District News

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 14 2014 - 9:00am
Grenfell Kindergarteners Master The Art of Photography -

Grenfell Kindergarten students, accompanied by their teachers Christy Wiens and Brenda Nakanishi, hosted “Capturing Creative Inquiry” that exhibited their talents as budding photographers.

 
Jul 11 2014 - 9:53am
Tennyson Parent-Run Track Practice Gets Kids Running -

Principal Jacquie Lavoie says Tennyson Elementary has something pretty special in their new track program. The entirely parent organized and run program engages over 50 kids from K-7 in a wide range of track and field events including high jump, long jump, sprints, shot put and relay running.

 
Jul 10 2014 - 9:03am
NightinGlee Was A Night to Remember -

Nightingale Elementary school was abuzz Thursday, June 5, as the cast of NightinGlee performed the hits: “I’ve Got the Music in Me”, “Somebody to Love”, “True Colours”, “Lean on Me”, “You’ve Got a Friend” and “I Just Want to Celebrate”.

 
Jul 9 2014 - 9:02am
Point Grey Drawdown Gets Kids Thinking About Leadership -

Point Grey's second annual Drawdown took place on Friday May 16th. This year, teams of students collaborated on chalk drawings that responded to the question: "How can we use LEADERSHIP to face teen issues?" 

 
Jul 8 2014 - 9:07am
University Hill Winners Dominate Photography Contest -

University Hill Fine Arts Department is thrilled to announce that seven of their students have won the Chester Fields “Our Image, Your Image” photography contest.  

 
Jul 7 2014 - 9:47am
Point Grey Love Club Makes International (and Local) Issues Top of Mind in School -

The Love Club at Point Grey wants to support more engaged attitudes in their schools around issues of both local and international importance.

 
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. 

 
Feb 28 2014 - 12:26pm
Heart Health at Nightingale Elementary with Jump Rope for Heart -

This past month the students at Florence Nightingale Elementary spent many hours raising pledges for the Heart and Stroke Foundation via the Jump Rope for Heart Campaign. Coinciding with Valentine’s Day the jump-a-thon not only promoted heart health in the physical sense, but in the emotional sense as well.

 
Feb 13 2014 - 2:04pm
Mini Olympics at Jamieson Elementary Wins Gold Medal for Fun -

If Olympic medals were given for enthusiasm, good sportsmanship and creativity — the students and staff at Dr. Annie B. Jamieson Elementary would win in every category.

 
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.

 
Jun 12 2014 - 9:36am
No Animals Harmed in the Creation of Dickens Paper Mache Trophy Heads -

Over 50 students from two Grade 5/6/7 classes created a wide-range of paper-mache trophy animal heads. Under the supervision of Dickens Elementary teachers Karim Bhimani and Tami McDiarmid and parent volunteer/artist Deb Copeland, the kids worked diligently, first researching their animal subject and then constructing the mache heads and mounting them on a wooden pedestal.

 
Jul 2 2014 - 2:57pm
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 27 2014 - 9:38am
Strathcona Elementary Spring Carnival Brings Community Together -

Hundreds of students, parents, and staff crowded into the school gym for the well-organized chaos of the annual Strathcona Elementary Spring Fair. Dozens of traditional carnival games, two enormous bouncy castles, face painting, balloon animals, a cake walk, hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy were all on hand.

 
Jun 26 2014 - 2:01pm
Job Action Update - June 26, 2014 - Letter from the Superintendent Regarding Summer School -

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an update on Summer School (https://summer.vsb.bc.ca)

 
Jun 23 2014 - 5:00pm
Important: Changes to June 24th Eng 10 and Social Studies 11 Exam Requirements -

Please note that the Ministry of Education has made changes to the sections that students will be responsible for completing, tomorrow, June 24th,  related to the English 10 and Social Studies 11 Exam.

 
Jun 23 2014 - 3:53pm
Job Action Update - June 23, 2014 - Letter from the Superintendent -

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an update on some of the matters that may be of concern to you as a result of the current labour disruption.

 
Jun 12 2014 - 2:45pm
Job Action Update - June 12, 2014 - Letter from the Superintendent -

As you are aware, the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) are continuing to negotiate a new collective agreement and stemming from these negotiations, the BCTF began job action at the end of April and has now escalated this to a full strike involving a full withdrawal of service across the province.

 
Jun 10 2014 - 9:22am
Waverly's New Playground Coming Sooner than Expected with Big Donation -

Waverly Elementary students got a big surprise form the Charros Foundation this May. The school received $60,000 from the Foundation to help build their playground at a special assembly held on Friday morning just before they kicked off their sports day.

 
May 30 2014 - 1:16pm
Job Action Update - May 30, 2014 - Letter from the Superintendent -

As you are aware, the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) are negotiating a new contract and, stemming from these negotiations, the BCTF began job action at the end of April and has now escalated to a district-by-district series of rotating strikes involving a full withdrawal of service.

 
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.
 
Jun 18 2014 - 12:34pm
Vancouver Board of Education Superintendent Dr. Steve Cardwell Taking on a New Position at UBC -
Earlier this week, Dr. Steve Cardwell advised the Vancouver Board of Education that, after completing five years as Superintendent and CEO of the Vancouver School District, he would be leaving the district at the end of December. Cardwell will be moving on to a newly established position as Professor of Teaching and Director of Executive Educational Leadership at the University of British Columbia starting in January 2015.
 
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 11 2014 - 9:53am
Tennyson Parent-Run Track Practice Gets Kids Running -

Principal Jacquie Lavoie says Tennyson Elementary has something pretty special in their new track program. The entirely parent organized and run program engages over 50 kids from K-7 in a wide range of track and field events including high jump, long jump, sprints, shot put and relay running.

 
Jul 9 2014 - 9:02am
Point Grey Drawdown Gets Kids Thinking About Leadership -

Point Grey's second annual Drawdown took place on Friday May 16th. This year, teams of students collaborated on chalk drawings that responded to the question: "How can we use LEADERSHIP to face teen issues?" 

 
Jul 8 2014 - 9:07am
University Hill Winners Dominate Photography Contest -

University Hill Fine Arts Department is thrilled to announce that seven of their students have won the Chester Fields “Our Image, Your Image” photography contest.  

 
Jul 7 2014 - 9:47am
Point Grey Love Club Makes International (and Local) Issues Top of Mind in School -

The Love Club at Point Grey wants to support more engaged attitudes in their schools around issues of both local and international importance.

 
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.  

 
Jul 2 2014 - 9:13am
Visiting Author and HSBC Volunteers Bring Love of Reading to Strathcona Students -

Grade 1 students at Strathcona Elementary were treated to a day of reading and storytelling with the help of some special guests.

Children’s author Caroline Adderson was onsite to read her latest book “Speak Norman!” to the students and surprised students with their very own copy of the book, courtesy of First Book Canada and HSBC. 

 
Jun 27 2014 - 9:38am
Strathcona Elementary Spring Carnival Brings Community Together -

Hundreds of students, parents, and staff crowded into the school gym for the well-organized chaos of the annual Strathcona Elementary Spring Fair. Dozens of traditional carnival games, two enormous bouncy castles, face painting, balloon animals, a cake walk, hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy were all on hand.