overcapacity at schools in the North Clayton area when occupied in 2021.

Preparatory construction work on the new school project is underway – within weeks of work beginning on a 12-classroom addition to Pacific Heights Elementary in South Surrey. Both projects are the result of the work and commitment of the Capital Project Office partners, including district, ministry and City of Surrey representatives, to expedite flexible and collaborative spaces needed to support today's learners.

"I'm very excited for 2019 as there will be shovels in the ground for many projects building new school spaces throughout the Surrey School District," says Surrey Board of Education chairperson Laurie Larsen. "I expect we will see construction underway this year that will add close to 5,000 additional seats for students and that is fantastic news."

"With this important step now complete, hundreds of Surrey children are one step closer to walking through the doors of a brand new Maddaugh Road Elementary School," said Minister of Education Rob Fleming. "This is a great example of our partnership with the Surrey School District, and our continued work to give all students the best educational experience possible."

Information about the district's capital plans is available by clicking School Construction and Planning under "Quick Links" on the district website.

PDF of news release

 

For more information, journalists can contact:

Doug Strachan, Communications manager

778-772-5032 (mobile)

strachan_d@surreyschools.ca

Jan 08
Trio of Surrey Schools students shortlisted for $100,000 Loran scholarship

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Surrey students Zahur Ashrafuzzaman, Cecilia Kim and Hank Wu are all finalists for the 2019 Loran scholarship.


Three students who attend three separate secondary schools in the Surrey School District have been named finalists for a prestigious scholarship offered by the Loran Scholars Foundation.

Grade 12 students Jun (Hank) Wu from Fleetwood Park Secondary, Zahur Ashrafuzzaman from Queen Elizabeth Secondary, and Semiahmoo Secondary's Cecilia Kim are among a list of 88 shortlisted candidates selected from more than 5,000 applicants nationwide.

The students were chosen following regional interviews and now await national interviews that will winnow the list down to the final 34 winners. Loran Scholars are awarded up to $100,000 over four years of post-secondary education.

If not selected as a Loran Scholar, finalists such as Wu, Ashrafuzzaman and Kim are eligible for a $5,000 finalists award. National selections will be made in February.

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