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Jan 22
Semiahmoo Secondary senior boys defend their Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic title

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Semiahmoo Secondary made a come-from-behind surge in the second half of the Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic final to win the championship game against Tamanawis Wildcats.

The Totems faced the Wildcats Saturday (Jan. 20) at Enver Creek Secondary for the 27th-annual tournament final. By halftime, the Wildcats had an 18-point lead. But Semi dug deep in the second half, not only making a comeback, but riding the momentum to a 73-64 victory.

Tamanawis secured a spot in the championship game after beating Guildford Park 95-83, while Semiahmoo surpassed Lord Tweedsmuir 82-72 in the semi-finals to do the same.

This is the second consecutive year Semiahmoo's senior boys have won the RCMP Classic banner.

This year, the tournament welcomed more than 600 players from 22 senior and 20 junior teams representing secondary schools across Surrey.

Tamanawis beat Lord Tweedsmuir for the junior tournament title.

For more stats and information, visit

Jan 16
Learning resources at your fingertips

digital resources Surrey Schools.jpgDid you know Surrey students have access to a wealth of rich and dynamic digital resources at school and at home?
Available resources include eBooks, digital magazines, video streaming and downloads, online databases, and more!

Materials can be filtered by age range, subject/key word and language, and there are plenty of Canadian and B.C.-specific selections.

There are also free resources for parents and teachers, including everything from history to current affairs, career planning to digital literacy.

Access the digital resources here.

Jan 15
Semiahmoo Secondary takes 2018 Surrey Fire Fighters Senior Girls Goodwill Basketball title

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Semiahmoo Secondary's senior girls squad (above) emerged victorious from the Surrey Fire Fighters' Senior Girls High School Basketball Classic.

The 17th-annual tournament wrapped up Saturday (Jan. 13), after five days of competition involving almost every secondary school in Surrey.

A favourite headed into the tournament, Semiahmoo appeared unstoppable, handily defeating Holy Cross and Sullivan Heights in the quarter- and semi-finals before tipping off against Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary team on their home court for the championship game. After a hard-fought battle, Semiahmoo came out on top with a 76-62 win.

The win marked the first time the Semiahmoo girls have made it to the podium in the Axe Division since 2008, when they earned third place.

Lord Tweedsmuir also had a strong tournament, beating Southridge 86-32 in the semi-final before falling to Semiahmoo in the final. The Panthers made it to the final last year as well, when Panorama Ridge won the title.

The Fleetwood Park Dragons won in the Ladder Division, while Kwantlen Park placed second.

Jan 12
Interested in being an educational leader? Surrey Schools is here to help!

Are you interested in getting your Master of Education or applying to be a principal or vice-principal in Surrey? Upcoming information sessions offered by Surrey Schools can help guide you.

SEAL Surrey brochure.JPGThe district has worked with UBC to co-construct a cohort for Surrey leaders and teachers, with a focus on Leadership through an Inquiry Lens: Building Communities. More information about the program is available here or click on brochure at right.

Two information sessions are planned for Jan. 23 and Feb. 6 – well before UBC's application deadline of March 10. The information sessions will be held at the Resource & Education Centre (REC), 14123 92 Ave., room 206. (Registration is not required, but appreciated:


Surrey Schools is also holding an information session for anyone interested in applying to be a principal or vice-principal in Surrey. The session, scheduled for Feb. 1, will review required documents and the application process. The session will take place from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Resource & Education Centre (REC), 14123 92 Ave., room 304.

Dec 19
Reminder about weather-related school closures/cancellations

Sometimes extreme weather conditions or other unusual circumstances can cause class cancellations at a school, or districtwide, on short notice.

No announcement will be made that schools are open; only cancellations, closures or delayed school openings will be announced.

snowflake.jpgIn the event of class cancellations, closures or delays, Surrey Schools will post information on its website at as soon as information is available and provide updates to the following radio and TV stations:

• CKNW (980 AM or

• News 1130 (1130 AM or www.

• CBC Radio (690 AM or

• Red-FM (93.1 FM)

• CTV News Vancouver

• Global News BC

Class cancellation/delayed opening information may also be posted online by the above news media as well as newspapers. Do not call the radio or TV stations as staff members are very busy receiving updates and preparing newscasts.

Calling schools and district offices is also impractical since staff members are generally not available to answer telephone calls far in advance of regular school opening time and phone lines typically become congested in any event.

Weather, power, road and safety conditions can change substantially within a few hours, therefore assessments and decisions must be made as close to school opening as possible for the information to be reliable. However, the district will do its best to communicate the status of schools by 7 a.m.

Even if all schools are open, many schools can face conditions and circumstances unique to a neighbourhood. Therefore, the district encourages and respects the importance of parental decision-making regarding accessing a school, based on parents' own location and individual circumstances, their route to school and overall attention to safety.

See here for more.

For information in Punjabi, click here.

Dec 18
Sweet success at student gingerbread competition


There was no escaping the sugary scent as visitors entered the gymnasium at Enver Creek Secondary last week.

It soon became apparent the sweet smell came from the structures lining the long tables – gingerbread houses, vehicles, even a pirate ship – dripping with icing and candy embellishment.

Train-EnverCreek.jpgOrganized by Enver Creek's teaching chef Mike Doyle, the competition attracted 23 entries made by close to 40 students from seven schools across the Lower Mainland.

Judges chef Terry Larsen, chef Andy Fenje and Trustee Bob Holmes inspected each, assessing the construction and creativity, including the use of gingerbread, icing and colour.

Entries were given gold, silver and bronze awards.

Gold winners were:

Mya Thompson and Griffin Kiryluk – Enver Creek Secondary (train, pictured above right)

A.J. Rocha and Alison Cheng – McNair Secondary

Cheyenne Tu – McNair Secondary

Maliha Khaku, Simran Bapla and Nimra Askar – McNair Secondary

Esther Ramirez and Mateo – Garibaldi Secondary

Greta Francke – Garibaldi Secondary

Daniela Dubljevic and Natalie Dick – Delta Secondary

FairyTale-PirateShip-McNair.jpgOther special awards included:

Skillful use of icing: Mya Thompson and Griffin Kiryluk – Enver Creek Secondary

Best showing of gingerbread: Shiva Raj – Enver Creek Secondary (water wheel, pictured at top)

Best use of colour: Anna-Marie Panos and Peal Waraich – Enver Creek Secondary (sleigh, pictured at top)

Most creative: Cheyenne Tu – McNair Secondary

Best theme: Maliha Khaku, Simran Bapla and Nimra Askar – McNair Secondary

Most detailed: Esther Ramirez and Mateo – Garibaldi Secondary

Most professional: Greta Francke – Garibaldi Secondary

Best table: Daniela Dubljevic and Natalie Dick – Delta Secondary

The Best Overall award went to A.J. Rocha and Alison Cheng from McNair Secondary for their piece, which incorporated a variety of fairy tale characters and references.

Dec 08
Names chosen for three new Surrey schools

Two new elementary schools planned in the Clayton area and a new South Surrey secondary school have been given official names.

The Surrey Board of Education approved the following names at its December public board meeting:

  • Grandview Heights Secondary, located at 16988 25 Ave.
  • Burke Road Elementary, located at 19405 76 Ave.
  • Regent Road Elementary school, located at 18707 74 Ave.

Grandview Heights reflects the historical and common name for the neighbourhood in which the secondary school is located. 

Burke Road and Regent Road are the historical names of 76 Avenue and 74 Avenue, respectively.

All three schools have been approved for funding and are in the design stage. Burke Road is slated for opening in 2019, while Grandview and Regent are targeted for occupancy in the 2020-2021 school year.

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A rendering of Burke Road Elementary. Courtesy of Thinkspace architecture.

Dec 07
Province funds new school and a school addition in Grandview Heights area

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Surrey Board of Education chairperson Laurie Larsen watches as a Pacific Heights Elementary student helps MLA Garry Begg with a computer coding exercise. 

The day following her acclamation as the new Surrey Board of Education chairperson, trustee Laurie Larsen participated in a provincial government announcement of funding for a new elementary school in the Grandview Heights area, as well as a 12-classroom addition to Pacific Heights Elementary.

"It is truly a treat to be here to participate in this event, as it marks one of the most critical steps in our need to accommodate the new students and families coming to our district," said Larsen at the Dec. 7 announcement at Pacific Heights. "Our board requires government funding before we can build the new schools and school additions needed for our growth."

She thanked the community for their patience, not only in waiting for the new space, but for the "inevitable inconveniences and frustrations" that will come with construction.

"The good news is, relief is in sight," Larsen said.

Construction is expected to begin at Pacific Heights in May 2018, with the new classrooms ready for students by September 2019. The new Grandview Heights elementary school is scheduled to open in the 2020-21 school year.

Dec 07
New chairperson and vice-chair for Surrey Board of Education

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The 2014-18 Surrey Board of Education: (back row, from left) Terry Allen (vice-chairperson), Garry Thind, Shawn Wilson; (front row, from left) Gary Tymoschuk, Laurie Larsen (chairperson), Laurae McNally and Bob Holmes.

The Surrey Board of Education has elected longtime trustee Laurie Larsen to serve as chairperson of the seven-member board.

Larsen has been on the board since 2008 and served as vice-chair for two terms, from 2012-2014 and 2014-2017. She replaces trustee Shawn Wilson as chair – a role he held since 2012 (as well as from 2003-2007).

Taking Larsen's place as vice-chairperson is trustee Terry Allen, who has served on the board for 15 years.

Board of education chair and vice-chair are elected annually.

Dec 07
School boundary change proposed for Simon Cunningham/Creekside Elementary area

SimonCunningham proposed boundary change.JPGA school boundary change is being proposed that would shift a portion of the existing Simon Cunningham Elementary catchment area to Creekside Elementary.

The proposed change, which would take effect in September 2018, would not apply to students already attending Simon Cunningham, nor would it affect their siblings, unless they choose to register at Creekside.

Students new to the area would attend Creekside as of September 2018.

The move is being suggested in order to accommodate current and continued enrolment growth at Simon Cunningham and balance enrolment among all schools in the area.

Feedback on the proposed change is welcome until Dec. 15.

For further information, a map displaying the affected area, and a feedback form, click HERE.

Comments can also be left at

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