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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)

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.

Dec 24
Kindergarten registration now open

Kindergarten registration is open as of Jan. 14, 2019 in Surrey elementary schools.

Children who turn five before Jan. 1, 2020 are eligible to begin school kindergarten.jpgin September 2019. Registration takes place in-person at your child's neighbourhood school.

If you are unsure which school is nearest to you, check HERE.

Check HERE for information about what documents are required when registering.

A registration form is available HERE.

If you have further questions, please contact the neighbourhood school, or the school district at 604-596-7733.

Kindergarten registration flyer.


*Please note that parents applying for a lottery spot in one of our more popular 'choice' programs (French Immersion, Intensive Fine Arts, Montessori and Traditional) must still register their child at their local catchment school before Feb. 13. Online application for the kindergarten programs of choice lottery opens Jan. 28.

Dec 20
Construction to begin on Pacific Heights Elementary 12-classroom addition

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The construction contract for the long-awaited addition to Pacific Heights Elementary has been awarded to Olivit Construction Ltd. The project will add 12 new classrooms and 300 seats to the school.

The contract reflects increased funding provided by the Ministry of Education and Surrey School District in response to changing market conditions.

Construction on the $6.7 million addition will begin early in the new year with occupancy expected in spring 2020. Pacific Heights currently has nine portables on site and enrolment continues to grow.

The expansion project is a key component of the work and commitment of the Capital Project Office — including district, ministry and City of Surrey representatives — to reduce the number of portables in the district and provide adequate, safe and appropriate educational space for 21st century learning.

"The board is thrilled that as a result of an increased financial commitment by the Ministry of Education and our board, this project will now be moving forward on an expedited schedule," says Surrey Board of Education chairperson Laurie Larsen. "We expect this project will be just the first in a series of new school and expansion projects we will see move forward over the weeks and months ahead."

"This is another great step toward adding much-needed spaces for students in Surrey," said Minister of Education Rob Fleming. "I'm pleased we were able to work with the Surrey School District to quickly secure the extra funds needed for the expansion of Pacific Heights. Our government is committed to building and expanding schools in fast-growing cities like Surrey and I'm proud of the

$167 million we have invested in the city for more than 2,500 new student spaces in just over one year."

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)

Dec 14
Fraser Heights Secondary rocks the toy donations for the 16th year

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For two weeks a year for the past 16 years, the wood shop at Fraser Heights Secondary turns into Santa's workshop building wooden toys for the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

airplane rocker.JPGShop teachers Martin Lim, Chris Mills and Rob Sabo, along with community, parent, student and staff volunteers, make the heirloom toys from materials donated from many local businesses.

This year, they were able to build 60 colourful rocking toys – 20 moose, 20 dinosaurs and 20 seaplanes.

The district's transportation department picked up the toys and delivered them to the grateful staff at Surrey Christmas Bureau.  

Anyone wishing to help out can mark their calendars for next year's build! The last week of November is for cutting out and sanding pieces, the first week of December is for painting and assembly. Everyone is welcome!

Dec 13
Sweet creations at Enver Creek Secondary’s gingerbread competition

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Judges Neder Dhillon (director of instruction), Chef Terry Larsen, and trustee Bob Holmes inspect the construction, design and creativity of the entries at the 2018 student gingerbread competition at Enver Creek Secondary.

Students showed off their sweet skills at this year's Surrey Schools gingerbread competition, once again hosted by Enver Creek Secondary and teaching chef Mike Doyle.

About 40 students from across the Lower Mainland took part, representing eight schools and five school districts. In all, there were 18 diverse gingerbread pieces on display, ranging from more traditional houses and trains to space ships and a Scooby Doo Mystery Machine van.

Entries were given gold, silver and bronze awards by judges trustee Bob Holmes, chef Terry Larsen and director of instruction Neder Dhillon. Special awards were also handed out:

Galaxy Park.JPGBest Overall EntryGalaxy Park (pictured at right), McNair Secondary (Alison Cheng & Cheyenne Tu)

Best Theme ThroughoutWonka, Richmond Secondary (Courtney Ikuta, Raymond Li & Allysa Coronado)

Best Use of ColourWhoville, Sardis Secondary (Danika Dod, Alayna Heppell, Chloe Kushnir & Lynnea Frost)

Best Table PresentationTrain, Richmond Secondary (Camille Go, Jay Chow & Maryam Watts)

Most Unique/Original IdeaHogwarts, Garibaldi Secondary (Emma Willems & Regan Custance)

Most Skillful Use of IcingLa Casita Papasita, Garibaldi Secondary (Alejandra Magdalena Moreno Martinez & Lucia Wepfer)


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Dec 06
Science challenge accepted – and won – by Fleetwood Park students

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Fleetwood Park Secondary’s senior team won the 2018 Kwantlen Science Challenge. Pictured (from left to right) are Monica Nam, Ramit Kataria, Amy Chen, Joshua Lee, Terence Sun, Tony Zhao and Henry Huang.  Not pictured are Hank Wu, Ben Ji, Clement Halim and Aaron Wang, who were also involved in the design and building of the hovercraft. 

A team of budding scientists from Fleetwood Park Secondary took first place, out-smarting 29 other senior school teams at the recent Kwantlen Science Challenge.

The competition, which took place at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Richmond campus, asked students to test their skills in five, one-hour-long, practical laboratory activities in biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, engineering design, math and physics. The challenges included everything from performing lab tests, to competing in a Jeopardy-style science quiz, to designing and launching a hovercraft.

Fleetwood Park's senior team (Grade 11 and 12s) had perfect scores in the chemistry, Jeopardy and design categories, the latter for their successful hovercraft creation. Team members included students Monica Nam, Ramit Kataria, Amy Chen, Joshua Lee, Terence Sun, Tony Zhao, Henry Huang, Hank Wu, Ben Ji, Clement Halim and Aaron Wang.

"The team worked tirelessly for a month leading up to the event, testing out multiple prototypes of their hovercraft and even 3D printing their own fans to use in the design," said computer science and physics teacher Brianna Stusiak. "The team also met several times to practice for the Jeopardy round and study the concepts for the lab rounds. It was amazing to see all of their hard work pay off in the end."

Fraser Heights, Sullivan Heights, Earl Marriott and Semiahmoo all fielded senior teams in the competition as well. Fraser Heights finished sixth, Earl Marriott was 18th, Semiahmoo was 24th and Sullivan Heights finished 26th.

Fraser Heights and Semiahmoo also had junior teams (Grades 8-10) competing, which finished fifth and 11th, respectively.

Dec 03
Earl Marriott’s senior boys strike gold at volleyball provincials

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Earl Marriott Secondary's AAA senior boys volleyball team are the 2018 high school provincial champions.

After plowing through the competition undefeated, Earl Marriott Secondary’s senior boys ended the Kahunaverse Sports BC Volleyball Championships how they hoped they would – on top. 

The No.1-ranked Mariners AAA squad did not lose a single set over four days of play at Langley Events Centre, continuing their winning streak to top the Van Tech Talismen 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-19) in the final and secure the B.C. banner. 

Earl Marriott defeated Victoria’s Claremont Spartans 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-12) in the semi-final on its way to the gold-medal game, while Van Tech beat the Moscrop Panthers in four to make the final.  

The Claremont Spartans defeated Moscrop to finish with bronze. 

The Mariners’ win was especially sweet following last year’s bronze-medal finish, when the team expected to be in the final. (Semiahmoo Secondary won). EMS also took home boys volleyball banners in 2013 and 2014. 

The tournament’s first team all-stars included Earl Marriott’s Takoda and Talon McMullin.

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