As our school year closes we reflect upon the events of the past few months. It has been an interesting time for public education in British Columbia. A Supreme Court ruling regarding the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation and the Province, uncertainty in provincial government after the May 9th election coupled with ever-changing funding allocations, all provide for a tumultuous landscape. Particularly in these trying times, it is important to acknowledge the incredible work all of our teachers, support staff, principals and senior management do to ensure all students and families in SD46 have excellent educational opportunities and support to realize their potentials. It truly is ‘all about kids’ and we thank you.
Our staff makes programs such as extra-curricular sports, Trades-in-Training Programs (formally ACE-It) in Carpentry, Culinary and Automotive Technician viable through their exceptional teaching and support of students. These programs help students explore learning, teamwork and their potential life or career path.
A tremendous initiative of SD46 is to support student mental health, wellness and recognition of the “whole” student, not just the intellectual requirements for graduation. We also promote health and wellness for our staff, supporting their needs and encouraging trust and openness.
June 30 is not the end of learning in our district – we continue literacy and early learning programs throughout the summer. Through partnerships with our local public libraries all elementary school students are receiving their own library cards to nurture their love of reading. Watch for the Bookmobile, known as the WonderWheels Bus, to be visiting your community. StongStart dates are planned to help families continue with their learning goals.
Our student trustee this year was from Pender Harbour Secondary. Maribeth Haines provided a student perspective at the board table, bringing the voice of students to the decision makers; an important initiative in our district.
The District’s International Education Program promotes lifelong learning and global citizenry, providing glimpses into other cultures and countries
Public Education on the Sunshine Coast provides numerous opportunities for our students and community for involvement and learning and we always want to see more of you. Please contact the school district office at 604-886-8811 if you have input, questions or comments about SD46.
Wishing you all the best for a safe and happy