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With deep gratitude and respect, we are honoured to be learning and unlearning on the ancestral and unceded lands of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7meshÚxwumixw (SquamishNation) & səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation)

Graham Bruce Elementary School is located on Tanner Street, which is a six-minute walk from the Joyce-Collingwood Station of the Expo Skytrain Line. Parks nearby Bruce include Cariboo Park, Carleton Park and Price Park. Graham Bruce is located in a vibrant multicultural community with a diverse population in diverse housing types, from high-density apartments near the skytrain to a large collection of detached and semi-detached houses with suites. Bruce is part of the Windermere Family of Schools.

We currently enroll 290 students from Kindergarten to Grade 7. Collingwood Neighbourhood School, which is a Kindergarten to Gr. 3 school on Euclid Avenue, is Bruce’s annex. After completing Grade 3 at Collingwood, most students transition to Bruce in Grade 4. Collingwood Neighbourhood House provides on-site before and after school care to our students.

There are 40 staff at Bruce, including classroom and resource teachers, collaborative early literacy intervention and literacy enhancement teachers, teacher-librarian, music teacher, youth and family worker, school and student support workers, Indigenous education assistant, office administrative assistant, building engineers, supervision aides, and principal. In addition, our district staff supporting our school community includes, the area counselor, school psychologist and speech language pathologist.

Staff at Graham Bruce Elementary School promote a safe, caring, and respectful climate within a neighborhood rich in multicultural diversity.

At Graham Bruce Elementary School, we strive to maintain an inclusive environment for all our students and celebrate our different abilities and cultures in a variety of ways throughout the school year, providing opportunities for cultural exchange and learning.

Graham Bruce Elementary School is actively involved in the Collaborative Early Literacy Intervention (CELI), which targets support for our early learners in kindergarten and grade one by providing one-to-one support through Reading Recovery, small group instruction, and strong classroom practice. We are also involved in the Levelled Literacy Intervention. We continue to invest in updated technology for student use. Students have utilized technology in their learning by accessing the school FuturePLAY Lab for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities, using laptops and iPads and Smartboards in many classrooms. We work closely with our many and various community partners such as artists who support our Artist-in-Residence Studio Program (AIIRS), Literacy One to One, City of Vancouver School Active Travel Program, and Collingwood Neighbourhood Hou Our Youth and Family Worker, Indigenous Education Assistant, Literacy Enhancement Teacher and Area Counselor offer ongoing support to students with diverse academic and social and emotional needs. Some students regularly participate in the hot lunch program. The school has several community sports, recreation, clubs and arts programs for students provided by staff and the Windermere Community schools team (e.g. cooking, sports, arts and crafts, science – through Science World and Arts Umbrella).

At Bruce, there is strong family support for school initiatives and student achievement. We have a very supportive and involved Parent Advisory Council (PAC that provides financial support for a variety of enrichment activities and programs. They contribute financially to field trips, classroom funds, performances and sport activities. Our PAC is actively involved in our school community, organizing school-wide events such as community potlucks and BBQ gatherings, and holding monthly meetings and a variety of fundraising initiatives.

Graham Bruce Elementary School aligns its goals with the Vancouver School Boards’ Education plan, emphasizing student achievement, well-being, belonging, and equity. The commitment to ongoing assessment and monitoring of student performance, along with the recognition of the diverse challenges students may face, underscores the dedication to continuous improvement and development. To achieve our goals, we continue to monitor our students’ performance at school using a variety of assessment tools, including our annual MDI and Learning Survey’s results, and learning and summative updates throughout the school year. Some of these outcomes clearly highlights our students’ voices through their self-assessment in different areas.

The staff members at Bruce visualize succes for our students and understand that intellectual development, social skills and physical well-being are all valued as components of a well-rounded whole child. Staff is united in developing and working collaboratively on the school goals.

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