November 2019 Principal’s Post
The month of October started with a school-wide workshop – Breaking Down the Walls. It featured a school-wide assembly, student leader training and two days of workshops where over 300 students participated.
Student feedback from this was overwhelmingly positive. Students said it was “about connecting and learning about the people around you” and “building community”. “It is an amazing opportunity to learn about yourself and the people around you, and that they are not so different.”
When asked, “what was the best thing about the BDTW workshop?” Students replied, “I got to participate in something pretty awesome and that I felt that my voice was heard”.
When asked “what did you learn about your school?” students replied: “I learnt that our school is great and everyone in it is really nice”; “a lot of people are dealing with the same issues as me”; “we are similar and have so much in common” and “people are nice!”
Fall athletics will come to a close at the beginning of November. The Fall featured Girls Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Volleyball, Boys Soccer and Cross Country. We had a significant increase in the number of students participating on school teams and a lot of growth in skills as well as some individuals and teams earning berths to the provincial championships. Thanks to all the athletes and coaches for representing Westview.
- Girls Field Hockey – qualified for the BC Championships in Victoria from Nov. 5-8th.
- Cross Country – two athletes, a Junior and Senior boy, qualified for the BC Championships that will be held Saturday, November 2nd in Abbotsford.
- Boys’ Soccer – 1st in league play and currently in regional playoffs.
Governor General Award Winner 2018-19 – Owen Swan
Westview is proud to announce the winner of the prestigious Governor-General Award winner for 2018-19 is Owen Swan. The Governor-General Award is awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from every high school in Canada. Owen achieved Straight As (Principal’s List) all 5 years at Westview and was top student-athlete for the 2018-19 year. He was top student in his grade level each year, including individual subject areas: French, Math, Science, Social Studies, PE and Microsoft and represented Westview in the Skills Canada competition in Woodwork. He was leader on and off the floor in Westview’s emerging basketball program and will be the first graduate of Westview’s Basketball Academy. This year Owen is studying Sciences at the University of the Fraser Valley, working toward his goal of working in the field of medicine.
BCs Redesigned Curriculum
What role does social awareness and responsibility play in the education of children?
When teachers provide opportunities within our classrooms and community to develop social awareness and responsibility, students gain the skills they need to become compassionate citizens. Building relationships, contributing to society, caring for the environment, resolving problems, and valuing diversity are facets of social emotional learning that exemplify a thriving child. Embedded within the social awareness and responsibility competency is the First Peoples’ belief that we have commonalities with all people in our community, and a strong connection and responsibility to the land. When students advocate for themselves, others, and the environment, they develop a strong sense of self.
For more information about the curriculum, visit https://www.sd42.ca/new-curriculum/
Casual-On-Call Education Assistants
The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District (SD42) is looking for qualified Casual-On-Call Education Assistants. For more information please visit our website: (www.sd42.ca and click on the careers tab).
Interested in Becoming an Education Assistant?
Ridge Meadows College has a second cohort for the Education Assistant program starting in January 2020 and have extended the deadline for application to November 15, 2019. A program overview, list of admission requirements and the application package is available on-line at http://rmcollege.ca/education-assistant-certificate/ or in person at Riverside Centre, 20575 Thorne Avenue. A limited number of applicants will be accepted.
Events in November
Friday, Nov. 1st – On-line sign up for grad photos begins (www.mountainwest.ca)
Saturday, Nov. 2nd – Cross Country BC Championships (Abbotsford)
Tuesday, Nov. 5th – 8th – Field Hockey Provincial Championships (Victoria)
Wednesday, Nov. 6th – Grade 9 – Take Your Kid to Work Day
Wednesday, Nov. 6th – Remembrance Day Assembly
Thursday, Nov. 7th – Student-Led Conferences (1:00 – 4:00pm & 5:30 – 7:30pm)
Friday, Nov. 8th – Non-Instructional Day (No school for students)
Monday, Nov. 11th – Remembrance Day (Schools are closed)
Friday, Nov. 15th – Late Start Day
Tuesday, Nov. 19th – Yoga Field Trip to Centred Within Yoga Studiothth
Thursday, Nov. 21st – International Students Turkey Dinner
Monday, Nov. 25th – 27th – Grad Photos by appointment
Monday, Nov. 25th – Post-Secondary Fair for International Students @ Riverside Centre
Tuesday, Nov. 26th – PAC Meeting, 7:00pm, WSS Library (date moved from Nov 25)
Thursday, Nov. 28th – Graduated Licensing Program Presentation for Grade 10 students