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Britannia News

May

BRITANNIA IB WORLD COMMUNITY SECONDARY SCHOOL

WELCOME BACK!

This is important information for all students and parents of Britannia Secondary IB World Community Secondary School – about our Opening Day and the schedule for our First Week.

The first day back on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 students attend as follows:

( Grade 8s don’t have to come to school until 12:30 on Monday; see below)*

09:00 AM – Grade 9 (including Streetfront, 8J9J, LSP, Pacific Storm and ELL) students report to the Britannia High School Auditorium

 10:00 AM – Grade 10 (including Streetfront, 8J9J and ELL) students report to the Britannia High School Auditorium

 11:00 AM – Grade 11 (including Outreach and ELL) students report to the Britannia High School Auditorium

 12:00 noon – Grade 12 (including Outreach and ELL) students report to the Britannia High School Auditorium

*GRADE EIGHT ORIENTATION DAY September 22, 2014

12:00 - 12:30pm Link Crew leaders stationed throughout the school to greet and direct Grade 8’s to Gym A & B

12:30 - 1:00pm Link Crew leaders to give out shirts, run ice-breaker activities with their pod etc.

12:30-1:00pm Grade 8 Parents can meet with the Principal and Vice-Principal,  in the Staffroom, 303/304.

1:00 - 1:45pm Grade 8’s with Pod leaders – Homeroom Classrooms

Distribution of schedules, lockers, locks with help of Link Crew

1:45pm Ice Breaker – Gym Foyer

1:50pm Welcome Gauntlet – Gym B

1:50 - 2:20pm Opening assembly and Mixer

2:20 - 2:50pm Scavenger Hunt with Pod Activities

2:50pm Closing Ceremony – Gym B

3:00pm Dismissal 

 

THE REST OF THE WEEK, AFTER MONDAY:

Please, call the Britannia Community Centre, 604.718.5800 for other onsite programing and child-minding information. For Community Centre website info click here.

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BRITANNIA IB WORLD COMMUNITY SECONDARY SCHOOL

WELCOME BACK!

 

This is important information for all students and parents of Britannia Secondary IB World Community Secondary School – about our Opening Day and the schedule for our First Week.

The first day back on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 students attend as follows:

( Grade 8s don’t have to come to school until 12:30 on Monday; see below)*

09:00 AM – Grade 9 (including Streetfront, 8J9J, LSP, Pacific Storm and ELL) students report to the Britannia High School Auditorium

10:00 AM – Grade 10 (including Streetfront, 8J9J and ELL) students report to the Britannia High School Auditorium

11:00 AM – Grade 11 (including Outreach and ELL) students report to the Britannia High School Auditorium

12:00 noon – Grade 12 (including Outreach and ELL) students report to the Britannia High School Auditorium

*GRADE EIGHT ORIENTATION DAY September 22, 2014

12:00 - 12:30pm Link Crew leaders stationed throughout the school to greet and direct Grade 8’s to Gym A & B

12:30 - 1:00pm Link Crew leaders to give out shirts, run ice-breaker activities with their pod etc.

12:30-1:00pm Grade 8 Parents can meet with the Principal and Vice-Principal,  in the Staffroom, 303/304.

1:00 - 1:45pm Grade 8’s with Pod leaders – Homeroom Classrooms

Distribution of schedules, lockers, locks with help of Link Crew

1:45pm Ice Breaker – Gym Foyer

1:50pm Welcome Gauntlet – Gym B

1:50 - 2:20pm Opening assembly and Mixer

2:20 - 2:50pm Scavenger Hunt with Pod Activities

2:50pm Closing Ceremony – Gym B

3:00pm Dismissal 

THE REST OF THE WEEK, AFTER MONDAY:

On both the Tuesday and the Wednesday of this first week back, we have scheduled Britannia Instructional Planning (BIP) mornings for teachers to plan and consult with one another: 8:40am to 9:40am.

Therefore classes start at  9:40 am on these two days, Tuesday and Wednesday only.

We will have Homeroom periods for Tuesday through Thursday, for distribution of forms, timetables and collection of fees.

On Thursday and Friday school will begin at 8:35 as usual, with a Homeroom first on Thursday but direct to regular classes on Friday.

Students who want or need course timetable changes must sign-up on Tuesday or Wednesday for counselling appointments, and then attend all scheduled classes so the counsellors can find the student. We expect some challenges and ask that students and parents be patient while we sort out priorities.

To sum up,  students come to school at 9:40 am on Tuesday and Wednesday: at 8:35 every school day thereafter.

Students will receive forms and fee information at Grade Assemblies on Monday, as outlined above, and they should attend homerooms, Tues. -Thurs: bringing cheques for payment of fees, and returning forms as required.

School Office Hours are 9-3:30, and our number is 604.713.8266

Thank you,

Geoff Taylor


Additional Child Care Options for Parents During Job Action

We understand that providing supervision during the day for children can be a challenge for many families. With this in mind, the district has created an additional list of organizations around Vancouver which are providing child-care and educational options for students during job action. Here are a few options to be aware of:

Additional activities and day camps have been listed by media in a number of recent articles including in the Vancouver Courier, CBC News and Global News.

Please note that the Vancouver School Board is not endorsing any particular activity, event or business but looking to provide options for parents to consider regarding their childcare during this job action.


FIRST DAY BACK... When the labour issues have been settled and our school board tells us we can open, the following information applies to our expectations for school opening:

We have sent out packages for our Britannia students, and the information about Opening Day and procedures is included in these packages. We expect families will have received a package in late August, if we had your correct address. Grade 8s come at 12:30 the first day back, unless other arrangements are required to facilitate a smooth start. We'll have our Brit LINK Crew students here to welcome the Grade 8s.

The grades 9 through 12 students attend as follows on the first day back: Grade 9s at 9 AM; Grade 10s at 10 AM; Grade 11s at 11 AM and Grade 12s at 12 Noon.

We will have important information assemblies for all students on the first day; forms will be handed out and school rules and procedures will be reviewed. There is no need to bring any money on the first day. Fees and forms will come into the Homerooms sessions on the second and third days back, in the mornings, when students will attend school beginning with Homeroom at 9:40 AM for these two days only. NOTE - On the fourth day back, regular class times will resume with all students at school by 8:35 AM to attend 8:40 classes.

Please note that in many cases student timetables are incomplete because of the disruption at the end of last school year, in June. Once we have teachers, counsellors and students in the building again, after the strike is over, we'll begin the process of reviewing all student schedules to ensure that timetables are appropriate and complete. We ask parents and students to be as patient and cooperative as possible while we sort through the complexities. We will be working hard to make it all as quick and simple as possible for our students, their families and our staff.

The school is not open during the strike, but if you have an urgent question or concern, please email the Principal gtaylor@vsb.bc.ca or call and leave a brief message at 604.713.5316.

Scholarship money has been mailed to recipients who did not pick it up from our office. If you are looking to pick-up your Passport to Education from our office, email Mr. Taylor at gtaylor@vsb.bc.ca.

Check www.vsb.bc.ca website for additional information, please.


Please read the latest letter from our Superintendent, Dr. Steve Cardwell:

Click here for latest letter.


CONGRATULATIONS TO KATHY DAN - This Year's Winner of the BLT (Bruin Leadership Team) Annual "Year-End Prize:" an Olympus TG-630 iHS "waterproof" digital camera, with 1080p full HD video capability! Well done Kathy. Thank you, and thank you to all the other BLT students for the inspiring leadership and citizenship at Britannia throughout the year. Emissaries of Bravery, Responsibility, Integrity and Tenacity - that's our Bruin Leadership Team. Have a great summer!


Timetables and Textbooks

We would like all students to returnlast school year's textbooks and uniforms to the school as soon as possible: each book or item should be clearly marked with the student’s name, grade, teacher or coach, and the date – please. The school will bill families for the cost of all unreturned items.

At this time we have no new instructions about Grades 8 and 9 student timetabling, but we currently anticipate that Grades 8 and 9 students will advance to the next grade level in each subject, with exceptions to be made on an individual, case-by-case basis according to student’s demonstrated ability to succeed at the next level.

Student timetables should be available when school is open, but many will need significant adjustments to be made. If there is more news about this, we'll include it on this website. We expect that the first day of school, will have all students attending as follows: Grade 9s at 9AM; Grade 10s at 10 AM; Grade 11s at 11 AM; Grade 12s at 12 Noon; and Grade 8s at 12:30. We'll update this information if there's news, but we are inviting all Grade 8 Parents to join the students on the first day. There'll be an opportunity to meet with the Principal, Mr. Geoff Taylor, and our new Vice Principal, Ms Karen Coflin, at 1:30 PM in the Staffroom on the first day back. We also have a Grade 8 Parent Night planned for October 16th at 6:30 PM in our cafeteria.

Thank you to all the teachers, parents, staff and community members who have given their time and experience to our Britannia students this past year. You're making a big difference in their lives.

Ms Karen Coflin from Prince of Wales Secondary has joined us as Vice Principal at Britannia, in this year. Please welcome her to our community. Ms Coflin has an excellent reputation as both a teacher and an administrator, and I very much look forward to working with her.

Mr.Geoff Taylor, Principal


Congratulations to the Graduation Class of 2014

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We are all proud of you and wish you the very best in all of your future endeavors.


Mount Kilimanjaro Field Trip!!

Street to Peak

Britannia Secondary and the Streetfront Alternative program are planning an epic event that is show-casing public education: We intend to hike 18 of our most resilient students to the top of Kilimanjaro Mountain! Of course our goal is bigger than reaching Uhuru Peak on Kilimanjaro- it is ultimately about changing the way inner-city youth see themselves and see our community; it is about dreaming big and believing in a broader community of care, whatever our life circumstances. And it’s also all about the amazing opportunities that are available in our Public Education system and the incredible people that make it happen.  Check our website Street2Peak.com and perhaps make a donation.


Britannia Japan Exchange Trip

We have postponed our plans for the Britannia student trip to Japan. All money will be refunded. Contact our office for details. We will start again with planning once school is back in session, as our Japanese hosts at Minato-Sohgoh High School are very excited about our visit. We look forward to going to Japan!


Career Centre Bulletin

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Are you thinking about your future. Continue to read the Career Centre Bulletins and all of the other extremely helpful information that is regularly posted to the Career Centre section of the Britannia website.


Britannia Standardized School Fees for 2013 - 2014

Click here to open a pdf that contains the details of standardized school fees. Some of these fees are program specific and others apply to all students attending Britannia Secondary School


New Scholarship Information on the School Website

$A new scholarship listing (pdf) is available on the Britannia Website. It is a listing of Canadian scholarship opportunities, including their descriptions and criteria. These scholarships are sponsored by external organizations. If you are serious about finding funds for your education go through the listings, select the scholarships you meet the requirements for and start preparing the applications today!


Exciting Volunteer Opportunities In Your Britannia Community

Give back to your community. Meet new people, learn new skills and have valuable thvolunteersings to include on your resume. Please get in touch with Mawi Bagon, Coordinator, Volunteer Program Britannia Community Services Centre 1661 Napier St. Vancouver BC V5L 4X4 to learn how you can get involved in giving back.

Email: mawi.bagon@vancouver.ca