Please read this for important information about the start of the school year:  SRT Newsletter #3
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Literacy 10 Results

Well done!  We are very pleased to see the results of the January Literacy 10 Assessment!  Lots of 3s and 4s–all your hard work has paid off.

Students can access their results from the “Graduation Assessment/Provincial Examinations” link after logging in to their account on the StudentTranscripts Service at:


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Student Article: Getting Involved

Ronald McDonald House Needs More Volunteers, Encourages Youth to Get Involved

By Liz Bruce

Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon is asking more people to volunteer, and encourages more youth to get involved with charity and RMH. The facility, located in Vancouver at 4567 Heather St. and roughly one hundred paces from the BC Children’s Hospital compound, would not be able to function without the dedication of hundreds of volunteers, who are crucial for the success of The House. Volunteers can sign up anytime online at involved/ and must be nineteen years or older.

Ronald McDonald House caters to families with children eighteen years or younger undergoing treatment at the Children’s Hospital, who live over 50 kilometres away. “We’re basically everyone else’s local charity. We’re not serving Vancouver families; we’re based here but the people we serve are from everywhere else.” -Sunshine Purificacion, RMHBC program coordinator. The facility is located in the Children’s Hospital’s old parking lot, right beside the compound itself, and is the only one for over 900 kilometers. The House has 73 rooms on 4 floors, with 4 large kitchens in 4 corners of The House. But with only 21 paid employees, volunteers are needed to provide the manpower for the various programs The House offers. Available shifts can be found on the volunteer timetable on the website.

Though youth cannot volunteer at The House itself, Ms. Purificacion encourages youth to help out in alternative ways, for example “fundraise to help make sure that all families in their community can access RMH. We have so many different types of fundraisers, we have this one called Make Fun Matter, it’s basically where you take whatever you like to do for fun, and add a fundraising element. For example, if you like to bake, have a bake sale. If you like to play baseball, you can have a baseball tournament. There’s lots of great ways to give back in that way, with Make Fun Matter or another one called Birthday Heroes, where people who are celebrating their birthday collect donations for the house.” Volunteer Coordinator Michael Hsiao agrees. “How they can help with RMH in particular is mostly supporting our third-party events.” The main source of income for RMH is from third party donations, and with the massive costs accompanying The House’s operations, every dollar is put to good use.

RMHBC opened on July 7, 2014, and has since served approximately 12,000 families. In 2019, The House served 2,000 families and provided 25,700 meals. They delivered on average 21 programs weekly, bi-weekly or monthly and had a cumulative amount of 26,000 hours volunteered. The BC and Yukon facility is the second largest in Canada and the fifth largest in the world. Despite The House’s size, often the staff find themselves serving a full house – about 220 people. And where it would normally cost $250 a night for the average family to find temporary residence in Vancouver, The House charges each room $12 a night, all inclusive – and if the families are unable to pay, they are charged nothing at all. The main source of RMH’s income are donations from third parties; 25% of the operating expenses are donated by McDonalds corporation and their customers, and the remaining 75% come from fundraising, corporate and individual sponsorship.

Student Article: Phone Usage in Classrooms

Phone usage in classrooms at SRT by Kaylea Paterson

Are phones in classrooms benefiting students?

This report surveyed anonymous teachers of SRT and measured that the majority of teachers don’t agree with having phones in school.

Teachers are finding that students aren’t paying attention in class because they’re on their phones and not engaging in class. They also said that the students have no discipline and are tempted by their devices.

But teachers do not want to take students phones away because they are personal devices and do not want to be disrespectful towards the student or their families.

On the other hand, students are using their phones poorly in class because they don’t find the work hands on and they aren’t interested in the topic that they’re studying.

Some teachers feel that phones should not be allowed in schools because if students are not focused on the work that they are supposed to be doing, they won’t get good grades and will fail their classes.

According to, teens and tweens aged 9-14 spend an average of 6-9 hours a day on their phones, using instagram, snapchat, tik tok, youtube,etc. If teens are spending more time on their phones than they are in school, the generations coming will not know how to function properly in the real world.


Student Article: Ways of Teaching at SRT

Ways of teaching at SRT by Abi Smith

SRT teachers care about the way their students learn. They have a variety of different teaching methods ensuring that every student can be successful here at SRT.

As you may or may not know many teachers at SRT teacher multiple subjets so their way of teaching differs from class to class, it can also depend on the students and their needs.

Making classes fun is an important factor in their teaching styles. “ Go with the flow until I don’t,” Mrs. Hindson said in our interview, making the class flexible for all the students.

Students learn in many ways so teachers set out a variety of different work so everyone can enjoy at least one thing whether this is a worksheet, a book or a test. Mrs. Jensen stated,” school is for everyone.” therefore teachers think about how students can succeed in their class.

Many SRT teachers are firm about due dates, others have some creative ways of ensuring work gets in – end of the month hand in – hand in when it is your best work. 

Many teachers style of teaching does reflect on their personality. If a teacher likes to talk a lot in their personal life you find their lessons are mainly discussion-based, if others are into being crafty or tech their lesson will most likely be showing hands-on learning.

Lessons, part of a teaching style is how the teacher presents their lesson. Being interactive with students is always a good lesson, keeping their brains working. Visual and movement are key for some teachers’ way of teaching.

A good way teachers connect with their students and a way of their teaching is through sarcasm and laughter this shows that it’s not all about the work but making sure students enjoy the class and how it is taught.

You may ask why do teachers care so much about how SRT students learn? To be successful in school students need to at least learn something and it is important in teachers teaching methods that students learn in a constructive way. This ensures that students will be happy to come to school knowing that there are good lessons during the day.

Image from “teachers and students learning”


Student Article: Teenage Sleep

We will be featuring some guest posts by students in the coming weeks–enjoy!

Do High School Student Sleeping Habits Need To Change?

By Malia Mercado

Photo by Paige F.

33 grade nine students from Samuel Robertson Technical (SRT) took a survey on their sleeping habits & here are the results:

On average students want about 9 hours of sleep but students only get about 7.5 hours of sleep on weekdays & about 9 hours on weekends. 

One of the councillors at SRT, Ms. Shields explained that adolescents (ages 13 – 18) should get 8+ hours of sleep because the brain is still developing & sleep is crucial for brain development. 

Ms. Shields also mentioned that the time a student wakes up & goes to bed depends on their schedule. So a student’s sleep schedule can be different on the weekend or during breaks.

“I always encourage students just to count back 8 hours, say you need to be up at 7:30 to get ready for school then you need to count back 8 hours from then.” Ms. Shields said.

Out of all the students surveyed, 96% of students use some kind of electronics before bed. On average students use their electronics for just over 1.5 hours right before bed &  just about 20% of students end up sleeping with their phone in hand. 

Ms. Shields explains that the light, which from doing further research on is specifically blue light, emitted from screens affects the production of melatonin, which is a hormone we need for sleep.  

Another factor that Ms. Shields mentioned relating to electronics & phones is the effects social media can do to your mental health, which can affect the time students go to bed. The anxiety & pressure from social media can keep students up at night.

Roughly 55% of the students surveyed listen to music, ASMR, etc before or while they sleep or both, before & while they sleep.

“I think calming music or mindfulness is really helpful before bed so I often talk to students about the Mindshift app.” Ms. Shields said. 

She explained that Mindshift, a Canadian based app, can help with anxiety and mindfulness. It has breathing exercises that people can listen to & it also has mental vacations. Mindshift can help people sleep easier because it calms the brain down. 

Close to 70% of students procrastinate & end up doing chores, homework, etc late at night often. Ms. Shields mentioned that students should manage their time & avoid procrastination so they don’t end up doing homework late at night.

Nearly 70% of students play sports of some kind & of that 70%, just over 60% of those students think it affects them from going to sleep at a decent time because of early morning or late night practices & games.

“[For] some young people exercising is a great habit before bed because it tires them out.” Ms. Shields said. She also mentions that students should experiment with what works for them.

Just over 80% of students drink caffeine &/or sugary drinks and of that 80%, they drink an average amount of just about 1 cup of a caffeinated drink. 

The majority of student caffeine drinkers think it doesn’t affect their sleep but Ms. Shields explained that students should avoid caffeine intake later in the day.

Just about 80% of students have pulled an ‘all-nighter’ before. Just under 80% of those students did it just for fun. As was said before not getting enough sleep or in this case not getting any sleep is not healthy for brain development in teens. 

“I think it’s trial & error, not one thing works for everybody with sleep.” Ms. Shields said. She recommends experimenting with sleeping habits & seeing what works.


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PDF Booklet: Course Catalog SRT 2020

Important Information: Grade 10 Literacy Exam

As a part of the new Graduation Program for British Columbia, all Grade 10 students will be required to take the Provincial Graduation Literacy and Graduation Numeracy Assessments.

Some important information to note:

1. SRT is writing the 2019/2020 Literacy Assessment January 21/22, 2020.  Students are separated into groups based on last name.

2. Students MUST complete this exam, in full, for it to count.  That means not finishing or not “trying” may result in a rewrite.  Please encourage your student to try their best.

3.  Students are being prepared through literacy review sessions in multiple classes, and should have an idea of how to complete the exam.

4. Students with specific needs will have alternate writing locations arranged.

These assessments are mandatory, and students are required to complete them in full.  If you have any questions, please email:

Message to SRT Community: Please Read

Dear parents/guardians,

We are aware of concerns in our school community about a threat posted to social media targeting one of our students. We would like to thank all students and parents/guardians who reported this threat to our school and to the RCMP.

The Ridge Meadows RCMP is investigating the threat and we are assisting that investigation. The social media account itself has been taken down and the student who was the target of this threat is not attending while police investigate.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Dennis Dickson, Principal