Principal’s Post – May 2019

May 2019

Principal’s Post

We are into the home stretch of the school with only May and June ahead of us. The next two months will be busy, both in and out of the classroom and culminating with our Graduation Ceremony at the Hard Rock Theatre, June 26th.

May features some big events for students, including the UFC (Ultimate Fitness Competition). The UFC is a team obstacle course race that all senior students participate in and features a 12 foot wall that all team members must get over.

May also features spirit week, which is organized by our leadership students, between May 13th and 17th. There will be Pyjama Day,  Denim Day, Jersey Day, Throwback Day, Team Colour Day & an all school Gym Riot on the afternoon of May 17th.

Spring sports are going strong with Sr. Boys Ball Hockey and Sr. Girls Soccer as well as Track and Field and Golf. Our junior and senior boys basketball players are playing spring league and tournaments.

As graduation approaches, we partner with ICBC and host a road safe speaker for our grade 12s. This year, we are pleased to welcome John Westhaver who speaks to the following topics: impaired driving, speed, seatbelt safety, distracted driving, choices and consequences.

John Westhaver was a typical high school student, full of life and fun-loving. With only a month and a half left of high school, John was in a crash with three friends. Due to speeding and driver inexperience, the driver lost control of the car John and his friends were travelling in. John was lucky, he escaped; his three friends did not. He sustained burns to 75% of his body and broken bones.

John is a true testament to what it is to not only survive a fatal car crash, but to thrive. He has been speaking at schools across Canada and the U.S. for more than 15 years. Students from Nova Scotia to British Columbia to Connecticut have been inspired by John’s positive message on choices and how they can have lasting consequences.

BC is implementing new provincial curriculum and one of its key features is Inquiry Learning. Inquiry Learning is a process where students investigate and explore answers to questions. Inquiry questions provide a focus for learning the curricular content, encourage students to develop important skills when answering questions, and make learning more meaningful and relevant. Inquiry questions provide a framework for teachers to more easily meet the needs of each student while allowing students to be more engaged in the content they are learning. For more information of BC’s curriculum, go to: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca

IMPORTANT EVENTS

  • May 8, 15, & 22nd – WOW Wednesdays
  • May 9th – Ultimate Fitness Competition (UFC)
  • May 13-17th – Spirit Week
    • 13th – Pyjama Day
    • 14th – Denim Day
    • 15th – Jersey Day
    • 16th – Throwback Day
    • 17th – Team Colour Day & Gym Riot
  • May 15th – ICBC Speaker John Westhaven
  • May 17th – Music Retreat to Timberline Ranch
  • May 21st – School-based Non-Instructional Day
  • May 22nd – Grad Assembly (Flex Time)
  • May 23rd – Link Leader Training
  • May 23rd – District Aboriginal Awards at the ACT
  • May 24th – Elementary Music Concert
  • May 27th – PAC Meeting at 7pm
  • May 29th – Grade 7 Day (Grade 8s off school)