District News

Sep 2 2014 - 4:30pm
Job Action Update – September 2, 2014 - Registering for Parent Support Program Administered by the Province -

Please be aware that the parent support program is overseen by the BC Ministry of Education. You can access the parent support program here: http://bcparentinfo.ca/

 
Sep 1 2014 - 2:05pm
Job Action Update - September 1, 2014 - Letter from the Superintendent -

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an update on the provincial labour dispute and, in particular, with respect to school operations starting on Tuesday, September 2.

 
Aug 30 2014 - 10:54am
VDSC To Hold Rally for Public Education this Tuesday -

The Vancouver District Students’ Council (VDSC) is organizing a rally on Tuesday, September 2 to stand in solidarity with students should job action continue into the first week of September. The rally will be held at 2:00pm in front of the Art Gallery at the Georgia Street entrance, and anybody is welcome to attend.

 
Aug 29 2014 - 6:09pm
Job Action Update - August 29, 2014 - Letter from the Superintendent -

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an update on the provincial labour dispute and, in particular, with respect to whether or not schools will be operating on Tuesday, September 2.

 
Aug 29 2014 - 4:42pm
Video by Anxiety BC Explains How Parents Can Reduce Separation Anxiety of Kindergarten Students -

AnxietyBC teamed-up with child expert Dr. Lynn Miller from UBC to create "Easy Separation", a short animated video on how to reduce anxiety for Kindergartners during the first days of school.  

 
Aug 28 2014 - 11:02am
University Hill Elementary ‘Theatre In The Woods’ A Magical Performance -

University Hill Elementary Grade 1 students jumped at the opportunity to work as a team to create ‘Theatre In The Woods’ for their parents and fellow Kindergarten class. Students worked autonomously choosing their own roles, making their own costumes and practicing for the performance of six plays based on books by Eric Carle. 

 
Aug 27 2014 - 2:51pm
Job Action Update - August 27, 2014 - Child Care Options for Parents During Job Action -

The safety and security of all our students is our highest priority. Should any students arrive at school while picket lines are in place, our school administrators will ensure that they are cared for until they can be safely returned to their homes under the supervision of a parent or guardian.

 
Aug 25 2014 - 2:09pm
Adult Ed Student Profile: Maliheh Hakakzadeh -

Only a year ago, Dr. Maliheh Hakakzadeh was treating ear, nose and throat infections as a specialist and surgeon in Tehran. Forced to leave the country of her birth, Hakakzadeh is now hard at work honing her English skills at Hastings Adult Education Centre.

 
Aug 14 2014 - 9:27am
Britannia Basketball Stars Pick Up Medals at North American Indigenous Games -

Britannia Secondary is home to five top basketball players who medaled at the North American Indigenous Games this summer. Britannia’s Karalee Antoine and Somer McCarthy were on a U14 team that won gold, Aeriana Antoine won silver with her U16 team and Kobe McKnight and Lyle Wilson took home bronze medals with their U14 team.


 
Jul 31 2014 - 9:59am
Spectrum Empowerment Program Teaches Young Women Self Defense (and Life) Skills -

Spectrum student Scout Wyness has been in difficult situations before. When she was younger, the Grade 12 student lived in a transition home for a year. But it wasn’t until she enrolled in the YoBro Young Women’s Empowerment program run by Joe Calendino and Spectrum teacher Fran Alley that she learned new skills to stand up for herself and stay safe in physically dangerous situations.

 
Jun 13 2014 - 9:26am
Selkirk Sun Run Team Awarded Prize for Strength of Presence -

Selkirk gym teacher Terry Johnston wants to see more VSB schools getting involved in the Vancouver Sun Run. That’s because he’s seen the huge benefits of a robust running squad in his own school.

 
May 29 2014 - 2:19pm
Tillicum Community Annex Sports Day – A Tradition of Competition, Fun, and Community Spirit. -

For over 15 years, Mr. Darryl Koe, a Grade 1/2 teacher at Tillicum Annex, has been organizing the school’s daylong Sports Day. Koe is quick to acknowledge his colleagues who pitch in to support him. But the day, which has changed little in the last 20 years, is clearly his passion project.  

 
Apr 25 2014 - 11:18am
Windermere Warriors Kick off the 31st Annual Paul Sanghera Memorial Indoor Soccer Tournament -

The 31st Annual Paul Sanghera Indoor Soccer Tournament, sponsored by the Vancouver Police Department, was hosted by Windermere on April 8 and 9. The tournament opened with a beautiful rendition of Oh Canada sung by Windermere student Angelika Escabarte. 

 
Apr 10 2014 - 9:10am
University Hill Elementary Staff Take on Students in Friendly Basketball Game -

UHill Elementary staff and students kicked off Spring Break with a basketball game. During the game U-Hill Elementary staff took on the school's senior girls and boys teams. It was a heart-stopping close game with hardly a break in the action.

 
Mar 11 2014 - 1:21pm
Tupper Tigers Roar Towards Provincial Championship -

The Sir Charles Tupper Tigers AAA Boy’s Basketball team is the current Vancouver city champions and under the skilled coaching of Jeff Gourley they are headed to the Provincial Championships in Langley this week.

 
Mar 3 2014 - 10:27am
Grenfell Volleyball Team Wins City Championship Thanks to Great Coaching -

Tim Palanca loves basketball and he loves volleyball. He’s part of a large team of committed boys in Grade 6 and 7 who attend Grenfell Elementary. Last semester Palanca and his friends on the volleyball team captured first place in the city championship. 

 
Aug 18 2014 - 9:55am
Project CHEF Inspires Students To Eat Healthy -

It’s no secret that fast food is unhealthy. Containing exorbitant amounts of salt, oil, fats and sugars, eating these foods has contributed to our societies’ battle with obesity. 

 
Jul 22 2014 - 1:38pm
Green Thumbs and Good Food: Britannia Community Garden Year End Harvest Celebration -

Over the past school year, four Britannia Secondary classes participated in the Environmental Youth Alliance Growing Kids program. Throughout the school year these classes learned about food growing through hands-on learning, helping to plant, grow food, harvest and take general care of the gardens.

 
Jul 21 2014 - 11:47am
VSB Golden Girls Take Gold at Nationals -

The Skills Canada National competition was recently held in Toronto and the results are in — All three  VSB Career Education students who competed brought home gold! 
(see original story HERE)

“Skills Canada was like the Olympics,” says Rachel Lau, a grade 11 student from Magee Secondary. “Except it focused on the trades and essential skills. I made friends and experienced a lot of new things at Skills Canada. It's a trip I'll definitely remember.”

 
Jul 4 2014 - 10:28am
Students at Henry Hudson Get Down and Dirty with Community Garden Project -

Henry Hudson Elementary students and teachers worked throughout the school year learning about gardening and getting their hands dirty. But the results of their labours weren’t just in the plants they harvested; skills and concepts outside of gardening were also incorporated into the project.  

 
Jun 26 2014 - 9:44am
Kiwassa Student Succeeds in Urban One Room School House -

Sunshine Dickinson is graduating this year with the best marks ever and she couldn’t have done so without the little urban one room school house that’s Kiwassa Alternative Program.

 
Jun 23 2014 - 9:21am
Windermere Inclusive Musical Showcases Lifeskills Students in Top Form -

Windermere Elementary Lifeskills students took to the stage this May as they performed “Finally: The Musical” a performance that featured a script and original songs written and performed by Windermere Secondary students.

 
Jun 18 2014 - 11:20am
Hastings Adult Ed Grad Transforms Her Life -

Alexandra Brekkaas never thought she would graduate. When she was living on the streets dealing with alcohol and drug addiction issues after dropping out of school at Grade 12, education just wasn’t a priority.

 
Jun 17 2014 - 10:06am
Students at Hastings Elementary Lead the 4th Annual Kids First Visitors’ Day -

Recently students of the Templeton Community School Team’s Kids First Program at Hastings Elementary spent their afterschool time leading special guests through the school on mini-program tours and demonstrating some of the unique activities offered.

Guests from a variety of businesses, organizations, and institutions from across Vancouver were invited as an opportunity to promote the program and thank community supporters.

 
Sep 2 2014 - 4:30pm
Job Action Update – September 2, 2014 - Registering for Parent Support Program Administered by the Province -

Please be aware that the parent support program is overseen by the BC Ministry of Education. You can access the parent support program here: http://bcparentinfo.ca/

 
Sep 1 2014 - 2:05pm
Job Action Update - September 1, 2014 - Letter from the Superintendent -

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an update on the provincial labour dispute and, in particular, with respect to school operations starting on Tuesday, September 2.

 
Aug 29 2014 - 6:09pm
Job Action Update - August 29, 2014 - Letter from the Superintendent -

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an update on the provincial labour dispute and, in particular, with respect to whether or not schools will be operating on Tuesday, September 2.

 
Aug 29 2014 - 4:42pm
Video by Anxiety BC Explains How Parents Can Reduce Separation Anxiety of Kindergarten Students -

AnxietyBC teamed-up with child expert Dr. Lynn Miller from UBC to create "Easy Separation", a short animated video on how to reduce anxiety for Kindergartners during the first days of school.  

 
Aug 28 2014 - 11:02am
University Hill Elementary ‘Theatre In The Woods’ A Magical Performance -

University Hill Elementary Grade 1 students jumped at the opportunity to work as a team to create ‘Theatre In The Woods’ for their parents and fellow Kindergarten class. Students worked autonomously choosing their own roles, making their own costumes and practicing for the performance of six plays based on books by Eric Carle. 

 
Aug 27 2014 - 2:51pm
Job Action Update - August 27, 2014 - Child Care Options for Parents During Job Action -

The safety and security of all our students is our highest priority. Should any students arrive at school while picket lines are in place, our school administrators will ensure that they are cared for until they can be safely returned to their homes under the supervision of a parent or guardian.

 
Aug 1 2014 - 9:41am
Join Us for the Pride Parade this Sunday! -

The VSB is proud of our commitment to making schools safe, caring and inclusive for all our students and staff.

 
Jul 30 2014 - 4:05pm
Vancouver Students Engage in and Talk about Art -

Four classes composed of over 100 students participated in this year’s Sketchbook Project 2014 over the course of a period of six weeks.

 
Aug 29 2014 - 10:14am
VSB and Provincial Government Sign Agreement to Speed up Pace of School Seismic Upgrades -
The Vancouver School Board is pleased to announce it has signed an agreement with the provincial government to establish a Vancouver Seismic Mitigation Project Office to expedite the completion of all remaining upgrades to seismically high-risk Vancouver public schools.
 
Jul 2 2014 - 2:57pm
Media Release: Vancouver School Board Summer School Will Not Proceed -
Due to the labour dispute between the BCTF and BCPSEA, the Vancouver school district is unable to proceed with summer school courses and programs.
 
Jun 26 2014 - 2:03pm
Vancouver School Board Delays Start of Summer School -
Summer school’s start has been delayed to July 7 to allow for more time for BCPSEA and the BCTF to work out a deal.
 
Aug 30 2014 - 10:54am
VDSC To Hold Rally for Public Education this Tuesday -

The Vancouver District Students’ Council (VDSC) is organizing a rally on Tuesday, September 2 to stand in solidarity with students should job action continue into the first week of September. The rally will be held at 2:00pm in front of the Art Gallery at the Georgia Street entrance, and anybody is welcome to attend.

 
Aug 20 2014 - 10:00am
15 Year Old University Hill Transition Student Wins $80,000 Scholarship for University -

Cheng Xie is an academic rock star. And he’s also one of the most friendly and approachable youths you’re likely to meet. Earlier this year, Xie who is a student at the University Hill Transition program, learned he had won the Schulich Leader Award, an incredibly prestigious prize worth roughly $80,000 over the course of four years.

 
Aug 18 2014 - 9:55am
Project CHEF Inspires Students To Eat Healthy -

It’s no secret that fast food is unhealthy. Containing exorbitant amounts of salt, oil, fats and sugars, eating these foods has contributed to our societies’ battle with obesity. 

 
Aug 13 2014 - 9:29am
Point Grey Soup Fundraiser Raises $1,000 for Covenant House -

Point Grey Secondary art teacher Jan Crawford wanted to do something to help develop the artistic talents of her students and help society. The result? A Soup Bowl night fundraiser which challenged her 60 students to create their own special glazed, kiln-blasted soup bowls that were sold off raising almost $1,000 for Covenant House.

 
Aug 11 2014 - 9:35am
Superstar Stoelting Serves David Thompson With a Smile -

Damon Stoelting has made a world of difference for many students at David Thompson Secondary. An educator who has mandated excellence, Stoelting has been recognized by his colleagues for his commitment to his students in and out of the classroom.

 
Aug 7 2014 - 10:32am
Tillicum Annex students hosted their First Annual Year End Farmers' Market. -

Students, parents, and staff worked hard to put together a mini farmers’ market on the last day of classes. The event was a joint fundraiser between Kiwassa Neighbourhood House and Tillicum Annex.

Organized by staff at Kiwassa and the PAC at Tillicum, Grade 4 students had a wonderful time working as vendors and selling foods grown in their community garden and via local farmers.

 
Aug 1 2014 - 9:41am
Join Us for the Pride Parade this Sunday! -

The VSB is proud of our commitment to making schools safe, caring and inclusive for all our students and staff.

 
Jul 31 2014 - 9:59am
Spectrum Empowerment Program Teaches Young Women Self Defense (and Life) Skills -

Spectrum student Scout Wyness has been in difficult situations before. When she was younger, the Grade 12 student lived in a transition home for a year. But it wasn’t until she enrolled in the YoBro Young Women’s Empowerment program run by Joe Calendino and Spectrum teacher Fran Alley that she learned new skills to stand up for herself and stay safe in physically dangerous situations.