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June Events

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Term 3 and final report cards will be issued at 10:00 am. on Thursday, June 29th. It is also the last day of pupil attendance for the 2016-2017 school year.

Friday, June 30th is an administration day.

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Principal's Message # 1 (pdf)

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Britannia CrestOur school’s Code of Conduct outlines the reasons why we have expectations of student behavior at Britannia, what these expectations are, and what the consequences may be for behaviors that violate the code.  Click here to read the Britannia Code of Conduct (pdf).

Brit CrestThe BRIT Way (pdf) is a description of the values that all Britannia students are actively encouraged to demonstrate while at the school and in the rest of their lives. 

Brit CrestBritannia Secondary School's Academic Integrity Policy is explained in this pdf document. The document also contains links to useful resources related to academic integrity.

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June 2017 Newletter

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Read the last Britannia Newletter of the 2016-2017 school year here.


Marie Goulet, Grad of 2016 - Governor General Academic Medal Award Winner!

Marie Goulet

This medal is awarded for academic excellence to the student who achieves the highest average upon graduating from a secondary school. Congratulations Marie!


IB and Venture Banquet - May 2017

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The annual Venture and IB Banquet took place on May 24th at the Italian Cultural Centre. A good time was had by all the students, teachers, administrators and parents who attended this enjoyable event. We would like to especially congratulate the IB 12s in all of their future endeavours! Enjoy the photo gallery.


Important Year End Information for Parents and Students

The last day of class is Thursday, June 22nd. Teachers are available from Friday, June 23rd to Thursday, June 29th for meetings and for supervising students who need to complete catch-up assignments. No attendance will be taken during the period of June 23rd to 29th. Report cards will be distributed on Thursday, June 29th! If a student cannot pick up their report card on the 29th, the office will be open during the summer break for pickup.


2017 -2018 Vancouver School District and Britannia Secondary School Calendars

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The VSB school calendar for 2017 - 2018 (pdf)

The Britannia Secondry School calendar for 2017 - 2018 (pdf)


John Minichiello 1939-2017

John Minichiello

It is with great sadness that Britannia acknowledges the passing of John Minichiello. Amongst his other accomplishments John left a very large footprint on Britannia Secondary School and the Britannia community.

As an educator, John began and ended his 35 year career at Britannia Secondary School, initially as a teacher, then Social Studies Department Head, and ultimately, Principal. Though he taught at other Vancouver schools during his career, Britannia remained dear to his heart.  John's community advocacy took many forms: he led a group of concerned youth in a group called ATIAC when the Georgia Viaduct east-west extension threatened to bifurcate the East End; he chaired the planning and design of the Britannia Community Services Centre, the first of its kind in North America to provide totally integrated services as well as use a self-management model and he chaired the Britannia Foundation.

We are enormously grateful. John will be missed.


Patagonia Chile 2017

Patagonia Chile

Britannia and Streetfront students completed the W-Circuit of the famous Torres del Paine hiking trek during the spring break- here is the team’s official photo in front of the North, Central, and South towers … with the Bruins wearing our Britannia Support Society sponsored team jackets. Patagonia was the second of the Street2Peak (Streetfront Alternative/Britannia Secondary) trips- you might remember the first trip that took our students to Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti in 2015. Photos of both remarkable events- no other secondary school in Canada has both climbed Kilimanjaro and trekked the W-circuit- can be found on the Street2Peak Facebook and web pages.

For photos of our day in Sandiago please see https://www.facebook.com/gord.howey/posts/810978852403494. Additional photos of the trip will be uploaded to our Street2Peak Patagonia facebook page.


Grade 12 Information and Resources

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Important Dates

Grad Transitions

Completing the Grad Transitions booklet is a requirement for graduation in British Columbia. In other words, if it is not completed, you will not graduate! All Grade 12 students should have received a hard copy of this booklet in October. Pages 6 - 16 are due on or before Friday, December 2nd, 2016. Please hand in your completed and stapled pages in the basket labelled Grad Transitions in the main office. The second part of the Grad Transitions booklet is due on Friday, March 3th, 2017. You are required to complete pages 1 - 4 (the yellow pages in your hard copy) and staple them and turn them in to the main office on or before this date.

The Grad Transitions booklet is also available for downloading on this website as a pdf document.

Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI) Selections Form Now Open (Part of Grad Transitions)

The online PSI Selections Form is now available for students graduating in the 2015/16 school year. This online form should only be submitted by Grade 12 students who expect to graduate this school year and are applying to any Post-Secondary Institution for September 2016 admission.
Students access the online form by logging into the Student Secure Web (SSW), www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/tsw/tsw/student/, and clicking the menu option "Post Secondary Institutions Selections".
An instructional document is available at: www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/trx_updates/pdf/psi_selections_instructions.pdf
Make sure to complete this as soon as you can.  This is part of your Grad Transitions package.

Scholarship Information on the School Website

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Important information for Grade 12's about scholarships, bursaries, grants, post-secondary institutions and much more is available in the Career Information section of the Britannia Website. Keep checking back because the Career Centre information is frequently updated.


BC Ed Curriculum News

Please open this pdf from the BC Ministry of Education to read about the most recent changes to the new curriculum.


Teenagers and Sleep

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They often do not get enough of it! This is a very worthwhile article for parents of teenagers.


Attention Parents: How to Notify the School About Your Child's Absences

Britannia Secondary School has a new way for parents to inform the school about their child's absences from classes. It can now be done by email instead of by a paper note that is sent to school with the student. Either of these methods is acceptable but we encourage you to use our new email service. Simply email britabsences@vsb.bc.ca with:


Acknowledgement of the VSB Acceptable Use of Technology Policy

Attention parents and guardians: All students are required to read and sign the VSB Acceptable Use of Technolgy Policy. They will be doing this in their homeroom classes. Please read this letter from Principal Andrew Schofield which contains details and links about the policy and the official regulations associated with it.


For Parents: Emergency Contact Information

This information is very important so that you can be reached if an emergency happens at school.  It must be kept up to date.

SERIOUS HEALTH CONDITIONS:


Grade 8 Handbook

Britannia CrestGrade 8 students and their parents are invited to download this very useful guide that will assist students transition to their first year of secondary school at Britannia and ensure that it is a positive and successful experience.


Britannia Standardized School Fees for 2016 - 2017

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


A Letter from the Vancouver Police Department to All Parents and Care Givers About Fentanyl

The VPD has advice about how to keep your children safe. Click here to download the letter (pdf).


Vancouver School Board Student Registration Information

Complete the attached Student Application Form and bring it to your neighbourhood school, along with the required original documents as listed below. Go to www.vsb.bc.ca/schools to search for your neighbourhood school by postal code or by map. Who should register at neighbourhood schools? Kindergarten to Grade 12 students born in Canada, who speak English at home as the home language. These are the documents that you need to fill in and bring to Britannia Secondary School.


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 Yao Zhang, 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: yao.zhang@vancouver.ca