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Inclusion of student voice vital to School Board

The opportunity to be the Student Trustee for School District No. 46 has expanded my horizons in ways I never anticipated.  As Student Trustee, I have met regularly with our administration and elected trustees, and have had the opportunity to offer my perspective on issues that directly affect students. We have discussed many different topics, ... Read More »

Current trustees to meet before end of term

The British Columbia School Trustee Association (BCSTA) supports public boards of education throughout BC.  This month, the association will be holding the 114th BCSTA annual general meeting.  This year’s meeting will have a different feel from the previous three I’ve been to, as it will be the last AGM for many trustees across the province.  ... Read More »

‘University One’ to start for indigenous students

Designed for students of Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit ancestry who want to pursue post-secondary education, University One for Aboriginal Learners kicks off at Capilano University in September 2018 and is accepting applications now. University One will run at CapU’s North Vancouver campus. The Sunshine Coast campus will start a prep year with Sechelt Nation students ... Read More »

Student trustees bring vital input

School District No.46 (Sunshine Coast) was one of two school districts out of 60 to first have a policy that supports having a student trustee as part of the Board of Education. Although the student trustee does not vote or participate in closed meetings, the student trustee represents the voice of students and the District ... Read More »

Pink Shirt Day

RCMP Constable Glen Martin put on a pink shirt, and posted some anti-bullying art work on his truck, in support of Pink Shirt Day, Feb. 28. The students, from Kinnikinnick Elementary in Sechelt are, from the left: (front row) Ernesto Brotherston, Isabella Watts, Charlize Cabato, Paradis Mathias, Bibianna Joe; (back row) Grace Yoo, Ella Rose, ... Read More »

Trades training offered

School District No. 46, in partnership with Vancouver Island University (VIU) and the Industry Training Authority (ITA –, offers students the ability to begin training in a certified trade while still in secondary school. We are currently taking applications for the following trades: auto service technician, carpenter and professional cook. Eligible students are from ... Read More »

Parent engagement key to school board success

Our school district has long prided themselves on student voice, but were you aware that we encourage a strong parental voice as well? Our strategic plan states that we will “interact with our students’ parents positively and with full information freely shared using efficient and responsive strategies.” (2.d.) Communication with parents is vital. Not only ... Read More »

Hosting program gets boost

Grade 6-7 students at École du Pacifique in Sechelt were pleased when Philippe Bourgeois, treasurer of the Sunshine Coast Francophone Cultural Society, at left, delivered a cheque. The students are working to raise $6,000 to host students from Quebec in June; the local students will travel to Quebec in April.  From the left at the ... Read More »

Outdoor education has real benefits

School District No. 46 takes “Outdoor Education” very seriously. Our Strategic Plan has, as one of its goals, “Our students will experience, respect and enhance the natural world by actively participating in sustainable practices and outdoor education.” We’ve seen a remarkable growth in activities related to outdoor education. Seventeen of our teachers recently completed the ... Read More »

Job of a trustee goes beyond the board

As school trustees, we not only sit at the board table to discuss policy, strategic planning, and student learning, but we also sit on many other outside committees within the community. We do this in order to have not only have our voice heard but also to learn and to listen to the outside goings-on ... Read More »

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