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Davis: Education vital to a healthy society

Over my past five years at Elphinstone Secondary I’ve come to see good education as one of the most fundamental components of a healthy society. Education matters not just in relation to understanding the world around us, but also for learning about ourselves. I believe that true learning requires freedom and exploration because interest and ... Read More »

50 years of play-based learning

Gibsons’ Jack and Jill Preschool will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with an outdoor fundraiser at Dougall Park on May 25 from 1-4pm.  The event will feature live music, food trucks, a beer garden, face painting and a petting zoo. The pre-school, which is located at 690 Harmony Lane,  currently serves 48 families.  It runs ... Read More »

First Nation graduation rate jumps

High school student graduation rates were at 83 per cent in School District #46 in 2017/18, the first year that Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students graduated at the same rate. This was the result of a slight drop in overall graduation rates from two years earlier, and a jump in Aboriginal graduation. The overall rate of ... Read More »

Hampvent: Incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing into our classrooms

In May we recognize the SD46 value of responsibility. In preparation for June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day, it is a great opportunity to highlight an Indigenous practice of social responsibility.  Indigenous ways of knowing have been adopted by SD46 as a key educational lens through which we can implement experiential learning in the classroom.  ... Read More »

School energy contest

Four Coast elementary schools hosted a friendly, interschool energy conservation event the week of April 15. Participating classrooms turned down thermostats 3 degrees Celsius for three days and minimized energy waste, turning off unnecessary lights, appliances, computer screens and other devices. At the four schools, grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 led a variety of ... Read More »

Ste. Marie: Respect in the new BC curriculum

“The things that make us all different are the things that make us beautiful. Showing respect to everyone every day at school can make you realize that even though we are all different, we can all give respect and be respected just the same.” Grade 9 student Earlier this month I had the opportunity to ... Read More »

Amaral: Equity in education

The subject of equity is increasing in the discourse about education. The concept of equity in education has two main components: access to education and the right to educational outcomes. Access speaks to the right in accessing and participating in education regardless of personal or social circumstances such as cognitive, emotional, or physical ability, race, ... Read More »

Roberts Creek Elementary to get new playground

The BC government is building 50 new playgrounds in 34 school districts this year, delivering healthier, more accessible learning environments for kids, while reducing pressure on parents to fundraise, Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, announced March 15. Included is $105,000 for an accessible playground at Roberts Creek Elementary. “As a parent, I understand first-hand how ... Read More »

Leech: Making collaboration a School District priority

Collaboration is a word we hear a lot these days – it’s the buzz word heard in the hallowed chambers of governments, corporate board rooms and non-profit executive offices. However, before we consider collaborating with any organization we need to ask some key questions. What do we mean by collaboration? There are many interpretations of ... Read More »

Girard: Innovation and the new school curriculum

When we talk about innovation in School District 46, we think of key words and the “core competencies” that promote individuality, resourcefulness, and resilience. These skills and attributes will assist our children and young people to be able to move in the flow of the present moment with a mindset that will help them work ... Read More »

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